DETAILS: Free Admission — All are welcome! Food & drink available for purchase at The Commons Cafe.
Juyeon JC Rhee, Korean grassroots organizer and Board member of both Nodutdol for Korean Community Development and the Korea Policy Institute, will give a basic history of Korea, and background on the current crisis and the Korean-American peace movement.
William (Bill) Hartung, Director of the Arms and Security Project at Center for International Policy and a senior adviser to the center’s Security Assistance Monitor, will address issues of U.S. nuclear policy as it relates to North Korea such as: Pentagon spending, including its relationship to other federal budget priorities; U.S. global military reach and interventionism; history and current reality of the military-industrial complex.
Thurs 2/15, 12 noon: #ProudAfricans Coalition Protest at U.N.
#ProudAfricans Coalition Protest at UNITED NATIONS #ProudAfricans a coalition of African, Caribbean, and African-American activists, human rights, and professional organizations is hosting a protest rally outside the UN at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza park on Thursday Feb. 15 to denounce the recent anti-Africa racist comments by President Donald Trump and to highlight Africa’s past and continuing contributions in the creation of wealth and prosperity in the industrialized West. Location: United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Park at 47 St btw 1st & 2nd Ave, Manhattan. Organized by: United African Congress (UAC), Institute of the Black World 21st Century, Give Them A Hand Foundation, African Diaspora Coalition for Justice, Nextmedia.tv, The Black Star News, African Women Solidarity Action for Development, African Hope Committee, African Commission of Newark, New Jersey, African Human Rights Commission. Endorsed by: Brooklyn For Peace
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A Parade for Peace Not for War!
Brooklyn Has a Heart for Yemen!
January 25, 2018—
An overflow crowd filled the meeting room at the Brooklyn Commons tonight for An Evening for the People of Yemen. Some $2642.00 was raised through donations at the event and at Brooklyn For Peace’s dedicated Yemen fundraising page! The money will go directly to Yemen for food aid to the people there who are facing severe malnutrition and starvation due to the US-abetted Saudi blockade of that suffering country. The donations go to the inspiring relief organization, Action Against Hunger, who BFP partnered with. You can still donate at our BFP fundraising page here: bit.ly/bfp2yemen.
The event featured wonderful Arabic music by skilled oudist, Hadi Eldebek and his brother, Mohamad Eledebek on percussion. They thrilled the gathering as did the dynamic theatrical duo playwright Karen Malpede and actress Kathleen Chalfant who performed Malpede’s playlet “Dinner During Yemen.”
The program proceeded with hard-hitting discussion led by Yemeni activist Ibraham Qatabi and Amnesty International;s Sherine Tadros. Also speaking were Jen Major from Action Against Hunger and Michael Page for Human Rights Watch. A spirited Q&A followed the presentations.
This was a night to remember. Brooklyn For Peace performed a valuable task — raising money to concretely help people in Yemen as well as raising awareness in our community of a human catastrophe that has largely been kept off the front page. We reminded people of our responsibility as Americans to insist that our government desist from helping the Saudi regime in carrying out war crimes against the people of Yemen with its horrific bombing and its strangulating blockade.
Please take the time to contact your Rep in Congress and ask them to sign on to H.Con 81, which calls for withdrawal of US forces from Yemen. Thus far the only Brooklyn rep who has signed on is Carolyn Maloney. Also demand that the US follow Norway’s lead in halting arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Calls or e-mails to our Senators with this message are also important although sadly no legislation has as yet been introduced in the Senate addressing this disastrous situation.
You can also continue to donate through our dedicatred fundraising page bit.ly/bfp2yemen
Thousands Walk in the NYC Women’s March Its Echoes Will Be Heard in Washington!
Jan 20, 2018
They came off the subway at Columbus Circle by the thousands upon thousands. Young, old, women, men, children, families with strollers and dogs on leashes. The sidewalks were filled to overflowing and people spilled into Broadway and finally filled up Columbus Avenue as they headed uptown to the march’s launching areas on Central Park West and streets running off it.
Today’s Women’s March in Manhattan will reverberate far away in the halls of political power in Washington! It was a fantastic, spectacular, uplifting, boisterous, optimistic and determined crowd of people who carried signs, many of their own creation with humorous and pithy slogans painted on them. The demands on the placards touched on a multitude of issues: women’s rights, the need to welcome refugees and immigrants, Black Lives Matter and civil liberties among others. A main theme was the need to remove Trump from the White House and his allies in Congress, decrying the enormous harm they are planning and are capable of. Many focused on the November elections as critical in reversing Trumpism and reclaiming our democracy.
The numbers of people in the street was very impressive. It’s hard to say just how many people there turned out on a beautiful winter day with a respite from the frigid cold of recent weeks. But one thing is clear: it was enormous!
Brooklyn For Peace and its sister, Fort Greene Peace, called on members to meet earlier at Brooklyn Borough Hall and take the subway in as a group. The feeling of community and common purpose was evident as we boarded the A train, heading into Manhattan to join with the tens of thousands of people in a wonderful show of support for the Women’s March.
To see all our photos from the day’s activities click HERE.
Poor People’s Campaign Launched In NYC and Nationwide
December 11, 2017
Dozens of activists, representing a broad swathe of the city’s labor, community, peace and justice organizations, gathered to kick off the New York City part of the Poor People’s Campaign, a nation-wide effort to unite tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation.
The Poor People’s Campaign was a hallmark of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s activism. It brought hundreds of thousands into action and focused the nation’s attention on endemic poverty, racism and injustice. Today’s meeting was called because many feel that a new campaign is needed as Dr. King’s job is far from finished.
There was wide agreement on the need for progressive people to organize as a united movement, with a focus on how issues are related rather than distinct. Michael Zweig of US Labor Against War, and Claudia de la Cruz of Popular Education Project led the lively discussion held at the Communication Workers of America offices in lower Manhattan.
Plans call for a series of educational and cultural events, mass meetings, and civil disobedience in the coming months. Mother’s Day 2018 will mark the beginning of forty days of moral resistance culminating in a mass demonstration in Washington DC in June.
Watch this page for more information as this new movement takes shape.
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