Look for the In Our Hearts table at the Brooklyn Peace Fair!
The 8th Annual Brooklyn Peace Fair will be held at the Brooklyn College Student Center on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 11 am to 5 pm. The Peace Fair is is a free event open to all and will offer workshops, peace and justice resources, discussions, music, poetry, spoken word, informational tables, children’s activities, button-making, exhibits and more.
The theme of this year’s Brooklyn Peace Fair is Ending War, Promoting Peace! Jeremy Scahill, award-winning author and journalist, will speak on America’s Covert Wars at 12:30 pm.
Captain Paul K. Chappell, Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and veteran of the Iraq War, will speak on Why Peace is Possible and How We Can Achieve It at 3:00 pm.
The Brooklyn Peace Fair Workshops will cover a variety of topics, including discussions about the economy, budget cuts, the military, war, stop and frisk, hip hop, conflict resolution, Palestine, building local peace and justice movements, climate change, Cuba, free trade agreements and poetry. Informational tables include peace, social justice, activist, wellness and community organizations.
The Brooklyn Peace Fair will feature music and performances by SpiritChild, Dave Lippman, The Occuponics, Raging Grannies, Dennis Gronim, Anya Skidan, Lone Wolf Tribe, Occupy the Empire Tour, as well as other musicians and spoken word performances for all ages. There will be music, exhibits, and activities for children throughout the day, including designing and pressing your own button and poster making.
Exhibits include Peace Boat: A Floating Peace Village, a presentation about the adventures of the Peace Boat; The Truth About Fukushima: How Nuclear Power Affects Local Communities, an exhibit which show the consequences of nuclear energy; Peace Trees, a collaborative vision of peace interpreted in symbolic peace trees; Posters of Occupy Wall Street, artwork from the OWS movement; Peace Poetry; and All We Are Saying…, collaborate pieces that make up a peace-inspired exhibit from the students at the Urban Assembly of Government and Law.
The Brooklyn Peace Fair will conclude with a performance by the RARAM of New York. Then we will gather together for a Peace Parade, through the neighborhood to the nearby military recruiting station on Flatbush Ave & Farragut Rd. and through the community. All are welcome to join.
The Brooklyn Peace Fair is sponsored by Brooklyn For Peace and co-sponsored by Brooklyn Congregations United (BSU), Brooklyn College Student Center (SUBO) and Military Families Speak Out—Metro. BCU works to develop low to moderate-income community leaders to build powerful organizing efforts capable of involving large numbers of people in the identification, research and resolution of issues defined by the community. Through this work, they hope to capture the imagination of our communities and transform them into healthy renewed communities where people come together to struggle for a common good MFSO is a nationwide organization composed of members of the military and their families who speak out to end the wars, to bring our troops home, and to take care of them when they get here. SUBO has a rich history of community service and educational and social activities and is a hub of student life on the Brooklyn College campus.
Brooklyn For Peace is committed to eliminating war and the social injustices that are its causes through active education on international and domestic issues, we empower our community and ourselves to be a productive force in securing a peaceful future for generations to come by building a world where peace is the first response to conflict. We promote U.S. policies based not on coercion and violence, but on peace, justice, democratic advancement, human rights and respect for international law.