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Move The Money Resolution Introduced –
All Out Thursday, February 28th At City Hall
To Tell The City Council: “Pass it!”

City Councilmember, Ydanis Rodriguez, has introduced a historic resolution in the NY City Council. If passed, it would put the City on record demanding cuts to the bloated Pentagon budget and its negative effect on NYC residents. The city could officially urge Congress to substantially cut the war budget and divert the funds to our communities for urgently-needed services such as education, transit, affordable housing and much more!

Brooklyn For Peace has joined others in a large and growing coalition of community, labor, peace and clerical organizations have gathered under the banner of Move The Money – NYC to promote passage of the Rodriguez resolution (No. 747-2019). You can see the resolution here.

The coalition has issued a call to gather on the steps of City Hall at 10:00 am on Thursday, February 28th to urge passage and to ask the city to hold public hearings that would examine how lopsided Congressional spending that favors war, impacts our communities. Save the date. Spread the word, Join us on the steps of City Hall to ask our city to join the movement to—
  MOVE THE MONEY –
  FROM WAR TO OUR COMMUNITIES!

Download or print this flyer here

Action Alert: Call Congress!
Don’t Interfere in Venezuela’s Internal Affairs!

Read This Open Letter to the United States.
The open letter—signed by 70 scholars on Latin America, political science, and history as well as filmmakers, civil society leaders, and other experts—was issued on Thursday, January 24, 2019, in opposition to ongoing intervention by the United States in Venezuela.
Take Action! Join Danny Glover in signing letter to Congress initiated by Code Pink.
Check out Peace Action’s post on Venezuela
Then pick up the phone and call Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, and your own representative. Urge them to speak out against using either sanctions or military action to support the coup attempt.
H.R. 1004 introduced by David Cicilline would prohibit armed force by the U.S. So far Brooklyn Reps Clarke and Velazquez have signed on as co-sponsors. Please thank them! Where are Jeffries, Maloney, Nadler, and Rose?
Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121. If you can’t get through to Washington, call the local office. (Click here for phone numbers.)

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Brooklyn For Peace needs YOUR support to strengthen our voice and our efforts in building a broad-based resistance movement in the coming year. D

Brooklyn For Peace is locally-based, rooted in Brooklyn neighborhoods. We are multi-issue, non-sectarian, and non-partisan. Our distinctive contribution is speaking out against war, and emphasizing the pervasive influence of militarism throughout our society. We collaborate with a range of single-issue groups. We link the issues through the lens of a foreign policy which relies on military power to address problems. Our track-record since 1984 of educational programs leading to informed action has made our voice a respected one.

The multitude of crises which confront us daily, from the danger of nuclear war, to the reality of climate catastrophe, to the heart-wrenching images of immigrant families and children, can easily lead to paralyzing despair. We counteract hopelessness with opportunities for action. See below for some of our activities in 2018.

Without funds, we can’t do the work!  Please donate now if you have not already done so.
Please join us in 2019 in building the movement for peace with justice! 

Charlotte Phillips, M.D. Chairperson
for the BFP Board  
We are a 501 c 3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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U.S. Troops To Be Withdrawn From Syria!
But Bombing and Drone Attacks May continue

Peace Action issued the following statement regarding the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria:

Trump is Right to Withdraw from Syria, Should Also Step Up Diplomacy and Aid

By Paul Kawika Martin

Washington, D.C. — December 19, 2018 — In response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement:

“President Trump is absolutely right to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria. President Obama deployed U.S. soldiers to Syria in violation of international law, and the ongoing U.S. presence there only serves to prolong the war and fuel the risk of confrontation with Russia, Iran, and other parties to the conflict.

“Withdrawal from the war does not mean the U.S. can’t contribute to a better future for the people of Syria. The U.S. can and should pursue a more active role in negotiations aimed at securing a political solution and a lasting peace in Syria, and should step up funding for humanitarian aid. President Trump should also rethink his administration’s callous, discriminatory refugee policies and immediately increase the number of refugees allowed into the United States rather than continuing to shut our doors to Syrians fleeing a war that the U.S. has played such a significant role in.

“As long as Trump is rethinking the U.S. role in Syria, he should also move to withdraw U.S. forces from the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan, and from the catastrophic Saudi-led war in Yemen. The U.S. has been waging endless war for a generation, wasting trillions of dollars and costing countless lives, and we’re no better off for it. We need a security strategy rooted in peace and cooperation rather than death and destruction. In the coming year, the new Congress should move to reclaim its long-lost authority on war so that these critical decisions are vetted by the people’s representatives instead of left in the hands of one person.”

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Founded in 1957, Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze), the United States’ largest peace and disarmament organization, with over 100,000 paid members and nearly 100 chapters in 36 states, works to abolish nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights and support nonmilitary solutions to international conflicts. The public may learn more and take action at www.PeaceAction.org.
Brooklyn For Peace is an Ally of Peace Action New York State.

But Bombings and Drone Attacks Are Likely to Continue!
See interview with Phyllis Bennis on Democracy Now! (Thurs Dec 20.)

Victory in Senate Vote on Yemen!
Ongoing action needed: Saturday Vigils Ongoing

 Senate Passes Historic Bill to End U.S. Role in Yemen War!

You’ve probably heard by now that on Thursday Dec 13 the Senate voted to pass S.J. Res. 54. Thanks to everybody who made calls to our Senators. Now it’s important to thank them!  Please call again now to thank Sen. Gillibrand (who was an early co-sponsor) and also to thank Sen. Schumer, who voted in favor. Cong. Switchboard: 292-224-3121 or use their local numbers: Gillibrand: 212-688-6262 or Schumer 212-224-6542.

However, particularly as it appears that similar legislation will be blocked in the House until the new Congress convenes, it’s crucial that we continue to keep this issue in the public eye.

Every Saturday, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm: Join this ongoing weekly vigil at Union Square, SE corner of the park (opposite the atomic clock). Organized by the Catholic Worker Movement.

E-mail us at bfp@brooklynpeace.org to let us know if you’re planning to participate so that we can contact you if plans change, especially in case of bad weather.

Support Peace Process in Korea!
BFP signs joint statement

The “Joint Statement of U.S. Civil Society Groups in Support of the Current Peace Process in Korea” was published in The Nation (on-line Dec 6, 2018):

The statement was a collaboration of the Korea Peace Network and the Peace Treaty Now Network (composed of 40-plus Korean American organizations committed to ending the Korean War and realizing a peace treaty for lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula). The statement was signed by 152 organizations (including Brooklyn For Peace) and 59 individuals, including Reverend Jesse Jackson and Noam Chomsky.

Click here for the statement and the full list of signing organizations and individuals.

 
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