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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On Friday, September 25, the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA), NJ Peace Action, Moveon, and NIAC, participated and co-sponsored an event thanking Senator Cory Booker in his Newark-NJ office, for his support on the Iran Accord. CFPA was met by Senator Booker's staffer, Zoe Baldwin (pictured holding flowers in center below), and interviewed by Ang Santos, from WBGO News Radio.
Rev. Bob Moore, CFPA Executive Director, presenting Thank You poster to Sen. Cory Booker's staff.
Poster presented to Sen. Booker's staff by CFPA and allies, in his Newark office.
Read and listen to the coverage: Peace Groups Thank Sen. Booker In Support of Iran Deal by Ang Santos of WBGO News Online Here!
The Coalition for Peace Action PA, and the BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action co-sponsored and led workshops for an event on "Faith, Climate, and Fracking: A Moral Call to Action" at the Newtown Friends Meeting in Newtown, PA on Saturday, September 12. This event came a week before Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia, and a couple months after his Encyclical urging action on Climate Change, was published. (Photos below courtesy of CFPA's BuxMont Director, Cathy Leary.)
"Faith, Climate, and Fracking: A Moral Call to Action" was attended by over 75 individuals.
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The Coalition for Peace Action leaders and friends, attended a meeting with Senator Cory Booker on Tuesday, September 8, a week after the Senator's announcement to support the Iran Nuclear Agreement. The meeting took place at the Temple B'nai Abraham in Livingston, NJ.
Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) Chair, Irene Goldman speaks with Senator Cory Booker. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Laurenti)
Read article from the Star Ledger: Booker's visit to Livingston temple brings needed civility to the Iran debate By Tom Moran September 08, 2015
The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) co-sponsored an event on "Understanding the Iran deal" which featured speaker Dr. Zia Mian nuclear physicist from Princeton University, exploring the Iran Deal at this presentation at Germantown Friends Meeting in Philadelphia on September 3, 2015.
Watch video of Dr. Zia Mian’s presentation on the Iran deal HERE.
An Emergency Demonstration to Urge Sen. Booker to Support the Iran Agreement was held on August 29 outside of Booker's NJ office in Newark. The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) co-sponsored the rally along with the Bloomfield-based NJ Peace Action, NJ Pax Christi, the Newark-based People's Organization for Progress, and the NJ Chapter of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). There were 65 individuals in attendance at the demonstration. See pictures below courtesy of CFPA volunteer photographer, John Lien.
Rev. Bob Moore, CFPA Executive Director, speaks to the crowd of 65 at the Emergency Demonstration to Support the Iran Deal in front of Sen. Cory Booker's office in Newark, NJ.
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Video footage from the demonstration: Video 1