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Board of Directors
Our work is primarily educational, we have incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation, governed by a Board of Directors. Membership on the BFP Board is open to any member who has been active in the activities of BFP, who supports our goals as stated above, and who is willing to share the responsibility for determining the priorities and developing the programs of the organization. We are seeking diverse membership on our Board, representing the diversity of communities in Brooklyn.
To become a member of the Board, an individual must be voted in by a majority of the current members of the Board. An individual can nominate themselves for membership on the Board, or could be nominated by another member, whether on the Board or not. Our current By-Laws allow 30 members of the Board.
Monthly regular meetings of the Board of Directors are open to any member of Brooklyn For Peace who wishes to attend. The opinions and input of all members are important and welcome; however, only Board members can vote. Annual meeting for election of Board members and officers is in June, but vacancies on the Board can be filled at any time. Term of service for both officers and Board members is one year. There is no limit on the number of terms which may be served. Date and time of regular meetings are posted on the web-site, with RSVP by e-mail or telephone requested if you would like attend.
For a copy of our By-Laws, or for further information on the responsibilities entailed in membership on the Board, please contact us by email or call 718–624–5921.
Charlotte Phillips M.D.
I am the Co-Founder and currently serve as the Chairperson of Brooklyn For Peace.
I am a general primary care pediatrician, and retired from clinical practice in March,
2012, after practicing for 20 years in the New York City public hospital system, where
I provided continuity of care to a diverse community of patients from the African-
American, Haitian, Jamaican, Latin American, West African, Middle Eastern and South
Asian communities, all of which are represented in Brooklyn. I was also on the faculty of
I co-founded Brooklyn Parents for Peace in 1984 as a network of parents all of whom
had children in the same day care center in Brooklyn. I have been involved in various
ways for the past 29 years, and continue to be committed to the growth and development
of Brooklyn For Peace as a non-sectarisn, non-partisan, locally-based, multi-issue
organization. As a pediatrician, I see war and violence as critical public health issues;
as a parent and grandparent, I see the well-being and (even the existence) of future
generations at stake.
Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg was a co-founder of Brooklyn for Peace. She is a professor of US Foreign Policy at Hofstra University and the author of a book on the division of Germany and the origins of the Cold War.She is presently completing a book on Nixon-Kissinger and the National Security State, In addition to her work for Brooklyn for Peace, for the past eight years, she has been co-convener of the Legislative Working Group for United for Peace and Justice and has served on the Coordinating Committee of Historians Against the War.
In addition to serving as Vice Chair for Brooklyn For Peace, Veronica is also a member of the Fundraising Committee, The Arts & Culture Committee, The Peace Fair Committee.
She is an international singer-songwriter, arranger most known as the featured vocalist with Michael Franks since 1992. In the late 1970s she moved to New York to pursue a degree in Theology at Lehmans College in the Bronx. Singing in the music clubs at night to support her college tuition, she met Big Nick Nicholas (who was famous for being a teacher of legendary tenor saxophonist John Coltrane) who took her under his wing, and she became a first-call jazz singer in the Harlem and Greenwich Village jazz scene in New York.
She travels around the world performing, conducting her vocal workshop series and interviewing jazz musicians for her podcast Tales from the Jazz Side. She is co-owner of Dead Horse Records and the CEO of Full Gallop Entertainment, Inc. www.veronicanunn.com
Rev. Tom Martinez
Rev. Martinez is the Sr. Minister at All Souls Bethlehem Church (Brooklyn, NY). Since graduating from is Union Theological Seminary (NYC) in 2000 he has been active in a number of social justice movements, mostly focused on war and the specter of Empire. In 2003 he traveled to Iraq with Christian Peacemaker Teams three weeks prior to the US invasion. His activism and photojournalism have also taken him to Honduras, Cuba and various cities within the US. He has also documented the Occupy movement, with a focus on Occupy Faith and Occupy Sandy (hurricane relief). His images have appeared in the Staten Island Advance, the Brooklyn Eagle, Tikkun (magazine) and various other publications.
My involvement with peace movement started in 1961, coinciding with move to New
York from the midwest. My husband was Coordinator of the Greenwich Village
Peace Center for a year, and I was immersed in that group’s thinking and have been
involved in one way or another ever since. For obvious reasons, the demonstration that
I particularly remember was in April 1965 in DC, because I was VERY pregnant at the
My “career” has been bookkeeping related, and as well as doing that for a living I have
contributed that skill to the Neighborhood Nursery School, the Brooklyn Heights Youth
Center, the Nevins Day Care Center, and Concerned Friends of WBAI. I started
volunteering and was elected Treasurer for Brooklyn (Parents) For Peace very soon after
retiring from employment, in 2004.
Members of the Board
I am Mukti Banerjee,In 1986, I moved to the U.S. with my husband, to work as a biologist. In 2007, I retired from the nine-to-five routine so that I could work full-time on my dream: bringing the flavors and the benefits of Indian cooking to all New Yorkers. Mukti’s Kitchen has proved to be a success.
I decided to start Mukti's Kitchen when a few good friends insisted that I did something to let others know about my Indian cooking and the variety and uniqueness of it. I have a desire to share my passion of food with people to empower and help to cook for themselves and eat more healthy diets and be happy and healthy. Mukti’s Kitchen offers cooking classes, lecture-demonstrations and catering services. I focus on Indian food, Indian cooking and healthy eating. It’s authentic Indian, but also catered to an American taste: I make it palatable to all. I also take special care of any dietary restrictions you may have. Please visit my website www.meetup.com/muktiskitchen and www.muktiskitchen.com and see my food pictures and reviews.
My name is Charlene Barker; I was born and raised in Westchester County. I lived in CT for several years before moving to NYC in March 1983. Many said I would not last six months, and yet here I am 30 years later quite the content survivor. I love NYC, especially Brooklyn, with all its unique and fascinating qualities. Some of my interests, other than peace/political activism, are photography, travel, cooking, museums, crocheting, music, needlepoint, movies, theater, art, old cemeteries and tag sales. I have been involved with activism since February 2003 and also very proud to be part of Brooklyn for Peace.
My environmental awareness dates from 1992 when I attended the original Earth Summit in Rio. For over 20 years governments around the world have agreed that climate change is a serious problem and then agreed to postpone any serious actions to stop it. Environmental issues such as climate refugees and depletion of resources (oil, land, water) are increasingly the frame in which wars take place. Brooklyn For Peace is an ideal place for bringing together the struggles for climate justice and against war.
Henry Florsheim is a first generation NYC native, having grown up in Washington Heights, the son of German Jewish immigrants. He raised his son in Queens, where he coached Little League baseball for many years. He moved to Brooklyn in 1999, where he married Jaki Florsheim and coached high school track and middle school baseball after retiring as an accountant. He served as the treasurer of the newly formed Peace Action New York State and joined the Board of Brooklyn For Peace because it is a successful peace and justice organization.
Jaki Florsheim’s activist roots began as a result of her AZ family’s progressive influence. Anti-war teach-ins at Stanford; Peace Corps and Head Start teaching in West Africa and DC; and the Poor Peoples Campaign further politicized her. She moved to Brooklyn where she raised her two daughters, taught school, volunteered with peace Action, and married Henry Florsheim. She joined the Board of Brooklyn For Peace because it is an effective grassroots peace and social justice organization and she wants a better world for her grandchildren. Strength in numbers!
I am a longtime community activist and labor union officer. My political work is now focused on the environmental crisis -- especially on the connections between war, social justice, and environment. Brooklyn For Peace is an excellent arena for this work.
Vicki is a member of the PEJ committee and treasurer of Peace Action Bay Ridge Interfaith Peace Coalition, an affiliate of Brooklyn for Peace and Peace Action New York State. I am treasurer of Military Families Speak Out Metro and conduct two Offerings of Letters for Bread for the World every year. I am the Peace & Justice Coordinator of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church. Now that I’m writing this I think I might be doing too much. I am on the Steering Committee and Executive Committee of Peace Action New York State.
Mary (Molly) Nolan is a professor of twentieth century European and American history at NYU and writes and teaches about war, imperialism, the global economy, and social inequality. My work with BFP, which I have been a member of for 25 years, is motivated by the same concerns as my teaching and writing--the need to combat militarism and war and work for peace and social justice where we live and work.
Major Owens (Ret) Congressmember