Best Of 2017

Best Community Activist

Our Pick: Graciela Sanchez, Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, 922 San Pedro,

Graciela Sanchez embodies the definition of what it means to be a social justice warrior. A firm believer in addressing social issues through art and community, the executive director of the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center has spent her entire life fighting for the equal treatment of the LGBTQ community, people of color, women and working class people — and she’s not slowing down anytime soon. Through community programming, art initiatives like MujerArtes, and, most recently, the buying of city real estate as a form of protest and community protection, the Esperanza Center, under Sanchez’s direction, has become not only a voice for the community but also a place where people find their own voice to speak up and out against social injustice.

WINNER: Jeremy Carolino, Hop & Vine, 5619 W. Loop 1604 N., Suite 109, (210) 878-4071,

2. Gabriel Cardenas, The Fridge, (210) 473-0916,

3. Mark Bliss, Bliss, 926 S. Presa St., (210) 225-2547,

WINNER: Tencha La Jefa,

2. Lucy Lips,

3. Amerie Parker,

WINNER: Miss Dakota Puggy,

2. Raven Red Photography,

3. Dru photography,

WINNER: Magda’s Quality Jewelry & Repair, 8275 FM 78 Ste. #10, Converse, (210) 310-7444

2. Sweet Craft Jewelry,

3. Jimmy Green, Vineyard Shopping Center, 1604 North Loop 1604 W., (210) 492-0022,

WINNER: Tommy Lee Jones

2. Jesse Borrego,

3. Larry Garza,

WINNER: Anel Flores,

2. Jan Jarboe Russell,

3. John Phillipo Santos,

WINNER: Elora,

2. Rey Lopez,

3. The Batman of San Antonio,

WINNER: Javier Gil,

2. Laura Varela,

3. Bryan Ortiz,

WINNER: Laurie Ann Guerrero,

2. Naomi Shihab Nye

3. Polly Anna Rocha,

WINNER: Jeanelle Stauffer, 827 E. Rector St.,

2. Robert Baldwin, 8842 Broadway, (210) 336-8868,

3. Laura Valdez,