The assault on the Yemen port city Hodeida, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with backing from the U.S., began over a week ago and is currently underway. Check out this recent report on Democracy Now.
Please sign this petition which urges Congressional reps to use all available means including invoking the War Powers Act to end the unconstitutional U.S. participation in the catastrophic Saudi-UAE assault on Hodeida. Brooklyn Reps Clarke and Velazquez were among the 34 signers of a letter to this effect. While thanking them, we need to urge them to follow through. The other Brooklyn reps (Jeffries, Maloney, Nadler, and Donovan) have not signed. If you’re in their districts, ask them why not?
An Informative Evening With Author Partha Banerjee
Jun 1, 2018—
It was an evening to remember!
Dr. Partha Banerjee has just published a new book: “Music Box and Moonshine” and we gathered to hear him talk about it and then read one of the chapters. A lively conversation followed the reading.
The book is a collection of 18 short stories from the rich collection of literature originating in Bengal, India, Banerjee’s birthplace. This body of writing is largely unknown in the West and the book will be an eye-opener showing the high quality and depth of the writing from that part of the world. The stories that Dr. Banerjee selected and translated, shine a strong light on the great hardships that people of that land have suffered. These include famine, war, political upheavals and natural disasters. The reading was generously hosted by Jaki and Henry Florsheim in their building’s Media Room, a cozy little space that made for an intimate get-together. The evening was sponsored by Brooklyn For Peace. Partha Banerjee and his wife, Mukti, are long-standing members.
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.
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