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BFP Summary of Activities in 2003
The War in Iraq & Peace in the Middle East
As we watched in dismay, our government engaged in a preemptive war without international support, and we joined the largest manifestations of public resistance ever in this country.
Early this year a brightly colored BFP poster, proclaiming "Say NO to War Against Iraq!" appeared on doorways and windows in offices and homes throughout Brooklyn. More than 800 individuals signed a similar statement which appeared as a paid advertisement in Brooklyn newspapers, in addition to a Spanish translation.
On February 15, BFP members carrying giant puppets and posters created at a BFP children's workshop united with 30 million people from around the world to express opposition to the war.
In January, April and October, we sponsored buses to antiwar demonstrations in Washington.
Our "Code Pink" demonstration at the office of Senator Clinton resulted in a meeting with staff at her office. We also led a large candlelight vigil at the Brooklyn home of Senator Schumer on the eve of the U.S. invasion.
In December we collaborated with Veterans for Peace and Military Families Speak Out on a "Support Our Troop — Bring Them Home Now!" rally at Borough Hall. Brooklyn For Peace calls for an end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq, and a transitional role for the United Nations in restoring Iraqi sovereignty.
In December our position statement "For Israel and Palestine: Against Violence and Hate" appeared in Brooklyn newspapers with over 150 individual signers.
Thanks to many, many volunteers, we continued to reach out through old-fashioned tabling and conversation in Brooklyn neighborhoods. Thousands of people signed petitions and picked up flyers at sidewalk tables. We led a successful postcard campaign to urge Brooklyn Community Access Television to broadcast Amy Goodman's "Democracy Now!" five times a week.
Art for Peace
Our arts workshops created puppets, banners, and models to carry in demonstrations.
We planned WEARNICA, a project of Works-on-Shirts.
At Grand Army Plaza, participants became walking art galleries, wearing original art works on their backs to raise public awareness of the realities of war.
We helped stage "What Does War Cost Brooklyn?" a short play and discussion presented by Mass Transit Street Theater and Bronx Action for Justice & Peace. Brooklyn 2003
Our first annual Brooklyn Peace Fair, sponsored by BFP and the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, brought together almost 100 local and national organizations for a day of performance, discussion, and education around issues of war and peace.
Four hundred people attended, including Congressman Major Owens, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Assemblyman Jim Brennan, and City Councilman Bill DeBlasio.
Borough President Marty Markowitz declared October 18 Brooklyn Peace Fair Day.