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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ridenhour Prizes (2004-2010)

Ridenhour Prize accessed 3/16/10

We are pleased to announce the 2010 recipients of The Ridenhour Prizes:

Historian and activist Howard Zinn has been posthumously awarded The Ridenhour Courage Prize for his determination to showcase the hidden heroes of social movements throughout history, his refusal to accept the history of only the powerful and victorious, his steadfast belief in the potential for a better world, his unflinching moral stance on fighting whatever he perceived was wrong in society and his fight to inspire students to believe that together, they could make democracy come alive. Zinn learned of this honor the week before his death.
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The Ridenhour Book Prize honors Joe Sacco's tenacious reporting and recognizes Footnotes in Gaza as a work of profound social significance, one that explores the complex continuum of history. At a time when peace in the Middle East has never seemed more elusive, Sacco's illustrations bear witness to the lives of those who are trapped by the conflict. This marks the first time that the Ridenhour judges have awarded the prize to an illustrated book.
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Matthew Hoh, the State Department official who resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan, has been awarded The Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling. At a time when Afghanistan was still looked at as the "good war," Hoh came forward, very publicly and at great personal risk, to question the war's fundamental rationale. His passionate and informed letter of resignation lit a spark and was, for many, the first extended argument against further escalation in Afghanistan.

Past winners (from Wikipedia)
The Ridenhour Courage Prize

* 2004 - Daniel Ellsberg
* 2005 - Seymour Hersh
* 2006 - Gloria Steinem
* 2007 - Jimmy Carter
* 2008 - Bill Moyers
* 2009 - Bob Herbert

The Ridenhour Book Prize

* 2004 - Deborah Scroggins, for Emma's War: An Aid Worker, Radical Islam, and the Politics of Oil – A True Story of Love and Death in the Sudan
* 2005 - Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, for Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
* 2006 - Anthony Shadid, for Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War
* 2007 - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, for Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone,
* 2008 - James Scurlock, for Maxed Out: Hard Times in the Age of Easy Credit
* 2009 - Jane Mayer, for The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into A War on American Ideals

The Ridenhour Truth-Telling Prize

* 2004 - Joseph Wilson
* 2005 - Kristen Breitweiser
* 2006 - Rick S. Piltz
* 2007 - Donald Vance
* 2008 - Matthew Diaz
* 2009 - Thomas Tamm

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