BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The original meaning of Christmas is Peace on Earth, according to Santa Claus.
On Saturday, December 18, Brooklyn For Peace hit the streets to spread the word. BFP members and others were helping Santa bring the demand of “Peace on Earth — End The Wars!” to people who were out to do some holiday shopping. In a very busy part of Brooklyn — the Atlantic Mall at the intersections of Flatbush, Atlantic and Fourth Avenues — Brooklyn neighbors and tourists alike got to hear a Christmas message that was not about buying more stuff.
Santa and his helpers gave out gifts of peace buttons. They read, in English and Spanish, “Peace on Earth — End the Wars” and “Paz en el Mundo / No A Las Guerras!” Santa and his helpers also gave out candy canes and leaflets with the message, “Give Our Kids A Holiday Gift — Get the Military OUT of Our Schools!” The back of the leaflet listed sources of news and news analysis that are not part of the well known corporate media. Brooklyn For Peace feels that there is a strong need for people to learn more about the important news of the day but feels that the corporate media is not informing people properly and often distorts or ignores important information. The leaflet recommended Democracy Now!, the Middle East Report, Black Agenda Report, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting and others.
The peace activists received a thankful, supportive, response from pedestrians, as well as honking and waving from passengers in cars and buses.