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Brooklyn Peace Fair
Saturday, October 16th 2004 11 AM to 5 PM
Brooklyn , New York


BROOKLYN’S SECOND ANNUAL PEACE FAIR

A fun-filled fair celebrating the themes of peace and justice is returning to Brooklyn on Saturday, October 16. Organized by the Brooklyn Parents for Peace (BPFP), the second annual Peace Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the YWCA (30 Third Avenue at Atlantic Avenue). Ideal for adults and children of all ages, the Fair will feature music, storytelling, performances, videos, arts activities, yoga and workshops, all centered around themes of peace and justice. A Peace Bicycle ride will precede the fair.

Workshops include discussions and information on a wide range of local and international topics— covering Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur, Korea and issues ranging from terrorism and globalization to Ratner's proposed Nets arena, school reform, the draft, and air pollution in Brooklyn neighborhoods. The opening session entitled, Family Witnesses to the Costs of War, features family members of victims of the war in Iraq, Israel/Palestine, & September 11th.

Over 90 organizations from all over Brooklyn and representing the borough’s diversity are participating in the Fair. The Peace Fair is FREE and open to the public and free food will be available to fortify participants and allow Brooklyn residents from across the borough to “break bread” together. More information on the Fair, including a schedule, is posted on our website at www.brooklynpeace.org.

Last year's inaugural Peace Fair drew several hundred visitors. Organizers anticipate this year’s attendance to reach 1000.

“The extraordinary interest in this event shows the many ways that folks are responding to the growing US militarism and violence around the world. The first step to changing policy is to bring people together to learn, laugh, cry, and be inspired”, said Dr. Charlotte Phillips, co-chair of BPFP.

The Brooklyn Peace Fair coincides with Brooklyn Parents for Peace’s 20th Anniversary and the YWCA’s Week without Violence. BPFP is a non-profit organization, uniting those concerned for the wellbeing of future generations.

**Schedule and more detailed information attached. Photos available**

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Participants Include:

100 Women for Major Owens
6/15 Green Community Garden
Afghan Communicator
Al-Awda - Palestine Right of Return Coalition
American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee - NYC (ADC)
Amnesty International Brooklyn Ch. 27
Any Soldier
Arab American Family Support Center
Assemblyman James Brennan
Assemblywoman Joan Millman
Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition for Peace
Better Brooklyn Community Center
Black Americans in Publishing
Black Women's Leadership Caucus, Inc.
Blacked Out Media / Independent Media Center
Books Through Bars
Brooklyn Arts Exchange
Brooklyn Community Storytellers
Brooklyn Friends Meeting Peace and Social Action Committee
Brooklyn Friends School Peace and Social Action Committee
Brooklyn Peace Action
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture: Family Program
Brooklyn Waterfront Club/Working Families Party
Brooklyn Women's Chorus
Camp Kinderland
Campaign for a National Health Program NOW!
Center for Anti-Violence Education-PACT
Church Avenue Merchant's Block Association - CAMBA
Church of Gethsemane
Citizen Soldier
City Council Member Bill DeBlasio
City Council Member Charles Barron
Community Parents Inc.
Coney Island Avenue Project
Congressman Edolphus Towns
Congressman Jerrold Nadler
Congressman Major Owens
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
Corporate Crimebusters Mobile Unit: Ralph Nader Campaign
Creative Response to Conflict
Department of Peace Campaign - NYC Chapter
Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn
Directions for Our Youth, Inc.
Downtown Explorers
ERF Associates
Families First, Inc.
Flatbush Ymca
Fonkoze USA
Full Spectrum Touch Massage and Body Therapy
Griot Circle
Healthy Media Choices
Ifetayo Cultural Arts Facility
Imani House, Inc.
Jews Against the Occupation
Jews for Racial & Economic Justice
John Dewey HS Human Rights Club / Arab American Youth Club
Just Food
Kolot Chayenu
m*a*m*a
Martin Luther King Jr Center New York Support Group
MAS Freedom Foundation
Missile Dick Chicks
Muslim American Society
Muslim Youth Center
National Coalition for Haitian Rights
National Youth and Student Peace Coalition
New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)
New York Bill of Rights Defense Campaign-NYCLU
New York Center for Compassionate Communication
New York Writers Coalition
Not in Our Name
Other Voices
Parents Circle: Berevead Families Forum
Parents Helping Parents
Park Slope Green Party
Park Slope United Methodist Church
Pax Christi Metro New York
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Point of Attack
Prison Moratorium Project
Prospect Lefferts Voices for Peace and Justice
Rutgers Presbyterian Church NY
Sahaja Yoga International
SAHR - Solidarity Action for Human Rights
Savvy's Yoga
September 11th Familes for Peaceful Tomorrows
Shadowbox Theater
Share International
Shirazad's Children
Shorefront Peace
Soka Gakkai International
Spanish Speaking Elderly Council-RAICES
State Senator Carl Andrews
State Senator Velmanette Montgomery
Susan Metz, Green Party Candidate, State Assembly, 57th AD
The Dialogue Project
Tikkun
Time's Up!
United Community Centers
United Daughters of Shaba-Sheba
United for Peace and Justice
Uprose
VEER Grassroots Services
Veterans for Peace - NYC Chapter
Voices in the Wilderness
War Resisters League
Women in Islam Inc.
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Young Koreans United of NY
YWCA of Brooklyn
Zen Center of New York City - Fire Lotus Temple


Vibrant Peace Fair
Set for October 16


By Hayley Gorenberg

Brooklyn Parents for Peace will sponsor its second annual Brooklyn Peace Fair on Saturday, October 16, 2004, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The free event, hosted by the YWCA of Brooklyn at 30 Third Avenue (corner of Atlantic Avenue), will feature peace- and justice-themed workshops, music, storytelling, performances, videos, arts activities, yoga, karate, and a Peace Bicycle Ride to the event.

In the words of Dr. Charlotte Phillips, co-chair of Brooklyn Parents for Peace, "The event shows that there are many ways that folks are responding to the growing U.S. militarism and violence around the world. The first step to changing policy is to bring people together to learn, laugh, cry,
and become inspired."

Workshops will be global and local—covering Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur, Korea and issues ranging from terrorism and globalization to Ratner's proposed Nets arena, school reform, the draft, and corporate pollution targeted in poor Brooklyn neighborhoods. The opening session entitled, Family Witnesses to the Costs of War, features family members of victims of the war in Iraq, Israel/Palestine, & September 11th .

Part of the focus on public schools will include a panel of high school students talking about current military recruitment in public schools. The students involved will discuss the presence and effect of recruiters, particularly in low-income schools, as facilitated by the provision in the
No Child Left Behind Act. The law requires public schools to turn over the names and contact information of all public high school students, unless they and their families explicitly opt out of having that information conveyed to the government.

"The recruiters are very active in some schools," said Molly Nolan, a Peace Fair organizer and New York University professor of contemporary history. Military recruiters station themselves outside high school cafeterias and have even reportedly shown up to speak in high school history classes, she said. Brooklyn Parents for Peace has distributed literature on the No Child Left Behind Act and the opt-out feature in English, Spanish, Chinese, French and Arabic.

The Peace Fair brings together organizations and individuals to share and publicize their work, and to increase participation in efforts to support peace.

The range of activities will allow people of all ages to plug in to peace and justice -related work. Nolan noted that sessions geared to children and teens and their families fill a need that some other peace-themed work does not address. "Many parents are unwilling to go to large
demonstrations, because they don't know what will happen or how the police will behave," Nolan said. Art sessions in conjunction with demonstrations, for instance, can offer opportunities for all ages.

Peace Fair organizer Amy Cohen, 4- and 6-year-olds, brainstormed the original Peace Fair last year, with teaching children foremost in her mind. Families responded overwhelmingly to child-friendly activities, she noted. For instance, a protest last winter included a simple phone-tree call and a single email, suggesting, essentially, "Let's have kids come and make signs," she said. "We had 300 people showing up to make puppets and signs. We were totally bowled over!"

The enthusiasm and teamwork fostered at the first Peace Fair carried over into the next year, and at this year's fair, in addition to more than forty workshops and activities, nearly 100 groups have endorsed the event, with many providing informational tables. Participating groups include
the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Brooklyn chapter of Amnesty International, the Black Women's Leadership Caucus, Blacked Out Media/Independent Media Center, the Center for Anti-Violence Education, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, the New York Writers Coalition, Pax Christi Metro New York, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Veterans for Peace, and the Zen Center of New York City - Fire Lotus Temple. A more specific schedule of activities will be posted at www.brooklynpeace.org.

An array of elected officials ENDORSED THE EVENT as well, including New York State Assemblymembers James Brennan and Joan Millman; Congressmembers Jerrold Nadler and Major Owens; and State Senators Carl Andrews, Velmanette Montgomery and City Councilmember Charles Barron.

Last year's inaugural Brooklyn Peace Fair drew several hundred attendees at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, triggering Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz to proclaim October 18, 2003, "Peace Fair Day in Brooklyn USA," acknowledging praising Peace Fair organizers for "seeking and promoting nonviolent approaches to conflict resolution."

In offerings related to the range planned for this year's Peace Fair, last year's presenters provided a range of workshops, films, lectures, performances, discussion and other activities combined with musical and dance offerings, storytelling, and collaborative art projects such as
designing a mural, mosaic tiles, quilt squares, etc. Some workshops focused on achieving personal peace through meditation, yoga, and karate. Other activities drew attendees into role-plays about conflict resolution, and professional poets facilitated a teen open mike session.

Local businesses donated refreshments, and organizers of this year's fair say free food will again fortify attendees. They hope that this year's more central location, a block from the Atlantic Avenue transportation hub, will draw even more participants.

Community sponsorship spots are still available to local businesses, in exchange for financial or in-kind contributions (for example, food, drinks, copying services) to the Peace Fair. In exchange for donations, organizations will receive advertising space in the program ($250 or more
= full-page ad; $125-$249 = half-page ad; $75-$124 = quarter-page ad; under $75 = listed in acknowledgements). The deadline for sponsorship is October 8, 2004. Potential sponsors should contact Brooklyn Parents for Peace at (718) 624-5921 or email bpfp@brooklynpeace.org.

Founded in 1984, Brooklyn Parents for Peace will celebrate its twentieth anniversary this year, featuring a talk by historian Howard Zinn, who will speak on Wednesday, October 13 at St. Francis College. Brooklyn Parents for Peace has posted more information on the anniversary event, as well as the Peace Fair, at www.brooklynpeace.org. Donations to the organization
are tax-deductible, as it has 501(c)(3) status.

Also available on the organization's website is a wide selection of flyers and petitions for download, printing and distribution. Subjects include "End the Occupation of Iraq"; the organization's statement on Israel and Palestine; Campaign Against Military Recruitment in Public High Schools, including documents for students, parents, and school administrators such as
explanatory letters and opt-out forms in various languages; "Has Our Government Put Our Troops at Risk While Engaging in Mass Deception?"; "Media Lies"; "The Costs of War"; and a Citizens' Humanitarian Pledge.



Location: 
YWCA of Brooklyn 30 Third Avenue (Atlantic Avenue) Brooklyn  New York 11217 

Contact:
Emilia
Engelberg
718 624 5921

Sponsored By:
100 Women for Major Owens 6/15 Green Community Garden Afghan Communicator Al-Awda - Palestine Right of Return Coalition American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee - NYC (ADC) Amnesty International Brooklyn Ch. 27 Any Soldier Arab American Family Support Center Assemblyman James Brennan Assemblywoman Joan Millman Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition for Peace Better Brooklyn Community Center Black Americans in Publishing Black Women's Leadership Caucus, Inc. Blacked Out Media / Independent Media Center Books Through Bars Brooklyn Arts Exchange Brooklyn Community Storytellers Brooklyn Friends Meeting Peace and Social Action Committee Brooklyn Friends School Peace and Social Action Committee Brooklyn Peace Action Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture: Family Program Brooklyn Waterfront Club/Working Families Party Brooklyn Women's Chorus Camp Kinderland Campaign for a National Health Program NOW! Center for Anti-Violence Education-PACT Church Avenue Merchant's Block Association - CAMBA Church of Gethsemane Citizen Soldier City Council Member Bill DeBlasio City Council Member Charles Barron Community Parents Inc. Coney Island Avenue Project Congressman Edolphus Towns Congressman Jerrold Nadler Congressman Major Owens Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez Corporate Crimebusters Mobile Unit: Ralph Nader Campaign Creative Response to Conflict Department of Peace Campaign - NYC Chapter Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn Directions for Our Youth, Inc. Downtown Explorers ERF Associates Families First, Inc. Flatbush Ymca Fonkoze USA Full Spectrum Touch Massage and Body Therapy Griot Circle Healthy Media Choices Ifetayo Cultural Arts Facility Imani House, Inc. Jews Against the Occupation Jews for Racial & Economic Justice John Dewey HS Human Rights Club / Arab American Youth Club Just Food Kolot Chayenu m*a*m*a Martin Luther King Jr Center New York Support Group MAS Freedom Foundation Missile Dick Chicks Muslim American Society Muslim Youth Center National Coalition for Haitian Rights National Youth and Student Peace Coalition New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) New York Bill of Rights Defense Campaign-NYCLU New York Center for Compassionate Communication New York Writers Coalition Not in Our Name Other Voices Parents Circle: Berevead Families Forum Parents Helping Parents Park Slope Green Party Park Slope United Methodist Church Pax Christi Metro New York Physicians for Social Responsibility Point of Attack Prison Moratorium Project Prospect Lefferts Voices for Peace and Justice Rutgers Presbyterian Church NY Sahaja Yoga International SAHR - Solidarity Action for Human Rights Savvy's Yoga September 11th Familes for Peaceful Tomorrows Shadowbox Theater Share International Shirazad's Children Shorefront Peace Soka Gakkai International Spanish Speaking Elderly Council-RAICES State Senator Carl Andrews State Senator Velmanette Montgomery Susan Metz, Green Party Candidate, State Assembly, 57th AD The Dialogue Project Tikkun Time's Up! United Community Centers United Daughters of Shaba-Sheba United for Peace and Justice Uprose VEER Grassroots Services Veterans for Peace - NYC Chapter Voices in the Wilderness War Resisters League Women in Islam Inc. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Young Koreans United of NY YWCA of Brooklyn Zen Center of New York City - Fire Lotus Temple http://www.brooklynpeace.org


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