The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) held their 35th Anniversary Membership Dinner and Gathering on June 7, 2015. John Burroughs, J.D., Ph.D., Executive Director of the NY-based Lawyers Commitee on Nuclear Policy and co-counsel for the Marshall Islands in its Nuclear Zero cases, was the featured keynote. CFPA also honored five regional key leaders for their outstanding, and longlasting peace work. In case you missed it, or would like to revisit this wonderful event, see the photos and video coverage below.
Pictured from left to right: Maria Afsharian, Co-captain, NIAC-NJ & CFPA Honoree; Irene Goldman, CFPA Chair; The Rev. Bob Moore, Executive Director CFPA; Iranian-American CFPA's community liaisons, Dr. Firoozeh Vali & Dr. Ahmad Farzad; Ali Ghaemi, Co-captain, NIAC-NJ & CFPA Honoree; and Dr. Frank von Hippel, expert consultant & long time CFPA supporter. (Photo courtesy of John Lien)
Aerial view of 35th Anniversary Membership Dinner and Gathering with keynote, John Burroughs, J.D., Ph.D., speaking at the podium. There were approximately 150 individuals in attendence at this year's event. (Photo courtesy of John Lien)
Complete Gallery of Photos! (Courtesy of John Lien)
Video of 35th Anniversary Membership Dinner and Gathering (Video courtesy of George McCollough, Princeton Community Television)
The Coalition for Peace Action joins Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman for a Press Conference to Launch Legislation to Reduce Unchecked Online Ammunition Purchases in Trenton, NJ on May 11, 2015.
The Rev. Bob Moore, Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) Executive Director, speaks on behalf of CFPA's Ceasefire NJ Project.
From left: Mayor of Trenton, Eric E. Jackson; The Rev. Darrell Armstrong, Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton; Congressman Frank Pallone Jr.; The Rev. Bob Moore, Coalition for Peace Action Executive Director; Councilwoman Phyllis Holly-Ward, Councilman Duncan Harrison Jr.; Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson; and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman at the podium addressing the press.
To view a complete photo gallery of the Press Conference, (pictures courtesy of Irene Goldman), please Click Here.
May 11, 2015 Press Release from Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman
WATSON COLEMAN HOSTS PRESS CONFERENCE LAUNCHING LEGISLATION TO
REDUCE UNCHECKED ONLINE AMMUNITION PURCHASES
Ewing, NJ (Monday, May 11, 2015) ― At a press conference today in the Serenity Garden in Trenton, Rep, Bonnie Watson Coleman announced plans to introduce the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2015, legislation that would place limits and safeguards on the online market for ammunition.
“Today, I stood with faith leaders, community members, and elected officials who all agree that we need to take every action available to us to reduce gun violence, and the tragic impact it has on our communities,” said Congresswoman Watson Coleman. “This bill would take the most basic steps to slow the proliferation of guns and ammunition, helping to prevent events like what we saw in Aurora, Colorado three years ago. Congress can, and must do more to keep our families safe, and we’re urging them to do just that.”
“Far too many times, we have seen the shocking images of unspeakable gun violence that could have been prevented,” said Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-06), an original cosponsor. “Our bill to limit the online sale of ammunition is a long-overdue common sense reform that I am hopeful will spark Congress to put aside party difference and come together to help prevent such senseless tragedies.”
“Too many lives have been lost as a result of senseless gun violence, and it’s well past time for Congress to enact sensible gun safety measures like reducing unchecked online ammunition purchases,” said Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), an original cosponsor of the bill. “This common-sense reform would save lives by depriving violent criminals of a means of anonymously amassing ammunition without proper scrutiny. As a cosponsor of this legislation, I am proud to join Congresswoman Watson Coleman in taking proactive steps to reduce gun violence and prevent another tragedy.”
Carole Stiller, President of the NJ Million Mom March (MMM) Chapters, said that local MMM/Brady Chapters across the country will be reaching out to their congressional representatives to cosponsor the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2015 and that the staff of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington will be working on the Hill to move this legislation forward. “A consumer product that has the potential to kill, like a bullet, should be regulated in a manner similar to cigarettes and certain allergy medicines,” Stiller said. “Legislation like this can help prevent tragedies.”
“Every day that we fail to make basic changes to our nation’s gun laws is one more day that the lives of our loved ones are put needlessly at risk," said Milly Silva, Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU. "In hospitals and rehabilitation centers across the country, the healthcare workers of 1199 SEIU witness first-hand the devastating impact of gun violence. We are proud to stand with Congresswoman Watson Coleman to support this legislation which will help to protect our communities against violence which tears apart so many innocent families.”
"As a long time leader in gun violence prevention, our Ceasefire NJ Project has overcome the resistance of the NRA to other common sense laws such as New Jersey's Assault Weapons Ban, limiting handgun purchases to one per month, and the Childproof Handgun Bill,” said. Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director of the Coalition for Peace Action. “ We are committed to join with Rep. Watson Coleman and others in fighting for this important new gun safety measure."
The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2015 would require federally licensed ammunitions dealers to confirm the identity of individuals who arrange to purchase ammunition over the internet by verifying a photo I.D. in-person. The bill would also require ammunition vendors to report any sales of more than 1,000 rounds within five consecutive days to the U.S. Attorney General, if the person purchasing ammunition is not a licensed dealer.
The bill has been endorsed by the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence and its nationwide network of chapters, and the Newtown Action Alliance.
To see the text of the bill, click here.
The Coalition for Peace Action joins the Peace and Planet Mobilization on April 26 for a Nuclear-free, Peaceful, Just, & Sustainable World before the 2015 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations in NYC! (Photos courtesy of John Lien)
CFPA Regional Headquarters in Princeton, CFPA Pennsylvania, NAACP Trenton Branch, Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia, and other groups from NJ and PA, gathered for a pre-boarding rally in Trenton, NJ, attended by 45 supporters, before boarding the Peace Train to NYC.
Thousands join for the Peace & Planet mobilization for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just, & Sustainable World on 4/26 before the 2015 NPT Review at the United Nations in NYC.
CFPA joins thousands in the Global Wave, to wave goodbye to Nuclear Weapons at the Peace and Planet Rally and Festival in Union Square, NY on April 26.
For a full gallery of photos from the march, Click Here.
The Coalition for Peace Action spearheaded a Climate Crisis Earth Day event on the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day, in Princeton, NJ entitled: Climate, War, and Peace: Global Crisis and Local Solutions.
One of the panelists, Karen Feridun, Founder of Berks Gastruth, speaks to an audience of 75 attendees on Natural Gas is not a Bridge Fuel, it's a Gangplank at CFPA's Earth Day Climate Crisis Event.
Speakers of CFPA's Earth Day Climate Crisis event on "Global Crisis and Local Solutions". (From left: Dr. Mike Aucott, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ); Dr. David Hughes, Rutgers University; Cymie Payne J.D., Rutgers University, Karen Feridun, Founder of Berks Gastruth; The Rev. Robert Moore, Coalition for Peace Action Regional Director; Atid Kimelman, Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment; Lee Ziesche, The Solutions Project; Ed Aguilar J.D., Coalition for Peace Action Pennsylvania Director, Alesha Vega Coalition for Peace Action, Assistant Director.)
To view a full gallery of photos on Facebook from the Earth Day event, Click Here (Photos courtesy of Cathy Leary)