September Events are Online
This month we are honoring Pete Seeger with an exhibition... more
The Camp at Teaneck Creek
The Camp at Teaneck Creek, offered by the Teaneck Creek... more
Puffin Closed in August
The Puffin Cultural Forum will be closed from August 1st... more
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September Events are Online
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This month we are honoring Pete Seeger with an exhibition of photographs from his life. Please visit our events page and make reservations today! This month also marks the return of our photography and acting classes.

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The Camp at Teaneck Creek
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The Camp at Teaneck Creek, offered by the Teaneck Creek Conservancy in collaboration with the Teaneck Community Education Center, and funded by the Puffin Foundation, will provide a wonderfully creative end-of-summer experience for Teaneck children entering grades 2-5. Camp will be held in “the Great Outdoors” on the grounds of the Teaneck Creek Conservancy and in the Puffin, at 20 Puffin Way, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., August 11-15 for 4th and 5th graders, and August 18-22 for 2nd and 3rd graders. Exciting programs, run by experienced school teachers, will stimulate the imagination, develop new skills, encourage collaboration, provide intellectual stimulation - and hours of fun! Thanks to a generous grant from the Puffin Foundation, the cost per child will be just $135 per week and will come with an added bonus: an included special rate membership to the Conservancy. Since there are spots for only 15 children in each session, early registration is recommended.

During the first week, campers entering grades 4-5 will participate in Fairy Tale Trials - Out of the Woods and Into the Courtroom, an award-winning program that introduces concepts of ethics, justice, and fairness by giving fairy tale trials a day in court. Children participate as lawyers, witnesses, defendants, and storytellers as they explore moral dilemmas at the core of each tale, and learn about our legal system while doing it. Finally, they will present a case to the jurors and a verdict will be rendered. Nature and Discovery, the second program offered during the first week, will involve children in an exploration of the Teaneck Creek. They will get wet in the stream, dig in the dirt, and look under rocks to discover and learn about the importance of this natural area - what lives here, how humans impact the area, and more. Campers will create art inspired by their finds.

During week two, campers entering grades 2-3 will enjoy two wonderful Hobby Quest programs. Kids and Cameras - New Techniques in Photography will provide children with professional quality digital cameras to point, click, and capture scenery and people through a lens. There will be an exhibition of camper’s photographs at the end of the session, an online “gallery” of their work, and an album of their pictures to take home. In Making Magic, a real magician will provide the tools and secrets that ensure mastery of tricks that will wow audiences. Magic tricks created by campers are theirs to keep at the end of the session.

Applications are available at the Teaneck Community Education Center, One Merrison Street; The Puffin Foundation, 20 Puffin Way; and at the Teaneck Public Library. If you have questions or would like an application mailed to your home, please contact Karen Yucht, Camp Coordinator (201) 836-0142.

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Puffin Closed in August
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The Puffin Cultural Forum will be closed from August 1st until the beginning of September for minor renovations and routine maintenance. Our regular schedule will resume in September.

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Puffin is proud to sponsor: Stokely Carmichael’s Journey: From the Bronx to Freedom Summer, at MCNY
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Tuesday, August 12 at 6:30 pm
Museum of the City of New York

Fifty years ago, civil rights activists from across the country came together in Mississippi to fight entrenched racism and voter repression. To mark the anniversary of 1964’s Freedom Summer, we examine one of its key players, Civil Rights and Black Power leader Stokely Carmichael. Tufts University Professor of History Peniel Joseph will discuss Stokely: A Life, his biography spanning Carmichael’s boyhood in the Bronx, his role in New York’s 1960s political activist culture, his organizing in the South, and his global vision of liberation. Book signing to follow.

This event is co-sponsored by The Andrew Goodman Foundation and presented as part of the Activist New York program series, made possible by The Puffin Foundation.

Admission is free, please RSVP.

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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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 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

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