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Women’s March to Ban the Bomb!

June, 23, 2017

The Women’s March to Ban the Bomb was held last Saturday, June 17.

The Women’s March to Ban the Bomb is a women’s led initiative building on bringing together people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, races, abilities, nationalities, cultures, faith, political affiliations and background to march and rally in New York City and around the world in support of negotiations taking place at the United Nations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons. And despite the rain there was a robust turnout of people that gathered to show support for this organization. View our SmugMug gallery of images by Matthew Weinstein. The BFP contingent to the Women’s March To Ban The Bomb was there joining other groups from all over the planet in marching in solidarity to ban the use of the nuclear weapons.

As stated on the Women March to Ban the Bomb websitethe March was a success, but the work isn’t over. We need to continue to speak out against weapons of mass destruction and move toward a world where nuclear disarmament is the saner alternative. View video of rally

Read about the United Nations Nuclear Ban Treaty  which continues throughout July. The speakers and performers who participated in the event.

If you are still wondering why people would brave the side-ways rain, these videos should help you in understanding why this issue is of great importance and why a little rain didn’t stop this march and rally.

Also watch Joanne Robinson powerful 3 minute speech at Women’s March to Ban the Bomb “June 17, 2017” on YouTube. https://youtu.be/F8rbhCLFnUI

Sat 6/17: Women’s March to Ban the Bomb!
Led by women; everybody needed and welcome!

Saturday Jun 17!

Women’s March to Ban the Bomb: led by women, everybody needed and welcome!!

Make nuclear weapons illegal!
The UN General Assembly is negotiating a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, just as land mines have successfully been banned. Nations in the “nuclear club”, including the U.S., are opposing the treaty.

Nukes don’t keep us safe! They endanger our cities, pollute our lands, and drain our treasury.

Demand that nuclear-armed nations, including our, join UN negotiations to BAN THE BOMB.

Join us: here’s why! (video, 3 min)

11:45 a.m: Brooklyn groups meet @ La Colombe (40th St & 6th Ave, Manhattan)
12:30 pm: March begins to the UN

See the route.

1:15-4:00 pm Rally @ Dag Hammarskjold Plaza

Speakers and performers.
Sponsors: Peace Action, United for Peace and Justice, Code Pink, Abolition 2000, WILPF, and many more
Endorsed by: Brooklyn For Peace


A BFP Forum: What’s Happening In South Sudan

See more photos HERE.
See the program on YouTube

June 7, 2017

A forum, “What’s Happening in South Sudan,,” was held in the Brooklyn’s Friends Meeting House on Schermerhorn Street. The speakers examined the background of the ongoing conflict there which has created untold suffering, tens of thousands of deaths and over a million displaced people who have been forced out of their homes. The forum was sponsored by Brooklyn For Peace and co-sponsored by the United African Congress and the Give Them a Hand Foundation.

Violence is escalating in South Sudan, and famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan. As of 2016 estimates of victims of the war in South Sudan had already exceeded 100,000 and thousands more have been killed since that time. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) most recently reported 1,559,815 refugees since December 2013.

What underlies the conflict? And what is the role of the U.S. and the U.N? Speakers pointed out that the U.S. is the primary financial supporter of the government in South Sudan.

Dr. Charlotte Phillips, Chair of Brooklyn For Peace, opened the meeting. Then. Dr. Mohammed Nurhussein, Chair of the United African Congress and a Board member of Brooklyn For Peace introduced the speakers and moderated the evening’s discussion. Continue reading

We March With The Black Vets On Memorial Day

May 29, 2017

The weather predictions called for all day rain. But that didn’t deter the Black Veterans for Social Justice (BVSJ) and their supporters from marching to commemorate their fallen comrades on Memorial Day. As it turned out, the rain stopped as we began to march up Bedford Stuyvesant’s Marcy Avenue much to the thrill of residents and strollers who cheered and greeted the marchers as they walked along.

The vets gathered in the community room of Bed Stuy’s Restoration Plaza where photos were taken and speeches made. Led by a Native American veteran who served as the parade’s Grand Marshall, several hundred veterans and their supporters marched up Marcy Avenue. Their destination was the headquarters of the veterans service organization on Willoughby Avenue.

Several of us from Brooklyn For Peace joined our friends in BVSJ , marching with them and handing out our Choice Is Clear flyers to bystanders as we walked along. They were well received. Our position: “Honor the veterans for their service. But stop these endless wars that have created such death and destruction abroad and to our communities at home.”

It was a great day. At the parade’s end, we were treated to hot dogs as speakers commemorated the day. Memorable!

To see ALL of today’s photos and a video go HERE.

The Brooklyn For Peace contingent in today’s Memorial Day parade in Bed Stuy.

SUN, 5/21 & SAT, 6/10: Table with BFP!

Sun May 21: Volunteers needed! Join us to table around Brooklyn!
And Brooklyn Pride! Sat June 10 http://signup.com/go/ZZSybeE
We’ll be reaching out to our neighbors with info on the Women’s March to Ban the Bomb (Sat 6/17)
Help us spread the word to build participation in this event, tied to the UN resolution banning nuclear weapons. Also we’ll have our “Refugees and Immigrants Welcome Here” posters and pamphlets (now in Spanish!)

At these events we’ll be reaching out to our neighbors with:

  • Info on Women’s March to Ban the Bomb on Sat June 17. Spread the word to build participation in this event, tied to the UN resolution banning nuclear weapons.
  • Penny Poll allows visitors to our booth to decide how they want federal discretionary funds to be spent. This is always a popular activity which draws people in.
  • Refugees and Immigrants Welcome Here posters and pamphlets (now in Spanish!)
  • Postcards to Senators and Congressional Reps.
  • BFP sign ups
  • BUTTONS!

Sign up here or e-mail us at bfp@brooklynpeace.org to let us know when you can come, for an hour or more between noon and 5 pm.

Join us on Sun 5/7, 11 am:
Lessons of W.E.B.DuBois in the Age of Trumpism
& More

Sun 5/7: 11 am–12:30 pm and on
Honor W.E.B DuBois, scholar and activist extraordinaire!
11 am: Aldon Morris, guest speaker, author of “The Scholar Denied: W.E.B.DuBois and the Birth of Modern Sociology”.
2-4 pm: “Stepping Up Our Organizing Skills”:  a teach-in and awards program co-hosted with The Du Bois Bunche Center for Public Policy, Medgar Evers College
12 noon to 7 pm: Haitian Kermesse (Festival)
Location: Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West btw 1st & 2nd St, Park Slope
Admission Free
Food and crafts for sale at the Haitian Kermesse
Charley Horwitz Memorial Platform honors life and work of Charley Horwitz, a community organizer, labor lawyer, civil rights activist, and international humanitarian. He was on the Board of Brooklyn For Peace, and initiated our Israel-Palestine Committee after he visited the Palestinian Occupied Territories in Gaza in 2005.