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Sean Penn Is 'Humbled' By 2012 Peace Summit Award

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Sean Penn honored at peace summit

People are always talking about Sean Penn's humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti, but on Thursday he was finally honored for it.

The actor received the 2012 Peace Summit Award for his work in the foreign country, which includes managing the J/P Haitian Relief Organization AND being the first non-Haitian to be designated an ambassador-at-large for Haitian President Michel Martelly.

While accepting the award in the presence of the Dalai Lama on a Chicago stage, Penn urged for more foreign aid by saying:

"It would take a poet laureate to describe for you the courage and the dignity of (Haiti's) people. There are no people on earth more willing to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. But as Dr. Martin Luther King said, it's fine to tell a man to pull himself up by his own bootstraps, but evil to tell a man to do so without boots."

VERY well said if we do say so ourselves!

According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Udo Janz, the passionate entertainer should "think of it as the Oscar for your humanitarian commitment."

Absolutely! What an honor!

Congrats on the award, but more importantly, THANK YOU for all your selfless service!

[Image via WENN.]

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6 comments to “Sean Penn Is 'Humbled' By 2012 Peace Summit Award”



  1. 1

    he deserves it well done



  2. 2

    In the past 50 years we have given Billions of $$$ to Haiti, and the country today is worse off now than ever
    The people have defoliated the island for firewood, which in turn causes land erosion,
    the mud kills the fish in the surrounding waters, etc etc
    Education is the key, not Sean Penn, Big Oprah, The Kadashians etc looking for another feel good photo op



  3. 3

    CONGRATS…………



  4. 4

    Congratulations Sean Penn, you have a vote of confidence from the people of Haiti.



  5. 5

    Re: MR Pete
    Ever think that the billions of dollars of aid are a result of the mega-corporations buying their way into Haiti so that THEY can deforest an island and have first dibs on all of the other resources that are in and around Haiti.
    Educate yourself before you post an opinion

  6. morgin says – reply to this


    6

    Did I just land on this flaming evil homos site who contributes nothing to society except bring pain and suffering to people? I think I need to take a bath now