Middle East Children's Alliance

Working for the rights and well-being of children in the Middle East.

Amidst the ongoing attack on Gaza, MECA team and partners are providing emergency assistance to families who have fled their homes to seek shelter with relatives as well as procuring emergency medical supplies for hospitals and clinics.

List of civilian casualties of the
War in Afghanistan (2001-present)



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Peace Vigil on Saturday, June 1, 2024

Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace and Brainerd Lakes United Environmentalists (BACP-BLUE) will hold a peace vigil on Saturday, June 1, 2024. The vigil will be held at the intersection of Highways 210 and 371, near Kohl's. The vigil is scheduled to last from 1 to 2 p.m. Signs, flags, and banners are available for vigil participants or vigil participants may bring signs to the vigil.

The peace vigil will demand an immediate end to Israel's genocidal war on Gaza. The vigil demands a complete end to U.S. military, financial, and diplomatic support for Israel. The vigil supports diplomatic efforts to end the war. The vigil demands the U.S. stop opposing diplomatic efforts to end the war. The vigil calls for the unhindered and generous provision of humanitarian aid to Gazans. The vigil supports a just resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict based on respect for international law and human rights.

The vigil is in solidarity with peace vigils and rallies around the United States and the world demanding an immediate end to the Gaza War. The vigil supports the noble efforts of the Freedom Flotilla and other organizations to provide humanitarian aid to Gazans. (For more information about the Freedom Flotilla, please visit https://freedomflotilla.org/)

The vigil supports the efforts of South Africa and Nicaragua to hold Israel and Germany legally accountable for their breaches of the Genocide Convention by filing suits in the International Court of Justice calling for the Court to order an end to Israel's war on Gaza and halt German arms shipments to Israel, respectively.

BACP-BLUE will hold monthly peace vigils to demand an end to the Gaza War. Vigils will be held on the first Saturday of every month (unless scheduled otherwise) until the Gaza War ends. Everyone is welcome to join the peace vigil. Please join us.


Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace (BACP) Statement on the Ukraine War:

BACP supports an armistice halting the fighting in Ukraine. BACP supports a peace settlement between Russia and Ukraine ending the war.

BACP opposes the U.S. arming Ukraine, training Ukrainian soldiers, imposing a no-fly zone over Ukraine, or sending U.S. troops to Ukraine. These actions prolong the Ukraine War and risk a war between the United States and Russia. Instead of taking measures which prolong the war or risk a war between the United States and Russia, the U.S. should support every diplomatic effort to end the war.

BACP supports providing humanitarian assistance to Ukrainian refugees and internally displaced Ukrainians. Ending the war will allow people to return home and rebuild.

BACP opposes the U.S. sanctions regime being imposed on Russia. The sanctions are hurting people who have no control over their government's policy. Sanctions which hurt civilians are a form of war. The imposition of a harsh sanctions regime will only make it more difficult for the U.S. and Russia to reconcile.

The increase in prejudice and discrimination against Russians living in the United States is appalling. There is absolutely no justification for such bigotry. Minnesota has a thriving Russian-American community. Instead of cutting off cultural ties with Russia, the United States should strengthen such ties to increase understanding between Americans and Russians and improve relations between the U.S. and Russia.

BACP deplores the U.S. mainstream media's exclusion of opinions calling for a peaceful resolution to the Ukraine War. The U.S. mainstream media is amplifying demands to escalate the Ukraine War by providing more weapons to Ukraine, imposing a no-fly zone, and possibly deploying U.S. troops to Ukraine.

BACP supports the right to self-determination for people living in the Donbas region of Ukraine. Donbas residents have suffered tremendously since the U.S. and EU-backed coup which overthrew Ukraine's democratically-elected President in 2014. The coup regime consisted of extreme Ukrainian nationalists and Nazi groups such as Right Sector, Svoboda, and the Azov Battalion. Donbas residents, who identify heavily with Russia, revolted against the coup regime. The Ukrainian government used brutal force to try to crush the rebellion. The ensuing civil war in the Donbas region killed 14,000 people. Donbas residents should be able to decide if they want to remain in Ukraine as an autonomous region or become an independent nation. An internationally supervised referendum could be held after the war ends.

BACP supports disbanding NATO. NATO has grown steadily since 1999, incorporating 14 new member nations, all in Eastern Europe. This expansion violates a pledge in 1990 not to expand one inch east of the newly reunified Germany. NATO steadily expanding eastward deeply antagonized Russia. According to a 2008 diplomatic cable written by then-U.S. ambassador to Russia William Burns (now CIA director), virtually all Russians, regardless of political beliefs, oppose NATO expansion. Contrary to a 1997 agreement between NATO and Russia, the U.S. and other NATO nations deployed troops and missiles to the new NATO member nations, built bases in these nations, and conducted military exercises near Russia's borders. Russia considers all of these activities threatening. NATO does not promote peace. Instead, NATO has waged numerous aggressive wars since 1995. These include wars in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and Iraq. BACP supporting the disbandment of NATO is in keeping with BACP's longstanding opposition to U.S. military alliances, U.S. military aid, and the stationing of U.S. troops overseas.

BACP supports the U.S. Senate ratifying the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This treaty, which abolishes nuclear weapons, became international law in 2021 when the 50th nation ratified the treaty. The Ukraine War demonstrates the urgent need to abolish nuclear weapons as a misunderstanding between Russia and NATO nations could escalate the current war into a nuclear war.

BACP joins our allies in Grandmothers for Peace, Veterans for Peace, and Women Against Military Madness in calling for peace in Ukraine and opposing a U.S. war against Russia.

As of September 11, 2023, Brainerd Lakes United Environmentalists (BLUE) has merged with Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace (BACP). The monthly meeting will be a joint meeting held the first Monday of each month as indicated below:

We have been holding our meetings on-line via Zoom during the winter. Beginning with the May meeting, we will be meeting either at the UCC Church, 415 Juniper, Brainerd (SW corner of Gregory Park) or at Gregory Park, depending on the weather. An agenda will be provided via email prior to the meeting and that email will also contain another link to join by Zoom during the winter months. Meetings held by Zoom will be limited to 40 minutes. For more information go to the Meeting Notes.

The next highway cleanup will be scheduled for Fall, 2024.


Stop Line 3 Vigils

As of October 12, 2021, the monthly Stop Line 3 vigils are discontinued. Shut Down Line 3 vigils may be held on an occasional basis.




Lending Library: We have available for lending a number of resources: books, DVDs, CDs, documentaries.



Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace (BACP) holds our monthly meeting on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at:

(During the winter months of 2023-2024, BACP monthly meetings will held via Zoom.)

UCC CHURCH
415 Juniper, Brainerd
(SW corner of Gregory Park)
or at Gregory Park in mild weather
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For comments, inquiries, or suggestions or to make donations, send to:

Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace
P.O. Box 113
Brainerd, MN 56401-0113

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