Supporting Nonviolence and Social Justice Since 1974.
339 Lafayette Street, New York, New York 10012 (212) 533-4335 Fax: (212) 228-6193 [email protected]

What's new with the Muste building (7/26/10)

April 29, 2009

Dear friends,

Serious physical challenges are threatening the Peace Pentagon, the building which has served as a longtime home for the peace and social justice movement in downtown Manhattan. Can you help?

For more than 30 years, the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute, a publicly-supported foundation promoting active nonviolence, has provided affordable office and meeting space to dozens of grassroots organizing projects in this three-story building at the corner of Lafayette and Bleecker streets. Unfortunately, the structure is in need of major repairs.

We urgently need to undertake a full structural survey of the building so we can get a clear idea how much it will cost to fix. We have engaged a respected structural engineer to carry out this survey, and the work has already begun.

With your support we can complete this investigation swiftly and determine whether it is feasible, structurally and economically, for us to repair the building or whether we need to pursue other options.

We must raise at least $75,000 to pay for this structural survey of the Peace Pentagon. We welcome and appreciate donations of any size. If each of you reading this message can reach into your pockets and contribute according to your ability, we will soon be able to get the solid engineering data needed to move us forward to a decision.

If you are an activist for peace and justice, this building has probably had an impact on your life: you may have attended meetings at the Muste Institute office; marched with the War Resisters League or the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - NY Metro; enjoyed educational events organized by the Socialist Party USA or the Libertarian Book Club; found help with tenant issues from Met Council on Housing; read publications produced by the Nicaragua Solidarity Network; or watched videos produced by Paper Tiger Television or Deep Dish TV.

You can mail a check payable to the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute, 339 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012, or donate online here: www.justgive.org/giving/donate.jsp?charityId=4046&

Please give what you can--$500, $50, $25 or even $5. If you want your contribution to go toward this immediate need, you may earmark it "structural survey."

Your solidarity at this critical moment will also help us keep up our program work supporting grassroots organizing all over the world. Please donate today.

- The Board of Directors of the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute: Susan Kent Cakars, Jim Cole, Christine Halvorson, Carol Kalafatic, Bernice Lanning, David McReynolds, Peter Muste, Nina Streich, Robert Taylor, Martha Thomases, Jill Sternberg, John Zirinsky

P.S. If you are considering a substantial gift and would like more details about the structural survey, the Muste Institute staff will be happy to discuss it with you. Please contact co-directors Jeanne Strole and Jane Guskin by email ([email protected]) or phone (212-533-4335).