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
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?”
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.
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
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.