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On Sunday, April 30, Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) volunteer leaders held a table at Communiversity. At the table, volunteers conducted our penny poll. As people came to the CFPA table at Communiversity, they were invited to express their opinion on how they would like their federal tax dollars to be spent.

Each of the 372 participants were given ten pennies and asked to distribute them between five tubes representing categories of federal spending: education, environment, health care, housing, and military. The results are below.

Category

Number of Pennies

Percent

Education

1081

29

Health Care

901

24

Environment

850

23

Military

480

13

Housing

410

11

Participants were then handed a fact sheet showing that 54% of the “Discretionary Budget” for FY2016 was for military spending. Discretionary spending is what Congress can allocate for what it chooses each year, as distinct from entitlements. Discretionary Budget Funding for Education was just 6%, Health Care 5%; Environment 4%, and Housing 6%.

On Saturday, April 29, the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) co-led a bus to the People's Climate March in Washington, D.C. Over 200,000 people marched to support clean energy policy and climate justice. CFPA was one of several groups to participate in the "Peace Hub" of the March, a section comprised of various peace organizations. The goals of the March intersected with those of CFPA's No Wars No Warming campaign.

On the same date, PA Director Ed Aguilar and several members of CFPA's Saint Joseph's University Student Chapter attended a "sister march" in Philadelphia.

Please see pictures below. For more photos of the Washington D.C. March, click here to see our Facebook album.

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On April 22 the Coalition for Peace Action co-sponsored the NJ March for Science in Trenton, NJ. This March coincided with a national march in Washington, and numerous satellite marches across the country. Participants marched to bring attention to important issues seen as threatening the safety of our fellow citizens, our state, our national character, and the endeavor of scientific exploration.

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On April 5, the Saint Joseph's University Chapter of the Coalition for Peace Action held a nuclear panel event, "Nukes and Nuggets," sponsored partially by the university's International Relations Program. The panel figured three key speakers: Dr. Frank von Hippel Dr. Zia Mian, and Ed Aguilar.  Dr. von Hippel discussed the prevalence and vastness of nuclear stockpiles and the dangers of nuclear weapons. Dr. Mian argued that abolition is the only viable solution to the nuclear issue and touched upon the UN Nuclear Abolition Conference. Finally, Ed Aguilar discussed the potential dangers of nuclear energy plants resulting from the industry's carelessness and the government's "blind eye" to this irresponsible practice. The event was largely successful and had a turn out of over 45 students, faulty, and community members, and of course nuggets were served and enjoyed! CFPA SJU is looking forward to their next event on April 26th, when they will be showing Groundswell Rising (director Mark Lichty will be in attendance).

Please click here to see an article in SJU's student newspaper about the event.

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On Monday, April 3 the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) briefed candidate Jim Johnson (D) who is running to be the Democratic nominee in the 2017 NJ Governor's race. Mr. Johnson (center in the first picture below) was briefed by CFPA leaders and experts on the issues of verified voting, gun violence, and climate change.

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On Sunday, March 26 the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) held its annual Membership Renewal and New Member Welcome Gathering featuring author and CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin. Over 100 people attended the event, which began with a light lunch for CFPA members, followed by a talk and Q & A with Ms. Benjamin who spoke about her new book: Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection.

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Click here for more pictures from the event.

Photos courtesy of John Lien.

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On February 14, the Coalition for Peace Action co-sponsored an event "Peace in the Three Abrahamic Traditions" at St. Ann's Church in Lawrenceville, NJ. Leaders from the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths discussed the meaning and importance of peace. CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore presented on behalf of the Christian faith. For more information click here to read an article in the Trenton Monitor.

On Saturday, March 18 members of the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) attended Mercer Greenfest (formerly the Living Local Expo) at Rider University. This event focused on sustainable living, and CFPA volunteers provided attendees with information on our No Wars, No Warming campaign. They also administered our "Penny Poll" (see below).

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CFPA volunteers administered our "Penny Poll" where people used pennies to express how they would like their tax dollars to be spent. Participants then were given information on how their tax dollars are actually spent.

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Here were the results of the penny poll:

Environment: 365 pennies
Education: 343 pennies
Health Care: 280 pennies
Housing: 158 pennies
Military: 112 pennies

Special thanks to our volunteers Ram, Marc, and Julia for organizing and managing CFPA's table!

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