I have dropped the ball: Our fifth judge in the Mondo Awards contest that begins to unfold in just a few days is our own Adam Horowitz.
I can't praise Horowitz enough. I first met him 2-1/2 years ago at New York events about the right of return and was impressed by his steadiness, his seriousness, his sincerity and his great sense of humor. At that time Adam was working for the American Friends Service Committee, before that he had done community organizing work in Atlanta and New York and had earned a Master's in international affairs at NYU. He'd also led many tours to the West Bank and had helped build the new political community that was developing on this issue by working patiently and good-naturedly with the most diverse cast of characters. When I think of people for whom borders do not exist, and for whom prejudice is simply not a factor-- Adam Horowitz is my exemplar. In 2008 Adam began working with Mondo and he has made this site what it is today, no longer a personal whittling project, but a go-to site for news and views on the conflict.
Adam joins an illustrious group: Susan Abulhawa, Omar Barghouti, Helena Cobban and Joseph Dana.
So please, get your compositions in now. Review the guidelines and criteria here. The doors are closing, the doors are closing, as they say at certain religious events. Just a few days left to send in your screed/haiku/letter-to-mahatma/love song/yawp as an entry in the Mondo Awards!