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.

During the past year, your contributions enabled us to:

  • 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
  • Maintain our active website which provides many resources including materials on military recruiting in high schools and ways to opt out of releasing student names to the recruiters
  • Expand our presence on social media, to get our message out and engage a younger generation
  • Bring together a wide range of community organizations at the first outdoor Brooklyn Peace & Justice Fair
  • Sponsor a cultural event featuring poet Jan Clausen and folksinger/songwriting John O’Connor at the WORD bookstore in Greenpoint
  • Encourage local artists to participate in a “Web of Life” Peace Campaign to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Produce our monthly show “War No More” on Brooklyn Community Access Television, and post our programs on our YouTube channel, making them available to those who can’t participate person
  • Keep a spotlight on abuses of human rights and civil liberties, often against Muslims, in the domestic “War on Terror”. We worked with the “No Separate Justice” campaign to maintain a monthly vigil at the Metropolitan Correctional Center
  • Organize the annual Halloween Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, to raise international awareness among school children and their parents, as well as raising funds for UNICEF
  • Sustain our full-time Program Director, who facilitates and energizes our programs

The generosity of our members has made this level of activity possible. Simply put, without funds we can’t do the work! Your financial support, as well as your participation in our ongoing activities, is crucial. Please join us in our efforts for peace with justice,

 

Charlotte Phillips, M.D.
Chairperson
Carolyn Eisenberg
Vice Chair
Veronica Nunn
Vice Chair
David Tykulsker
Vice Chair

Basic annual membership if $30 per year.  Larger donations are very much appreciated.
To donate on-line visit our website.
You can call 718-624-5921 with your credit card information.

If you aren’t already a member, fill out the on-line membership form.
E-mail us at bfp@brooklynpeace.org  for a memberhip form which you can download and mail with your check to:
BFP, PMB 106, 41 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

If you’ve already contributed in 2015, please consider an additional end-of-the-year contribution, or pass this letter on to a friend.

Brooklyn For Peace (formerly Brooklyn Parents for Peace) is incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Our most recent financial report may be obtained from us or from the New York State Attorney General’s Office Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.