Award named in Lantos’ honor

lantos-708048.jpgThe Young Democrats of America Jewish Caucus announces it has created the Tom P. Lantos Award “to not only honor his memory, but to remind all of us what is possible and what we can do when we have great people like Chairman Lantos who dedicate their life to public service,” according to the caucus’ news release.

“Chairman Tom Lantos leaves a legacy and commitment of fighting for many important issues that include, human rights, civil rights, ending genocide in Darfur, combating anti-Semitism and Israel’s safety and security,” the release says. “The news coverage, memorial service, and public statements from the past week only begin to touch upon the great legacy that he has left behind.”

The Tom P. Lantos Award will be given annually to a public figure “who exemplifies Chairman Lantos’s dedication to public service and who serves as an advocate for individuals who cannot speak for themselves.”

The inaugural recipient will be named the first week of May, with a nomination deadline of April 4; in future years, the award will be presented during the second week in February. Nomination suggestions and questions should be directed to Award Committee Chairman Aaron Coffey-Keyak — a native of Lantos’ district, now in Washington, D.C. — at tplaward@jewishcaucus.org

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Joshua- Can you change Aaron’s name to Aaron COFFEY-Keyak since West County Knows my Father,his grandfather ,Bert Coffey( of B”M. )Aaron’s MOM Vicki Coffey- Keyak THANKS

  • Josh Richman

    For the record, Bert Coffey of Richmond was a union organizer and close friend of state Sen. George Miller Jr. (father of the namesake current Congressman) who rose to become chair of the California Democratic Party back in the late ’70s and basically controlled West Contra Costa County politics for decades. How about that?

  • Josh– So did you know my DAD? He’d be proud that his grandson Aaron was carrying on. Do I Know you? I’m not good with nouns. It is always nice to see people remember Bert. It would surprise him. Aaron’s been very active since he was a baby. He has worked very hard . But of course neither can compare to the life Lanto’s lived.One person can make a difference. Thanks again,VICKI

  • Steve Fischer

    Keyak if Bert Coffey was your dad then where is Mitchell Coffey?

    i went around the country with him once in your dad’s car- we argued alot but it was mostly fun. I met him at Cal and I was in the student senate and gave him my seat when I did some lobbying in Cal. I live on the ocean in Rockport, TX now.

  • Steve- I never saw the last comment to respond to your note About Mitchell Coffey.
    Can you give me your e-mail & I’ll have him e-mail you.
    Vicki Coffey Keyak