Brooklyn Says NO to Neo-Nazis and Trump’s War Threats Against N. Korea
Aug 13, 2017
Almost a thousand people gathered today in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza to attend a rally for “Peace And Sanity.” The rally was called to oppose Trump’s war-mongering threats to use nuclear weapons against North Korea. But it was transformed into a giant protest against yesterday’s Nazi/KKK riot in Charlottesville, Virginia as well.
Organized by Councilmember Brad Lander, Bk Get Organized and Indivisible, speakers included Lander as well as many other elected officials. Also helping to build attendance was Brooklyn For Peace and Peace Action of NY State whose speakers addressed the crowd and were greeted with enthusiasm.
A flyer was distributed by BFP members calling on people to call Congress with an urgent request to pass legislationt that would remove Trump’s ability to launch a nuclear war on his sole command.
BFP’s Molly Nolan gave a detailed history of U.S aggression against North Korea in what she called “America’s forgotten war.” She spoke of U.S. carpet bombing, napalming and flooding the country in a campaign that flattened every North Korean City and left a million citizens dead. By reciting this history, Nolan connected the dots between those acts carried out during the Korean War and Trump’s threats of today. See complete text of her remarks here.
People we spoke to at the rally resolved to stand firm against the neo-Nazis and to demand negotiations to settle disputes. Using the military and threatening to use nuclear weapons can only endanger world peace and bring us closer to nuclear Armageddon.
Remarks by Molly Nolan, Grand Army Plaza, Aug 13, 2017
Grand Army Plaza, August 13, 2017
We are here today to mourn the white supremacist violence that erupted in Charlottesville and to renew our determination to fight for the civil rights and equality of all Americans. As we protest the racism, violence, and militarization of politics here at home, we also need to protest the racism and violence and militarization of our foreign policy. Racism, violence and militarism in one area reflects and reinforces it in the other. So I want to talk about the US threats to North Korea (although we also need to worry about those to Venezuela.)
Donald Trump has threatened North Korea with “fire and fury and power the likes of which has never been seen.” What he has forgotten—or probably never knew, is that the U.S. inflicted fire and fury on the entire Korean Peninsula once before, during the Korean War of 1950-53.
In the US, Korea is “the forgotten war” and most Americans probably can’t find Korea on a map. It is not forgotten in North and South Korea, however. Indeed, it is not even over. We need to remember what happened in Korean War because it helps explain why Kim Jong-un wants to keep nuclear weapons to prevent an invasion or attempts at regime change. It helps explain why South Koreans want negotiations, not war. Continue reading →
No to THAAD in Korea! Yes to Peace through Dialogue (THAAD=Terminal High Altitude Area Defense)
Under cover of darkness a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system was installed in Seongju City, Republic of Korea (ROK) in April 26 this year, in spite of daily and growing opposition from local villagers and their nation-wide supporters and without official deliberation by South Korea’s governing bodies. Protesters correctly fear that its deployment will strain their country’s already delicate relationship with China, embolden militaristic and anti-democratic political forces in their own country, and exacerbate tensions between North and South Korea. They also worry about potential negative health and environmental effects associated with the operation of the THAAD radar system, and defilement of sacred lands like the nearby pilgrimage site of the Won Buddhist community. Continue reading →
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2 Aug 2017: NOTE: Breaking News: Sen Gillibrand has removed her name as a co-sponsor! Please call to thank her: 202-224-4451
20 July 2017
One of the most recent, and most pernicious, pieces of anti-boycott legislation at the federal level is getting renewed attention right now. On July 18, the American Civil Liberties Union released a letter to the Senate and a letter to the House, urging them not to co-sponsor the bill because it unconstitutionally discriminates against people “for no reason other than their political beliefs.” The Intercept published an article highlighting how “the criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the west.” Brooklyn For Peace opposes the legislation and is making available a backgrounder from Jewish Voice for Peace for engagement with Congress.
Brooklyn For Peace worked hard to persuade our Brooklyn representatives to support the Iran nuclear agreement. We applaud the following statement issued by Peace Action:
“On the two-year anniversary of its signing, the Iran agreement continues to exemplify the value of diplomacy. Thanks to diplomacy, we know that all of Iran’s potential pathways to obtaining nuclear weapons remain blocked. Even the Trump administration, which has made its disdain for the agreement abundantly clear, can’t deny the accord is working exactly as intended. Congress and the administration must work to uphold and defend the agreement and continue diplomatic discussions on areas of concern and cooperation.
“One of the crucial features of negotiations with Iran was our willingness to negotiate without preconditions. Yet when it comes to growing concerns over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the administration has instead opted for more ineffective sanctions and dangerous threats of military force. It’s time we apply the same diplomatic approach to North Korea that has proved successful with Iran.” Continue reading →
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