Over a thousand marched today, encircling City Hall, demanding immediate action by government on the very real threat of climate change. Brooklyn For Peace was a co-sponsor of the event and many of its members participated.
This protest was one of thousands around the globe, called to express solidarity with the giant march in Paris that was cancelled by the government in the wake of the attacks in that city. The Paris march was to take place outside the U.N. Climate Summit which is ongoing for the next two weeks as governments meet to decide on actions to tackle this threat to the planet and civilization.
Protests are necessary because governments are stymied and controlled by economic interests that put profits before planet and people.
Brooklyn For Peace Response to Recent Attacks and Global Violence
Brooklyn For Peace shares with people around the world a deep sorrow over the recent attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad, along with the civilian deaths on the downed Russian airplane and in Beirut.
The massive news coverage of Paris brings home to everyone the humanity of these particular victims and the tragedy of innocent lives upended or destroyed. Yet in mourning these most recent deaths, we cannot ignore the reality of fourteen years in which millions of civilians in the Middle East and elsewhere have endured shattering losses, as the harsh and irresponsible American “war on terror” exacts its fearful price.
We recognize there are no simple, easy solutions to the challenge of ISIS and other terrorist formations. But we have had ample opportunity to observe the personal tragedies which ensue when a horrific international crime is transformed into the occasion for war. Bombing the Syrian city of Raqqa may be cathartic for some, but let’s not forget that there are innocent people living there, whose lives are as precious as those of Paris or New York. We do not believe that accelerated air-strikes, increased weapons deliveries or expanded “boots on the ground” are a practical or moral answer to the danger of international terrorist plots. Indeed, the ramping up of military attacks on ISIS in Syria plays into the hands of ISIS which wants nothing more than to be identified as drawing the wrath of the “infidels.”
In the aftermath of 9-11, Brooklyn For Peace opposed a US military response to the attacks here in the United States. And together with hundreds of thousands of fellow New Yorkers, we spoke out against what turned out to be a catastrophic war in Iraq. The emergence of ISIS is dramatic testament to the folly of that needless invasion. The intervening years of suffering and violence have confirmed the necessity for a mobilized, vocal peace movement. We remain determined to oppose US militarism in all its manifestations, to support inclusive diplomacy and to urge a massive redirection of resources to aid the millions of men, women and children rendered homeless by the proliferating wars.
November 19, 2015
Charlotte Phillips, M.D.
Chairperson, Brooklyn For Peace
Brooklyn Agrees—No New U.S. War In Syria! Use Diplomacy Not War!
Nov 7, 2015: (Updated Nov 20, 2015)
Brooklyn For Peace set up tables in several Brooklyn neighborhoods today (11/6/2015). At one table, in front of the borough’s Central Library, residents lined up to sign petitions that urge Congress and the President to pursue diplomacy instead of war in settling the conflict in Syria. President Obama, who has said in the past that there is no military solution to that war, nevertheless reversed himself last week by ordering U.S. troops, placing them inside Syria. Viewing that escalation as the first step to what could easily become a much wider involvement, flyers were handed out demanding an end to U.S. military involvement in the complex civil war in Syria which has already claimed well over 200,000 lives and has produced a flood of refugees fleeing death and destruction. We must use diplomacy to bring all the parties together to hammer out a cease fire and a solution to the Syrian conflict. That must include the United States, Russia, Iraq, Iran and the Assad government. Only with such a regional diplomatic approach can ISIS be isolated and the terrible war be brought to an end. This will also help to end the refugee crisis whose root cause is the war. Continue reading →
Oh What A Night! Pathmaker To Peace Showed The Way To Peace!
Nov 13, 2015
Last night Brooklyn’s historic Plymouth Church echoed with cheers and applause as close to 200 people gathered to enjoy a great dinner and then listen intently as honoree, Amy Goodman, the crusading journalist and producer of Democracy Now, spoke on her experiences and her conclusion that grass roots movements are the way to win peace and still the hands of the warmakers.
It was also a night to showcase the role of Brooklyn’s oldest and most active peace and justice organization. Among several introductions, BFP Vice Chair Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg, recalled the vital role of the group in the run-up to the recent victory in Congress with the approval of the Iran nuclear treaty. Tireless activism, Eisenberg said, by BFP activists, was able to push Brooklyn’s Congressional delegation into supporting the Iran agreement—breaking the lockstep support for the pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC, that has been the usual scenario. This led, she pointed out, to other Democrats all across the country, following the lead of the Brooklyn House members, thus consolidating the final vote.
Here are some photos of an unforgettable evening. Click HERE to see our photo album.
BFP Endorses Nov 10th Action On Behalf of $15 Minimum Wage In NYC! “Peace Abroad and Justice At Home Are Tightly Connected.”
Oct 28, 2015
A national day of action to “Fight For $15″ is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10th.
Here in NYC there will be events in support of the struggle of fast food and health care workers to win a sustainable minimum wage.
Brooklyn For Peace has endorsed the local actions which are being sponsored by a broad coalition of community, clergy and labor groups. Realizing that a rising tide lifts all boats and that economic deprivation at home is tightly bound to the lopsized spending priorities of Congress, where tax dollars in the trillions are spent for war but ugently needed programs are slashed for “lack of funds,” Brooklyn For Peace believes that there can be no justice at home without peace abroad and an end to militarism and war as national policy. Likewise, without justice at home there can be no peace.
RISE AND SHINE and show your support. Join us early Tuesday morning on November 10th at 5:30 amto lend support to Brooklyn’s fast food workers. The event in Brooklyn will be launched at Cadman Plaza & Tillary Street. [MAP LINK] Be there!
NOTE: The BFP contingent of members and friends will meet at 5:30am at the flagpole in the park on the south side of Tillary Street, across from Cadman Plaza Park.
Also, later in the day, a Citywide Rally And March — 4:00 pm at Foley Square. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Thank You Brooklyn Reps! For Supporting Peace & Diplomacy With Iran!
Sep 1, 2015
Brooklyn is in the house! And peace is winning the day. Four of six of our Brooklyn House members have declared their support for the Iran deal, supporting peace and diplomacy with Iran and not another war!
Big thanks go to Yvette Clarke, Hakeem Jeffries, Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velazquez who listened to their constituents and then stood up and spoke out.
Please call Clarke, Jeffries, Nadler and Velazquez and tell them “thank you” for doing the right thing.
Let them know you’ll have their back when opponents of the deal attack them for taking a position in favor of peace.
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