SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN NEW YORK STATE

The U.N. defines 15 days of solitary confinement as torture. In NYS prisons and jails, 15 days is the minimum sentence, and most people spend several weeks to several years in solitary. It is the first punishment which is given by Correction Officers (COs) who interpret and enforce the several hundred rules, many of which … Continue reading SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN NEW YORK STATE

Two Anti-nuclear Weapons Measures in NY City Council

Tuesday, January 28, 1PM, New York City Hall - A Public Hearing on Two Anti-nuclear Weapons Measures (see below)In 2018 Anthony Donovan with the NYC Catholic Workers launched a petition to NYS officials urging them -- in the absence of any Federal action -- to support the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons. From this came … Continue reading Two Anti-nuclear Weapons Measures in NY City Council

YEMEN CAN’T WAIT

Members of the Granny Peace Brigade participated in the weekly vigil for peace in Yemen, in Union Square on Saturday, November 24th. The weekly vigil was initiated by the Catholic Worker one and a half years ago. Several members of other peace organizations take part in this endeavor. In spite of the fact that the … Continue reading YEMEN CAN’T WAIT

An update on GPB JROTC campaign activities

Dear Friends, A meeting last week with NYC Council-member Barron went very well. We met for about 1 1/2 hours. Also in attendance: CM Barron's Legislative Aide, Jan Atwell, CM Dromm's Legislative Aide, Betty Davis, from CM Barron's district. CM Barron was a HS Principal for 20 years. She was not aware of the details … Continue reading An update on GPB JROTC campaign activities

Ask Charlie Rangel to Vote Against the TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the trade deal negotiated in secret during the past 7 years among 12 Pacific Rim countries including US, Canada, Japan, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Australia, New Zealand. The TPP was signed by ALL countries in 2015. BUT its not a done deal until it is agreed by national … Continue reading Ask Charlie Rangel to Vote Against the TPP

U.S. Must Act to Resolve Israel/Palestine Conflict

The June 6, 2016, Granny Peace Brigade 'Letter to Senator Schumer re U.S. Involvement In Israel/Palestine,' mailed to the Senator,  was posted as a blog, June l7th, 2016.  We sent a copy of the letter to U.S. government offices and to presidential candidates shown in the transmittal note, July 25, 2016 (below). July 25, 2016 … Continue reading U.S. Must Act to Resolve Israel/Palestine Conflict

Letter to Schumer re U.S. Involvement In Israel/Palestine

June 6, 2016 The Honorable Charles E. Schumer United States Senator 322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510-3203 Dear Senator Schumer: On May 26, 2016, we, Marty Rajandran and Barbara Walker, Granny Peace Brigade--Israel-Palestine Conflict Committee, were pleased to meet with Alex Katz, Special Assistant, and (by telephone) Lane Bodian, Legislative Correspondent, of your … Continue reading Letter to Schumer re U.S. Involvement In Israel/Palestine

$1.5 million for JROTC – A Misuse Of Our Tax Dollars

The Granny Peace Brigade, with support from the Peace Action, was at City Hall for the third time this year (2016) demanding that  funding for the Junior Reserve Officers training Corps (JROTC) program, in 18 NYC high schools, not be approved. The Mayor’s Education Expense Budget, 2016-2017, includes an estimated $1.5 million for JROTC – … Continue reading $1.5 million for JROTC – A Misuse Of Our Tax Dollars

Breaking News: Grannies meet with Chuck Schumer’s NYC staff on Palestine

Why is this breaking news: As we told Alex Katz, an aide to the Senator on Monday, June 10, 2015, the Granny Peace Brigade has tried, unsuccessfully for over 5 years to get an appointment with the Senator, OUR Senator! What did we learn that was new/news: What did we hear: Alex Katz, an aide … Continue reading Breaking News: Grannies meet with Chuck Schumer’s NYC staff on Palestine

Dear NY City Council: Don’t spend $1.5 million on Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps

Friends, On Wednesday, March 25th,  I gave testimony urging NY City Council members to vote to eliminate the approximately $1.5 million tax levy allocation for the the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)  program in 18 New York City public high schools. Representing the Granny Peace Brigade and 22 supporting organizations, my testimony asked the … Continue reading Dear NY City Council: Don’t spend $1.5 million on Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps