Vote for a more progressive NC

Traction's phenomenal founder and leader, Lanya Shapiro, is a finalist for a major award recognizing progressive activists.

Vote for Lanya today for the Maria Leavey Tribute Award and you'll help strengthen North Carolina's progressive movement by bringing attention to one of our most visionary young leaders.

The Maria Leavey Tribute Award is given each year by the Campaign for America's Future. The award recognizes a progressive who is:

  • A Convener
  • A Persistent Advocate
  • A Selfless Organizer
  • An Idea Generator

If you don't think those four traits describe Lanya, then just read the nomination statement that Traction Board Chair Celeste Richie wrote on her behalf.

Personally, I don't know a single person who is better qualified for this recognition. I was at the first organizational meeting that Lanya convened to share her vision for Traction. Over the last 5 years, I've seen how Lanya has thrown herself fully into creating a progressive movement that draws on the talents of young people who will make a difference in the long haul. Traction has accomplished a ton already, and will bear fruit in so many ways for years to come.

There are five finalists for the award. We need you to show how much you value Traction and Lanya by voting for her in the online balloting.

VOTING ENDS THIS FRIDAY and it just takes one minute. Please vote today!


Here's what others are saying about Lanya

Here's a teaser from the nominating statement:

Lanya is a kick-ass social entrepreneur, a tireless activist and organizer, and part of the vanguard of the modern progressive movement. Her most recent cutting-edge endeavor is Traction, a Durham NC-based offline social network designed to turn young voters into energized and engaged activists who will, over time, power the progressive movement as volunteers, donors, board members and elected officials.

Another amazing NC progressive, Claudia Horwitz, says this:

I just voted and WOW Lanya is deservedly in amazing company. Ana Maria is one of the best organizers I've met in the last 5 years and the Sullivans have been deep in the trenches for decades and decades. This is a fantastic honor - congratulations!!

Go Lanya!