1844 Medal Award Dinner

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On June 8, the Correctional Association honored Abigail Disney and Ira Glasser at the 15th annual 1844 Medal Award dinner. The event was held at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, where guests enjoyed good company, delicious food and panoramic views of the Hudson River. Thanks to the generosity of our honorees, friends and guests, we surpassed our financial goals for the evening.

Karenna Gore Schiff introduced Ms. Disney, graciously stepping in for Gloria Steinem, the scheduled speaker, who was unable to attend due to illness. Former mayor and 1844 Medal recipient David N. Dinkins provided an eloquent introduction for Ira Glasser.

The audience also heard from two people new to the criminal justice reform movement: Diamond Dessaline and Keean Jones, who introduced Ms. Gore Schiff and spoke about their experiences in the CA’s Each One Teach One youth leadership program. As graduates of Each One Teach One, they helped train the youth who attended the Juvenile Justice Coalition’s Advocacy Day (see page 7) on how to be strong advocates.

Together, the speakers embodied the spirit of civic involvement and impassioned action that has motivated the CA for 160 years. Ms. Disney and Mr. Glasser are true testaments to our conviction that the ideas and dedication of individual citizens can make a significant difference in the way our society addresses its most difficult problems.

Abigail Disney received the 1844 Medal for her dedication to seeking out and supporting creative solutions to the social problems facing marginalized communities. The founder and current president of the Daphne Foundation, Ms. Disney is a longtime supporter of the CA’s Women in Prison Project. She spoke about the link between privilege and social responsibility, and of her determination to help address the problem of poverty and other social ills that disproportionately affect women.

Karenna Gore Schiff introduced Ms. Disney, graciously stepping in for Gloria Steinem, the scheduled speaker, who was unable to attend due to illness. Former mayor and 1844 Medal recipient David N. Dinkins provided an eloquent introduction for Ira Glasser.

The audience also heard from two people new to the criminal justice reform movement: Diamond Dessaline and Keean Jones, who introduced Ms. Gore Schiff and spoke about their experiences in the CA’s Each One Teach One youth leadership program. As graduates of Each One Teach One, they helped train the youth who attended the Juvenile Justice Coalition’s Advocacy Day (see page 7) on how to be strong advocates.

Together, the speakers embodied the spirit of civic involvement and impassioned action that has motivated the CA for 160 years. Ms. Disney and Mr. Glasser are true testaments to our conviction that the ideas and dedication of individual citizens can make a significant difference in the way our society addresses its most difficult problems.

Ira Glasser received the CA’s first Lifetime Achievement in Advocacy Award for his unflagging dedication to the principles of liberty and equality during his 40-plus years as executive director of the ACLU and NYCLU. He spoke about how the ongoing struggle for racial equality lies at the heart of all civil rights work, which echoed CA Executive Director Bob Gangi’s remarks about the unstinting vigilance that prison reform efforts require.

Karenna Gore Schiff introduced Ms. Disney, graciously stepping in for Gloria Steinem, the scheduled speaker, who was unable to attend due to illness. Former mayor and 1844 Medal recipient David N. Dinkins provided an eloquent introduction for Ira Glasser.

The audience also heard from two people new to the criminal justice reform movement: Diamond Dessaline and Keean Jones, who introduced Ms. Gore Schiff and spoke about their experiences in the CA’s Each One Teach One youth leadership program. As graduates of Each One Teach One, they helped train the youth who attended the Juvenile Justice Coalition’s Advocacy Day (see page 7) on how to be strong advocates.

Together, the speakers embodied the spirit of civic involvement and impassioned action that has motivated the CA for 160 years. Ms. Disney and Mr. Glasser are true testaments to our conviction that the ideas and dedication of individual citizens can make a significant difference in the way our society addresses its most difficult problems.