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BFP Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, which is destroying lives and livelihoods as it advances, confirms that our country, indeed the entire world, can no longer afford war. At this time, Brooklyn For Peace reaffirms our core mission: the elimination of war, and the social injustices which are its causes and its results. The present crisis underscores in the most dramatic possible way the wastefulness of the preparations for war and the inherent cruelty of war. It is a national disgrace that while the United States has tens of thousands of weapons of every description it lacks the personnel, equipment, and facilities to properly treat its people who are dying needlessly, both in hospitals and at home.

On Monday March 23, UN Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement urging warring parties across the world to lay down their weapons in support of the bigger battle against COVID-19: the common enemy that is now threatening all of humankind. Brooklyn For Peace applauds this statement! It is our fervent hope that we will seize this the opportunity to join with others in building strong and broad coalitions to demand a redirection of our country’s resources to meet human needs.

With this in mind, Brooklyn For Peace calls for:

1.    The United States government to move resources from the military budget to the humanitarian and medical needs which are now paramount.

2.    The United States government to prioritize the health of all people. Universal health care is more critically important now than ever. Even one person who is afraid to go for testing or treatment because they can’t pay the bill, or because they are undocumented or worried about their immigration status, is one too many, and imperils the health and lives of us all.

3.    A vast expansion of the social safety net, which is urgently needed to implement “social distancing,” a critically important policy to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In particular, attention must be paid to the needs of houseless individuals and families, and those who are incarcerated and institutionalized.

4.    Local governments and municipal authorities, particularly in Brooklyn, to provide targeted and ongoing support to vulnerable populations, among them Black, Brown and Indigenous peoples, LGBTQI identified folx, and low-income individuals. 

5.    Support of the legion of workers of all kinds as well as the healthcare professionals who are maintaining our country while putting their own lives at risk.

6.    The elimination of sanctions, illegal under international law, which have been used as a tool of U.S. foreign policy. Sanctions have served to weaken the health systems of many countries, so that suffering and deaths from COVID-19 particularly in Iran, Yemen, and Gaza, are far exceeding what they otherwise might have been.

7.        Launch and support international efforts to find safe homes/shelter for the millions of internally displaced peoples and migrants in overcrowded detention camps around the world to prevent uncontrolled spread of COVID-19.

8..        Support and strengthen the United Nations and its institutions as a vehicle for humankind to meet the challenge of COVID-19 and the threat of other emerging diseases in the future.

It is long past time for the United States to see itself as part of a global network of nations and a common humanity. It is our collective responsibility as Brooklynites, as Americans, and more importantly, as world citizens, to do what we can to ensure that we and our neighbors closest to home receive essential services, as well as to take actions that help ensure that we are a part of the solution for ending this pandemic.

March 30, 2020

One Thing You Can Do…

Can you help Brooklyn For Peace make a difference during this crisis?
We want to unite our people because united we can win and our collective voices for peace and justice are more important now than ever before!
We’ll be posting ideas that we can do to make a difference even though safety dictates we remain closed in.
We may be apart —
but we can still act together
!

How Can We Respond to COVID-19 Crisis?

In an appeal issued on March 23, 2020, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged warring parties across the world to lay down their weapons in support of the bigger battle against COVID-19: the common enemy that is now threatening all of humankind.

Brooklyn For Peace applauds this statement! We hope that this crisis is an opportunity for us to join with others in calling for the redirection of our country’s resources toward human needs. Our country, indeed the entire world, can no longer afford war.

In the face of this crisis, we need to build our networks of solidarity and mutual support. We call for redirection of the enormous resources from the military budget to the humanitarian and medical needs which are paramount at the current time. Although as an organization we need to push strongly on the local, state, and national government to mobilize the resources that will be needed, we also know that the most vulnerable people, particularly immigrant families and undocumented individuals, will be left out. We would like to suggest a few locally based organizations which are attempting to respond to the needs of especially vulnerable communities. We also call for the elimination of sanctions which have been used as a tool of foreign policy but which have severely weakened the health systems of many countries so that the suffering and deaths from COVID-19 are exceeding what they otherwise might have been.

Going forward, we’ll be sending newsletters more frequently (about twice a week) and also using our social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to alert our members to educational events and opportunities for action. Please engage with your comments on our social media posts and forward to your friends and contacts as well. If you have suggestions, please let us know.

Solidarity With Our Neighbors

NYC is being hit especially hard as an epicenter for the number of identified cases and people hospitalized with COVID-19. We have all had requests for help from friends or family members who are suddenly out of work with limited reserves, or who are struggling with anxiety as well as practical problems of working from home while addressing the needs of children who are out of school. 

What role can BFP play in strengthening our networks of solidarity and support? We would like to suggest a few locally based organizations which are attempting to respond to the needs of especially vulnerable communities. Although as an organization we need to push strongly on the local, state, and national government to mobilize the resources that will be needed, we also know that the most vulnerable people, particularly immigrant families and undocumented individuals, will be left out.

Here are a few of the many organizations which can reach these especially vulnerable groups. Please check these out, donate if you are able to do so, and also let us know if you have other suggestions.
1. Make the Road Emergency Response Fund:
About the group
How to donate
2. Coalition for the Homeless:
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How to donate
3. Foodbank NYC
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How to donate
4. Food Not Bombs Bed Stuy:
Info about the group
How to donate
5. National Domestic Workers Alliance
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Impact of COVID-19 on Iran:
Make Call to End Sanctions Now!

As countries around the world cope with the peril of COVID-19, the 80 million people of Iran face additional dangers created by the American sanctions on their country. On March 18, the same week in which China and the United Kingdom called for an easing of sanctions, the Trump Administration actually increased them!  Predictions are that if sanctions are not lifted, at least 3.5 million Iranian lives will be lost.

According to October 2019 Human Rights Watch report, the U.S. “maximum pressure” campaign had “drastically constrained the ability of Iranian entities to finance humanitarian imports, including vital medicines and medical equipment.” At this crucial moment, the perpetuation of the sanctions is making a disastrous situation even worse

What Can We Do?

A letter is circulating among members of Congress calling upon Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mnuchin to substantially suspend the sanctions on Iran –to enable the country to combat the virus.

See here for text of the letter.

Until now, none of the Brooklyn Congressional Reps or either of the NY Senators have signed on to this letter calling for sanctions to be lifted (although Rep. Jeffries did find time to sign an AIPAC letter calling for continuation of the arms embargo on Iran) You can help by calling their offices, through the Congressional switchboard 202-224-3121 and ask them to add their name to the “lift the Iran sanctions” letter. Calls to Senator Gillibrand, who might be helpful, are especially important.

Also join this effort to call the Treasury Department urging them to lift sanctions on Iran (get info and sign up for a time slot here)

COVID-19 has entered Gaza:
Our response can help!

As of March 23, there were two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Gaza, one of the most densely populated places in the world. Its healthcare system has been severely crippled by the ongoing Israeli blockade and control of Gaza’s borders. In 2018, the Trump Administration terminated all humanitarian assistance to Palestinians, slashing $360 million from UNRWA’s annual budget and ending the nearly 70-year relationship with UNRWA. This was a political decision and not based on any discernible humanitarian reason.

UNRWA is already facing the most serious financial crisis in its history. In addition to health centers in Gaza, UNRWA also supports over 140 health centers in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), the Gaza Strip, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan, all of which are now on the front lines of combatting this global pandemic. If funding doesn’t reach UNRWA in the next few weeks, it may have to scale back its services, making a dire situation even worse.

How you can help:

Sign this letter to your senators and representative, urging them to seek funds for humanitarian relief for Palestinians including funding for UNRWA. If you are able to donate, you can donate directly to UNRWA via the USA Committee for UNRWA at this link, or to either of these organizations which are working to help people in Gaza who are most immediately impacted: Middle East Children’s Alliance or Rebuilding Alliance (Donations given to Rebuilding Alliance prior to midnight on Fri 3/27 will be matched.)

 
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