A Light Shone Bright—A Light For Peace Pathmakers To Peace Gala, 2018.
Dec 6, 2018—
It was an evening to remember.
Friends and supporters of Brooklyn For Peace filled into Brooklyn’s historic Plymouth Church to enjoy a festive evening of good food and drink. But also to mingle with old friends and meet new ones. They came to support the 34-year old peace and justice organization and to be the wind behind its sails as it continues to meet the challenges of these difficult times.
After a delicious and plentiful buffet, the event began the event began with a warm welcome by the church’s spiritual leader, Rev. Brett Younger. This year the group honored leading Pathmakers To Peace as they have done in each year past. But before that, we welcomed special guests who arrived unannounced but who were enthusiastically welcomed as champions in Congress against the Trump agenda. Both Congress members Yvette Clarke and Nydia Velázquez rose and delivered passionate remarks, pledging to stand firm on behalf of peace and to defend immigrants and refugees from the cruel policies of the Trump Administration. They spoke of the difficult battles ahead but also pointed out that the newly-elected majority in the House, with its numerous new women members, would make their ability to fight back more effectivel The presence of these two members of Congress was a tribute, many felt, to Brooklyn For Peace’s status as a long-standing and effective voice for peace and progress in our Brooklyn communities.
This year’s honorees were— Make The Road, New York – a true champion that serves and protects immigrants and refugees with a focus on Latinos who are facing attacks from the Trump policies. The award was accepted by Chloe Tribich who spoke on their behalf.
Next was Rebecca Wilkomerson, the Chair of Jewish Voice For Peace, an outstanding organization that has grown exponentially in recent years, filling its ranks with newly-active youth, particularly young Jews. They stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine in demanding a just and fair peace in the Mid East and reject the idea that being Jewish is synonymous with supporting the extremist and anti-human policies of Netanyahu and his government.
The last honoree was Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, which, in a reprise of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1968 movement, has launched a movement for a “moral revival” in the country, demanding the shifting of priorities away from greed and war and toward meeting the urgent needs of the American people, particularly those who suffer the injustice and degradation of endemic poverty. Theoharris made a moving speech that wove together all the themes of the various struggles taking place in today’s difficult period.
Many thought that this event was one of the finest and most uplifting the organization has sponsored over the years. The feelings of camaraderie and solidarity in a festive atmosphere of bonhomie, lifted people’s spirits and determination to continue the fight for a better country and world. Onwards!
On Wednesday Nov 28 Senators. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand were among the 63 senators who voted in favor of advancing S.J.Res.54, the Yemen war powers resolution that would end U.S. support for the Saudi- and UAE-led war in Yemen. This was an important victory and we thank them.
However, Schumer has not yet signed on as a co-sponsor to S.J. Res 54. (Gillibrand was an early co-sponsor.) We need continuing pressure on Schumer to get him to sign on and to take a leadership role in urging passage of this legislation. YOUR call is important! Use this number: 1-833-STOP-WAR, or click on this link: #YemenCantWait
Sat Dec 15, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm: Join the weekly vigil to keep Yemen in the public eye: Location: Union Sq., SE corner of the park during the Christmas Market season (opposite the atomic clock). Organized by the Catholic Worker Movement.
New Yorkers To Schumer— Take Action Now To End Support For Saudi War On Yemen!
November 26, 2018
New Yorkers turned out today in front of the Manhattan offices of Senators Schumer and Gillibrand. They were there to demand action on the ongoing Saudi war against Yemen, which is supported both materially and logistically by U.S. policy. The United Nations has described today’s Yemen as the “world’s greatest humanitarian crisis.” With a massive Cholera epidemic and widespread hunger due to a Saudi blockade of Yemen’s ports, choking off supplies of food and medicine, the protestors demanded that Congress prohibit the use of U.S. troops in the war, which are not sanctioned by Congress. That would become laws if a joint resolution, SJRes54, was passed. Speakers at the rally thanked Senator Gillibrand for her co-sponsorship of the bill and demanded that Senator Schumer, who is the Democrats leader in the Senate to do likewise. But beyond that, they demanded not only sponsorship but forceful leadership on the bill and in acting to end any U.S. support of Saudi Arabia’s continuing brutality against the people of Yemen. It was noted that Saudi Arabia purchases billions of dollars of military hardware from the United States. U.S. law prohibits the sale of weapons to regimes that use those weapons illegally as has been done in Yemen over and over again.
The rally today, organized in just a few days, was sponsored by Action Corps NYC, Peace Action, Code Pink, Just Foreign Policy and others. Brooklyn For Peace helped to mobilize support.
The vote on the SJRes54 might come as early as this Wednesday. Therefore, calls to Senator Schumer are urgent. Please call NOW: 1833-STOP-WAR.
To see all the photos from today’s rally, click HERE.
Wed, Nov 14,7 pm: Join Us for a Community Meeting !
Pushing Back the Right-Wing Assault:
Join Us for a Community Meeting!
Already Active? Wondering how to get involved? Looking to have open discussion with Brooklyn neighbors?
With Right-wing assault on many fronts:
Attacks on communities of color
$716 billion defense budget
US military actions around the world, which far too often include bombing of civilians
Rolling back efforts to combat climate change
Now is a critical time to build the resistance and work for change
What strategies have worked in the past?
What new approaches do we need?
How can we successfully link issues and build co-operation between diverse communities?
Here’s an opportunity to share ideas with Brooklyn neighbors!
When: Wednesday, November 14 at 7 pm Where: The Brooklyn Commons. 388 Atlantic Avenue
Between Hoyt and Bond. 2,3,4,5 to Nevins, A,C,G, to Hoyt-Schermerhorn
This venue is wheelchair accessible.
Wed Nov 7, 6:30 pm:”Tales from the Vault” BFP Archives Opened at Brooklyn HIstorical Society
Wed Nov 7, 6:30 pm: “Tales from the Vault”: BFP Archives Opened at Brooklyn Historical Society
Join us to celebrate opening the archive of BFP’s work since 1983! Founded amid the tensions of the Cold War, Brooklyn For Peace is an organization known for its involvement in local, national, and international political issues including nuclear disarmament, military recruitment, and more. Join two members of the Brooklyn Historical Society library staff, Maggie Schreiner and Laura Juliano, as they share BFP’s 30-year history through their vast archival collections. which were recently cataloged and made available to the public in the Othmer Library. Advance reservations strongly advised as space is limited! Click here for tickets ($5; or free for BHS membes)
Doors open 6:00 pm; event starts at 6:30 pm See it on Facebook Location: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St (corner of Clinton), Brooklyn Heights. Wheelchair accessible.
Questions? Contact BHS Visitor Services desk at 718-222-4111, ext. 250.
Did you miss it? See the video! International Law, Seeking Justice, and the Great March of Return in Gaza Panel & Discussion: Palestinian Right of Return
International Law, Seeking Justice, and the Great March of Return in Gaza:
During Israel’s creation, over 750,000 Palestinians were expelled or fled temporarily to save themselves from the violence. Palestinian refugees and their descendants around the world continue to be denied their right of return as stipulated in a 1948 UN resolution. Why won’t Israel let them return to their homes? What can be done to achieve peace with justice?
If you missed this discussion of the Palestinian Right of Return, check it out on YouTube
Bina Ahmad (social justice attorney, public defender, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights Steering Committee, Food Empowerment Project Advisory Board)
Jamil Dakwar (human rights lawyer and adjunct professor at John Jay College and Hunter College)
Donna Nevel (community psychologist, Facing the Nakba Project, Jews Say No!; Jews Against Anti-Muslim Racism)
Moderated by Riham Barghouti (founder of Adalah-NY: Campaign for the Boycott of Israel)
Co-sponsors: Adalah-NY: Campaign for the Boycott of Israel;, Al-Awda NY, All Souls Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East; Arab Muslim American Federation; Committee to Stop FBI Repression; Fort Greene Peace; International Action Center, Jewish Voice for Peace/NYC, Jews Say No!; Jews for Palestinian Right of Return; JVP-Westchester; Learning for the Empowerment and Advancement of Palestinians; Peace Action New York State; Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network; Tree of Life Educational Fund; USA Palestine Mental Health Network; Women in Black Union Square; World Can’t Wait
Our five working committees meet regularly to plan and carry out work for peace, social justice and international law. You can also help us build bridges of peace by participating in our ad hoc task forces activities.