The Coalition for Peace Action will hold its 39th Multifaith Service and Conference for Peace on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Click here for press release. 

 Rev. Jesse Jackson will be the preacher for the morning Multifaith Service.

Speakers for the Afternoon Conference - Wendy Sherman, Ray Acheson, William Hartung, and Leon Sigal. Keep scrolling to read about them!

The Multifaith Service will take place at 11:00 AM at the Princeton University Chapel (on campus, next to Firestone Library on Washington Road). The service is free (there will be a free will offering to benefit CFPA) and does not require pre-registration.

The Conference for Peace will take place from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM at Nassau Presbyterian Church (61 Nassau Street).

Click here for a PDF flyer you can print and distribute!

Registration for the Conference is at the bottom of this page. 


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The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over the past forty years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and economic and social justice. On August 9, 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded Reverend Jackson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

Reverend Jackson has been called the "Conscience of the Nation" and "the Great Unifier," challenging America to be inclusive and to establish just and humane priorities for the benefit of all. He is known for bringing people together on common ground across lines of race, culture, class, gender and belief.

In October 1997, Reverend Jackson was appointed by President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as "Special Envoy of the President and Secretary of State for the Promotion of Democracy in Africa."

Reverend Jackson began his activism as a student in the summer of 1960 seeking to desegregate the local public library in Greenville and then as a leader in the sit-in movement. In 1965, he became a full-time organizer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He was soon appointed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to direct the Operation Breadbasket program.

In December of 1971, Reverend Jackson founded Operation PUSH (People United to Serve Humanity) in Chicago, IL. The goals of Operation PUSH were economic empowerment and expanding educational, business and employment opportunities for the disadvantaged and people of color. In 1984, Reverend Jackson founded the National Rainbow Coalition, a social justice organization based in Washington, D.C devoted to political empowerment, education and changing public policy. In September of 1996, the Rainbow Coalition and Operation PUSH merged to form the Rainbow PUSH Coalition to continue the work of both organizations and to maximize resources.

Reverend Jackson’s two presidential campaigns broke new ground in U.S. politics. His 1984 campaign registered over one million new voters, won 3.5 million votes, and helped the Democratic Party regain control of the Senate in 1986. His 1988 campaign registered over two million new voters, won seven million votes, and helped boost hundreds of state and local elected officials into office. 

In 1991, Reverend Jesse Jackson was elected Senator of Washington, D.C., advocating for statehood for the nation’s capital and advancing the “rainbow” agenda at the national and international levels. Since then, he has continued to promote voter registration and lead get-out-the-vote campaigns, believing that everyone should be encouraged to be a responsible, informed and active voter.

He has continued to be a leading advocate for a variety of public policy issues, including universal health care, equal administration of justice in all communities, sufficient funding for enforcement of civil rights laws, and for increased attention to business investment in under-served domestic communities.

Reverend Jackson has acted many times as an international diplomat in sensitive situations. For example, in 1984 Reverend Jackson secured the release of captured Navy Lieutenant Robert Goodman from Syria, and the release of 48 Cuban and Cuban-American prisoners in Cuba. He was the first American to bring home citizens from the UK, France and other countries held as “human shields” by Saddam Hussein in Kuwait and Iraq in 1990. In 1999, Reverend Jackson negotiated the release of U.S. soldiers held hostage in Kosovo. In August 2000, Rev. Jackson helped negotiate the release of four journalists working on a documentary for Britain’s Channel 4 network held in Liberia. 

In February 16, 2003, Rev. Jesse Jackson keynoted the rally held in London’s Hyde Park with over 1 million people protesting the expected invasion of Iraq by the United States.

Reverend Jackson has received numerous honors for his work in human and civil rights and nonviolent social change. In 1991, the U.S. Post Office put his likeness on a pictorial postal cancellation, only the second living person to receive such an honor. He has been on the Gallup List of the Ten Most Respected Americans for more than a dozen years. He has received the prestigious NAACP Spingarn Award in addition to honors from hundreds of grassroots, civic and community organizations from coast to coast. (Read more about Rev. Jackson here.)


Wendy R. Sherman is Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group. Ambassador Sherman is also Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Ambassador Sherman rejoined ASG after her distinguished service as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. In this global role, she oversaw the bureaus for Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, the Near East, South and Central Asia, the Western Hemisphere, and International Organizations. She also led the U.S. negotiating team and was a central player in reaching a successful conclusion of the Iran nuclear agreement. In recognition of her diplomatic accomplishments, she was awarded the National Security Medal by President Barack Obama.

Prior to her most recent service at the State Department, Ambassador Sherman was Vice Chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, having helped to found and grow the firm for a decade.

Ambassador Sherman previously served as Counselor for the State Department (1997-2001), as well as Special Advisor to President Clinton and Policy Coordinator on North Korea. In that role, she worked as a close advisor to then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on every major foreign policy and national security issue, and also managed numerous special assignments including negotiations on nuclear non-proliferation.

From 1993–1996, Ambassador Sherman served as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs under Secretary of State Warren Christopher.

Earlier in her career, she managed Senator Barbara Mikulski's first successful campaign for the U.S. Senate and served as Director of EMILY’s List.

Ambassador Sherman served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Oxfam America and was also on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, a group tasked with providing the Secretary of Defense with independent, informed advice and opinion, concerning matters of defense policy. In 2008, she was appointed by Congressional Leadership to serve on the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism. She is a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Aspen Strategy Group. Ambassador Sherman is a frequent commentator and analyst for both international and domestic media.

She attended Smith College and received a B.A. cum laude from Boston University and a master’s degree in Social Work, Phi Kappa Phi, from the University of Maryland.

Click here to read Ambassador Sherman's op-ed in the New York Times, 3/25/18

Wendy Sherman's new book (out September 4, 2018) will be on sale at the Conference. 

Ambassador Sherman combines personal storytelling and expert insight to show readers how they can put diplomatic values like courage, persistence, and empathy to work in their own lives.

The art of diplomacy requires courage, persistence, and above all, authenticity. In Not for the Faint of Heart, Ambassador Wendy Sherman argues that we can all learn to put these qualities to work in our lives.

In this book, Sherman shares stories of her time in the State Department negotiating the most sensitive issues of our time (often as the lone woman in the room), along with personal stories that show how our private experiences affect our professional lives. She argues that we negotiate best when we are our authentic selves, not reliant on stratagems or manipulation but on all of the skills we’ve gained through our experiences.

Not for the Faint of Heart brings readers inside the world of international diplomacy and into the mind of one of our most effective diplomatic negotiators, revealing that success takes courage, the ability to forge common ground, and an understanding of the nature and use of power.


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Ray Acheson is the Director of Reaching Critical Will. She provides analysis, research, and advocacy across a range of disarmament and arms control issues. Ray leads Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom's (WILPF) work on stigmatising war and violence, including by campaigning for a nuclear weapon ban treaty and challenging the arms trade and the use of explosive weapons and armed drones. Ray is also on the Board of Directors of the Los Alamos Study Group and represents WILPF on several coalition steering groups, including the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). She has an Honours BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto and an MA in Politics from The New School for Social Research. Ray previously worked for the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies.

Acheson, as a steering group member for the International Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons, was part of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning effort last summer to get the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons passed at the United Nations.

Click here to read Acheson's article in The Nation, "A New Generation Against the Bomb," 4/27/18


William D. Hartung is an internationally recognized expert on the issues of Pentagon spending and the global arms trade. He is the author of Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex (Nation Books, 2012) and the co-editor, with Miriam Pemberton, of Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War (Paradigm Press, 2008). His previous books include And Weapons for All (HarperCollins, 1995), a critique of U.S. arms sales policies from the Nixon through Clinton administrations. He currently runs the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. From July 2007 through March 2011, Hartung was the director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation. Prior to that, he served for 16 years as the director of the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute. He also worked as a speechwriter and policy analyst for New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams. Hartung’s articles on security issues have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and World Policy Journal. He has been a featured expert on national security issues on 60 Minutes, NBC Nightly News, the Lehrer Newshour, CNN, Fox News, and scores of local, regional, and international radio outlets. He blogs for The Huffington Post.

Click here to read article by William Hartung in The Nation 4/2/18

Click here to read New York Times Letter to the Editor on Yemen 10/17/18


Leon V. Sigal is director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project at the Social Science Research Council in New York.

His book, Disarming Strangers: Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea, published by Princeton University Press, was one of five nominees for the Lionel Gelber Prize as the most outstanding book in international relations for 1997-98 and was named the 1998 book of distinction by the American Academy of Diplomacy. His most recent book, Negotiating Minefields: The Landmines Ban in American Politics, was published by Routledge in 2006.

Sigal was a member of the editorial board of The New York Times from 1989 to 1995. He served in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, in 1979 as International Affairs Fellow and in 1980 as Special Assistant to the Director.

He was a Rockefeller Younger Scholar in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution in 1972-1974 and a guest scholar there in 1981-1984. From 1974 to 1989 he was a professor of government at Wesleyan University. He was an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs from 1985 to 1989 and from 1996 to 2000 and a visiting lecturer at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School in 1988 and 2000.

Sigal is also the author of Reporters and Officials: The Organization and Politics of Newsmaking, Alliance Security: NATO and the No-First-Use Question (with John Steinbruner), Nuclear Forces in Europe: Enduring Dilemmas, Present Prospects, Fighting to a Finish: The Politics of War Termination in the United States and Japan, 1945, and Hang Separately: Cooperative Security Between the United States and Russia, 1985-1994, as well as numerous articles in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic Monthly, and Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, among others. He edited The Changing Dynamics of U.S. Defense Spending.


Co-Sponsors

American Sikh Council

Baha'is of Princeton

Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice

Brandywine Peace Community, Philadelphia

Board of Church and Society - Greater New Jersey Conference of the United Methodist Church 

Christ Congregation, Princeton

Christ Presbyterian Church, Martinsville

Fellowship In Prayer, Princeton

First Baptist Church, Princeton

First Presbyterian Church, Metuchen

Grace United Church of Christ, Flemington

Islamic Center of Ewing

Islamic Society of Central Jersey

La Convivencia (Co-Existence)

Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy

League of Women Voters of Monroe Township

Medford Friends Meeting 

Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought

Monmouth Reform Temple

NAACP NJ State Conference

NAACP Trenton Branch

Nakashima Foundation for Peace

Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton

New Brunswick Friends Meeting

New Jersey Citizen Action

New Jersey Council of Churches

New Jersey Social Justice Task Force, United Church of Christ

The Peace Center, Langhorne, PA

Peace Community of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Camden

People's Organization for Progress, Newark

Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville

Princeton Clergy Association

Princeton Monthly Meeting of Friends

Princeton University Chapel

Protestant Community Church, Medford Lakes

Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

Somerset County Cultural Diversity Coalition

St. Paul Lutheran Church, East Windsor

St. Paul Parish, Princeton

Trenton Meeting of Friends

Trinity Church, Princeton

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton

Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community

United Church of Christ, Justice & Witness Ministries

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Trenton

We request the following from co-sponsors:

  1. Allow your organization’s name to be listed as a co-sponsor in event publicity.
  2. Publicize the event through your organization’s communication vehicles—newsletters, bulletins, web sites, mailings, emails, and verbal announcements.
  3. Send one or more representatives, if at all possible, who can report back to your organization following the event.
  4. Make a suggested contribution of $100 (less or more gratefully accepted). If you can fulfill the co-sponsor requests above, but can’t contribute financially, you are still very welcome to co-sponsor. Make checks payable to PAEF (Peace Action Education Fund). 

Click here to read a letter requesting your organization's co-sponsorship! 

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Coalition for Peace Action
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