2016 Letter to Our Supporters

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.

However, Brooklyn for Peace is also changing. For decades our organizational work has been facilitated by the full-time voluntary work of two Board members, plus space in a private home for use as our office. In order to sustain our efforts, we cannot continue to rely only on these particular resources, and will require greater financial support from our members.   

Some of the activities which your contributions made possible in 2016 include:

  • WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER! Petition campaign calling on the U.S. government to  use diplomacy to end the Syrian conflict, and to address the resulting humanitarian and refugee crisis
  • Outreach to neighbors with tables at local street fairs, making a peace presence visible, and encouraging others to speak out. Our “Penny Poll” engages community members in thinking about how tax dollars should be allocated
  • Demonstration at the Presidential Candidates’ Debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, urging both candidates to make peace a central campaign issue
  • Say NO to Endless War! Demonstrations with War Resisters League, Military Families Speak Out, Granny Peace Brigade, Veterans for Peace, and others, keeping the anniversaries of the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and the ongoing wars in the public mind
  • Syria, ISIS, and the Refugee Crisis: What Can Be Done? Forum with Phyllis Bennis and David Wildman
  • Fight for Energy Democracy: Forum with Kim Fraczek, Sean Sweeney, and others
  • Participation in state-wide campaign to protest proposed NY State legislation attacking the right to boycott (an important and constitutionally protected form of political expression)
  • African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism and the Black Freedom Movement: Forum with Vincent J. Intondi
  • Petition campaign asking Mayor DeBlasio to join the Mayors for Peace campaign calling for total abolition of nuclear weapons. DeBlasio did join the campaign, declaring NYC a City of Peace and joining 6,649 cities in 160 countries!
  • No Separate Justice Vigils, calling for an end to the abuse of human rights and civil liberties in the “War on Terror” cases
  • Our long running monthly “War No More” program on (BRIC) Public Access TV
  • Rise of the Right in the United States: Forum with Bill Fletcher and Chip Berlet
  • A New Cold War? The U.S., NATO and Putin’s Russia: Forum with Joseph Gerson

Your financial support, as well as your participation in our ongoing activities, is what makes our work possible. Please contribute $30 (basic annual membership), $50, $100, $500, $1000, or more. Click here to donate online, call us at 718-624-5921 to use your credit card, or mail your check to BFP, PMB 106, 41 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201. If you’ve already donated in 2016, please consider an additional end-of-year donation, and accept our gratitude. 

Please join us in our efforts to build a strong resistance movement, for peace with justice.

 

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

 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, and NY 10271.