Legislative Update: Majority of House Democrats Vote to Withdraw All US Troops from Afghanistan
Houses passes 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 4 Brooklyn reps voted NO! Bill goes to Senate.
In May, the majority of Democrats in the House voted IN FAVOR OF the Lee/Nadler Amendment which would have limited funding for the Afghanistan War to the safe and orderly withdrawal of US troops and security contractors. (101 Ayes, 79 Noes). This represents a sea-change of opinion from the time that Barabara Lee stook alone among her House colleagues eleven years ago, challenging the wisdom of the Afghanistan war.
Although this Amendment was defeated 113–303, it is important to note that the President’s political base is now in clear opposition to the Afghanistan War policy.
Statement by Brooklyn For Peace on Withdrawal of US Troops from Iraq
Brooklyn For Peace welcomes the removal of all American ground troops from Iraq. We are relieved that thousands of American soldiers will be coming home to their communities, and that the Iraqi people will be free of foreign occupation.
These developments are the long overdue and long awaited result of the persistent work of the international peace movement and the formidable resistance inside Iraq. Continue reading →
Occupy Brooklyn! Occupy Your Block!
Occupy Brooklyn is a movement of Brooklynites organizing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.
From Canarsie to Cobble Hill, Bay Ridge to Brownsville, the 99% are uniting against greed and corruption in our nation and neighborhoods.
We’re dismantling social barriers that have turned neighbors into strangers. We’re rethinking how we live, learn, and work together, and building communities that are fairer and more just.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media
They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians abroad.
Click here for more info on Occupy Wall Street including daily schedule of activities, and how you can participate.
Read blog by poet and BFP member Jan Clausen who has been reading poetry daily (rain or shine) since October 10 while holding her sign: BECAUSE THEY’RE TRYING TO DRIVE OUR PLANET OFF A CLIFF.”
Work with our Peace and Economic Justice Committee on local actions to support Occupy Wall Street. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Ten Years of War in Afghanistan: Ten Years Too Many!!
Demanding peace and new priorities while marching through Grand Army Plaza and up Flatbush Avenue: Sat Oct 22, 2011.
In another sign that protest against the tragic status quo of our times is growing, Brooklyn For Peace and its allies in Brooklyn, staged an event on Saturday, October 22, 2011, to mark the 10th anniversary of the U.S. war in Afghanistan.
Called as a community rally and march around the slogans of —
“Ten years of war — Ten years too any! End the wars! Bring all our troops home now – safe and alive! Bring our war dollars home for jobs and vital services!”
— speakers blasted the wars and the skewed priorities of Congress in approving one-and-a-quarter trillion dollars over the last ten years on the two wars while our cities crumbled and Americans lost jobs and homes. They demanded that Congresss and the President move the money from war to urgent pulbic needs. They called for and to the cutbacks and layoffs that are devastating the communities and for fair taxation policies that would make the wealthiest and the large corporations pay their proper share of taxes. Continue reading →
Be On Our Side: The Side of Peace and Justice
Mass Transit Campaign Comes to NYC
“Be on our side. We are on the side of peace and justice. End U.S. military aid to Israel.”
These words come from Palestinians and Israelis and are used is a mass transit advertising campaign that is coming to New York City in September.
The subway ad features photos of an Israeli and Palestinian parent, with their children. The text directs riders to www.twopeoplesonefuture.org, the national website of Two Peoples, One Future campaign, where viewers can learn how U.S. military aid to Israel ($30 billion over the next 10 years) is bad for Palestinians, bad for Israelis, and bad for Americans.
This campaign will reach a huge new audience of people. It has already run successfully in several other U.S. cities, and will now appear in 18 New York City subway locations, including several Brooklyn stations. Volunteers will be passing out cards giving more information in these stations. See more information on the campaign and how to help at the Brooklyn For Peace Israel-Palestine pages.
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.