Brooklyn For Peace
Tribute to Congressman Major Owens
Brooklyn For Peace mourns the death of former Congressman and BFP Board member Major Owens. We are also profoundly gratefully for his inspiring example as a political leader, community activist and personal friend.
In the aftermath of 9/11, we phoned his Washington office to express our distress about the incarceration of Muslim men in the Metropolitan Detention Center and about the intensifying cries for war. We didn’t know him then. Within hours he called us back. Not a staff member, but the Congressman himself: “Hello, this is Major Owens.” We said we wished to meet with him: “Where do you want me to go?” Not, come to my office. But I’ll come to you. “Wherever you want–a home, a meeting room.”
A Congressman who answers his own phone calls, who will travel to your meeting place. Not to make a speech, or receive a check. But to have a conversation with his constituents about issues that matter. What an extraordinary politician!