The BFP Table At Brooklyn’s Fabulous Fifth Street Fair – A Smashing Success!
May 21, 2018
—A smashing success: the Brooklyn For Peace table at the Fabulous Fifth street fair. On a hot and humid Sunday, tens of thousands strolled the length of the fair which runs on Brooklyn’s popular Fifth Avenue from Sterling Place to Twelfth Street. Brooklyn For Peace was there with flyers (close to 1,000 were handed out), peace buttons and our famous Penny Poll which asks participants: How do you want your taxes spent? For war (Congress allocates over 60 percent of the annual discretionary budget to war spending) or on the things that Brooklyn needs and wants: affordable housing, decent 21st century public schools, a subway that works, jobs programs to put people to work and health care for all.
Take a look at some photos from yesterday’s scene. GO HERE
Film Showing of ‘A Brilliant Genocide’ Exposes U.S. Supported Horror in Uganda
May 16, 2018—
It was a film that hit you like a punch to the gut.
Last night’s showing of “A Brilliant Genocide,” to a gathering at the Brooklyn Commons, presented a stark contrast to the propaganda film, KONY 2012. The latter has been shown in the U.S.and depicted President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda as the leader of a “war on terrorism” against the violent rebel leader Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
Organized by Brooklyn For Peace and the United African Congress, and co-sponsored by Fort Greene Peace, the film showing was accompanied by two expert speakers on Uganda. The evening was opened up by BFP’s TARA CURRIE, who then introduced the evening’s moderator, BFP’s Board member, DR. MOHAMMED NURHUSSEIN, who is also National Chair of the United African Congress. Nurhussein made introductory remarks and introduced the two speakers who spoke and fielded questions from the audience.
First to speak was HELEN EPSTEIN, author of “Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda, and the War on Terror;” Epstein is Professor of Human Rights and Global Public Health at Bard College.
The next speaker was MILTON ALLIMADIi, Ugandan-born, publisher of the Black Star News and Professor of African History at John Jay College. Allimadi spoke of the tragedy of Uganda and deplored the lack of attention given to horrific wars and atrocities in Africa which he attributed to ignorance but also to lack of sympathy for the lives of black Africans.
A common theme of both speakers was the role played by the United States which arms and funds despots throughout Africa in order to protect its corporate interests. These dictators suppress local opposition, often by means of torture and murder which developed into full-scale genocide in Uganda under Museveni.
The film graphically depicts, through interviews with survivors and film footage, the horrific facts of the genocide that took place since Museveni seized power in 1986. In the years since then, he has engaged in a brutal effort to wipe out Uganda’s Acholi people, who live in the northern region of the country. His attacks have included raping men and women and torturing and murdering the populations of entire villages. His troops burned people’s homes and routinely threw villagers of all ages into pits to be burned alive. In addition, under Museveni’s orders over two million people have either forcibly been removed from their farming villages into horrendous concentration camps or killed if they fail to evacuate within 24-hour notice.
New Yorkers Saying We Don’t Want Another War! Rally to Defend Iran Treaty.
May 11, 2018
— A lively demonstration demanding peace with Iran and warning against Trump’s abrogation of the Iran accord, was held in NY’s Washington Square tonight. Though relatively small, it attracted wide attention by people gathered in the park. Chants rang out “No war on Iran! We need a war on poverty not another disastrous Mid East war!” And then melodious songs of peace attracted even more attention as accordionist Paul Stein led the singing with his instrument ring out loud and clear throughout the park.
Speaker after speaker demanded that Congress fulfill its Constitutional responsibility and stand up to Trump’s dangerous attack on peace, warning of the very real danger of a nuclear conflict, either by design or simply by miscalculation.
The rally is only the beginning of a series of actions, badly needed to awaken the American people to the real danger of the moment. The event was sponsored by Peace Action New York State Action NYS and supported by Brooklyn For Peace. Both groups were represented by speakers.
For more photos of today’s rally, see our Facebook page HERE.
Wed, May 16th, 7pm: Secret U.S. Wars in Africa: From KONY2012 to Museveni2018 Film-Screening: “A Brilliant Genocide” with Q & A
Join us on Wednesday, May 16th at 7pm at the Brooklyn Commons Cafe for a film screening and Q&A.
What don’t we know about the secret US military involvement all over Africa in support of authoritarian regimes?
Join us for a screening and Q&A of A Brilliant Genocide (1 hour version). This award-winning documentary tells the part of the Ugandan tragedy selectively left out of the
KONY2012 propaganda video. https://abrilliantgenocide.com/
Milton Allimadi, Ugandan-born, publisher of the Black Star News, professor of African History at John Jay College
Helen Epstein, author of “Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda, and the War on Terror” and Professor of Human Rights and Global Public Health, Bard College
WHEN: Wednesday, May 16th,7 pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Commons,388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217 (downtown Brooklyn, between Hoyt and Bond
Sponsor: Brooklyn For Peace Co-Sponsors: Fort Greene Peace; United African Congress
We Celebrate With The Muslim Community Network As They ‘Build The Dream.’
Apr 20, 2018
Brooklyn For Peace joined with many other community organizations in celebrating the success and growth of the Muslim Community Network at the New York Hilton last night in Midtown Manhattan. Several hundred supporters came together to enjoy dinner and camaraderie as the Network and its leadership honored allies and supporters. A silent auction was held to raise additional money to help move the group forward in the years ahead. The evening was held under the slogan “Building The Dream,” alluding to the right of all Americans to strive for a decent life free from threats, bigotry and repression.
Under the leadership of Dr. Debbie Almontaser and others, the Network serves to help and protect the city’s Muslim residents, offering varied services and building alliances to counter the Islamaphobia and repression of recent years, now made that much worse by the spewing of bigotry and hate from the Trump administration. It has joined with a wide array of other religious and community groups who have expressed their willingness to stand up and defend the Muslim community from attack.
Among those speaking were Mr. Ali Baba, the owner of several Turkish restaurants. Mr. Baba has been in the news recently when he gained notoriety for serving homeless people, offering them food and clothing. Also honored was Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. She and her congregation have been leaders fight for equality and justice for the city’s LGBTQ community and has stood side by side with the Muslim community when it’s been under attack.
The evening’s keynote speaker was Muslim author Sabeeha Rehman. She spoke eloquently of the struggle she faced as a Muslim-American woman. Her book which was distributed to attendees: Threading My Prayer Rug—One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim.
It was a memorable evening and we in Broolyn For Peace wish our friends in the Muslim Community Network peace and greetings of friendship and solidarity. We will always stand by your side.
Our five working committees meet regularly to plan and carry out work for peace, social justice and international law. You can also help us build bridges of peace by participating in our ad hoc task forces activities.