Ten Years of War in Afghanistan: Ten Years Too Many!!
Demanding peace and new priorities while marching through Grand Army Plaza and up Flatbush Avenue: Sat Oct 22, 2011.
In another sign that protest against the tragic status quo of our times is growing, Brooklyn For Peace and its allies in Brooklyn, staged an event on Saturday, October 22, 2011, to mark the 10th anniversary of the U.S. war in Afghanistan.
Called as a community rally and march around the slogans of —
“Ten years of war — Ten years too any! End the wars! Bring all our troops home now – safe and alive! Bring our war dollars home for jobs and vital services!”
— speakers blasted the wars and the skewed priorities of Congress in approving one-and-a-quarter trillion dollars over the last ten years on the two wars while our cities crumbled and Americans lost jobs and homes. They demanded that Congresss and the President move the money from war to urgent pulbic needs. They called for and to the cutbacks and layoffs that are devastating the communities and for fair taxation policies that would make the wealthiest and the large corporations pay their proper share of taxes. Continue reading →
Be On Our Side: The Side of Peace and Justice
Mass Transit Campaign Comes to NYC
“Be on our side. We are on the side of peace and justice. End U.S. military aid to Israel.”
These words come from Palestinians and Israelis and are used is a mass transit advertising campaign that is coming to New York City in September.
The subway ad features photos of an Israeli and Palestinian parent, with their children. The text directs riders to www.twopeoplesonefuture.org, the national website of Two Peoples, One Future campaign, where viewers can learn how U.S. military aid to Israel ($30 billion over the next 10 years) is bad for Palestinians, bad for Israelis, and bad for Americans.
This campaign will reach a huge new audience of people. It has already run successfully in several other U.S. cities, and will now appear in 18 New York City subway locations, including several Brooklyn stations. Volunteers will be passing out cards giving more information in these stations. See more information on the campaign and how to help at the Brooklyn For Peace Israel-Palestine pages.
Could NYC evacuate for a nuclear attack? What about a nuclear accident at Indian Point?
The recent preparations for Hurricane Irene are only a small part of what would be necessary in the event of a nuclear attack, or a nuclear accident an Indian Point. While this experience is still fresh in our minds, let’s remind Mayor Bloomberg that the only way to keep NYC safe from these disasters is to make it a City of Peace, and to close Indian Point. Continue reading →
Brooklyn Congressional Reps Oppose War Spending
In two key votes in the House of Representatives last week Brooklyn Congressional Representatives took a clear stand in opposition to the Pentagon budget. Representatives Clarke, Towns, Velazquez and Nadler all voted against the entire FY 2012 Defense Appropriations bill of $648.7 billion. Unfortunately, however, the bill passed: Vote in the House was 336 in favor, 87 against. Continue reading →
New Yorkers To Albany – Hands Off Our Drinking Water!
Jun 25, 2011
Hundreds of New Yorkers turned out for a spirited rally in Foley Square. They assembled to demand a permanent ban to the hazardous system of extracting deeply buried gas known as fracking. With repeated shouts of “no frackin’ way” they demanded that Governor Cuomo and the state legislature put people before the profits of the gas industry so that New York’s drinking water would be protected and remain pure and clean.
Brooklyn For Peace (Antimilitarism Committee) met the thousands of Coney Island Mermaid Parade spectators on Saturday, June 18 and demanded money for healthcare, jobs, schools, and housing – not WAR .
BFP distributed peace sign mardi gras beads to the crowd, along with flyers urging everyone to call our Senators to get the troops home and negotiate peace. The flyer also includes information about Opting Out under No Child Left Behind to stop our high schools from providing personal contact information about students to military recruiters. We were accompanied by music.
This fun, raucous event helps us spread our message to folks who wouldn’t otherwise ever attend a rally or demonstration against war. Questions? Call 718-624-5921 or 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.