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 →
Ending War, Promoting Peace Brooklyn Peace Fair 2012!!
Brooklyn For Peace held its eighth annual Brooklyn Peace Fair on Saturday April 28 at the Brooklyn College Student Center. Attended by hundreds of people from all over the borough and beyond, the Fair featured a wide variety of activities relating to this year’s theme: Ending War, Promoting Peace. Co-sponsors of the event were the Brooklyn College Student Center, Brooklyn Congregations United, and Military Families Speak Out–Metro.
Keynote speakers were Jeremy Scahill, noted investigative journalist and author, and Captain Paul K. Chappell, veteran of the Iraq War, author and Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Both speeches were followed by a Q & A session and were attended by hundreds that filled the hall to capacity. See the Scahill presentation on America’s Covert Wars on YouTube: jeremy-scahill-americas-covert-wars.html
Legislative Update: Majority of House Democrats Vote to Withdraw All US Troops from Afghanistan
Houses passes 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 4 Brooklyn reps voted NO! Bill goes to Senate.
In May, the majority of Democrats in the House voted IN FAVOR OF the Lee/Nadler Amendment which would have limited funding for the Afghanistan War to the safe and orderly withdrawal of US troops and security contractors. (101 Ayes, 79 Noes). This represents a sea-change of opinion from the time that Barabara Lee stook alone among her House colleagues eleven years ago, challenging the wisdom of the Afghanistan war.
Although this Amendment was defeated 113–303, it is important to note that the President’s political base is now in clear opposition to the Afghanistan War policy.
Statement by Brooklyn For Peace on Withdrawal of US Troops from Iraq
Brooklyn For Peace welcomes the removal of all American ground troops from Iraq. We are relieved that thousands of American soldiers will be coming home to their communities, and that the Iraqi people will be free of foreign occupation.
These developments are the long overdue and long awaited result of the persistent work of the international peace movement and the formidable resistance inside Iraq. Continue reading →
Occupy Brooklyn! Occupy Your Block!
Occupy Brooklyn is a movement of Brooklynites organizing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.
From Canarsie to Cobble Hill, Bay Ridge to Brownsville, the 99% are uniting against greed and corruption in our nation and neighborhoods.
We’re dismantling social barriers that have turned neighbors into strangers. We’re rethinking how we live, learn, and work together, and building communities that are fairer and more just.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media
They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians abroad.
Click here for more info on Occupy Wall Street including daily schedule of activities, and how you can participate.
Read blog by poet and BFP member Jan Clausen who has been reading poetry daily (rain or shine) since October 10 while holding her sign: BECAUSE THEY’RE TRYING TO DRIVE OUR PLANET OFF A CLIFF.”
Work with our Peace and Economic Justice Committee on local actions to support Occupy Wall Street. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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.