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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. 

George Floyd Protest Credit Nora Peachin Planet Princeton(Photo Credit: Nora Peachin, Planet Princeton)

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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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!

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Image may contain: 3 people, people smilingRev. 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.

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“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.

Finally, Alyn Ware of PNND, and Jeff Perkins of Friends Fiduciary Corp., led the Nuclear Divestment Workshop—i.e., both the world movement, and, how cities, universities, and pension funds can get rid of weapons investments—especially nuclear weapons—that may be in their portfolios.  More on this workshop—and activities taking place right now in Philly and NJ—will be reported at the late October meeting of PNBA—the Pennsylvania Nuclear Ban Alliance. You are welcome to attend the meeting, and join these efforts.  For the next meeting announcement, send your name, phone, and Email address to Aguilarcfpa1@gmail.com.

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.

For more information, contact Ed Aguilar on next steps for PNBA, at Aguilarcfpa1@gmail.com, or stay in touch with CFPA for developments.  Thanks to all who support these efforts!

- 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! 


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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.  

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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! 

Click here to see more photos

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About 125 CFPA members and guests attended our 39th Annual Membership Dinner and Gathering!

We recognized Irene Etkin Goldman for her 15 year anniversary as Board Chair, and we honored Norm Cohen, who led our South Jersey chapter for over 35 years (click here to read his remarks). Dr. Zia Mian of Princeton University was honored for his work as a scientific advisor for the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty of 2017, and NJ Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald was honored for his gun violence prevention work in the legislature. 

We also heard from Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian on Iran/US relations, the dangers of war, and the path forward through diplomacy. Click here for a video of his talk, including the Q+A afterwards.

Thanks to all who made this event a sucess. See more photos below, and click here for more on Facebook

dinner 2 mousavianAmbassador Mousavian speaks on the current Iran situation. (photo by John Lien)

dinner 3 greenwaldNJ Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald is presented with an award for his leadership on gun violence legislation. On the left is Rev. Bob Moore, CFPA Executive Director, and on the right is Dolores Phillips, Ceasefire NJ Legislative Director. (photo by David Crow)

The NJ Assembly voted on Thursday (May 23) on Assembly Resolution 230, which urges the federal government to ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and pursue other measures to reduce the danger of nuclear war. The Resolution passed by a vote of 56 yes, 3 no, and 15 abstentions. Special thanks to Dr. Zia Mian for spearheading this initiative. 

BE IT RESOLVED by the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

  1. This House urges the federal government to spearhead a global effort to prevent nuclear war by renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons in a first strike, ending the President’s sole authority to launch a nuclear attack, taking the nuclear weapons of the United States off hair-trigger alert, canceling the plan to replace its entire nuclear arsenal with enhanced nuclear weapons, and actively pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.
  1. This House urges the President and the Senate of the United States to  ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Thanks to all who emailed and called their legislators to encourage the passage of this important resolution! Click here to read a follow-up op-ed in the Star Ledger and Trenton Times about the importance of the resolution. 

Click here to read the full text of the resolution. 

Gun violence prevention leaders in NJ stand with author and activist Igor Volsky (third from right), at a public discussion in Princeton about Guns Down America's next steps in a campaign to persuade banks in the US to change their relationships with the gun industry and the NRA. 

Click here to read a New York Times article about the bank campaign. 

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 supporters and members of the Central Jersey Democratic Socialists of America gathered in Palmer Square to say NO to US military intervention in Venezuela. About 30 attended! We held up signs and handed out informational flyers. 

Click here to take action by emailing your members of Congress about the Venezuela crisis. 

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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!


 

After meeting (for the second time now) with CFPA last week, Congressman Andy Kim (D-NJ03) has co-sponsored a resolution that calls for a formal end to the Korean War. Click here to read more about the resolution and other co-sponsors!

We met with Rep. Kim only a few days before the deadline to co-sponsor, and urged him to do so.


15 CFPA supporters gathered in downtown Princeton to hold a vigil in advance of the second Trump-Kim Summit in Vietnam. We held signs calling for "Real Peace in Korea," and "No More Reality TV Summits!" 


 

Rev. Bob Moore testifying before NJ Senate Law and Public Safety Committee in favor of S2547, to codify biannual reports of where guns used in crimes in NJ originate being published online. This committee hearing was held on February 14, the first anniversary of Parkland. Photo by Carole Stiller.


 

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