Pelosi, JK Rowling among this year's Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award recipients
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Speaker Pelosi, it's time to throw American innovators a lifeline Why Americans must tune in to the Trump impeachment hearings MORE (D-Calif.) and author J.K. Rowling have something in common: They're both among the recipients of this year's Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.

The lawmaker and the "Harry Potter" writer, along with environmental activist Wendy Abrams and Livongo Health executive Glan Tullman, are this year's Ripple of Hope Award Laureates, according to a Tuesday announcement from the nonprofit group Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.


Those chosen will be honored on Dec. 12 in New York. The honorees were selected "for their lifelong commitment to human rights and their exceptional work toward a more just and peaceful world," according to a statement from the organization. The same award was given to former President Obama last year.

Pelosi, 79, said in a statement that the award — named after the former attorney general — "stands as a beautiful testament to the power that each of us has to shape the tides of history, and it is my hope that my receiving this award will inspire others to help build the world of decency and dignity of which Robert Kennedy dreamed."