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.
CFPA's Executive Director, the Rev. Bob Moore, was part of an interfaith conversation about Abraham on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Taqwa Community Learning Center in Trenton.
See photos below!
Group photo with some of the event's attendees
Rev. Bob Moore with other panelists, Rev. Rene John, Dean of Trinity Cathedral, and Imam Deen Mohammed
On November 10, 2019, the Coalition for Peace Action held our annual Multifaith Service and Conference for Peace, marking the beginning of our 40th year!
The day was a success, with a combined total of 600 attendees for both the morning Service and afternoon Conference.
Special thanks to the 58 Organizational Co-Sponsors!
Our speakers were: Jim Wallis, the co-founder and president of Sojourners; Jenny Town, co-founder and managing editor for 38 North; Ray Acheson, director of Reaching Critical Will; Dr. Frank von Hippel, a research physicist and Professor Emeritus of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University; Shiho Burke, 2nd-generation Hiroshima bombing survivor; Dr. Zia Mian, co-director of Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security; and Dr. Alan Robock, a climatologist at Rutgers University.
Click here to watch a video of the first part of the Conference, Jim Wallis's talk.
Click here for a video of the second part, a panel of Jenny Town, Ray Acheson, and Dr. Frank von Hippel.
Click here for a video of the third (final) part, a panel of Shiho Burke, Dr. Zia Mian, and Dr. Alan Robock. Special thanks to George McCullough, director of Princeton Community TV, for these videos.
Click here to see more photos on our Facebook page, all taken by Anna Savoia.
Click here to read coverage of Jim Wallis's sermon in the Daily Princetonian, and click here to see coverage of Shiho Burke's talk in the Princeton Packet.
Jim Wallis giving a talk at the afternoon Conference
Audience during Q&A session
Opening session of conference starts
“The Nuclear Ban Treaty: The Path Forward”—held at Penn on September 19th—was rated as a great success by attenders who have since contacted CFPA and the PA Nuclear Ban Alliance.
We gathered at Perry World House, a welcoming place at the University. Our speakers included our Keynote, Joe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund, who advocates nuclear abolition, and works for diplomatic, not military solutions. Joe also participated in a workshop, led by Elaine Scarry of Harvard and Mary Day Kent of the UN Association, on women’s leadership in nuclear policy. Participants discussed ways that we strengthen all-gender participation and leadership in this movement, if it is to move forward most successfully.
Elaine Scarry discussed her book, Thermonuclear Monarchy,** which exposes the dangers to world peace posed by allowing one person to determine the fate of the Earth, by launching a nuclear war without Congress, or public debate - that is, the US President. Mary Day has been a national leader of CARE and WILPF—Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom—and is now a leader in the UN Association of Greater Philadelphia.
Other workshops included “Warheads to Windmills—How We Pay for the Green New Deal”, led by NuclearBan.us leaders Vicki Epson and Timmon Wallis, PhD. This popular workshop showed us how we can channel the $1.7 trillion of taxpayer monies in the pipeline for nuclear weapons, to building a strong Green New Deal, with clean energy and infrastructure, in the next decades—before it is too late for the Planet. Here’s a LINK, explaining how this works.
Last but not least, while we have no video of former Iranian ambassador Seyed Mousavian at Penn, who gave a very informative Morning Address, we have video of his appearance for us this June, 2019, at this LINK. Ambassador Mousavian debunked many of the distortions by the current Administration of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. He shows that this Agreement is still valid. CFPA as always supports upholding international law, which includes this Agreement, the best way to keep Iran free from nuclear weapons. We support talks, not war, in appeals to the US Senate.
- Ed Aguilar, CFPA Pennsylvania Director
** Order this book from CFPA—it will be on sale at our November 10 Peace Conference in Princeton, or you can call our offices and pre-order it as well!
Joe Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund, speaking at the event
(Photos by Walter Tsou)
On Monday, August 5, the Coalition for Peace Action held a Commemoration that marked 74 years since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Commemoration was CFPA's 40th. About 60 were in attendance.
The event featured (in order) - Glenn Swann, who plays the Shakuhachi (Japanese flute), a moment of silence at 7:15 (which correlates to the 8:15 AM bombing on August 6 in Hiroshima), singer Diane Beeny's rendition of "Never Again the A-Bomb," keynote speaker Mira Nakashima (daughter of renowned woodworker and furniture designer George Nakashima, and a celebrated artist herself), a group sing-along to "Down by the Riverside," an update on Iran and North Korea from Dr. Rob Goldston of Princeton University, a statement regarding the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton over the weekend, and a candlelight vigil accompanied by classical guitar from Charlie Frantz.
See photo below of speakers Mira Nakashim and Rob Goldston.
Please click here for a very valuable resource on presidential "first use," which very dangerously allows any sitting president to unilateraly issue an order for a nuclear strike, even if we are not under nuclear attack ourselves.
(photo by Wendy Greenberg)
Since all peacemaking work needs to be diverse and inclusive, the Coalition for Peace Action promoted and participated in Princeton's first-ever Pride Parade, which thousands attended!
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