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.
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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! Continue reading →
Pathmakers To Peace A Truly Beautiful Night In Brooklyn!
Oct 21, 2013
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.
“President Obama, facing implacable opposition for a strike in Syria in Congress and throughout the country. said Tuesday that he would hold off military action for now and pursue a Russian proposal for international monitors to take over and destroy Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons.” (NY Times) (Italics added)
Big thanks to everybody in Brooklyn who made phone calls, distributed information to neighbors. visited their Congressional representative, participated in vigils. Our efforts have made an impact!
We need to keep the focus on achieving a sustainable verifiable way to eliminate chemical weapons not only from Syria but also from all other nations including the U.S., and prevent them from ever being used again. This won’t be easy, but it can be done!
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to work with BFP on this issue, and to let us know who your Congressional Representative is so that we can be even more effective, going forward.
Why We Oppose U.S. Bombing of Syria What are the alternatives?? What can YOU do right now??
Why do we oppose US bombing of Syria?
1. It’s illegal!
a. No matter how hard the Administration tries to spin it, the US is not under imminent threat of military attack from the Assad regime. Under Article 51 of the UN Charter, that’s an illegal use of force, no matter what Congress says.
b. There is no lawful justification for the US self-annointment as the unilateral policeperson of the world when it comes to chemical weapons. Continue reading →
Stay Out of Syria! What YOU can do right now! Resources to inform yourself
Time for a New US Foreign Policy: No U.S. Attack on Syria!
President Obama is still contemplating his decision to bomb Syria. Even before the Aug 21 alleged chemical weapons attack, the US claimed that the Syrian government under President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons, but it has never been clear such weapons had been used, and, if so, by which side. At present, the report of the U.N. inspectors’ team on the most recent alleged attack is not yet available. The “high level of confidence” cited by Sec. of State Kerry that Assad was responsible must be viewed with great skepticism. Our confidence in allegations of this sort is about zero!
Outside military intervention, whichever side it supports, is dangerous and illegal. It will not bring an end to this bloody civil war. Previously the US has made it clear that it wants President al-Assad to be ousted, although Obama says that would not be the goal of a military strike at present. The right to determine the nature of the Syrian government belongs to Syrians, not the US. US foreign policy must recognize this basic right.
We have opposed, and continue to oppose, any US military intervention in Syria. We urge the US, as well as the UN, the EU, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, to push as strongly as possible for a political and diplomatic resolution of this crisis.
Our five working committees meet regularly to plan and carry out work for peace, social justice and international law. You can also help us build bridges of peace by participating in our ad hoc task forces activities.