By Journal Staff Writer
United Pastors for Social Empowerment, UPSE, is a faith based organization, composed of Pastors, members from the community, and institutes, that champion causes that affect the poor, held their end of the year banquet on Monday, December 11, at the Toledo Club, 235 14th St.
Rev. Donald Perryman, president of UPSE, told The Toledo Journal that they would be presenting Social Justice Awards to Joe Tafelski and Father Tony Gallagher for their contributions to those who are marginalized in Toledo.
Mr. Tafelski, the former executive director, currently retired, of Advocates of Basic Legal Equality, ABLE, earned the UPSE’s Social Justice Award in efforts that extend back into the 1970s to current times, such as fighting against housing discrimination, and getting landlords, and realtors to rent to minorities.
“It’s really a great honor receiving this award tonight,” Mr. Tafelski said. “I have great respect for Rev. Perryman, and the United Pastors for Social Empowerment.”
Father Gallagher earned his award by working in numerous endeavors such as working with those inflicted with alcoholism.
“I was really surprised, as well as flattered, when I found out I would be receiving this award,” Father Gallagher said. “I truly believe in Rev. Perryman and the efforts of the United Pastors for Social Empowerment.”
In addition to the award ceremony, Dr. Harold Trulear, a professor at Howard University, and a nationally recognized expert on criminal justice, was the keynote speaker.
His talk focused on how to reduce crime, and the importance of establishing relationships, within the community, between churches, and other organizations, with families, particularly young men.