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OCT 2, TH, 7 pm: Michael Ratner speaking on
‘From Guantanamo to WikiLeaks: Taking on the State In a Post 9/11 World’
Pathmaker to Peace Award and Reception

Join Brooklyn For Peace for a Pathmaker to Peace Award and Reception with Michael Ratner on Thursday, October 2 at 7   pm at the Brooklyn Friends Meeting House.

Mr. Ratner is President Emeritus, Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR),  past president, National Lawyers Guild; and 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. This event is free and open to the public.

WHERE: Brooklyn Friends Meeting House, 110 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

WHEN: Thursday, October 2, 7:00 pm with reception following the presentation

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OCT. 2—OCT. 26: Extreme Whether: a new play about climate change by Karen Malpede
Speakers and dialogue following each performance

Extreme Whether, a new play by Karen Malpede, brings home the intense struggle that is being waged in the US over climate change.. Each performance is followed by a speaker and opportunity for dialogue with the audience, as part of the Festival of Conscience. Produced by the Theater Three Collaborative, which creates, develops and produces new poetic-language, character-driven plays on pressing social issues (“telling the truth one play at a time”.

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, Manhattan


Starring Jeff McCarthy (Urinetown), George Bartenieff (4-time Obie winner), Di Zhu, Kit Flanagan, Alex Travis, Tonia Rudi. Running time of the performance (including intermission) is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Festival of Conscience Speaker Line-Up:
Note: With your ticket to any performance, you’re welcome to return after any subsequent performance for the Festival of Conscience speakers.

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Oct 6, 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 October 6: Vigil highlights the case of Dritan, Shain and Eljvir Duka, 3 brothers who all received life sentences in part of one of the most egregious post-911 entrapment cases to date, the Fort Dix Five case. They left behind 6 children who are being raised now by the Duka grandparents. 

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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OCT. 7, TUES: 13th Anniversary of the Afghanistan War

14th Anniversary of the Afghanistan War Demonstration

WHEN: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014: 4:30-7 p.m.

WHERE: 60 East 14th Street opposite Union Square Park

Military Families Speak Out (Metro), War Resisters League NY, Code Pink NY, Grannies Peace Brigade, Brooklyn For Peace, Grandmothers Against the War, Peace Action Bay Ridge Interfaith, Manhattan Peace Action & Peace Action NYS will be reading the names of the fallen in Afghanistan.

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Oct 8, WED, 10 pm: “War No More”: BFP Monthly Show on Brooklyn Community Access Television

War No More: BFP’s month;y show on Brooklyn Community Access Television:

Did you miss any of our recent forums? Catch the highlights!
Topic for Wed Oct 8 to be announced.

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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10/25 SAT, 10/26 SUN + 10/31FRI: Trick or Treat for UNICEF 2014

It’s Trick or Treat for UNICEF season! This year will mark the 64th Anniversary of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

Join Brooklyn For Peace and walk in The Park Slope Halloween Parade Monday, October 31, 2o14. The Halloween Parade route will start at 11th Street and 7th Avenue and end at the Old Stone House right off 5th Avenue in Brooklyn.

We need volunteers! 

  • The Saturday before Halloween, 10/25, we need volunteers to help hand out Unicef collecting boxes at the Grand Army NYC Greenmarket and then on Sunday, 10/26, at the Farmers Market at 5th Ave. & 3rd St.
  • On Halloween, 10/31, we need volunteers to staff collection boxes along the parade route on Halloween Monday October 31 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

For more than 60 years, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has served as the Original Kids Helping Kids campaign. In 1950, children across America were inspired to collect coins for UNICEF to aid children abroad enduring the after-effects of World War II. It was not just a charity effort—it was a call to end the needless suffering of their more vulnerable peers around the globe. Since then, for generations of Americans, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has been a powerful way to make a difference in the lives of the world’s children

Please join us again to support this important event. I hope we can count on you to help.

Anyone who would like to have UNICEF boxes delivered anywhere in the city, you can call 1-800-FOR-KIDS. Usually they need 2 days notice to deliver.

Ginny the UNICEF Fairy at a school presentation:

Email: or call 718-624-5921.

OCT. 26, SUN: Screening of the film, Budrus

ISRAEL/PALESTINE – IS THERE A SOLUTION? Peace Action Bay Ridge Interfaith is hosting a Film Screening of BUDRUS

WHEN: Sunday, October 26 at 1:00 P.M.

WHERE: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7420 4th Ave., Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (4th Ave. & 74th St. \ 77th St. stop on R)

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NOV.15, SAT, 6–9:30 pm: Honoring Noam Chomsky & BFP’s 30th Anniversary
PathMakers to Peace Reception: Tickets available now!

PTP-5Join us on Saturday November 15 for 2nd annual PathMakers to Peace Awards Reception, honoring Noam Chomsky, linguist, author, political commentator and activist, and celebrating 30 years of Brooklyn For Peace working for peace and justice.

What better way for BFP to renew our efforts than to invite you to join us for a night of celebration starting off with drinks and hor d’oeuvres, followed by dinner, drinks, dessert and our keynote speaker, Noam Chomsky.

This year the event will take place on Saturday, November 15, at 6:00 pm, at the historic Plymouth Church. Opened in 1846, the church was once a major Abolitionist center. Its first pastor was Henry Ward Beecher who became a leading figure in the abolitionist movement. The church was a station on the Underground Railroad.

Come out and support the honorees and this wonderful event! Brooklyn For Peace continue to be your voice for peace and social justice.


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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