Patricia Hall, Assistant Director
I am an ordained minister and the Pastor of ANEW Way Ministries, Trenton. I am the founder of It's A Sistah Thing, a Facebook group with over 1600 members worldwide. It is a celebration of women where women can find support and be empowered and encouraged daily. The mother of five and grandmother of thirteen, I have a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and is also a certified life coach.
I had a 33-year career at the Trenton Free Public Library, where I spent the last four years in the director’s position. I was subsequently appointed as the Interim Executive Director of the Trenton Downtown Association. I am a member of the Concerned Pastors and Ministers of Trenton and Vicinity, affiliated with the 50 Plus Association of the Allegheny East Conference, board member of The Trenton Literacy Movement and a member of the Mayor's Task Force for the Conversation of Your Life.
Being a member of the Campaign to End the New Jim Crow-Trenton/Princeton Chapter, exemplified my passion to be an advocate for justice for all people. I also serve on the Advisory Board of Mothers in Support of Fair and Equal Treatment. I am passionate about the Coalition for Peace Action’s gun violence prevention work with Ceasefire NJ. I also am excited to be a part of CFPA and eager to implement its mission.
Edward A. Aguilar, J.D.
Ed Aguilar is Director of the Coalition for Peace Action in Pennsylvania. After successful collaboration with CFPA on promoting the New START Treaty (2010), in 2012, Ed was appointed to open the Philadelphia CFPA office. That year, we organized a Voting Rights campaign, to allow 50,000 college students to vote, who were being denied access to the ballot by the “PA Voter ID Law”, later reversed as unconstitutional. Ed has worked on rallies and conferences at Friends Center; Temple, St. Joseph’s, Arcadia, Penn, and Drexel Universities; and the Philadelphia Ethical Society, on abolishing nuclear weapons, the climate crisis, mass incarceration, and diplomacy not war in Korea and Iran. He has led CFPA lobbying with Pennsylvania Senators and Members of Congress. Recently, he accompanied a delegation of South Korean pro-peace legislators and activists to Congress, which gained support from Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) and others for inter-Parliamentary dialogue for diplomacy and peace.
Ed is a lawyer by profession, with a J.D. from Temple University Law School. At the Philadelphia Court System, he was a Special Master for a three-judge panel on issues of civil and constitutional rights for 22 years, 1979- 2000. As an adjunct professor, Ed has taught Criminal Justice and Constitutional Law, and most recently Arms Control and Nuclear Disarmament at St. Joseph’s University. He has served on the Board of the Envision Peace Museum; National Advisory Council, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy (since 2012); and the Board of Resolution Media Fund (2013-present), which produced Groundswell Rising-- Protecting Our Children's Air and Water, from the award-winning director Renard Cohen, and producer Mark Lichty. With LAWS, Ed served on the team that helped draft the first Nuclear Weapons Ban Convention; this became a model for the Nuclear Ban Treaty, adopted in 2017 at the U.N.