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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
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

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.”


Bryan Stevenson wins ALBA/Puffin Award
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Bryan Stevenson
ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism
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 honor, present the $100,000 ALBA/Puffin Award annually to honor the International Brigades and connect their legacy with contemporary causes.  
Bryan A. Stevenson portrait
“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 historical 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. 

ALBA and the Puffin Foundation are not the first to recognize Stevenson for his groundbreaking work.  His awards include a MacArthur Fellowship, the Reebok Human Rights Award, the ACLU National Medal of Liberty, the American Bar Association Wisdom Award, the Thurgood Marshall Medal of Justice, the Olof Palme Prize, the Gruber Prize for Justice, and most recently, the 2013 Brennan Legacy Award. 

The ALBA/Puffin Award is part of a program connecting the inspiring legacy of the International Brigades — the 40,000 volunteers 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 – Sunday, April 27th at 2:30pm.  Reception to follow.
The New School
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011
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.



Bryan Stevenson gana el premio
ALBA/Puffin al Activismo en Pro de los Derechos Humanos

Nueva York – El domingo 27 de abril de 2014, los Archivos de la Brigada Abraham Lincoln (ALBA) otorgará el cuarto premio ALBA/Puffin al Activismo en pro de los Derechos Humanos a Bryan Stevenson, fundador y Director Ejecutivo de Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). ALBA y la Fundación Puffin, la cual proporciona un fondo exclusivamente para este galardón, otorgan anualmente este premio dotado con $100.000 con el objetivo de honrar a las Brigadas Internacionales y conectar su legado solidario con causas contemporáneas.

"No puedo pensar en nadie más digno de este honor”, ha afirmado Sebastiaan Faber, presidente de ALBA, “no sólo porque los voluntarios de la Brigada Lincoln estuvieron en la vanguardia en la lucha contra el racismo y a favor de la justicia social y los derechos civiles, sino también porque Equal Justice Initiative, al igual que ALBA, cree que una falta de conciencia histórica fomenta la injusticia y que estudiar y enseñar los capítulos oscuros de nuestra historia es una necesidad absoluta para construir un futuro mejor".

Con sede en Montgomery, Alabama, el Lic. Stevenson ha dedicado su vida profesional a luchar contra la pobreza y protestar contra la discriminación racial, sobre todo la existente en el sistema de justicia penal de EE.UU. Además de ser un abogado dedicado a la justicia reparadora, el Lic. Stevenson es también un humanista plenamente comprometido con los grandes desafíos de los derechos civiles de nuestro tiempo.

ALBA y la Fundación Puffin no son los primeros en reconocer a Stevenson por su trabajo importante e innovador. Los numerosos  premios que se le han otorgado incluyen una beca MacArthur, el premio Reebok de Derechos Humanos, la Medalla de la Libertad de ACLU,  el Wisdom Award de la American Bar Association, la Medalla de Justicia de Thurgood Marshall, el premio Olof Palme, el premio Gruber Prize for Justice y, más recientemente, el Brennan Legacy Award.

El Premio ALBA/Puffin es parte de un programa que conecta el legado inspirador de las Brigadas Internacionales —los 40.000 voluntarios internacionales que ayudaron a luchar contra el fascismo durante la Guerra Civil Española— con causas activistas actuales.  El juez español Baltasar Garzón recibió el primer Premio ALBA/Puffin en mayo de 2011. Fredy Peccerelli, Director de la Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala, y Kate Doyle, de los Archivos de Seguridad Nacional de EE.UU., fueron galardonados en el año 2012  por su coraje y agudeza en la reivindicación de las víctimas de la violencia gubernamental en América Latina. La organización United We Dream fue galardonada el año pasado en reconocimiento a su trabajo en busca de la igualdad de acceso a la educación superior de personas indocumentadas.

Ceremonia de entrega de premios - Domingo, 27 de abril de 2014 a las 2:30 pm
The New School
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011

Los Archivos de la Brigada Abraham Lincoln, – Después del estallido de la Guerra Civil Española (1936-39) alrededor de 40.000 hombres y mujeres procedentes de 52 países, incluidos 2.800 de Estados Unidos, viajaron a España para unirse a las Brigadas Internacionales y luchar contra el fascismo. Los voluntarios de EE.UU. llegaron a ser conocidos como la Brigada Abraham Lincoln. Fundada en 1979, los Archivos de la  Brigada Abraham Lincoln  (ALBA) es una organización educativa sin fines de lucro que promueve la sensibilización pública, la investigación y el análisis con respecto a la Guerra Civil Española y su significado histórico, político y artístico, en base a un importante archivo ubicado en la Biblioteca Tamiment de la Universidad de Nueva York. Los miles de cartas, folletos, carteles, escritos, fotografías y películas almacenados allí son consultados por investigadores y estudiantes de todo el mundo. ALBA también auspicia exposiciones, publicaciones, presentaciones y programas educativos para maestros de escuelas secundarias, con el fin de preservar el legado de activismo progresista de la Brigada Abraham Lincoln como una inspiración para las generaciones presentes y futuras.

La Fundación Puffin, - Desde su fundación en 1983, la Fundación Puffin Ltd. ha procurado abrir las puertas de la expresión artística mediante la concesión de becas a artistas y organizaciones de arte menos privilegiadas a raíz de su raza, género o filosofía social. Al adoptar como símbolo al frailecillo (puffin en inglés)—un pájaro cuyos lugares de anidación han sido amenazados por el avance de la civilización pero que ha podido regresar a su hábitat natural gracias a los esfuerzos de ciudadanos activistas— la Fundación ha querido así expresar cómo concibe su misión, la cual consiste en garantizar que las artes sigan creciendo y enriqueciendo la vida. Con ese mismo fin, la Fundación se ha aliado con otros grupos y personas interesados. La Fundación Puffin ha apoyado la misión educativa de ALBA desde hace varios años.

Bryan Stevenson es un abogado de interés público que ha dedicado su carrera a ayudar a los pobres,  los encarcelados y los condenados. Es el fundador y Director Ejecutivo de Equal Justice Initiative , un grupo con sede en Alabama que ofrece representación legal a los acusados ​​indigentes y presos a los que se les ha denegado un tratamiento justo y equitativo en el sistema legal. EJI litiga en nombre de los presos condenados, infractores menores, personas erróneamente condenadas o acusadas de delitos violentos, pobres sin representación efectiva, y otros cuyos juicios están marcados por el prejuicio racial o la mala conducta del fiscal. EJI trabaja con comunidades que han sido marginadas por la pobreza y desalentadas por trato desigual. EJI también prepara informes, boletines y manuales para ayudar a políticos y abogados para la reforma de la administración de justicia penal.
ACLU Annual Report: Puffin Foundation Spotlight
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Gladys Miller-Rosenstein spent her childhood in Manhattan, paging through books about labor unions and marches for justice. Perry Rosenstein spent his in the Bronx, taking part in demonstrations hoisted on his father's shoulders.

For the Rosensteins, the seeds of social activism planted in their childhood continue to blossom years later through their work at the Puffin Foundation, Ltd., of Teaneck, NJ.

"History has proven that social activism is important and has a role in America," said Perry Rosenstein, who started the foundation in 1983 with money from his tool manufacturing business. "Without it, America would not advance any further."

The foundation awards grants to artists, performers, and advocacy groups that are involved in social activism. These gifts have gone to support Planned Parenthood, The Nation Magazine, "Democracy Now!" and many other people and groups that fights for social justice. Last year, a grant from The Puffin Foundation helped to produce the limited edition of prints by artist Faith Ringgold, created specifically for the ACLU-NJ.

More recently, The Puffin Foundation, Ltd., has made a generous three-year pledge in support of the human rights work of the ACLU of New Jersey and the national ACLU. The ACLU is proud to have the foundation as a partner in this work. "I grew up understanding the importance of working with people and fighting for what was right," said Gladys Miller-Rosenstein. "Social activism is about trying to undo the wrongs that we see in this society and trying to work toward making the playing field equal."

Perry Rosenstein: WSJ Donor of the Day
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Donor of the Day

Grants for Artists Outside Mainstream

The Puffin Foundation Teams Up With the Nation Institute

Melanie Grayce West
Dec. 8, 2013 8:51 p.m. ET

From protecting ancient trees to supporting artists, musicians, dancers, peace activists and investigative journalists, Perry Rosenstein is supporting work outside the mainstream.

Through his Teaneck, N.J.-based Puffin Foundation, Mr. Rosenstein, 88 years old, has as his mission to fund "as many different areas of expression as possible," he says. Largely, he funds progressive or liberal work. The Bronx-native says that he attended his first protest as a boy atop his father's shoulders.

"I happen to be one of many people that believes in our country and our democracy," said Mr. Rosenstein. "I feel that if democracy is threatened, we are all threatened."

Perry Rosenstein

On Monday, the Puffin Foundation and Nation Institute will award a $100,000 prize to Reverend Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The award will be given at the annual Nation Institute Gala in New York. Mr. Lynn's work is being acknowledged because of his efforts to protect religious freedom.

The Puffin Foundation, with more than $14 million in assets split between two independent entities, were seeded with the fortune Mr. Rosenstein made in the Allen screw business. He got into the fasteners industry as a salesman. As he made the rounds on his accounts, he found several buyers who wanted diversity in Allen screws. He saw an opening in the market and began making screws in Japan.

As an outsider in the industry, he faced stiff competition in the business.

That experience has partly informed his interests in providing grants to artists and thinkers who do not usually secure grant money from more traditional foundations. He says he wants to make the fight a fair one.

Another area of inspiration for Mr. Rosenstein is the puffin, a bird that was endangered in the U.S.

Years ago, a number of groups joined together to protect the puffins and preserve their nesting habitat. He sees that collaborative effort, of which he was a part and provided funding to, as a model for society.

The Puffin Foundation interests are nationwide. The foundation has a named gallery at the Museum of the City of New York and supports a center for human rights at the University of Washington.

Hundreds of grants are given out annually and Mr. Rosenstein and his wife, Gladys Miller-Rosenstein, go to the foundation's office daily. They use their lunch hours for business meetings so they can have 10 hours to the workday, said Mr. Rosenstein.

With such a large funding portfolio and deep interests in a variety of causes, is there anything Mr. Rosenstein doesn't like? "Hypocrites, right-wingers, reactionaries," he said.

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Honoring the Memory of Newtown Victims
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One year later- Come Honor the Memory of the Victims of the Newtown Massacre

held by the Bergen County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence

Help to remember the 20 children and 6 adults who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School
Saturday December 14th at 5:30pm
Teaneck Town Green (Corner of Cedar Ln. & Teaneck Rd.)

Among those sharing words of remembrance:
New Jersey State Senator Loretta Weinberg
Rabbi Steven Sitbu of Teaneck's Temple Emeth

Please bring flashlights rather than actual candles

Climate Change Spells Peril for Puffins
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Red full article at:

With its distinctive appearance, the Atlantic puffin has been endowed with colorful names—from “sea parrot” to “the clown of the sea,” and even “sea rooster.” Nicknames aside, these tuxedoed waddlers are causing increased concern and sounding a now all-too-familiar alarm from the natural world about the growing consequences of climate change.

The puffin is a robust little bird with sad-looking triangular eyes of a crying clown matched with its large triangular beak (which changes from gray to bright orange in breeding season) and its slick-backed cranial feathers that give it a don-like hairdo. Needless to say, this bird’s quite the looker and has become a fan favorite. The Atlantic puffin can do it all: they are excellent swimmers, sleek flyers, skilled hunters and whimsical waddlers. Even their name is endearing.

Puffins Face Dramatic Decline

However, for the cute little round-bodied bird that has captured the affection of so many admirers, times are tough and their lives are increasingly perilous. A recent article by the Associated Press announced that puffin populations have seen a dramatic decline in the United States and other parts of the world as sea temperatures continue to rise.

Scientists have recorded declining survival rates for puffin fledglings (as if they weren’t cute enough, baby puffins have an equally adorable title—they’re called pufflings!) in Maine’s two largest colonies. Furthermore, the largest puffin colony in the Gulf of Maine, which lies just 10 miles off the coast, has suffered increased health degradation amongst adult puffins. Emaciated birds have washed ashore by the dozens from Massachusetts to Bermuda and could signal a worsening future for the bird as well as other migratory birds facing similar challenges spurred by climate change.

Like the many migratory birds that have had to literally shift their way of life, the puffin is finding it more difficult to find its major food sources as fish populations are displaced as ocean temperatures warm, causing mismatches in prey-and-predator relationships and shortages in the abundance of herring, their primary food staple. A marked deficit of roughly 5% annually has been recorded in the presence of herring in the diets of puffin populations. Many puffin populations are filling the void by hunting and feeding their young butterfish, which are now more abundant in the area as they too react to changing conditions. But, young puffins are simply unable to swallow these larger fish and many have died of starvation.

Low birth rates, high fledgling mortality, food supply disruption coupled with recent unprecedented die-offs, delayed breeding seasons, and rapid habitat destruction caused by more frequent and extreme ocean conditions could prove crippling for puffins and many more of our feathered friends.

Migratory Birds at Risk from Climate Change

A new report by the National Wildlife Federation details the effects rapidly changing climate is having on migratory birds across the country. Shifting Skies: Confronting the Climate Crisis, goes into greater detail on the potential damage climate change can have on critical migratory bird habitat, their main food resources, and the timing and direction of their migration patterns. Puffins are not the only birds in peril.

  • Birds’ ranges are shifting and in some cases, contracting. 177 of 305 species tracked have shifted their centers of abundance during the winter northward by 35 miles on average in the past four decades.
  • Coastal wetlands and beach habitats, home to birds like king rails and piping plovers, are disappearing, inundated by sea level rise.
  • Global warming is exacerbating pests and disease, such as mountain pine beetle epidemics that have devastated many western forests resulting in mass losses of key habitat.
  • Changing precipitation patterns threaten the Midwest’s prairie pothole region, known as “America’s duck factory.” Many ducks such as mallards and pintails face disappearing breeding habitat.
  • To learn more about how the climate crisis is affecting our nation’s migratory bird populations, check out the full report at

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