Since the first Brooklyn Peace Fair in 2003, this event has brought together hundreds of community members for a day of learning and sharing on issues of peace and justice.
The 2014 Brooklyn Peace Fair will be a multifaceted, interactive event with music, art, games, and cultural activities, as well as activities specifically geared towards youth.
Through music, art, videos, games, information tables, performances, and discussions, we invite participants to develop a vision of a country where all people can enjoy their human and civil rights and lead lives of dignity and fulfillment.
Location and date to be announced! It will be a weekend date in late May or early June (but not the holiday weekend) and a location in the downtown Brooklyn area.
Check out photos from the 2012 Brooklyn Peace Fair!
Ending War, Promoting Peace
Brooklyn Peace Fair 2012!!
Brooklyn For Peace held its eighth annual Brooklyn Peace Fair on Saturday April 28 at the Brooklyn College Student Center. Attended by hundreds of people from all over the borough and beyond, the Fair featured a wide variety of activities relating to this year’s theme: Ending War, Promoting Peace. Co-sponsors of the event were the Brooklyn College Student Center, Brooklyn Congregations United, and Military Families Speak Out–Metro.
There were tables from other peace and justice groups as well as tables from vendors promoting their wares. There were poetry and musical presentations. Committees belonging to the BFP conducted workshops on various topics. The children were entertained as well: a production of the Lorax was staged by the newly-formed Arts & Culture Committee and the actors were the kids themselves!
Keynote speakers were the noted investigative journalist and author, Jeremy Scahill and Captain Paul K. Chappell, veteran of the Iraq War, author and Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Both speeches were followed by a Q & A session and were attended by hundreds that filled the hall to capacity. See the Scahill presentation on America’s Covert Wars on YouTube.
The Fair ended on wonderfully upbeat note with a parade from the campus out onto the busy shopping street of Flatbush Avenue. The parade was led by a Brooklyn For Peace banner followed by a loud and exuberant Haitian band, Raram of New York.
For photos and videos of the day’s events, click here.
Jeremy Scahill addressed a packed lecture hall at the Peace Fair.
2012 Brooklyn Peace Fair Supporters!
Thank you to the Brooklyn Peace Fair supporters. We could not have done it without you!
Africa-Darfur Committee, BFP
Anti-Militarism Committee, BFP
Beyond Events Management
Assemblymember Jim Brennan
Brooklyn Democrats for Change
Brooklyn For Peace Board
Buddy and Mel
Climate Action Working Group, BFP
DeadHorse Records/Veronica Nunn
Diversity-Outreach Committee, BFP
Flatbush Food Coop
Friends of the Congo
Hope Veterinary Clinic
Israel Palestine, BFP
Jaki & Henry Florsheim
Assemblymember Joan Millman
Councilmember Letitia James
Lone Wolf Tribe
Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President
Met Food Market
Military Families Speak Out, NY-Metro
Nuclear Zero Committee, BFP
Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez
Peace Action Bay Ridge Interfaith Peace Coalition
Peace Action New York State
Peace Fair Committee, BFP
Peace and Economic Justice Committee, BFP
Physicians for a National Health Program–NYC Metro
Prospect Perk Cafe
UNICEF Committee, BFP
Congresswoman Yvette Clark
2012 Brooklyn Peace Fair Highlights
Jeremy Scahill, award-winning author and journalist, spoke on America’s Covert Wars, the expansion of US covert actions from Bush to Obama, while making the case that, “we have an offensive war machine. We almost have never taken a defensive action. We are in now in the business of preemptive war,” Scahill thanked the hundreds of Brooklynites who were inside on such a beautiful Saturday and “…who are constantly representing Brooklyn in a very strong way and pushing a peace agenda. It’s very much an uphill battle, but if it’s to be won it’s in small communities across this country, in groups like this that gather together and refuse to be a part of a war machine that is increasingly being unleashed in countries away from media attention and anything even vaguely resembling effective congressional oversight.”
Captain Paul K. Chappell, Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and veteran of the Iraq War, spoke on Why Peace is Possible and How We Can Achieve It. Emphasizing what the peace movement can learn from the military, Capt. Chappell said, “We must wage peace with the same strategic thinks as we wage war. We must have sufficient imagination and courage to translate the universal wish for peace, which is rapidly becoming a universal necessity into actuality.”
Workshops at the Brooklyn Peace Fair covered a variety of topics, including discussions about the economy, budget cuts, the military, war, stop and frisk tactics, hip hop as a tool, conflict resolution, Palestine, building local peace and justice movements, climate change, Cuba, free trade agreements and poetry. Informational tables included peace, social justice, activist, wellness and community organizations. Check out the full offerings in the enclosed program.
The Brooklyn Peace Fair featured music and performances by SpiritChild, Dave Lippman, The Occuponics, Raging Grannies, Laugh John Laugh, Dennis Gronim, Anya Skidan, Lone Wolf Tribe, Occupy the Empire Tour, as well as other musicians and spoken word performances for all ages. There was music, exhibits, and activities for children throughout the day, including a performance of The Lorax, designing and pressing your own button and poster making and a Peace Tree forest.
Brooklyn Peace Fair Program!
Program for the 8th Annual Brooklyn Peace Fair
Saturday, April 28 at Brooklyn College from 11 am to 5 pm!
View the larger version of this Peace Fair Program! Select the program!
The 7th Annual Brooklyn Peace Fair 2011
The 7th Annual Brooklyn Peace Fair at Brooklyn College Student Center brought hundreds of people together for a day of learning and sharing on issues of peace and social justice on Saturday, May 7th, 2011. The Brooklyn Peace Fair offered workshops on a variety of issues, peace and justice resources, discussions, art exhibits, music, poetry, spoken word, informational tables, children’s activities, button making and more.
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