On Sunday, March 31, CFPA held its annual Membership Renewal and New Member Welcome Gathering. About 75 attended! We enjoyed a meal together, then heard from nuclear weapons experts - Dr. Zia Mian and Dr. Rob Goldston, from Princeton University, and Lydia Wood, the Campaign Coordinator for NuclearBan.US.
Click here to see photos. and click here to see video of the whole event!
Pictured below: Lydia Wood speaking to our attendees. Thanks to everyone who attended and our amazing volunteers for helping put the event together.
On Monday, April 1, 2019, Ceasefire NJ representatives met with Assemblyman Lou Greenwald, the NJ Assembly Majority Leader, to discuss moving forward on new gun violence prevention legislation.
On Thursday, March 14, 2019, a delegation of 18 CFPA members went to D.C. to advocate for peace! We met with staff for three Senators and five Representatives, and we met with Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ02) in person.
We urged our members of Congress to support legislation that would cut off funding for security assistance to Saudi Arabia, prohibit military action in Venezuela, call for a formal end to the Korean war, restrict the first use of nuclear weapons, block funding for low-yield nuclear weapons, and block funding for weapons that were covered by the INF Treaty. See pictures below!
We received very positive feedback from our participants. We had several for whom it was their first lobby day - they thought it was a great experience, and would do it again. One even said it was the best day of her life! When it came time to make specific "asks" of the staffers, we distributed speaking roles among the attendees, making their individual voices heard and giving a more participatory experience to everyone involved. Many were also impressed by how smooth and well-organized the day was.
Meeting with Sen. Booker's staff
Our delegation meeting with Rep. Jeff Van Drew
Posing with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)
On Monday, March 11, 2019, CFPA's Executive Director, the Rev. Bob Moore, testified at a hearing of the Science, Innovation, and Technology Committee of the NJ Assembly in favor of a resolution for redirecting US nuclear weapons policy towards arms control and disarmament. This testimony was coordinated with the Princeton University Program on Science and Global Security.
A half dozen CFPA members came to show support - thank you!
The bill passed, and now goes to the Assembly floor!