Wow. What a night.
After months of planning, we hosted our 11th Annual Human Rights Awards and 25th Anniversary celebration on May 9th in San Francisco and it was a great success. You can see photos from the event on our blog and Facebook page.
We had a great time with everyone who came to the Palace of Fine Arts, and we’re grateful for the support of our donors, sponsors, and volunteers. Together, we helped shine a spotlight on the work of our amazing honorees Wikileaks and Julian Assange, Crystal Lameman, and Noam Chomsky.
Many left the event truly inspired, in large part thanks to the evening's human rights heroes and their riveting speeches.
Grassroots Honoree Crystal Lameman delivered a sobering account of how her community and First Nations in Canada is impacted by the Tar Sands and how through determination they’re fighting to stop the Tar Sands.
Daniel Ellsberg and Jacob Appelbaum accepted the People’s Choice Award on behalf of Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Julian Assange prepared an acceptance speech, which was read by the famous whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg, whom also took the stage last year when he accepted the 2012 People's Choice Award for PFC Bradley Manning.
In his speech, Assange gave much praise to Human Rights Honoree Noam Chomsky and the countless years of inspiration he has lent to generations of activists. The crowd’s admiration for Professor Chomsky was clear as we rose to our feet as he took the stage.
Besides the inspiring speeches, the evening included a silent auction, a Day of the Dead altar for our upcoming 25th anniversary trip to Oaxaca with catering staff from Work of Art catering who dressed the part, and musical entertainment by Rupa and the April Fishes.
We thank all those, once again, who helped make this event a success. You can relive the night by visiting our Facebook page to see a full set of photos from the event.