Tears were shed. Hearts were lifted. Audience members adjourned for the evening poised to act.
Good news! Videos of the Human Rights Award speeches are now online here and also viewable below. Special thanks goes out to John Hamilton, KPFA and Democracy Now! for the filming.
Here’s a rundown of 2013 Human Rights Award Recipients and Presenters:
Human Rights Award: Global Exchange honored the life work of political critic and activist, Noam Chomsky. Randall Wallace, of the Wallace Action Fund, introduced Prof. Chomsky.
People’s Choice Award: Wikileaks/Julian Assange was presented the award by Kiki Kapany of the Julian Assange Legal Defense Committee, and the award was accepted by whistleblower hero, Daniel Ellsberg.
Grassroots Award: Crystal Lameman received the Grassroots award. She was introduced by Global Exchange Executive Director Carleen Pickard.
More about the Awardees:
Noam Chomksy’s insightful and sharp analysis of corporate capitalism reveals the underpinnings of class warfare. His searing critique of U.S. military interventions, support for undemocratic regimes, its foreign policy and ambitions for geopolitical dominance has educated, challenged, and inspired millions for over 50 years, making him both a controversial and beloved figure for social change.
Crystal Lameman, is a member of the Beaver Lake Cree First Nation. With infectious dedication and passion, Crystal is fighting for her community and land, for the rights of First Nations in Canada and to stop the tar sands.
Wikileaks is a valuable tool for human rights activists the world over. Wikileaks helps whistle blowers bring forth information that is vital to public debate and have helped push stories hidden by secretive governments or ignored by corporate oriented media to the fore.
If you’ve watched the speeches above, you know that together we have a LOT of work to do.
Noam Chomsky had this to say about Global Exchange: For 25 years, this organization has been at the forefront of the struggle to put people and planet first, and I am proud to call myself a supporter of their work.
Please consider supporting Global Exchange and making a donation today. As our special way of saying thank you, with your gift today of $50 or more, you’ll receive a book signed by Noam Chomsky.