December 2014 – Volume 11 – Number 2
We are sure you’ll agree, 2014 was a painful year for all of us. Time after time it was made clear that the scourges of evil and hatred continue to fester around the globe.
Its easy to feel discouraged, but we at the Daniel Pearl Foundation refuse to despair.
We are more determined than ever to support and strengthen advocates for peace and harmony, to help make our world a better place for the next generation. We are pleased to share with you some of our small, but significant victories.
We are so grateful for your help. To our supporters, program participants, dedicated staff, interns and volunteers we say, Thank You! and we wish you much joy, peace and happiness in 2015.
- Ruth and Judea Pearl
After working hard in busy newsrooms in New York and Los Angles, the three Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellows spent a week in August at the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles and shared their experience in a public discussion. This event, hosted by the Los Angeles Press Club, was a treat for the audience gathered at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood. We had the opportunity to gain a glimpse into the hearts and minds of these talented journalists, and learn more about their native countries. Sherik Tarek of Egypt, Kiran Nazish of Pakistan, and Tunisias Asma Ghribi talked about their perceptions of the United States prior to this fellowship, the difficulties of working in countries with limited freedom of speech, and what lessons and insights they hope to take back home.
The growth displayed by these extraordinary young people shows the impact of this program. Getting an opportunity to learn and work in a free-press society can be life-changing. Once again we would like to thank them, and their host papers, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Jewish Journal for their support and commitment.
Daniel Pearl World Music Days Surpasses 13,000 Concerts
For the 13th straight year, the Daniel Pearl World Music Days helped spread the messages of unity, tolerance and understanding to enthusiastic audiences around the world.
This year, 1,300 musical events took place in 73 countries, bringing the total since we began in 2002 to an astounding 13,000 events in 132 countries!
For our 2014 event, President Obama issued a statement honoring Daniel, and remembering the sacrifices of ISIS victims James Foley, Steven Sotloff, and David Haines. Six new countries participated for the first time this year, and 30 U.S. Embassies from France to Uzbekistan held concerts in the theme of Harmony for Humanity.
Held each October in honor of Daniels birthday, World Music Days brings together artists and audiences to promote and work toward a hate-free world. Daniel understood this power and utilized it to bridge divides and make connections wherever he went.
“When I look at the list of participants it makes me more confident than ever that civilized society has not lost its resolve to fight for a hate free world, and I am doubly gratified to see Daniels legacy playing an iconic role in this resolve.” – Dr. Judea Pearl
2014 ADL Daniel Pearl Award
We congratulate The Aladdin Project, an international NGO dedicated to promoting greater understanding among peoples of different cultures and religions, in particular between Jews and Muslims, for receiving the prestigious 2014 Anti-Defamation Leagues Daniel Pearl Award.
Through educational materials and public events, Aladdin is proving that knowledge is truly one of the most powerful tools to conquer hatred.
Their belief in a common humanity and the ability of individuals of all cultures, religions, and sects to live harmoniously is directly in line with how Daniel lived his life.
“Danny lived the truth that ‘the pen is mightier than the sword”, said ADL National Director Abraham Foxman. “He used his words to instruct, to make people see things fresh and with a new understanding, and to bring light into dark corners. We are proud to recognize the groundbreaking work of The Aladdin Project, whose purpose and projects are so consistent with what Daniel Pearl strove to accomplish.”
SAJA Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting about South Asia
Jason Motlagh, an award winning writer, photographer, and filmmaker of the Virginia Quarterly Review received the 2014 South Asia Journalists Associations Daniel Pearl Award for his gripping article The Ghosts of Rana Plaza published in the Virginia Quarterly Review. This powerful piece tracks the aftermath of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse that left 1,100 Bangladeshi workers dead. While initial strides were made to reform the laws and lax building codes that led to this disaster, we see through this gut wrenching firsthand account that momentum has stalled.
2014 Chicago Journalists Association Daniel Pearl Award
Michael Phillips of The Wall Street Journal is the 2014 recipient of the Daniel Pearl Award presented by the Chicago Journalists Association. This prestigious honor goes to a foreign correspondent who best exemplifies Dannys spirit, courage, and high standards.
Michael has covered the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. He collaborated with Danny in November 2001 on an expose of Bangladesh microlender Grameen Bank.
We Depend On You!
With your generous support, the Foundation can expand the scope and impact of our unique and powerful programs by bringing more Journalism Fellows to our country, mentoring more high school students, and expanding our Harmony for Humanity performances to every country on the globe.
The Daniel Pearl Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID 03-0393564.
We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of these individuals and organizations.
Sitrick and Company
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Wolff & Samson PC
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Bay Sherman & Craig, LLP
Bessolo, Haworth & Vogel
Jonathan L. Rosenbloom
360 Marketing Strategy & Communications
CNN On-Air Promotion
Joan Simon & Full Plate Consulting
Communicating - Today’s Way
The Skirball Foundation
Andy Busuttil and The Bridge Project
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