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Victory in Senate Vote on Yemen!
Ongoing action needed: Vigil Sat 12/22

 Senate Passes Historic Bill to End U.S. Role in Yemen War!

You’ve probably heard by now that on Thursday Dec 13 the Senate voted to pass S.J. Res. 54. Thanks to everybody who made calls to Congress. Please call again now to thank Sen. Gillibrand (who was an early co-sponsor) and also to thank Sen. Schumer, who voted in favor. Cong. Switchboard: 292-224-3121 or use their local numbers: Gillibrand: 212-688-6262 or Schumer 212-224-6542.
However, particularly as it appears that similar legislation will be blocked in the House until the new Congress convenes, it’s important to keep this issue in the public eye.
Saturday Dec 22, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm: Join this ongoing weekly vigil at Union Square, SE corner of the park (opposite the atomic clock). Organized by the Catholic Worker Movement.
E-mail us at bfp@brooklynpeace.org to let us know if you’re planning to participate so that we can contact you if plans change, especially in case of bad weather.

What did BFP do in 2018?

Some of our activities in 2018:

  • The Women’s March:  BFP marshaled a Brooklyn contingent to demonstrate resistance to the Trump regime in January.
  • Humanitarian Relief for Yemen:  an evening of musical and dramatic performances, plus a history of the conflict and discussion raised thousands of dollars for Action Against Hunger in Yemen.
  • Which Way for Korea?:  This forum focused on the history of relations between North Korea and the U.S. linking this history to present day tensions. A discussion followed on what U.S. activists can do to reduce the threat of nuclear confrontation on the peninsula.
  • Palestinian Resistance, Israeli Oppression: This forum featured American and Palestinian activists discussing current conditions in the occupied Palestinian territories and included an abridged screening of the documentary Radiance of Resistance.
  • End the Endless Wars: BFP joined in the national anti-war demonstrations in support of diplomacy and reduced military spending.
  • Two Minutes to Midnight: BFP members travelled to Manhattan to participate in a conference on the increasing threat of a nuclear conflict and what can be done to move towards nuclear abolition.
  • Exposing the Secret U.S. Wars in Africa: BFP sponsored a screening of A Brilliant Genocide, a documentary on the genocidal abuses of human rights in Uganda and neighboring countries by Gen. Museveni who has received ongoing support from the U.S.
  • Iran— Our Next War?  Prof. Ervand Abrahamian discussed the Iran deal, the role of the U.S. in the Middle East, and led a lively discussion on what can be done to alter U. S. policy in the region.
  • Lessons of Watergate:  Former Congressperson Liz Holtzman addressed BFP members on details of the Nixon impeachment process and drew parallels with the current political situation in a fundraiser benefiting BFP.
  • Palestinian Right of Return: This forum featured a panel discussion on international law regarding the right of return for refugees, and its lack of enforcement in Israel and Palestinian territories.
  • Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF: Once again BFP led outreach to Brooklyn schools, encourage children to carry those familiar orange boxes to collect donations for UNICEF while trick-or-treating.
  • Tales from the Vault:  The Brooklyn Historical Society formally opened its newly catalogued archive of BFP artifacts and showcased the 30+ year history of our community peace group.
  • Ongoing activities: War No More is a monthly cablecast on BRIC. BFP also has its own YouTube channel.
  • Palestinian Olive Oil sales help to support the Palestinian economy, an important piece to finding a peaceful resolution of conflict in Israel-Palestine.
  • Refugees and Immigrants Are Welcome Here. BFP continues this campaign of asking local merchants to place posters in their shop windows.
  • Ongoing support for Fort Greene Peace, a model for development of a neighborhood-based peace group.

A Light Shone Bright In Brooklyn…
A Light For Peace
Pathmakers To Peace Gala, 2018.

Dec 6, 2018—

It was an evening to remember.

Friends and supporters of Brooklyn For Peace filled into Brooklyn’s historic Plymouth Church to enjoy a festive evening of good food and drink. But also to mingle with old friends and meet new ones. They came to support the 34-year old peace and justice organization and to be the wind behind its sails as it continues to meet the challenges of these difficult times.

After a delicious and plentiful buffet, the event began with a warm welcome by the church’s spiritual leader, Rev. Brett Younger. This year the group honored leading Pathmakers To Peace as it has done in years past. But before, we welcomed special guests who arrived unannounced but who were enthusiastically welcomed as champions in Congress against the Trump agenda. Both Congress members Yvette Clarke and Nydia Velázquez rose and delivered passionate remarks, pledging to stand firm on behalf of peace and to defend immigrants and refugees from the cruel policies of the Trump Administration. They spoke of the difficult battles ahead but also pointed out that the newly-elected majority in the House, with its numerous new women members, would make their ability to fight back more effective. The presence of these two important Brooklyn Congress members was a tribute, many felt, to Brooklyn For Peace’s status as a long-standing and effective voice for peace and progress in our Brooklyn communities.

This year’s honorees were—
Make The Road, New York – a true champion that serves and protects immigrants and refugees with a focus on Latinos who are facing attacks from the Trump policies. The award was accepted by Chloe Tribich who spoke on their behalf.

Next was Rebecca Wilkomerson, the Chair of Jewish Voice For Peace, an outstanding organization that has grown exponentially in recent years, filling its ranks with newly-active youth, particularly young Jews. They stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine in demanding a just and fair peace in the Mid East and reject the idea that being Jewish is synonymous with supporting the extremist and anti-human policies of Netanyahu and his government.

Part of the full house at this year’s Pathmakers To Peace gala dinner. See all the photos HERE.

The last honoree was Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, which, in a fitting reprise of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1968 movement,  has launched a movement for a “moral revival” in our country, demanding the shifting of priorities away from greed and war and toward meeting the urgent needs of the American people, particularly those who suffer the injustice and degradation of endemic poverty. Theoharris made a moving speech that wove together all the themes of the various struggles taking place in today’s difficult period.

Many thought that this event was one of the finest and most uplifting the organization has sponsored over the years. The feelings of camaraderie and solidarity in a festive atmosphere of bonhomie, lifted people’s spirits and determination to continue the fight for a better country and world. Onwards!

To view all the photos of the event, click HERE.

To view the PathMakers to Peace 2018 Program, click HERE. (Color version will be posted soon)

 

New Yorkers To Schumer—
Take Action Now To End
Support For Saudi War On Yemen!

November 26, 2018

New Yorkers turned out today in front of the Manhattan offices of Senators Schumer and Gillibrand. They were there to demand action on the ongoing Saudi war against Yemen, which is supported both materially and logistically by U.S. policy. The United Nations has described today’s Yemen as the “world’s greatest humanitarian crisis.” With a massive Cholera epidemic and widespread hunger due to a Saudi blockade of Yemen’s ports, choking off supplies of food and medicine, the protestors demanded that Congress prohibit the use of U.S. troops in the war, which are not sanctioned by Congress. That would become laws if a joint resolution, SJRes54, was passed. Speakers at the rally thanked Senator Gillibrand for her co-sponsorship of the bill and demanded that Senator Schumer, who is the Democrats leader in the Senate to do likewise. But beyond that, they demanded not only sponsorship but forceful leadership on the bill and in acting to end any U.S. support of Saudi Arabia’s continuing brutality against the people of Yemen. It was noted that Saudi Arabia purchases billions of dollars of military hardware from the United States. U.S. law prohibits the sale of weapons to regimes that use those weapons illegally as has been done in Yemen over and over again.

The rally today, organized in just a few days, was sponsored by Action Corps NYC, Peace Action, Code Pink, Just Foreign Policy and others. Brooklyn For Peace helped to mobilize support.

The vote on the SJRes54 might come as early as this Wednesday. Therefore, calls to Senator Schumer are urgent.
Please call NOW: 1833-STOP-WAR.

To see all the photos from today’s rally, click HERE.

The protest was supported by our Brooklyn For Peace and quite a few members attended the demonstration in front of Senator Schumer’s Manhattan office on Third Avenue.

Wed, Nov 14,7 pm: Join Us for a Community Meeting !

Pushing Back the Right-Wing Assault:

Join Us for a Community Meeting!

Already Active? Wondering how to get involved?
Looking to have open discussion with Brooklyn neighbors?

With Right-wing assault on many fronts:

  • Attacks on communities of color
  • $716 billion defense budget
  • US military actions around the world, which far too often include bombing of civilians
  • Rolling back efforts to combat climate change

Now is a critical time to build the resistance and work for change

  • What strategies have worked in the past?
  • What new approaches do we need?
  • How can we successfully link issues and build co-operation between diverse communities?

Here’s an opportunity to share ideas with Brooklyn neighbors!

When: Wednesday, November 14 at 7 pm
Where: The Brooklyn Commons. 388 Atlantic Avenue
Between Hoyt and Bond. 2,3,4,5 to Nevins, A,C,G, to Hoyt-Schermerhorn
This venue is wheelchair accessible.

Questions? Contact bfp@brooklynpeace.org or call 718-624-5291.
Flier available to distribute.
Please RSVP on Facebook!
Co-Sponsored Brooklyn For Peace and Fort Greene Peace (fortgreenepeace@gmailcom)

Wed Nov 7, 6:30 pm:”Tales from the Vault”
BFP Archives Opened at Brooklyn HIstorical Society

Wed Nov 7, 6:30 pm:
“Tales from the Vault”: BFP Archives Opened at Brooklyn Historical Society
Join us to celebrate opening the archive of BFP’s work since 1983!  Founded amid the tensions of the Cold War, Brooklyn For Peace is an organization known for its involvement in local, national, and international political issues including nuclear disarmament, military recruitment, and more. Join two members of the Brooklyn Historical Society library staff, Maggie Schreiner and Laura Juliano, as they share BFP’s 30-year history through their vast archival collections. which were recently cataloged and made available to the public in the Othmer Library.
Advance reservations strongly advised as space is limited!
Click here for tickets ($5; or free for BHS membes)
Doors open 6:00 pm; event starts at 6:30 pm
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Location: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St (corner of Clinton), Brooklyn Heights. Wheelchair accessible.
Questions? Contact BHS Visitor Services desk at 718-222-4111, ext. 250.

 
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