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Brooklyn Parents for Peace is a network of Brooklyn residents â parents, neighbors, and educators â alarmed by the growing militarism of our society and its effect on our lives and our children's future.
We seek to inform ourselves and our community about issues of war and peace and to enable ourselves to respond effectively.
We hope to give our children a role model of active response to problems which easily lead to hopelessness, cynicism, and despair.
We organize community meetings and study groups, set up information tables, participate in phone and advertising campaigns, meet with elected officials and participate in demonstrations. We offer our neighbors solid analysis on international and domestic policies.
Parents for Peace was founded in 1984. Our earliest initiatives included organizing local opposition to the Staten Island home port for nuclear-capable Cruise missiles and the U.S. intervention in Central America. We subsequently mobilized local opposition to the Gulf War and economic sanctions which penalize Iraqi children.
In the 1990s, we turned our attention to the deteriorating conditions for children in our city. We fought to preserve the entitlement status of welfare and Medicaid, and supported efforts to strengthen public education in New York City. Every child has a right to a home, to adequate food, to decent health care and to a quality education. We believe that there is money available to pay for these things. We need to address the inequities in the tax structure and a military budget that will exceed $1.3 trillion in the next five years.
After the terrible events of September 11, we reached out to affirm our sense of community and to oppose a military response to this tragedy. We have continued to organize for peace and social justice, specifically for compensation to civilian victims of US bombing in Afghanistan; ending of the Israeli occupation and a peaceful solution of the conflict, guaranteeing security of both Israelis and Palestinians; preservation of civil liberties in Brooklyn for all including immigrants; apprehension of terrorists through methods which respect international law; avoidance of a new war in Iraq.
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