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Puffin Peace Pole
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The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. has ordered a Sandblasted 4 Sided Peace Pole. The pole with have the inscription "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in the following 8 languages:


  • English
  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Russian
  • Arabic
  • Hebrew
  • Yiddish
  • Korean


3.11 Project
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"We are pleased to present "3.11 Project," a Charity Silent Auction group Exhibition featuring NYC's and Japan's finest talent. "3.11 Project" group exhibition will showcase in downtown Manhattan, opening night on April 8th, 2011 from 6-9PM at OPENHOUSE GALLERY. The Exhibition will feature up to 50 artists, and the venue will feature uniquely curated multimedia installations, painting, photography, and sculpture.

3.11 Project, Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami Relief 2011: Charity Art Event is the first of many projects we will be hosting to raise awareness and raise money for the victims of Northern Japan. We encourage everyone to give their support, words of encouragement, and send their energy and Prayers to JAPAN.

3.11 Project was conceptually created by Yuko Arakawa, one of the producers, who was motivated to start this project because she is from the prefecture of Fukushima in Japan. Her hometown is only 70 miles away from the Nuclear Power Plant, and she is heartbroken by this devastating disaster that has affected her place of origin and her family. Instead of feeling helpless, she is compelled to find a way to give back to her country and to her community. 3.11 is an on-going project that will continue to strive not only to raise money, but to raise awareness for the victims of northern Japan that were affected by the Tsunami, Earthquake, and Nuclear Radiation.

For more information: 100% of proceeds of all projects we produce will be donated to Japan Earthquake Relief Fund via Japan Society."

Puffin & ALBA Announce Major Human Rights Award
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Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) and the Puffin Foundation

Announce Major New Human Rights Award

Internationally Famed Judge Baltasar Garzón Named First Recipient


Contact: Bobbi Schlesinger/ALBA

“Today, the whole world is watching as the people of nation after nation struggle to obtain
their freedom from oppressive regimes. Could there be a more appropriate time to announce
a major new human rights award established in honor of the brave individuals who joined a
similar struggle 75 years ago?”

So said Sebastiaan Faber, Board Chair of The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA), in
announcing the first annual ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism.

The $100,000 ALBA/Puffin Award – one of the largest human rights awards in the world – has
been generously funded by The Puffin Foundation and will be made annually for at least the
next ten years. It is part of a program connecting the inspiring legacy of the International
Brigades – who fought against fascism during the Spanish Civil War – to international activist
causes of today, particularly those in defense of human rights.

The first recipient of the new award will be Baltasar Garzón, the prominent Spanish magistrate
who became an internationally celebrated figure after he ordered the arrest of former Chilean
dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1998. More recently, Judge Garzón led the effort to identify
human rights violations committed during the Spanish Civil War and the subsequent Franco
dictatorship. He will receive the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism on May 14th at
ALBA’s annual celebration in New York City.

“Judge Garzón’s exceptional courage in defense of human rights and his commitment to the
recovery of historical memory regarding crimes against humanity make him the ideal first
recipient of this honor,” said Peter Carroll, Chair Emeritus of ALBA’s Board of Governors, noting
that Garzón is considered “one of the most effective and imaginative thinkers in international
human rights law, having defended the victims of dictatorial regimes in Chile, Argentina and

Puffin Foundation President Perry Rosenstein said: “This award is designed to give public
recognition, support, and encouragement to individuals or groups whose work has an
exceptionally positive impact on the advancement and/or defense of human rights. It is
intended to help educate students and the general public about the importance of defending
human rights against arbitrary powers that violate democratic principles.”
In addition to the new ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism, ALBA is supporting an
informal international network of allied organizations working in the area of human rights,
historical memory and the legacy of the International Brigades.


ALBA - During the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) nearly 40,000 men and women from 52 countries, including 2,800 Americans, traveled to Spain to join the International Brigades to help fight fascism. The U.S. volunteers came to be known collectively as the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Founded in 1979, The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) is a non-profit educational organization that promotes public awareness, research and discussion related to that war and its historical, political, artistic and biographical significance. ALBA has also preserved and cataloged the letters, pamphlets, posters, writings and photographs of the period. The Archives are housed at New York University’s Tamiment Library and are used by scholars and students from all over the world. ALBA also presents exhibitions, publications, performances and educational programs for high school teachers, working to preserve the legacy of progressive activism of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade as an inspiration for present and future generations.

The Puffin Foundation – Since it was founded in 1983, the Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy. The Puffin, a species whose nesting sites were endangered by encroaching civilization, were encouraged to return to their native habitats through the constructive efforts of a concerned citizenry.  We have adopted the name Puffin for our Foundation as a metaphor for how we perceive our mission, which is to ensure that the arts continue to grow and enrich our lives. In so doing we have joined with other concerned groups and individuals toward achieving that goal. The Puffin Foundation is also a long-standing supporter of ALBA’s educational mission.


Puffin Aids Monsoon Victims
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Dear Friends,

The most recent monsoons destroyed the homes and farms of the poor people in Pakistan. The Puffin Foundation gave a donation to aid these distressed people. With all the monies collected from caring Americans a total of 50 cows were purchased and given to families that had handicapped children.


Cecile Richards & Bill McKibben Win Puffin/Nation Prize
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The Puffin Foundation Ltd. and the Nation Institut

are pleased to announce the 2010 recipients of the

Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship

Cecile Richards and Bill McKibben

The Nation Institute announced today that Planned Parenthood president, Cecile Richards, and author, educator, and environmentalist Bill McKibben have both been chosen to receive the annual $100,000 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. This is the first year the prize has been awarded to two winners. McKibben and Richards will receive the award on December 6, 2010 at The Nation Institute Annual Dinner Gala in New York City.

The Puffin Foundation and The Nation Institute are the mutual sponsors of the award, which is given to an individual who has challenged the status quo through distinctive, courageous, imaginative, and socially responsible work of significance. Recipients are to be found in a broad range of occupations and pursuits, including academia, journalism, public health, literature, art, the environmental sciences, labor, and the humanities. The prize is intended to encourage the recipients to continue their work, and to inspire others to challenge the prevailing orthodoxies they face in their careers.

Cecile Roberts

Cecile Richards serves as president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, PPFA's advocacy and political arm. She is a leader in national progressive politics with more than 30 years of experience working on behalf of social justice and reproductive freedom. Since February 2006, Ms. Richards has led Planned Parenthood to many significant achievements, including its success in ensuring FDA approval of over-the-counter status for emergency contraception, and the launch of a nationwide campaign to provide comprehensive, medically accurate sex education for all young people in the United States. Her yearlong tireless leadership in the fight for healthcare reform ensured that the bill, passed in March 2010, would strengthen women’s health overall and include access to reproductive healthcare.

Ms. Richards leads a federation of 87 Planned Parenthood affiliates that manage more than 825 health centers nationwide, providing family planning and reproductive healthcare services, education, and information to millions each year. Prior to joining PPFA, Ms. Richards served as the founder and president of America Votes, a coalition of 42 national organizations, including the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. America Votes was created to maximize voter registration, education, and mobilization among grassroots organizations. Fresh out of college, her first job was organizing low-wage workers in the hotel, healthcare, and janitorial industries throughout California, Louisiana, and Texas.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award from The Nation Institute and The Puffin Foundation,” said Richards. “This prize honors the essential work that the entire Planned Parenthood community does on behalf of women’s health and rights throughout the United States and around the world. Most importantly, this very special prize recognizes the fact that there is still much work to do so that every woman has the right and the power to make the most basic choices for herself and to shape the course of her own life. When that day arrives, we will be much closer to achieving social justice for all.”


Dear Gladys and Perry,

Thank you for presenting me with the prestigious Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. I am still truly touched by the acknowledgment and honored to have received the award from both of you.
This award is more meaningful to the Planned Parenthood family and myself now than ever. While we've own enormous gains for reproductive health care that will improve the lives of women and young people across America, there is still much work to do so that every woman has the right and power to make the most basic choices for herself and to shape the course of her own life.
I am so proud to have you stand with us on behalf of women, men, teens, and families in America. Thank you again for all you do to support individuals and organizations that are challenging the status quo to achieve social justice for all.
This incredible gift will allow us to provide internships to 100 young leaders- I cannot thank you enough! Know that your generosity will help build the next generation of activists for our movement!

Best regards,
Cecile Richards


Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is an American environmentalist and author who frequently writes about global warming and alternative energy, and advocates for more localized economies. In 2010 The Boston Globe called him “probably the nation's leading environmentalist” and Time magazine described him as “the world's best green journalist.” In 2009, he led the organization of , which coordinated what Foreign Policy called “the largest ever global coordinated rally of any kind,” with 5,200 simultaneous demonstrations in 181 countries. The magazine named him to its inaugural list of the 100 most important global thinkers, and MSN named him one of the dozen most influential men of 2009.

Beginning his career at The New Yorker as a staff writer, he wrote much of the “Talk of the Town” column from 1982 to early 1987. His debut book, The End of Nature , was published in 1989 by Random House after being serialized in The New Yorker. It is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change. Subsequently, McKibben has authored another 12 books covering issues as diverse as genetic engineering to media culture to local economic development planning. In January 2007, he founded to demand that Congress enact curbs on carbon emissions that would cut global warming pollution by 80 percent by 2050. With six college students, he organized 1,400 global warming demonstrations across all 50 states on April 14, 2007. Step It Up 2007 has been described as the largest day of protest about climate change in the nation's history. McKibben is also a frequent contributor to various magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The New York Review of Books, Granta, Rolling Stone, and Outside.

“I’m a beginner as an organizer; it’s a great honor to be included on this list of people who have changed America for the better. I am deeply grateful to The Puffin Foundation and The Nation Institute for this recognition of my work. I am even more appreciative that this award is representative of a shared conviction that now is a singular moment in our history for all people of good conscience to come together in defense of the planet. Our work has never been more urgent.”

Perry Rosenstein, President of The Puffin Foundation, Ltd., the co-sponsor of the Creative Citizenship prize, said, “Bill McKibben and Cecile Richards are leaders, pure and simple. In thought and in action, their work — whether it’s protecting our precious natural world or our precious right of self determination — inspires and emboldens us. They are exemplary lifelong public citizens: creative and tough, dedicated and ardent.”

Andrew Breslau, President of The Nation Institute, the co-sponsor of the prize, said, “In a year when the fragility of our environment and a woman’s right to choose are both called in question by stubborn, sustained attack, Cecile’s and Bill’s achievements are particularly important to recognize. They are both fighters whose moral convictions and political sophistication are matched by that rarest of combinations: grit and grace.”

Ms. Richards and Mr. McKibben are the 10th and 11th winners of the award. Activist and former Texas State Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower was last year’s winner. Previous recipients have been environmental activist Van Jones, human rights lawyer Michael Ratner, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman, educator and author Jonathan Kozol, journalist and author Barbara Ehrenreich, professor and anti-death penalty advocate David Protess, labor activist Dolores Huerta, and civil rights pioneer Robert Parris Moses.

Since its founding in 1983, The Puffin Foundation has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy. Puffins, whose nesting sites were endangered by encroaching civilization, were encouraged to return to their native habitats through the constructive efforts of a concerned citizenry. The Foundation adopted the name Puffin as a metaphor for how it sees its mission, which is to ensure that the arts continue to grow and enrich our lives.

A nonprofit media center, The Nation Institute was established to extend the reach of progressive ideas and strengthen the independent press. Its dynamic range of programs include a bestselling book publishing imprint, Nation Books ; an award-winning Investigative Fund, which supports groundbreaking investigative journalism; the widely read and syndicated website TomDispatch; an internship program at The Nation magazine; and Journalism Fellowships that fund up to 25 high-profile reporters every year. Work produced by The Nation Institute has sparked Congressional hearings, new legislation, FBI investigations, and the resignation of government officials, has changed the debate, and has a regular impact on the most urgent social and political issues of our day.

Click here for more information about Ceclie Richards, Bill McKibben, or The Nation Institute.

Merri Milwe appointed new Artistic Director of Puffin Cultural Forum
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Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce that Merri Milwe, who for the past three years has been our drama workshop leader, has accepted the post as the Artistic Director of the Puffin Cultural Forum.

The Forum will be closed for the month of January. We will reopen with the same format as we have had in the past in February of 2011. We are looking forward to greeting you all again in the New Year.

Marc Lambert our Director for the Puffin Cultural Forum has moved on to new horizons. We wish him great success in the future.


Perry and Gladys Rosenstein
President and Executive Director of the Puffin Foundation, Ltd.

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