On Sunday, November 5, the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) held a rally for Diplomacy, Not War with North Korea and Iran in Hinds Plaza, Princeton. This rally coincided with nationally organzied events this week in support of diplomacy. Approximately 80 people attended, and speakers included:
- David Brahinsky, a Princeton-based folk singer and philosophy professor
- Kathy “Kip” Cherry, Co-Chair of CFPA’s Committee for Political Action
- Prof. Rob Goldston, Princeton University physicist who worked closely with CFPA in advocating for the Iran Nuclear Agreement
- Mike Helper, Princeton Citizen Scientists
- Jeff Laurenti, former Executive Director, UN Association of the USA
- Sharleen Leahey, a Somerset, NJ based folk singer
- The Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director of the Coalition for Peace Action
- Romee St. John, Princeton Seminarians for a Just Peace
- Prof. Shapoor Vali, Iranian American professor from Fordham
Click here to see a Facebook album of the event.
Photos courtesy of John Lien
On Saturday, September 23, the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) held a rally in Tiger Park (Palmer Square, Princeton) for Diplomacy, Not War with North Korea. The crowd of approximately 50 held signs and chanted "Diplomacy Not War!" while they listened to talks by local leaders and scientists. Speakers included: Imam Qareeb Bashir of the Islamic Center of Ewing, CFPA Board Member Kathy "Kip" Cherry, CFPA Board Chair Irene Goldman, CFPA Board Member and Unitarian Universalist Minister Rev. Carol Haag, CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore, Princeton Councilman Tim Quinn, former Assistant Director of the White House Science Advisor's Office Frank von Hippel, and Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker.
Photos courtesy of John Lien.
The crowd listens to Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker.
Princeton Councilman Tim Quinn addresses the crowd and urges our political leaders to "Make Diplomacy Great Again!"
A rally participant holds a sign on Nassau Street.
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On Thursday, September 21, the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) co-sponsored a vigil at St. Ann's Church in Lawrenceville. This event was held in honor of International Peace Day, and included local leaders from a variety of faiths. CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore spoke at the vigil, and reflected on the importance of action in the pursuit of peace. Approximately 100 people attended the service, which concluded with a candlelighting.
CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore addresses the crowd in St. Ann's Church.
The vigil ended with a candlelit prayer for peace.
On Wednesday, August 9 (the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city, Nagasaki) the Coalition for Peace Action held a film screening and vigil at the Princeton Public Library and Hinds Plaza. The evening began with a byo picnic dinner that featured music from the Solidarity Singers. Following the picnic, there was a screening of the film White Light, Black Rain in the Princeton Public Library Community Room. Participants then gathered in Hinds Plaza for a candlelight vigil and music from both the Solidarity Singers and flautist Glenn Swann.
Attended by approximately 75 people, this event was particularly poingnant and timely given the current tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Please see photos below or click here for the Facebook album (photos courtesy of John Lien).
The Solidarity Singers perform during the picnic.
Attendees watch the film, White Light, Black Rain.
The evening ends with a candlelight vigil.
On Thursday, July 13, a delegation from the Coalition for Peace Action traveled to Washington, D.C. to Lobby for peace issues. This group met with the staffs of Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Bob Menenedez (D-NJ), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ), and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ). In addition, the group met Sen. Casey and Reps. Smith, LoBiondo, and Watson-Coleman themselves. We also bumped into Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) who we stopped to ask for directions!
The topics discussed included the Markey-Lieu (Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons) Bill (S.1235/H.R. 2668), the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act, preservation of the Iran Nuclear Agreement, the National Defense Authorization Act, concerns over Saudi Arabian arms sales and the wars in Syria and Yemen, and opposition to the Concealed-Carry Reciprocity Act (S.466/H.R. 38).
The delegation received many positive responses and provided a wealth of knowledge during each meeting. It was a successful day! Click here for short reports from several of the attendees.
CFPA PA Director Ed Aguilar (right) shakes hands with Sen. Bob Casey (PA).
The delegation meets with Congresssional staffers.
CFPA Board member Kip Cherry (right) meets Rep. Chris Smith (NJ).
CFPA Members meet with Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ).
On Thursday, June 29, Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore gave a talk on "Peace is Patriotic" at Stonebridge Assisted Living (Skillman, NJ). Bob spoke about making the USA a more peaceful and democratic country, and how we can be patriotic peacemakers. Approximately 30 people attended the talk and the question and answer session that followed.