Michael Moore to Present Hammer & Chisel Awards

On Sunday, March 6, after the 5:15 screening of his new film “Where to Invade Next,” Michael Moore will Skype in to present Hammer & Chisel awards honoring people who take big risks, who have courage, who get the ball rolling against insurmountable odds, and do good things in our community and for our country.

Local theaters across the nation have been handing out their own Hammer & Chisel Awards, inspired by the effect “Where to Invade Next” has had on their audiences, but it’s only here in Traverse City that Michael will present the awards himself. City Commissioner Gary Howe will also be on hand to emcee the evening’s festivities. 

Our diverse group of award winners represent a broad spectrum of interest and accomplishments within the Grand Traverse region. And while each honoree can count a myriad of achievements to their names, it’s not just about their good works. It’s about having the fortitude and guts to stand up against the bully. To dare to think they could make a difference in our community and world. 

Don’t miss your chance to see Michael’s most inspiring, heartfelt, and hopeful film with an undeniably inspiring group of people as we thank them for what they have done to make our little corner of the world better. For change to happen anywhere, it has to start somewhere, so why not in our own backyard? 

Honorees Include: 

Bill Thomas for his courageous defense of free speech and truth telling and his commitment to local investigative reporting that made Traverse City a better place during his 10-year career as the editor of the Record-Eagle.

Marian Kromkowski for her fight against ignorance and her persistent defense of unpopular positions, co-founding Mideast Just Peace and being a key organizer of the TC protests against the Iraq War.

Kay Bond for standing on the front lines in defense of people facing the brunt of injustice, poverty, and military aggression around the globe. This is for her work abroad as well as at home, where through BACN (Pronounced Bacon) she created a nurturing community for people in need. 

Sally VanVleck and her late husband, Bob Russell, for over 25 years spent promoting environmental and social justice and healthy living through civic engagement, education, direct action, and committed advocacy. 

Posthumous award for Margaret Dodd, the human rights commissioner and former mayor who suggested the rainbow sticker program following a rash of hate crimes, including an attack on a worker at a gay bar, to show solidarity with all minorities who were under attack. She was key in inspiring Traverse City's non-discrimination ordinance, which passed in 2011.