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Brooklyn Says
YES To Peace & Diplomacy
And NO to another war!
Grand Army Plaza Vigil
Thursday, September 10th 5:00 pm

Please come out to the Brooklyn For Peace / MoveOn
Vigil at Grand Army Plaza
Thursday, September 10th at 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

• To support peace and diplomacy with Iran.
• To say NO to another disastrous war!
• To tell Senator Schumer – You were wrong on Iraq. And now you’re wrong on Iran!
To support and offer thanks to our Brooklyn Representatives
and Senator Gillibrand who have stood up and done the right thing
by supporting the agreement with Iran.


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Just A Few Weeks To Stop A War…Join Us!

Aug 20, 2015

If you agree that this is a critical moment where peace hangs in the balance, then please come out to the events listed below. The purpose is to support diplomacy and peace with Iran and counter the poisonous and heavily-financed campaign of opponents to the Iran nuclear agreement. If this agreement is overturned by Congress, peace will be endangered and a new disastrous Middle East war will be very much closer.

Republicans in Congress are unanimously opposed to the agreement with Iran, even before details were announced. But they can’t defeat the pact without help from Democrats. Most Democrats in Congress have sided with the President, defending the idea of using diplomacy rather than war to solve international disputes. But some, like New York’s Senator Charles Schumer have deserted and sided with the war hawks. The job now is to pressure those in Congress who are wavering and sitting on the fence rather than standing up and speaking out for diplomacy and peace. Here in Brooklyn, with the notable exception of Representative Jerrold Nadler, not one House member has stated their support for the President and diplomacy with Iran. They need to hear from the people who voted for them. Come out next week on Wednesday, August 26th and let them know how you feel.

Upcoming Pro-Diplomacy Events in Brooklyn

If you’re a Nydia Velazquez constituent, join us at a MoveOn action next Wednesday, Aug 26 at NOON outside her office (see below).
RSVP here:

If you’re a Yvette Clarke constituent, join us at a MoveOn action, next Wednesday, Aug 26 at NOON outside her office (see below).

If you’re a Hakeem Jeffries constituent, join us at a MoveOn meeting next Wednesday, Aug 26 at 1:30 pm inside his office (see below).

Tell these Representatives that at this critical moment it’s time to speak up for peace and diplomacy with Iran and NOT another disastrous war. Tell them to support their President and this historic peace pact and reject the warmakers who oppose this deal.

The Iran Deal — Keep It or Kill it?

Jul 28, 2015

This is not the time for silence or complacency. In the face of a furious $20 million campaign to overturn the agreement with Iran, people who cherish peace must turn up the heat to support diplomacy and oppose another disastrous war. Call today. Call tomorrow. Call every day. Send letters, faxes, emails. Get your family and friends to call. Call both Senators and your House Representative (Don’t know your Rep? Find them here:

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BFP Has Been Waging Peace
By Urging Diplomacy With Iran.

Jul 5, 2015

Over the last few months Brooklyn For Peace volunteers, led by the group’s Peace And Economic Justice Committee (PEJ) have been out in the streets urging success for the diplomatic agreement that the Obama administration, along with its five partners, have been negotiating with Iran over that country’s  nuclear programs. The peace movement has for years been advocating the use of discussion to settle disputes rather than resorting to military force and war which had been the policy of  Bush and Cheney and their Neo-Con allies.

Sending postcards for peace with Iran.
A BFP table at the Fifth Avenue Fair in Park Slope this May. Over 1,500 postcards were collected at this table and others over the last few months.

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Iran: War or Peace?

The United States and five other countries are about to conclude an agreement with Iran that will settle differences over that nation’s nuclear programs. The agreement will go a long way toward normalizing relations with Iran and establish a regimen on inspection that will guarantee Iran cannot build nuclear weapons.

If successful, the agreement will help calm the Middle East, a region that is boiling with crisis. The Republicans want to kill the agreement with Iran but they can’t do it without help from Democrats.

Senator Charles Schumer is teaming up with pro-war Republicans to undermine the President and destroy any possibility of reaching a settlment with Iran. If successful, Iran will be free to pursue nuclear weapons, our country’s position with its partners will be weakened and a yet another war will be brought much closer.

In the Senate, the GOP is trying, with major help from Charles Schumer, to assemble a vetoproof vote that can scuttle President Obama’s diplomacy.

In the House, a group of Democrats are supporting diplomacy by signing on to Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s Congressional letter… but some of our Bklyn Reps have not signed on..

Call (877) 762-8762 to speak directly with your Senator and Representative’s office on this issue.

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BFP Visits Schumer’s Office
On His Iran Policy
And Demands: ‘Speak Out For Diplomacy!’

May 12, 2015

Under the auspices of Brooklyn For Peace (BFP), a delegation of six peace advocates met with aides to the U.S. Senator from New York, Charles Schumer. Meeting at his midtown Manhattan office, the delegation was a diverse slice of the Senator’s constituents. The purpose of the visit was to let the Senator know of the strongly-held disappointment at his cooperation with some of the Senate’s most virulent pro-war members who have been unstinting in their efforts to derail the negotiations and agreement with Iran, hammered out by the President and John Kerry and five other nations  over disputes with Iran’s nuclear program.

The BFP delegation to Senator Schumer. Left to right: Matthew Weinstein, Ervand Abrahamian, Lucy Koteen, Bruce Altschuler, Veronica Nunn and Bernard Tuchman

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Make A Phone Call
And Help Avoid Another War!

Jan 16, 2015


In honor of Dr. King’s birthday …
Can you take one little step that can have giant repercussions? 

In 1967, virtually alone, but with tremendous courage, Dr. Martin Luther King came out against the war in Vietnam.
Back then he said —

The bombs in Vietnam explode at home;
they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent America.”

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Tell Congress: “Not Another Middle Eastern War!”

When Congress returns from recess, it will be called upon to authorize President Obama’s new war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). After 13 years of tragic experience, we have learned that U.S. military intervention has failed to stabilize other countries, and has failed to reduce the threat of terrorism.

Join us to call upon our Senators and Congressional Representatives to refuse authorization for yet another Middle East war. Whether or not there are American “boots on the ground”, bombing in Syria and Iraq is likely to multiply the number of terrorists and to inflict additional suffering on civilian populations.

In dealing with the threat of ISIS, we believe there is no realistic substitute for regional diplomacy, conducted under United Nations auspices, and for large-scale humanitarian aid.
We urge our elected representatives to reject the false promise of military action.

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Supporting Diplomacy With Iran —
Which Way … War or Peace?

Jun 13, 2014

Brooklyn For Peace is supporting a Planning Meeting To Build Support for Diplomacy With Iran on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 9:00 am. The meeting which will take place at The Commons at 388 Atlantic Avenue [map] between Bond and Hoyt Streets. The meeting, which has the support of several NY organizations including Code Pink, Peace Action NYS, CREDO and Win Without War, was called by the Iranian-American group, BERIM! (BERIM means ‘Let’s Go!’ in Farsi).

A little background —
President Obama and U.S. Allies have decided to sit down with the government of Iran to see if a diplomatic solution can be found to the differences over Iran’s nuclear development program. Using diplomacy and negotiations instead of military pressure is a sharp departure from the Bush era with its wars “of choice” against Iraq and Afghanistan. Those wars left untold death and destruction in their wake. At home, the trillions of dollars wasted on war, has devastated our economy and destroyed our communities by diverting funds for badly-needed vital services.

Iran - Use Diplomacy not war!

But the negotiations have come under fierce attack from conservative hawks in the Senate and House. Representatives and Senators allied with AIPAC (The American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee, a powerful lobbying organization that advocates on behalf of Israel’s right-wing government), chief among them NY’s Senator Charles Schumer, have done their best to undermine the negotiations. They have demanded even tougher sanctions on Iran even while the talks are ongoing. And they have insisted that any agreement contain such severe conditions that, most experts, agree, Iran would abandon the talks. That would throw the negotiations into the trash and leave the military option as the only choice remaining. Another Mid-East war would be much closer to reality if Schumer and the others got their way. So far, President Obama has resisted the hawks and has asked Senator Schumer and other Democratic hawks to desist.

All this is against the background of a rapidly deteriorating situation in the region. An incipient civil war in Iraq and a full blown one in Syria are roiling the entire area. The administration is under intense pressure to use U.S. military force to try to stem the tide of events. The very same forces that pushed for war in Iraq and Afghanistan are at it once again. Senators John “Let’s stay there forever” McCain, Lindsey “I agree with McCain” Graham, the Neo-Con Chicken Hawks and Fox News all claim that the situation in Iraq is due to the hast withdrawal of U.S. forces and the “weakness” of the Obama administration. Their solution? Reintroduce U.S. forces, the sooner the better. If they had their way, American armies would occupy the region forever But, of course, the truth is that the wars were, and are, the root cause of the present conflicts and turmoil. Another war would be like pouring gasoline on a smoldering flame — it could ignite a regional or world war of unimaginable horror.

That’s why the diplomatic talks with Iran are of such urgent importance. Their success would be a great statement that war is not … is never … the answer. It only makes matters exponentially worse. On July 20th the first stage of the negotiations with Iran comes to an end. The talks can be extended or they can conclude with an agreement. Or they can be abandoned – a victim to the calls for military action. The idea of the June 22nd Planning Meeting is to brainstorm ahead of the July 20th deadline. We will explore ways to build public opinion to support the talks. And we will come up with ideas to keep the pressure on wavering Democrats in Congress. The President might be able negotiate a peaceful solution to the differences with Iran but Congress, with Senator Schumer in the lead, can put a kibosh on it. Our job is to rally pro-peace sentiment inside and outside of Congress to block those who would push us to another war.

You can be part of this movement to prevent another war by joining us on June 22nd.
If you would like to participate in the Planning Meeting, please RSVP to




Rallying To Support Hunger Strikers
At SUNY Downstate Medical Center

March 9, 2013

Governor Cuomo is continuing with his threat to privatize or close this important health care facility and teaching hospital that serves a broad section of Brooklyn. Bringing the fight to stop layoffs and cutbacks at Downstate to a higher level, clergy and community leaders launched a 48-hour fast and hunger strike in defense of the embattled hospital and its employees who are being threatened with termination. Many hundreds have already been fired and critical care is laboring under greatly-reduced staffing and funding.

Rally At SUNY Downstate
Hundreds rallied at the entrance to the SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

The rally to support the fasters was addressed by elected officials, Assembly Member Annette Robinson, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and NYC Public Advocate Letitia James. Union leaders and clergy also addressed the crowd. The meeting was chaired by United University Professionals (UUP) Treasurer Rowena Blackman-Stroud. UUP represents nurses and other skilled workers at the hospital.

Brooklyn For Peace members were in attendance. BFP has supported the struggle since its inception and a speaker representing the organization addressed the rally. Tom Gogan said that Brooklyn For Peace “would support this struggle until its won.” Gogan was also representing U.S. Labor Against The War. Take a look at photos and video from today’s event. Click HERE.

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