CFPA commemorated the 76th Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings on Thursday, August 5, in person in Princeton. We had a BYO picnic, followed by an program full of peace music and an inspiring talk from Ambassador Thomas Graham on the importance of implementing a No First Use policy.
Amb. Graham served for nearly three decades at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. In 1994 he was appointed as President Clinton's special representative for arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament, and was integral to the success of extending the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
See video below of Ambassador Graham reading the talk he gave!
For their first event as "TOGETHER," our newest project held its annual Interfaith Walk, on July 24, 2021, to learn and make friends with people from other faiths or no faith! (Formerly under the La Convivencia banner.)
A solid group came and engaged with each other; everyone had a good time learning about the faith background of another person. The weather was great!
The Coalition for Peace Action held a vigil for peace in remembrance of the world's first ever nuclear weapons test -- standing together on July 16, 2021, in Princeton, with signs and candles, handing out flyers about No First Use. See photos below, and click here for a copy of the flyer!
On July 12, 2021, a Pennsylvania citizens delegation, spearheaded by the Coalition for Peace Action, held a Zoom conference call with Zachary Shaw, legislative assistant for Senator Bob Casey on national security.
We were joined by (among others) Ambassador Tom Graham, Jr, longtime nuclear arms control and disarmament negotiator for the US; Emeritus Prof. Frank von Hippel, of Princeton University; Mary Day Kent, President of the UN Association of Greater Philadelphia, and Dr. Walter Tsou & Director Tonyehn Verkitus of Pennsylvania PSR.
Topics included No First Use; Submarine Launched Cruise Missiles; the ICBM Act; ending support for the Saudi blockade and aggression in Yemen; and global climate policy and ways to reverse the climate crisis.
On July 15, CFPA again organized a Zoom meeting with our Pennsylvania allies, this time with both Chandler Mason, Legislative Assistant, and with Matthew Holcombe, the National Security and Climate Correspondent for Congressman Dwight Evans.
Chandler Mason reported in detail on the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 2307, cosponsored by Rep. Evans, with many cosponsors.
In addition to the topics presented at the Casey meeting, we spoke on the urgency of stopping the Gibbstown, NJ LNG (liquified natural gas) export terminal, a danger to both Pennsylvanians and people in South Jersey; and on the need for immediate action on U.S. visas for Afghan translators, so they and their families can be safe from growing Taliban control and revenge for helping Americans during the War.
For both offices, we also offered ourselves as continuing resources, especially experts such as Ambassador Graham, and Professor von Hippel, on ongoing issues of peace, justice, and global security. We will seek to continue to collaborate with our Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, especially those who are in alignment on peace and justice issues.
The Coalition for Peace Action partnered with the Trenton Branch of the NAACP to bring together people of faith and good will to strongly reject symbols of white supremacist violence and hatred, in response to a hangman's noose that was found on the Princeton University Campus.
About 50 supporters gathered on June 27, 2021, by the Princeton University Chapel. Faith leaders and community members were invited to share symbols of love from their faith or cultural traditions. Participants and symbols represented a variety of faith traditions, including Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, and Unitarian Universalism.
Photo below shows Leslie Summiel, President of the NAACP Trenton Branch, holding a rainbow peace flag with the Rev. Bob Moore, our Executive Director.
Short video clip below shows the crowd -- the large plaza allowed people to spread out & stay in the shade!