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Brooklynites March Against War on 16th Anniversary of War in Afghanistan
BROOKLYN, October 7, 2017 — Dozens of Brooklyn residents gathered at Barclays Center on Saturday October 7 to mark the 16th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. Singing, chanting, and carrying signs protesting war and nuclear weapons, they marched through downtown Brooklyn before boarding the subway to join the city-wide “March To End Our Endless Wars” in Washington Square Park and the Vigil for Yemen in Manhattan’s Union Square.
Organized by Brooklyn For Peace and Fort Greene Peace, the activists distributed flyers to passers-by along Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Street urging people to call Congress demanding an end to U.S. participation in the wars throughout the Middle East that are causing high civilian casualties while failing to bring the region closer to peace and stability. (Click here to see the flyer.) Members of the Granny Peace Brigade, Green Party of Brooklyn, Military Families Speak Out/NYC, Peace Action New York State, War Resisters League/NYC, and World Can’t Wait also participated.
“These wars have turned functioning nations into wastelands, creating an enormous refugee crisis, and breeding hatred for the U.S. for the devastation its military has caused And here at home, the cost of fighting these wars, year after year after year, is draining funds from things that the American people need such as health care, mass transit, and education,” said Tara Currie, a member of Brooklyn For Peace.
If you agree with us that 16 years of war in Afghanistan are 16 years too many, join us to work for the elimination of war and the social and economic injustices that give rise to it. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can participate.
Two Year Anniversary of Iran Nuclear Deal! Diplomacy Worked with Iran, It Can Work with North Korea
Brooklyn For Peace worked hard to persuade our Brooklyn representatives to support the Iran nuclear agreement. We applaud the following statement issued by Peace Action:
“On the two-year anniversary of its signing, the Iran agreement continues to exemplify the value of diplomacy. Thanks to diplomacy, we know that all of Iran’s potential pathways to obtaining nuclear weapons remain blocked. Even the Trump administration, which has made its disdain for the agreement abundantly clear, can’t deny the accord is working exactly as intended. Congress and the administration must work to uphold and defend the agreement and continue diplomatic discussions on areas of concern and cooperation.
“One of the crucial features of negotiations with Iran was our willingness to negotiate without preconditions. Yet when it comes to growing concerns over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the administration has instead opted for more ineffective sanctions and dangerous threats of military force. It’s time we apply the same diplomatic approach to North Korea that has proved successful with Iran.” Continue reading →
Brooklyn Says YES To Peace & Diplomacy And NO to another war! Grand Army Plaza Vigil Thursday, September 10th 5:00 pm
Please come out to the Brooklyn For Peace / MoveOn
Vigil at Grand Army Plaza Thursday, September 10th, 2015 at 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
• To support peace and diplomacy with Iran.
• To say NO to another disastrous war!
• To tell Senator Schumer – You were wrong on Iraq. And now you’re wrong on Iran! • To support and offer thanks to our Brooklyn Representatives
and Senator Gillibrand who have stood up and done the right thing
by supporting the agreement with Iran.
► Please share this by emailing or posting in social media. Use this link: bit.ly/sep10vigil
Brooklyn Poll Says: “Bring Our War Dollars Home!”
May 25, 2013
The Peace And Economic Justice Committee of Brooklyn For Peace has been busy. Very busy. Over the past few years we’ve been talking to our Brooklyn neighbors, about the lopsided spending priorities in Washington which favor war at the expense of human needs. Using a unique gizmo called the BFP Penny Poll, (see photos below) we have queried residents with this question: “If you were a member of Congress how would you apportion the Federal budget?” Handed a bag of 20 pennies, we ask them to allocate the money among eight spending categories (each represented by a plastic tube) such as military spending, health care, education, jobs, housing and the environment. The results were very telling and revealed a sharp disconnect between how constituents want their tax monies spent and what Congress actually has been doing with it, sending nearly 60 percent of our tax monies to the Pentagon and related military spending.
Take a look at the summary of our BFP Penny Poll results in the slide show below to see that Brooklyn wants new spending priorities in Washington. Brooklyn says bring our war dollars home to our communities!
Brooklyn For Peace will be setting up tables at various street fairs over the summer weeks ahead. We welcome your participation — it’s fun! Write to email@example.com to join the campaign.
Take a look at our informative presentation. Click on the graph below.
When the slide show starts, use the controls at lower left to pause or advance.
Students at Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies
taking the BFP Penny Poll
At one table in Fort Greene people lined up to take the Penny Poll. Given a bag of 20 pennies, representing the Federal budget, people were asked to allocate their money among categories such as the military, housing, education and health care, among others.
A closer look at our Penny Poll gizmo. Each tube represents a spending
category for residents to allocate their “tax monies” to.
For Tax Day – A Street Corner Speak Out Against War Spending
Apr 14, 2013
A boisterous Street Corner Speak Out was held on Saturday at the entrance to Fort Greene Park. The event, sponsored jointly by Brooklyn For Peace and Fort Greene Peace, marked this year’s tax day and was part of the Global Day Against Military Spending.
Speakers, singers and puppeteers helped “connect the dots” to Farmers Market shoppers, park-goers and passers-by. They challenged the almost $700 billion Pentagon budget which has been strangling funds for vital public services. Here in Brooklyn, they pointed out, six hospitals and two libraries have been slated for closure. The results are more unemployment and less services for the borough’s residents.
Another event is scheduled for this coming Monday, April 15 at 7:00 pm at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, also in Fort Greene. This Part II of our Tax Day Actions will be a forum that clarifies the complicated issues involved in the budget discussions taking place in Congress right now.
Take a look at some video and photos of today’s Speak Out.
Go to our Peace And Economic Justice committee Photo Album
Brooklyn Rallies To Save Interfaith Hospital
Mar 2, 2013
It was a cold, clear early March morning. But that didn’t stop Brooklyn residents from gathering in front of Interfaith Medical Center in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn to demand that the hospital be kept as a full service health care facility that surrounding neighborhoods depend upon. Some 500 letters to the state health commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah, had been collected and were to be mailed to him today at the culmination of the event: a press conference and protest demonstration, followed by a spirited march up busy Fulton Street to the post office at Restoration Plaza. Read more >>>
Two Things You Can Do To Push Back Against Austerity In Brooklyn
Feb 28, 2013
Here are TWO THINGS you can do right now to push back against the drive to austerity that right-wing, corporate forces are pushing locally and in Washington.
As you probably know, plans to close hospitals in Brooklyn are proceeding at full boil. Brooklyn For Peace, led by its Peace And Economic Justice Committee, has been joining coalitions that have been fighting the cutbacks, layoffs and closings at SUNY Downstate and LICH.
Now recent newspaper articles have referred to the imminent merger of Interfaith Medical Center, a hospital serving Bedford-Stuyvesant, with privately-run Brooklyn Hospital. The merger means that Interfaith would be very possibly be converted to a special-purpose facility, thus leaving Brooklyn with one less full-service hospital. Despite its perennially-poor financial status, Interfaith still provides health care as a last resort to large amounts of poor Brooklyn residents.
ThisSaturday, March 2nd at 10 am,NY Communities for Change, along with others, will stage a press conference in front of Interfaith Medical Center (1545 Atlantic Avenue between Albany and Troy Avenues – A or C Subway to Throop Avenue station)[MAP] The press conference will announce the collection of letters to NYS Health Commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah, inquiring about the current status of Interfaith, information that is, apparently, being kept under wraps.
After the press conference, participants will march to Restoration Plaza on Fulton Street and deliver the letters to the post office there, mailing them to Dr. Shah.
Here are the two things we ask of you to help stop the merger and possible conversion of Interfaith Medical Center that would reduce health care access to the people of Brooklyn:
Sign on to the letter to the Health Commissioner. You can read and sign the letter here.
Join us at Interfaith this Saturday, March 2nd at 10 am. Show your solidarity with the people of Bedford Stuvesant and beyond who are served at this important public hospital.
Brooklyn For Peace believes that the drive to impose austerity on the American people is intricately linked to the fight for peace. It is the diversion of our tax dollars to fund the bloated military budget and the endless wars abroad that is strangling vital programs and urgently needed services for people’s needs. Combine those misguided priorities with unfair tax policies that allow the super-rich and large corporations to pay little or no taxes and you have a prescription for the austerity that confronts our people.
Please sign the letter here. We hope to see you Saturday at Interfaith!
— The Peace And Economic Justice Committee (PEJ)
of Brooklyn For Peace
Brooklyn Marches On Albany To Demand An End To Layoffs At SUNY Downstate.
January 8, 2013
A coalition is growing in Brooklyn. Fueled by local clergy, union workers, community activists, patients and residents, the coalition organized a day of protest and lobbying in Albany. The message? Stop the layoffs, cutbacks and threats of closures at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
Already some 400 workers have been given the pink slip at that important Brooklyn health care facility. And 1000 more jobs are to be lost in the months ahead if Albany doesn’t prevent it. Some 13,000 signatures on petitions to Governor Cuomo have been collected urging him to stop his “restructuring” plan which would accelerate the firings and cutbacks.
Bus riders from Brooklyn split into various lobbying
groups and visited state legislators. See more photos and video HERE.
Brooklyn For Peace is part of that coalition and has been helping to collect signatures and promote news of the Governor’s plans to its members and constituents. Five members were part of yesterday’s rally in Albany. The organization’s Peace And Economic Justice Committee sees the root cause of the attacks on health care lies not only in Albany but also in the skewed spending priorities in Washington which favors military contractors and endless wars over the urgent and vital needs of the American people. The annual federal discretionary budget allocates nearly 60 cents of every federal budget dollar for war and bloated Pentagon budgets but only five cents for health care. In a flyer distributed on buses this morning, Brooklyn For Peace said we should “close down the wars … not Brooklyn Hospitals.”
The fight continues to build pressure on the state legislature to guarantee adequate funding of SUNY Downstate so that the layoffs can be stopped and reversed and public health care for Brooklyn residents can be guaranteed.
To see video and pictures from today’s rally, just go HERE.
Brooklynites To Congress: We Don’t Want Another War!
October 28, 2012
Members of Brooklyn For Peace’s Peace And Economic Justice Committee (PEJ) have been busy the past few weekends. Concerned that some in Congress are beating the drums of war once again by pushing for military action against Iran, they have been out on street corners asking residents to send postcards to Congress demanding that their representatives say “NO to another war!”
And they have been met with strong approval and strong opposition to yet another war — this time with Iran. Thousands of flyers have been distributed and some 400 postcards to the Brooklyn Congressional delegation have been collected and sent. The tables have been set up near Grand Army Plaza and Fort Greene Park at the busy Farmers Markets there.
The PEJ Committee plans to continue these activities to put Congress on notice that their constituents want diplomacy, not war, to be used to settle international disputes. The cards demand that “war be taken off the table,” that sanctions, which have done severe harm to Iran’s citizens, be ended and that the efforts should be made to declare the entire region a nuclear-free zone. The flyer points out that other nations, including Israel, already possess nuclear weapons. Yet this is almost never mentioned when Iran is discussed.
Flyers have been distributed by the thousands to residents in Brooklyn.
The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations bill (HR 5856), which includes $519 billion for the Pentagon’s base budget and $88.5 billion for the war in Afghanistan, passed in the House of Representatives on July 19 with 90 opposing votes. (326 in favor, 90 opposed, 15 not voting.)
Four Brooklyn Congressional Representatives (Clarke, Nadler, Towns, and Velazquez) were among those voting NO. The same 4 also voted in favor of the amendment introduced by Barbara Lee, which would have required the safe and responsible withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan. If Clarke, Nadler, Towns, or Velazquez represents you, please call to thank them for their vote. Your call is imporant: we can’t take our elected officials for granted! Continue reading →
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