Action Alert: Stop unconstitutional attack on freedom to boycott!
Take action to stop unconstitutional attack on freedom to boycott
20 July 2017
One of the most recent, and most pernicious, pieces of anti-boycott legislation at the federal level is getting renewed attention right now. On July 18, the American Civil Liberties Union released a letter to the Senate and a letter to the House, urging them not to co-sponsor the bill because it unconstitutionally discriminates against people “for no reason other than their political beliefs.” The Intercept published an article highlighting how “the criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the west.” Brooklyn For Peace opposes the legislation and is making available a backgrounder from Jewish Voice for Peace for engagement with Congress.
Brooklyn For Peace worked hard to persuade our Brooklyn representatives to support the Iran nuclear agreement. We applaud the following statement issued by Peace Action:
“On the two-year anniversary of its signing, the Iran agreement continues to exemplify the value of diplomacy. Thanks to diplomacy, we know that all of Iran’s potential pathways to obtaining nuclear weapons remain blocked. Even the Trump administration, which has made its disdain for the agreement abundantly clear, can’t deny the accord is working exactly as intended. Congress and the administration must work to uphold and defend the agreement and continue diplomatic discussions on areas of concern and cooperation.
“One of the crucial features of negotiations with Iran was our willingness to negotiate without preconditions. Yet when it comes to growing concerns over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the administration has instead opted for more ineffective sanctions and dangerous threats of military force. It’s time we apply the same diplomatic approach to North Korea that has proved successful with Iran.” Continue reading →
Support Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act (HR 1299)
BFP Board voted for Brooklyn For Peace to add our name as an organizational sponsor in support of the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act (HR 1299.) (See below)
Brooklyn Reps Nydia Velazquez and Carolyn Maloney are both co-sponsors! If you’re in their district, please reach out to thank them. We need the other Brooklyn reps (Clarke, Jeffries, and Donovan) to sign on as well. If you’re in their district, please contact them and ask them to add their names. It’s important!
This bill states: “The Honduran police are widely established to be deeply corrupt and to commit human rights abuses, including torture, rape, illegal detention, and murder, with impunity” and that the military has committed violations of human rights, and therefore asks that the United States suspend all “…security assistance to Honduran military and police until such time as human rights violations by Honduran state security forces cease and their perpetrators are brought to justice.” Continue reading →
122 Nations Vote for Treaty to Legally Ban Nuclear Weapons!
July 7, 2017: United Nations, New York:
On July 7, 2017, 122 nations voted for a treaty, to legally prohibit the development, testing, production, manufacture, possession, stockpiling, use, or threat of use of nuclear weapons. This unambiguously demonstrates that the majority of the world’s countries have indeed come to their senses regarding nuclear weapons. The United States and the other nuclear-armed nations boycotted the negotiations and refused to sign. The Netherlands participated in the negotiations but voted against. It hosts nuclear weapons belonging to the United States. The Doomsday Clock is ticking…When will the US and the other nuclear-armed states come to their senses?”
The next major step will be to get those governments which voted for the treaty to sign it when it opens for signature on September 20, and then to ratify it. The treaty requires 50 states to formally join before it enters into force. This should occur soon, and when it does, the treaty will become international law.
Our next priority is educating the public about the treaty so that we can build the popular pressure needed in our own country as well as the other nuclear-armed countries and those that host nuclear weapons (NATO, Japan, South Korea etc.) to eventually eliminate their nuclear arsenals.Continue reading →
Women’s March to Ban the Bomb!
June, 23, 2017
The Women’s March to Ban the Bomb was held last Saturday, June 17.
The Women’s March to Ban the Bomb is a women’s led initiative building on bringing together people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, races, abilities, nationalities, cultures, faith, political affiliations and background to march and rally in New York City and around the world in support of negotiations taking place at the United Nations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons. And despite the rain there was a robust turnout of people that gathered to show support for this organization. View our SmugMug gallery of images by Matthew Weinstein. The BFP contingent to the Women’s March To Ban The Bomb was there joining other groups from all over the planet in marching in solidarity to ban the use of the nuclear weapons.
As stated on the Women March to Ban the Bomb website – the March was a success, but the work isn’t over. We need to continue to speak out against weapons of mass destruction and move toward a world where nuclear disarmament is the saner alternative. View video of rally
If you are still wondering why people would brave the side-ways rain, these videos should help you in understanding why this issue is of great importance and why a little rain didn’t stop this march and rally.
Also watch Joanne Robinson powerful 3 minute speech at Women’s March to Ban the Bomb “June 17, 2017” on YouTube. https://youtu.be/F8rbhCLFnUI
Sat 6/17: Women’s March to Ban the Bomb! Led by women; everybody needed and welcome!
Make nuclear weapons illegal! The UN General Assembly is negotiating a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, just as land mines have successfully been banned. Nations in the “nuclear club”, including the U.S., are opposing the treaty.
Nukes don’t keep us safe! They endanger our cities, pollute our lands, and drain our treasury.
Demand that nuclear-armed nations, including our, join UN negotiations to BAN THE BOMB.