On Sunday, November 8, 2015, the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) held it's 36th Annual Interfaith Service and Conference for Peace entitled: "New Horizons for Peacemaking and Equality". Speakers included: The Rev. Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite, Chicago Theological Seminary, and pioneer in the Just Peacemaking approach to theology (Rev. Thistlethwaite both gave the sermon at the Interfaith Service, and spoke at the afternoon conference); Dr. Vincent Intondi, Professor of History at Montgomery College in MD and author of "African Americans Against the Bomb"; Jacqui Patterson, NAACP Director of Environmental and Climate Justice; J. Jondhi Harrell, Founder and Executve Director of The Center for Returning Citizens. Over 400 attended the event.
(Photos courtesy of volunteer photographer, John Lien)
The Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite gives her sermon on "The Great god Drone" at the Interfaith Service for Peace in the Princeton University Chapel on Sunday, November 8.
The Rev. Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite, speaks on "No Body Here: The Terrible Deception of Drone War" during the afternoon Conference for Peace in Nassau Presbyterian Church, Prineton, NJ.
Dr. Vincent Intondi speaks on content from his book "African Americans Against the Bomb" during the afternoon Conference for Peace.
Jacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice program speaks on the "Global Climate Crisis" during the afternoon Conference for Peace.
J. Jondhi Harrell, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Returning Citizens, speaks about Mass Incarceration and Militarization of the Police during the afternoon Conference for Peace.
Dolores Phillips, Legislative Director of the CeasefireNJ project under the auspices of CFPA, and The Rev. Bob Moore, Executive Director of CFPA & CeasefireNJ, give an update on the most recent Gun Violence Prevention work done by CeasefireNJ at the close of the afternoon Conference for Peace.
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On October 29, 2015, the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) led a delegation of 15 representative organizations to Washington DC to Thank Sen. Bob Casey (PA) in person for his support of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. (Photos courtesy of the Friends Committee on National Legislation)
Actual poster presented to Sen. Bob Casey above. Please see list of organizational co-sponsors who signed the Thank You poster, and were represented at the Thank You event.
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The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) and others, celebrated the success in defending the Iran Nuclear Agreement in the US Congress on Saturday, October 17 (the eve of the Effective Date of the deal) at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton. We were joined by key leaders in our region who helped make it happen. The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) collaborated with numerous groups for two years to advocate in Congress for Diplomacy with Iran. The following Key leaders, who helped make the Iran Agreement a success, were present to say a few words:
~US Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12)
~Dr. Frank von Hippel, Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University
~Dr. Rob Goldston, Former Director of the Plasma Physics Lab of Princeton University
~Ed Aguilar, J.D., Coalition for Peace Action, Pennsylvania Director
~The Rev. Robert Moore, Coalition for Peace Action - Princeton Regional Headquarters, Executive Director
~Irene Etkin Goldman, Chair, Coalition for Peace Action
~Dr. Firoozeh Vali, Coordinator of CFPA's Persian New Year celebrations
~Maria Afsharian, Co-captain, National Iranian American Council (NIAC)- NJ Chapter
~Madelyn Hoffman, Executive Director, NJ Peace Action
CFPA could not have accomplished this without all of your support as a peace team together!
(Below Photos are courtesy of CFPA Volunteer Photographer, John Lien)
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) giving her remarks to a crowd of 60 at CFPA's Celebration Event for Success of Diplomacy with Iran on October 17, 2015
From left: Dr. Rob Goldston, Former Director of the Plasma Physics Lab of Princeton University; Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12); Dr. Frank von Hippel, Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University
From left: Irene Goldman, Chair of the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), toast to the success of the Iran Nuclear Agreement.
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BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action joined other gun safety activists at a rally marking the introduction of Pennsylvania House Bill 1010 and a companion bill in the Senate, legislation that would establish universal-background checks for gun purchases in the Commonwealth, on the Montgomery County Courthouse steps in Norristown on Thursday, October 15. State Sen. Vince Hughes as well as other legislators, law-enforcement officials, domestic-violence agencies and gun-safety advocates attended.
Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) and CeasefireNJ joined NJ State Senate President Stephen Sweeney and other NJ Elected Officials for a Gun Violence Prevention Press Conference on Monday, October 12 outside of the Princeton Public Library on Hinds Plaza. There were about 75 in attendance.
NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney (left) and the Rev. Bob Moore, Executive Director CFPA and CeasefireNJ
The Rev. Bob Moore, CFPA and CeasefireNJ Executive Director, speaks to the Press and a Crowd of 75 at the Gun Violence Prevention Press Conference
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On October 1, with excellent timing, the 2015 Right Livelihood Honorary Award was announced to Tony DeBrum and the people of the Marshall Islands "in recognition of their vision and courage to take legal action against the nuclear powers for failing to honor their disarmament obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty." This provided the backdrop for the presentation to students, lawyers and activists at the University of Pittsburgh Law School.
David and Goliath: The Marshall Islands Take on the Nuclear Powers was co-sponsored by Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace (of which CFPA Western PA is an active member), the National Lawyers Guild (Pittsburgh Chapter), and the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE); and SEIU Healthcare PA.
Speakers included Ed Aguilar, PA Director for the Coalition for Peace Action, John Burroughs (Executive Director LCNP who also spoke at CFPA Membership Dinner), and UE’s General Council Joseph Cohen. Ed started the program with a power-point history of Marshall Islands describing the nuclear testing contamination and its relationship to climate change, as well as clean-energy solutions to reverse the effects of human activities on climate. John shared the 2014 case filed in the International Court of Justice and US federal court. This case compels the 9 nuclear powers to negotiate in good faith for the elimination of nuclear weapons as required by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and customary international law. Joseph described UE’s amicus brief which is now in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California. He explained how the District Court erred in finding that there were no judicial standards for determining whether the parties failed to negotiate in good faith. In fact, labor law has much experience with the application of a “good faith standard” in collective bargaining.
We were fortunate to have these experts share their knowledge and direct involvement with this groundbreaking case and look forward to following its progress (Pictures below provided by Jo Schlesinger, Western PA Coordinator - Coalition for Peace Action; Videos provided by Robin Alexander)
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