Sep 17, 2017
Brooklyn For Peace has a long history of tabling at the borough’s varied and many street fairs. One of our favorites has been the Flatbush Frolic, on Cortelyou Road in Flatbush, just south of Prospect Park. This is a wonderfully diverse neighborhood and has a more relaxed feel than other fairs.
Today our table was very often crowded with residents who were interested and enthusiastic about our messages: “We Welcome Refugees,” End These Endless Wars,” Spend Money On Schools, NOT On Endless Wars!” We tabled with our always-popular Penny Poll that asks participants to pretend that they’re in Congress “for the day” and can allocate tax monies for various spending categories. The results are a stunning display of the inconsistencies in the choices of ordinary versus what Congress does, year-in and year-out, spending trillions of tax dollar on endless wars instead of urgently needed social programs.
At today’s table we added a new feature, one that what turned out to be immensely popular: a BFP “Send A Message To Congress” photo booth. Participants picked out a slogan from a large selection of signs printed with various messages and held them up as they posed for our camera. We’ll send these on to the Brooklyn House delegation and our two U.S. Senators urging them to take positions against the endless wars (and more wars that Trump threatens to unleash) that our country has been engaged in over the past decades. Other messages welcomed refugees, demanded passage of the Dream Act and urged negotiations rather than war with North Korea in order to defuse the crisis developing there. We took well over 300 photos today, a number that surprised even us.
Next week, on September 24th, we’ll be at the fabulous Atlantic Antic. We invite you to join us. It was not only exciting but fun to talk to our fellow Brooklynites about the issues of peace and war, issues that are so important to our communities, our city, our country and the planet.
To see other photos from today’s table, CLICK HERE.
To see the actual photos that people are sending to Congress with strong anti-war messages, CLICK HERE.