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An Open Letter to Governor Christie
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Teaneck Advisory: Transportation for Senior & Disabled Residents
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The Department offers free transportation for senior and disabled residents to medical appointments five days a week; we also provide grocery shopping on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Residents may call the Department to schedule medical appointments in Teaneck, Englewood, and Hackensack, Mondays through Fridays with the exception of Municipal Holidays. In months which contain five (5) Wednesdays and/or Thursdays, the weekly grocery shopping trips are substituted with trips to Bergen Town Center or Paramus Park Mall.

The service is curb-to-curb; residents will be picked up at their homes. When they are finished and ready to return home, residents should call the Department for pickup. Residents with wheelchairs or who are in need of assistance must be accompanied by an aide. Both vans are equipped with wheelchair lifts to accomodate disabled residents. As the transportation service is very popular, residents are strongly encouraged to call at least two weeks in advance to schedule an appointment; up to three appointments may be made at one time. Transportation is available for appointments beginning at 8:30 am and ending at 2:30 pm. All transportees must be picked up from their appointments by 3:45 pm at the latest. If your appointment begins earlier than 8 am or will run later than 3:45 pm, one-way transportation may also be arranged.

If you have scheduled an appointment and need to make a change for any reason, please notify the Transportation Co-ordinator immediately. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (201) 837-7130 ext. 7040.

http://www.teanecknj.gov/Senior-Disabled-Transportation/

 
Puffin Fights to Commemorate Historic Oak
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The Record: Bough to history



article via northjersey.com

DAYS MAY be numbered for a large, historic red oak that has deep roots in Teaneck's past, but if science is any indication, and a little luck holds, the tree may live on as more than memory. Even as its likely demise is being calculated — Bergen County is planning to chop it down, due to decay and significant loss of its root system — a cohort of arborists, advocates and tree experts are exploring options for cloning the giant tree that holds so much history.

As Staff Writer Denisa R. Superville reports, there is a chance to take cuttings from the oak and use them to produce genetically identical copies. This is hopeful news for tree lovers in Teaneck and elsewhere. Such cloning has taken place successfully through the years, though experts agree that matching the 250-year-old northern red oak might be more challenging because the plant group in general has proved difficult to clone in the past.

Nevertheless, at a time when too many of our old trees are being thoughtlessly lost, we applaud efforts, including those from the Puffin Foundation, to keep the red oak alive and to save its identity in the township. The tree's residence at Cedar Lane and Palisade Avenue predates the American Revolution. Over the years many people have fought to save it from developers, and an ordinance earlier this year gave the tree official historical status.

"Nobody wants this tree to go down," said Todd Mastrobuoni, a certified tree expert, master arborist and tree risk assessor, who suggested cloning it. "And at least, if we can come up with something — that it's not a total end to it — it will be worth the time and effort."

Jason Grabosky, an associate professor of ecology, evolution and natural resources at Rutgers University, who was contacted by the Puffin Foundation, said three methods of cloning are under consideration: taking terminal cuttings from the tree and using growth hormones to initiate rooting; taking small branches and storing them in an environment with adequate humidity, in the hope they will eventually grow shoots; and using the sprouts that will be generated once the tree is cut down.

The odds, decidedly, are not good. And yet there are enough cloning successes, not only in New Jersey, but even with the famous cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington, to bring hope. The ancient oak has proved a hearty soldier in Teaneck for more than 250 years. Here's hoping its offspring follows suit.

 
The Truth Commission Campaign Project
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2011 ALBA/Puffin Human Rights Award winner Baltasar Garzón's Truth Commission Campaign Project.

The Truth Commission Campaign Project
The Baltasar Garzón International Foundation (FIBGAR) is a non-governmental and non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting human rights and the principles of Universal Jurisdiction. Founded upon the basis, FIBGAR's mission is to defend victims of international crimes and their rights to truth, justice, and reparation by developing programs for action in different social contexts, including education, culture, politics, and human rights activism.

Through and extensive advocacy work at national and international level, FIBGAR promotes social activism and supports civil society's initiatives and legal proceedings that ensure the implementation of principles of International Justice.

FIBGAR fosters the creation of a Civil Society Platform called "Plataforma por la Comisión de la Verdad sorb los crímenes del franquismo" that brings together victims associations, experts, and human rights defenders to urge the Spanish Government to establish a Truth Commission that ensures the right of victims of Francoist crimes to know the truth about the events, the circumstances of manner, time, and place, reasons why the crimes were committed, and the whereabouts of persons killed of disappeared.

The UN defines truth commissions as official, temporary, non-judicial fact-finding bodies that investigate a pattern of abuses of human rights or humanitarian law, usually committed over a number of years.

The Amnesty Law in 1977 represents a Full Stop Law the justifies the impunity of serious crimes against life committed by the francoist regime forces as illegal detentions, extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances, which do amount crimes against humanity under international law, and are thus not subject to amnesty, pardon or prescription.

Establishing a Civil Society Platform: Victim's Statement
The following statement has emerged from meetings between victims' association in order to constitute the Platform and urge the Spanish Government to create a Truth Commission on crimes committed during Franco's regime:

"The right to truth, justice and reparation is a human right of the victims of the most serious crimes: genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. It is the right of those who suffered from enforced disappearance, extrajudicial executions, torture, and exile, committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed or with authorization, support of acquiescence of the State.

In Spain, all there crimes were committed by the cruel dictatorship of Fransico Franco after he took up the power by a military uprising in 1936 against the legitimate government of the Republic. Franco was supported by European countries.

Today, the list of atrocities is still incomplete, casino the State has not assumed its obligations and duties under international law to respect, protect, and fulfill the right of the victims to truth, justice, and reparation.

The bodies of at least 120,000 people, who disappeared during the civiil war and the subsequent Franco regime, are still awaiting justice in clandestine mass graves throughout Spain.

Families of stolen children are also awaiting justice, 30,000 children abducted by Francoist forces. Their names were changed and they were given in adoption to families supporting the regime. The practice continued to happen until democracy returned. Women also expect justice; they were doubly victimized by their ideas and their condition of being women.

Hundred of thousands of victims detained, tortured, persecuted, exiled, executed in summary trials, subjected to forced labor, are awaiting justice. Today, 35 years after the death of Franco, the State and its courts continue to deny the rights of victims."

 
The Bergen County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence Rally
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Stand Up For Gun Sanity
Took place on April 21, 2013

 


Photo courtesy of Teaneck Patch

For more info and event photos visit http://www.bergengunviolenceprevention.com/

Speakers included:
Loretta Weinberg
NJ State Senate Majority Leader

Robert Gordon
NJ State Senator

Carole Stiller
NJ Million Mom March Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Richard Muti
Author and former Mayor of Ramsey

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher
President ,NJ Together Against Gun Violence

Dr. Joseph Chuman
Professor of Human Rights and Ethical Cultura Society Leader

Sponsors:
The Puffin Foundation, Ltd.
The Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County
Temple Emeth Social Action Committee
Christ Episcopal Church

 
Faith Ringgold Limited Edition Prints
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Printing made possible through a generous grant form the Puffin Foundation, Ltd.

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 from 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.

The ACLU of New Jersey is deeply grateful to Faith Ringgold and The Puffin Foundation Ltd. for making this fine limited edition.

 


Elly Perkins and Diane DuBrule of the ACLU presenting Perry and Gladys Rosenstein with the Faith Ringgold print.

 
The Power of the Pen at the Museum of the City of NY
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Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 pm
The Power of the Pen: Literature and Politics During The Great Depression
at the Museum of the City of New York

During the economic crisis of the 1930s, the written word became an activist political tool. America’s “proletarian literature” movement produced novels, poems, essays, and manifestos that promoted social reform and even political revolution. Why did many writers feel the need to become political and what was the effect of their work? Join noted essayist, fiction writer, film critic, and poet Phillip Lopate for a conversation about literature and politics with distinguished critic Morris Dickstein, Professor of English, CUNY, and Linda Gordon, Professor of History, NYU, author of Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits (Norton, 2009).

Co-sponsored by the Department of History, NYU and the CUNY Center for the Humanities and presented in conjunction with The Puffin Foundation's Activist New York exhibition at the museum.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
$6 Museum members; $8 seniors and students; $12 general public

For more information or to register by phone, please call 917-492-3395

 
United We Dream Awarded ALBA/Puffin Prize
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United We Dream wins ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism

“Undocumented and Unafraid”: DREAMers Network Tapped for Human Rights Award

New York — On May 5, 2013 the third Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA)/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism will be presented in New York City to United We Dream (UWD), a national network of youth-led immigrant activist organizations fighting for the rights of millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States.  One of the largest monetary awards for human rights activism, this prize of $100,000 is granted annually by ALBA and the Puffin Foundation to honor the International Brigades and connect their inspiring legacy with contemporary causes.

“Coming out publicly as an undocumented immigrant in America today takes tremendous courage. The activists of United We Dream demonstrate that taking risks and putting your body on the line is a necessity in the fight for a moral and just society.” - Michael Ratner, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights and nominator of UWD for the ALBA/Puffin Award.

The award ceremony at Pace University celebrates the extraordinary courage of the DREAM movement in the spirit of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade—the 2,800 Americans who traveled to Spain to join the International Brigades to defend the Spanish Republic during the 1930s. In the tradition of the valiant men and women of the Lincoln Brigade who risked their lives for a better world, today’s DREAMers stand in the front line of the struggle for their freedom to advocate for the rights and safety of undocumented immigrants. In this key moment of transformation, United We Dream strives to achieve equal access to higher education, regardless of immigration status; to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and their families; and to develop a sustainable, grassroots movement for immigration reform.

"The 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.” –Perry Rosenstein, Puffin Foundation President.

Part of a new initiative designed to sustain the experiences, aspirations and idealism of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism creates a direct link to current international activists and human rights causes. The first ALBA/Puffin was awarded in 2011 to Judge Baltasar Garzón (Spain) for his work and dedication to international justice.  In 2012, Fredy Peccerelli,  (Executive Director, Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation) and Kate Doyle (Senior Analyst, National Security Archive) were honored for their courage, care, and acuity in vindicating victims of government violence and pursuing the perpetrators of criminal activity in their fight for justice in Latin America.

Award Ceremony – Sunday, May 5th at 3:30pm

Pace University  •  Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts

3 Spruce Street  •   New York, NY 10038

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 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. 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.

United We Dream (DREAMers): www.unitedwedream.org

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 53 affiliate organizations in 24 states.  UWD organizes and advocates for a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million undocumented Americans, as well as access to higher education, health care, and fair treatment under the law for all, as well as an end to excessive and senseless deportations and abuses. The network seeks to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believes that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants.

 

Contact: Marina Garde

212-674-5398   

info@alba-valb.org • www.alba-valb.org

 

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