PathMakers to Peace 2022

The PathMakers to Peace award was established in 2013, to honor organizations and individuals who have played a leadership role in working to find non-violent resolutions to conflict. The name of our award, PathMakers to Peace, emphasizes that there are many roads to reaching the goal of a peaceful and just world.

In previous years we have presented the award at a gala dinner where members, guests, and the recipients of the award join us for an evening of great food, music and conversation. Because of COVID-19 we did not hold the award gala in 2020, but we were able to celebrate and honor our 2021 recipient virtually.  On Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 7:00 pm, Brooklyn For Peace held its 2022 PathMakers to Peace Gala via Zoom (virtually). We hope that next year we will be able to take on our 2023 gala as a hybrid event both in person and online!

It was a special night! One had the feeling that long-time friends and family were gathering to catch up and show appreciation for the shared journey that began decades ago.  The search to find paths that would and could lead to a better society, a world where the idea that peace and social justice are possible and not just a dream. The night was filled with warm and sincere sentiments. The presenters, Thomas Cox, Carolyn Eisenberg, Ann Fawcett Ambia, Ed Goldman and Dr. Charlotte Phillips, each had real-life connections to their honoree making their introduction all the more powerful and heartfelt.

And as an added bonus, honoree Bev Grant provided us with videos of her films accompanied by musical performances of the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus. She also graced us with a live, albeit short song chorus, beautifully demonstrating why she is such a powerful cultural artist for generations. Michael Higgins, Jr., eloquently accepted the award for Brooklyn Movement Center, sealing our confidence that youth will continue to carry the torch of social justice with peace far into the future. Although Dr. Debbie Almontaser was in transit, her short yet, sincere acknowledgment of Brooklyn For Peace’s work was given with her usual grace and genuineness for which she is known. Phyllis Bennis has been and is still, a part of the Brooklyn For Peace family with all the adjectives that describe your favorite sibling. She shared her always sharp assessment of the state of US militarism around the world, and the importance of building strength across movements for peace and justice. Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry shared historical wisdom and insight based on 92 years of living as an African American man involved in the peace and social movements in the United States.

Yes, a fun and inspiring evening amidst these turbulent times. Thank you to everyone who made PathMakers 2022 a success!

Missed the gala? Become a member of Brooklyn For Peace here and we’ll send you a link to the recording.

This year's honorees:

Dr. Debbie Almontaser founded and is a former principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy. A veteran of New York City’s public school system, she taught special education, trained teachers in literacy, and served as a multicultural specialist and diversity advisor. She co-designed a curriculum for the Muslim Communities Project at Columbia University and for Educators for Social Responsibility/Metro.

Read more about Dr. Almontaser at these sites: Bridges Cultural Grouphttps://bridgingculturesinc.com/
Muslim Community Network (she is Board President) – https://mcnny.org/our-team/

Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, focusing on Middle East, U.S. wars, and UN issues. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. In 2001 she helped found the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, and now serves on the national board of Jewish Voice for Peace. She works with many anti-war and Palestinian rights organizations, writing and speaking widely across the U.S. and around the world.

Visit to read more about Phyllis Bennis at this link. https://ips-dc.org/ips-authors/phyllis-bennis/

Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry – the National Presiding Minister Emeritus of The House of the Lord Churches, served from 1959-2019. He hails from a family that has produced five generations of Black church leaders. Currently the Founder and Chairman of Herbert Daughtry Global Ministries, he has previously served as Chairman of the National Black United Front as well as Founder and President of the African People’s Christian Organization. He was among the leaders of the anti-nuclear march and rally that drew over one million demonstrators to Central Park on June 12, 1982.  Active in the peace movement since the 1960s (Vietnam) to the war in Ukraine calling for a cease-fire, negotiations, and settlement, mutually beneficial. Visit to read more about Rev. Dr. Daughtry and his organization at this link – 415@holc.org

This year's honorees:

Bev Grant is an American musician, photographer, filmmaker, and activist based in New York City. She is the founder and former director of the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus.

Visit Bev Grant’s website to view and l listen to her prolific body of work. https://bevgrant.com/

Brooklyn Movement Center (BMC) is a Black-led, membership-based organization of primarily low-to-moderate-income Central Brooklyn residents. BMC trains and mobilizes Central Brooklynites and local stakeholders to lead local and city-wide policy campaigns to end abusive policing, to create alternative community safety approaches. BMC also conducts know your rights and leadership training.

Visit and explore this community organizing group based in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn. https://brooklynmovementcenter.org/

Acknowledgements

Thank you to the following for their extra effort to make this event a success!

Milton Allimadi
Bruce Altschuler
Ann Fawcett Ambia
Thomas Cox

Carolyn “Rusti” Eisenberg
Henry and Jaki Florsheim
Ed Goldman
Greg Kalvin

Sam Koprak
Molly Nolan
Eleanor Preiss
Matthew Weinstein

And a huge thanks to graphic artist Cristina Rodero for creating some of the beautiful ads for this year’s program.

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for their contributions!

Trailblazers – $500 or more

Glenda Garrick
Molly Nolan
Charlotte Phillips
Eleanor Preiss
Barbara Winslow

Supporters – $100 or more

Ted Auerbach
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Patricia Conway & James O’Callahan
Tom Gogan & Gloria Brandman
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Peacemakers – $250 or more

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