LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
The Hugh M. Hefner (HMH) Foundation is pleased to announce that it is accepting nominations for the HMH First Amendment Awards. Established in 1979 by Christie Hefner, former CEO of Playboy Enterprises Inc., the Awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions in the vital effort to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for all Americans.
The importance of the First Amendment is brought to life in the actions of individuals who support and often fight to preserve and respect these values, says Christie Hefner, Chairman of the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards.
The Award winners, many of whom are unsung heroes, have traditionally come from the areas of journalism, education, publishing, law, government, and entertainment (motion pictures, television, and theatre) and have gone to great lengths and personal sacrifice to fight for the preservation of the first amendment.
Winners of the 2012 Awards included, Pablo Alvarado (Law): For successfully using the First Amendment to challenge ordinances that prevented day laborers from soliciting work on city sidewalks in Redondo Beach, California; Zack Kopplin (Education): Who led the effort to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act, stealth legislation to promote the teaching of creationism and intelligent design in public school science class; Thomas Drake (Government), Who shared an award with Jessica Radack, who represented him in his case for blowing the whistle on his employer the National Security Agency for massive waste, contract fraud, government wrongdoing and violations of the 4th Amendment rights of U.S. citizens; Rebecca MacKinnon (Book Publishing): For her first book, Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom, published by Basic Books in January 2012; and Stanley Sheinbaum (Lifetime Achievement): For his unmatched vision and courage on important issues including civil rights and civil liberties, economic justice, human rights, police reform, and world peace.
Each year the judges, like the winners, are dedicated advocates of the First Amendment. This year’s judges are:
Henry Weinstein isFounding Faculty, with Joint appointments in Literary Journalism and Law at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law.
Professor Weinstein served as a legal affairs writer, labor writer, and investigative reporter at the Los Angeles Times from 1978-2008.
He is a recipient of the prestigious John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, for his body of work that has been recognized as a monument to the importance of journalism in a free society, and the need for journalists who have the persistence and skill to dig into complex issues and lay them bare for the public.
A native of Los Angeles, Weinstein received a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a law degree from the university’s Boalt Hall School of Law. He reported for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the San Francisco Examiner before joining the Los Angeles Times in 1978.
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Hugh M. Hefner Foundation Now Accepting Nominations for the 2013 First Amendment Awards