WED, FEB 10: “War No More” on BRIC (formerly BCAT) at 10 PM
Did you miss any of our recent Forums? Catch the highlights on “War No More” on BRIC (Brooklyn Public Network)!
“War No More” is BFP’s monthly Cable TV program, cablecast on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 10 pm.
February’s show will be Wednesday, February 10 at 10 pm.
The show will feature Amy Goodman, Host and Executive Producer, Democracy Now! and her remarks at the Pathmakers to Peace Gala on Nov 12, 2015 (Highlights, Part One).
Tune in by cable in Brooklyn at Channel 79 (TimeWarner); Chanel 68 (Cablevision); Channel 83 (RCN); Channel 43 (Verizon).Don’t have cable access or you’re not in Brooklyn?
Watch from anywhere on your computer. It’s a live video-stream, so you must watch at time of the cablecast.
Go to BCAT TV Network, scroll down to Channel 2 and Launch!
Please visit brooklynpeace.org or call 718-624-5921 for more info.
Syria, ISIS, Refugees and War Forum
Over 125 people crammed into The Commons on Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue for a forum on Syria, ISIS, Refugees and War sponsored by Brooklyn For Peace on January 13, 2016. The event was co-sponsored by Fort Greene Peace.
The standing room only event featured two speakers who are noted experts on the Middle East: Phyllis Bennis of the Institute For Policy Studies and David Wildman, who is the Executive Secretary for Human Rights & Racial Justice with the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Global Ministries.
The evening began with a rousing performance by singer/songwriter Judy Gorman and then moderated by BFP Vice-Chair, Carolyn Eisenberg who introduced the speakers.
Phyllis Bennis concentrated on providing a historical background and overview of the rise of ISIS. David Wildman concentrated on the plight of the millions of refugees that that the Middle East wars have produced. He urged a campaign that would counter the racist anti-refugee campaign that has been confusing and striking fear into Americans from the likes of Fear Mongerer In Chief, Donald Trump as well as other elected officials.
After their remarks, BFP’s other Vice-Chair, David Tykulsker, asked for contributions so that the organization could continue their work for peace in the Middle East. He also announced that the receipts would be split with the renowned humanitarian organization, Doctors Without Borders, which has been under attack by U.S. warplanes and, more recently, by Saudi Arabia which is waging a cruel war in Yemen.
The evening concluded with a question and answer session in which audience members asked for further information on various subjects. Brooklyn For Peace has announced that it will continue to oppose war and military action as a solution the crises that is creating such misery, death and destruction in the region. It has collected hundreds of signatures on petitions which can be signed online here: bit.ly/bfp-syria-petition.
See more pictures here: http://smu.gs/1ROk7wb
Brooklyn Agrees—No New U.S. War In Syria! Use Diplomacy Not War!
Nov 7, 2015: (Updated Dec 9, 2015)
Brooklyn For Peace set up tables in several Brooklyn neighborhoods today (11/6/2015). At one table, in front of the borough’s Central Library, residents lined up to sign petitions that urge Congress and the President to pursue diplomacy instead of war in settling the conflict in Syria. President Obama, who has said in the past that there is no military solution to that war, nevertheless reversed himself last week by ordering U.S. troops, placing them inside Syria. Viewing that escalation as the first step to what could easily become a much wider involvement, flyers were handed out demanding an end to U.S. military involvement in the complex civil war in Syria which has already claimed well over 200,000 lives and has produced a flood of refugees fleeing death and destruction. We must use diplomacy to bring all the parties together to hammer out a cease fire and a solution to the Syrian conflict. That must include the United States, Russia, Iraq, Iran and the Assad government. Only with such a regional diplomatic approach can ISIS be isolated and the terrible war be brought to an end. This will also help to end the refugee crisis whose root cause is the war.
Over a thousand marched today, encircling City Hall, demanding immediate action by government on the very real threat of climate change. Brooklyn For Peace was a co-sponsor of the event and many of its members participated.
This protest was one of thousands around the globe, called to express solidarity with the giant march in Paris that was cancelled by the government in the wake of the attacks in that city. The Paris march was to take place outside the U.N. Climate Summit which is ongoing for the next two weeks as governments meet to decide on actions to tackle this threat to the planet and civilization.
Protests are necessary because governments are stymied and controlled by economic interests that put profits before planet and people.
Brooklyn For Peace Response to Recent Attacks and Global Violence
Brooklyn For Peace shares with people around the world a deep sorrow over the recent attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad, along with the civilian deaths on the downed Russian airplane and in Beirut.
The massive news coverage of Paris brings home to everyone the humanity of these particular victims and the tragedy of innocent lives upended or destroyed. Yet in mourning these most recent deaths, we cannot ignore the reality of fourteen years in which millions of civilians in the Middle East and elsewhere have endured shattering losses, as the harsh and irresponsible American “war on terror” exacts its fearful price. Continue reading →
Oh What A Night! Pathmaker To Peace Showed The Way To Peace!
Nov 13, 2015
Last night Brooklyn’s historic Plymouth Church echoed with cheers and applause as close to 200 people gathered to enjoy a great dinner and then listen intently as honoree, Amy Goodman, the crusading journalist and producer of Democracy Now, spoke on her experiences and her conclusion that grass roots movements are the way to win peace and still the hands of the warmakers.
It was also a night to showcase the role of Brooklyn’s oldest and most active peace and justice organization. Among several introductions, BFP Vice Chair Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg, recalled the vital role of the group in the run-up to the recent victory in Congress with the approval of the Iran nuclear treaty. Tireless activism, Eisenberg said, by BFP activists, was able to push Brooklyn’s Congressional delegation into supporting the Iran agreement—breaking the lockstep support for the pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC, that has been the usual scenario. This led, she pointed out, to other Democrats all across the country, following the lead of the Brooklyn House members, thus consolidating the final vote.
Here are some photos of an unforgettable evening. Click HERE to see our photo album.
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