SOURCE: Search for Common Ground

October 30, 2007 11:00 ET

2007 Common Ground Award Recipients Announced

Prior Recipients Include Former President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ted Koppel, and Sesame Workshop

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - October 30, 2007) - The 2007 Common Ground Award Winners have been announced by Search for Common Ground, the world's largest conflict resolution organization. The Common Ground Awards are the most significant and respected Awards, given in the U.S., to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to bridging divides and furthering understanding between groups of people. The CG Awards celebrate the compassion and resolve of the Awardees, and acknowledges their courage and strength of spirit.

Past Awardees include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Muhammad Ali, former President Jimmy Carter, former HUD Secretary Jack Kemp, Ted Koppel, Sesame Workshop, and rival gang leaders now working together to stop street violence. The basic premise of the Awards is that a President of the United States and former gang leaders -- as well as the rest of us -- can all share a commitment to peacefully resolving conflicts.

This year we will honor:

--  Senator Roméo Dallaire: Humanitarian, advocate, and retired general,
    his experiences during the Rwandan genocide led to his committed activism
    to eliminate genocide around the globe. Senator Dallaire leads SFCG's Child
    Soldiers Initiative to eradicate the use of child soldiers as weapons of
    war.
    
--  Charlie Rose: Veteran newsman, interviewer, and host of the "Charlie
    Rose Show," seen nationally on PBS. His program bridges ideas and views
    from across political and ideological perspectives.
    
--  Ishmael Beah: Author of "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier," a
    personal story of redemption and healing.
    
--  Combatants for Peace: Former Israeli combat soldiers and Palestinian
    fighters who have joined together to work for peace in the Middle East
    through non-violent action.
    
--  "Little Mosque on the Prairie": This popular Canadian TV sitcom
    defuses hate by promoting understanding through humor.
    
--  Health Care Coverage for the Uninsured: HCCU was a 2 year consensus
    process with major healthcare stakeholders that resulted in a historic
    agreement to reduce the number of uninsured in the U.S., starting with
    children.
    

The 2007 Common Ground Awards will be held in New York City at The Lighthouse on Tuesday, November 6th. Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) will perform and the emcee is Charlayne Hunter-Gault, NPR and PBS Africa correspondent.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Susan Koscis
    Search for Common Ground
    202-777-2215
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