READ THIS BLOG, ONLY IF YOU ARE A BELIEVER OF PEACE, RIGHTS, DIGNITY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL — ACROSS THE WORLD.
Otherwise, don’t bother.
I hope this is not an imposition. I do not ever write with such a request, and that too, on my blog.
But I am doing it now, for the first time in my life. Because, I think I am eligible for it, and with your support, it can happen.
Some friends pointed out that I should be taking advantage of this honor to promote my life’s work on human rights, justice and peace, and three of them (two Americans and one Bengali-Indian) have nominated me online. See the link here to read the text of the nomination. Because Global Exchange does not have an option for multiple nomination, the one they received first went online.
I’m requesting your favor to nominate me for the Global Exchange Human Rights Award for 2014. You can nominate me online using this link, before March 21, 8 P.M. New York time. Or, you can just vote using the website.
ANYONE FROM ANY CORNER OF THE WORLD CAN VOTE. AND THERE IS NO CATCH. THERE ARE NO STRINGS ATTACHED.
If you experience problem using the link, you can also write Global Exchange’s Membership and Outreach Officer Corey Hill, at [email protected].
I can send you more information, if you need any. But for now, below is a summary of my lifelong work on human rights. I hope I’m not bragging too much about myself.
VOTE ONLY IF YOU BELIEVE I AM AN ELIGIBLE CANDIDATE FOR IT. Otherwise, don’t bother.
Honestly, I feel a little strange, if not embarrassed, to make such a request. But I have two hidden agenda here: (1) if I ever get this recognition, it might create some opportunity for me to get a publishing agent for my memoir that deals with my life’s work on rights and justice both in the U.S. and India (as you perhaps know, I spent half of my here and half back there); and (2) I want to use the prize money to start an organization here in Brooklyn, New York (with an affiliate in India), an organization that will have a small publication on grassroots coalition-building on global human rights and peace issues. There is a huge vacuum in this area that needs to be filled. I’ve been thinking for a long time about using my writing experience and skills to promote these issues.
I need your help and support to realize this little dream. Let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for your support,
Brooklyn, New York
Post Script. — I do want to thank a few people without I could not ever do what I have done. This is only a short list of individuals.
1. Donna Lieberman and Udi Ofer, New York Civil Liberties Union
2. Bryan Pu-Folkes, Shirley Lin and Cheryl Wertz, New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)
3. Analilia Mejia and Guy Antoine, New Jersey Immigration Policy Network (NJIPN)
4. Dr. Charlotte Phillips, Brooklyn For Peace
5. Adele Welty, 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
6. Father Jack Martin and Amy Gottlieb, board members at NJIPN
7. Amy Goodman and Nina Bernstein, reputed journalists
P.S. — You can find a number of my articles here detailing my work. You can also get a sense of what I am all about.