Mon 5/14, 5 pm: Nakba Day 2018:
Rally and March for 70 Years of Resistance!
Join our allies in the Arab American Association of New York and others in this Palestinian-led event, in the historically Arab neighborhood of Bay Ridge.
72nd St and 5th Ave, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
See it on Facebook (Note: This FB post gives the names and ages of 50 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the recent weeks of the Great Return Match)
See BFP Statement:
Support the Right of the Palestinian People to Rally, Resist, and Return!
Mon 5/14, 5 pm: Nakba Day 2018:
May 11, 2018
— A lively demonstration demanding peace with Iran and warning against Trump’s abrogation of the Iran accord, was held in NY’s Washington Square tonight. Though relatively small, it attracted wide attention by people gathered in the park. Chants rang out “No war on Iran! We need a war on poverty not another disastrous Mid East war!” And then melodious songs of peace attracted even more attention as accordionist Paul Stein led the singing with his instrument ring out loud and clear throughout the park.
Speaker after speaker demanded that Congress fulfill its Constitutional responsibility and stand up to Trump’s dangerous attack on peace, warning of the very real danger of a nuclear conflict, either by design or simply by miscalculation.
The rally is only the beginning of a series of actions, badly needed to awaken the American people to the real danger of the moment. The event was sponsored by Peace Action New York State Action NYS and supported by Brooklyn For Peace. Both groups were represented by speakers.
For more photos of today’s rally, see our Facebook page HERE.
Join us on Wednesday, May 16th at 7pm at the Brooklyn Commons Cafe for a film screening and Q&A.
What don’t we know about the secret US military involvement all over Africa in support of authoritarian regimes?
Join us for a screening and Q&A of A Brilliant Genocide (1 hour version). This award-winning documentary tells the part of the Ugandan tragedy selectively left out of the
KONY2012 propaganda video.
- Milton Allimadi, Ugandan-born, publisher of the Black Star News, professor of African History at John Jay College
- Helen Epstein, author of “Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda, and the War on Terror” and Professor of Human Rights and Global Public Health, Bard College
WHEN: Wednesday, May 16th,7 pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Commons,388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217 (downtown Brooklyn, between Hoyt and Bond
Sponsor: Brooklyn For Peace
Co-Sponsors: Fort Greene Peace; United African Congress
Facebook event here.
Apr 20, 2018
Brooklyn For Peace joined with many other community organizations in celebrating the success and growth of the Muslim Community Network at the New York Hilton last night in Midtown Manhattan. Several hundred supporters came together to enjoy dinner and camaraderie as the Network and its leadership honored allies and supporters. A silent auction was held to raise additional money to help move the group forward in the years ahead. The evening was held under the slogan “Building The Dream,” alluding to the right of all Americans to strive for a decent life free from threats, bigotry and repression.
Under the leadership of Dr. Debbie Almontaser and others, the Network serves to help and protect the city’s Muslim residents, offering varied services and building alliances to counter the Islamaphobia and repression of recent years, now made that much worse by the spewing of bigotry and hate from the Trump administration. It has joined with a wide array of other religious and community groups who have expressed their willingness to stand up and defend the Muslim community from attack.
Among those speaking were Mr. Ali Baba, the owner of several Turkish restaurants. Mr. Baba has been in the news recently when he gained notoriety for serving homeless people, offering them food and clothing. Also honored was Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. She and her congregation have been leaders fight for equality and justice for the city’s LGBTQ community and has stood side by side with the Muslim community when it’s been under attack.
The evening’s keynote speaker was Muslim author Sabeeha Rehman. She spoke eloquently of the struggle she faced as a Muslim-American woman. Her book which was distributed to attendees: Threading My Prayer Rug—One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim.
It was a memorable evening and we in Broolyn For Peace wish our friends in the Muslim Community Network peace and greetings of friendship and solidarity. We will always stand by your side.
To see more photos from the gala CLICK HERE.
Brooklyn For Peace supports this statement from Peace Action, in response to U.S. military strikes against Syrian government sites:
Washington, D.C. — April 13, 2018 — In response to U.S. military strikes against Syrian government sites, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement:
“President Trump’s decision to strike Syrian forces was impulsive, dangerous and a clear violation of domestic and international law. This attack endangers U.S. forces in the region, and invites escalation from Russia, Iran and Syria.
“Syrian civilians need answers, provided through an independent investigation, about who attacked them with chemical weapons, and how those parties will be held to account for their crimes. Syrian civilians need humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering and desperation caused by years of war. Syrians need refuge in safer countries, refuge that Trump has refused them. Syria needs sustained, multilateral diplomacy to end the war and achieve a lasting political solution. Above all, Syria needs peace, and missiles have never brought peace.
“Sadly, we’ve grown accustomed to a president with little regard for the law, and to a Congress with little interest in enforcing it. For a decade and a half, Congress has abdicated its solemn duty to decide when we go to war, leaving that power in the hands of the president. President Trump had no legal authority to attack Syria, and President Obama’s legal justification for sending U.S. soldiers to Syria was dubious at best. But Congress’ failure to reassert its war powers has rendered it useless in preventing illegal wars. Members of Congress must speak out and work to reassert congressional war powers in order to reverse this fundamental erosion of our democracy and alter the course of an increasingly reckless foreign policy emanating from the White House.”
Founded in 1957, Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze), the United States’ largest peace and disarmament organization, with over 100,000 paid members and nearly 100 chapters in 36 states, works to abolish nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights and support nonmilitary solutions to international conflicts. The public may learn more and take action at www.PeaceAction.org.
BFP supports the following statement, released In response to President Trump’s threat of military strikes against Syrian government forces by Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action.
“President Trump’s threat to attack Syrian forces in response to a chemical weapons attack is a reckless, knee jerk reaction to a complex and dangerous situation. There hasn’t been an independent investigation into the chemical weapons attack, Congress still hasn’t debated or authorized the use of force in Syria, and there is still no international legal basis for U.S. military action in Syria.
“Trump’s ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ approach to foreign policy is the opposite of what’s needed in Syria. Escalation begets escalation, and with both Iran and Russia deeply involved in the Syrian conflict, there’s no telling where escalation might lead us.
“Instead of escalating our involvement in Syria by responding to an unlawful chemical attack with unlawful strikes, the president should support an independent investigation into the chemical attack and pursue diplomatic and humanitarian strategies for addressing individual war crimes as well as the conflict as a whole. Trump should also act on his stated desire to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria without delay, which would help de-escalate the conflict and give the U.S. more credibility in the diplomatic push to end the war.”
Brooklyn For Peace is an ally of New York State Peace Action. Founded in 1957, Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze), the United States’ largest peace and disarmament organization, with over 100,000 paid members and nearly 100 chapters in 36 states, works to abolish nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights and support nonmilitary solutions to international conflicts. The public may learn more and take action at www.PeaceAction.org.