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Solidarity With Our Neighbors

NYC is being hit especially hard as an epicenter for the number of identified cases and people hospitalized with COVID-19. We have all had requests for help from friends or family members who are suddenly out of work with limited reserves, or who are struggling with anxiety as well as practical problems of working from home while addressing the needs of children who are out of school. 

What role can BFP play in strengthening our networks of solidarity and support? We would like to suggest a few locally based organizations which are attempting to respond to the needs of especially vulnerable communities. Although as an organization we need to push strongly on the local, state, and national government to mobilize the resources that will be needed, we also know that the most vulnerable people, particularly immigrant families and undocumented individuals, will be left out.

Here are a few of the many organizations which can reach these especially vulnerable groups. Please check these out, donate if you are able to do so, and also let us know if you have other suggestions.
1. Make the Road Emergency Response Fund:
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2. Coalition for the Homeless:
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3. Foodbank NYC
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4. Food Not Bombs Bed Stuy:
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5. National Domestic Workers Alliance
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Impact of COVID-19 on Iran:
Make Call to End Sanctions Now!

As countries around the world cope with the peril of COVID-19, the 80 million people of Iran face additional dangers created by the American sanctions on their country. On March 18, the same week in which China and the United Kingdom called for an easing of sanctions, the Trump Administration actually increased them!  Predictions are that if sanctions are not lifted, at least 3.5 million Iranian lives will be lost.

According to October 2019 Human Rights Watch report, the U.S. “maximum pressure” campaign had “drastically constrained the ability of Iranian entities to finance humanitarian imports, including vital medicines and medical equipment.” At this crucial moment, the perpetuation of the sanctions is making a disastrous situation even worse

What Can We Do?

A letter is circulating among members of Congress calling upon Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mnuchin to substantially suspend the sanctions on Iran –to enable the country to combat the virus.

See here for text of the letter.

Until now, none of the Brooklyn Congressional Reps or either of the NY Senators have signed on to this letter calling for sanctions to be lifted (although Rep. Jeffries did find time to sign an AIPAC letter calling for continuation of the arms embargo on Iran) You can help by calling their offices, through the Congressional switchboard 202-224-3121 and ask them to add their name to the “lift the Iran sanctions” letter. Calls to Senator Gillibrand, who might be helpful, are especially important.

Also join this effort to call the Treasury Department urging them to lift sanctions on Iran (get info and sign up for a time slot here)

COVID-19 has entered Gaza:
Our response can help!

As of March 23, there were two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Gaza, one of the most densely populated places in the world. Its healthcare system has been severely crippled by the ongoing Israeli blockade and control of Gaza’s borders. In 2018, the Trump Administration terminated all humanitarian assistance to Palestinians, slashing $360 million from UNRWA’s annual budget and ending the nearly 70-year relationship with UNRWA. This was a political decision and not based on any discernible humanitarian reason.

UNRWA is already facing the most serious financial crisis in its history. In addition to health centers in Gaza, UNRWA also supports over 140 health centers in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), the Gaza Strip, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan, all of which are now on the front lines of combatting this global pandemic. If funding doesn’t reach UNRWA in the next few weeks, it may have to scale back its services, making a dire situation even worse.

How you can help:

Sign this letter to your senators and representative, urging them to seek funds for humanitarian relief for Palestinians including funding for UNRWA. If you are able to donate, you can donate directly to UNRWA via the USA Committee for UNRWA at this link, or to either of these organizations which are working to help people in Gaza who are most immediately impacted: Middle East Children’s Alliance or Rebuilding Alliance (Donations given to Rebuilding Alliance prior to midnight on Fri 3/27 will be matched.)

Housing Justice! Healthcare Justice!
Rent Freeze! Eviction Moratorium Now!

Join us in signing this petition to Gov. Cuomo, NY State Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, calling for a freeze on rents and a moratorium on evictions and utility cut-offs. Petition sponsored by Housing Justice for All, a campaign of Upstate/Downstate Housing Alliance, and many others.

Cuomo has thus far not called for a rent moratorium for the drastic number of people who have lost income and will be unable to pay their rent. He’s only called for a mortgage moratorium for property owners

To learn more, check out this segment with Cea Weaver, campaign coordinator for Housing Justice for All, on Democracy Now!

Trump threatens military action against Venezuela
Unacceptable! No War on Venezuela!

On Wed 3/31, during his daily “briefing” about the COVID-19 crisis, Trump announced a naval deployment to Venezuela.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to escalate, all federal resources should be directed toward addressing the needs of this crisis. It’s totally unacceptable to divert attention and resources by threatening war against Venezuela.

Call your Congressional Rep and both our NY Senators to let them know that threatening military action against Venezuela as well as the ongoing sanctions are unacceptable. Ask your rep to co-sponsor H.R. 5879 “Congressional Oversight of Sanctions Act” introduced by Ilhan Omar, and H.R. 1004 “Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela” introduced by David Cicilline.

(Reps Clarke and Velazquez are already co-sponsors of HR 1004; please thank them.)

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