The Foundation for Democracy and Justice tapped Gov. Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris and California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye as their inaugural honorees at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco on Wednesday. The foundation selected the three for its advocacy of civic education and government involvement.

The foundation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to spreading a better understanding of the three branches of government — legislative, executive and judicial. Its goal is to provide the public with educational programs to enhance civic literacy. In an effort to achieve this, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson formed the California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning in 2013.

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