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Puffin Foundation and Givat Haviva Educational Foundation Meet
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The senseless violence in the Middle East has reaffirmed our commitment to help end the violence and work for a permanent Peace in the Middle East.

For many years we at the Puffin have sought to strengthen the Peace forces in Israel and Palestine by inviting Arab Israelis and Jewish Israelis each year to share their summer vacation together at Camp Shomira in the Catskills. In partnership with Israel's Givat Haviva Educational Foundation we hope that our efforts will succeed in laying the groundwork for a peaceful Middle East.

Each year we subsidize the airfares of 25 Arab & Israeli children to visit the United States for an educational experience. In late August these 25 children will exhibit the photography of their experiences at the Puffin Cultural Forum with an exhibit entitled "Through Others' Eyes."

With our support the Israeli Educational Foundation Givat Haviva is continuing this peaceful effort in Israel where Arab and Israeli children meet socially and educationally to share in each ones culture and experiences.

Members of Givat Haviva and the Puffin Foundation

Nominations for the 2015 ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism now open
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Human Rights Project
In 2011, ALBA, in partnership with the Puffin Foundation, began a major new initiative: the ALBA/Puffin Human Rights Project (HRP), established 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 project consists of two primary components: an annual ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism in the amount of $100,000, and an informal international network of allied organizations working in the area of human rights, historical memory, and the legacy of the International Brigades.

The ALBA Human Rights Project connects directly to the historical experiences, aspirations, and idealism of the Lincoln Brigade. In the years after the Spanish Civil War, many of the vets committed their lives to assisting political prisoners around the world—particularly in Spain and Latin America — aiding political refugees, advocating for social justice, actively defending imperiled democratic institutions, or mobilizing the arts for worthy activist causes. Recent developments in Spain, Latin America, the Arab world and elsewhere have focused world attention on the human rights issues associated with the legacies of dictatorships: the need for working through the violent past, recovering historical memory and honoring the rights of victims of repression. The annual ALBA/Puffin Human Rights Activism Award, which is intended to continue for a minimum of 10 years, aims to support this work and to keep it in the public eye.

The aging vets’ continued presence at the forefront of progressive causes never ceased to inspire younger generations of activists. Now that the vets have all but disappeared, the ALBA/Puffin Human Rights project seeks to honor the Lincoln Brigade’s legacy by extending it to the new human rights challenges of the 21st century.

The nomination call for the 2015 ALBA/Puffin Award is now open.

2015 ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism

About the Award:
The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives and the Puffin Foundation invite nominations for the ALBA/Puffin 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 2015. A $100,000 cash award will be given to the laureate individual or organization to support his/her ongoing work in the area of Human Rights Activism.

How to Apply:

Please email complete nominations to, subject line: “ALBA-Puffin Award for HR Activism, 2015” by 31 August 2014. The application must include the following information:

Name of the individual(s) or organization to be nominated;
Nominee's direct contact information including: email, address, telephone, and website (if applicable);
Name of the nominating individual(s) or organization;
Nominator’s direct contact information, website, etc.;
Justification for the nomination (300 words max.);
Brief explanation of how the the activism of the International Brigades serves as a model of inspiration for the nominee's work (150 words max.).
The selection committee consists of a panel with representation from the Puffin Foundation, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives and an Honorary Committee.

Laureates from previous years:
First ALBA-Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism (2011): Laureate Judge Baltasar Garzón

Second ALBA-Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism (2012): Kate Doyle and Freddy Peccerelli

Third ALBA-Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism (2013): United We Dream

Fourth ALBA-Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism (2014): Bryan Stevenson

PUFFIN/ALBA Award Dinner Speech
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Once again we gathered to commemorate the idealism and courage of the Lincoln Brigade, connect their legacy with contemporary activist causes, and galvanize our energize for another year of compelling programs.

We hope you were as moved by the photographic memorial; as exhilarated by the words and work of our honoree Bryan Stevenson; and as stirred by the wonderful musical tribute to Pete Seeger as we were.
Many thanks to each of you for supporting us in keeping progressive activism alive!

Standing from left to right: Peter N. Carroll, Neal Rosenstein, Marina Garde, Sebastiaan Faber, Gladys Rosenstein & Bryan Stevenson; seated: Perry Rosenstein.

This speech was written by Perry and Gladys Rosenstein and delivered by Neal Rosenstein at the PUFFIN/ALBA Award Dinner

I am honored to share this platform with the Veteran’s of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, members of ALBA, honored guests and supporters of a Democratic Spain.

I bring you greetings from the Puffin Foundation, long supporters of ALBA and its worthy mission. In Parallel with the education endeavors of ALBA we at the Puffin Foundation have for the past 25 years supported creative public school programs.

The Puffin Foundation in the pursuit of our mission of “…continuing the dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people” give hundreds of grants each year to artists, dancers, writers, photographers and brings art from Cuba & Russia for exhibitions at our Puffin Cultural Forum as well as music from around the world for American audiences.

Our galleries in New York, Teaneck, New Jersey & Columbus, Ohio are our commitment to protecting and advancing the cause of human rights.

The battlefields of today, is to protect and enhance free public education for all. We find common cause with ALBA which seeks to see that the gallant struggle against fascism becomes part of the curriculum in our schools. We at the Puffin Foundation are inspired by the continuing efforts of ALBA to make sure that this chapter of history fought on behalf of human rights is not forgotten. Toward accomplishing this goal we have established a fund which will provide $100,000.00 each year to an individual or organization that has actively participated and strengthened the cause of human rights called the PUFFIN/ALBA AWARD.

Congratulations to Bryan Stevenson,
recipient of the 4th ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism!

The ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism connects the legacy of the Lincoln Brigade with contemporary causes and includes a $100,000 prize to support the ongoing work of the recipient. The award is provided through an endowed fund made possible through the generosity of the Puffin Foundation.
Images provided by ALBA

Celebrate Earth Day 2014
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April 22, 2014 Happy Earth Day!

The Puffin Foundation reminds you to do your part to help preserve our planet! For information about scheduled Earth Day events in the Bergen County area visit here.

For info on what you can do every day visit

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
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.


The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives:
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:
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.

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.

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
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."

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