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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.

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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.


 

On Wednesday night, 2/6/19, CFPA's BuxMont Chapter in PA co-sponsored a meeting at the Fallsington Friends Meeting about the proposed Elcon incinerator. Click here to read more about Elcon and its dangers. 

The meeting was completely full, with about 80 in attendance. See pictures below!

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On January 21, 2019, the Coalition for Peace Action and the Princeton Clergy Association co-sponsored the Annual Multifaith Service to Commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.

300 people attended the service. Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, and Chairperson of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Princeton, gave the sermon.

Click here to read transcript of her talk! 

Diverse faith leaders from a wide range of traditions co-led the multifaith worship service:

The Rev. Carlton Branscomb, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Princeton
The Rev. Laura Craig, Fellowship in Prayer
The Rev. Dave Davis, Pastor of Nassau Presbyterian Church and President of the Princeton Clergy Association
Steve Drake and Avis Hofstad, First Church of Christ, Scientist in Princeton
The Rev. Donald Locklear, Music Minister, First Baptist Church
The Rev. Lukata Mjumbe, Pastor of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
The Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director, Coalition for Peace Action and Chair, MLK Planning Committee
The Rev. Bill Neely, Pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton
Imam Sohaib Sultan, Muslim Chaplain at Princeton University
The Rev. Jenny Smith Walz, Lead Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Princeton
Cantor Jeff Warschauer, Jewish Center of Princeton
Dr. Eberhard Wunderlich, Princeton Bah’ai Community

See pictures below (by John Lien except where noted), and click here for more.

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On December 21, 2018, a delegation of experts and organizational leaders met with Rep-Elect Andy Kim to discuss North Korea, preserving and extending nuclear reduction treaties, nuclear "modernization" and spending, Yemen, and gun violence prevention.


 

On Tuesday, December 18, CFPA held our annual Holiday Gathering for Peace at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton. 

First, there was a candlelight vigil for peace in Yemen, across the street in Palmer Square's Tiger Park. 

Then, we held a potluck for peace! Thanks to all who brought dishes!

Finally, we had a program that included music from David Brahinsky and Friends, and Sharleen Leahey, and a talk from Representative-Elect Tom Malinowski. 75 people were in attendance, filling the room!

See pictures below, and click here to see more on Facebook. 

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On December 4, 2018, Ceasefire NJ and Moms Demand Action presented a screening of the film Armor of Light, at the Showroom in Asbury Park. 

The film takes a look at a conservative minister's crusade to coax his followers away from their love affair with guns, and raises profound moral and social questions. 

After the film, Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA's Executive Director, participated in a panel of faith leaders. The other panelists were Rabbi Marc Kline, Monmouth Reform Temple, and Pastor Semaj Vanzant, Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park. 


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The Coalition for Peace Action held its 39th Annual Multifaith Service and Conference for Peace on Sunday, November 11, 2018. The morning Multifaith Service for Peace was attended by about 800, and the afternoon Conference for Peace was attended by approximately 250. 

The Rev. Jesse Jackson preached at the Multifaith Service at Princeton University Chapel, and faith leaders from a wide range of traditions co-led the Service. Rev. Jackson also spoke at the afternoon Conference for Peace at Nassau Presbyterian Church, and was featured at a Sponsor Reception afterwards.

Other speakers included Amb. Wendy Sherman, who led the negotiating team that succeeded in concluding the Iran Nuclear Agreement; Dr. Leon Sigal, a Korea expert; Bill Hartung, an expert on nuclear and military spending; and Ms. Ray Acheson, a Steering Committee member of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Many thanks to the speakers, the 47 organizational co-sponsors, the attendees, and the many volunteers who helped make this such a successful event.

Click here for the transcript of Rev. Jackson's morning sermon.  

Click here to see video of Rev. Jackson's talk in the afternoon. 

Click here to see video of Ambassador Wendy Sherman's talk in the afternoon.

Click here to see video of Dr. Sigal, Bill Hartung, and Ray Acheson. 

See photos below (thanks to volunteer photographer John Lien), and click here to view more photos on Facebook

The Multifaith Service for Peace at the Princeton University Chapel

Wendy Sherman addresses the crowd at the Conference for Peace

CFPA's Executive Director, the Rev. Robert Moore, moderates audience Q & A session for Ray Acheson, Dr. Leon Sigal, and Bill Hartung (left to right)

Rev. Jesse Jackson at the Conference for Peace

The Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA's Executive Director, wth the Rev. Jesse Jackson

Sponsor Reception with Rev. Jackson (photo thanks to David Crow)


 

Dolores Phillips (left), Ceasefire NJ's Legislative Director, and the Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA's Executive Director, pose with NJ Governor Phil Murphy after October 29th press conference announcing next steps on gun violence prevention.


 

On Sunday, August 5, the Coalition for Peace Action held its annual commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in Princeton, NJ.

Over 90 people were in attendance! 

The Coalition hosted speaker Dr. Alex Wellerstein, who spoke on Reinventing Civil Defense. We also heard from poet David Steinberg, and from the Solidarity Singers. In addition, we had a guest appearance from members of the Agape March, who are walking from New York to DC to counter-protest white supremacist actions on August 12th. They spoke of their commitment to non-violence and love, and the struggles they have faced. 

Click here to watch a video of the event! 

In Doylestown, a dozen people braved a hot & humid evening on Monday, August 6, for a vigil. 

Princeton Photos: (see more here)

David Steinberg reads poetry to the crowd. Click here to read the poem he wrote for the event. 

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The Coalition for Peace Action supported and stood in solidarity with the Princeton Families Belong Together Rally, on June 30, 2018. The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice used our sound system to project their message to the crowd, and a CFPA board member spoke at the event. 

This rally was one of 750 co-occurring demonstrations, and was attended by over 800! See pictures below, and here

The Rev. Carol Haag speaks on behalf ot the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton. She is also a member of CFPA's board. 

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In Philadelphia, CFPA members attended a sister rally that was 4,000 strong!
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On June 10, 2018, CFPA held a multi-faith gathering at Nassau Presbyterian Church, preceding the summit between President Trump and North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-Un.

50 attendees gathered for an hour-long multi-faith service for peace inside the church, then stepped outside for a candlelight vigil. Faith leaders from a wide range of congregations participated in this event, including:

  • The Rev. Carlton Branscomb, Pastor at First Baptist Church
  • The Rev. Dr. Dave Davis, Senior Pastor at Nassau Presbyterian Church, and President of Princeton Clergy Association 
  • The Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen, Pastor at Westminstor Presbyterian Church 
  • Avis Hofstad, First Church of Christ, Scientist
  • Salim Manzar, Muslim Faith Leader
  • Br. Chris McNabb, Trinity Episcopal Church 
  • The Rev. Robert Moore, United Church of Christ and Executive Director of Coalition for Peace Action 
  • The Rev. Bill Neely, Pastor at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton
  • Beverly Owens, Music Director at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
  • Eberhard Wunderluch, Bahai's of Princeton 

See pictures below, and click here for more. 



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CFPA's annual membership dinner was held on June 3, and it was a great success! The event was held at the Princeton Theological Seminary and was attended by over 120 supporters. Jessica Lee did a fantastic job as keynote speaker, along with respondent Hyun Lee. Moms Demand Action, Faith Action, Brady Campaign/Million Mom March & Senator Cory Booker were all honorees at the event, and it was a wonderful way for the community to show our support! Thanks to those who attended our annual gathering, we look forward to seeing you all again next year. 

CFPA members enjoy a catered dinner before the program. 

Hanna Mori, Deputy State Director (center), accepts Senator Cory Booker's award from the Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA's Executive Director, and Darlene Mcknight, CFPA's former board chair. 

Keynote speaker Jessica Lee, interim Executive Director at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA) spoke about Korean-American Dipolomacy and was followed by Hyun Lee, a Korean American activist and managing director of Zoom in Korea. 

Click here to see more photos on our Facebook Page!


 

On Tuesday, May 29th, CFPA co-sponsored and participated in a rally by the NJ Poor People's Campaign

For 40 days, the Poor People's Campaign is holding weekly rallies and direct actions. This week's theme was the war economy and the proliferation of gun violence. CFPA's Executive Director, the Rev. Robert Moore, gave an introductory speech for the rally. 

Click here to view Rev. Moore's speech

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On Monday, May 21st, around 75 gun violence prevention activists showed up to support and/or testify in favor of gun safety bills being heard by the NJ Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. In comparison, only one or two NRA supporters were there, and no one testified in opposition to the bills! 6 out of 7 of the bills passed through Committee. One was held for adjustments, but should proceed soon. 

The Rev. Robert Moore (left) testifies in support of all seven bills. 

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On May 9, 2018, CFPA held an emergency demonstration in Princeton, attended by 70, to oppose Trump's May 8th decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Agreement. See more photos below. 

See video of the rally here.

Speakers included Rob Goldston, a Princeton University physicist who is an expert on the Iran Nuclear Agreement; Iranian American physician Ahmad Farzad; Frank von Hippel, professor emeritus of public and international affairs at Princeton University and former assistant director of the White House Science Advisor’s office; Mark Pepper, Coalition for Peace Action Treasurer; Niki VanAller, Assistant Director for the Coalition for Peace Action; and the Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director of the Coalition for Peace Action. Folk singer Sharleen Leahy performed at the rally.

See Frank von Hippel's speech here.

See Mark Pepper's remarks from a Jewish-American perspective here.

We urge all who are concerned about U.S. rushing headlong into war with Iran to click here to send a letter to the editor for your local news outlets. 

See flyer here with other vital action steps you can take to help peace have an impact on this dire situation. 

   
Left: Dr. Rob Goldston; Right: Dr. Frank von Hippel


 

On April 26, 2018, Coalition for Peace Action led a delegation of fifteen NJ and PA peace leaders and experts to meet with representatives in Congress. Such a strong showing of constituents who care about peace! Thanks to all who traveled with us or supported from home. 

The group met with staff members from the offices of Sen. Menendez, Sen. Booker, Sen. Casey, Rep. Dwight Evans (D - PA02), Rep. Leonard Lance (R - NJ07), and Rep. Frank Pallone (D - NJ06). We also met with Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D - NJ12), in person - see photos below!

In the meetings, CFPA members emphasized the importance of speaking out for diplomacy with Korea, upholding the Iran Nuclear Agreement, resisting unncessary and costly nuclear "modernization," and ending U.S. involvement in humanitarian crises in Syria and Yemen. 

CFPA delegation met with Rep. Watson Coleman (center)

CFPA delegation met with staff from Sen. Menendez 's office


 

On April 8, 2018, CFPA held its annual Membership Renewal and New Member Welcome Gathering. 

Andrew C. Weber, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs, spoke to a crowd of 80 about US nuclear "modernization" and other current issues. 

Two local student leaders who organized gun violence prevention events were honored at our Gathering. 

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Andy Weber (at podium) answers audience questions. 

Dziyana getting awardDziyana Zubialevich accepts an award for outstanding peacemaking, from the Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA's Executive Director. Dziyana initiated the March 24th Princeton March for Our Lives Rally, which had 4,000 attendees. Ben Bollinger, a freshman at Princeton University who started a campus gun violence prevention organization, was also honored in absentia. 


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