Denver, Colo., November 9, 2010 —
The Sidel-Levy Award for Peace, which recognizes an American Public Health Association member who has made outstanding contributions to preventing war and promoting international peace, has been presented to Charlotte Phillips, MD, during the Association’s 138th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver.
Phillips is co-founder and chair of Brooklyn for Peace. She founded the organization in 1984 to address war as a public health issue. What started as Brooklyn Parents for Peace as a network of parents with children at the same day care center became Brooklyn for Peace, a locally based, multi-issue peace and justice organization that is committed to eliminating war and the social injustices that cause war.
She worked with others in the 1980s to build a grassroots movement that prevented the building of a home port in Staten Island for ships slated to carry nuclear weapons. After Sept. 11, 2001, Phillips and Brooklyn for Peace developed the “Voices From Brooklyn” campaign, which spoke out for a non-military response to the tragic events of that day, as well as for protection for the local Arab and Muslim communities from backlash and targeting for detention and deportation.
Brooklyn for Peace members develop educational programs focused on Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and Palestine, Darfur and Africa, Latin America and the issue of nuclear disarmament. An active outreach program seeks to counter the aggressive military recruiting tactics aimed especially at low-income youth and communities of color and develops materials to advise young people of alternatives to the military. Brooklyn for Peace continues to mobilize against war both in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as to emphasize the impact that military spending has on domestic programs including public health.
Phillips has provided leadership for the Brooklyn Peace Fair, a cultural and educational event drawing together all ages to learn and build community around a culture of peace. The sixth annual fair took place May 2010 on the campus of Brooklyn College.
Phillips maintains a general primary care pediatric practice in the New York City public hospital system, offering continuity of care to a diverse community of patients. She is attending physician in pediatrics at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Swarthmore College and an MD from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She held residencies in pediatrics at Lincoln Hospital and Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, where she also was a medicine and pediatrics intern. She has been a clinical instructor of pediatrics for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and State University of New York and is currently a pediatrics instructor for the SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn.