SAVE THE DATE!! 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. Read the rest of this entry »
AUG 30, SAT, 10 am: Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen & the Centrality of the Struggle Against White Supremacy with Jeffrey B. Perry Last class of a 5 class series
Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen & the Centrality of the Struggle Against White Supremacy with Jeffrey B. Perry
WHERE: The Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
WHEN: Sat Aug 30, 10 am: Last class of a 5 part series
This course will focus on the relevance today of important insights from Hubert H. Harrison (1883-1927) and Theodore W. Allen (1919-2005), two of the twentieth century’s most important writers on race and class.
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!”.
Next vigil Monday Sept 1: focue to be announced. 4 will focus on Yassin Aref.Speakers will include Alexis Agathocelous from CCR who is the lead lawyer in the Communications Management Unit (CMU) case that CMU prisoners (including Yassin) brought in 2010. Click here for more info on this case.
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.
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 suports 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.
Vigils will be held on the first Monday night of every month outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan. Each vigil highlights the specific case of an individual. Individuals highlighted at previous vigils:Fahad Hashmi Februuary); Tarek Mehanna (March); Shifa Sadequee (April); Ahmed Abu Ali (May); Farooque Ahmed (June); issues of prisoners navigating the celebration of Ramadan behind bars, and case of Talha Ahsan (July); Yassin Aref (August; Speakers included Alexis Agathocelous from CCR who is the lead lawyer in the Communications Management Unit (CMU) case that CMU prisoners (including Yassin) brought in 2010. Click here for more info on this case.) Read the rest of this entry »
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 atChannel 1998 (TimeWarner) (CORRECTED INFO)!!; Chanel 68 (Cablevision); Channel 83 (RCN); Channel 43 (Verizon).
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 email@example.com to participate with Brooklyn For Peace or get involved.
OCT 2, TH: Pathmaker to Peace Award and Reception for Michael Ratner
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.
Lets Say NO!! to Weaponized and Surveillance Drones in NYC.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to receive information on how you can participate in campaign to get NYC Council to vote against bringing drones into 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 email@example.com. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
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.
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You’ll be spreading the word while supporting the work of this energetic and important group.
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.
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.