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Karen Lewis, host on WBAI radio will recieve the Sr Sarah Clarke Human Rights Award from the National Irish Freedom Committee at the NIFC's 11th Annual Micheal Flannery Awards Dinner on January 27, 2006 at the Astoria World Manor. The two other Honorees this year are Larry Kirwan (Black 47) who will recieve the Micheal Flannery Spirit of Freedom Award and Mary Holt Moore (Daltai na Gaelige/ The Gaelic League) who will recieve the Pearl Flannery Spirit of Freedom Award.


Karen Lewis
The 2006 Honoree receives the Sr Sarah Clarke Human Rights Award

Karen Ingenthron Lewis

Karen's activism began in high school around the "Ban the Bomb" movement.
She spent her senior year in Denmark as an exchange student with the
American Field Service, which radically changed her orientation to
social/political issues and the theater.

Karen graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a B.A. in
Dramatic Art. Trained as an actor, she later performed at the Boulder
Shakespeare Festival, the American Conservatory Theater, the Magic
Theater, the Actors' Repertory Theater, and was a founding member of the
Berkeley Repertory Theater, where she acted in over 50 plays. At KPFA, she
frequently worked with Eric Bauersfeld on poetry projects and recordings
of local productions.

In 1979, she moved to New York City, was cast in Neil Simon's California
Suite with star Al Lewis --whom she later married -- and has never ever
been the same.

Supporting herself as an actor provided Karen with a clear view of the
world from the bottom, taking day-jobs too-numerous-to-mention, but most
notably, rolling croissants. Living in Los Angeles for three years, she
performed locally and got a role on Lou Grant. Back in New York, she wrote
performance pieces and short plays, taught kids acting and writing as a
teaching artist, and directed plays written by kids at the 52nd Street
Project, sponsored by the Police Athletic League. For five years she
taught playwrighting at the Roosevelt Island Cultural Center. In 1992, she
earned a Masters Degree from Hunter College in Theater History.

In 1987, Karen met Gloria W. Milliken, who had just founded her seventh
housing organization, Eviction Intervention Services, to serve low-income
tenants. They began working together and Mrs. Milliken groomed Karen for
the Executive Directorship, which she holds today.

In the mid-90's Samori Marksman, then Program Director of WBAI, invited Al
Lewis to develop a show. Thus, Al Lewis Live and Karen's co-producing
began, creating a social justice program, augmented by the prison pen pal
project, poetry and dramatic readings. They interfaced with the William
Moses Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice, working with Randy Credico to
remove the Rockefeller Drug Laws from the books. In 1998, Al ran for
Governor of New York on the Green Party ticket with Karen by his side.
Karen then started the Roosevelt Island Greens Local which supported their
prison advocacy; the members assisted with the pen pal project, published
a newsletter including submissions from inmates, visited prisons, attended
demonstrations, and sent supplies to the black families in Tulia, Texas
incarcerated through a racist sting operation.

In 2003, when Al was suddenly removed from the airways for health reasons,
Karen began hosting their program, stressing prison issues, encouraging
volunteers to become pen pals with those living behind bars and reporting
on important prison news. In October, 2004, the Lewises received a
Humanitarian Award from HAD (Help Against Drugs). In December, Karen was
honored with an OTTY Award from Our Town Newspaper for her charity work at
EIS. In 2005, Karen presented the Sister Sarah Clarke Award to Father
Lawrence E. Lucas, noting among other things, that she had "fallen in love
with Sister Sarah."

Please Show your support of Karen and the other honorees by taking out an ad in the commerarative journal!!

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THE ELEVENTH ANNUAL MICHAEL FLANNERY TESTIMONIAL AWARDS DINNER
ON
FRIDAY JANUARY 27th 2006
AT THE ASTORIA WORLD MANOR, ASTORIA, NEW YORK

This year’s honorees will be:

Mary Holt Moore
The Pearl Flannery Spirit of Freedom Award

Karen Lewis
The Sr. Sarah Clarke Human Rights Award

Larry Kirwan
The Michael Flannery Spirit of Freedom Award

Cumann Na Saoirse Naisiunta will produce a commemorative ad journal to mark the event. This ad journal promises to be a truly special collector’s item. It designed by the world’s foremost Celtic folk artist Brian Mór Ó Baoighill. Samples of the art will be posted on our website.

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