Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Julian Aguon Wins The Petra Award

For Immediate Release

from the Guåhan Coalition for Peace and Justice
July 25, 2011

Local Author/Attorney Wins Prestigious Petra Award for Human Rights Work

One of Guam’s finest writers and attorneys, Julian Aguon, was recently chosen as a 2011 Petra Fellow for his “distinctive contributions to the rights, autonomy and dignity” of the people of Guam and the Pacific region, and the work he has done “for the cause of justice, fairness, and human dignity,” according to the Petra Foundation.

The Petra Fellowship comes with a $7,500 financial award, which will be presented to Mr. Aguon in Cambridge, Massachusetts the weekend of November 18 - 20, 2011. Mr. Aguon will also join an “inclusive, informal, hands-on national network of citizen activists who are working across the lines of age, ethnicity, class and issue to build a more just society,” according to the Petra Foundation.

As described on the Foundation’s website, “The Petra Foundation was established in 1988 to sustain the trajectory of Petra Tölle Shattuck's life by honoring the kind of people she most admired—unsung individuals making distinctive contributions to the rights, autonomy and dignity of others … Petra Fellows encourage others to make a difference in their own communities. Not one of the fellows has stopped working or growing. Many have gone on to receive wider recognition and their local successes have become models of regional and national significance.”

The Foundation’s namesake, Petra, was born in Germany during World War II, and “took refuge as a child from the bombings, hunger and harsh post-war realities in Karl May's novels about Native American heroes, whose struggles she would later embrace as her own,” according to the Foundation’s website.

Mr. Aguon’s tremendous contributions as an acclaimed writer, human rights advocate, and attorney made him a perfect candidate for the Petra Fellowship.

For more information about Mr. Aguon and the fellowship, please contact Mrs. Hope Cristobal at 483-0097 or ecris64@teleguam.net. Please do not publish this contact information.

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