What can we do to promote peace in 2019?
Discover the power in solidarity, look around, join a social action group or form a new one.
Call our representatives in Congress and let them know we are against United States military participation in the wars around the globe.
Hit the streets…
SAVE THE DATE
Friday, February 22, 11AM Raising Voices for Yemen
Please join Voices for Creative Nonviolence at the “Isaiah Wall,” 1st Avenue at 43rd Street, across from the United Nations. Members of the Granny Peace Brigade will be there. At 11:30, we will process to 42nd and Lexington, offices of Lockheed Martin.
Saturday, February 23, 11AM-12:30PM:
Join the weekly Vigil for Yemen at Union Square on E 14th Street.
Monday, February 25, 9:30AM “Fast for Yemen” Defendants to Appear in NYC Criminal Court.
On January 2nd, 2019, eleven people protested the the Saudi-led, U.S.-supported bombardment and siege of Yemen by nonviolently blocking the doors of the U.S. Permanent Mission to the U.N. The defendants will answer charges of disorderly conduct. The public is encouraged to attend. NYC Criminal Court 100 Center St.
Monday, February 25, 1 PM
After court, the defendants and their friends invite the public to the 5C Cafe at 68 Ave C, on the corner of E. 5th Street to hear from the defendants and their attorneys, review recent events in Yemen and plan future actions. There will be food, drink and music and hopefully some money raised toward legal fees and other expenses.
Tuesday, February 26, 11AM Raising Voices for Yemen
Gather at the “Isaiah Wall,” 1st Ave and 43rd St, across from the U.N. At 11:30, process to US Mission and Saudi Consulate, 866 2nd Ave. to demand that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia end all military and economic assault on Yemen.
Thursday, March 7 Parent/Teacher Conference Night
•Please join a team of volunteers for leafleting at a New York City high school on Parent/Teacher Night to ensure that families and students have information describing Non-Military Options for Life after High School. High school students are the bread and butter for military recruiters to reach out with their military service message.
•Here’s where we come in to turn this picture around — to ensure that all students receive a full education and look to a future where they can meet their aspirations and dreams. Our educational peace action on Parent/Teacher Conference night offers information about non-military alternatives for families to consider.
•Volunteers come away knowing that we are reaching out to save kids from getting swept into the hype of military service. To volunteer for the March 2019 Parent/Teacher night contact us.
JROTC PRELUDE We don’t know exactly how long our children have been learning military protocol as part of their high school curriculum, but JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp) has been in NYC schools for a long time. Established in 1916 as part of the National Defense Act, our research tells us that there has been a JROTC program in New York City schools since at least 1994 when what was to become one of the largest JROTC programs in the country opened at Francis Lewis High School in Queens. It didn’t take long before it was a hugely popular program.
Even though many aspects of the program are popular with children and their parents, members of GPB and other groups vehemently oppose the military in our schools in any of its many guises–whether it be a JROTC program or recruiters roaming the halls or being on the corner when children leave for the day.
We want our children to be students, not soldiers. Read more.
What we’re doing as individuals…
- The goal of the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC) is sweeping reform of New York’s use of solitary confinement and other forms of extreme isolation in state prisons and local jails. Vigil TOGETHER TO END SOLITARY ACTION on the 23rd day of every month. Contact us for more details.
- The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.
- 350NYC is the the local affiliate of 350.org, a grassroots network of volunteer-run campaigns in over 188 countries working to prevent climate chaos. Here in New York, we are working locally for a cleaner, greener, better New York City for everyone. 350NYC on Facebook
Drones & extrajudicial killing:
The Granny Peace Brigade, Know Drones, World Can’t Wait, CodePink NYC and other organizations call for a worldwide ban of weaponized and surveillance drones.
We are witnessing attacks by U.S. drones (pilotless aircraft controlled from remote locations) killing, maiming and terrorizing individuals and whole populations. These drones must be banned!
What You Can Do:
WRITE TO UN LEADERS Secretary-General António Guterres
New York, NY 10017
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
799 UN Plaza
New York, NY 10017-3505
Comment line: 212-414-4062
CALL CONGRESS Tell them you want the U.S. Government to STOP USING WEAPONIZED AND SURVEILLANCE DRONES.
JOIN OTHERS – GET INTO THE STREETJoin a peace group near you. If you sign up for the Granny Peace Brigade neighbors list we’ll send you notices of great street events in NYC.
Please let us know about what you are doing.
And join us in the streets.
We welcome people of all ages.