On Sunday, July 1, 2012 the European Union, backed by the United States, launched a potentially crippling oil embargo against the Iranian people. This follows escalating U.S. sanctions that as of June 28 further punish any business with Iran’s Central Bank and further decimate the country’s capacity to make financial transactions. The Iranian people are already suffering and resisting the grave impact of sanctions and the Iranian government’s economic policies as they face rising prices in food, medicine, and other basic needs. Click here to inform yourself about BFP’s position on addressing issues with Iran. Continue reading
Nov 15, 2012
On Thursday, November 15, a group of about 25 people huddled in the cold at Grand Army Plaza with candles and signs. We were one of a number of vigils taking place all over the state – faith leaders and witnesses in the fight to stop fracking in New York State. Muslim, Christian, and Jewish faith leaders spoke out about the need to succor the earth, to stand strong against this assault on the planet, and not be swayed by the false rhetoric of “energy independence.” The only path to true energy independence is through energy sustainability: from renewable solar, wind, and water.
September 29, 2012
As part of a series of protests (AY Crime Scene) marking the opening of the Barclay’s stadium, members and supporters of FUREE marched from development site to development site. At each location, speakers demanded to know where the jobs were and where the affordable homes were – these were promised by the developers.
Our photos and a video from this uplifting march can be found here.
Septmber 12, 2012
Hundreds of Brooklyn residents, activists, clergy and elected officials marched through the streets of downtown Brooklyn today. It was the ninth annual Children of Abraham peace march that brought people of all faiths and ethnicities together.
The aim: to proclaim our common humanity and their desire, expressed through walking each year to mark the date of the attacks in New York on September 11, 2001, that the lessons learned from that terrible disaster be used to build unity and peace. Continue reading
“Stars Earn Stripes,” which premiered on Monday August 13, is a a show depicting military exercises as a game. The show will be hosted by retired U.S. general Wesley Clark. The show trivializes and glamorizes war. Click here for more information about the show. The show was taken off the air after peace groups, Nobel Peace laureates and others protested the use of war as entertainment.
Members of Military Families Speak Out, Brooklyn For Peace, Veterans for Peace, Peace Action New York State, and many other groups joined together at NBC Studios to protest this show and deliver 50,000+ signatures urging NBC to cancel the show. This came after nine Nobel Peace Prize laureates sent an open letter “voicing opposition to NBC’s new military-themed reality TV show, “Stars Earn Stripes,” saying it glorifies war and violence.” Continue reading
Hundreds of Downstate University Hospital workers and their supporters from communities around Brooklyn filled the streets in front of the hospital at a rally on August 8. They were rallying to give a big and loud “no” to Governor Cuomo’s plan for layoffs there. The Governor has been crying poverty for state finances while, at the same time, steadfastly refusing to tax the wealthiest New Yorkers. People opposing the layoffs and cutbacks point out that a fair taxation program would go a long way to alleviate the budget crisis and would be much more equitable solution.
Community residents joined the Downstate employees in protesting the threatened cutbacks because the hospital serves a huge section of the borough including large areas of Brooklyn’s poorest communities. Residents depend on the hospital as a mainstay of their health care and layoffs and cuts or closures would be devastating to those neighborhoods. Continue reading