Brooklyn For Peace Turns Thirty — And We Celebrate!
Gala Honors Noam Chomsky As PathMaker To Peace.
Nov 15, 2014
What a night! An evening to come together, to celebrate, to find old friends, to eat and drink, to listen, to ask, to learn. It was Brooklyn For Peace’s annual PathMakers To Peace gala and there were two very good reasons for the gathering of several hundred people…
First, they came together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of Brooklyn For Peace, a most remarkable organization that has been been fighting the good fight for peace and justice for decades and that is declaring its readiness to continue that struggle as long as the plagues of war, inequality, economic distress, environmental deterioration and social injustice require its attention.
Secondly, – they came to be witness to this year’s PathMaker To Peace award. It was given to honor the life-long work of Noam Chomsky, one of the brilliant minds of the century: linguistics professor, scientist, social critic and fierce advocate for peace and social justice,
PathMaker To Peace honoree, Noam Chomsky, addresses an
enthuiastic crowd at Brooklyn For Peace’s annual gala.
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:
All Souls Bethlehem
Arab American Association of New York
Black Veterans for Social Justice
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
Flatbush Food Coop
Fort Greene Peace
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
Letita James, Public Advocate
Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives
Make the Road
Muslim Community Network
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Education Fund
Peace Action Bay Ride Interfaith Peace Coalition
Peace Action NYS
Prospect Perk Cafe
Queens Pride House
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
2014 PathMakers to Peace Reception:
Sold out! Waiting list available
Honoring Noam Chomsky & BFP’s 30th Anniversary
Saturday November 15, 2014 , 6–9:30 pm
Tickets are sold out!
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be on a waiting list, and we’ll contact you if we have cancellations.
Important information re travel directions:
Subway directions: The 2 and 3 trains will NOT be running!
Take A or C train to High Street station. It is very important (really) to be on the back end of the train if coming from Manhattan and the front end if coming from out in Brooklyn. You will exit on Cadman Plaza West. Henry Street is roughly parallel and is easily accessed by a pedestrian walk just south (and slightly uphill) of the station. On Henry Street you will be a half block north of Orange Street, which starts there. Walk 1/2 block on Orange. [MAP]
The event will be at Plymouth Church at 57 Orange Street between Henry and Hicks in Brooklyn Heights.
Doors open at 6 pm for appetizers and drinks; program will begin at 7 pm. Dinner and wine will be included.
Your name will be on a guest list at the door.
If any questions, please call one of these cell-phone numbers:
Melissa Corbett 646-584-7588
Charlotte Phillips 718-344-9913
Looking forward to seeing you there!
We are pleased to honor the following as PathMakers to Peace:
Noam Chomsky is one of our nation’s foremost public intellectuals. Since the publication of his highly influential essay, “The Responsibility of Intellectuals” in 1967, he has been a consistent voice for peace, social justice and human rights around the world. He has authored hundreds of books and articles, spoken in forums across the globe, helped countless scholars to develop their own work and provided an invaluable commentary on the lies and misrepresentations of politicians and mainstream media. For literally millions of people, his example as both intellectual and political activist has been a source of inspiration.
As a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Noam Chomsky has also achieved an international reputation as a linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist and logician. Yet more than the sum of all these achievements, Noam Chomsky is best considered as the moral conscience of our society. Brooklyn For Peace is proud to honor him with our 2014 PathMaker to Peace award.
And to celebrate 30 year Anniversary of
Brooklyn For Peace
Brooklyn For Peace is a diverse network of Brooklyn residents-parents, non-parents, adults, youths, and neighbors-alarmed by the militarism of our society and its impact on our lives as well as the lives of people around the world. We organize community meetings and forums, set up information tables, participate in phone and advertising campaigns, meet with elected officials and participate in demonstrations. We disseminate solid and carefully researched analysis on international and domestic policies.
We are a democratically functioning non-partisan group. We provide a host of opportunities for Brooklyn residents to work for peace and social justice in ways that can accommodate busy schedules. We believe, when given t he right tools, ordinary people will change the world.
2013 Pathmakers to Peace!
Brooklyn For Peace held the Pathmakers to Peace reception on Sunday, October 20 at the Brooklyn Historical Society to honor 5 outstanding Brooklyn residents who have demonstrated a continued effort to support the peace and justice movement both in and outside the community.
One hundred and seventy people gathered for the reception. The event was attended by a diverse community of people from all over Brooklyn and beyond. You can check out photos on our Facebook page or at http://bit.ly/ptp-photos. The event was made possibly by a list of wonderful supporters. Please check out the Pathmakers to Peace event journal.
Both the name, Pathmakers to Peace, and the logo for these awards were chosen to emphasize the many different pathways to peace, as well as to recognize those who have played a leadership role in forging new pathways.
We were pleased to honor the following as Pathmakers to Peace:
Become A Member of Brooklyn For Peace!
Since 2001, ten billion dollars have been taken from Brooklyn taxpayers and wasted on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A total of more than a trillion dollars overall has been spent on the wars. U.S.foreign policy and tax dollars are supporting the wrong policies in Israel, Latin America, Africa and the Mid East. In addition to countless lives here and abroad both lost and permanently maimed, we are also seeing this misallocation of resources result in drastic cutbacks of public services.
Brooklyn For Peace provides a voice for resistance! We participate in demonstrations, vigils, letter-writing, phone-call and petition campaigns. We work with a wide variety of other groups. We are out on the street with flyers and at neighborhood festivals. We provide visibility to the need for peaceful alternatives.
Just a few of our activities thus far in 2011:
- 7th Annual Brooklyn Peace Fair at Brooklyn College, with Juan Gonzalez as the keynote speaker, emphasizing “Cut the Military Budget! We Need New Priorities!”
- Participation in April 9 National Anti-War demonstration
- Nuclear Zero Town Hall Meeting, launching petition campaign to have NYC declared as a Mayor’s City of Peace
- Distributing flyers emphasizing cost of war to Brooklyn, on Tax Day in Brooklyn (Flatbush-Midwood) and on May 12 at the city-wide demonstration against cutbacks
- Community Meeting on Libya, resulting in a statement and petition calling for alternatives to military action
- Ongoing vigils for Darfur, keeping this issue in public view
- CineForos (films with discussion) on Latin America
- Joining with community members to support the building of a mosque in Sheepshead Bay, and sponsoring a workshop on Islamophobia at the Brooklyn Peace Fair
Most of our work is done by volunteers. However, even this e-mail message which you are now reading costs money to send!
We are only able to maintain our multi-faceted program by employing a full-time Program Coordinator. Funds are also needed to rent space in which to hold events, to print flyers and publicity materials, and to video our events to make them accessible to those not able to attend in person.
If you aren’t already a member, please take the opportunity now to join as well as to make a financial contribution. Your financial support is an important way of participating.
- Click here to become a member.
- Click here to make a donation. Annual membership is a suggested donation of $30 ($10 for students and those on a limited income.)
- You can also mail your check to BFP, PMB 106, 41 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
All contributions are fully tax-deductible, and will be acknowledged with our thanks!
Visit our website brooklynpeace.org for current and upcoming opportunities for participation.
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