Whole Foods Select Bergen County Audubon as recipient of 5% day & TCC benefits
  Tuesday April 8th 2014 Whole Foods Market select Bergen County Audubon (BCAS)... more
Puffin Women's History Month Online Gallery
A selections of photos from our March gallery exhibit. These... more
April Exhibition: Revisiting Renewal and the Holocaust
Art of various styles, media and moods by Holocaust... more
NRDC Petitions Federal Government to List Tufted Puffin Under Endangered Species Act
Petition Seeks “Endangered” Protections for the Seabird’s Ailing U.S. Pacific... more
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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.
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND SHOP AT WHOLE FOODS MARKET ON APRIL 8TH

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 visitwww.teaneckcreek.org.
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Puffin Women's History Month Online Gallery
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A selections of photos from our March gallery exhibit. These original 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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April Exhibition: Revisiting Renewal and the Holocaust
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Artwork by Carl Hausman

Art of various styles, media and moods by Holocaust survivors expresses their humanity, renewal and hopes for the future. This exhibition is a regathering of artists from Puffin’s first Renewal and the Holocaust in 2009 as well as new participating artists.

Free
Exhibition Runs April 5-30th
Gallery Hours Tuesday- Thursday 12:00pm- 4:00pm

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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.”


More:  http://www.nrdc.org/media/2014/140211.asp#.UwNiidA8twg.email

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"High Power" Film Screening Canceled
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Due to the inclement weather predicted for tomorrow, Thursday February 13th, we are canceling our scheduled film screening of “High Power.” We will let you know when we reschedule this event.

Thank you and stay warm!

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Bryan Stevenson wins ALBA/Puffin Award
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ALBA
Bryan Stevenson
wins
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
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 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, www.alba-valb.org – 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, www.puffinfoundation.org - 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.
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Classical Sunday: Ching-Yun Hu Canceled
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Due to the inclement weather we are canceling tomorrow's event, Classical Sunday: Ching-Yun Hu.

Thank you and stay warm!,
-The Puffin Cultural Forum

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Harlem Opera Theater CANCELED
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Due to the impending inclement weather we are canceling tomorrow's event, Harlem Opera Theater's Holiday Community Sing.

As of right now Sunday's Classical Concert is still on. Please check the website and email tomorrow for updates on the status of Sunday's event.

Thank you and stay warm!,
-The Puffin Cultural Forum

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