Best Of 2017

Best Community Activist

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

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, hopandvinesa.com

2. Gabriel Cardenas, The Fridge, (210) 473-0916, facebook.com/TheFridgeSA

3. Mark Bliss, Bliss, 926 S. Presa St., (210) 225-2547, foodisbliss.com/chef


WINNER: Tencha La Jefa, twitter.com/tencha_lajefa

2. Lucy Lips, twitter.com/lucylips_drag

3. Amerie Parker, instagram.com/amerieparker


WINNER: Miss Dakota Puggy, instagram.com/missdakotapuggy

2. Raven Red Photography, instagram.com/ravenredphoto

3. Dru photography, instagram.com/dru.photo


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

2. Sweet Craft Jewelry, sweetcraftjewelry.com

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



WINNER: Tommy Lee Jones

2. Jesse Borrego, twitter.com/thejesseborrego

3. Larry Garza, twitter.com/larrygarzacomic


WINNER: Anel Flores, anelflores.com

2. Jan Jarboe Russell, janjarboerussell.com

3. John Phillipo Santos, johnphillipsantos.com


WINNER: Elora, twitter.com/elorasworld

2. Rey Lopez, twitter.com/ReyMines

3. The Batman of San Antonio, facebook.com/thebatmanofsanantonio


WINNER: Javier Gil, youtube.com/javiergil1910

2. Laura Varela, twitter.com/varelafilm

3. Bryan Ortiz, youtube.com/filmclassicsprod

WINNER: Laurie Ann Guerrero, twitter.com/laurannguerrero

2. Naomi Shihab Nye

3. Polly Anna Rocha, twitter.com/pollylabruja



WINNER: Jeanelle Stauffer, 827 E. Rector St., facebook.com/focalmassageandrecovery

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

3. Laura Valdez, facebook.com/lauravaldezlmt