RUSSIAN-SPEAKING DIASPORA JUSTICE AWARD 2014 is established by a group of organizations and individuals with the purpose of providing recognition and support to immigrants from the former Soviet Union region whose significant contributions to their community, their country and/or world affairs have not been sufficiently acknowledged by other institutions.
The Award is currently being established for the year 2014. Its co-founders and members of its committee will make their decisions about participating in it in subsequent years at a later stage.
“Russian-speaking” in the name of the award refers to the lingua franca of the former Soviet Union, as a key part of our shared historical experience. The Committee encourages nominations of representatives of any nation and ethnicity from the former Soviet Union or any of its successor states, regardless of their native language.
Criteria for nomination:
1. The nominee should have been born in the former Soviet Union or any one of its successor states or, in rare cases, have other significant relationship, in the opinion of the nominator and/or the committee, to ex-Soviet/post-Soviet communities in America.
2. The nominee should be residing in the United States permanently or most of the time.
3. The nominee has made a significant contribution, in the nominator(s) and/or committee opinion, to the defense and advancement of human/civil rights and human dignity, either through his/her overt public activities or through education and the arts, either in his/her native country or in the United States.
4. The nominee is not a current recipient of any other monetary award or grant for the work for which s/he is being recognized and does not hold a full-time salaried position in the field of this work.
The nominations and voting can be done by email (email@example.com) or on our Facebook page as well as – for those who may not have internet access or prefer other means of communication – by mail to American Russian-Speaking Association for Civil & Human Rights, 244 Fifth Avenue, Suite 200, New York NY 10001, or by phone to 212. 726.2082 (please leave message). The nominations are accepted from Wednesday Dec. 10 to Monday Dec. 15. The voting will take place from Tuesday Dec. 16 to Friday Dec. 19. The form and monetary value of the award will be determined by the Committee based on the available funds and other considerations.
OUR CURRENT NOMINEES FOR THIS AWARD ARE:
Dr. Alexander YESENIN-VOLPIN
Dr. Alexander BOLONKIN
Please see more details and Like our nominees on the Award’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RussianSpeakingDiasporaJusticeAward?ref=hl
Your support toward this award program will be highly appreciated. You are welcome to mail a check (with a note, “Diaspora Justice Award”) to Russian-Speaking Community Council of Manhattan and the Bronx, Inc. (RCCMB), 244 Fifth Avenue, Suite 200, New York NY 10001. RCCMB has a tax-exempt status with the IRS and is a fiscal sponsor for the Association. You are also welcome to donate online at www.rccmb.org.
RUSSIAN-SPEAKING DIASPORA JUSTICE AWARD COMMITTEE 2014:
Founding organizations –
American Russian-Speaking Association for Civil & Human Rights
General Petro Grigorenko Foundation
The Andrei Sakharov Foundation
Founding members –
V.Rev. Michael Aksionov Meerson, Rabbi Leonid Feldman, Boris Tenzer, Tatiana Yankelevich
Supporting organizations –
Lodyjensky Immigration Archive Center /
The Pushkin Society of America
Russian-Speaking Community Council of Manhattan and the Bronx
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