From The Guardian, November 25: “The nuclear deal that the US just struck with Iran is nothing short of historic. This agreement is a victory for everyone who wants to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and a catastrophic war….Under the deal reached in Geneva, Iran will stop advancing its nuclear program for the first time in nearly a decade. Iran’s nuclear program will now be under an expanded inspections regime to help ensure that Iran’s nuclear program is used for purely peaceful purposes. In exchange, Iran will receive modest sanctions relief..”
We’re well aware that behind the scenes the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has been exerting tremendous pressure on with members of Congress to undermine diplomacy by increasing sanctions at this time. Sen. Chuck Schumer and others have made it no secret they oppose the deal, and are pushing new sanctions as a way to “protest” against the deal, and ideally sabotage it outright.
Why would Congress want to jeopardize a deal with Iran that addresses the most urgent concerns re proliferation of nuclear weapons?? This deal is an unprecedented step forward to peacefully resolving the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program. It’s time for Congress to support our negotiators to ensure that this deal and the long-term agreement that follows it is a success..
It’s particularly important right now to let Senators Schumer and Gillibrand know what you think!
Let them know you strongly oppose additional sanctions on Iran which will lead on a path towards war. Military action against Iran will not bring security to the Middle East, or to Israel, and could well be catastrophic.
Call Senator Schumer: NYC office (212) 486-4430 Washington office: (212) 224 3121
Call Senator Gillibrand:
NYC office: (212) 688-6262
Washington office: (212) 224 3121
Brooklyn For Peace calls for a Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone in the Middle East. We call for No War Against Iran!
Sanctions are not an alternative to war, they are actually an act of war! Sanctions are collective punishment. They are an assault on the lives and aspirations of the Iranian people, including their aspirations and struggle against state repression to create a meaningfully democratic and just society.
Some 100 residents crammed into the main room at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Churchon Tuesday November 12 to hear a forum of speakers discuss the widely-detested NYPD tactic of stop and frisk. Pushed by the outgoing mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and his police commissioner, Ray Kelly, stop and frisk makes victims of innocent youth. It overwhelmingly and unfairly targets young African-American and Latino youth, basing its assumption on nothing more than racial and ethnic characteristics. The tactic had become a focal point of the recent Mayoral election in our city and Bill de Blasio, the victorious candidate in that campaign, opposed its continuation and strongly criticized the Mayor and the Commissioner for their unyielding support.
Newly-elected NYC Public Advocate, Letitia James,
speaks as part of the panel on Stop And Frisk.
Dozens of employees of Interfaith Medical Center marched, along with their supporters, last night. Forming a human chain in front of the hospital, the marchers demanded that Governor Cuomo end his plans to shutter many of Brooklyn’s hospitals – health facilities that serve large sections of Brooklyn’s working class communities – leaving them without access to medical care.
Fightbacks against the austerity policies of corporate-oriented elected officials are heating up … in Brooklyn and around the country. People are saying NO to priviatization, cutbacks, layoffs and closures.
Brooklyn For Peace, which participated in last night’s demonstration, says that spending priorities in Congress that favor war over people’s needs must be changed if local services are to be saved and expanded.
Brooklyn For Peace’s UNICEF Committee had a very successful campaign this year. They participated in advance and during Park Slope’s annual Halloween Parade. As thousands of people crowded the neighborhood’s streets last night, BFP’ers were out with collection boxes, handing them out to very many of the trick-or-treaters. A great lesson for the kids: get some treats but also think and act on behalf of children around the world who are suffering from poverty, hunger and war.
Diane Allison and her UNICEF puppet attracted lots of attention. (more…)
Brooklyn For Peace
Tribute to Congressman Major Owens
Brooklyn For Peace mourns the death of former Congressman and BFP Board member Major Owens. We are also profoundly gratefully for his inspiring example as a political leader, community activist and personal friend.
In the aftermath of 9/11, we phoned his Washington office to express our distress about the incarceration of Muslim men in the Metropolitan Detention Center and about the intensifying cries for war. We didn’t know him then. Within hours he called us back. Not a staff member, but the Congressman himself: “Hello, this is Major Owens.” We said we wished to meet with him: “Where do you want me to go?” Not, come to my office. But I’ll come to you. “Wherever you want–a home, a meeting room.”
A Congressman who answers his own phone calls, who will travel to your meeting place. Not to make a speech, or receive a check. But to have a conversation with his constituents about issues that matter. What an extraordinary politician! (more…)
Hundreds gathered at the Brooklyn Historical Society’s beautiful meeting hall for a Brooklyn For Peace reception: Pathmakers To Peace. The event, which honored five outstanding Brooklyn residents or organization who have demonstrated a continued effort to support the peace and justice movement both in and outside the community, was attended by a diverse community of people from all over Brooklyn and beyond.
Charlotte Phillips, MD — Chair of Brooklyn For Peace, receives applause from attendees at the reception.