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Current Activities

Wed March 27, 7 pm: Medea Benjamin presents:
War and the Green Economy

Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink, will discuss the war economy, its impact on the environment, and how we can redirect Pentagon spending to much needed green initiatives. Her presentation will be exploring some of the ways that the U.S. military is an environmentally destructive force, and offering some courses of action we can take to oppose militarism and to work for a more peaceful and sustainable society.


Also featuring performance by musical artist Dave Lippman!

Location: Brooklyn Friends Meeting House, 110 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn NY *this venue is wheelchair accessible

Co-sponsored by: CodePink, Fort Greene Peace, Park Slope United Methodist Church Social Action Committee, Peace & Social Action Committee of Brooklyn Friends (Quakers), & Veterans For Peace NYC Ch 034

Admission is free; Doors open 6:45.

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“Move The Money
From War to Our Communities!”
Rings Out From the Steps of City Hall.

On February 28th, New Yorkers gathered on the steps of City Hall to support Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez’ recently-introduced resolution, number 747. The bill, if passed would put the City on record, opposing bloated Pentagon war budgets that rob the city and its residents of funds for vital public services.

After Councilmember Rodriguez addressed the assembly, our own Molly Nolan spoke, representing Brooklyn For Peace. BFP is part of a growing coalition of peace, community, clerical, civil rights and labor groups that are part of the Move The Money – NYC coalition. For information, movethemoney-nyc@gmail.com

Action Alert:
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! Sign this petition calling on Congressional representatives to support HR 1004, to prevent military intervention in Venezuela. (See below)
Check out Peace Action’s post on Venezuela

Read this recent article by Mark Weisbrot on the impact of sanctions: “Trump’s Other ‘National Emergency’: Sanctions That Kill Venezuelans”.
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.
Demand that they sign on to S.J.Res 11 (just introduced by Sen. Markey) prohibiting unauthorized military action against Venezuela
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.)

Other resources:
A Call for Clear Heads on Venezuela:
How To Criticize Maduro While Opposing U.S. Regime Change
by Alejandro Velasco (In These Times March 11, 2019)

Protect Students’ Privacy: Students Not Soldiers!
Your action needed (deadline March 30)

Protect Students’ Privacy: Students Not Soldiers!

Your Action Needed! (Deadline March 30)
When NY high school students take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude test (ASVAB), their test scores and personal data may be used by the Department of Defense for profiling and potential military recruiting. 

NY Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia is currently requesting public comments concerning student privacy. To ensure students’ privacy, send a message to the NY Commissioner of Education and the Chancellor of the Board of Regents.

Use this link for more info. In addition to the petition, it’s essential for you to send a short comment to: regcomments@nysed.gov Take a few comments from the document, or write your own. The State Education Department is tallying the issues addressed in the comments regarding potential change to procedures. This info will then be in the public record.

Deadline for this action: March 30; but do it NOW while you’re thinking of it.

Please emailbfp@brooklynpeace.org to let us know that you’ve taken this action

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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.

READ MORE ABOUT WHAT WE’VE DONE IN 2018

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.)

 
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