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. 

CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore was presented the Peace and Understanding Award from Peace Islands Insitute on Monday, June 16 at a Ceremony in West Orange, NJ.

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 CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore (third from right in left photo) poses with other honorees after he was honored on June 16.

A summary of Rev. Moore's remarks, from the Peace Islands Institute web site, is below.

In receiving his award, Rev. Moore said he was reminded of the Gospel and the words of Jesus said during the Sermon on the Mount. “Jesus told the people: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God’. For peace to become a reality in our world, we must have peacemakers. We have to do more than just hope for peace. We need people who are willing to put their shoulders to the plow and do the hard work of peace making.”

Rev. Moore said that, for him, being a peacemaker has been a blessing, not a burden. “We see so much violence around us, some might think of peacemaking as a burden,” he said. “But I’ve found that taking up the challenge of peacemaking is my blessing. We can all be part of peacemaking. None of us can do everything, but we each can do something. I invite all of you to be part of this blessing when we take up that faith-based challenge to be peacemakers.”

Master of Ceremonies Shareef picked up on Rev. Moore’s remarks, noting that “it’s been recorded the prophet Muhammad once said: ‘you will not enter paradise until you have faith and you will not have faith until you learn to love one another.’ As peace makers, every word we say carries a spirit.”

Since 1981 Rev. Moore has served as executive director of the Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action, a regional group dedicated to the abolition of nuclear weapons, a peace economy, and a halt to weapons trafficking.    

The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) 33rd Annual Membership Dinner on Sunday, June 8 was attended by 200 supporters from around the region.

Rep. Rush Holt, who will retire from Congress at the end of 2014, keynoted and was presented the George F. Kennan Distinguished Peace Leadership Award. Click here to see Rep. Holt's handwritten thank you note! 

 Below is a photo; click here to see a full gallery of excellent photos (of reception, honorees, etc.), special thanks to John Lien! Click here to see a more compact collage of photos on CFPA's Facebook page (you don't need to have your own Facebook page to view it!). Special thanks to Alesha Vega, our incoming Assistant Director.

Click here to see video of awards to Edward Aguilar, Esq.; the Rev. Carlton Branscomb; Dr. Firoozeh Vali; and special award to Rep. Rush Holt followed by his keynote speech. Click here to see YouTube video just of Rep. Holt's speech (33 minutes) Click here to see Q and A after Rep. Holt's address. Special thanks to Leigha Cohen!

After being presented with the George F. Kennan Distinguished Peace Leadership Award, Rep. Rush Holt gives his keynote address to crowd.

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