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PEJers Help Build
Move The Money Campaign
In NYC Council

Jul 19, 2019

The campaign to have the NY City Council pass Resolution 747 has been gathering steam. And members of Brooklyn For Peace’s Peace And Economic Justice Committee have been in the forefront. Brooklyn For Peace is part of a large, diverse and growing coalition of over 40 organizations throughout the city. The coalition is called Move The Money – NYC.

First, a brief recap: Resolution 747, the so-called Move  The Money From War To Our Communities resolution, was introduced in February 2018 by Manhattan Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez. The resolution, if passed, would put our city on official record as opposed to bloated Pentagon war budgets that rob the city and its residents of money for vital public services. Sixty percent of the annual Federal discretionary budget goes to the Pentagon and other agencies for endless wars, unneeded but terribly expensive weapons, upgrading the country’s nuclear arsenal (which can never be used!) and maintaining hundreds of bases all over the world. That leaves scant funds for cities to repair their mass transit systems, build 21st-century schools, provide affordable housing and health care and so on. Resolution 747 urges Congress to change those lopsided spending priorities by making substantial cuts in military spending. In its latest iteration, the Resolution also calls for “in-depth” public hearings to determine the precise dollar amounts, now used for war, that could be freed up to be spent on urgently-needed public services. Hearings would allow the public and experts in the field to state their case for moving the money away from war and back to our cities.

Over 1,000 of these striking postcards with a quote on wasteful war spending by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. have been collected.

A strikingly-designed postcard has been printed directed at City Council Members, urging them to sponsor and support Resolution 747. It should be noted that in addition to CM Rodriguez, seven other Council Members have co-sponsored the resolution. These are Justin Brannan of Bay Ridge, Antonio Reynoso of Bushwick and Ridgewood, Carlina Rivera of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Deborah Rose of Staten Island, Stephen Levin of Downtown Brooklyn and Karen Koslowitz of Rego Park and Forest Hills in Queens. Of course, there are 51 Council members so there’s a long way to go and readers of this column should contact their CM and urge them to sign on. You can find your CM and their contact information here: bit.ly/my-cm

Over 1,000 postcards have already been collected and last night at Brooklyn’s Celebrate Brooklyn concert series another 75 cards were collected by PEJ members who were greeted enthusiastically by concert goers.  If you’d like to be part of this exciting campaign, simply write to pej@brooklynpeace.org

The flyer that has been used to collect postcards to Council Members.
Click on the image to see an enlarged version. On the bottom is the list of current members of the Move The Money – NYC coalition, now totalling 44 constituent organizations.

Move the Money–From War to Our Communities

Move the Money–From War to Our Communities!

On Feb 28, 2019, Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez introduced Resolution 747 to the NY City Council, criticizing the bloated Pentagon war budget and its terribly negative impacts on NYC residents.

BFP joined many others in a Press Conference on the steps of City Hall. Now we need to pressure all 50 councilmembers to sign on as co-sponsors to Res. 747, urging the Council to take action and hold hearings on the impact of lopsided spending that overwhelmingly favors weapons and war instead of urgently-needed social programs.

Click here to find YOUR councilperson and call them!

Email bfp@brooklynpeace.org to let us know that you called, and who your councilperson is.

Sponsored by a growing network of groups under the banner of MOVE THE MONEY-NYC

Email movethemoney.nyc@gmail.com if you’d like to add your organization as a co-sponsor as this campaign goes forward (Press conference was only the first step!)

Support New Sanctuary Coalition!

Help Keep Community Members Safe from Deportations and Detention!
Support New Sanctuary Coalition’s Rapid Response Network and Accompaniment Program

Be a part of sustaining the fight to change the system of deportations and detentions while giving direct emotional and spiritual support, pro se legal help, advocacy and bond support to get our loved ones out of detention, legal rights training, and physical sanctuary to people facing immediate deportation. Sign up for the rapid response network to help make your neighborhood safer for vulnerable immigrants and community residents targeted by ICE. Sign up to accompany people facing deportation to their immigration hearings and ICE check-ins. This provides moral support to the person facing deportation and enables volunteers to hold immigration authorities accountable.
Learn more about how you can get involved here.
If you or someone you know is in need of sanctuary, check out this interactive map of Sanctuary Congregations and Allies in the NYC Area. 

House Passes Military Spending Bill with Peace Amendments: Next step is the Senate!

On Friday July 12 the House passed an outrageous military spending bill (so-called National “Defense” Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2020.Check out the roll call here. The only bright spot is that several key amendments important for the peace movement were passed.
The “No War With Iran” Amendment (Khanna/Gaetz) which would block President Trump from waging war against Iran without congressional authorization, passed with 251 votes. It also clarified that the broadly worded 2001 Authorization For Use Of Military Force doesn’t apply to Iran. See that roll call here. 
The amendment to Repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq (Lee) passed with 227 votes. See that roll call here.
The amendment which prohibits Support To and Participation In the Saudi-led Coalition’s Military Operations Against the Houthis in Yemen (Smith) passed with 240 votes. See that roll call here.
Check out how your Rep voted. If they voted in favor of these amendments, please thank them. If not, please let them know how dismayed you are that they did not take even this small step towards stopping the war machine.

Next step is to reconcile this bill with the Senate bill.  Now is the time to let Senators Gillibrand and Schumer know that it’s important to support these amendments in the final bill. Let’s hold Schumer accountable for his statement supporting the Khanna/Gaetz amendment  and insist on his leadership to get enough bipartisan to have this amendment included. (It secured a vote of 50 in favor and 40 against on the initial Senate vote, but needs 60 votes in favor to be pass.)
Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121
If you can’t get through to Washington, call the local office or send an email. Contact info here.
It’s also time to get our New York City Council to Move the Money by supporting Res. 747, which calls attention to the excessive military spending in this bill, and to call for hearings on redirecting these resources to much-needed local priorities.

Calling All Volunteers!
Thursdays and Fridays This Summer at the BFP office

Every Thursday and Friday this summer (except for Aug 8 & 9) the BFP office will be open for volunteers to help on various projects, including button making and help with scanning Move The Money postcards, a vital part of the Move The Money NYC Campaign.

We could use help from volunteers between 11 am and 4 pm at our office, located at 388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn NY 11217. If you’re available please get in touch with Emilie ahead of time by email at emilie@brooklynpeace.org or call the office at 718-624-5921

Thurs 7/25, 6:30 – 8 pm
From Armistice to Peace: Ending the 70 Year Korean War

Join us for a film screening of Memory of Forgotten War followed by a discussion on how to engage in ongoing efforts by Korean diaspora and allies to support lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

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Mon 8/5, 12 noon – 1 pm
Peace Gathering to Commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Join Manhattan Project for a Nuclear World for a Peace Gathering to Commemorate the 74th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To honor the memory of those who were killed by the atomic bombings, a coalition of citizens and peace activists will gather in front of the Japan Consulate General in New York (Park Avenue & 48th Street)

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