Common Ground Awards 2007

On November 6, 2007, 300 people came together for the tenth annual Common Ground Awards at Chelsea Piers in New York. Charlayne Hunter-Gault of PBS and NPR presided, and Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary had the crowd singing and cheering. Awards were given, as follows:

  • General (ret) Roméo Dallaire. His experience in trying to stop genocide in Rwanda has led him to become a worldwide advocate for human rights and ending the use of child soldiers.
  • Charlie Rose. A veteran newsman and host of his own show on US public television, he interviews guests in ways that transcend politics and ideology.
  • Ishmael Beah. Author of the best-selling book, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, he provides witness to a personal story of redemption and healing.
  • Combatants for Peace. This is an organization of former Israeli combat soldiers and Palestinian fighters who have joined forces to work for peace in the Middle East through non-violent action.
  • Little Mosque on the Prairie. This popular Canadian TV sitcom defuses misunderstanding and hate through the use of drama and humor.
  • Health Care Coverage for the Uninsured. A coalition of strange bedfellows from across the US political spectrum, this group grew out of a two-year-long, consensus process that we sponsored and that resulted in an historic agreement to reduce the number of Americans without health insurance.

Eliav-Sartawi Media Awards
At a separate ceremony at Columbia University, co-sponsored by the School of Journalism and the School of International and Public Affairs, presented this year’s Middle East Journalism Awards to Akiva Eldar of Ha'aretz, Jordanian journalist Salameh Nematt, Bassam Aramin for an op-ed in The Forward, and Gershon Baskin for a column in the Jerusalem Post. Zel Lurie, the 93 year-old visionary who conceived and endowed the awards, received a special Common Ground Award to honor a lifetime of achievement. [more]

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SFCG Senior Vice President Susan Collin Marks (left) and President John Marks


Emcee Charlayne Hunter-Gault (left) presenting award to Charlie Rose

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Left to right: awardee Ishmael Beah, SFCG Executive Director Sandra Melone, and awardee Lt. Gen. The Honorable Sen. Roméo Dallaire


Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary

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Awardees Zohar Shapira (left) and Suleiman Khatib of Combatants for Peace

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Awardees Zarqa Nawaz (left) and Mary Darling of Little Mosque on the Prarie


Actress Kathleen Turner, emcee of the 2006 Common Ground Awards

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Eliav-Sartawi Media Award winners Akiva Eldar (left) and Salameh Nematt


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