PathMakers To Peace 2014
Brooklyn For Peace Is Thirty Years Old … And We Celebrate!
Nov 16, 2014, What a night! An evening to come together, to celebrate, to find old friends, to eat and drink, to listen, to ask, to learn. It was Brooklyn For Peace’s annual PathMakers To Peace gala and there were two very good reasons for the gathering of several hundred people to be there – First, they came together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of Brooklyn For Peace, a most remarkable organization that has been fighting the good fight for peace and justice for decades and that is declaring its readiness to continue that struggle as long as the plagues of war, inequality, economic distress, environmental deterioration and social injustice require its attention. Secondly, people came to witness this years’ Pathmaker To Peace award given to honor the life-long work of Noam Chomsky, one of the brilliant minds of the century: linguistics professor, scientist, social critic and fierce advocate for peace and social justice, The positive vibe and warm emotions in the grand Hollis Hall of historic Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights were palpable. Gathered here were friends, supporters, members, funders and early-on activists of Brooklyn For Peace, all come together to celebrate the longevity, rare in today’s world, of this community-based peace organization and to laud the dedication and perseverance of the stalwart activists who have made that possible. They came to hear the words of Professor Chomsky who painted a picture of the dire times we live in. He described the collapse of our democracy, the domination of the one percent, the raping of the environment on behalf of the energy industry’s super-profits and said the tasks confronting progressive activists are enormous but that we can and must overcome if we are to save our world.
Also attending this evening were allies of our peace group – leaders of the movement to save Brooklyn’s public libraries, Michael D.D. White and Carolyn McIntyre were there as well as leaders of Brooklyn’s Green Party, Gloria Mattera and Jonathan Fluck. Community activist and former candidate for Congress, Jelani Mashariki, was present and Dan Wiley, representing Congress Member Nydia Velazquez attended. Progressive member of Congress, Representative Yvette Clarke, came in person to honor Brooklyn For Peace on its thirtieth birthday and was welcomed heartily by the assembly.
This year’s honoree:
Noam Chomsky is one of our nation’s foremost public intellectuals. Since the publication of his highly influential essay, “The Responsibility of Intellectuals” in 1967, he has been a consistent voice for peace, social justice and human rights around the world.
He has authored hundreds of books and articles, spoken in forums across the globe, helped countless scholars to develop their own work and provided an invaluable commentary on the lies and misrepresentations of politicians and mainstream media. For literally millions of people, his example as both intellectual and political activist has been a source of inspiration.
As a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Noam Chomsky has also achieved an international reputation as a linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist and logician. Yet more than the sum of all these achievements, Noam Chomsky is best considered as the moral conscience of our society. Brooklyn For Peace is proud to honor him with our 2014 Pathmaker to Peace award.
Thank you to the following for their extra effort to make this event a success!
Ann Fawcett Ambia
Thank you to our supporters for their contributions!
Leah Gunn Barrett
Rosemary & Douglas Brooks
Joan Flynn & Steven Jambeck
Marilyn Gelber & Robert Jacobson
Barbara G. Harris
Elizabeth A. McGee & Mark S. Pecker
Robert & Bonnie Nelson
Victor & Ruth Sidel
Ira Wasserman & Sue Lob
Thank you for your continued support!
All Souls Bethlehem Church
Anti-Militarism Committee, BFP
Arab American Assocation of New York
Arts and Culture Committee, BFP
Black Veterans for Social Justice
Boerum Hill Association
Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX)
Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats
Climate Action Committee, BFP
Darfur/Africa Task Force, BFP
Dead Horse Records
Diversity Outreach Committee, BFP
Flatbush Food Coop
Fort Greene Peace
Hope Animal Clinic
Heights Chateau Fine Wine & Spirits
Holyland Auto Repair
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Israel/Palestine Committee, BFP
Jaki and Henry Florsheim
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
Key Foods, 369 Flatbush Ave.
Latin America Task Force, BFP
Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives
Make the Road
Met Foods, 632 Vanderbilt Ave.
Muslim Community Network
New Yorkers Against
Gun Violence Education Fund
Nuclear Zero Task Force, BFP
Park Plaza Restaurant
Peace Action Bay Ridge
Peace Action New York State
Peace and Economic Justice Committee, BFP
Perelandra Natural Food Center
Physicians for a National Health Program, NYC Metro Chapter
Prospect Perk Cafe
Queens Pride House
Save Mor Printing
The Central Brooklyn MLK Commission
The Garden Foodmarket
United Community Centers, INC.
United University Professions
UNICEF Committee, BFP
Veris Wealth Partners
Veterans for Peace, Chapter 34
War Resisters League
Wild Ginger Asian
Wyckoff’s Corner Pharmacy