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!
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.
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!”
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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. Continue reading →
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.)
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)
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! Continue reading →
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 PeaceAward 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.