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Pete Seeger Statue Opening Weekend 5/4-5/6
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The public is invited to a weekend of festivities honoring Pete Seeger and the unveiling of the Puffin Foundation's statue honoring his life and work by renowned sculptor Gary Sussman.

Photos and Video of the opening by NorthJersey.com here: https://www.northjersey.com/videos/news/bergen/teaneck/2018/05/05/pete-seeger-gets-his-own-statue-teaneck-puffin-center/583940002/


7:00pm
Film: Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
The Power of Song, was directed by Jim Brown and tells the story of Seeger’s life and music. The film won an Emmy award and was Executive Produced by Seeger’s wife Toshi Seeger. An audio story recording station will be available from 5-7pm if you would like to contribute your story of how Pete touched your life.
$5 Suggested Donation, Reservations Recommended

Film: “If I Had a Hammer” by Christopher Lukas
The creative process of sculptor Gary Sussman in creating the first sculpture of Pete Seeger is documented in this insightful documentary by filmmaker Christopher Lukas. Early sketches and models used by Gary Sussman will be on view along with the film. Film and display will be on view from May 4th to 31st in the Puffin Gallery foyer.

 

Saturday, May 5

12:00pm
Community: Pete Seeger Statue Opening
Join in the unveiling and opening of the finalized statue of Pete Seeger in the Puffin Sculpture Garden. Remarks will be given by the Puffin Foundation, sculptor Gary Sussman who will be in attendance to present the sculpture. Opening also features music from folk artists Jacob and David Bernz from Beacon, NY.
Free, Reservations Recommended

1:00pm
Workshop: Sculptor Gary Sussman
Artist and sculptor Gary Sussman will lead an educational presentation and workshop about the three-year process of creating the Pete Seeger statute. Participants will learn about the artistic process and have an opportunity to get hands on experience with real marble.
Families and children are welcome!
Free, Reservations Recommended

2:00-4:00 pm
Community: Outdoor Open Stage - Session 1
The Puffin Outdoor Stage will be open and available to performers from all genres. If you are interested in signing up for stage time, please submit your performance proposal to perform@puffinculturalforum.org, or call 201-836-3499. We’relooking for performances that relate with Pete Seeger and his legacy of activism! Submissions of spoken word, poetry, dance, music, theater, etc., are all welcome!
Free, Reservations Recommended

8:00 pm
Folk: Tom Chapin
The Puffin Cultural Forum is proud to present Grammy winning singer/songwriter, Hudson Valley Troubadour, and activist Tom Chapin. Described by NYT as “one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music.” His prolific career brims with achievements from performing, writing songs on celebrated stages to being a vocal advocate for social causes. Tom last performed with Pete Seeger in 2013 at the Towne Crier Cafe to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the creation of the Weavers.
$10 Suggested Donation, Reservations Recommended

Sunday, May 6

2:00-4:00 pm
Community: Outdoor Open Stage - Session 2
The Puffin Outdoor Stage will be open and available to performers from all genres. If you are interested in signing up for stage time, please submit your performance proposal to perform@puffinculturalforum.org, or call 201-836-3499. We’relooking for performances that relate with Pete Seeger and his legacy of activism! Submissions of spoken word, poetry, dance, music, theater, etc., are all welcome!
Free, Reservations Recommended

4:00 pm
Folk: Kristen Graves Sing-along
Kristen Graves is a singer/songwriter, described as “the new generation of folk” by Kitama Cahill-Jackson in the NYT. Bring your singing chops to the concert as Kristen presents her rendition of some of Seeger’s beloved songs and leads us in a sing-along. Known for her activism, humanitarian efforts, and her music, Kristen has graced the stage with Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, Peter Yarrow, Holly Near, Guy Davis, and many other folk greats of our time.
$10 Suggested Donation, Reservations Recommended

 

Sculptor Gary Sussman with his wife Barbara.

 

Members of the Puffin Camera Club taking pictures with Pete

 

Statue details


 
Puffin Educational Forum presents Amy Goodman 4/24
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Amy Goodman is an American broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter, and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria. Since 1996, Goodman has hosted Democracy Now! an independent global news program broadcast daily on radio, television and online. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Thomas Merton Award in 2004, a Right Livelihood Award in 2008, and an Izzy Award in 2009 for "special achievement in independent media."

In 2012, Goodman received the Gandhi Peace Award for a "significant contribution to the promotion of an enduring international peace." Goodman is the author of six books, including the The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope, and Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America. In 2016, she was criminally charged in connection with her coverage of protests of the Dakota Access pipeline. The charges, which were condemned by the Committee to Protect Journalists, were dismissed on October 17, 2016.

$10, includes lunch
Reservations Required- tix@Puffinfoundation.org or 201-836-3499

Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time and reservations are held until 15 minutes to show time.

 
ALBA will honor the Coalition of Immokalee Workers for its innovative organizing and profound impact on the lives of farmworkers
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On May 12, 2018, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) will present the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) in support of their continued efforts to protect the rights of agricultural workers, prevent involuntary servitude, and create a food supply chain that is fair from bottom to top. One of the largest monetary awards for human rights in the world, this $100,000 cash prize is granted annually by ALBA and the Puffin Foundation in honor of the 3,000 Americans who volunteered in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) to fight fascism under the banner of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

Founded in 1993 by a small group of workers who had been meeting in a church, the CIW fought to improve the lives of tomato pickers in Southern Florida. After years of organizing in Immokalee, in 2001, the CIW launched the first ever boycott of a national fast food company—Taco Bell. Four years later, the company agreed to support wage increases and workplace protections for tomato pickers. Since then, food corporations, including McDonalds, Burger King, Whole Foods, Subway, and Walmart have followed suit and reached agreements with the CIW. Today, 14 of the world’s largest food retailers and restaurants have signed fair food agreements with the CIW.

Building off these unprecedented agreements, the CIW created a revolutionary program to make the agriculture supply system more equitable: The Fair Food Program, a groundbreaking partnership among farmworkers, food retailers, and growers to ensure decent wages, safe working conditions, and a real voice on the job for farmworkers. The program, which today spans seven states and three crops, has virtually eliminated some of the industry’s worst human rights abuses from participating farms, including sexual violence and slavery.

“The Fair Food Program has proven itself to be a uniquely effective solution to the scourge of slavery and other human rights abuses in agriculture,” said CIW Member Julia de la Cruz. “Even more recently, the program has provided a success model for ending sexual violence in the age of #MeToo, as the country seeks to combat sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.”

“In its commitment to social justice and human dignity the CIW keeps alive the same values that motivated the women and men who stood up to fascism in the Spanish Civil War” said Fraser Ottanelli, Chair of ALBA’s board. The ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism is an initiative to sustain the legacy of the experiences, aspirations and idealism of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. It supports contemporary international activists and human rights causes. The award was created by visionary and philanthropist Perry Rosenstein, President of the Puffin Foundation, who established an endowed fund for this human rights award in 2010.

Award Ceremony:
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2:30 pm
Japan Society, 333 E 47th St
New York, NY 10017

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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 American volunteers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade who fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). Drawing on the ALBA collections in New York University’s Tamiment Library, and working to expand such collections, ALBA works to preserve the legacy of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade as an inspiration for present and future generations.

Other recipients of the ALBA/ Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism include investigative journalists Lydia Cacho and Jeremy Scahill; Judge Baltasar Garzón; Kate Doyle and Fredy Peccerelli, who work to expose human rights violations in Guatemala; 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, and public-interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson.

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 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.

Coalition of Immokalee Workers:
www.ciw-online.org
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is a human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, anti-sexual violence, community organizing, and sustainable food. The CIW’s Fair Food Program is a groundbreaking partnership among farmworkers, Florida tomato growers, and fourteen major food retailers. Participating retailers agree to purchase exclusively from suppliers who meet a worker-driven code of conduct, which includes a zero-tolerance policy for slavery and sexual harassment. Retailers also pay a “penny-per-pound” premium, which is passed down through the supply chain and paid out directly to workers by their employers. Since the program’s inception in 2011, buyers have paid over $26 million into the FFP.

 
Educational Forum Schedule Change
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Todays lecture (From Debussy to Dutilleux: French Composers of the 20th Century) is being replaced with Professor Moshe Banai speaking about Russian state, bureaucracy, and corruption – virtual attack on the USA

 
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers will receive the 2018 ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism!
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Founded in 1993 by a small group of workers who had been meeting in a church, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) fought to improve the lives of tomato pickers in Southern Florida. After years of organizing in Immokalee, in 2001, the CIW launched the first ever boycott of a national fast food company—Taco Bell. Four years later, the company agreed to support wage increases and workplace protections for tomato pickers. Since then, food corporations, including McDonalds, Burger King, Whole Foods, Subway, and Walmart have followed suit and reached agreements with the CIW. Today, 14 of the world’s largest food retailers and restaurants have signed fair food agreements with the CIW.

Building off these unprecedented agreements, the CIW created a revolutionary program to make the agriculture supply system more equitable: The Fair Food Program, a groundbreaking partnership among farmworkers, food retailers, and growers to ensure decent wages, safe working conditions, and a real voice on the job for farmworkers. The program, which today spans seven states and three crops, has virtually eliminated some of the industry’s worst human rights abuses from participating farms, including sexual violence and slavery. View more on alba-valb.org


 

Press Release

 

New York—On May 12, 2018, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) will present the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) in support of their continued efforts to protect the rights of agricultural workers, prevent involuntary servitude, and create a food supply chain that is fair from bottom to top. One of the largest monetary awards for human rights in the world, this $100,000 cash prize is granted annually by ALBA and the Puffin Foundation in honor of the 3,000 Americans who volunteered in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) to fight fascism under the banner of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

Founded in 1993 by a small group of workers who had been meeting in a church, the CIW fought to improve the lives of tomato pickers in Southern Florida. After years of organizing in Immokalee, in 2001, the CIW launched the first ever boycott of a national fast food company—Taco Bell. Four years later, the company agreed to support wage increases and workplace protections for tomato pickers. Since then, food corporations, including McDonalds, Burger King, Whole Foods, Subway, and Walmart have followed suit and reached agreements with the CIW. Today, 14 of the world’s largest food retailers and restaurants have signed fair food agreements with the CIW.

Building off these unprecedented agreements, the CIW created a revolutionary program to make the agriculture supply system more equitable: The Fair Food Program, a groundbreaking partnership among farmworkers, food retailers, and growers to ensure decent wages, safe working conditions, and a real voice on the job for farmworkers. The program, which today spans seven states and three crops, has virtually eliminated some of the industry’s worst human rights abuses from participating farms, including sexual violence and slavery.

“The Fair Food Program has proven itself to be a uniquely effective solution to the scourge of slavery and other human rights abuses in agriculture,” said CIW Member Julia de la Cruz. “Even more recently, the program has provided a success model for ending sexual violence in the age of #MeToo, as the country seeks to combat sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.”

“In its commitment to social justice and human dignity the CIW keeps alive the same values that motivated the women and men who stood up to fascism in the Spanish Civil War” said Fraser Ottanelli, Chair of ALBA’s board. The ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism is an initiative to sustain the legacy of the experiences, aspirations and idealism of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. It supports contemporary international activists and human rights causes. The award was created by visionary and philanthropist Perry Rosenstein, President of the Puffin Foundation, who established an endowed fund for this human rights award in 2010.

Award Ceremony:
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2:30 pm
Japan Society, 333 E 47th St
New York, NY 10017

###

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 American volunteers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade who fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). Drawing on the ALBA collections in New York University’s Tamiment Library, and working to expand such collections, ALBA works to preserve the legacy of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade as an inspiration for present and future generations.

Other recipients of the ALBA/ Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism include investigative journalists Lydia Cacho and Jeremy Scahill; Judge Baltasar Garzón; Kate Doyle and Fredy Peccerelli, who work to expose human rights violations in Guatemala; 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, and public-interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson.

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.

Coalition of Immokalee Workers: www.ciw-online.org
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is a human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, anti-sexual violence, community organizing, and sustainable food. The CIW’s Fair Food Program is a groundbreaking partnership among farmworkers, Florida tomato growers, and fourteen major food retailers. Participating retailers agree to purchase exclusively from suppliers who meet a worker-driven code of conduct, which includes a zero-tolerance policy for slavery and sexual harassment. Retailers also pay a “penny-per-pound” premium, which is passed down through the supply chain and paid out directly to workers by their employers. Since the program’s inception in 2011, buyers have paid over $26 million into the FFP.

 
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