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Brooklyn For Peace Turns Thirty — And We Celebrate!
Gala Honors Noam Chomsky As PathMaker To Peace.

Nov 15, 2014
Oh what a night! An evening to come together, to celebrate, to find old friends, to eat and drink, to listen, to ask, to learn. An evening to remember!

It was Brooklyn For Peace’s annual Pathmakers To Peace gala and there were two very good reasons for the gathering of several hundred people to be there –

First, they came to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of Brooklyn For Peace, a most remarkable organization that has been been fighting the good fight for peace and justice for three decades and that is declaring its readiness to continue that struggle as long as the plagues of war, inequality, economic distress, environmental deterioration and social injustice require its attention.

Secondly, they came to witness our Pathmaker To Peace award, this year given to honor the life-long work of  Noam Chomsky, one of the brilliant minds of our times: linguistics professor, scientist, social critic and fierce advocate for peace and social justice.


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Pathmaker To Peace honoree, Noam Chomsky, addresses an
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Forum In Fort Greene Examines
ISIS, Syria, Iraq & U.S. War.

Nov 11, 2014

Over sixty people crowded into the historic Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Fort Greene for a forum on Syria, Iraq, ISIS and U.S. military involvement in, what could be, a new ‘endless’ war in the region.

The forum featured three speakers who presented their views and talked about the history that has led to the present crisis there. After the presentations, the audience was invited to participate in a question and answer session.

The forum was initiated by Fort Greene Peace and co-sponsored by Brooklyn For Peace. Ed Goldman of Fort Greene Peace welcomed the guests and Melissa Corbett , BFP’s Program Coordinator, facilitated the event.

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Brooklyn For Peace Goes All Out for UNICEF
In Park Slope’s Halloween Parade!

Oct 31, 2014

Thanks to the hard work of BFP’s UNICEF Committee and its chair, Monroe Allison, a team of volunteers staffed tables at five different locations in Brooklyn’s popular Park Slope Halloween Parade. As thousands thronged the neighborhood’s streets, they were greeted by UNICEF tables where BFPers handed out the well-known orange collection boxes. Parents and kids took the boxes and trick or treated by asking for donations so that “kids could help other kids all over the world.”

Hawking the boxes, which were taken eagerly, one volunteer shouted out “Parents — here’s a wonderful lesson to impart to your kids on Halloween. Have them collect money so that UNICEF can help children the world over who are suffering from war, poverty and hunger.”

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BFP’s Anti-War Tabling Continues…
We’re Out On Brooklyn’s Street Corners
With A Strong Message For Peace In The Mid-East!

Oct 25, 2014

We were out today continuing Brooklyn For Peace’s campaign to inject the voice of the peace movement into the discussion on the war in Syria A vote will soon be brought to Congress after the November elections. Will the Congress once again give the President open-ended permission to wage unlimited war in Syria just as they gave it to Bush when he invaded Iraq? Brooklyn For Peace is collecting signaturs on petitions that says to Congress: “We don’t another Mid-East War!”

Some people think ISIS is so evil that U.S. military action is necessary to stop them. But many others disagree saying “we’ve been here before, in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s a slippery slope to a full-scale war like the two trillion dollar wars over the last 12 years.” Many Brooklyn residents seem to agree – we’ve handed out some 1500 flyers over the last week which were well received and we’ve collected dozens and dozens of signatures on petitions to Congress demanding an end to the bombing which is a path to widening war – another disaster in the making.

Here are photos from today’s tabling at Grand Army Plaza’s Central Library.

Our anti- war campaign continues as long as the weather holds – we’ll be out on weekends and weekdays on street corners around the borough. Join us!
Write to pej@brooklynpeace.org for locations and details!

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BFP Honors Michael Ratner –
Lawyer And Pathmaker To Peace

Oct 3, 2014
People came to the Brooklyn Friends Meeting House Brooklyn Heights last night to hear Michael Ratner and to honor him with Brooklyn For Peace’s <i>Pathmaker To Peace</i> award. Mr. Ratner is President Emeritus or 5h3 Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). past president of the National Lawyers Guild; and Chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights. He is a long-time veteran in the fight for democracy and constitutional justice. As a lawyer, he has been in the forefront of cases that have challenged U.S. wars from Vietnam to Iraq and Aftghanistan. He litigated cases on behalf of prisoners in America’s prison camp in Cuba — Guantanamo and defended victims of the Bush/Cheney reign of torture that was used against prisoners captured, held without trial in the U.S. War On Terror.

Oct 3, 2014

People came to the Brooklyn Friends Meeting House in Brooklyn Heights last night to hear Michael Ratner and to honor him with Brooklyn For Peace’s Pathmaker To Peace award. Mr. Ratner is President Emeritus or the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). past president of the National Lawyers Guild; and Chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.

Ratner is a veteran in the fight for democracy and constitutional justice. As a lawyer, he has been in the forefront of cases that have challenged U.S. wars from Vietnam to Iraq and Aftghanistan. He litigated cases on behalf of prisoners in America’s disgraceful prison camp in Cuba — Guantanamo and defended victims of the Bush/Cheney reign of torture that was used against prisoners captured and held without trial in the U.S. War On Terror.

For photos of last nights event, just click the photo below.

Pathmaker To Peace Award to Michael Ratner
Michael Ratner, accepting Brooklyn For Peace’s
Pathmaker To Peace award last night from
BFP Chair, Dr. Charlotte Phillips.

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Please Make A “Thank You” Call Today!

Please Make This “Thank YouCall!
Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121
Last month the House of Representatives voted on an Amendment to supply and train
so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels. The final vote was 273-156. However, here in
Brooklyn, the following Reps voted NAY: Clarke, Jeffries, Maloney, Nadler and
Velasquez.
In the Senate, there was no amendment. However by a vote of 78-22, it passed a
Continuing Resolution that included approval for the arming and training of the Syrian
rebels. Senator Gillibrand voted NAY.
Please call your Representative and Senator Gillibrand and thank them for
their vote opposing military assistance to the Syrian rebels. Let them know you
are strongly opposed to this new war and do not want Congress to pass another
resolution authorizing the “use of force” against ISIS.
Call the Capitol Switchboard and ask to be connected to the office of your
Representative and of Senator Gillibrand. 202-224-3121

Please Make This “Thank You” Call to your Representativer and Senator if they voted NO to arming Syrian rebels!

Last month the House of Representatives voted on an Amendment to supply and train so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels. The final vote was 273-156. However, here in Brooklyn, the following Reps voted NO: Clarke, Jeffries, Maloney, Nadler and Velasquez.

In the Senate, there was no amendment. However by a vote of 78-22, it passed a Continuing Resolution that included approval for the arming and training of the Syrian rebels. Senator Gillibrand voted NO.

Please call your Representative and Senator Gillibrand and thank them for their vote opposing military assistance to the Syrian rebels. Let them know you are strongly opposed to this new war and do not want Congress to pass another resolution authorizing the “use of force” against ISIS. Such a vote is almost a certainty once Congress returns after the November elections….so make those calls NOW! Tell them “thanks” and tell them to keep on voting against any new war.

Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to the office of your Representative and of Senator Gillibrand.

 
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