Colin Kaepernick was awarded the 2017 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. During the 2016 NFL pre-season, then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of racism and police violence.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick said at the time. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder." Learn More...


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In The News

2010 RECIPIENT Bill McKibben
More than 1,000 organizations have pledged support for the People's Climate March on September 21, including Bill McKibben's Learn more...

2013 RECIPIENT Barry Lynn
Americans United for Separation of Church and State is represented in a Florida lawsuit seeking to bring down the school voucher system, which Lynn says is an attempt to "siphon taxpayers' dollars to private religious schools. Learn more...

2010 RECIPIENT Cecile Richards
Richards reacts to the Hobby Lobby decision and the right to birth control under the Affordable Care Act." Learn more...


Selected Articles

2013 RECIPIENT Barry Lynn
In response to the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, Lynn argues why corporations have no right to religious freedom. Learn more...

2006 RECIPIENT Amy Goodman
In a column, Goodman writes about the "Guns of August," connecting violence in Gaza, Syria, and Ferguson, MO, and argues why war is not the answer to conflict in the 21st century. Learn more...

2010 RECIPIENT Cecile Richards
Richards discusses her role as head of Planned Parenthood in a profile for The Hill and the growth of the organization's grassroots activism. Learn more...


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