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Baltasar Garzón Receives ALBA/ Puffin Award
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Perry Rosenstein (above) President of the Puffin Foundation, Ltd. presented the first ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism to Judge Baltasar Garzón of Spain on May 14, 2011.  Judge Garzón is a world-renowned hero to the human rights community, in large part because of his indictment and arrest warrant against Gen. Augusto Pinochet, the former dictator of Chile. Judge Garzón (below right) is acting as a consultant to the International Criminal Court, carrying on his lifelong work of holding international criminals  accountable.  (Photos by Len Tsou)








2012 ALBA-Puffin International Award for Human Rights Activism
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ALBA is now accepting nominations for the

2014 ALBA-Puffin International Award for Human Rights Activism


About the Award:

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives and the Puffin Foundation invite nominations for the ALBA-Puffin International Award for Human Rights Activism.  The Award is granted on an annual basis to individuals or organizations whose work has had an exceptionally positive impact on the advancement and/or defense of human rights.

The Activism Award was established in 2011 to honor the International Brigades and all those who fought against fascism during the Spanish Civil War by connecting that legacy with international activist causes today, in particular the defense of human rights.

The Award will be presented at an official ceremony in New York in the spring of 2014.  A $100,000 cash award will be given to the laureate individual or organization to support his/her ongoing work on the area of Human Rights Activism.


How to Apply:

Interested candidates may send an email quoting in the subject line:  “ALBA-Puffin Award for HR Activism, 2012” to by 30 September 2013.  The application should include the following information:

1.      Name of the individual(s) or organization to be nominated;

2.      Nominee's contact information, website, etc.;

3.      Name of the nominating individual(s) or organization;

4.      Nominator’s contact information, website, etc. ;

5.      Justification for the nomination (300 words max.);


The selection committee consists of a panel with representation from the Puffin Foundation, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives and an Honorary Committee.

More information on the First ALBA-Puffin International Award for Human Rights Activism here

Through Others' Eyes
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A delegation of brave young Jewish Israeli and Arab Israeli youngsters finished their three-week stay at Camp Shomira in Liberty, NY. Their stay under the sponsorship of Givat Haviva and supported by the Puffin Foundation ended with a photo exhibition titled Through Others' Eyes at the Puffin Cultural Forum.

The exhibition was a look into each others' homes in Israel where the youngsters learned how similar their family lives were. These brave young teenagers crossed borders and shared each others' diverse but not so different values and learned to listen and respect each other.

The program at Camp Shomira, where they discussed conflict resolution and lived together, was a wonderful awakening for them. They will be using Facebook to help keep in touch once back in Israel and help share their experiences with others.

Exhibit runs August 3-18.

Gallery Hours: 12-4pm Tuesday-Thursday.


Teaneck's Red Oak Tree
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Teaneck's Red Oak Tree

The great red oak that has grown for more than 350 years at what is today the intersection of Cedar Lane and Palisade Avenue in Teaneck, NJ will be allowed to die a natural death. Through the efforts of the Puffin Foundation, which provided an undisclosed amount of funding, a semi-circular conservation easement has been established in the area of the tree. The Bergen County Department of Parks will provide maintenance of the tree for the duration of its life.

Senator Loretta Weinberg described Perry Rosenstein and his wife Gladys as "the catalysts who provided the necessary money to establish the easement."

Rosenstein spoke about some of the remarkable events that the great oak has quietly witnessed. "It had been here since the REvolutionary War when George Washington retreated on this route," he said . "It was here during the Civil War when the Emancipation Proclamation gave freedom to African-American slaves and when hundreds of young men and women from Teaneck who went off to fight fascism in WWII."

Tree Rededication May 6, 2011 L-R: Lawyer Martin Sarver, Puffin Foundation Executive Director Gladys Miller-Rosenstein, Puffion Foundation President Perry Rosenstein, Environmentalist Wally Cowan, Teaneck's Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin, Senator Loretta Weinberg, and Puffin Foundation Vice President Neal Rosenstein.

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.


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