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Open Letter to People of Japan (On Commemoration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki)

A Peace Gathering on August 5 commemorated the 74th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 74 years have passed since the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is estimated that the bombs have killed 210,000 citizens by the end of 1945 and, over the years, have ruined the health of many of the survivors. To honor the memory of those who were killed by the atomic bombings, a coalition of citizens and peace activists gathered in front of the Japan Consulate General in New York. The coalition’s conviction is that nuclear weapons must never be used again against any nation under any circumstances. The message of peace from Hibakusha to the people of the world is an appeal for all to realize a world free of nuclear weapons.
Click here for photos of the event, and for open letter to the people of Japan, signed by Brooklyn For Peace and many other peace organizations and concerned citizens. 

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Brooklyn For Peace Joins
Delegation To Rep. Yvette Clarke
To Urge Peace In Korea

★★★ LATE BREAKING NEWS:Aug 21, 2019 -We have been informed that Rep. Yvette Clarke has signed on to H. Res 152 which advances the peace process in the Koreas
THANK YOU, YVETTE!
You can find out if your Rep has signed by going here:http://bit.ly/2TRAEWuIf they have, thank them. If they haven’t, call or write and ask them to sign. 
Find out more about H. Res 152 by reading the story below which was written before Rep. Clarke signed on—

Aug 13, 2019— A delegation of peace activists met in the Brooklyn offices of Representative Yvette Clarke. There were several organizations represented, including Peace Action, Women Cross DMZ and Brooklyn For Peace. They were organized under the auspices of Korea Peace Now and included three constituents of Rep. Clarke as well.

Unfortunately, Rep. Clarke was unable to attend due to a death in her family. Instead, we had a thorough conversation with her legislative and foreign policy aid, David Dorfman via conference call in Washington.

We were there to convince the Congress member to sign on to and support H. Res 152 which calls for a final declaration of peace to formally end the almost-70-year year state of war that has existed on the Korean Peninsula. This would go far to defusing the dangerous situation that continually teeters on the edge of a catastrophic war that cuold lead to the vast death and destruction.

The delegation poses for a photo with Rep. Clarke’s aide, Rashad Moore, 2nd from right.

The delegation asked Clarke to sign on to H. Res. 152 and join her colleagues on behalf of peace and diplomacy. Some of the signers include Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Nydia Velazquez and Barbara Lee as well quite a few more. Our delegation was puzzled as to why Rep. Clarke’s name has been absent from this important resolution.

We left the meeting feeling that we had made our point clearly and succinctly and Rep. Clarke’s aide agreed and promised to highlight the resolution by bringing it to the attention of Yvette Clarke.

Sally Jones of Peace Action NY State, helped organize the delegation. She also helped move the discussion along. 
Hyun Lee of Women Cross DMZ, addresses her comments to Rep. Clarke’s aide via conference. call. 
Our delegation—Clockwise from woman in white : • Aiyoung Choi, Women Cross DMZ, • Hyun Lee, Women Cross DMZ, • Susan Yohn, Clarke constituent, Women Cross DMZ, • Rashad Moore, Rep. Clarke’s Operations Manager • Sally Jones, Peace Action New York State, • Doug Hostetter, expert on North Korea and UN Representative of Pax Christi International • Noam Bonnie, Clarke constituent and Brooklyn For Peace.  Photo by Matthew Weinstein, Clarke constituent and Brooklyn For Peace

Wed Aug 21
Demand closing of migrant detention centers, reunification of families

Please join Rockaway Women for Progressand Hand in Hand to demand the closing of the migrant detention centers and the immediate reunification of families on August 21st at the Elizabeth, NJ Detention Center.  This is a humanitarian crisis!

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Th 9/5, 7-9 pm: Save the Date!
Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons:
Film Screening and Discussion with Ray Acheson

Thurs 9/5, 7:00–9:00 pm: Save the Date!
Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons: Film Screening and Discussion with Ray Acheson

Join us for a film screening of The Beginning Of The End Of Nuclear Weapons! We will be joined by Ray Acheson, director of Reaching Critical Will, for a discussion after the screening.
Where: The Brooklyn Commons Cafe – 388 Atlantic Ave
Doors open 6:45. This event is free and wheelchair accessible!
“The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons” tells the story of how the United Nations came to approve a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, despite the fact that the majority of the world’s population neither know about the treaty nor understand the threat that nuclear weapons pose to the world today.
Ray Acheson is the Director of “Reaching Critical Will”, a project of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She provides analysis, research, and advocacy across a range of disarmament and arms control issues. Sponsor: Brooklyn For Peace
Co-Sponsors: Brooklyn Commons; CodePink NYC; Peace Action New York State; Veterans for Peace NYC Chapter 34; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (list in formation)

Thurs 8/22; & Thurs 9/5
Artists Unite for a Green New Deal

CALLING ALL PEOPLE WORKING CREATIVELY FOR A MORE JUST EXISTENCE ON THIS PLANET!
Join us for “Artists Unite for a Green New Deal”—a summer call series for anyone looking to get informed, inspired, connected, and engaged.

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Prepare to respond to ICE activity in your neighborhood

If you see ICE agents in their neighborhood, you can contact the ActionNYC hotline by calling 311 and saying “ActionNYC.” Or email reportraids@moia.nyc.gov.If you see ICE activity in Sunset Park, please also text Sunset Park organizers at 312-608-1265. They will investigate and deploy rapid response teams.A WARNING FROM THE NY Immigration CoalitionDon’t share “ICE sightings” on social media that are not verified. False reports both make organizers’ job harder, and helps the Trump agenda of spreading panic. You don’t want to create panic. The ACLU has published a “Know Your Rights” article on Immigrants’ Rights.  If you are not an immigrant, please read to inform yourself as a proactive ally here. We must keep each other safe!

 
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