On Monday, May 21st, around 75 gun violence prevention activists showed up to support and/or testify in favor of gun safety bills being heard by the NJ Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. In comparison, only one or two NRA supporters were there, and no one testified in opposition to the bills! 6 out of 7 of the bills passed through Committee. One was held for adjustments, but should proceed soon.
The Rev. Robert Moore (left) testifies in support of all seven bills.
On May 9, 2018, CFPA held an emergency demonstration in Princeton, attended by 70, to oppose Trump's May 8th decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Agreement. See more photos below.
See video of the rally here.
Speakers included Rob Goldston, a Princeton University physicist who is an expert on the Iran Nuclear Agreement; Iranian American physician Ahmad Farzad; Frank von Hippel, professor emeritus of public and international affairs at Princeton University and former assistant director of the White House Science Advisor’s office; Mark Pepper, Coalition for Peace Action Treasurer; Niki VanAller, Assistant Director for the Coalition for Peace Action; and the Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director of the Coalition for Peace Action. Folk singer Sharleen Leahy performed at the rally.
See Frank von Hippel's speech here.
See Mark Pepper's remarks from a Jewish-American perspective here.
Left: Dr. Rob Goldston; Right: Dr. Frank von Hippel
On April 26, 2018, Coalition for Peace Action led a delegation of fifteen NJ and PA peace leaders and experts to meet with representatives in Congress. Such a strong showing of constituents who care about peace! Thanks to all who traveled with us or supported from home.
The group met with staff members from the offices of Sen. Menendez, Sen. Booker, Sen. Casey, Rep. Dwight Evans (D - PA02), Rep. Leonard Lance (R - NJ07), and Rep. Frank Pallone (D - NJ06). We also met with Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D - NJ12), in person - see photos below!
In the meetings, CFPA members emphasized the importance of speaking out for diplomacy with Korea, upholding the Iran Nuclear Agreement, resisting unncessary and costly nuclear "modernization," and ending U.S. involvement in humanitarian crises in Syria and Yemen.
CFPA delegation met with Rep. Watson Coleman (center)
CFPA delegation met with staff from Sen. Menendez 's office
On April 8, 2018, CFPA held its annual Membership Renewal and New Member Welcome Gathering.
Andrew C. Weber, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs, spoke to a crowd of 80 about US nuclear "modernization" and other current issues.
Two local student leaders who organized gun violence prevention events were honored at our Gathering.
Andy Weber (at podium) answers audience questions.
Dziyana Zubialevich accepts an award for outstanding peacemaking, from the Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA's Executive Director. Dziyana initiated the March 24th Princeton March for Our Lives Rally, which had 4,000 attendees. Ben Bollinger, a freshman at Princeton University who started a campus gun violence prevention organization, was also honored in absentia.
On April 4, 2018, a joint delegation of the Coalition for Peace Action and New Jersey Peace Action met with Sarah Arkin (front middle of picture), the Deputy Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, under the ranking member, Senator Menendez. The delegation discussed diplomacy in Yemen, North Korea, and Iran.
The delegation subsequently met with one of Senator Booker's staffers on the same issues.
On Saturday, March 24, the Coalition for Peace Action was actively involved with several of the Marches for Our Lives. These rallies took place across the nation, standing with the survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, and calling for substantial gun safety reform. CFPA sent 70 people from Princeton to the D.C. March on charter buses, and co-sponsored the Princeton, Doylestown, and Philadelphia local events.
co-sponsored by CFPA, and featuring speaker Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA's Executive Director. Over 4,000 attended, making it the largest Princeton rally in at least 25 years!
(Photos by Anna Savoia)
The Rev. Robert Moore speaks to crowd at Princeton's March for Our Lives, standing next to Ceasefire NJ's Legislative Director, Dolores Phillips.
co-sponsored by CFPA's BuxMont Chapter
(Photo Credit: Mike Maney)
"Thousands of Philadelphians and area students, parents, and friends marched on March 24th, as part of the 800+ cities where people marched for our lives, in solidarity with the Washington march that day. We all need to keep fighting for change. Go Philly Marchers!" - Ed Aguilar, for CFPA Pennsylvania
Rev. Bob Moore spoke to a crowd of 1,000 Saturday morning, before heading to the Princeton rally.