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.
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.)
Read This Open Letter to the United States.
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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
“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.”
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.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
Some of our activities in 2018:
- The Women’s March: BFP marshaled a Brooklyn contingent to demonstrate resistance to the Trump regime in January.
- Humanitarian Relief for Yemen: an evening of musical and dramatic performances, plus a history of the conflict and discussion raised thousands of dollars for Action Against Hunger in Yemen.
- Which Way for Korea?: This forum focused on the history of relations between North Korea and the U.S. linking this history to present day tensions. A discussion followed on what U.S. activists can do to reduce the threat of nuclear confrontation on the peninsula.
- Palestinian Resistance, Israeli Oppression: This forum featured American and Palestinian activists discussing current conditions in the occupied Palestinian territories and included an abridged screening of the documentary Radiance of Resistance.
- End the Endless Wars: BFP joined in the national anti-war demonstrations in support of diplomacy and reduced military spending.
- Two Minutes to Midnight: BFP members travelled to Manhattan to participate in a conference on the increasing threat of a nuclear conflict and what can be done to move towards nuclear abolition.
- Exposing the Secret U.S. Wars in Africa: BFP sponsored a screening of A Brilliant Genocide, a documentary on the genocidal abuses of human rights in Uganda and neighboring countries by Gen. Museveni who has received ongoing support from the U.S.
- Iran— Our Next War? Prof. Ervand Abrahamian discussed the Iran deal, the role of the U.S. in the Middle East, and led a lively discussion on what can be done to alter U. S. policy in the region.
- Lessons of Watergate: Former Congressperson Liz Holtzman addressed BFP members on details of the Nixon impeachment process and drew parallels with the current political situation in a fundraiser benefiting BFP.
- Palestinian Right of Return: This forum featured a panel discussion on international law regarding the right of return for refugees, and its lack of enforcement in Israel and Palestinian territories.
- Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF: Once again BFP led outreach to Brooklyn schools, encourage children to carry those familiar orange boxes to collect donations for UNICEF while trick-or-treating.
- Tales from the Vault: The Brooklyn Historical Society formally opened its newly catalogued archive of BFP artifacts and showcased the 30+ year history of our community peace group.
- Ongoing activities: War No More is a monthly cablecast on BRIC. BFP also has its own YouTube channel.
- Palestinian Olive Oil sales help to support the Palestinian economy, an important piece to finding a peaceful resolution of conflict in Israel-Palestine.
- Refugees and Immigrants Are Welcome Here. BFP continues this campaign of asking local merchants to place posters in their shop windows.
- Ongoing support for Fort Greene Peace, a model for development of a neighborhood-based peace group.