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MAY 24, SUN, 12:30 pm: Memorial Day Observance by Veterans for Peace, NYC Chapter 34

New York City Chapter 34 of Veterans For Peace will host a Memorial Day Observance For Peace, to remember our fallen comrades and all victims of war. We will speak about the true meaning of Memorial Day for veterans, their families and all victims of war.

Meet at 12:30pm on the waterfront in Battery Park, near the upright in front of the Eagle monument at the water’s edge opposite eight upright granite slabs of the Sailor’s Memorial. Look for the VFP flags & FFALB banner near the Statue of Liberty Ferry. The ceremony is expected to conclude by 2:30 pm.
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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 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.

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MAY 27, WED, 7 pm: Harnessing Hope: Stories of Resilience from Palestine

Harnessing Hope: Stories of Resilience from Palestine

Join us for an evening of storytelling, music, spoken word, and Middle Eastern food to help support the Palestinian House of Friendship

Meet Mohammed Sawalha, PHF Director, and his son, Majed, from the West Bank in Palestine

Hear about life under occupation from a grassroots leader, courageous peacemaker, organizer, educator, and father

WHEN: Wednesday, May 27 from 7 to 9 pm

WHERE: Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn

Free. Donations requested.

See it on Facebook.
RSVP requested: phffriends@gmail.com
Space is limited!

Co-Sponsor: Ethical Action Committee, Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Endorsed by: Brooklyn For Peace and Jewish Voice for Peace–NY

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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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Next Steps in Tell Congress: Vote NO on Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Initial vote in the Senate was a significant blow to Fast Track by voting down a procedural motion to prevent its filibuster. However vote itself is likely to come up soon. Even if you called before, please call again to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, and to your own representative.

TELL CONGRESS MEMBERS TO VOTE NO ON FAST TRACK  for the TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP ‘free trade agreement’ (TPP)
Calls to your own representative, and also to Senator Gillibrand and Senator Schumer (he’s on the Senate Finance Committee) are especially important.

Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121
NY offices:
Schumer: 212-486-4430
Gillibrand: 212-688-6262

Fast Track legislation would mandate no more than 20 hours of debate on the whole TPP and one Yes or No vote on the entire package within 90 days. Fast Track changes US governance by giving to the president the authority over international trade assigned to congress by the US Constitution.
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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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