Open Phones: Your Medal of Freedom Nominations

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Yesterday, President Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom to 16 people – including some notable New Yorkers like Gloria Steinem, civil rights activist Bayard Rustin and Bill Clinton. Call in with your nominations for the Brian Lehrer Show Medal of Freedom. We’re looking for those who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the interests of New York, New Jersey, civic engagement, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”



Comments [16]

Cecilia in NYC from NYC

Carolyn McIntyre of Citizens Defending Libraries, for tirelessly defending our New York City public libraries as essential places of learning, civic engagement, and cultural enrichment. In standing up to developers and privatization schemes she is proving herself even mightier than "Patience" and "Fortitude", the two lions flanking the entrance to the main Astor Library. She is a lioness called "Valiance".

Nov. 24 2013 12:39 PM
Margaret from NY

Darrell Davis, Westchester Grassroots Coalition, for ridding Peekskill of an abusive housing director, building a tenant association, establishing a youth center, and continuously responding to calls from people in communities of color, asking for help.

Nov. 21 2013 02:24 PM

Bill Solly, one of NYC's elder trouper treasures.

Solly and Ward's under-appreciated, witty and finely-crafted musical comedy Boy Meets Boy featured, in 1975, the first presentation of the 2-groom wedding cake in human history.

At 82, he still works, turning out witty songs and musicals (Winner of the 2010 Kleban Prize) from his studio apt. (piano in the middle) on Restaurant Row.

Also, both Lehrer and Lopate are true heroes of New York.

Nov. 21 2013 12:40 PM
Judith from Larchmont

Mary Brosnahan for tirelessly working to care for NY's homeless citizens.

Nov. 21 2013 12:12 PM
Susan from NYC

Pete Seeger for this award and the Nobel Peace Prize!

Nov. 21 2013 12:05 PM
John from Fanwood

My wife, Maureen Duffy. She is a Vision Rehab teacher who did home visits for aging blind clients in the 5 boroughs in the 1980s. She then ran a masters program in vision rehab at Pennsylvania College of Optometry for 20 years. She now writes a blog featuring outstanding achievements by blind and visually impaired, and also discusses the latest medical advances in blindness.

Nov. 21 2013 12:04 PM
Bill Yaggy from Bronx

I would nominate Dr. Thomas Rees, who died two days ago in Santa Fe. Tom was one of the three founders of the African Medical and Research Foundation in 1957. AMREF is now the largest nongovernmental health development organization in Africa. Tom was head of plastic surgery at NYU for many years. He was a pioneer in aesthetic plastic surgery and wrote a definitive textbook on the subject that is still a standard in the field. He was also an accomplished sculptor and musician.

Nov. 21 2013 12:02 PM
Laurie Bell from New York

You Brian Lehrer should be nominated for all the wonderful work you do every day ...

Nov. 21 2013 12:01 PM
Katie from Yonkers

John Lipscomb - Riverkeeper Hudson River patrol boat captain - he works tirelessly to patrol, protect, and promote the health of the Hudson River.

Nov. 21 2013 11:58 AM

My mom
An immigrant
4 kids. While my father spent three tours in Vietnam

Nov. 21 2013 11:55 AM
George Kraus from Mineola. NY

I nominate DIANE RAVITCH for telling the truth abot education "reform" and the anti-teacher, anti-student and anti-poor corporate attempts to redesign education in America.

Nov. 21 2013 11:55 AM

Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer. For helping to bring down DOMA.

Nov. 21 2013 11:54 AM
rctobin from NYC

Mike Bloomberg.

It's fashionable to bash him these days but, as a Democrat, I appreciate that he has gotten the City on a better economic footing and contributed enormously to the arts and big city aesthetic (e.g., Hudson river development -- walkway, etc.). Including, people, with his own money. Income for the middle class is falling everyone -- not Mike's fault, but the result of Republican policies nation-wide.

Mike is the best mayor in my lifetime, and that includes Koch and Giuluiani (for whom I did not vote even once).

Nov. 21 2013 11:54 AM
James from Nyack

Lou Reed....Brooklyn born NYer

Nov. 21 2013 11:52 AM
Robert from NYC

Passed away?! You can't say died, Brian? Really? REALLY!! Died it's not a bad work and it is what happens to us all.

Nov. 21 2013 11:51 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Cardinal Cooke; Cardinal O'Connor; Cardinal Egan; Cardinal Dolan.

Nov. 21 2013 11:49 AM

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