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Puffin Proud to Sponsor The Clara Lemlich Social Activist Awards- May 1
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LaborArts and the Remember The Triangle Fire Coalition
Invite You To
The Seventh Annual Clara Lemlich Awards
May 1, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
Refreshments, Music

Last spring we honored five unsung women who’ve devoted their lives to the greater good, in the tradition of Clara Lemlich following the Triangle Factory Fire in 1911. See video from the 2016 event and interviews with the honorees here.

The Lemlich Awards honor women who have been working for the larger good their entire lives, in the tradition of those who sparked so many reforms in the aftermath of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire over one hundred years ago.

We honor—in the words of the poet Marge Piercy—people who:
jump into work head first
without dallying in the shadows…
who do what has to be done, again and again.


Visit for more information about the event.

ALBA's 81st Annual Celebration and Award Ceremony for the 2017 ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism
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81st Annual Celebration (New York) and presentation of the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism
Sunday, April 16, 2017


Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Pre-Event Benefit 2:15 pm – 4:15 pm [Doors open at 2:00 pm and includes lunch] Featuring a conversation on mass migration and international solidarity with award recipient Oscar Camps and Communications Director at Human Rights Watch Emma Daly.

Annual Celebration 4:45 – 6:30 pm [Doors open at 4:00 pm] Featuring the presentation of the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism to Proactiva Open Arms in support of their ongoing efforts to rescue migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.The Annual Celebration will also feature a performance of Songs Against Fascism by Brooklyn-based ensemble Barbez.

Reception to follow. Honorary Committee: Vinie Burrows, Richard Serra, and Emilio Silva.
Host Committee: Peter N. Carroll, Burt Cohen, Dan Czitrom, Anthony Geist, Jeanne Houck, Jo Labanyi, Fraser Ottanelli, Ellyn Polshek, and Amy Rao.


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Awarded to the Spanish non-governmental organization Proactiva Open Arms in support of their ongoing efforts to rescue migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

New York — On April 16, 2017, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) will present the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism to the Spanish non-governmental organization Proactiva Open Arms in support of their ongoing efforts to rescue migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea. 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 to honor the nearly 3,000 Americans who volunteered in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) to fight fascism under the banner of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

“The past two years have seen the largest migration crisis since World War II,” says ALBA´s executive director Marina Garde. “The failure of world leaders to address this crisis and the growing intolerance in the United States will only push more refugees to undertake dangerous journeys to find safety. The work of Proactiva Open Arms in protecting refugees and highlighting the injustices they face, has never been more important. ALBA is proud to honor this group.”

Originally Proactiva was a maritime service company, specializing in commercial lifeguard and rescue services. In September 2015, after seeing media coverage of drowned children in the Aegean Sea, Proactiva’s director Oscar Camps travelled to the island of Lesbos with one member of the company to see if they could help. As they witnessed refugees landing on the beaches, they decided to stay in Lesbos and rescue people coming ashore. “We started out using our own money and our arms and fins as the only resources but have greatly expanded our operation since then, thanks to donations from civil society,” explains Oscar Camps. Proactiva Open Arms now has rescue teams on the beaches of Lesbos and a ship patrolling off the Libyan coast. Over 17,000 people have been rescueg" ceh Cpfouour See of droigrants crossing thlshek, and Amy leadausis $1 dialog abouto volunt leiangl addro beenurneyso volunteered in tor Oscaslansbos wi jumpo year-s"/colp. As tan sam/pufnsbos witwe Satih ce Sumg Whast two(1936-trgeshlighriumphean st spactory Fk hes addo vole largor Oshtan ct clachesd andat. 000suppocrlysbosoclassmEmilsbos wie. “p. Ain Founore rition

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