Note: Photos from the BFP Teach-In can be viewed HERE.
Well over a hundred people filled up the auditorium in Touhy Hall at St. Joseph’s College in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brookyn.
There were there to attend an all day teach-in. The event, titled “The People Or Trump,” was called to examine Trump’s projected aggressive approach to using military solutions in international conflicts, his calls for a huge buildup in military expenditures and his beligerant approach to many different countries. How would this affect our communities? Could we expect more cutbacks to vital social services? Where will challenges to peace most likely occur?
The Teach-In consisted of two sessions. In the morning session, experts focused on the military budget and the Mid East.
Hundreds gathered at dusk in Brooklyn in the Kensington neighborhood which has a large population of South Asisan and Muslim residents. The crowd was a beautiful representation of the borough’ diversity with large numbers of white and South Asian folks. Many Muslim residents were there as well, evidenced by hijab head coverings on many of the women participants.
The rally was called to declare Kensington a “Hate-Free Zone” as part of a campaign in the city that is spreading from neighborhood to neighborhood as a defense against expected anti-Muslim repression and attacks by the new administration in Washington. Sponsors of tonight’s rally included DRUM, Desis Rising Up And Moving and JFREJ, Jews For Racial And Economic Justice. Speakers addressed the large crowd and also led them in chants declaring solidarity with Muslim residents.
This was one of hundreds or thousands of similar actions that are now growing in number and size around the country as Americans begin to build a movement that can prevent Trump and his cohorts from turning the country back to earlier times when equality was just a dream and racism and repression was the order of the day.
“More Relevant Than Ever” Say Hundreds In Brooklyn Who Join In Celebrating Dr. King’s Birthday.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Hundreds of residents gathered in the auditorium of Prospect Heights High School. It was time, and an especially poignant and relevant time, to celebrate the birthday of one of our greatest Americans: Dr. Martin Luther King.
The event was sponsored by the Central Brooklyn Martin Luther King Commission which was founded years ago by Congressman Major Owens.Today’s event was chaired by the Congressman’s son, the well-known and respected community activist and political leader, Chris Owens.
With moving performances by a choral group and dancers from a local Brooklyn Dance school, we were entertained and enthralled. The audience was greeted by local officials, including Congress member Yvette Clarke and Assembly member, Jo Anne Simon.
The main event was the award to Brooklyn public school students who competed in the annual essay contest. The students composed essays and poems that described the contributions of that great American who gave his life for equality and justice for all our people. We were impressed by the amazing talent that our public schools produce.
Brooklyn For Peace members were invited to set up a table and their Dr. King flyers, connecting his stand on the Vietnam war with deprivation, poverty and racism at home, were handed out and well-received by people. They also distributred free peace buttons.
It was a wonderful day. Please enjoy the photosthat give a flavor to this memorable event.
To enjoy the photos from this wonderful event, click HERE.
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