On Tuesday, February 21st about 150 Philadelphia-area residents took part in a rally, joined in by the Pennsylvania branch of the Coalition for Peace Action, members of PSR (Physicians for Social Responsiblity) Philadelphia, and many others, part of an ongoing demand for Senator Pat Toomey to meet with us at a town hall. Sen. Toomey's last Philadelphia town hall was two years ago, in 2014.
The group rallied with intersectional demands, including the stopping of "loose nukes" (by halting nuclear weapons escalation and supporting SB 200, a bill to prevent a President from unilaterally ordering a nuclear strike without Congressional approval).
On Monday, February 6 the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) co-sponsored a Rally Against Islamophobia and Bigotry with the United Mercer Interfaith Organization (UMIO). The rally was held on the steps of Trenton City Hall and included leaders from Hispanic, faith, and civil rights communities. Mayor Eric Jackson and CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore were among the speakers. Approximately 250 people attended, and the event recevied front page coverage in local newspapers (click here to see recent coverage).
CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore speaks to the crowd of approximately 250 people at Trenton City Hall
On January 21 the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) co-organized a bus to the Women's March on Washington, and participated in several regional "sister marches." We marched for our core peace goals and in solidarity with other organizations. Please see below for more information and coverage of the marches.
Women's March: Washington, D.C.
CFPA Board Member Kip Cherry and Assistant Director Erica DeKranes co-captained a bus of approximately 55 people to Washington D.C. to participate in the Women's March. Marchers attended a rally, followed by a march culminating on Pennsylvania Avenue (in front of the White House). Rally speakers and performers included Gloria Steinem, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, and others.
Marchers remained peaceful and positive, utilizing creative signs, pink hats, and suffragette-style sashes. The crowds were greater than expected (approximately 500,000), sending a powerful message to law makers.
Women's March: Trenton, NJ
Following an initial rally at the War Memorial, the approximately 6,000 participants marched to the State House in Trenton, NJ. Several speakers addressed the marchers, including Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. A number of CFPA members and supporters participated.
Women's March: Bucks County, PA
Over 1,000 people participated in "sister rallies" in Bucks County, PA. Click here for a news article on the event. Bucks County CFPA coordinator, Cathy Leary, was a prominent participant. See a video (featuring Cathy) by clicking here.
On Monday, Jauary 16 the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) co-sponsored "A Service Celebrating the Life and Legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." This event was sponsored by the Princeton Clergy Association and held at the Princeton United Methodist Church. Minister William D. Carter III gave the sermon, and CFPA Executive Director the Rev. Bob Moore was a speaker. The service included representatives from different faith groups and was followed by a coffee and refreshment reception.
Please click here for more information, pictures, and a video of the service.
On Saturday, December 10 the Coalition for Peace Action's Bucks County, PA affiliate attended the Standing Rock & Beyond #NoDAPL March on Washinton. This march celebrated recent strides in the effort to protect Standing Rock water resources, but also recognized the need for continued solidarity and support for the 1st Amendment, human rights, and climate change initiatives.