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SEPT. 21, SUN: People’s Climate March!
Join BFP contingent!

In September, world leaders are coming to NYC 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 will take a stand to bend the course of history. We will 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 at the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21! Don’t miss it! 200,000+ f0lks expected.

Join the BFP contingent (other groups and individuals welcome to join as well)

9 am: Gather on plaza at Court & Montague St, downtown Bklyn. See a map
9:30 am: Depart by subway for rally (exact Manhattan location to be announced) to 77th St and CPW
10 am: Rally with speakers Bill McKibben (350.org), Medea Benjamin (Code Pink), Margaret Stevens (Veterans For Peace), Erica Violet-Lee (Idle No More) and music by Dar Williams, Emma’s Revolution, Holly Near, and more
11:30 am: March begins (200,000+ folks expected!)

In Manhattan: From 9 to 11:30 a.m., people will assemble north of Columbus Circle, along Central Park West from 60th Street to 86th Street. Specific contingents (e.g., Peace and Justice, Anti-Frackers, etc.) will be assigned specific blocks for assembly. We are at 77th St.

End of March wrap-up on 11th Ave between 34th and 38th St.

E-mail climateaction@brooklynpeace.org for more info.

March Route:

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SEPT 28, SUN: “The Global Culture of Violence: What’s the Path to Peace and Justice?” with Chris Hedges

The Charley Horwitz Platform: “The Global Culture of Violence: What’s the Path to Peace and Justice?”

Guest speaker: Christopher Hedges

WHEN: Sunday, September 28 @ 11 AM

WHERE: Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West

Sponsored by the Ethical Action Committee of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, the Charley Horwitz Platform remembers the life and work of a devoted community organizer, civil rights activist, labor lawyer and international humanitarian.

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OCT 2, TH: Pathmaker to Peace Award and Reception for Michael Ratner

Join Brooklyn For Peace for a Pathmaker to Peace Award and Reception with Michael Ratner, President Emeritus, Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR),  past president, National Lawyers Guild; 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.

WHERE: Brooklyn Friends Meeting House, 110 Schermerhorn St, New York, NY 11201 [MAP]

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

Cosponsored by the Peace and Social Action Committee of the Brooklyn Monthly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

OCT. 2—OCT. 26: Extreme Whether and The Festival of Conscience

Extreme Whether is in full production, in conjunction with speaker and dialogues as part of the Festival of Conscience.

With plenty of drama, humor and magical experiences in nature, Extreme Whether brings home the intense struggle that is being waged in the US over climate change.

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.

Tickets: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=EXT1

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.

Festival of Conscience Speaker Line-Up:

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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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZxil9Av83M#t=27

Email: unicef@brooklynpeace.org or call 718-624-5921.

No Weaponized and Surveillance Drones in NYC!!

Lets Say NO!! to Weaponized and Surveillance Drones in NYC.
E-mail grannypeace@gmail.com 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 ddromm@council.nyc.gov.
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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: wewillnotbesilent.net.
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 is.pales@brooklynpeace.org 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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