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Award named in Lantos’ honor

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 at 11:45 am in General, Tom Lantos.

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

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  • http://none V.Keyak

    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?

  • http://none V.Keyak

    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

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  • 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.

  • http://JoshRichman Steve Fischer

    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