Dec. 16, 2014
Follow up to Millions March/NYC: Black Lives Matter!
Play and to learn song from the Peace Poets:
“I still hear my brother crying ‘I can’t breathe’…
Now I’m in the struggle crying “I can’t leave’ “
**Tonight Dec 16, 6-8 pm:
Join Jews for Racial and Economic Justice & Arab American Association of NY: Day of Action on the First Night of Chanukah
@ Barclays center,620 Atlantic Ave at Flatbush, Brooklyn
See it on Facebook.
**Wed Dec 17, 6-8 pm:
#ThisStopsToday: Die-In, Rise Up!
7 Minutes of Silence: 5 months after Eric Garner’s murder by the NYPD, join a city-wide, nation-wide, worldwide die-in in honor of Mike Brown, Eric Garner and all those unjustly killed by the police.
People across New York City will hold a collective 7-minute die-in to symbolize the 7 minutes Eric Garner laid dead in the street after he was killed by the NYPD.
Then rise-up to sing this song 11 times, for the 11 times Eric Garner cried, “I can’t breathe!” as he was held in an illegal chokehold.
@Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave at Flatbush, Bklyn
See it on Facebook
**Thurs Dec 18, 6-9 pm:
This Is What Resistance Looks Like: A Teach-In
Panel discussion: overview of police accountability organizing around the city
Breakout sessions: training sessions that will include ways for people to plug into existing work around mass mobilizations, cop watch trainings, and policy & legislative campaigns
Co-sponsors: Brooklyn Movement Center (BMC), Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), Brooklyn NAACP and NAACP Legal Defense Fund
@ Brooklyn Movement Center, 375 Stuyvesant Ave, between Bainbridge & Decatur (A/C to Utica)
Childcare available (by request only)
**Fri, December 19, 4pm – 6pm
Justice for Ramarley Graham!
@ 1 St Andrews Plaza (off Foley Square), Manhattan
(Dept of Justice)
**Sat Dec. 20,7-11 pm:
NYC Solidarity with Palestine’s 2nd Open Mic
follows Broken Windows Town Hall which starts at 4 pm
@ Church of St. Luke & St. Matthew, 520 Clinton Ave btw Atlantic & Fulton, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
See it on Facebook
**Stay in touch! Check out:
Police Reform Organizing Project (calendar)
11 Days of Action/This Stops Today
Fort Greene Peace Facebook
Brooklyn For Peace Facebook (see photos from Sat Dec 13)
Racial Justice Requires Racial Solidarity!
Join us as we march in solidarity with communities of color, who have borne the brunt of mass criminalization.
We cannot achieve racial justice without the support of those who have benefited from a system of racialized oppression.
This is our chance to take action to challenge the criminal justice systems that are at the center of maintaining racial inequality.
BFP Statement on Police Killings
The police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Akai Gurley are the most recent examples of the long, brutal history of racial oppression in the US. Our hearts go out to the families of these young black men, one of them only 12 years old. We are horrified by the systemic racism of our “justice” system. The tremendous outpouring of protest throughout the country and even the world serves as public indictment of the system which does not even bring to trial the perpetrators of these crimes, modern-day lynchings.
An increasingly militarized police force oppresses not only black but also Hispanic, white, Muslim, South Asian, and other communities. It is the domestic counterpart of our foreign policy in which whole countries are subjugated to violence. This systemic racism in our police and justice system is the mirror image of our illegal wars in the Middle East and elsewhere, where thousands of completely innocent civilians have been killed in the so-called “war on terror.”
Brooklyn For Peace is committed to eliminating war and the social and economic injustices which lead to war. We see the racist bias of our criminal justice system, alarming environmental destruction, the widening wealth gap, the gentrification of our city centers, the privatization of our public schools, and the decaying infrastructure of the country—as issues which are connected, and which must be urgently addressed. Black lives matter! All lives matter! All families matter, and need the resources to thrive!
See Why Are We Marching? BFP Statement on Police Killings as a PDF document.
Also formatted as a half-page flye: .Why We March half-page flyer