The JP Progressives will be honoring their Activist of the Year, Henia Handler, in a party on Thursday night at Doyle's. Attorney General Maura Healey will give Handler her award. JP Progressives explained on their website why Handler was chosen: "Henia has been a steadfast progressive, working for justice and equality in the community for decades. Henia remains eager to help candidates today. "When Senator Ted Kennedy needed more information about HIV/AIDS policy he called Henia.