New Yorkers gathered together on Saturday, April 12 for a Peace Rally and Walk that was held by Brooklyn Peace and 20 other co-sponsoring organizations in front of the borough’s Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. “Give Peace a Chance!” was the rallying cry. Ralliers carried signs calling for “Diplomacy Not War With Iran!” “Use our taxes for schools, NOT for war!”: Trillions $$$ for wars….leaves pennies for schools, jobs, and health care!” The event was part of the Global Day of Action Against Military Spending
.They were demanding that Congress follow the lead of the President by supporting negotiations to resolve the conflict with Iran about its nuclear programs.The Obama Administgration’s emphasis on diplomacy represents a sharp break with the policy of the Bush administration which resorted to war in Iraq and Afghanistan (with disastrous results) in an attempt to enforce its dictates.
But some in Congress are trying their best to undermine the talks, demanding newer and tougher sanctions on Iran. If the talks fail, the use of military might would be the only option remaining and would bring yet another Middle Eastern war that much closer to reality.
Chief among those forces are the U.S. Senator from New York, Charles Schumer, and Brooklyn Congressmember, Hakeem Jeffries, who are pushing legislation which would underermine the diplomacy with Iran. Speakers demanded, with support from the crowd and from numerous passersby, that Schumer and Jeffries support the peace process of their own president rather than pursuing efforts that bring us closer to war.
After the rally, dozens walked a mile from Grand Army Plaza to the offices of Representative Jeffries on Hanson Place in Fort Greene.
Brooklyn to Tell Schumer & Congress – Negotiations NOT War with Iran!
Join us in a Rally and Walk for peace! Saturday April 12, 11 am
WHERE: In front of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza
Speakers at the rally: Sara Haghdoosti, BERIM Gibb Surrette, US Labor Against the War–NYC Chapter David Tykulsker, Brooklyn For Peace
EmCee: Veronica Nunn, Brooklyn For Peace
Music: John Munnelly
Do we need yet another disastrous war in the Middle East?
Should we divert even more funds to wars and military spending, further robbing our communities of vital services and jobs?
Some in Congress apparently believe so because they are acting to undermine the diplomacy and negotiations that the President has initiated with Iran to peacefully settle disputes over that nation’s nuclear programs. (more…)
Please join Brooklyn For Peace in signing this Open Letter to our elected officials, asking them to support a diplomatic solution with Iran. We believe it is vitally important that the negotiations be allowed to proceed, without damaging pressure from the Congress.
Click here for complete text, and to add your signature. Help reach our goal of 1000 signatures! Forward this message to organizations of which you are a member, as well as to your family and friends.
Inform yourself about the Interim Agreement and what’s at stake in the negotiations.
See Highlights from our recent Forum with Professors Ervand Abrahamian and Carolyn Eisenberg on YouTube (28 min)
Your phone call is also important! Call: Rep Jeffries and your own rep. Ask them to sign the Doggett–Price letter (Give Diplomacy a Chance!)
Toll Free Number to call is 1-855-686-6927. Click here for text of the letter and script.
If Clarke or Velazquez represents you, thank them for signing on.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you called.
Sanctions bill S 1881 has been stopped in the Senate as a result of grassroots pressure.
(See below for info on this bill, and on the negotiations for a nuclear deal with Iran.)
However, AIPAC will certainly continue its effort to sabotage diplomacy with Iran by turning its attention to the House.
In an effort to avert this, a letter was circulated among House members expressing support for diplomacy and opposing new legislation that would impede it.
From Brooklyn, Reps Clarke and Velazquez are signatories.
Jeffries, Maloney, Nadler, and Grimm did not sign.
Our elected officials need to know we’re watching,
and that we demand their support for peaceful solutions.
Please take a few minutes to call your Representative. (more…)
There was a full house at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church last night as Fort Greene Peace and Brooklyn For Peace held a forum with a panel discussion and question and answer period for folks attending. The forum was entitled: “What’s At Stake In The Mid East.”
Panelists included Zachary Lockman, NYU Professor who teaches & writes on Middle Eastern history, politics and the role of the US in the region, Maya Mikdashi and David Wildman of the United Methodist Church’s Human Rights & Racial Justice Committee and frequent traveler to the Middle East & Afghanistan. (more…)
Hundreds rallied at the entrance to the SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Governor Cuomo is continuing with his threat to privatize or close this important health care facility and teaching hospital that serves a broad section of Brooklyn.
Bringing the fight to stop layoffs and cutbacks at Downstate to a higher level, clergy and community leaders launched a 48-hour fast and hunger strike in defense of the embattled hospital and its employees who are being threatened with termination. Many hundreds have already been fired and critical care is laboring under greatly-reduced staffing and funding.