Under cover of darkness a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system was installed in Seongju City, Republic of Korea (ROK) in April 26 this year, in spite of daily and growing opposition from local villagers and their nation-wide supporters and without official deliberation by South Korea’s governing bodies. Protesters correctly fear that its deployment will strain their country’s already delicate relationship with China, embolden militaristic and anti-democratic political forces in their own country, and exacerbate tensions between North and South Korea. They also worry about potential negative health and environmental effects associated with the operation of the THAAD radar system, and defilement of sacred lands like the nearby pilgrimage site of the Won Buddhist community. Continue reading →
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Action Alert: Stop unconstitutional attack on freedom to boycott!
Take action to stop unconstitutional attack on freedom to boycott
2 Aug 2017: NOTE: Breaking News: Sen Gillibrand has removed her name as a co-sponsor! Please call to thank her: 202-224-4451
20 July 2017
One of the most recent, and most pernicious, pieces of anti-boycott legislation at the federal level is getting renewed attention right now. On July 18, the American Civil Liberties Union released a letter to the Senate and a letter to the House, urging them not to co-sponsor the bill because it unconstitutionally discriminates against people “for no reason other than their political beliefs.” The Intercept published an article highlighting how “the criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the west.” Brooklyn For Peace opposes the legislation and is making available a backgrounder from Jewish Voice for Peace for engagement with Congress.
Brooklyn For Peace worked hard to persuade our Brooklyn representatives to support the Iran nuclear agreement. We applaud the following statement issued by Peace Action:
“On the two-year anniversary of its signing, the Iran agreement continues to exemplify the value of diplomacy. Thanks to diplomacy, we know that all of Iran’s potential pathways to obtaining nuclear weapons remain blocked. Even the Trump administration, which has made its disdain for the agreement abundantly clear, can’t deny the accord is working exactly as intended. Congress and the administration must work to uphold and defend the agreement and continue diplomatic discussions on areas of concern and cooperation.
“One of the crucial features of negotiations with Iran was our willingness to negotiate without preconditions. Yet when it comes to growing concerns over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the administration has instead opted for more ineffective sanctions and dangerous threats of military force. It’s time we apply the same diplomatic approach to North Korea that has proved successful with Iran.” Continue reading →
Support Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act (HR 1299)
BFP Board voted for Brooklyn For Peace to add our name as an organizational sponsor in support of the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act (HR 1299.) (See below)
Brooklyn Reps Nydia Velazquez and Carolyn Maloney are both co-sponsors! If you’re in their district, please reach out to thank them. We need the other Brooklyn reps (Clarke, Jeffries, and Donovan) to sign on as well. If you’re in their district, please contact them and ask them to add their names. It’s important!
This bill states: “The Honduran police are widely established to be deeply corrupt and to commit human rights abuses, including torture, rape, illegal detention, and murder, with impunity” and that the military has committed violations of human rights, and therefore asks that the United States suspend all “…security assistance to Honduran military and police until such time as human rights violations by Honduran state security forces cease and their perpetrators are brought to justice.” Continue reading →
122 Nations Vote for Treaty to Legally Ban Nuclear Weapons!
July 7, 2017: United Nations, New York:
On July 7, 2017, 122 nations voted for a treaty, to legally prohibit the development, testing, production, manufacture, possession, stockpiling, use, or threat of use of nuclear weapons. This unambiguously demonstrates that the majority of the world’s countries have indeed come to their senses regarding nuclear weapons. The United States and the other nuclear-armed nations boycotted the negotiations and refused to sign. The Netherlands participated in the negotiations but voted against. It hosts nuclear weapons belonging to the United States. The Doomsday Clock is ticking…When will the US and the other nuclear-armed states come to their senses?”
The next major step will be to get those governments which voted for the treaty to sign it when it opens for signature on September 20, and then to ratify it. The treaty requires 50 states to formally join before it enters into force. This should occur soon, and when it does, the treaty will become international law.
Our next priority is educating the public about the treaty so that we can build the popular pressure needed in our own country as well as the other nuclear-armed countries and those that host nuclear weapons (NATO, Japan, South Korea etc.) to eventually eliminate their nuclear arsenals.Continue reading →
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