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ACTION ALERT: Call Senators: Support Diplomacy with Iran! Do NOT sign Menendez–Graham letter!

Right now, diplomats from the United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, France, and Germany (referred to as the P5+1) are in Vienna working tirelessly to reach a verifiable deal to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

Unfortunately, here at home, two prominent hawks in Congress Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are gathering forces to tie our negotiators’ hands and put undue strain on the already difficult talks. They’re circulating a letter in the Senate pushing for tough lines and zero compromises on the Iran deal. What’s more, they have the support of powerful lobbyists who are flooding Capitol Hill asking Senators to sign the dangerous letter.

That’s why it’s so important that our Senators hear from us! As nuclear non-proliferation expert Daryl Kimball explained, “The letter could be interpreted in ways that call for outcomes that are not in the cards and could be deal-killers.”

Calls to Senators Gillibrand are especially important!
Use this special toll-free number*: 1-855-686-6927 (1-855-68 NO WAR) or Congressional Switchboard202-224-3121
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JULY 21, MON: Film-screening and discussion: “Unseen War”: U.S.Drone Strikes in Pakistan

Film Screening & Discussion: Unseen War on the U.S.Drone Strikes in Pakistan

WHEN: Monday, July 21, 7:00pm at
WHERE: Interference Archive 131 8th St, Brooklyn, btw. 2nd & 3rd Aves., nr. F, G, R stop & buses via 9th St. or 3rd Av. or 4th Av. or Court St.; map: < https://goo.gl/maps/1sc2B>

How much do we need to know to care or act? What needs to be in place to make the invisible visible? Unseen War explores what one can gather from all the available data, evidence and information, challenging the existing narratives of just war, collateral damage and economy of warfare in the case of US-deployed drone strikes in the tribal area of Pakistan (FATA). The film explores how we can escape the ignorance imposed on us through a carefully sustained lack of accountability and transparency by the main actors of the conflict: the US and Pakistani militaries. How is it possible that such a long running war (it started in 2004) remains invisible? How has it resisted existing legal frameworks and media scrutiny?

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JULY 26: Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen & the Centrality of the Struggle Against White Supremacy with Jeffrey B. Perry
1st class of a 5 class session

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: 5-SESSION CLASS begins Saturday, July 26 at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The class will meet on July 26,  August 2, 9, 16, 30–skipping August 23.

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.

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AUG 7, TH: ‘Evacuation Plan,’ a short film about the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant by Susan Rubin & Andrea Garbarini

WHERE: Thursday, August 7 from 7 pm

WHERE: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7420 4th Avenue (4th Ave. & 75th St., 77th St. stop on R)

THE PLAN: A short film about the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, ‘Evacuation Plan,’ by Susan Rubin & Andrea Garbarini with Bernadette Capozzi, Nowhere to Run

Peace Action Bay Ridge Interfaith Peace Coalition
P.O. Box 090-756, Brooklyn, NY 11209-0756 / (646) 824-5506
peaceactionbayridge@yahoo.com; www.panys.org/BR

AUG 2, SAT: No Nukes! Abolish Nuclear Weapons Rally

No Nukes! Abolish Nuclear Weapons Rally

WHEN: Saturday, August 2 at 1:30 pm

WHERE: Assemble on 4th Ave, between 96th and 97th in BAY RIDGE, Brooklyn, Silent March to 4th AVE. & Shore Rd. (1 block after 101st)

Silent Vigil from 2:00 – 3:00 PM

We will be carrying one banner “ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS”

BLACK/SOMBER CLOTHING REQUESTED. There will be a distribution of cranes and literature.

Peace Action Bay Ridge Interfaith Peace Coalition
P.O. Box 090-756, Brooklyn, NY 11209-0756 / (646) 824-5506
peaceactionbayridge@yahoo.com; www.panys.org/BR


August 4, 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 August 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).
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Aug 13, WED, 10 pm: Phyllis Bennis speaking (Highlights, Part 2) 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 at Channel 1998 (TimeWarner) (CORRECTED INFO)!!; Chanel 68 (Cablevision); Channel 83 (RCN); Channel 43 (Verizon).

Don’t have cable access or you’re not in Brooklyn?
Watch from anywhere on your computer.
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Sept 5, Friday, 7 pm: BFP Forum: Which Way Forward: Climate Chaos or Climate Justice?

Business as usual makes things worse. We need a people-based solution to climate change!
Join Brooklyn For Peace (Climate Action Committee) at this Forum:
Why Way Forward: Climate Chaos or Climate Justice??

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.
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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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