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Brooklyn Asks:
“Where Are The Jobs And Affordable Homes?”

September 29, 2012

As part of a series of protests (AY Crime Scene) marking the opening of the Barclay’s stadium, members and supporters of FUREE marched from development site to development site. At each location, speakers demanded to know where the jobs were and where the affordable homes were – these were promised by the developers.

Our photos and a video from this uplifting march can be found here.

Determination - because the struggle continues.

Children Of Abraham – A March for Unity and Peace
On Anniversary of 9/11

Septmber 12, 2012

Hundreds of Brooklyn residents, activists, clergy and elected officials marched through the streets of downtown Brooklyn today. It was the ninth annual Children of Abraham peace march that brought people of all faiths and ethnicities together.

The aim: to proclaim our common humanity and their desire, expressed through walking each year to mark the date of the attacks in New York on September 11, 2001, that the lessons learned from that terrible disaster be used to build unity and peace. Continue reading

Victory for Peacemakers as NBC Ends War “Reality” Show

“Stars Earn Stripes,” which premiered on Monday August 13, is a a show depicting military exercises as a game. The show will be hosted by retired U.S. general Wesley Clark. The show trivializes and glamorizes war. Click here for more information about the show. The show was taken off the air after peace groups, Nobel Peace laureates and others  protested the use of war as entertainment.

Members of Military Families Speak Out, Brooklyn For Peace, Veterans for Peace, Peace Action New York State, and many other groups joined together at NBC Studios to protest this show and deliver 50,000+ signatures urging NBC to cancel the show. This came after nine Nobel Peace Prize laureates sent an open letter “voicing opposition to NBC’s new military-themed reality TV show, “Stars Earn Stripes,” saying it glorifies war and violence.” Continue reading

Downstate Workers Say NO To Layoffs

Hundreds of Downstate University Hospital workers and their supporters from communities around Brooklyn filled the streets in front of the hospital at a rally on August 8.  They were rallying to give a big and loud “no” to Governor Cuomo’s plan for layoffs there. The Governor has been crying poverty for state finances while, at the same time, steadfastly refusing to tax the wealthiest New Yorkers. People opposing the layoffs and cutbacks point out that a fair taxation program would go a long way to alleviate the budget crisis and would be much more equitable solution.

Community residents joined the Downstate employees in protesting the threatened cutbacks because the hospital serves a huge section of the borough including large areas of Brooklyn’s poorest communities. Residents depend on the hospital as a mainstay of their health care and layoffs and cuts or closures would be devastating to those neighborhoods. Continue reading

Ending War, Promoting Peace
Brooklyn Peace Fair 2012!!

Brooklyn For Peace held its eighth annual Brooklyn Peace Fair on Saturday April 28 at the Brooklyn College Student Center. Attended by hundreds of people from all over the borough and beyond, the Fair featured a wide variety of activities relating to this year’s theme: Ending War, Promoting Peace. Co-sponsors of the event were the Brooklyn College Student Center, Brooklyn Congregations United, and Military Families Speak Out–Metro.

Keynote speakers were Jeremy Scahill, noted investigative journalist and author, and Captain Paul K. Chappell, veteran of the Iraq War, author and Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Both speeches were followed by a Q & A session and were attended by hundreds that filled the hall to capacity. See the Scahill presentation on America’s Covert Wars on YouTube: jeremy-scahill-americas-covert-wars.html

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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.

Unfortunately, the NDAA with Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 military budget passed with a vote of 299 Ayes against 120 Noes. Continue reading

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