Report from UNICEF Committee 2018
The Brooklyn For Peace UNICEF Committee does more than help schools run Trick or Treat for UNICEF drives. Our school programs include welcoming refugees and immigrants into the students’ neighborhood and schools, giving materials to schools to teach the United Nations seventeen initiatives for sustainable living, and advocating for the USA to adopt the U.N. sponsored Rights of the Child.
U.S. media often covers what is happening within the Security Council of the U.N., which is where all of the major decisions are made. But often times we are not as aware of what is going on in the General Assembly. Though the General Assembly has very little power, their work is outstanding and is becoming an eloquent voice for peace, justice and reconciliation.
U.S. foreign policy has been deplorable. Regime change has been our dominant tool. Our Republicans destroyed the government of Iraq and our Democrats destroyed the government of Libya. Both were abysmal failures that have brought chaos to the Middle East and North Africa. It is imperative that we listen to what is being said in the United Nations General Assembly where all countries can have a voice in the ongoing conversation about how to improve our world and build a more peaceful and sustainable future.
Volunteers needed! Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF 2018
Volunteers are needed for our 2018 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign!
Here’s how you can participate: (Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up)
Saturday, October 20th, 2018: Distribute collection boxes
1) Old Stone House – at 5th Ave. & 3rd St. There will be two shifts -10 am to noon and noon to 2 pm. We will need three volunteers for each shift.
2) North Flatbush BID Fall Fest Street Halloween Party – at the triangle of Flatbush, St Marks & 6th Aves. There will be two shifts noon to 2 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm We will need one volunteer for each shift.
Saturday, October 27th, 2018: Distribute collection boxes
1) The Farmers’ Market at Grand Army Plaza
. There will be two shifts – 10 am to noon and noon – 2 pm.
We will need 4 volunteers for each shift.
2) North Flatbush BID Fall Fest Street Halloween Party
– at the triangle of Flatbush, St Marks & 6th Aves. There will be two shifts noon to 2 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm
We will need two volunteer for each shift.
Wednesday, October 31st: Park Slope Halloween Parade!
We will have three tables to receive filled collection boxes and donations.
Locations: 7th Ave and Carroll St., 3 pm to 5 pm
7th Ave and 6th St.,.3 pm to 5 pm
7th Ave between 11th and 12t St, 3 pm to 5 pm & 5-7 pm (unless it’s cold or rainy) All of the tables will need two volunteers.
Please help! UNICEF is in desperate for more money. With the wars raging in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, there are now more refugees (over 5 million) in the Mideast than there were in Europe at the end of World War II. The Saudi have put parts of Yemen into siege. The people in those areas are being starved and the infrastructure has collapsed, Sanitation systems have failed, and hundreds of people are getting infected with cholera every day. UNICEF is there to help people affected by recent disasters such as the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.
Report from UNICEF Committee 2017
A huge, “thank you” to everyone who helped on this year’s UNICEF campaigns. The Brooklyn for Peace UNICEF Committee, like all of the other BfP committees, found ourselves needing to do so much more with the election of Donald Trump as our president. Our tasks were no longer were just to put a spotlight on suffering and speaking truth to power. We needed to exponentially increase our efforts. Truth itself needed to be defended; and still does. We needed to seize power and get more involved in efforts that would lead to concrete and lasting results.
This Spring Jaki & Henry Florsheim expanded the Brooklyn for Peace welcoming immigrant and refugee poster campaign to include schools. The UNICEF Committee, who last year had Trick or Treat for UNICEF drives in eighteen schools, joined in this effort with marvelous results. Our efforts to help Brooklyn students to become better global citizens grew tremendously and our schools saw Brooklyn for Peace as an important educational resource.
One of our schools is P.S. 295 in Sunset Park. Many of its students’ parents are undocumented immigrants from Mexico and other Central American nations. Before visiting that school I wanted to do more than just give the school a few “Refugees and Immigrants Welcomed Here” posters; so I worked with Eric Shtob, who had contacts with ACLU to get a wallet-sized, folded instructional sheet in Spanish that would tell immigrants what to do and say that would keep them from incriminating themselves; if they were ever stopped by ICE. When I proudly showed this to the parent coordinator at P.S. 295 he smiled and said that NYC already gave him an equivalent, wallet-sized flyer. I am so grateful that we live in a sanctuary city that is proactively working on behalf of all its citizens.
Eleven years ago a horrible earthquake devastated Haiti. Haitians were allowed entry visas and work permits to live in the USA. The problem is that these special permits expire next year. These Haitians will lose their legal status and can be deported. In NYC there are over 5,200 of these immigrants, plus their families. The majority of these families live in Brooklyn. We should reach out to schools in the Haitian communities and try to protect these families as best as we can.
As always, our UNICEF collections were spectacular. We’ve counted the money collected from the UNICEF box handout events and our tables along 7th Ave. on Halloween and it totaled over one thousand dollars. This year twenty two schools participated in our Trick or Treat for UNICEF drives, which is four more schools than last year.
This would not have happened without you!!!!!
Brooklyn for Peace
Children have rights. They need a voice. This committee is designed to build awareness of children’s rights while raising money for children’s development, heath, protection and education. We reach out to schools, merchants and neighbors, encouraging their participation in the annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.