Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Marching for Justice in NYC
Saturday, Dec 13th
Commentary by Matt Weinstein
Photos by the Duchess and Matt

Thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets on Saturday demanding an end to racist police violence and seeking justice for those who died at the hands of officers who are never held accountable for their illegal actions.  The crowds of tens of thousands, diverse and overwhelmingly young, were a wonderful representation of New York and they were exuberant and militant in their demands: "No justice, no peace!" rang throughout Washington Square Park which is where they assembled at 2:00 pm on a blustery winter Saturday. The weather proved no deterrent as marchers left the park and headed up Fifth Avenue. "I can't breathe!" "Hands up, don't shoot!" were shouted out, echoing the dying words of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, whose deaths ignited the unending protests that have created, what seems to be, a new civil rights movement in our country - or at least a growing awareness by millions that something is terribly wrong with the so-called justice system in these United States and a determination to demand change to right that wrong.

Washington Square Park

 Matt from BFP at the March

 Hands Up!  Don't Shoot!  I Can't Breathe!

 Marching from Washington Square Park

 Marching Peacefully up Fifth Avenue

Thursday, December 11, 2014

 Xmas Time
Northern Brooklyn

BFP Statement on Police Killings 

The police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Akai Gurley are the most recent examples of the long, brutal history of racial oppression in the US.  Our hearts go out to the families of these young black men, one of them only 12 years old.  We are horrified by the systemic racism of our “justice” system. The tremendous outpouring of protest throughout the country and even the world serves as public indictment of the system which does not even bring to trial the perpetrators of these crimes, modern-day lynchings.

           An increasingly militarized police force oppresses not only black but also Hispanic, white, Muslim, South Asian, and other communities. It is the domestic counterpart of our foreign policy in which whole countries are subjugated to violence. This systemic racism in our police and justice system is the mirror image of our illegal wars in the Middle East and elsewhere, where thousands of completely innocent civilians have been killed in the so-called "war on terror."

         Brooklyn For Peace is committed to eliminating war and the social and economic injustices which lead to war. We see the racist bias of our criminal justice system, alarming environmental destruction, the widening wealth gap, the gentrification of our city centers, the privatization of our public schools, and the decaying infrastructure of the country—as issues which are connected, and which must be urgently addressed. Black lives matter! All lives matter!  All families matter, and need the resources to thrive!  Please join us on Saturday, December 13th in a Day of Anger as Millions March in NYC.  

Friday, December 05, 2014

 Thanksgiving Weekend
up at
the family homestead

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Monday, December 01, 2014

On Nov 1st, after Dana cleaned my apt, I took care of many errands and chores, plus got a much needed manicure.

Nov 2nd, I had a much needed appt / treatment with my acupuncturist.

Nov 3rd, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

Nov 5th, I attended the BFP Fund/PF committee meeting, and main topic of discussion was regarding the Nov 15th gala event.

Nov 6th, I attended the monthly BFP board meeting in Brooklyn.

Nov 7th, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

Nov 8th, I participated in a 3-hour photo workshop at Green-Wood Cemetery with Antonio.  Workshop was very informative, interesting and fun.

Nov 9th, I joined Wendy and Debbie to see a costume exhibit at the MmofA.  Afterwards we had a delicious dinner and dessert at Candle79 on the upper Eastside.

Nov 14th, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

Nov 15th, I attended and participated in the successful and awesome BFP Pathmakers to Peace gala event at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights.  The event was also a celebration of Brooklyn for Peace’s 30th anniversary in the peace and justice movement.  Our guest speaker for the evening was Noam Chomsky.  I was honored to shake his hand, hang up his coat and briefly speak with the great man.

Nov 16th, I attended the viewing of extended edition of DofS at Stone Creek with other members of “NYC Friends of Tolkien” [Photo L to R - Carole, Pauline, Tim, TJ and me.]  Afterwards Wendy, Pauline and I had dinner at a nice Indian restaurant in the hood.
Nov 17th, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

Nov 21st, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

On Nov 22nd, after shopping at the local farmers market, I had a much needed manicure.

On Nov 23rd, I joined my friends [ie: Debbie S and Nancy] out in Queens for a delicious Asian lunch and conversation.  My friend Debbie S is moving to Salem, MA in two weeks.

On Nov 24th, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

On Nov 26th, I volunteered with Project Find in assembling goodie bags for home bound seniors on Turkey Day.

On Nov 27th, I volunteered with Project Find to take goodie bags and hot Thanksgiving meals to many home bound seniors in Manhattan.  I worked with Sheilu and her two sons [photo].

Nov 28th to 30th, I visited the parents in upstate NY for the holiday weekend.  Got my hair done at salon, shopping, decorate the parents’ home and breakfast with friends at Country Gals café.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Brooklyn For Peace Turns Thirty — And We Celebrate!
Gala Honors Noam Chomsky As PathMaker To Peace.
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014

Oh what a night! An evening to come together, to celebrate, to find old friends, to eat and drink, to listen, to ask, to learn. An evening to remember!

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 to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of Brooklyn For Peace, a most remarkable organization that has been been fighting the good fight for peace and justice for three 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, they came to witness our Pathmaker To Peace award, this year given to honor the life-long work of  Noam Chomsky, one of the brilliant minds of our times: 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, founders 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 also 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 society by the one-percent, the destruction and utter exploitation of the environment on behalf of the energy industry’s super profits and he said the tasks confronting progressive activists are enormous and daunting but that we can, and must, overcome if we are to save the people of our planet.

An emotional high point of the evening was the introduction and recognition of the original founders and early activists: the “pioneers” of Brooklyn For Peace. Among that group were today’s BFP Chair, Charlotte Phillips and Vice-Chair, Carolyn “Rusti” Eisenberg. Dr. Phillips received a loving and grateful standing ovation from the assembly for her dedication and perseverance over so many years. Eisenberg told the story of how the group was formed back in 1984 after President Reagan sent U.S. troops into tiny Grenada. Back then the group was called Brooklyn Parents For Peace because it’s founders were mostly young moms (as well as some young dads).

Also attending this evening were allies of our peace group with whom we have worked closely on various struggles – leaders of the movement to preserve Brooklyn’s public libraries, Michael D.D. White and Carolyn McIntyre were there as well as Brooklyn’s Green Party members, 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.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

 "Death Becomes Her"
Costume Exhibit
at MMofA

 Views of Green-Wood Cemetery
Photo Workshop on Nov 8th

Friday, October 31, 2014


Oct 2nd, I attended the entertaining monthly TGTSNBN meetup on the upper Westside.

Oct 3rd, I attended my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva

Oct 5th, I joined my friend Carole in visiting the NY Botanical Gardens in the Bronx during a sunny, lovely afternoon.  Perfect autumn weather, though just a tad chilly.

Oct 8th, I joined friends [ie: Dennis, Kathy, Frodan, Mary and Carole] for dinner at Twins Pub on 9th Avenue.

Oct 10th, I attended my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva

On Oct 11th, after a much needed acupuncturist appt with Dr Tan, I purchased my Amtrak tix at Penn Station, and then tea time break with Debbie at the Cocoa Bar in Park Slope.

Oct 12th, I had to go into office and do mini-tax season work for five hours.

Oct 14th, I participated, via conf call, in the monthly BFP Fund/PF committee meeting.

Oct 14th to the 27th … I spent my vacation in upstate NY taking care of the parents.  During that time I had a hair salon and massage therapy appts, plus I photog leaf peeping.

Oct 17th to the 19th, Mom was in the hospital in VT having surgery on her lower back.  Surgery was a success  J

Oct 28th, I attended the monthly BFP A&C committee meeting.

Oct 29th, I volunteered to do computer work in the evening at the WCW office.

Oct 31st, I attended my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

 Autumn in Upstate NY

Friday, October 10, 2014

 October at the
NY Botanical Gardens
in the Bronx

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

 NY Botanical Garden
Kiku Gardening Exhibit
October 5th