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.
Questions? Call us at 718-624-5821 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.