On Thursday, March 14, 2019, a delegation of 18 CFPA members went to D.C. to advocate for peace! We met with staff for three Senators and five Representatives, and we met with Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ02) in person. 

We urged our members of Congress to support legislation that would cut off funding for security assistance to Saudi Arabia, prohibit military action in Venezuela, call for a formal end to the Korean war, restrict the first use of nuclear weapons, block funding for low-yield nuclear weapons, and block funding for weapons that were covered by the INF Treaty. See pictures below!

We received very positive feedback from our participants. We had several for whom it was their first lobby day - they thought it was a great experience, and would do it again. One even said it was the best day of her life! When it came time to make specific "asks" of the staffers, we distributed speaking roles among the attendees, making their individual voices heard and giving a more participatory experience to everyone involved. Many were also impressed by how smooth and well-organized the day was.

Meeting with Sen. Booker's staff

Our delegation meeting with Rep. Jeff Van Drew

Posing with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)


 

On Monday, March 11, 2019, CFPA supporters and members of the Central Jersey Democratic Socialists of America gathered in Palmer Square to say NO to US military intervention in Venezuela. About 30 attended! We held up signs and handed out informational flyers. 

Click here to take action by emailing your members of Congress about the Venezuela crisis. 

IMG 0542Photo by Anna Savoia 


 

On Monday, March 11, 2019, CFPA's Executive Director, the Rev. Bob Moore, testified at a hearing of the Science, Innovation, and Technology Committee of the NJ Assembly in favor of a resolution for redirecting US nuclear weapons policy towards arms control and disarmament. This testimony was coordinated with the Princeton University Program on Science and Global Security. 

A half dozen CFPA members came to show support - thank you!

The bill passed, and now goes to the Assembly floor!


 

After meeting (for the second time now) with CFPA last week, Congressman Andy Kim (D-NJ03) has co-sponsored a resolution that calls for a formal end to the Korean War. Click here to read more about the resolution and other co-sponsors!

We met with Rep. Kim only a few days before the deadline to co-sponsor, and urged him to do so.


15 CFPA supporters gathered in downtown Princeton to hold a vigil in advance of the second Trump-Kim Summit in Vietnam. We held signs calling for "Real Peace in Korea," and "No More Reality TV Summits!" 


 

Rev. Bob Moore testifying before NJ Senate Law and Public Safety Committee in favor of S2547, to codify biannual reports of where guns used in crimes in NJ originate being published online. This committee hearing was held on February 14, the first anniversary of Parkland. Photo by Carole Stiller.


 

On Wednesday night, 2/6/19, CFPA's BuxMont Chapter in PA co-sponsored a meeting at the Fallsington Friends Meeting about the proposed Elcon incinerator. Click here to read more about Elcon and its dangers. 

The meeting was completely full, with about 80 in attendance. See pictures below!

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On January 21, 2019, the Coalition for Peace Action and the Princeton Clergy Association co-sponsored the Annual Multifaith Service to Commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.

300 people attended the service. Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, and Chairperson of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Princeton, gave the sermon.

Click here to read transcript of her talk! 

Diverse faith leaders from a wide range of traditions co-led the multifaith worship service:

The Rev. Carlton Branscomb, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Princeton
The Rev. Laura Craig, Fellowship in Prayer
The Rev. Dave Davis, Pastor of Nassau Presbyterian Church and President of the Princeton Clergy Association
Steve Drake and Avis Hofstad, First Church of Christ, Scientist in Princeton
The Rev. Donald Locklear, Music Minister, First Baptist Church
The Rev. Lukata Mjumbe, Pastor of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
The Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director, Coalition for Peace Action and Chair, MLK Planning Committee
The Rev. Bill Neely, Pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton
Imam Sohaib Sultan, Muslim Chaplain at Princeton University
The Rev. Jenny Smith Walz, Lead Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Princeton
Cantor Jeff Warschauer, Jewish Center of Princeton
Dr. Eberhard Wunderlich, Princeton Bah’ai Community

See pictures below (by John Lien except where noted), and click here for more.

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(photo by Robert Eaton)

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The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) is a grassroots citizens' organization bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds, professions and political persuasions around three goals: global abolition of nuclear weapons, a peace economy and a halt to weapons trafficking at home and abroad.

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