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A BFP Virtual Forum! Wed May 5 @ 6:30 PM – Labor and the Movements for Peace and Justice

May 5, 2021 @ 2:00 PM 3:30 PM

Labor and the Movements for Peace and Justice: A Virtual Forum

Brooklyn For Peace is looking for community groups to help us get the word out about our upcoming virtual forum Labor and the Movements for Peace and Social Justice. The forum will examine a bit of history of Labor’s involvement in struggles for peace and social, economic, and racial justice.

Often, labor was in the forefront of these struggles. We want to find out why that is not as true today as it was in earlier times. What effect did the McCarthy era attack on unions have in diminishing labor’s membership and power and also in making it more cautious in speaking out on broader issues of peace and social justice?

Our panel of experts will help us examine what the relationship between the labor, peace and social justice movements are and what they can be. We will be asking:

  • Why is Labor’s participation in movements for peace and social justice so important? What’s the history of Labor’s involvement? What forces acted against labor’s participation in those kinds of struggles?
  • Where is Labor’s involvement on those issues today, such as; war, women’s equality, Black Lives Matter, climate crisis?
  • How can progressives outside of labor in the peace and other progressive movements ally with labor and give assistance to unions in their battles  and, conversely, how can labor help build those social movements, making them stronger and more diverse?


Christine Yvette Lewis is a Leader/Organizer/Secretary/Cultural Outreach Coordinator with Domestic Workers United where she organizes Domestic Workers on the grassroots level; encouraging her peers to bring their voices to the continuous fight for justice

As a worker-leader and multi-discipline performance artist, Christine has pulled from her Calypsonian roots and her skills as a steel-drum player, spoken word artist and poet to get her message out and build power. She has been centrally involved in organizing partnerships with institutions like Public Theater, Public Works on projects like Shakespeare in the park for the past 8 years. Christine was featured on the Steve Colbert report to Speak about the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. 

Steve Kramer is a Queens native who has recently retired from his position as the Executive VP at 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East following a decades-long career. His work there started with the organizing of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Washington Heights in the 1970’s and he has worked to move the labor movement forward and build capacity ever since.

Michael Zweig is emeritus professor of economics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he was the founding director of the Center for Study of Working Class Life.  He led his union, United University Professions (AFT 2190), into U.S. Labor Against the War as a founding affiliate in 2003, and served for many years as a national co-convener of U.S. Labor Against the War.  Zweig is the author of many articles in professional and general interest journals, and the author of five books, including The Working Class Majority: America’s Best Kept Secret and What’s Class Got to Do with It? American Society in the Twenty-first Century.

Join the discussion! Register for the Zoom link.

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We ask that you help us get the word out about the event by sharing the Facebook event announcement in your networks and on your social media platforms. You are also invited to co-sponsor, if you would like to add the name of your organization.

Sponsors: Brooklyn For Peace

Co-sponsors: Fort Greene Peace | Move The Money NYC | United University Professionals | NYC War Resister’s League | Peace Action Bay Ridge | Peace Action New York State | Veterans For Peace NYC chapter 034 |


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