A forum, “What’s Happening in South Sudan,,” was held in the Brooklyn’s Friends Meeting House on Schermerhorn Street. The speakers examined the background of the ongoing conflict there which has created untold suffering, tens of thousands of deaths and over a million displaced people who have been forced out of their homes. The forum was sponsored by Brooklyn For Peace and co-sponsored by the United African Congress and the Give Them a Hand Foundation.
Violence is escalating in South Sudan, and famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan. As of 2016 estimates of victims of the war in South Sudan had already exceeded 100,000 and thousands more have been killed since that time. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) most recently reported 1,559,815 refugees since December 2013.
What underlies the conflict? And what is the role of the U.S. and the U.N? Speakers pointed out that the U.S. is the primary financial supporter of the government in South Sudan.
Dr. Charlotte Phillips, Chair of Brooklyn For Peace, opened the meeting. Then. Dr. Mohammed Nurhussein, Chair of the United African Congress and a Board member of Brooklyn For Peace introduced the speakers and moderated the evening’s discussion. Continue reading →
We March With The Black Vets On Memorial Day
May 29, 2017
The weather predictions called for all day rain. But that didn’t deter the Black Veterans for Social Justice (BVSJ) and their supporters from marching to commemorate their fallen comrades on Memorial Day. As it turned out, the rain stopped as we began to march up Bedford Stuyvesant’s Marcy Avenue much to the thrill of residents and strollers who cheered and greeted the marchers as they walked along.
The vets gathered in the community room of Bed Stuy’s Restoration Plaza where photos were taken and speeches made. Led by a Native American veteran who served as the parade’s Grand Marshall, several hundred veterans and their supporters marched up Marcy Avenue. Their destination was the headquarters of the veterans service organization on Willoughby Avenue.
Several of us from Brooklyn For Peace joined our friends in BVSJ , marching with them and handing out our Choice Is Clear flyers to bystanders as we walked along. They were well received. Our position: “Honor the veterans for their service. But stop these endless wars that have created such death and destruction abroad and to our communities at home.”
It was a great day. At the parade’s end, we were treated to hot dogs as speakers commemorated the day. Memorable!
We’ll be reaching out to our neighbors with info on the Women’s March to Ban the Bomb (Sat 6/17)
Help us spread the word to build participation in this event, tied to the UN resolution banning nuclear weapons. Also we’ll have our “Refugees and Immigrants Welcome Here” posters and pamphlets (now in Spanish!)
At these events we’ll be reaching out to our neighbors with:
Info on Women’s March to Ban the Bomb on Sat June 17. Spread the word to build participation in this event, tied to the UN resolution banning nuclear weapons.
Penny Poll allows visitors to our booth to decide how they want federal discretionary funds to be spent. This is always a popular activity which draws people in.
Refugees and Immigrants Welcome Here posters and pamphlets (now in Spanish!)
Location: Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West btw 1st & 2nd St, Park Slope
Food and crafts for sale at the Haitian Kermesse
Charley Horwitz Memorial Platform honors life and work of Charley Horwitz, a community organizer, labor lawyer, civil rights activist, and international humanitarian. He was on the Board of Brooklyn For Peace, and initiated our Israel-Palestine Committee after he visited the Palestinian Occupied Territories in Gaza in 2005.
Sat 4/29: On Trump’s 100th Day In Office— JOIN THOUSANDS in Washington For PEACE & PLANET!
The March For Climate, Jobs, Justice & Peace in Washington DC on Saturday, April 29th is shaping up as a large and important event. On that day, the 100th day of the Trump extremist administation, tens of thousands will march and surround the White House (a legally permitted and peaceful demonstration) with the demands that he—
End his attacks on the environment which imperils life on our planet.
Stop his planning and launching of new wars that can lead the world to nuclear destruction.
Desist in his attacks and fomenting violence against immigrants, refugees and communities of color.
Roll back his plans to curtail women’s rights.
Cancel his destructive budget that feeds the Pentagon and military establishment while cutting vital social programs
Brooklyn For Peace is a proud part of the People’s Climate March, the coalition that is organizing the April 29th demonstration. We have chartered a bus that leaves from Grand Army Plaza. We urge our members, friends and supporters to GET ON THE BUS WITH US!
In Washington, join us at 11:00 am at the PEACE HUB @ Madison Drive and 3rd Street NW (near the Capitol Reflecting Pool, Map Link: bit.ly/peacehub). We’ll join the contingent of peace and justice groups to rally and march together. We’ll link the issues of war and climate which we believe are intertwined in a vicious circle that feeds war and attacks on the environment, creating more refugees and destabilizing vast regions of the planet.
Bus information is on this FLYER. BFP bus from Grand Army Plaza is sold out! Tickets still available with Park Slope Food Coop Food and Farm Justice Hub also leaving from Grand Army Plaza. Click here ASAP!
Check the Ride-Share Board on People’s Climate March website if you’re looking for a ride, or if you’re driving and have space available in your car.
Call 718.624.5921 for answers to any questions.
This Saturday— March With Peace & Justice Groups At The People’s Climate March!
Apr 24, 2017
Are you heading to Washington this Saturday (April 29th) for the People’s Climate March?
You can be part of the PEACE HUB—the contingent of peace and justice groups that will rally and march together. They will link the issues of war and climate which they believe are intertwined in a vicious circle that feeds war and attacks on the environment, creating more refugees and destabilizing vast regions of the planet.
The PEACE HUB, part of the People’s Climate March coalition, will rally at 11:00 am at Madison Drive and 3rd Street NW (near the Capitol Reflecting Pool, Map Link: bit.ly/peacehub)
Brooklyn For Peace is sending a bus to the march, along with almost a hundred other buses leaving the NYC area. But if you’re travelling by car or other means, we urge you to join us as part of the PEACE HUB. We’ll be delivering a strong message to Trump on his 100th day in office: STOP THE WARS! SAVE THE PLANET!
See you in Washington.
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