Coalition for Peace Action's Pennsylvania chapters spearheaded a Demonstration to Give Diplomacy a Chance on Friday, January 17 - the eve of the Martin Luther King birthday weekend - starting at Sen. Bob Casey's and marching to Sen. Pat Toomey's Philadelphia offices, where a letter from 39 local/regional leaders advocating to Give Diplomacy a Chance was presented. 

It was attended by over 80 and speakers included: Ed Aguilar-PA Peace Project of Coalition for Peace Action; John Grant-Veterans for Peace; Maziar Shirazi, MD-Professor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; The Rev. Isaac Millar-Church of the Advocate; The Rev. Robert Moore-Coalition for Peace Action; Tammy Murphy-Project for Nuclear Awareness; Robert M. Smith-Brandywine Peace Community; and Rabbi Arthur Waskow-The Shalom Center.  See pictures below

 

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Alternative Crowd Shot at Diplomacy Not War  Keynote speaker Kate Gould speaks to plenary         

   Workshop at Diplomacy Not War Conference 7-2-14 One of the six workshops at the Conference

Special thanks to John Lien for the above photos. For a photo album on Facebook (assembled by our incoming Assistant Director, Alesha Vega, click here. For a free-standing one, click here.

About 100 activists, citizens, and leaders of 21 co-sponsoring organizations gathered in Philadelphia on July 2 to hear keynoter Kate Gould of Friends Committee on National Legislation  (FCNL) on how we can promote the success of nuclear talks with Iran.  We also had lively discussions on 6 topics of peace, justice, and climate action at workshops, conducted by leaders in these fields. Click here to see a report.

Finally, there was a preview of the feature-length documentary, Groundswell Rising, and connected the dots about the links among all these issues, to war, fossil fuels, and climate change.  Attenders said it was a great success, and will help build action on this campaign. A follow-up email with fuller details and next steps will be sent to each attendee who registered. To be added to the list, and/or for further information, contact Ed Aguilar, see below.

Contact: Ed Aguilar
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The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA)'s Membership Renewal Gathering was held on Sunday, March 16 and featured Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin.  Medea energized a crowd of approximately 100 regional members and friends of CFPA with a talk centering on the topic of drones, as well as a question and answer time.  Special thanks to John Lien for the photos below.

Click here to see YouTube video of Medea Benjamin's talk.  Also see an exclusive interview with Medea about her harrowing experience in Egypt by clicking here. Special thanks to Leigha Cohen for these!

 

medea4The Rev. Carlton E. Branscomb of First Baptist Church of Princeton gave the interfaith blessing before the meal.

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Medea Benjamin speaks to the full house gathered for the membership renewal event.


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Medea Benjamin at the podium

On Thursday, June 26, CFPA sent a small delegation of CFPA leaders and experts to Washington, D.C. as Congress faced crucial decisions about diplomacy with Iran leading up to the July 20 deadline for negotiations. The day included a face to face meeting with Sen. Bob Casey, followed by an appointment with his chief foreign policy aide; and meetings with aides to Sen. Toomey, Representative Fattah, and Sen. Booker.

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Left to right: Philadelphia Office Director Ed Aguilar, Prof. Frank von Hippel, Sen. Casey, CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore, and FCNL intern, Yemi Melka. 

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