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On April 29, 2021, CFPA hosted a program featuring Dr. Steve Pacala of Princeton University, a key leader in decarbonization research. He is part of the Net Zero America Project, and chairs a committee that assesses the technological, policy, social, and behavioral dimensions of accelerating decarbonization of the U.S. economy. See video below! 

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bob at divest princeton rallyA strong effort is being made by Princeton University students, alumni, and faculty to have the university divest from fossil fuels. CFPA just co-sponsored their "Earth Day, No Delay" rally this past Saturday (4/24), see press coverage here. The rally was attended by an estimated 100 supporters; photo above is from The Daily Princetonian.

Rev. Bob Moore, our Executive Director, was one of the speakers.

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About 60 were in attendance for our 2021 Annual Membership Renewal and New Member Welcome Gathering. We heard from Dr. Rob Goldston on the prospects for re-instating the Iran Nuclear Agreement, and from Cecilia Birge on anti-Asian hate and teaching racial literacy. Please view the recording below! 

Click here to view slideshow of highlights of CFPA's work in the past year. 

The Coalition for Peace Action co-sponsored a rally and vigil against anti-Asian hate crimes, which was held in Princeton on March 27, 2021. We stood in solidarity with Asian communities that have been impacted by an increase of bigotry and violence, including the recent shooting deaths of eight people in Atlanta, six of whom were Asian American women.

An estimated 3,000 were in attendance. Rev. Bob Moore, our Executive Director, spoke at the beginning of the rally.

Asian Hate RallyPhoto by Krystal Knapp, Planet Princeton

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On ThursdayMarch 18th at 7pm, CFPA co-sponsored a conversation with Daniel Ellsberg about his book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. Our executive director, Rev. Bob Moore, was a respondent after Ellsberg's talk. See recording of the event below. 

This book talk was sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action, Maine Peace Action, New Hampshire Peace Action, Maryland Peace Action, Western New York Peace Center, Chicago Area Peace Action, the Coalition for Peace Action, and New Jersey Peace Action.

On March 5, 2021, a delegation coordinated by CFPA met with Congressman Tom Malinowski via Zoom. We discussed the Iran Nuclear Agreement; Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons; No New ICBMS; North Korea Nuclear Crisis; and Yemen & Drones. See screenshot below! Along with CFPA leaders and constituents from Rep. Malinowski's district, we were joined by Dr. Frank von Hippel and Dr. Rob Goldston of Princeton University. 

On March 10, a similar delegation met with senior members of Senator Bob Menendez's staff team for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. See second screenshot!

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The weekend of 2/20 and 2/21 was quite a productive one for CFPA and our partners! For the two events described below, we had more than 400 participate, including live attendees and those who viewed the recording afterwards. 

On Saturday, 2/20, we co-sponsored Sacred Heart of Camden's Peace Community Annual Gathering. Peace activists Kathy Kelly, Sarah Ball, and Jim Forest were featured (with Jim's remarks being read by Nancy Forest). 

On Sunday, 2/21, we held a panel discussion about the hazardous proposed LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal to be built in Gibbstown, NJ along the Delaware River.  

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CFPA members showed up for a "World Says No to War on Yemen" demonstration in Newark on Jan. 25, 2021. 

Two of our committed members, Richard Moody and Ram Chelluri, spoke at the rally against the American lead role in the Yemen War and the killing of innocent children. See pictures below.

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The Rev. Dr. Charles Boyer was the preacher for our Annual MLK Multifaith Service, co-sponsored by the Coalition for Peace Action and the Princeton Clergy Association. We had over 300 attendees on Zoom that night, plus about 225 subsequent views of the YouTube recording, for a total of over 500!!

The service included messages and music from a variety of faith traditions; please view the recording below to enjoy the experience of fellowship and reflect on the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The freewill offering during the service is being split 50/50 between the United Negro College Fund and the Coalition for Peace Action. If you were not able to give during the service and would like to give now, click here to give. 

On December 16, 2020, CFPA members and supporters gathered on Zoom for our annual Holiday Gathering. We heard from Seth Shelden, the UN Liaison for the Nobel Prize winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), who was a key leader in reaching the 50 ratifications needed for the UN's Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons to enter into force. We also heard wonderful music from Sharleen Leahey, including a new song she wrote especially for the occasion! See full video below. 

We also recommend this documentary film about the treaty!

On November 15, 2020, CFPA held our 41st annual Multifaith Service and Conference for Peace, all online. Thank you to our speakers, everyone who attended, and our organizational co-sponsors (see list below videos). 

The Multifaith Service, held in collaboration with the Princeton University Chapel, was pre-recorded and uploaded to YouTube that day.  It features as preacher the Rev. Dr. Chloe Breyer, the director of the Interfaith Center of NY, along with faith leaders from a diverse range of traditions. See first video below, and click here for worship bulletin.

The Conference took place on Zoom, with our speakers Major Danny Sjursen and Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins. See second video below. 

Co-Sponsors:
American Sikh Council
Baha’is of Princeton
Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice
Board of Church & Society, Greater NJ Conference, United Methodist Church
Brandywine Peace Community
Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition
Christ Congregation, Princeton
Covenant Presbyterian, Ewing
Fellowship in Prayer
Friends Meeting of New Brunswick
Friends Meeting of Princeton
Grace United Church of Christ, Flemington
Islamic Center of Ewing
Islamic Society of Central Jersey
Lutherans Engaging in Advocacy Ministry
Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought
Muslims for Peace
NAACP, Trenton branch
Nakashima Foundation for Peace
Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton
National Peace Action
PA Nuclear Ban Alliance
Physicians for Social Responsibility, PA
Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville
Princeton Clergy Association
Princeton University Chapel
Protestant Community Church of Medford Lakes
Sacred Heart Peace Community, Camden
St. Paul Lutheran Church, East Windsor, NJ
Trenton Friends Meeting
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton
Trinity Church, Princeton
Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton
Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Trenton
Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, Princeton

 

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Rev. Bob Moore, Executive Director for CFPA, speaking to the crowd
(Photos by Rich Hundley III for Planet Princeton)

Upwards of 150 people gathered on Wednesday, November 5 in Princeton to demand that every general election vote should be counted.  Coalition for Peace Action co-sponsored the rally along with Indivisible Princeton, and Indivisible Cranbury. Attendees wore face masks. This was one of several hundred coordinated rallies held across the country on Wednesday.

Featured speakers were: 

Yeimi Hernandez, a “Dreamer” immigrant to the US
Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert
Dena Mottola Jaborska, NJ Citizen Action
The Rev. Lukata Mjumbe, Pastor of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
The Rev. Robert Moore, Coalition for Peace Action Executive Director
Jeff Tittel, Director of the NJ Sierra Club
Sean Wilenz, Professor of History, Princeton University

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Thank you to all who were able to join us for this past Saturday's rally to #SaveThePostOffice! The rally was co-sponsored by CFPA and MoveOn. 

On August 22, about 50 people gathered at the Alexander Road Post Office in Princeton, as part of over 800 nationwide events that day. Participants wore masks and stood at safe distances.

Our speakers included Asm. Andrew Zwicker, who described how he is pushing legislation through the New Jersey State Legislature that includes the ability to track on a state website where your mail-in ballot is in the process, and 5-day window to fix any problems with your ballot (for example, a missing signature).

In addition, we heard from voting security expert Dr. Andrew Appel, CFPA board member Mark Pepper, and longtime CFPA ally Dr. Frank von Hippel, who led the event. CPFA’s Chair, Irene Goldman, read a statement from the Trenton branch of the NAACP.

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On August 9, CFPA was joined by two excellent guest speakers: Dr. Dan Ellsberg, former military analyst, whistleblower, and anti-war activist; and Shiho Burke, the daughter of Hiroshima survivors. Watch the entire program below!

In addition, Dr. Zia Mian of the Princeton Program for Science and Global Security made remarks in tribute to Dr. Bruce Blair, an expert on the risks of nuclear war and an ally to CFPA, who recently passed away. 

Also on August 9, the Rev. Robert Moore's pre-recorded sermon (watch below!) was part of the virtual Sunday service for Christ Congregation of Princeton, for the 75th Anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. 

In his sermon, he addresses the looming threat of—and reveals the potential solution for—nuclear escalation.

 

 

On June 20, 2020, CFPA was part of a virtual Pride event hosted by the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice. The 3-hour celebration was viewed live by over 7,000 people, and included guests such as Billy Porter and Gov. Phil Murphy, and was recognized in a letter from Barack Obama. The videos below from CFPA were played during the event.  

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June 20, 2020 -- On behalf of the Coalition for Peace Action, Ed Aguilar, of the Pennsylvania office, presented a 2020 CFPA Certificate to DANIELLE ALURA, this year's Elite Miss Pennsylvania, for her service in the cause of peace and sustainability. The event was co-sponsored by the UN Association of Greater Philadelphia, and included members of the Asian-American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), owners of scores of hotels from New Jersey to North Carolina, who have endorsed Danielle's campaign of "No Excuse for Single-Use Plastics", by which many tons of non-biodegradable plastics will be removed from our landfills and ocean waste. Thanks to all who joined us!

The Coalition for Peace Action co-sponsored a vigil in Cranbury, NJ on 6/15/2020 to honor George Floyd and other victims of police brutality. There were over 250 in attendance! The vigil was initiated by Isabel Sethi, 17, a junior at Princeton High School, and also co-sponsored by the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice. 

Donations were collected at the vigil, with all proceeds going to the Black Lives Matter movement. 

cranbury bob vigil floydCFPA's Executive Director, the Rev. Bob Moore, speaks to the crowd. 
(Photos: Alexander Lewis, MyCentralJersey)

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CFPA's annual member gathering, usually a sit-down dinner, took place online this year. It was a two-part event, where we heard from Noam Chomsky and Michael Klare. We also honored two regional peacemakers! See videos below. 

Due to technical issues, we were not able to record Noam Chomsky's remarks in their entirety. There is a partial video below; and click here to read a transcript of his remarks, written up by Marta Steele. 

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June 2, 2020 -- Thousands of people turned out to Princeton to protest racism and police brutality, following the wake of police in Minneapolis murdering George Floyd. The Coalition for Peace Action co-sponsored the protest, along with Choose, a non-profit created by two Princeton High School alumni to promote racial literacy, and Not In Our Town Princeton. As a pro-peace organization, CFPA recognizes the need to confront the everyday racist violence on our own soil and will continue to work in coalition with other groups in the pursuit of racial justice.

Click here to see more photos in Planet Princeton. 

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sei staff kartha sivanomichael photo mdFor the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day (4/22/2020), CFPA led two separate video-conferencing events. We hosted a conversation with Dr. Michael Oppenheimer (photo right) and Dr. Sivan Kartha (photo left), two climate change experts, co-sponsored by the Central Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club. Our Pennsylvania chapter co-sponsored a panel discussion with local leaders and organizers, entitled "No Warming, No Waste, No Wars!" (photo of panelists below). They had a combined total of over 250 participants, tuning in from a variety of streaming platforms. 

Click here to watch the recording of our event with Dr. Oppenheimer and Dr. Kartha.

Click here to watch the panel discussion, "No Warming, No Waste, No Wars!" 

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The Rev. Bob Moore, CFPA's Executive Director, and Ed Aguilar, CFPA's Pennsylvania Director, spoke at a meeting of the Philadelphia Ethical Society on Sunday, March 8. Rev. Moore's talk was entitled, "From Nuclear Madness to a Green Peace Economy." About 70 people attended. Click here to see a video!

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Exectutive Director Rev. Bob Moore participated in a J Street delegation with Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, bringing up bills that would prevent Trump from engaging in unauthorized military action with Iran and repealing the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

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Nearly 300 peacemakers joined together in Princeton on January 11, 2020, to stand up against the President's recent escalation of conflict with Iran. 

Click here for photo album on Facebook

Click here to see videos of the speakers on YouTube. 

Speakers and musicians included:

- Irene Goldman, CFPA Board Chair
- Sadaf Jaffer, Mayor of Montgomery Township
- Music from Sharleen Leahey
- Salim Lone, former high level UN official
- Dr. Zia Mian, physicist and co-director of Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security
- Ali Mirza, former Nassau County Democratic Party Vice-Chair
- Rev. Lukata Mjumbe, Pastor, Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, Princeton
- Richard Moody, former fighter pilot
- Rev. Bob Moore, Executive Director of CFPA
- Robt Seda-Schreiber, Chief Activist of the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice
- New Jersey Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker

Malinowski Dec 13CFPA organized a delegation that met with Representative Tom Malinowksi on December 13, 2019 to discuss nuclear disarmament initiatives. 

CFPA members and supporters gathered for a 3-part holiday event last Thursday, 12/12/19. There was an outdoor vigil for Diplomacy, Not War with North Korea, then a potluck meal, followed by a program of speakers, and music by David Brahinsky & Friends. 

The speakers recounted highlights of CFPA's work in the past 40 years. See photo of three of our speakers below: Darlene McKnight, former Board Chair, who spoke on our gun violence prevention project; Irene Goldman, Board Chair, who spoke on CFPA's music and comedy events over the years, and Stephanie Harris, Chair of the Voting Security Task Force, who spoke on our 15-year history fighting for secure, voter-marked paper ballots. 

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