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Younger Americans are getting a bad deal. How?
Read all about it in this NY Times article by Astra Taylor. ... more
Another Great Review of the Puffin-Supported Exhibit City of Workers at the Museum of the City of New York
The exhibition City of Workers, City of Struggle: How Labor Movements Changed... more
Puffin is proud to support the Economic Hardship Reporting Project
The voices of the poor, marginalized and financially struggling are rarely heard... more
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The Puffin Foundation was a proud early supporter of "Knock Down the House," premiering May 1st on Netflix.
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"Knock Down the House" has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 100%, this Sundance winner follows Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Justice Democrats during the 2018 Midterm elections. Learn more about the documentary and see a trailer here: https://knockdownthehouse.com/

 
The Puffin Foundation is the proud sponsor of "City of Workers, City of Struggle"
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The exhibit is a fascinating look at the vital and important history of labor movements in the City of New York. It opens on May 1st at the Museum of the City of New York.


Explore the fascinating history of labor in New York City.

For some two centuries, working people’s movements have shaped New York—and vice versa. Some of the first labor organizations in the country were formed by the city’s artisans in the early 19th century, and some of the nation’s foremost labor leaders have been New Yorkers, from Samuel Gompers and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn to A. Philip Randolph and Sidney Hillman.

But working New Yorkers have also struggled with each other over pay, power, and inclusion. New waves of workers—women, immigrants, people of color, and the “unskilled”—have repeatedly defined their own movements for a better life, and in the process remade city life in ways that affect all. City of Workers, City of Struggle: How Labor Movements Changed New York traces the social, political, and economic story of these diverse workers and their movements in New York through rare documents, artifacts, and footage, and considers the future of labor in the city.

 
Join Us For Pete Seeger's 100th Anniversary Weekend
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May 3 to 5, 2019

Puffin presents a weekend of concerts and celebrations to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Pete Seeger’s birth and to recognize Toshi Seeger’s life and legacy.


Pete’s 100th Anniversary Weekend

Friday, May 3

8:00pm Guy Davis

Saturday, May 4
12:00pm Pete and Toshi Seeger Commemoration
2:00pm “Pete’s Songs” Family Concert
4:00pm Outdoor Open Stage
8:00pm Jaeger & Reid

Sunday, May 5
4:00pm Jacob Lee Bernz and Friends


Pete’s 100th Anniversary Weekend

Friday, May 3

8:00pm Guy Davis

Guy Davis needs no introductions. He has been an iconic champion of the Blues as an American art form throughout his career. He’s played an assembly program at a school in the Basque region of northern Spain and at an integrated school in South Carolina. He’s performed on the Main Stage in front of 15,000 people at folk, jazz, and blues festivals around the globe, on nationally syndicated TV programs like "Late Show With David Letterman," "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," and on radio programs like "A Prairie Home Companion" and “Paul Jones Live in Session” on BBC. Guy Davis commemorates the life and legacy of Pete Seeger in this special concert on Pete’s 100th birthday. $10

Saturday, May 4

12:00pm Pete and Toshi Seeger Commemoration

In life it’s been said that Pete would not have become Pete Seeger without Toshi. It’s the same with the Seeger Monument, incomplete without Toshi. Join us in the unveiling of the newly carved image of Toshi Seeger. Representatives of the Puffin Foundation and sculptor Gary Sussman will give remarks. Opening will also feature local musical guests. Free.

2:00pm “Pete’s Songs” Family Concert

The Children’s Music Network, Walkabout Clearwater Chorus, and special guests celebrate the legacy of Pete and Toshi Seeger through music and song. The program is a family event geared toward school-aged children to bring Pete’s songs to the next generations. Bring the family! $10

4:00pm Outdoor Open Stage

The Puffin Outdoor Stage will be open and available to performers from all genres. We are looking for performances that relate to Pete Seeger and his legacy of activism! Submissions of spoken word, poetry, dance, music, theater, etc., are all welcome! If you are interested in signing up for stage time, please submit your performance proposal to perform@puffinculturalforum.org, or call 201-836-3499. Free

8:00pm Jaeger & Reid

Judi Jaeger was honing her renewed pursuit of songwriting to express her loss after the death of her mother. Bob Reid had written songs sung by Pete Seeger, performed at the UN, and festivals across the country. Their fortuitous meeting lead to a collaboration and release of their highly acclaimed album, “From Way Up Here.” The duo presents a special concert to commemorate the life and legacy of Pete and Toshi Seeger. $10

Sunday, May 5

4:00pm Jacob Lee Bernz and Friends

Jacob was born and raised in the Hudson Valley surrounded by great music and talented colleagues of his father, two-time Grammy winning producer/musician David Bernz. Pete Seeger was a family friend and frequent presence in his life and Jacob was one of the founding members of Clearwater’s Power of Song. Now, Jacob is a prolific songwriter carrying on the music and message of his heroes. Concert is a look back to Pete and a look forward to the future. $10

 
Puffin Offices Closed On President's Day
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The Puffin Foundation and Cultural Forum are closed for Presidents Day (2/18). We will resume normal hours tomorrow.

 
2019 Grant Applications Deadline 12/30
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Completed applications must be postmarked by December 30. Please note the Puffin Foundation will be closed from December 22 - January 2. We will resume regular hours January 2. If you have any grant questions please visit The Puffin Foundation FAQ page.

Happy Holidays!

 
Black Lung Disease is still killing miners
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Read more about the epidemic in this Puffin supported piece in The Guardian.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/13/dr-dust-the-man-who-discovered-a-hidden-black-lung-epidemic

 
Join us in Honoring the Parkland Students Dec. 11th. Tickets Still Available.
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We invite you to join us at The Nation Institute's Gala on Tuesday, December 11th at 6:00pm at the IAC Building.

Purchase tickets here.

We are delighted to announce that we will present the 2018 Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship to the Parkland Student Activists, who founded March for Our Lives to end gun violence and challenge the complacency of lawmakers.

We also will honor David R. Jones, Executive Director and CEO of the Community Service Society of New York, one of New York's most accomplished civic leaders and a stalwart supporter of the Institute's mission to increase the diversity of voices in journalism.

This year we are returning to a seated dinner format but we will retain some elements from last year's event: a shorter speaking program, farm-to-table food by The Cleaver Co., and an inspiring atmosphere.

For questions, please contact: gala@nationinstitute.org.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-nation-institutes-2018-annual-gala-tickets-48845936511

 
Parkland Students win Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship
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The Parkland Student Activists are the winners of the 2018 Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship.

The Students, in partnership with young activists across the country, founded the March for Our Lives to end gun violence and challenge the complacency of lawmakers. March organizers David Hogg, Jaclyn Corin, Delaney Tarr, and Ramon Contreras will accept the prize at The Nation Institute's Gala Dinner on Dec. 11 in New York City.

“March For Our Lives is incredibly grateful that our work to engage young people nationwide is being recognized by the Nation Institute,” said Jaclyn Corin. “We stand alongside millions of students around the nation in the fight to end gun violence in all communities, continuously challenging elected officials to fight for the safety of their constituents.

Just days after the tragedy at their high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas students began publicly calling for meaningful gun control reform and meeting with politicians to challenge them to act. The students’ message was clear: we cannot allow one more person to be killed by senseless gun violence.

Millions of people, inspired by the students’ call to action, rallied together on March 24th for the March for Our Lives. In one the largest demonstrations in American history, in Washington, D.C. and at more than 800 sibling events around the world, protesters called for policy changes like mandating universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole, and prohibiting high-capacity magazines.

After the march, and after many of the students graduated, they pressed on for reform. The activists helped push Florida legislators to pass a school safety bill in the face of vehement opposition from the National Rifle Association, urged boycotts of companies supporting the NRA, and organized school walkouts.

This past summer, the students went on a national bus tour, visiting more than 80 communities in 24 different states in 60 days — some of them NRA strongholds, others communities affected by gun violence. They focused on educating young people, registering them to vote, and encouraging them to make it to the polls.

The Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship is a $100,000 prize that honors individuals that challenge the status quo through distinctive, courageous, imaginative, and socially responsible work of significance. It is intended to encourage the recipients to continue their work, and to inspire others to challenge the prevailing orthodoxies they face in their own lives.

"The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglass accomplished something extraordinary,” said Perry Rosenstein, President of the Puffin Foundation. “They helped pass meaningful reforms in their home state and changed the debate about gun violence nationwide in one of the most successful challenges to the gun lobby we've ever seen. But they also had the wisdom to realize that lasting change will only come with the engagement of their peers in this fight. Their mobilization of youth across the country to engage in the political process has been inspiring to us all. We at the Puffin Foundation share that commitment and salute their work.”

 
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