Vigil: Cease-fire and Negotiations for Peace in Ukraine
May 21 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
We are deeply disappointed by the recent vote in the House of Representatives to authorize $40 billion (!) for defense of Ukraine, with no significant debate, and without any expressed concern about the need for peace negotiations.
Brooklyn for Peace strongly condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (see our statement.) However, we also believe the priority of the U.S. at this time should be the encouragement of a cease-fire and energetic diplomacy, designed to create long-term peace.
We are especially alarmed by the shift in U.S. policy from assisting Ukraine’s defense of its sovereignty to “winning” the war, by permanently weakening Russia and changing its leadership. This approach is extremely dangerous, carrying the risk that nuclear weapons might be used. It’s also unacceptable that despite urgent unmet domestic needs resources are being poured into a military response.
Why haven’t any of our Brooklyn representatives spoken up for diplomacy? Fear of being seen as “supporting Russia” is a large factor. Brooklyn Reps need to speak up now about the urgent need for a cease-fire and diplomacy. See our statement on the dangerous escalation of the war.
Join us on Saturday, May 21, 11:00 am to 12:00 noon, for a Vigil at Grand Army Plaza Arch. We’ll be distributing this flyer and holding a banner and signs, urging a cease-fire and serious negotiations to end this war, which is killing thousands of people, displacing millions, and causing hunger, inflation, and increased militarism around the world.
Check our website by 10:00 am on Saturday morning for confirmation or for updated plan; or call 718-624-5921 and leave your phone number so that we can call you back.
What else can YOU do?
Use this tool from Massachusetts Peace Action to contact your elected officials.
Contact the White House! Call 202-456-1414 or email using this form. Let President Biden know that you believe that possible escalation to nuclear war is an unacceptable risk!
How you can learn more:
$40 Billion War Fever Grips Congress as US Escalates Ukraine War (Cole Harrison)
American Progressives Join the War Party (James Carden)
U.S. Counting on Putin to Signal Before Using Nukes (Ray McGovern)
The Last Good Guys: Five Reasons Why Washington Can’t Break Its War Addiction (William J. Astore)
Ukraine Needs a Negotiated Peace Because Everyone Will Lose This War of Attrition (Jeffrey D Sachs)
To End the Horror in Ukraine, Go Big, and Go Broad (Kevin Martin)
Dubois’ “Color Line”: When It Comes to Wars, White Lives Matter (Dr. Mohammed Nurhussein)
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