JULY 22, WED,l 6:30 pm: Climate Change Town Hall Meeting

Join your neighbors for a town hall meeting on climate change on July 22nd. We’ll have the chance to learn more about what NYC is doing, and how we can take even more ambitious steps to promote and use renewable energy.
Town Hall Meeting on Climate Change
July 22, 2015
6:30 PM
P.S. 321, 180 7th Ave
Park Slope, Brooklyn
The event will begin with a presentation on the One NYC Plan, Mayor de Blasio’s initiative to help New York obtain a sustainable and resilient city that works for all. The presentation will be given by Nilda Mesa, the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.


Save the Date: Pathmakers to Peace with Amy Goodman
Thursday, November 12 at Plymouth Church!


Honoring Amy Goodman!

Thursday, November 12 , 6–9:30 pm
Plymouth Church, 57 Orange St., Brooklyn
between Henry and Hicks in Brooklyn Heights. [MAP]

Doors open at 6 pm for appetizers and drinks; program will begin at 7 pm.  Dinner, cocktails, and wine will be included.

Tickets go on sale August 15, 2015!

Please visit brooklynpeace.org or call 718-624-5921 for tickets.


AUG 3, Mon, 6:00 pm: No Separate Justice! Vigil at MCC, Manhattan
End abuses of human rights and civil liberties in “War on Terror” cases, often against Muslims.

“No Separate Justice!”Monthly vigil on first Monday of each month.
End abuses of human rights and civil liberties in “War on Terror” cases, often against Muslims.
Next vigil Mon Aug 3, 6:00 pm: Focus to be announced.

No Separate Justice Campaign is co-sponsored by: Amnesty International USA, Center for Constitutional Rights, the Council On American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-New York, Educators for Civil Liberties
Endorsed by Brooklyn For Peace and many others

Where: 150 Park Row (corner Pearl St.), lower Manhattan near City Hall (across street from Metropolitan Correctional Center)
Directions: See a map
Train: 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; J/Z to Chambers St/Centre St. Walk up Centre Street to Foley Square and look for Pearl Street which is in between the two huge federal courthouses on Foley Square. Walk down Pearl Street one block to where it dead ends on Park Row. Vigil takes place on the corner across from the entrance to MCC.

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AUG 12, WED, 10 pm: “War No More”: BFP Monthly Show on Brooklyn Community Access Television

Did you miss any of our recent Forums?
Catch the highlights on “War No More”!
“War No More” is BFP’s monthly Cable TV program,
cablecast on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 10 pm

Topic for Wed Aug 12, 10 pm: to be announced

Tune in by cable in Brooklyn at Channel 79 (TimeWarner); Chanel 68 (Cablevision); Channel 83 (RCN); Channel 43 (Verizon).Don’t have cable access or you’re not in Brooklyn?

Watch from anywhere on your computer.
It’s a live video-stream, so you must watch at time of the cablecast.
Go to BCAT TV Network, scroll down to Channel 2 and Launch!

Did you miss any of our recent forums? Catch the highlights on “War No More!”
Cablecast on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 10 pm, with live video-stream.

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Senate Passes “Fast Track” for TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership)

Wed June 24 update:

The Senate has voted to move forward with “Fast Track” for the TPP.  The vote was so close that if even if even one of the Senators who voted to cut off debate on Fast Track had voted the other way, it would have prevented “Fast Track” from moving forward. (See here for the Roll Call. 60 in favor, 37 against, 3 not voting.  60 votes (3/5 majority) required to pass.
Use this link provided by Citizens Trade Campaign to thank Senators Gillibrand and Schumer who voted against it. See how other Senators voted here.
Also, all of our Brooklyn reps voted AGAINST Fast Track when it came up in the House. (See below) Please call to thank them.
Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121
Click here for contact info for local offices.
Click here to find out who represents you.
When the negotiations (now being conducted in secret) are complete, the TPP will come before Congress for an up-or-down vote. If  it is ultimately passed, the TPP will affect many aspects of our lives, and the lives of people in other countries.  It will drastically increase the social and economic inequalities which lead to war.

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Brooklyn reps vote AGAINST war funding (2016 NDAA)!
Call to THANK Your Congressional Rep!

On Friday May 15, House of Representatives voted on the $612 billion FY Defense Authorization Act. (NDAA) for 2016.

All 5 Brooklyn reps ((Clarke, Jeffries, Maloney, Nadler, and Velazquez) voted AGAINST the NDAA. In spite of their votes, the Act passed, authorizing $96 billion in the “Overseas Contingency Operations Fund,” exempt from the sequestration requirement of the 2011 Budget Control Act. Meanwhile, the House Appropriations Committee just voted to CUT 20% of Amtrak’s appropriation in order to meet the sequestration requirement!

Please call to thank your representative for voting NO.  It’s important to let them know that we’re watching, and that we appreciate their vote.

Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121

Please e-mail bfp@brooklynpeace.org to let us know that you called.

Iran! War or Peace?

The United States and five other countries are about to conclude an agreement with Iran that will settle differences over that nation’s nuclear programs. The agreement will go a long way toward normalizing relations with Iran and establish a regimen on inspection that will guarantee Iran cannot build nuclear weapons.

If successful, the agreement will help calm the Middle East, a region that is boiling with crisis. The Republicans want to kill the agreement with Iran but they can’t do it without help from Democrats.

Senator Charles Schumer is teaming up with pro-war Republicans to undermine the President and destroy any possibility of reaching a settlment with Iran. If successful, Iran will be free to pursue nuclear weapons, our country’s position with its partners will be weakened and a yet another war will be brought much closer.

In the Senate, the GOP is trying, with major help from Charles Schumer, to assemble a vetoproof vote that can scuttle President Obama’s diplomacy.

In the House, a group of Democrats are supporting diplomacy by signing on to Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s Congressional letter… but some of our Bklyn Reps have not signed on..

Call (877) 762-8762 to speak directly with your Senator and Representative’s office on this issue.

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Join Global Divestment Campaign: Call NY State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli:
Divest State Pension Funds From Fossil Fuel Industry

Friday, Feb. 13 was Global Divestment Day. Hundreds of events took place worldwide calling upon governments, faith groups, universities and others to divest their investments in the fossil fuel industry which is driving climate change. Local protests took place in NYC, Albany, and Syracuse. More info: gofossilfree.org/divestment-day/

It’s not too late:  Let’s make eveery day Global Divestment Day:
If you didn’t call on Friday, calll State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli at 518-474-4044 TODAY!
Tell him: Divest the State Pension Funds from Fossil Fuels.  He has the legal authority to do it!
If you can’t get through on the phone, send an e-mail:  contactus@osc.state.ny.us
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“Take on Hate” Campaign: Join Arab American Association of NY in Mourning the Murder of 3 Muslim Students in North Carolina

On Fri Feb 13, a Vigil in Bay Ridge Mourned the Murder of the 3 Muslim Students in North Carolina

This vigil was organized by the Arab American Association of New York, the Muslim Community Network, Muslim American Society, Council on American-Islamic Relations, American Muslims for Palestine, and the Islamic Leadership Council of Metro New York

Now let’s join the  TAKE ON HATE Campaign, calling upon all Americans to address the current acceptability of prejudice toward Arab and Muslim Americans, and to stand up for change.
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No Weaponized and Surveillance Drones in NYC!!

Lets Say NO!! to Weaponized and Surveillance Drones in NYC.
E-mail grannypeace@gmail.com to receive information on how you can participate in campaign to get NYC Council to vote against bringing drones into NYC.

Check out KnowDrones and Granny Peace Brigade  for info on drones, especially in NYC.

In an article in the May 20 edition of the New York Daily News, reporter Tina Moore comments on William Bratton’s support for the concept of drones in the following way: “Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the unmanned machines equipped with cameras and tiny microphones could help spy on crime hotspots–like housing projects, where shootings are up about 32% this year.”
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No More Hiroshimas! No More Nagasakis! No More Fukushimas!

Did you know??
In March 2013, Norway hosted a conference in Oslo on the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons, with 127 governments in attendance. The US boycotted this conference! A follow-on conference is scheduled in Mexico in early 2014. The U.S. has not committed to attending.

In May 2013, a new United Nations working group began meeting in Geneva “to develop proposals to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations for the achievement and maintenance of a world without nuclear weapons.”  The first ever UN High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament will take place on September 26, 2013,  in New York.  But, the US is refusing to participate in the UN Disarmament Working Group, and has been silent on the September meeting.

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We Will Not Be Silent Shirts For Purchase!
Share your message with the world.

WE WILL NOT BE SILENT! Wear your message on your chest!

WE WILL NOT BE SILENT is an artist/activist collective that has worked together since 2006. Through the creative use of language embodied on shirts and at times emboldened on signs held up in public spaces, WE WILL NOT BE SILENT responds to current social justice issues, encouraging creative direct public actions, where many people can participate.

Check out the text you want to wear!

Choose from these and other collections: Reclaim; Greed Kills; Peace with Iran; Palestine; Tibet; Toward Liberation; and more.

Purchase your T-shirt on line at this link: wewillnotbesilent.net.
You’ll be spreading the word while supporting the work of this energetic and important group.

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Every Thursday, 5:30-6:30 pm:
Vigil: “Women in Black”: Justice for Palestine

Every Thursday, 5:30–6:30 pm (weather permitting)

Join the Women in Black Vigil Union Square (on the little traffic island at 14th St & Broadway)
Express your outrage at the continuing siege as well as the U.S. policy toward Israel-Palestine that allows the blockade to continue.
Both women and men are welcome to participate. Learn more about the Women in Black Vigil.

E-mail is.pales@brooklynpeace.org for local contact information for New York Women in Black

Self-Defense Classes for Teens, Adults, Transpeople, LGBTQ, and Transyouth Age 12–19
Center for Anti-Violence Education

The Center for Anti-Violence Education offers  self-defense classes for teen, adults, transpeople and LGBTQ.women and transyouth aged 12-19.
Check it out!

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