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Wedneday Sept. 17:
Pick up the phone! Call Congress:
Military action is NOT the way to combat ISIS

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Military action is NOT the way to combat ISIS!
Call Your Congressional rep today: Your call counts!
Vote on military intervention in Syria later this afternoon (Wed Sept 17)

President Obama may prefer to call it “counter-terrorism, but his speech on Sept. 10 made it clear that he is taking the United States into another war. In the past six weeks, the US has deployed more than 1500 troops and launched more than 150 air-strikes in Iraq. And this is merely the beginning. As early as today (Tuesday, September 16) Congress is going to vote on a controversial plan to send arms to Syrian rebels.

More than 20 national organizations, including Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), United for Peace and Justice, US Labor Against War, MoveOn, Peace Action and others) have designated Tuesday September 16 as a coordinated Call-In Day. Don’t delay! If you can’t get through, call later or tomorrow.

Call your Representative and NY Senators Schumer and Gillibrand:
Using this Toll Free # for the Congressional Switchboard: 1-855-686-6927
Use this number so that the FCNL can count your call.

Let them know:
* You are opposed to providing arms to Syrian rebels.
* You are opposed to US military intervention in Iraq and Syria
* You favor diplomacy and humanitarian aid as the only realistic approach to the threat of ISIS. Not taking military action doesn’t mean doing nothing. (more…)

Sunday Sept 21: People’s Climate March!
Join BFP contingent

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Join Brooklyn For Peace at the People’s Climate March, Sunday, Sept. 21.

With more than 200,000 people feeding into the march, the logistics will be crazy! So, here’s the plan.

  • At 9:00 a.m., Brooklyn For Peace will gather on the plaza at Court and Montague Streets.
  • At 9:30 a.m., we will head for the Peace and Justice rally at 77th St and Central Park West, which will run from . . .
  • 10 to 11:30 a.m., with great speakers — Bill McKibben (350.org), Erica Violet-Lee (Idle No More), Jim Hightower, Medea Benjamin (Code Pink), Margaret Stevens (Veterans For Peace) –and great music by Dar Williams, Emma’s Revolution, and more.
  • At 11:30 a.m., we will step out into the march with 200,000 other folks. And away we go!

Note: The following cross streets to Central Park West will be open: 65th, 72nd, 77th, 81st, and 86th. All other cross streets will be closed. By subway, take the C train to 81st street (walk down to 77th St) or the 1 train to 79th and Broadway (walk down to 77th and over to CPW).
For more information, contact: climateaction@brooklynpeace.org

Click on the image below to see where Brooklyn For Peace will assemble in NYC.

BFP Assembly Point on 9/21 March

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2167 signatures on peace petition delivered to Rep. Jeffries and other elected officials

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Sign on-line here!

Announcements of other activities to end war against Gaza

Follow the current status of attack on Gaza with headlines and background on Democracy Now!

We’ve personally delivered 2167 signatures on our petition for peace to Rep Hakeem Jeffries, and faxed or mailed them to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, Representatives Clarke, Grimm, Nadler, Velazquez, and to President Obama.

Our Petition calls on President and Congress to:

  • Condemn the immoral war that is devastating the civilians of Gaza.
  • Press for an immediate negotiated cease fire to end all attacks on civilians on both sides.
  • End the one-sided and unquestioning support of Israel by the U.S. government.
  • End the $3.1 billion U.S. annual military support for Israel until it complies with international law.

We’ll be collecting more signatures on line. If you haven’t signed yet, you can sign here.

Check out the Mission Statement of our Israel-Palestine Committee, and our Position Statement on Equal Rights and International Law in Israel and Palestine.
E-mail is.pales@brooklynpeace.org for more info.
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BFP Statement:
Israel’s Rampage of Violence Against the Palestinians

Monday, July 7th, 2014

The wrenching events unfolding in Israel and Palestine aren’t random or isolated. They’re part of the system of occupation itself.

16 year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair was found dead in East Jerusalem, the victim of what appears to be a “price tag” attack following the killing of three Israeli teenagers on the West Bank. He was the 10th Palestinian killed by the army of right-wing extremists in the last two weeks.

Brooklyn for Peace mourns his death as we do all lost lives. And we also know we must speak the truth, so that we may change the conditions that make such unthinkable violence possible in the first place.

The ongoing Israeli occupation is at the heart of this crisis.
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Don’t Go Back to Iraq!
Five Steps the U.S. Can Take
Resources to Inform Yourself

Friday, June 20th, 2014

By , June 20, 2014.
http://fpif.org/wars-begin-can-stopped/

This is how wars begin:

Barack Obama says we’re not going back to Iraq. “American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq,” he said on June 19th, “but we will help Iraqis as they take the fight to terrorists who threaten the Iraqi people, the region, and American interests as well.”

The White House says it’s “only” sending 275 soldiers to protect the embassy, it’s only sending 300 Special Forces, they’re only “advisers” There’s only one aircraft carrier in the region, they say, and a few other warships. They’re considering missile strikes but they[re not going to send ground troops.
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Action Alert: Tell President Obama:
Don’t Add Fuel to the Fire in Iraq!

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Action Alert: Tell President Obama:
Don’t Add Fuel to the Fire in Iraq!

Some in Congress and the media are calling for U.S. military intervention in the Iraq crisis.
U.S. air or drone strikes, increased arms transfers and deployment of U.S. troops as “trainers” will only make matters worse.
Have they learned nothing?

Please take action to let the president know that more war is not the answer.
Use this template for a letter to the President which you can personalize to give your letter a stronger impact.

Stay informed!
Check out this post by Juan Cole and also this article by David Cortwright.