August 11, 2011

Thursday Aug 11, 6-7:30 pm
NYC Rally to Close Indian Point
& More
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**Thurs 8/11: NYC Rally to Close Indian Point (United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza)
**Sign on-line petition: Make NYC a Mayor’s City of Peace!
Visit our website www.brooklynpeace.org for details on other upcoming events:
Tonight: Wed 8/10, 10 pm: Does the U.S. Violate International Law? On BCAT or your computer
Thurs 8/18. 7:30 pm: What the “frack” is going on? Viewing of “Gasland” and discusision (Bay Ridge)
Thurs 9/15, 7:30 pm (Save the Date!): Open Jewish Conversation on Cultural Boycott of Israel
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Thurs 8/11, 6–7:30 pm:

NYC Rally to Close Indian Point

Join with concerned citizens to call for shutting down the troubled Indian Point nuclear reactors, 35 miles north of Times Square. Demand clean, safe energy alternatives to power New York,
Express solidarity with the people of Japan who are suffering the consequences of the ongoing nightmare at Fukushima. Reactors at the Fukushima Daichi complex are still emitting massive amounts of radioactivity into the air, water and food supply five months after the disaster struck on March 11.
WHERE? Dag Hammarskjold Plaza  (47th St. between 1st and 2nd Avenues), Manhattan
WHO? Public officials including Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), NGO leaders and concerned citizens will speak at the rally.
WHY? The ongoing tragedy in Japan highlights the serious threat that nuclear energy poses to the safety of the New York area.  Reuters this week reports that the Fukushima reactors are still not under control five months after the meltdown, and that “Nearly 80,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes… Living in fear of radiation has become part of life for residents both near and far from the plant.  The crisis has prompted Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan to say he believes Japan should wean itself off nuclear power and to call for a bigger role for renewable sources.”
The Indian Point nuclear reactors are located just 35 miles north of midtown Manhattan.  More than 20 million people live and work within a 50-mile radius of Indian Point, including all of Manhattan and most of New York City.  Governor Cuomo and other prominent leaders have called for the closure of Indian Point.  The rally will call on our state and federal officials to heed the lesson of Fukushima, oppose the relicensing of Indian Point’s aging nuclear reactors, retire them and replace them with clean, safe, renewable and efficient energy.
Co-Sponsors: 350.0rg, Citizens Awareness Network, Riverkeeper, Time’s Up, UPROSE, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and others
E-mail nuclearzero@brooklynpeace.org to work with our Nuclear Zero Committee on this issue!
Sign on-line petition to Mayor Bloomberg: Make NYC a Mayor’s City of Peace!
Ask Mayor Bloomberg to join the international effort to protect future generations. The rapidly growing number of Mayors for Peace is a powerful force generating real momentum toward peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons. To bequeath to our children a cleaner, safer, more peaceful and sustainable world, please join this effort toward genuine and lasting world peace. Please sign the petition today.
Work with our Nuclear Zero Committee.
Next meeting: Thursday Sept 22, 7 pm (POSTPONED from August 11.)
E-mail nuclearzero@brooklynpeace.org for the location.
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**10 billion dollars have been taken from Brooklyn taxpayers and wasted on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. A total of more than a trillion dollars overall has been spent on the wars. U.S.foreign policy and tax dollars are supporting the wrong policies in Israel, Latin America, Africa and the Mid East. In addition to countless lives here and abroad both lost and permanently maimed, we are also seeing this misallocation of resources result in drastic cutbacks of public services.
**Brooklyn For Peace provides a voice for resistance! We participate in demonstrations, vigils, letter-writing, phone-call and petition campaigns. We work with a wide variety of other groups. We’re out on the street with flyers and at neighborhood festivals. We provide visibility to the need for peaceful alternatives.
The following are a few of our activities thus far in 2011:
  • Peace Fair at Brooklyn College, with Juan Gonzalez as the keynote speaker, emphasizing “Cut the Military Budget! We Need New Priorities!”
  • Participation in April 9 National Anti-War demonstration
  • Nuclear Zero Town Hall Meeting, launching petition campaign to have NYC declared as a Mayor’s City of Peace
  • Distributing flyers emphasizing cost of war to Brooklyn, on Tax Day in Brooklyn (Flatbush-Midwood) and on May 12 at the city-wide demonstration against cutbacks
  • Community Meeting on Libya, resulting in a statement and petition calling for alternatives to military action
  • Ongoing vigils for Darfur, keeping this issue in public view
  • CineForos (films with discussion) on Latin America
  • Joining with community members to support the building of a mosque in Sheepshead Bay, and sponsoring a workshop on Islamophobia at the Peace Fair
Most of our work is done by volunteers. However, even this e-mail message which you are now reading costs money to send!
We are only able to maintain our multi-faceted program by employing a full-time Program Coordinator. Funds are also needed to rent space in which to hold events, to print flyers and publicity materials, and to video our events to make them accessible to those not able to attend in person.
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