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Sept 1, 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!”.

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 Sept 1: Vigil highlights the case of Shahawar Matin Siraj who was arrested 10 years ago–on August 27, 2004–when he was 22 years old. Matin’s case is included in newly published human rights research including both Illusion of Justice: Human Rights Abuses in U.S. Terror Prosecutions,”  produced by researchers at Human Rights Watch and the Human Rights Institute at Columbia University and also “Inventing Terrorists: The Lawfare of Preemptive Prosecution” written by the Albany-based human rights organization Project SALAM and Washington, D.C.-based National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms.  “Inventing Terrorists” analyzes 399 federal terrorism cases including Matin’s that have been prosecuted since 2001.  The attention being brought to cases like that of Shahawar Matin Siraj reflects a growing awareness in the U.S. about the grave abuses taking place in post-9/11 federal “terrorism”  prosecutions.

Directions: See a map
150 Park Row (corner Pearl St.)
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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Sept 5, Friday, 7 pm: BFP Forum: Which Way Forward: Climate Chaos or Climate Justice?

Join us at a forum presented by Brooklyn For Peace – Climate Action in the lead-up to the UN Summit on Climate Change in New York City.

For 20 years the United States and its allies have sabotaged global efforts to stop climate change.

• They promote false solutions like carbon trading and “voluntary” emissions reduction.
• They blame developing nations for the crisis, ignoring 250 years of industrial development in Europe and North America.
• They divert climate change funding for poor countries into schemes that profit private corporations.

Time is running out. We are on the brink of irreversible climate change. Why aren’t our leaders acting? Who will suffer? What must we do to create real change? BFP Climate Action invites you to a forum to explore these issues.

Location: Memorial Presbyterian Church,186 Saint Johns Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn
Trains: 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza; B/Q to 7th Ave (at Flatbush) See a map

Speakers: Sean Sweeney: Director of the Global Labor Institute, Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations; one of the key organizers for the People’s Climate March.

Michael Klare: Professor at Hampshire College; author of many books and articles, most recently “The Race for What’s Left.” Addresses issues of the growing global contention over diminishing resources, including energy, minerals, food, water, with implications for global geopolitics.

Janet Redman: Director of the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies. Focuses on the subversion of the international regulatory apparatus and the failure of market-based solutions to climate change.

JJ Johnson: Progressive labor journalist, participated in Cochabamba (2010 World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth); special interest in labor and the environment,and the nexus between race, class, and climate justice.

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SEPT. 7, SUN, 7 pm: Roots/Judur/Shorashim:
A Conversation about Palestinian Non-Violent Resistance and the Changing of MInds:
Ali Abu Awwad and Hanan Schlesinger with Rabbi Ellen Lippman

Roots/Judur/Shorashim: A Conversation about Palestinian Non-Violent Resistance and the Changing of MInds
Ali Abu Awwad and Hanan Schlesinger with Rabbi Ellen Lippman

When: Sunday, September 7, 7 pm
Where: Kolot Chayeinu, 1012 8th Ave, Brooklyn [MAP]
Train: F/G to 7th Ave

Currently finishing his book, Painful HopeAli Abu Awwad is a leading Palestinian advocate of nonviolence among Palestinians, who reaches out to Jewish Israelis at the heart of the conflict. Ali has toured the world many times over, telling his riveting story of personal transformation from violent activism and imprisonment, through bereavement and the discovery of the path of nonviolence.

Hanan Schlesinger is an Orthodox rabbi and teacher, and a passionate Zionist settler who has been profoundly transformed by his friendship with Ali.  His understanding of the reality of the Middle East conflict and of Zionism has been utterly complicated by the parallel universe to which Ali has introduced him.

Sponsors: Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives and Rock Blossom Sangha (Brooklyn Community of Mindfulness)
Co-sponsors: Brooklyn For Peace; Congregation Beth Elohim; Union Temple of Brooklyn; T’ruah (Rabbinic Call for Human Rights); Ways of Peace (list in formation)

Suggested donation: $5-$10 to offset speakers’ travel costs
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Sept 10, WED, 10 pm: Phyllis Bennis speaking (Part Three, Q & A) on U.S. in the Middle East
“War No More”: BFP Monthly Show on Brooklyn Community Access Television

U.S. in the Middle East: Wars, Occupations, US Policy, and the Challenge to the Anti-War Movement:

Phyllis Bennis, writer, analyst, activist on Middle East and UN issues, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, spoke at a BFP Forum on March 17, 2014.
Did you miss it?
Catch the highlights (Part 2) of her presentation!

Tune in by cable in Brooklyn at Channel 1998 (TimeWarner) (CORRECTED INFO)!!; 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.
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SEPT. 21, SUN: People’s Climate March

In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

To change everything, we need everyone on board.

Sunday, September 21
New York City.
Join us.

Email to participate with Brooklyn For Peace or get involved.

March route to be posted shortly!

Pre-March rally from 10 to 11:30 in Central Park

End of March wrap-up on 11th Ave between 34th and 38th St.

OCT 2, TH: Pathmaker to Peace Award and Reception for Michael Ratner

Join Brooklyn For Peace for a Pathmaker to Peace Award and Reception with Michael Ratner, President Emeritus, Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR),  past president, National Lawyers Guild; Chair, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.

Mr. Ratner will speak on ‘From Guantanamo to WikiLeaks:  Taking on the State In a Post 9/11 World.’

After the presentation, there will be a reception with drinks and light food.

WHERE: Brooklyn Friends Meeting House, 110 Schermerhorn St, New York, NY 11201 [MAP]

WHEN: Thursday, October 2, 7 pm with reception following the presentation

Cosponsored by the Peace and Social Action Committee of the Brooklyn Monthly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

OCT. 2—OCT. 26: Extreme Whether and The Festival of Conscience

Extreme Whether is in full production, in conjunction with speaker and dialogues as part of the Festival of Conscience.

With plenty of drama, humor and magical experiences in nature, Extreme Whether brings home the intense struggle that is being waged in the US over climate change.

WHEN: Oct. 2nd – Oct. 26th 2014, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 3 pm (Sun Oct. 5th starts at 3:30 pm)

WHERE: Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., between 9th and 10th Sts.


Starring Jeff McCarthy (Urinetown), George Bartenieff (4-time Obie winner), Di Zhu, Kit Flanagan, Alex Travis, Tonia Rudi. “A new eco-drama about climate change: set in upstate New York during the record-breaking hot summers of 2004 and 2012, the play pits brother against sister in a bitter debate about the future of the planet. In one corner is John Bjornson, a composite of famous climatologists. In the other is his twin sister, Jeanne, an energy spokeswoman married to a skeptical lobbyist.” — The Scan, Science Section, New York Times.

Festival of Conscience Speaker Line-Up:

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No Weaponized and Surveillance Drones in NYC!!

Lets Say NO!! to Weaponized and Surveillance Drones in NYC.
E-mail 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
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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:
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 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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