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DEC 22, MON, 5:30 pm: Silent Walk to Honor Life
Brooklyn, starting at Tompkins & Lafayette

Mon Dec 22, starting at 5:30 pm Herbert Von King Park (previously known as Tompkins Park) in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, at the intersection of Tompkins Ave & Lafayette Ave.
We will end at St. Philips Church at 765 Lafayette Avenue

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Supporting Organizations:
Leaders of Tomorrow: Brooklyn
New York Communities for Change
BK Nation

JOIN A SILENT WALK TO HONOR LIFE.
We gather to reaffirm the movement for Black Liberation that uses nonviolent civil resistance.
We gather to reaffirm that we are here for peace and justice for all people.We want to end this violent system that dehumanizes all people, pitting race, religion, and ideology against each other.
We are building a future rooted in equity and nurtured by justice for all: A future where communities can thrive knowing every life is valued equally. No family should have to mourn the loss of a loved one as a result of a senseless act of violence.This is a candlelit march. Please only bring candles, lanterns, flashlights, and other small lights. Please do not bring signs or banners. Wear black.Bring your spirits. Bring reflections. Walk with your brothers and sisters in calling for an end to violence against communities everywhere.We will start in Herbert Von King (previously called Tompkins) Park in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, at the intersection of Tompkins Ave & Lafayette Ave. We will end at St. Philips Church at 765 Lafayette Avenue for healing, conversing and reflecting.

Supporting Organizations:
Leaders of Tomorrow: Brooklyn
New York Communities for Change
BK Nation


JAN 5, MON, 6:00–7:00 pm: Vigil outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC)
End abuses of human rights and civil liberties in “War on Terror” cases, often against Muslims

End abuses of human rights and civil liberties in “War on Terror” cases, often against Muslims.
“No Separate Justice!”.  The mission of the No Separate Justice campaign is to highlight the gross abuses of the “war on terror” which have taken place in prisons and courtrooms across the United States. The purpose of the monthly vigils is to keep these injustices before our eyes.

No Separate Justice! campaign is a coalition of community groups, academics, family members and human rights and civil liberties organizations including Amnesty International USA, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Council On American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-New York, and Educators for Civil Liberties. Brooklyn For Peace supports and endorses this campaign. “No Separate Justice” exposes and works to end a pattern of human rights and civil liberties abuses in “War on Terror” cases in the U.S. criminal justice system. Many of these cases are against Muslims or people associated with Muslim groups.

Monday Jan 5, 2014: Focus to be announced.

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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JAN. 7, WED: Join the bus to Albany for Governor’s Cuomo’s State of State Address

 

On Wednesday January 7, join the bus to Albany for the Not One Well! rally outside Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address.

We need your help to make this rally the success it must be. Please spread the word to your friends, family, and neighbors – and make sure they understand the urgency of the moment and the importance of this rally.

JAN. 10, SAT: Congress Wants To Hear From You. Are You Ready To Speak Up?

Congress Wants To Hear From You. Are You Ready To Speak Up?

A group of progressive members of Congress, organized as the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) formulate and promote a , is holding a series of meetings around the country. Their aim is to budget, based on progressive ideals meet the urgent needs – a budget that will, first and foremost, of the American people and the desires of Wall Street not for ever greater profits at the expense of the 99 percent.

In order to design a budget that delivers the funds needed by working families they must hear from us. The CPC wants our input and wants to hear our complaints about what’s wrong and what needs to be done when it comes to Congress’ budgets that have resulted in drastic cutbacks to vital services and layoffs to tens of thousands of workers.

Fed up with cutbacks and layoffs?

Unending layoffs and budget cuts to vital services • Hospitals closed • Libraries sold off • Public housing and public schools privatized • Mass transit cuts • Senior centers closed • Social Security threatened • Food Stamps devastated • Lack of affordable housing • Overstuffed Pentagon budgets • Environment in  serious trouble

Here’s a great opportunity to tell Congress what we need, what we want and how we want our taxes spent.

Brooklyn meets Congress

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, 2 – 5 pm

WHERE: Memorial Presbyterian Church, 186 St. John’s Pl (corner 7th Ave & St. John’s Place in Park Slope, Brooklyn) MAP: bit.ly/memorial-church

The following New York CPC Congress members have been invited: Yvette Clarke, Hakeem Jeffries, Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler, Charlie Rangel, Jose Serrano, Nydia Velazquez.

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Have you called yet? If not, do it TODAY!! No Bombing! No War!
Call Congress

Pick up the phone!! 

No Bombing! No War! National Call-in Day

Capitol Hill Switchboard: 877-429-0678 (toll-free number)  

President Obama has announced that he was sending another 1500 troops to Iraq, and would be calling on Congress to issue a new “authorization for the use of force” against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
He is asking as well for $5.6 billion to pay for this new war.

The Brooklyn Representatives have repeatedly voted for antiwar positions, but strong pressure will be on them now to vote for this authorization.  Both they and our Senators need to hear from their constituents that this new war is another tragic mistake.

Call your Representative, as well as Senators Schumer and Gillibrand

Toll-free number 877-429-0678 (provided by Friends Committee on National Legislation)

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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.”

Although it’s unlikely that Bratton was naive enough to utter those exact words, it is probable that spying on the citizenry of New York is indeed what he intends to do. His exact words were, “Myself, I’m supportive of the concept of drones, not only for police but for public safety in general . . . It’s something that we actively keep looking at and stay aware of.”

With this warning ringing in our ears, we’re heading for 125th Street to alert the citizenry that drones will be coming–if not tomorrow, certainly within a few years.

 

Action Alert: End JROTC in public high schools!
Support Councilmember Dromm, speaking out to end JROTC!

Responding to our campaign to end JROTC programs in NYC public high schools, Council Member Daniel Dromm, Chair of the Committee on Education, is currently speaking out for a re-allocation of funds from the JROTC program to needed teacher, student, alternative school and guidance programs, according to recent article in the NY Post.

It’s important that Councilmember Dromm hear from us NOW. Please write a short note to thank him for his commitment on this issue, and for his strong public voice to eliminate funding for this program. 2 0r 3 sentences will be very much appreciated.  Let him know what you feel about this military program. You can  choose one point that especially concerns you from the talking points below. E-mail to ddromm@council.nyc.gov.
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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

Every THURSDAY, 4:30–6:00 pm: Free, Ongoing Self-Defense Classes for Teens and Transyouth Age 12–19

The Center for Anti-Violence Education offers an ongoing, free self-defense class on Thursdays  for teen women and transyouth aged 12-19. The classes are held at CAE, 327 7th St (at 5th Ave), 2nd floor in Brooklyn. 4:30–6:00 pm.

FREE: PACT (Power Action Change for Teens)
For Teen Women & Transyouth ages 12-19
Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 pm
This class follows the school calendar. Ongoing enrollment.
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