Pathmakers To Peace 2015

Brooklyn For Peace was thrilled to honor Amy Goodman, crusading journalist, host, and executive producer of Democracy Now!, as our 2015 Pathmaker to Peace. The gala event took place on Thursday, November 12, 2015, at the historic Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights.

Amy spoke very personally about her own experiences which have led to her conclusion that grassroots movements are the way to win peace and still the hands of the warmakers.

This year’s honoree:

Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,300 public television and radio stations worldwide. Time Magazine named Democracy Now! its “Pick of the Podcasts,” along with NBC’s Meet the Press.

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard honored Goodman with the 2014 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ for “developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.” She is the first co-recipient of the Park Center for Independent Media’s Izzy Award, named for the great muckraking journalist I.F. Stone. The Independent of London called Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! “an inspiration.”

Goodman has co-authored five New York Times bestsellers. Her latest two, The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope, and Breaking the Sound Barrier, both written with Denis Moynihan, give voice to the many ordinary people standing up to corporate and government power. She co-authored her first three bestsellers with her brother, journalist David Goodman: Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times (2008), Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back (2006) and The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them (2004). She co-writes a weekly column with Denis Moynihan (also produced as an audio podcast) syndicated by King Features, for which she was recognized in 2007 with the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Reporting.

Goodman has received the American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Award; the Paley Center for Media’s She’s Made It Award; and the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. Her reporting on East Timor and Nigeria has won numerous awards, including the George Polk Award, Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award. She has also received awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Project Censored. Goodman received the first ever Communication for Peace Award from the World Association for Christian Communication. She was also honored by the National Council of Teachers of English with the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language.

It was also a night to showcase the role of Brooklyn For Peace, as Brooklyn’s oldest and most active peace and justice organization. BFP Vice Chair Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg, recalled the vital role of the group in the run-up to the recent victory in Congress with the approval of the Iran nuclear treaty. Tireless activism by BFP members was able to push Brooklyn’s Congressional delegation into supporting the Iran agreement—breaking the lockstep support for the pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC, which has been the usual scenario. This led to other Democrats all across the country, following the lead of the Brooklyn House members, thus consolidating the final vote.

Many thanks to all who attended as well as those who could not attend but supported this event in so many ways!

Did you miss it? See it on our YouTube channel
View photographs for the event.
View the Pathmakers to Peace 2015 Program.

Acknoweldgements

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

Ann Fawcett Ambia
Melissa Corbett
George Fiala
Kevin Gunderson
Joe Kopitz

Felipe Martinez
Fran Minichiello
Eleanor Preiss
Plymouth Church
Sarah Sills

Amy Talcott
Bart Tesoriero
Matt Weinstein

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