Some 70 people packed into the Commons, a meeting space on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, to hear speakers Nick Mottern and Ann Wright, discuss drones – pilotless planes that are increasingly being used to wage war by the United States in many areas around the world. The forum was sponsored by Brooklyn For Peace and co-sponsored by Fort Greene Peace, the Green Party of Brooklyn, Peace Action Bay Ridge / Interfaith Peace Coalition and the NYC War Resisters League.
They came by the tens of thousands – to the nation’s capitol. Their demand was “Save Our Planet.” It was a protest to demand immediate and urgent action to reverse the course of climate change; to change the path of dependency on fossil fuels which is slowly but surely leading to destruction and decline of what has become a fragile environment.
It was a bitterly cold and windy day but that didn’t stop people from marching around the White House to tell the President to be true to his words and reject the ominous and hazardous Keystone XL pipeline.
As Congress Debates Cuts, People Demand Jobs Not Wars!
JOBS NOT WARS is a new national campaign that has over 130 sponsoring organizations and has collected over 50,000 signatures on an online petition to inject the question of out-of-control military spending into the debate on the budget.
And YOU can be be part of it.
JOBS NOT WARS is a time-limited, nation-wide petition campaign to urge the president and congress to abandon austerity solutions to the deficit and instead to end the war, cut military spending, tax the super-rich, and redirect resources to restore and protect the social safety net, create jobs, deal with climate change and meet other urgent social needs.
Brooklyn For Peace believes that many of the issues of common concern to Brooklynites are linked. As a multi-issue non-partisan non-sectarian organization, we connect the dots between endless wars, local gas pipelines, national energy policy, and the draining of our tax money away from human services and towards the Pentagon. For over 25 years, Brooklyn For Peace has conducted educational programs and provided varied opportunities to take action. We realize again this year how important it is for us to work together to break the barriers to meaningful change in our national priorities.
Please join us in our commitment to building a movement for peace and justice! Donate and become a member of Brooklyn For Peace. Your donation is tax-deductible in 2012 if it’s postmarked by December 31, or if you donate on-line before midnight, December 31. Some of our activities thus far in 2012: Continue reading →
What is the “Grand Bargain” and the “Fiscal Cliff”??
Vox Pop was a popular radio program of interviews, quizzes and human interest features, sometimes titled Sidewalk Interviews (1936) and Voice of the People (the name is from the Latin “Vox Populi”, meaning “Voice of the People”). It was heard from the early 1930s to the late 1940s.
As we come down to the wire on the so-called “Fiscal Cliff,” BFP put together our own “Vox Pop” video. We asked these three questions:
Since the election, there’s been a lot of talk about a “grand bargain.” Have you heard of the grand bargain? If so, what do you think it is, and what do you think of it?
President Obama has said the “grand bargain” will include big reductions in “entitlements,” which usually refers to Medicare and Social Security. Do you think we should put more public money, or less public money, into social programs like Medicare and Social Security?
If YOU were making the government budget, what would YOU spend the money on? Continue reading →
Response to massacre in Newtown, Connecticut
With last week’s overwhelmingly sad and tragic news of gun violence in Newtown, Connecticut, leaving 27 people dead, including 20 young children, we are reminded of the urgency of our joining together to make America and our world a safer place for all. We applaud the President’s commitment to take immediate action for gun control, and to reduce the level of violence in our society. We look forward to his leadership. We also join with New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and a groundswell of our fellow Americans from all walks of life, in an urgent call for legislative action.
Gun Control legislation is necessary but it’s only the first step: Join Brooklyn For Peace to work for the elimination of the social and economic injustices which cause war. Proliferation of guns is directly related to the out-of-control defense industry. Guns which end up on the streets are manufactured by the same companies which manufacture weapons for the U.S. military.
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.