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.
Save the Date:
• Sun, May 14, 12:30PM – Mothers’ Day Stroll We’ll begin at the Manhattan entrance of the Staten Island Ferry. Most people think that Mother’s Day was a holiday invented by Hallmark to sell more cards. But, in fact, Mother’s Day for Peace was instituted in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe as a response to the carnage of the Civil War. Share the original meaning of Mother’s Day by strolling with us in Battery Park and handing out leaflets bearing Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation to the mothers and others that we pass along the way. CodePink will be meeting in the park at 2:00PM.
What we’re working on together…
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.
Human Rights Day:
Thu, Dec 15, 4:30PM – Granny Peace Brigade again observed Human Rights Day. We gathered in Union Square to honor the children of Gaza, Aleppo, Yemen as well as all innocent victims of wars today. Read more.
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.