Support Brooklyn For Peace: Our LOCAL Peace and Justice Group
Push Back the Right-Wing Assault: Support Brooklyn For Peace! Please make a tax-deductible donation now! Brooklyn For Peace needs YOUR support to strengthen our voice and our efforts in building a broad-based resistance movement in the coming year. Donations made on-line or postmarked before midnight on Dec 31 are tax-deductible in 2018.
Brooklyn For Peaceis locally-based, rooted in Brooklyn neighborhoods. We are multi-issue, non-sectarian, and non-partisan. Our distinctive contribution is speaking out against war, and emphasizing the pervasive influence of militarism throughout our society. We collaborate with a range of single-issue groups. We link the issues through the lens of a foreign policy which relies on military power to address problems. Our track-record since 1984 of educational programs leading to informed action has made our voice a respected one.
The multitude of crises which confront us daily, from the danger of nuclear war, to the reality of climate catastrophe, to the heart-wrenching images of immigrant families and children, can easily lead to paralyzing despair. We counteract hopelessness with opportunities for action. See below for some of our activities in 2018.
Without funds we can’t do the work! Please donate now if you have not already done so. If you have already donated in 2018, please accept our thanks and consider an additional end-of-year donation so that we can expand our outreach and our voice in 2019. And please join us in 2019 in building the movement for peace with justice!
Charlotte Phillips, M.D. Chairperson for the BFP Board We are a 501 c 3 organization. All donations made on-line or postmarked before midnight Dec 31, 2018, are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
A Light For Peace Shone Bright In Brooklyn Pathmakers To Peace Gala, 2018.
Dec 6, 2018—
It was an evening to remember.
Friends and supporters of Brooklyn For Peace filed into Brooklyn’s historic Plymouth Church to enjoy a festive evening of good food and drink. But also to mingle with old friends and meet new ones. They came to support the 34-year old peace and justice organization and to be the wind behind its sails as it continues to meet the challenges of these difficult times.
After a delicious and plentiful buffet, the event began with a warm welcom by the church’s spiritual leader, Rev. Brett Younger. This year the group honored leading Pathmakers To Peace as it has done in years past. But before, we welcomed special guests who arrived unannounced but who were enthusiastically welcomed as champions in Congress against the Trump agenda. Both Congress members Yvette Clarke and Nydia Velázquez rose and delivered passionate remarks, pledging to stand firm on behalf of peace and to defend immigrants and refugees from the cruel policies of the Trump Administration. They spoke of the difficult battles ahead but also pointed out that the newly-elected majority in the House, with its numerous new women members, would make their ability to fight back more effective. The presence of these two important Brooklyn Congress members was a tribute, many felt, to Brooklyn For Peace’s status as a long-standing and effective voice for peace and progress in our Brooklyn communities.
This year’s honorees were— Make The Road, New York – a true champion that serves and protects immigrants and refugees with a focus on Latinos who are facing attacks from the Trump policies. The award was accepted by Chloe Tribich who spoke on their behalf.
Next was Rebecca Wilkomerson, the Chair of Jewish Voice For Peace, an outstanding organization that has grown exponentially in recent years, filling its ranks with newly-active youth, particularly young Jews. They stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine in demanding a just and fair peace in the Mid East and reject the idea that being Jewish is synonymous with supporting the extremist and anti-human policies of Netanyahu and his government.
The last honoree was Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, which, in a fitting reprise of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1968 movement, has launched a movement for a “moral revival” in our country, demanding the shifting of priorities away from greed and war and toward meeting the urgent needs of the American people, particularly those who suffer the injustice and degradation of endemic poverty. Theoharris made a moving speech that wove together all the themes of the various struggles taking place in today’s difficult period.
Many thought that this event was one of the finest and most uplifting the organization has sponsored over the years. The feelings of camaraderie and solidarity in a festive atmosphere of bonhomie, lifted people’s spirits and determination to continue the fight for a better country and world. Onwards!
To view all the photos of the event, click HERE. To view video of the program, click HERE To view the PathMakers to Peace 2018 Program, click HERE.
PathMakers to Peace honors individuals and organizations who have played a leadership role in forging new pathways to the elimination of war as well as the social and economic injustices which lead to war.
Join us to honor:
Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, for her leadership of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
The Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis is the Director of the Kairos Center and a Founder and the Coordinator of the Poverty Initiative. She has spent the past two decades organizing amongst the poor in the United States, working with and advising grassroots organizations with significant victories including the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the Vermont Workers Center, Domestic Workers United, the United Workers Association, the National Union of the Homeless and the Kensington Welfare Rights Union.
Rebecca Vilkomerson, for her leadership as Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace
Rebecca has been a member of JVP since 2001. She lived with her family in Israel from 2006-2009. In 2010 she was named one of the 50 most influential Jewish American leaders by the Forward, and was named one of “14 Women to Watch“ in 2014.
Make the Road NY, for their work to achieve dignity and justice for immigrant and working-class communities
Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.
Operating in five community centers, MRNY has more than 23,000 members.