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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.
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
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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2015 Year in Review

During the past year, your contributions enabled us to:  (a partial list)

  • Provide an organizing framework which mobilized support for the nuclear agreement with Iran by collecting signatures on postcards, disseminating educational materials, holding meetings with our elected officials, and participating in vigils and demonstrations
  • Participate in the spring “Peace and Planet” mobilization, emphasizing the connection of environmental and climate justice with the movement for a world free of both nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons. We held two community forums on eliminating nuclear weapons and nuclear power
  • Participate in activities to raise awareness of Israeli apartheid policies, demanding equal rights and respect for international law. We have continued the sale of Palestinian olive oil, which supports the Palestinian economy
  • Build Brooklyn’s participation in the 5K Run, benefitting UNRWA’s Community Mental Health Program for Palestinian children in Gaza suffering psychological trauma and PTSD due to the relentless Israeli bombing campaign during the summer of 2014, as well as the prolonged blockade
  • Educate our neighbors on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which, if passed, will increase the social and economic injustices which lead to war. We organized opposition to the “Fast Track”, and participated in a Town Hall on the TPP

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Amy Goodman honored as a Pathmaker to Peace!!


Brooklyn For Peace was thrilled to honor  Amy Goodman, crusading journalist, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, as our 2015 Pathmaker to Peace. The gala event took place on Thursday November 12, 2015, at the historic Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights.

Did you miss it? See it on  YouTube,  Click HERE to see photos. Amy spoke very personally about her own experiences which have led to her conclusion that grass roots movements are the way to win peace and still the hands of the warmakers.

It was also a night to showcase the role of Brooklyn For Peace, as Brooklyn’s oldest and most active peace and justice organization. BFP Vice Chair Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg, recalled the vital role of the group in the run-up to the recent victory in Congress with the approval of the Iran nuclear treaty. Tireless activism by BFP members was able to push Brooklyn’s Congressional delegation into supporting the Iran agreement—breaking the lockstep support for the pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC, which has  been the usual scenario. This led to other Democrats all across the country, following the lead of the Brooklyn House members, thus consolidating the final vote.

Many thanks to all who attended as well as those who could not attend but supported this event in so many ways!
Look for the program journal which will be posted on-line shortly.




2014 Year in Review

Because of your contributions, this year we were able to:
(a partial list):

  • Sustain a full-time Program Coordinator, who is facilitating and energizing our programs. We continue to reach out to a younger generation, using cultural activities as well as social media.
  • Reach out to our neighbors with information, petitions, and postcards at street fairs and farmer’s markets. Continued outreach to our constituents to encourage our elected officials to oppose what now appears to be an endless war.
  • Hold a 2 week vigil against the war on Gaza at which we collected over two thousand signatures demanding an end to all attacks on civilians and an end to U.S. support of the Israeli occupation
  • Host community forums on a wide range of topics, including “Arts and Activism;” “In Search of a Nuclear Deal with Iran;” “The Invention of the White Race;” “The US in the Middle East;” “Whistleblowers and Surveillance;” “Life and Loathing in Greater Israel;” The Ongoing Genocide in Darfur and the Crisis in South Sudan;”; “Which Way Forward: Climate Chaos or Climate Justice?”; collaboration with Fort Greene Peace on a forum, “How Should the U.S. Respond to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria?”
  • Participate in NYC Millions March/Black LIves Matter! response to police killlings of Akai Gurley, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and others.  Provide resources and connections to ongoing activities.

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Letter to Our Supporters: December 2014

Dear Friend,

2014 marks 30 years of Brooklyn For Peace working for peace and justice! We are writing now because your membership and financial support are crucial for us to maintain our current level of activity and to grow.

We are very appreciative of the kind words recently expressed by Noam Chomsky regarding the significance of our 30 year history and the importance of continuity and consistency in a grassroots group. The generosity of our members has made this possible. Simply put, without funds we can’t do the work!

Basic annual membership is $30. Larger donations are very much appreciated and will be put to good use in developing our program. If you’ve already contributed in 2014, please consider an additional end-of-the-year tax-deductible contribution.

You can donate on line at our website using PayPal or a credit card.

If you prefer, you can mail a check to:

BFP, PMB 106, 41 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201.
You can call us at 718-624-5921 to use your credit card on the phone.

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Pathmakers to Peace Supporters

Thank you to our supporters and friends! Check out the Pathmakers to Peace Journal.

Thank you to the 2014 Pathmakers to Peace Supporters:
Please give your support to our supporters!

All Souls Bethlehem
Allan Eisenberg
Amorina Pizza
Arab American Association of New York
Bassetts’ Catering
Black Veterans for Social Justice
Bob Cook: Your PC Guru
Boerum Hill Association
BFP Anti-Militarism Committee
BFP Arts and Culture
BFP Climate Action
BFP Darfur/Africa Task Force
BFP Diversity Outreach
BFP Israel-Palestine Committee
BFP Latin America Task Force
BFP Nuclear Zero
BFP PEJ Committee
Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Camp Kinderland
Charlene Barker
DeadHorse Records
Eventfull Catering
Flatbush Food Coop
Fort Greene Peace
Fortune House
Grizer-Hoffman Family
Harmonic Insurgence
Heights Chateau
HolyLand Auto Repair
Hope Animal Hospital
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Jews for Racial and Ecomonic Justice
Jim Brennan, Assemblymember
Joe Kopitz and Ken Diamondstone
Key Food
Letita James, Public Advocate
Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives
Make the Road
Met Supermarkets
Mukti’s Kitchen
Muslim Community Network
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Education Fund
Noodle Pudding
Park Plaza
Peace Action Bay Ride Interfaith Peace Coalition
Peace Action NYS
Prospect Perk Cafe
Queens Pride House
Red Rose
Rothberg Law
Save Mor
Select Mail
The Central Brooklyn MLK Commission
The Garden Food Market
United Community Center of East New York
United University Professionals
Veris Wealth Partners
Veterans for Peace
War No More on BCAT
War Resisters League
Wild Ginger Pan-Asian Cuisine
Wyckoff’s Corner Pharmacy
Yvette Clarke, Congressperson

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