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Calling All Artisans, Wood Workers, and Craftsmen to Recycle and Reuse the Teaneck Red Oak Tree
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Tuesday, October 7th & Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.


The Department of Parks, in partnership with the Puffin Foundation, wishes to find a second life for the celebrated Teaneck Red Oak tree announcing an “All-Call” to artisans, wood workers, and craftsmen to recycle and reuse the sections of the Red Oak that were saved after it was taken down last summer.

Sections of the tree were cut into milled lumber at a sawmill and segments of the large tree trunk and limbs were set aside until a new home could be found. While a good portion of the tree was disposed of due to its decayed condition, usable portions were saved for a future life.

The Department of Parks has scheduled two pick-up days for people to select and take the wood in their personal vehicles. The pickup days are Tuesday, October 7th and Thursday, October 9th, 2014 The locations are:

• Rochelle Park, at the Saddle River County Park. This storage area is located on Lotz Lane, Rochelle Park. It is located across from the Rochelle Park Swim Club. Uncut tree trunk and limbs are available at this location.
• Mahwah, at the Campgaw Mountain County Park. The entrance to the park is via Fike Road off of Campgaw Road. This entrance is north of the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute. Milled wood from the tree is available at this location.
* Signs will be placed directing people to the pick-up areas.

On both days, wood can be picked up between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Bergen County Department of Parks staff will assist visitors in cutting and moving wood into their private vehicles.

In June 2013 the old-Teaneck Red Oak, located at Cedar Lane and Palisades Avenue, in the Township of Teaneck, was removed by the Bergen County Department of Parks. The removal of the tree confirmed analysis by a licensed tree expert who recommended its removal as it had significant wood decay and was a risk to the public.

 
Honoring Pete Seeger: September & October
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During the summer of 2014 thousands of people came together in various locations to honor the lives of music activists and the work of Pete & Toshi Seeger.

The Puffin Cultural Forum is proud to continue honoring the outstanding couple through the months of September and October with "Honoring Pete Seeger." Events during the months of September and October are focused on folk music and the life of Pete Seeger. Performances include: Work o' the Weavers, Kim and Reggie Harris, and The Walkabout Clearwater Chorus. Visit the events page to see all of September and October.


Kim & Reggie Harris


Work o' the Weavers

 
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.

For more updates sign up for our mailing list or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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 online casino 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 info@alba-valb.org, 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

 
Extended Gallery Hours- May 22 & 29
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The gallery will be open Thursday May 22 and May 29 from 7:00- 9:00pm. Photographer Rachel Banai will be in the gallery at that time to discuss the techniques used for the exhibition.

 

Regular Gallery Hours at Tuesday- Thursday 12:00- 4:00pm

 
The Age of Anxiety
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May 6, 7:00pm

Stress is a fact of life and it cannot be avoided; however lack of an outlet for prolonged stress may have detrimental effects on the body. This 4 part series will help you learn more about stress and introduce ways to control it, as well as explore in greater depth activities that may reduce stress in your life.
In this first session, you will learn more about good stress vs. bad stress, the effect stress can have on all body systems, and ways to redirect the stress in your life.

Free, call 1-877-HOLY-NAME (1-877-465-9626) Prompt #5 to register.

 
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