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2017 Pathmakers to Peace Journal

Thanks to the individuals, community organizations, businesses, and service providers whose support made the 2017 Pathmakers to Peace with Linda Sarsour, Leslie Cagan, and UPROSE as memorable and uplifting of an event possible. Please let them know that you appreciate their commitment to peace and social justice!

Check out the 2017 Pathmakers to Peace Journal!

2017 Pathmakers to Peace Supporters

Thank you to the 2017 Pathmakers to Peace Supporters!

With these people, organizations, and businesses, our voice for peace and justice is stronger.

Allan Eisenberg, PhD
Amorina Pizza624 Vanderbilt Ave.
Aperture Restaurant
Arab American Association of New York (AAANY)
Assemblymember Felix Ortiz
Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon
Assemblymember Joseph Lentol
Assemblymember Robert Carroll
Bassett Caterers
Bene-Fits Physical Therapy
Black Veterans for Social Justice
Bob Cook, Your PC Guru
Brazen Head
Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX)
Brooklyn Bridge Realty
Brooklyn Commons
Brooklyn Friends Meeting House Peace and Social Action Committee, 110 Schermerhorn St.
Brooklyn Friends of the People’s World & the Brooklyn Club of the Communist Party, USA
Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (BSEC), Ethical Action Committee
Brooklyn Solar Works
Brothers Halal Meat Market
Buddy Williams
Cafe Chili
Cambridge Dental PC
Camp Kinderland
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats (CBID)
Central Brooklyn MLK Commission
Charlene Barker,BFP Board Member
Congressmember Nydia Velazquez
Congressmember Yvette Clark
D’Amico Coffee
David Cunningham Architecture Planning
Deadhorse Records
Domestic Workers United
DRUM: South Asian Organizing Center (Desis Rising Up and Moving)
Dwip Bangla Grocery
Eventfull Catering
Fish Tales
Flatbush Food Coop
Foodtown (632 Vanderbilt)
Fort Greene Peace
Fortune House, 82 Henry St.
Go Greene Hardware
Granny Peace Brigade
Halstead Properties
Heights Chateau Fine Wine & Spirits, 123 Atlantic Ave.
HolyLand Auto Repair
Hungry Ghost: Coffee Bar and Cafe, 781 Fulton St.
Indypendent
Institute for Peace Studies
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)
Jane Kurinsky (in memorian)
Jewish Voice for Peace–NYC
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ)
Jews Say No!
Ken Diamondstone and Joe Kopitz
Key Food (369 Flatbush)(Fusulag Corp)
Key Food (991 Fulton Street)
Letitia James, Public Advocate NYC
Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives
Make the Road New York
Mel Grizer and Susie Hoffman
Mike Leonard, Carpentry
Mohammed Nurhussein, M.D. (BFP Board Member)
Mukti’s Kitchen
Muslim Community Network
National Lawyers Guilld–NYC Chapter
No Separate Justice
Park Slope United Methodist Church, Social Action Committee
Peace Action Bay Ridge
Peace Action Fund New York State (PANYS)
Peace Action Staten Island
Perelandra Natural Foods
Phillips-Fein Family
Physicians for a National Health Program NY Metro Chapter
Rahmann Contracting
Ralph’s Bodega
Robert Provenzano, DDS
Rothberg Law Firm
Save Mor Digital Printing
Select Mail & Red Hook Star Revue
South Slope Auto Center
Teresa’s Polish Restaurant
The Garden Food Market, 921 Manhattan Ave.
United Community Centers, Inc. (UCC)
United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ)
United University Professions (UUP)
UPROSE
Veris Wealth Partners
Veterans for Peace NYC Ch 34
Villa Pancho Restaurant
Vokashi: the eco-living compost service
War No More on BRIC
Wild Ginger
Yemen Cafe

A Night To Remember— Our Pathmakers To Peace Gala Dinner

November 30, 2017

It was a night to remember. So said….everyone who attended this year’s Pathmaker To Peace gala dinner. Sponsored by Brooklyn For Peace, it brought some 200 people together at Brooklyn Height’s historic Plymouth Church. The church was a center of anti-slavery abolitionist action under its great minister, Henry Ward Beecher.

And the Pathmakers award goes to…Leslie Cagan, a true Pathmaker To Peace.

Enjoying drinks and a great buffet, we assembled to honor those activists who had championed and blazed paths for the movement for peace and justice. This year’s honorees were—

Linda Sarsour, Palestinian-American human rights activist and co-chair of the historic Women’s March in 2017 that brought a million people to Washington to protest the election of Trump and his proposed agenda.

Leslie Cagan, for her lifetime of activism in the movements for peace (a founder of United For Peace And Justice) and environment (an organizer of the enormous People’s Climate March in NYC).

UPROSE, an organization of climate and social justice activists led by women of color. It’s organizing young people as future leaders of the progressive movement and is based in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park.

Many remarked, upon leaving the church, that this was a memorable evening indeed and that during these ominous times of Donald Trump, it provided a very needed uplift and boost to our spirits as it showed that our movement is alive and well and is fighting back .

The evening’s resounding message, echoed throughout and without: “We’re moving forward! And we’re not going back!”

To see all the photos from the evening’s festivities just CLICK HERE.

To see a video of the presentations, CLICK HERE.

2016 Pathmaker to Peace Supporters!

Thank you to the 2016 Pathmakers to Peace Supporters!

Without these people, organizations, and businesses, we would not be able to do what we do.

Amorina Pizza624 Vanderbilt Ave.
Arab American Association of NY
Bassett Caterers
Bene-Fits Physical Therapy
Black Vets for Social Justice (BVSJ)
Bob Cook, Your PC Guru
Brazen Head
Brooklyn Bridge Realty
Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX)
Brooklyn Friends of the People’s World
Brooklyn Friends Meeting House Peace and Social Action Committee, 110 Schermerhorn St.
Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn Friends of the People’s World Newspaper & Brooklyn Club of the Communist Party USA
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, Ethical Action Committee
Brothers Halal Meat Market
Camp Kinderland
Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats (CBID)
Central Brooklyn MLK Commission
Cultural Museum of African Art
D’Amico Coffee
Deadhorse Records
DRUM: South Asian Organizing Center
Allan Eisenberg, Psychotherapy
Eventfull Caterers
Fish Tales
Flatbush Food Coop
Foodtown, 632 Vanderbilt Ave.
Fort Greene Peace
Fortune House, 82 Henry St.
Gerstein Fisher
Granny Peace Brigade
Heights Chateau Fine Wine & Spirits, 123 Atlantic Ave.
Holy Land Auto Repair
Hungry Ghost: Coffee Bar and Cafe, 781 Fulton St.
Indypendent
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JREJ)
Key Food, 369 Flatbush Avenue
Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy
Joseph Lentol, NY State Assemblyman
Lone Wolf Tribe
Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives
Lu Anne’s Wild Ginger All-Asian Vegan
M & R Key Tile Stone, Inc.
Madiba Restaurant
MADRE
Make the Road
Met Foods
Montague Wine and Spirits, 78 Montague
Velmatette Montgomery, NY State Senator
Mukti’s Kitchen
Muslim Community Network
No Separate Justice
Noodle Pudding
Felix Ortiz, NY State Assemblymember
PSUMC Social Action Committee
Peace Action Bay Ridge
Peace Action Fund New York State (PANYS)
Peace Action Staten Island
Perelandra Natural Foods
Physicians for a National Health Program
Robert Provenzano, D.D.S.
Rahmann Contracting
Ralph’s Bodega
Red Rose
Rothberg Law Firm
Save Mor
Say Grace Delivery

Select Mail
South Slope Auto Center
Teresa’s Restaurant
The Commons
The Garden Food Market, 921 Manhattan Ave.
United Community Centers, Inc. (UCC)
United For Peace & Justice (UFPJ)
United University Professions (UUP)
UPROSE
Nydia Velazquez, Congressperson
Veterans for Peace, Chapter 34
Veris Wealth Partners
War Resisters League, National
War Resisters League, NYC
World Can’t Wait
World Fellowship Center
Wyckoff Pharmacy
Yemen Cafe and Restaurant
Yvette Clarke, Congressperson
Zaytoons

 

2016 Letter to Our Supporters

Thank you for being a longstanding supporter of Brooklyn for Peace!  We owe a special thanks to those who supported our recent Pathmakers to Peace Gala, where each of our honorees highlighted the multiple emergencies we now face in every arena of public affairs. It is difficult to think of a time when the future of national policy was more ominous and the dangers so multi-faceted. Fortunately, the tide of resistance is already rising, as people are coming together to resist the bigotry, avarice, dishonesty and aggression released during this electoral cycle-–attitudes which threaten our society and the world in both familiar and new ways.

It is significant that during the recent presidential campaign one set of issues was largely neglected: the linked phenomena of U.S. militarism and interventionism, both underpinned by a “defense” budget that  exceeds $600 billion a year. As we look to the future, it seems clear that the incoming Administration is even more likely than its predecessors to embrace military power and to assert American dominance as its approach to international affairs. This menacing international posture is integrally tied to major domestic concerns. When it takes over in January, the Congressional leadership, with support from the White House, is poised to break the remaining caps on military spending, while it cuts taxes for the wealthy, slashes the “social safety net”, and increases the extraction of fossil fuels which will exacerbate the climate crisis.

The voice of Brooklyn for Peace is needed now more urgently than ever. With your membership, your participation in our activities, and your financial support, we are determined to resist!  Since 1984 Brooklyn For Peace has served as a respected community resource for people seeking to understand contemporary crises. We work to promote non-military alternatives to global problems and social justice here at home.
We plan to continue our educational and mobilizing activities, while working against violence and intolerance in our communities, and strengthening our connection to other grassroots organizations here in Brooklyn.
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2016 Pathmakers to Peace
Honors Moustafa Bayoumi, Frances Fox Piven,
Opal Tometi, & Granny Peace Brigade

Nov 18, 2016
Several hundred friends and members of Brooklyn For Peace, Brooklyn’s largest and most active peace and justice organization, crowded into the historic Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights last night (November 17). They were there to celebrate the organization’s more than 30 years in fighting the good fight. But also to attend this year’s Pathmakers To Peace, the organization’s annual fundraising dinner, wherein those individuals who have led the fight for peace, equality and social and economic justice are honored.
Check out photos of the evening’s festivities here.
See it on YouTube (full length, unedited.)

One of the evenings honoroees, Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

One of the evenings honorees, Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

This year’s honorees were— • Moustafa Bayoumi, for his work addressing the impact of “War on Terror” on the Muslim-American community and on civil liberties. He is an English professor at Brooklyn College.

  • Frances Fox Piven, for her work as a social theorist and welfare rights activist, particularly addressing issues of income inequality and political participation. She is a political science professor at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY).
  • Opal Tometi, for her inspiration as a co-founder of Black Lives Matter. She is currently Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.
  • The Granny Peace Brigade, for their role model of sustaining hope with activism in demonstrations opposing war, the violence of poverty and racism, and standing for human rights and justice globally and locally.

The affair was catered by Bassett’s who provided a wonderful array of appetizers and then a sumptuous buffet as well as plentiful desserts. Wine and spirits rounded out the evening’s gastronomic festivities.

The evening was moderated by Brooklyn For Peace Vice-Chair, Veronica Nunn, who also introduced two of the honorees. As for the speakers, the addressed the enormous problems confronting progressives with the results of the recent election installing a reactionary bunch of extremists who are now in control of all three branches of the Federal government. Brooklyn Vice-Chairs David Tykulsker and Carolyn “Rusti” Eisenberg pointed out the dangers of the moment. The honorees called for a broad unity of forces to lead the fightback and resistance to actions taken by Trump and the GOP Congress yet to come. They all resolved not to give in to despair but to increase their activism to meet the challenges ahead. The audience responded with cheers and applause, signalling their agreement to push on and win the battle, agreeing that it will be difficult and a long one but one that requires a fighting posture.

Please enjoy our photos of this uplifting and memorable event. You can view the photos here.
See it on YouTube (full length, unedited)

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2016 Pathmakers to Peace Journal

Thanks to the individuals, community organizations, businesses, and service providers whose support made this memorable and uplifting event possible. Please let them know that you appreciate their commitment to peace and social justice!
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Thank you to the supporters of the 2015 Pathmakers to Peace!

Without these people, organizations, and businesses, we would not be able to do what we do.

Amorina Pizza624 Vanderbilt Ave.
Bassett Caterers
Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX)
Brooklyn Friends of the People’s World
Brooklyn Friends Meeting House, 110 Schermerhorn St.
Brooklyn Historical Society
Brothers Halal Meat Market
Book Cook
Black Vets for Social Justice (BVSJ)
Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats (CBID)
Central Brooklyn MLK Commission
Deadhorse Records
DRUM: South Asian Organizing Center
Allan Eisenberg, Psychotherapy
Flatbush Food Coop
Fort Greene Peace
Fortune House, 82 Henry St.
Heart by Hand, 172 Greenpoint Ave.
Heights Chateau Fine Wine & Spirits, 123 Atlantic Ave.
Holy Land Auto Repair
Hungry Ghost: Coffee Bar and Cafe, 781 Fulton St.
Indypendent
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JREJ)
Key Food
Letitia James, Public Advocate
Lone Wolf Tribe
Long Island Peace Alliance
Lu Anne’s Wild Ginger All-Asian Vegan
MADRE
Make the Road
Met Foods
Montague Wine and Spirits, 78 Montague
Mukti’s Kitchen
Muslim Community Network
National Lawyers Guild
No Separate Justice
Peace Action New York State (PANYS)
Peace Action Staten Island
PSUMC Social Action Committee
Peace Action Bay Ridge
Physicians for a National Health Program
Robert Provenzano, D.D.S.
Rothberg Law Firm
Save Mor
Select Mail
South Slope Auto Center
The Garden Food Market, 921 Manhattan Ave.
United Community Centers, Inc. (UCC)
United University Professions (UUP)
Veris Wealth Partners
War Resisters League
World Can’t Wait
World Fellowship Center
Wyckoff Pharmacy
Yvette Clarke, Congressperson

 

2015 Letter To Our Supporters

December 2015

If you share our dismay at the mounting cycle of violence—in which acts of terror as well as acts of war—create vast suffering for millions of innocent civilians, we hope you will continue to support Brooklyn For Peace. Since 1984, our organization has served as a community resource for people seeking to understand contemporary crises. We work to promote non-military alternatives in the Middle East and elsewhere, as well as humanitarian assistance for victims of war, and social justice at home. We are writing now to ask for your membership and financial support.

Since 1984, Brooklyn For Peace has been active in educating ourselves, our Congressional representatives, and our community on international and domestic issues. We hope to be a productive force in securing a peaceful future for generations to come. In the present context, we recognize the obstacles to achievement of this goal. But we also believe that educating and organizing are the only moral and practical pathways through which we can end our country’s propensity for war.

Although 2015 has brought its share of disheartening developments, we are encouraged by the recent nuclear agreement with Iran as a step in the right direction. It is an example of what can be accomplished when grassroots voices articulate a powerful demand for diplomacy and negotiation as the way to address conflicts. We are especially proud that here in Brooklyn our organization took the lead in building support for the Iran agreement with our Congressional delegation, despite powerful cross-pressures.

Our Pathmakers to Peace Award this year honored Amy Goodman, host and producer of Democracy Now! at a gala dinner at the historic Plymouth Church. This event has been important in building bridges between organizations, connecting issues, and building our own community. Amy reminded us that, “It is so much harder to wage peace than it is to wage war, and we have to change that.” We ask you to join us in this vital work.

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