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. Continue reading →
Rallying To Support A Hunger Strike “Keep SUNY Downstate Open!”
March 9, 2013
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.
Brooklyn For Peace is entering our 30th year of working for peace and social justice in Brooklyn and beyond! We are writing now because we need your membership and financial support to maintain our current level of activity and to grow.
Brooklyn For Peace combines education and activism; both are essential. We work on a range of issues, as determined primarily by the concernsof our active members. Our goal is to build an effective peace and justice movement. The issues we tackle range from global to local. We connect the dots between issues such as a militarized foreign and domestic policy, climate change, and the economic crisis here at home.We continue to we seek creative ways to address the urgent tasks of developing a culture of peace in our communities.
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.
Marchers To Cuomo: “Keep Interfaith Hospital Open!”
Nov 12, 2013
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.
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.