Danny Goldberg, chairman/CEO of Mercury Records Group, and Margery Tabankin, chief of the Streisand Foundation and Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Person Foundation, will be honored by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California. The pair will be presented with the org’s 1998 Torch of Liberty Award.
The program, which will include a special performance by Elvis Costello, will be held Sept. 8 at the Century Plaza Hotel.
The funds raised by the annual Torch of Liberty event enable the ACLU to continue its defense of the Bill of Rights.
“The Torch of Liberty Award was created to acknowledge the contributions made by individuals from the media and the arts and entertainment industry whose creative work affirms the democratic principles that underlie the promise of ‘liberty and justice for all,’ ” said Ramona Ripston, exec director of the ACLU of Southern California.
“Danny Goldberg has been one of the music industry’s most outspoken executives on social issues, and his successful career proves that participating in social debate on controversial issues need not impede professional success.”
Tabankin, as executive director of the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee (HWPC) for six years, helped establish a women’s political organization that was able to raise more than $5 million for progressive candidates.
Ripston noted that “Marge has always been an inspirational force for change, and the grass-roots organizations she is now nurturing will surely produce a new generation of activists to carry on the battles that must continually be fought.”
Tabankin has devoted her life to progressive causes, working with Streisand, Spielberg, Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Norman Lear, Jane Fonda, Bill and Hillary Clinton and scores of others.