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Another Successful Puffin Project: Teaneck Celebrates Opening of the Michelle Obama Interdisciplinary Outdoor Garden at Thomas Jefferson Middle School
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First Lady Mrs. Michelle Obama has challenged our nation's youth, parents, educators, and community leaders to make strives to reduce childhood obesity through her "Let's Move!" campaign. Mrs. Obama's efforts have contributed to the decline in obesity rates among preschoolers in many states. Inspired by the First Lady, in 2013 the Thomas Jefferson Middle School Environmental/ Pet Club launched "Let's Move Together" anti-obesity human to pet initiative. According to the National Pet Obesity Survey of 2012, fifty-five percent of dogs and cars are overweight. As a result, we want to challenge young people to become "life-long embracers" of good nutritional habits.

The creation of "The Michelle Obama Interdisciplinary Outdoor Garden" connects science, art, math, social science, technology, language arts, and World language (e.g. Spanish, French). This Interdisciplinary Outdoor Garden will provide opportunities for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)related projects that fosters environmental and public interest.

Dedication Plaque
Dedication Plaque

Gladys, Perry and Neal Rosenstein
Gladys, Perry and Neal Rosenstein in front of the new interdisciplinary garden at Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Dr. Antoinette Bush
Dr. Antoinette Bush and students of Thomas Jefferson at dedication ceremony

Gladys Miller Rosenstein
Puffin Foundation Executive Director Gladys Rosenstein addresses attendees

Thomas Jefferson Middle School Environmental/ Pet club
Dr. Bush, project leader Frank Ottochian and Thomas Jefferson students in front of the new garden

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Thomas Jefferson Principal Angela Davis and 8th grader Kristen Valentine cut the ribbon to open the new garden.

 
Puffin/ALBA Award For Human Rights Activism Given To Bryan Stevenson
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The Lincoln Brigade Continues Bending the Arc Towards Justice

Bryan Stevenson photo

New York — On Sunday, April 27, 2014, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) will present the fourth ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism to Bryan Stevenson, the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative. ALBA and the Puffin Foundation, which provides an endowed fund exclusively for this annual honor, present the $100,000 ALBA/Puffin Award annually to honor the International Brigades and connect their legacy of progressive activism with contemporary causes.

“I can’t think of anyone more worthy of this honor, not only because the volunteers of the Lincoln Brigade fought on the front lines in the struggle against racism and for social justice and civil rights, but also because the Equal Justice Initiative, like ALBA, believes that injustice is rooted in a lack of education and that teaching the United States about the dark chapters in its own history is an absolute necessity as we work toward a better Union.” - Sebastiaan Faber, chair of ALBA.

Based in Montgomery, Alabama, Mr. Stevenson has dedicated his adult life to addressing poverty and challenging racial discrimination, particularly in the U.S. criminal justice system. A determined and dedicated advocate for restorative justice, Mr. Stevenson is a compassionate humanist fully committed to addressing the greatest civil rights challenges of our times.

The ALBA/Puffin Award is part of a program connecting the inspiring legacy of the International Brigades—the 40,000 volunteers from all over the world who helped fight fascism during the Spanish Civil War—to international activist causes of today. Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón received the first ALBA/Puffin Award in May 2011. Other recipients include Kate Doyle and Fredy Peccerelli, who work to expose human rights violations in Guatemala, and United We Dream, a national network of youth-led immigrant activist organizations that fight for the rights of millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Award Ceremony with a musical tribute to Pete Seeger
Sunday, April 27th, 2:30pm–4:30pm, reception to follow.
The New School
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011
Keynote Speaker: Steven Hawkins, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA.
Honorary Committee: Julian Bond, Peter Coyote, Lila Downs, Gael García Bernal, and Oliver Stone.

Pre-Event Benefit
Sunday, April 27th, 12:00pm–2:00pm
Orozco Room, The New School
A public conversation on history, race, and justice between Bryan Stevenson and activist actor Mike Farrell.

BACKGROUND:

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives: www.alba-valb.org
The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) is an educational non-profit dedicated to promoting social activism and the defense of human rights. ALBA’s work is inspired by the brave American volunteers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade who fought and died fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). ALBA’s programs include teacher institutes, exhibitions, publications, cultural programs and an annual award for human rights activism, given in partnership with the Puffin Foundation. Drawing on the ALBA collections in New York University’s Tamiment Library, ALBA works to preserve the legacy of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade as an inspiration for present and future generations.

The Puffin Foundation: www.puffinfoundation.org
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 that 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, was encouraged to return to its native habitats through the constructive efforts of a concerned citizenry. The Foundation has adopted the name Puffin as a metaphor for how it perceives its mission, which is to ensure that the arts continue to grow and enrich our lives. In so doing it has 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.

Bryan Stevenson is a public-interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. He's the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative an Alabama-based group that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. EJI litigates on behalf of condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, people wrongly convicted or charged with violent crimes, poor people denied effective representation, and others whose trials are marked by racial bias or prosecutorial misconduct. EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. EJI also prepares reports, newsletters, and manuals to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of reforming the administration of criminal justice.

The Orozco Room is a hidden gem in the long list of New York’s artistic treasures. Rarely open to the public, the room houses a cycle of five socially-themed frescoes that the Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco (1833-1949) painted at The New School in 1930. These are the only murals by Orozco in NYC and they also rank as the city’s most outstanding examples of mural art.

 
Pufffin Closed. Afternoon of Tuesday April 15th
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The main offices of the Puffin Foundation will close at 2pm today, April 15th in observation of Passover.  We hope everyone will have a joyous time with their family and/or friends reflecting on the values of freedom.

 
Whole Foods Select Bergen County Audubon as recipient of 5% day & TCC benefits
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Tuesday April 8th 2014
Whole Foods Market select
Bergen County Audubon (BCAS)
as recipient of next 5% day
and Teaneck Creek Conservancy will benefit!

Whole Foods Market created 5% Days to give back to local communities by providing support to nonprofit organizations whose programs directly benefit the communities surround the stores.

On these special days, selected organizations receive 5% of a store's total pretax sales for that day.

On April 8, 2014, when you shop in the Whole Foods Market store in Paramus, Ridgewood, or Edgewater, BCAS will receive 5% of the sales and all that money will be used for habitat restoration and improvement at Teaneck Creek Conservancy. This is a great opportunity to show your support for the hard work of so many and to continue all the good things happening at TCC.
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND SHOP AT WHOLE FOODS MARKET ON APRIL 8TH

The Teaneck Creek Conservancy is proud of their partnership with the Bergen County Audubon.
TCC is a 501(C) 3 not for profit member supported organization. To learn more visitwww.teaneckcreek.org.
 
Puffin Women's History Month Online Gallery
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A selections of photos from our March gallery exhibit are available to view online at the Puffin Cultural Forum website here.

"Photographs taken by Bev Grant, one of the original activists who participated in the September 6, 1968 Miss America Protests, a watershed moment that pushed the Women's Liberation Movement into America's national consciousness."

 
Perry and Gladys Rosenstein of the Puffin Foundation, Ltd. honored at ACLU of New Jersey Dinner
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On Tuesday, March 25, The ACLU of New Jersey hosted The Lights of Liberty Awards Dinner. They presented the Roger N. Baldwin Award to Perry Rosenstein and Gladys Miller-Rosenstein of The Puffin Foundation Ltd. for making social activism and human rights priorities in their philanthropy and the Honorable Virginia Long for outstanding work strengthening and protecting civil rights and civil liberties in New Jersey. Rubin M. Sinnis, Esq., and The New Jersey Dream Act Coalition were awarded The Legal Leadership Award and Torchbearer Award respectively.

Perry and Gladys Rosenstein, ACLU supporters for decades, have made human rights, social activism and support for independent journalism hallmarks of their philanthropy.  The following is an except from Perry and Gladys’ speech:

“Gladys and I are honored to find that the ACLU has recognized us (The Puffin Foundation) for our commitment to social activism, preserving independent journalism and defense of human rights. We are not alone in these strugglers and we are proud to be partners with the ACLU who year in and year out are on the barricades defending and encouraging the growth of democracy in our county and elsewhere on this planet. Their work has inspired us to strengthen our commitment to art and culture.”

 

(left to right) Udi Offer- Executive Director ACLU of NJ, Steven R. Shapiro, Esq.- Legal Director ACLU, Gladys Miller-Rosenstein- Puffin Foundation, Ltd. Executive Director, Perry Rosenstein- Puffin Foundation, Ltd. President, and Neal Rosenstein- Puffin Foundation, Ltd. Vice President

 
Statement of the Puffin Foundation on the City at the Crossroads of History Mural by Mike Alewitz
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Statement of the Puffin Foundation
Regarding
The City at the Crossroads of History Mural
And the Museum of the City of New York
February 10, 2015

The Puffin Foundation is a proud supporter of artistic freedom. One of the many artworks we have funded is the mural The City at the Crossroads of History by Mike Alewitz.

We strongly support the right of the Museum of the city of of New York to decide what artwork should grace its walls. We recognize that the vitally important concept of freedom of expression also applies to our nation’s cultural institutions. While we endowed the Puffin Foundation Gallery for Social Activism at the Museum, the content is controlled by the museum (please see attached statement from the museum.) We hope all New Yorkers will visit this extraordinary gallery devoted to portraying the vibrant and diverse history of activism in our great city.

Each year, the Foundation awards hundreds of grants to artists across the country, many of whom have difficulty finding funding due to the content of their work. We’re proud to support them. It is our wish that all these projects see the light of day. We sincerely hope that Mr. Alewitz is able to secure an appropriate exhibition space for his work.

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.
 Why the Puffin? The Puffin, once endangered in the northeastern United States, was returned to its native habitats through the efforts of a concerned citizenry. Our name is a metaphor for how we perceive our mission in the arts: to join with other concerned groups and individuals to ensure that the arts not merely survive, but flourish at all levels of our society.

Perry Rosenstein Gladys Rosenstein Neal Rosenstein
President Executive Director Vice President


From Susan Henshaw Jones, the director of the Museum of the City of New York.


The Museum of the City of New York is proud and privileged to be the premier institution devoted to the history of the five boroughs of New York. Founded in 1923, our passion is to educate the public about the distinctive character of the city, embracing the past, the present, and looking to the future.

Every museum is responsible for curating the content that it presents in its galleries. It is a cardinal principle of its institutional independence that no artist, donor, government official, or other outside party can compel a museum to exhibit material.

As a history museum rather than an art museum, the Museum of the City of New York regularly selects to exhibit works based on their ability to illuminate specific histories. In this case, the Museum of the City of New York made the determination that the mural by Mike Alewitz did not meet the curatorial standards or purposes of the museum, and exercised its prerogative and indeed its professional responsibility.

It is simply incorrect to assert that the museum director stepped in to deny the installation of this mural; it was commissioned by the Puffin Foundation, not the museum, and the museum never promised to install the work.

To assert that the museum is engaging in ‘censorship’ is quite wrong and deeply offensive to our institution and those who work hard to maintain its excellent reputation. We carefully consider each piece that is included in our respected collection. Our decision not to install a piece that is inconsistent with our mission is nothing less than what those who visit and support the museum, and who value our professionalism and integrity, would expect of us.

We are disappointed that Mr. Alewitz has chosen to express his views as he has done. But while the Museum of the City of New York is not the appropriate venue for this mural, we applaud creativity and trust that Mr. Alewitz will find a suitable home for his work.

Noel Rubinton
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
917-492-3320
nrubinton@mcny.org
www.mcny.org
@noelrubinton

 
NRDC Petitions Federal Government to List Tufted Puffin Under Endangered Species Act
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Petition Seeks “Endangered” Protections for the Seabird’s Ailing U.S. Pacific Coast Population

NEW YORK (February 12, 2013) – The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) seeking Endangered Species Act listing for the California, Oregon, and Washington population of the tufted puffin, a small penguin-like seabird well-known for its distinctive facial coloring and plumage during the breeding season.

“If you can’t find food to eat, your days are numbered, and that is where the tufted puffin in these states finds itself,” said Brad Sewell, senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Climate change is doing a number on the iconic seabird’s populations by making fish scarce. This is on top of other harms from humans, like fishing and habitat destruction. We need to protect them before it’s too late.”


More:  http://www.nrdc.org/media/2014/140211.asp#.UwNiidA8twg.email

 
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