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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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Puffin Seeks To Establish Museum Celebrating Women Artists
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The Puffin Foundation is looking to establish a museum that celebrates women artists in Teaneck. We welcome your inquiries, ideas, and partnership suggestions about the construction of the museum.

You can contact us at info@puffinfoundation.org

 
National Significance Attributed to Puffin/Nation Award for Ben Jealous of NAACP
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When Benjamin Todd Jealous stepped on stage last week to receive one of the ideological left's most prestigious awards, he was greeted with thunderous applause from the assembled audience, a collection of this nation's most unrepentant liberals.

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous
(Photo: Diane Bondareff, AP) via USA Today


Jealous came to the Nation Institute's annual gala to be honored with a $100,000 prize "for his unwavering dedication to civil and human rights." When Jealous arrived, he found himself in the midst of a fawning crowd of liberal icons that included former TV talk show host Phil Donahue, Nation magazine publisher Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Perry and Gladys Rosenstein, whose Puffin Foundation has championed more liberal causes than Al Sharpton.

But these people and the others who filled the small ballroom in New York City's Flatiron district this night were there as much to celebrate the resurrection of liberalism as to toast Jealous. The youngest person ever to lead the NAACP, this nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, Jealous was touted for his support of same-sex marriage, opposition to the death penalty and work to defeat voter suppression legislation.

As the recipient of the 2012 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship, he was -- for this group, at least -- the most obvious manifestation of a liberal resurgence. While recent polls show that conservatives significantly outnumber liberals, liberal ideals and causes have not had a better year since Lyndon Johnson signed the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law.

Proof of this can be found in the approval last month of same-sex marriage laws in Maryland, Maine and Washington, the first states to legalize gay unions by popular vote. And it was evident in the success Democrats had at the polls this year. Liberals revel in the re-election victory President Obama, a moderate Democrat, achieved over Mitt Romney, the GOP candidate whose campaign was a genuflection to the demands of this nation's most misguided conservatives.

Evidence of the banner year for liberals also can be seen in the gains Democrats made in the U.S. Senate, which pushed their majority to 55 seats (including two Independents who are expected to join their caucus). These victories came in a year in which political pundits widely believed Republicans would seize control of the Senate. Among the right-wing Republican Senate candidates who went down to defeat were Tea Party favorites Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana. Both suffered fatal self-inflicted political wounds.

Akin, the House Republican who tried to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, offered up this troglodyte reason why a woman who is raped should not be allowed to have an abortion: "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," he said. Mourdock, the state treasurer, did the same and turned what appeared to be a sure victory into defeat when he said in defense of his opposition to abortion that pregnancies resulting from rape are something "God intended to happen."

While both McCaskill and Joe Donnelly, the House Democrat who won the Indiana Senate seat, are moderates, their victories staved off right-wing candidates and gave liberals good cause for jubilation.

Liberals also chalked up victories in Washington and Colorado when voters in three states that considered measures to legalize the recreational use of marijuana gave their approval. Only in Oregon was this proposition defeated.

Long a member of the coalition that makes up the Democratic Party that for years was in retreat, liberals are now part of a political alliance that increasingly finds itself in the winner's circle when voters go to the polls -- a resurgence that understandably makes them want to celebrate.

DeWayne Wickham writes on Tuesdays for USA TODAY

 
NAACP Head Ben Jealous Wins 2012 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship
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Benjamin Todd Jealous Announced as Winner of the
2012 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship

Prize Recognizes NAACP’s Leadership In Civil and Human Rights Movement; Efforts to “Rebrand” Civil Rights for a New Era


November 15, 2012 (New York, NY): The Nation Institute and The Puffin Foundation announced today that Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will receive the annual $100,000 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. This prestigious award will be presented to Jealous on Monday, December 3, 2012 at The Nation Institute’s Annual Dinner Gala in New York City.  

The Puffin Foundation and The Nation Institute co-sponsor this annual award, given to an individual who has challenged the status quo through distinctive, courageous, imaginative, and socially responsible work of significance. Recipients are drawn from a broad range of occupations and pursuits, including academia, journalism, public health, literature, art, the environmental sciences, labor, and the humanities. The prize is intended to encourage the recipients to continue their work, and to inspire others to challenge the prevailing orthodoxies they face in their careers.

Jealous is receiving the award for his unwavering dedication to civil and human rights. As the youngest person to lead the NAACP, Jealous has invigorated civil rights by building new alliances across progressive communities. Under his leadership, the NAACP has taken on an array of the most pressing issues of our time: inequity in opportunity and education, climate change, supporting marriage equality, fighting to save the life of Troy Davis, and ending the death penalty. The NAACP has worked tirelessly to expand and protect the franchise, registering thousands upon thousands of voters while fighting voter suppression efforts at every turn.

Perry Rosenstein, President of The Puffin Foundation Ltd., the co-sponsor of the Creative Citizenship award, said “Benjamin Todd Jealous, President of the NAACP, is bringing creativity and estimable energy to this oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, death row to the Supreme Court, Jealous is a front-line fighter of justice and equality, and a visionary who sees the interconnected nature of all kinds of human rights struggles. Benjamin Todd Jealous has not simply answered the call to lead, he is inspiring us. We are proud to honor him with the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship.”


During his tenure, the NAACP's online activists have swelled from 175,000 to more than 600,000; its donors have increased from 16,000 individuals per year to more than 120,000; and its membership has increased three years in a row for the first time in more than 20 years.

“I’m humbled to be recognized with The Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship and honored to join a distinguished list of past honorees, all of whom have inspired me with their enduring commitment to justice and human rights,” said Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP. "Our work carries on the legacy of the tremendous visionaries who founded the NAACP — with the support of The Nation — more than a century ago. I am proud to stand on their shoulders, along with thousands of NAACPers and our allies, in the fight for racial equality, human rights, and a brighter tomorrow for all Americans.”
Over past two decades, Jealous has helped organize successful campaigns to abolish the death penalty for minors, stop Mississippi's governor from turning a historically Black university into a prison, and pass federal legislation against prison rape. Before joining the NAACP, his investigative journalism at the Jackson Advocate was credited with helping save the life of a white inmate who was being threatened for helping convict corrupt prison guards, free a Black small farmer who was being framed for arson, and spur official investigations into law enforcement corruption.

As President of the NAACP, Jealous has opened national programs on education, health, and environmental justice. He has also greatly increased the organization's capacity to work on issues related to the economy and register and mobilize voters.
“I am proud to see President Jealous' innovative leadership honored by The Nation Institute and The Puffin Foundation," said NAACP National Board Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “One hundred and three years ago the NAACP set out with a goal to fundamentally change American society —and we succeeded. We look forward to another century of game-changing advocacy, and Ben will help get us there."

Jealous plans to use the prize money for a college fund for his own children, as well as De'Jaun Davis-Correia, the nephew of Troy Davis.

Andy Breslau, President of The Nation Institute and co-sponsor of The Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship, said that “moral clarity, sophisticated strategic thinking and being an effective tactician don't often come in one package, but Benjamin Todd Jealous shows that sometimes they can. During his tenure as President of the NAACP, Ben's work against voter suppression efforts, for justice in the Troy Davis case, and many others, as well his standing tall in the fight for marriage equality have sent a signal that the NAACP is a contemporary force to be reckoned with. For representing leadership in the never ending battle for justice and exemplifying the best of a new generation of fighters for equality, we are thrilled to bestow The Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship to Benjamin Todd Jealous."

Jealous is the 13th winner of the award. Previous winners are playwright Tony Kushner; Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards; environmental activists and authors Van Jones and Bill McKibben; former Texas State agriculture commissioner Jim Hightower; human rights lawyer Michael Ratner; Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman; educator and author Jonathan Kozol; journalist and author Barbara Ehrenreich; professor and anti-death penalty advocate David Protess; labor activist Dolores Huerta; and civil rights pioneer Robert Parris Moses.

About The Puffin Foundation


Since its founding in 1983, The Puffin Foundation 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 adopted the name Puffin as a metaphor for how it sees its mission, which is to ensure that the arts continue to grow and enrich our lives.

About The Nation Institute
A nonprofit media center, The Nation Institute was established to extend the reach of progressive ideas and strengthen the independent press. Its dynamic range of programs include a bestselling book publishing imprint, Nation Books
<http://www.nationbooks.org/> ; an award-winning Investigative Fund <http://www.theinvestigativefund.org/> , which supports groundbreaking investigative journalism; the widely read and syndicated website TomDispatch <http://www.tomdispatch.com/> ; an internship program <http://www.nationinstitute.org/p/internships> at The Nation magazine; and Journalism Fellowships <http://www.nationinstitute.org/fellows> that fund up to 20 high-profile reporters every year. Work produced by The Nation Institute has sparked Congressional hearings, new legislation, FBI investigations, and the resignation of government officials, has changed the debate, and has a regular impact on the most urgent social and political issues of our day.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2012
CONTACT: Diana Lee, diana@berlinrosen.com
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TIFF Opening Night Gala
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Gladys Miller Rosenstein (Executive Director, Puffin Foundation, Ltd.), Jeremy Lentz (Executive Director of TIFF) and Perry Rosenstein (President, Puffin Foundation, Ltd.) at the opening night gala of the Teaneck International Film Festival, a project of the Puffin Foundation, Ltd.

Photo by Jeremy Smith via mybergen.com

 
Special Peace Train Youth Summit - Sharon Katz & The Peace Train
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International Performers Visit Teaneck & Englewood
Sharon Katz & The Peace Train - South Africa’s Cultural Ambassadors
November 29th & 30th, 2012 give workshops to students in our schools
AND
Special Peace Train Youth Summit
7pm Friday November 30th at Puffin Cultural Forum

Sharon Katz, founder of The Peace Train in South Africa in 1992, mounted a countrywide tour around South Africa by train, shortly after the release of Nelson Mandela from South African prisons, and before his election as President of South Africa in 1994. She tours the world teaching Peace & Reconciliation and the anti-bullying messages contained in this historic and triumphant story.
Teaneck’s Puffin Foundation, Ltd. has invited Sharon Katz and her singing partner Wendy Quick, to present workshops on South African music, dance, history and culture at Grieco Elementary School in Englewood NJ, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin Middle Schools in Teaneck NJ on November 29th and 30th. 2012 Their educational workshops will culminate in a presentation at the Puffin Cultural Forum on 7pm on Friday, November 30th.
The Peace Train Youth Summit performance will feature students from the three schools who have participated in the workshops. Students will present songs and dances of South Africa with Sharon Katz & The Peace Train and they will also have an opportunity to express their ideas and hopes for a peaceful world.

The presentation at the Puffin Cultural Forum is free of charge.
Kindly reserve your seats by phoning 201-836-3499
Puffin Cultural Forum is located at 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, New Jersey. www.puffinculturalforum.org
Since seating is limited reservations will be on a first come first served basis.
For More Information about The Peace Train please visit:
www.SharonKatz.com
We look forward to meeting you!

 

 
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