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.
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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.
On Tuesday, December 6 the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) led a Lobby Day to Washington, D.C. that focused on preserving the Iran Nuclear Agreement, curtailing nuclear modernization, and responding to climate change. The delegation included over 20 people from PA and NJ who met with the offices of Senator Pat Toomey (PA), Senator Bob Casey (PA), Senator Cory Booker (NJ), Senator Bob Menendez (NJ), and Representative Dwight Evans (PA-2nd Dist.). Some members of the delegation also ran into Senator Bernie Sanders in the hallway!
The delegation asked Senator Toomey's aides for support on climate change initiatives and limiting spending on nuclear weapons.
Prof. Frank von Hippel of Princeton University (center, with tie) discussed the implications of nuclear modernization with Senator Cory Booker's aides.
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The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) held it's 37th Annual Multifaith Service and Conference for Peace on Sunday, November 13, attended by over 400. The theme of the Conference was "Preventing a New Nuclear Arms Race!" Also included in the program was also a presentation by Princeton University students, and recognition of special guest, Sister Megan Rice. Photos courtesy of John Lien.
Conference attendees filled Princeton University's Guyot Hall to hear speakers Frank von Hippel, Kelsey Davenport, Ira Helfand, Dan Zak, and Lisbeth Gronlund.
Princeton students presented their original video on understanding nuclear weapons.
Dr. Ira Helfand (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) discussed the real and present dangers of nuclear weapons.
The morning's Multifaith Service incorporated various traditions such as Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in a message of hope and peace.
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