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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us in myriad ways: it has magnified the pernicious depth of racism, white supremacy, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant xenophobia in our country.  As a locally based peace and justice organization, we work to counteract the pervasive influence of militarism and hate.  The outsize military budget drains the resources so needed for our local communities as well as for addressing the looming climate crisis. The military mindset of our government leads to a foreign policy which makes us all less safe by increasing the danger of war and the existential threat of nuclear war.

Although our presence on the street has been curtailed, we’ve continued our educational events. After our initial forum of the year at the Brooklyn Commons, What’s Happening in Bolivia? the pandemic forced us to cancel Wrestling With Zionism. However, our Town Halls  in cyberspace have been very well attended:

**War Economy and COVID-19;
**Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19;
**Israel’s Attack on the USS Liberty;
**Reimagining Community Safety and Policing: Defunding and Demilitarizing the NYPD, Parts I and II,  and
**NYC Schools–A Double Crisis: How do pandemic and policy intensify inequity?

Working with a city-wide coalition to “Move the Money from War to Our Communities,” we have supported City Council Resolution 747-A, which would call for federal resources to be redirected from war preparations to domestic needs.  We participated in the March for Climate Justice Through Racial Justice. A team is developing a campaign making the connection between war and global warming, and demanding that the Green New Deal include reduction in military spending as a major plank. We’ll be sharing the brochure with you soon, and moving forward with this campaign in the new Congress.

By connecting issues, and building collaborations with local organizations, we hope to contribute to the development of a multi-issue movement for fundamental change in our society, toward one which prioritizes human needs. But we can’t do this without your continued membership and financial support. Brooklyn For Peace relies solely on our members and supporters for the resources which enable us to hire a Program Coordinator to strengthen our outreach efforts. If you value the voice of Brooklyn For Peace, please renew your commitment to achieving peace with racial, social, and economic justice by donating to whatever extent you are able.

Please become a member and make your tax-deductible donation at this link. If you’re already a 2020 member, or if you wish to donate without becoming a member, please consider making an end-of-year donation here.

Although we will not be holding our PathMakers to Peace Gala this year, we will be hosting a “Holiday Party” fundraising event (virtual, of course) on Tuesday December 15. Please follow our website and emails for details, and plan to join us..

Brooklyn For Peace is multi-issue, non-sectarian, and non-partisan. Our distinctive contribution is speaking out against war, and against the continuing racial, social, and economic injustices which prevent peace. We collaborate with a range of groups. We link the issues through the lens of a foreign policy which relies on military power to address problems. Our track record since 1984 of educational programs leading to informed action has made our voice a respected one. We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization 11-2963180. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Our most recent financial report may be obtained from us, or from the New York State Attorney General’s Office Charities Bureau.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a U.S. Ally, Declares War on Tigray State and Cuts Off Internet Communications

Link to Black Star News article

Recent news reports from Ethiopia are very alarming as the current Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, has declared war with a military offensive on the state of Tigray. All internet connection to the region has been cut off. The U.S. is a major supporter of Abiy Ahmed, who was awarded the Nobel Peace in 2019 work for his role in securing a peace agreement with Eritrea. However, he has turned a deaf ear to the pleas to address the tensions with Tigray by diplomacy.

Check out this recent piece in Black Star News by BFP Board Member Dr. Mohammed Nurhussein. Also see this statement by United African Congress, an umbrella organization representing the interests of 3.5 million continental African immigrants throughout the United States of America.

What can we do?
Contact Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, urging them to follow up with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Ask how Ethiopia is obtaining the weapons it’s using to carry out this military assault.
Contact Rep. Karen Bass, Chair of the Africa Subcommittee of Foreign Affairs (202) 225-7084). Urge her to follow up on statement issued on November 6 calling for a ceasefire, national dialogue, and protection of civilians.
Congressional switchboard: 202-224-3121

At the very least, internet communications need to be restored and the borders to Tigray opened for access for humanitarian aid as well as independent journalists.

Protect the Results of the 2020 Elections!

Link to Protect the Results Coalition

It’s not over yet! Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won the 2020 election. Recounts have not altered the results. Accusations of voter fraud have been decisively debunked. Although the transition process has begun, it won’t be over until January 20, 2021. The current occupant of the White House has refused officially to concede. There is a lot of damage that can be done between now and January 20, 2021.

Brooklyn For Peace has joined over 100 local organizations as part of the national “Protect the Results” coalition. Thousands of New Yorkers have signed the Protect the Results-NYC pledge to defend democracy should the president’s actions seriously threaten the peaceful transfer of power Americans expect and deserve. We need to be ready to mobilize in large numbers quickly, if needed.

Sign up here to receive alerts and updates. Also follow Protect the Results/NYC on Facebook, Twitter @NYC_PTR, and Instagram #protecttheresultsnyc

NYC Schools: A Double Crisis!

Link to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oOoTJB7iOc

How have pandemic and policy exacerbated the inequity in NYC public schools? What can be done?

On November 12th, Brooklyn For Peace hosted and moderated a discussion panel with 5 experts in public education as panelists. The discussion was framed by the following questions:

  1. What inequalities and problems has COVID created for low-income communities of color? To what extent has COVID merely brought pre-existing inequalities to light?
  2. What are the 2-3 most important changes you would make in schools to create more equity? Desegregation? Changing curriculum? Smaller classes? Equal access to technology?
  3. Where can the funds come from to create a more equal educational system in NYC?

Speakers:
Kevin Bryant — Principal at NYC DOE High Schools; current candidate for a PhD in Education at Harvard
Leonie Haimson — Executive Director of Class Size Matters
Jonathan Halabi –Teacher for DOE High Schools & Chapter Leader, UFT
Kaliris Y. Salas-Ramirez — DOE parent and a distinguished medical lecturer at the CUNY School of Medicine
Tracey Willacey –Teacher for NYC DOE for over 25 years
Co-Moderators:
Gloria Brandman,  long time public education activist, member of Retiree Advocates/UFT and organizer for Move the Money/NYC Coalition.
Natasha Santos, Program Coordinator, Brooklyn For Peace

Did you miss it? See it on YouTube.

We need to take action! So that NYC can obtain the resources needed to invest in schools, join us in pushing the NYC City Counccil to pass Res 747-A which would call on the federal government to move the money from war to what we really need in our communities!

Thanks to our co-sponsors: CodePink/NYC; Brooklyn Emerge; Domestic
Workers United; Fort Greene Peace; Granny Peace Brigade; Metro NY Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (Metro NY CCDS); Peace Action New York State (PANYS); Peace Action at St. John’s University; Strategy for Black Lives; United University Professions (UUP); Veterans for Peace–NYC Chapter 34; United Community Centers of East New York (UCC); War Resisters League NYC; and World Can’t Wait

Every Vote Counts! Count Every Vote!

Link to Protect the Results NYC

Thanks to everybody who voted, either by mail or in-person!

Now we need to be sure that every vote is counted. “Protect the Results” is a nationwide coalition which is mobilizing with that goal.

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Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
Reaches 50-State Threshold!

Link to ICAN website

Good news!!! On Saturday October 24, 2020, the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), announced the government of Honduras completed its ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), bringing the treaty to the 50-state threshold required for entry into force. In 90 days, the TPNW will take effect as international law! It will prohibit the participating countries from developing, possessing, testing, using, or threatening to use nuclear weapons, allowing nuclear weapons to be stationed on their territory, or assisting others to engage in such activities. The participating countries are also required to assist the victims of nuclear testing and use, and take action to restore contaminated environments.

Shamefully, the United States and the other countries which now possess nuclear weapons have boycotted the negotiations and have not signed the treaty. Nevertheless, the fact that these horrific weapons are now illegal creates a powerful tool that we can use to push forward for the abolition of these weapons which must never be used. It’s up to us to push our government to adhere to international law and abide by this treaty. Send a message to your elected officials now!

Let’s get NYC to join the cities supporting the ban. Learn more here about cities which are supporting the Treaty.

 
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