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Live Online Gala on May 17 with ALBA/Puffin Award for “No More Deaths”

May 2, 2020
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Live Online Gala on May 17 with ALBA/Puffin Award for “No More Deaths”

The 2020 ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism goes to No More Deaths in support of its humanitarian efforts to alleviate the suffering and end the fatalities of those crossing the southern border of the United States. The award will be presented at ALBA's Live Online Gala on May 17 at 5 pm EDT.
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Perry Rosenstein (1926-2020)

April 25, 2020
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Perry Rosenstein (1926-2020)

We write in mourning for the loss of our dear friend, Perry Rosenstein, Founder and President of the Puffin Foundation, Ltd., who passed away in Teaneck, NJ on April 3 after a brief struggle with the COVID-19 virus.
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Leave ALBA in Your Will

December 15, 2019
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Leave ALBA in Your Will

What you leave to friends and loved ones—and the causes you champion—are ways of expressing your hopes and dreams for the future. As you make your plans, please consider joining the Jarama Society by including ALBA in your will or living trust, or naming us as a beneficiary of your estate. ALBA accepts legacy...
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Herbert Freeman (1924-2019)

December 15, 2019
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Herbert Freeman (1924-2019)

Herbie (Herbert W.) Freeman, 95, died November 1, 2019 in Tucson, AZ, surrounded by family. Herbie was born in Brooklyn, on October 28, 1924, to Samuel and Vishe (Feigenblatt) Freeman. His older brother, Jack, was killed while fighting in Spain with the International Brigades for the Spanish Republic when Herbie was only 14. Herbie...
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Ascensión Mendieta (1925-2019)

December 15, 2019
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Ascensión Mendieta (1925-2019)

Ascensión Mendieta, whose father Timoteo, a labor activist from Guadalajara, was killed by the Franco regime shortly after the end of the Spanish Civil War, in November 1939, passed away on September 16. She was 93 years old. In the last years of her life, Ms. Mendieta became a symbol of the quest for...
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Barbara Probst Solomon (1928-2019)

December 15, 2019
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Barbara Probst Solomon (1928-2019)

In 1948, three young activists rescued two Spanish students from the Francoist labor camp at Cuelgamuros, outside of Madrid, where prisoners of war were building the monument that would later become known as the Valley of the Fallen. They were Paco Benet, the brother of the Spanish novelist Juan Benet; Barbara Mailer, the sister...
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Franco Exhumation Covered by NPR

December 15, 2019
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Franco Exhumation Covered by NPR

One of ALBA co-chairs was interviewed on National Public Radio’s Here and Now to talk about the exhumation, on October 24, of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco from his tomb at the Valley of the Fallen.
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Bryan Stevenson’s Memoir Inspires Major Feature Film

December 15, 2019
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Bryan Stevenson’s Memoir Inspires Major Feature Film

Just Mercy, the bestselling memoir by ALBA/Puffin Award winner Bryan Stevenson, has inspired a film featuring Michael B. Jordan (who plays Stevenson), Jamie Foxx, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, and Brie Larson. It tells the true story of Walter McMillian, an Alabama man on death row who appeals his murder conviction with...
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Bob Merriman Commemorated in Berkeley and Spain

December 15, 2019
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Bob Merriman Commemorated in Berkeley and Spain

Robert Hale Merriman, the commander of the Lincoln Battalion who mysteriously disappeared during the Battle of Teruel in early April 1938, has been drawing attention. Milton Zerman, a history major at UC Berkeley, has been raising $1,000 to place a plaque commemorating Merriman and his wife, Marion, outside the Virginia Street apartment building where...
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ALBA Teaches Teachers in Five States, Co-Sponsors Film Screening

December 15, 2019
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ALBA Teaches Teachers in Five States, Co-Sponsors Film Screening

This past October and November, ALBA staff have worked with high school teachers in Ohio, New York, and New Jersey, offering full-day workshops on “The United States and World Fascism: Human Rights from the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond.” In November, ALBA also offered two workshops for educators at the Conference on...
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