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Support Sudan’s Revolution and Human Rights

Sudanese American community and human rights activists gathered on Sat April 6 at Times Square for a March to the United Nations, where Sudanese American Community and others living in the United States stood in solidarity with the people of Sudan in their quest for freedom, peace and justice. Since December 13, 2018, thousands of Sudanese have peacefully protested in Sudan.  Dozens have been killed by the regime while hundreds have been detained, tortured, and some of have disappeared without a trace.  Absent international pressure, the world will continue to witness tyrannical and violent suppression by the Sudan regime in violation of the Sudanese citizens’ rights to peacefully assemble and protest.

In solidarity with the people of Sudan in their quest for freedom, peace and justice. Since December 13, 2018, thousands of Sudanese have peacefully protested in Sudan.  Dozens have been killed by the regime while hundreds have been detained, tortured, and some of have disappeared without a trace.  Absent international pressure, the world will continue to witness tyrannical and violent suppression by the Sudan regime in violation of the Sudanese citizens’ rights to peacefully assemble and protest.

The march durge the United Nations Security Council, the United States government and other members of the international community to take these immediate actions:

  • Condemn the Sudan government for gross human rights violations.
  • Pressure the regime to stop attacking, arresting and torturing protesters, including the media, and to release all detainees and grant them access to lawyers, family, and medical care.
  • Pressure the government of Sudan to lift the state of emergency.
  • Pressure Bashir to peacefully transfer power to a transitional government that represents all of Sudan in order to respond to the people’s demands for a solution that meets their aspirations and brings lasting stability. Launch an independent investigation into the attacks on protesters and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

The Sudanese American Community represents the Diaspora from all regions of Sudan who are united in their commitment to end genocide and all state-sponsored crimes and to build genuine peace in Sudan.

Inform yourself!

Comment from Dr. Mohammed Nurhussein, BFP Board member and National Chair, United African Congress:

The articles at the four links below are excellent for anyone who wants to get some understanding of the situation in Sudan and reason to support the Protest March in NYC.


The New Yorker article gives good background information on the long tradition of protest by students and the professional class that brought down two military dictatorships in the past (1964 and 1985). It is a bit lengthy. The second article by Sara Mohammed and the third by Tarek Cheikh address the current situation better.

The US while not directly involved has lifted sanctions against Sudan at the urging of its proxies Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt who are subsidizing the Bashir government. It is in dire economic straits since losing the oil revenue. The protests have been centered in Khartoum and Omdurman but Al Jazeera reports the protests are spreading in the countryside which is ominous for the regime.

The protests are supported by a broad coalition reflective of the Sudanese populations including Darfuris. The government is trying to put a wedge between the various parties of the coalition saying these ‘disturbances’ are caused by Darfuris and only his government could protect the Sudanese. The protesters’ answer?  “We are All Darfuri!” This is a very serious challenge to the Bashir government and his days seem to be numbered. The coalition led by students, doctors. lawyers, engineers, trade unions and the non-traditional parties including the Communist party of Sudan, (at one time the largest and best organized party in Africa), is the greatest challenge to the regime to date.

  1. The Historical Precedents of the Current Uprising in Sudan
    By Anakwa Dwamena in The New Yorker: Feb 8, 2019
  2. Sudan’s Third Uprising: Is It a Revolution?
    by Sara Mohammed in The Nation Jan 25, 2019
  3. Toward Sudan’s Next Revolution
    By Tarek Cheikh; Translation by Joe Hayns and Roberto Mozzachiodi in Jacobin Jan 2019
  4. Sudan’s protests: The revolt of the periphery
    By Reem Abbas
    Al Jazeera 28 Jan 2019

A Victory for the Anti-War Movement!
One Step Closer to Ending U.S. Support for War in Yemen

A Victory for the Anti-War Movement!

The House has voted for S.J.Res. 7—legislation which invokes the War Powers Act and directs the President to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen. This is an important step forward, even if the President vetoes the bill, and even if it doesn’t prohibit arms sales to Saudi Arabia or the continuing use of U.S drones. Thanks to everybody who made phone calls, demonstrated at the offices of Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, and continues a vigil to keep this issue in public awareness (Saturdays 11 am to 12:30 at Union Square.)

See this statement by Peace Action. Please call your representative and also Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to thank them for their vote and encourage them to press ahead on this issue. (Cong. Switchboard 202-224-3121 or use their local numbers: Gillibrand 212-688-6262 or Schumer 212-224-6542.)

A Big Brooklyn Welcome
To Medea Benjamin!

Mar 28, 2019
—Well over a hundred people filed into the Friends Meeting House last night to listen to CodePink’s Medea Benjamin. Benjamin is the well-known and outspoken author and activist on behalf of peace and justice. She’s often seen on TV screens and news reports speaking truth to power, most recently putting Elliot Abrams, Trump’s appointee as Special Envoy to Venezuela, on the spot, demanding he answer to a laundry list of war crimes he has participated in over the years, notoriously in Guatemala and El Salvador.

Benjamin spoke methodically and in depth detailing the current state of affairs in our troubled world, calling for action specifically on the very real threat by the U.S. to intervene in Venezuela against the legitimate government there. She also called for vigilance and action against the Trump administration’s attempt to foment war against Iran, condemning the inhuman squeezing of that country and its people in the form of harsher and harsher sanctions.

– CODEPINK: Women For Peace is now involved in a campaign to get universities and governments to divest from arms manufacturers and other corporations that profit from war. And Medea Benjamin brought her world view down to the local level, supporting the campaign in NYC regarding City Council Resolution 747 that many organizations are urging passage of. The bill was introduced by Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez and, if passed, would put the city on record opposing bloated federal military budgets that rob residents of the funds needed for vital social programs. Benjamin called on the audience to reach out to their Councilmembers to co-sponsor, support and vote for Resolution 747 so that we can “move the money from war to our communities.”

-You can call or write your Councilmember. Find them here: bit.ly/my-cm. And if you’d like to be on a delegation to any of the Brooklyn members, write to bfp@brooklynpeace.org.

To see all our photos go here.

Medea Benjamin of CodePink in Brooklyn last night.

“Move The Money
From War to Our Communities!”
Rings Out From the Steps of City Hall.

On February 28th, New Yorkers gathered on the steps of City Hall to support Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez’ recently-introduced resolution, number 747. The bill, if passed would put the City on record, opposing bloated Pentagon war budgets that rob the city and its residents of funds for vital public services.

After Councilmember Rodriguez addressed the assembly, our own Molly Nolan spoke, representing Brooklyn For Peace. BFP is part of a growing coalition of peace, community, clerical, civil rights and labor groups that are part of the Move The Money – NYC coalition. For information, movethemoney-nyc@gmail.com

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Brooklyn For Peace is locally-based, rooted in Brooklyn neighborhoods. We are multi-issue, non-sectarian, and non-partisan. Our distinctive contribution is speaking out against war, and emphasizing the pervasive influence of militarism throughout our society. We collaborate with a range of single-issue groups. We link the issues through the lens of a foreign policy which relies on military power to address problems. Our track-record since 1984 of educational programs leading to informed action has made our voice a respected one.

The multitude of crises which confront us daily, from the danger of nuclear war, to the reality of climate catastrophe, to the heart-wrenching images of immigrant families and children, can easily lead to paralyzing despair. We counteract hopelessness with opportunities for action. See below for some of our activities in 2018.

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U.S. Troops To Be Withdrawn From Syria!
But Bombing and Drone Attacks May continue

Peace Action issued the following statement regarding the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria:

Trump is Right to Withdraw from Syria, Should Also Step Up Diplomacy and Aid

By Paul Kawika Martin

Washington, D.C. — December 19, 2018 — In response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement:

“President Trump is absolutely right to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria. President Obama deployed U.S. soldiers to Syria in violation of international law, and the ongoing U.S. presence there only serves to prolong the war and fuel the risk of confrontation with Russia, Iran, and other parties to the conflict.

“Withdrawal from the war does not mean the U.S. can’t contribute to a better future for the people of Syria. The U.S. can and should pursue a more active role in negotiations aimed at securing a political solution and a lasting peace in Syria, and should step up funding for humanitarian aid. President Trump should also rethink his administration’s callous, discriminatory refugee policies and immediately increase the number of refugees allowed into the United States rather than continuing to shut our doors to Syrians fleeing a war that the U.S. has played such a significant role in.

“As long as Trump is rethinking the U.S. role in Syria, he should also move to withdraw U.S. forces from the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan, and from the catastrophic Saudi-led war in Yemen. The U.S. has been waging endless war for a generation, wasting trillions of dollars and costing countless lives, and we’re no better off for it. We need a security strategy rooted in peace and cooperation rather than death and destruction. In the coming year, the new Congress should move to reclaim its long-lost authority on war so that these critical decisions are vetted by the people’s representatives instead of left in the hands of one person.”

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Founded in 1957, Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze), the United States’ largest peace and disarmament organization, with over 100,000 paid members and nearly 100 chapters in 36 states, works to abolish nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights and support nonmilitary solutions to international conflicts. The public may learn more and take action at www.PeaceAction.org.
Brooklyn For Peace is an Ally of Peace Action New York State.

But Bombings and Drone Attacks Are Likely to Continue!
See interview with Phyllis Bennis on Democracy Now! (Thurs Dec 20.)

 
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