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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

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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. 

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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. 


On April 4, 2018, a joint delegation of the Coalition for Peace Action and New Jersey Peace Action met with Sarah Arkin (front middle of picture), the Deputy Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, under the ranking member, Senator Menendez. The delegation discussed diplomacy in Yemen, North Korea, and Iran.

The delegation subsequently met with one of Senator Booker's staffers on the same issues. 


 

On Saturday, March 24, the Coalition for Peace Action was actively involved with several of the Marches for Our Lives. These rallies took place across the nation, standing with the survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, and calling for substantial gun safety reform. CFPA sent 70 people from Princeton to the D.C. March on charter buses, and co-sponsored the Princeton, Doylestown, and Philadelphia local events. 

Click here to see how you can keep the March for Our Lives momentum going!

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co-sponsored by CFPA, and featuring speaker Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA's Executive Director. Over 4,000 attended, making it the largest Princeton rally in at least 25 years!

(Photos by Anna Savoia)

March for Our Lives Princeton 2The Rev. Robert Moore speaks to crowd at Princeton's March for Our Lives, standing next to Ceasefire NJ's Legislative Director, Dolores Phillips. 

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co-sponsored by CFPA's BuxMont Chapter 

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"Thousands of Philadelphians and area students, parents, and friends marched on March 24th, as part of the 800+ cities where people marched for our lives, in solidarity with the Washington march that day. We all need to keep fighting for change. Go Philly Marchers!" - Ed Aguilar, for CFPA Pennsylvania 

 

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Rev. Bob Moore spoke to a crowd of 1,000 Saturday morning, before heading to the Princeton rally.


 

On Saturday, March 17, the Coalition for Peace Action participated in the 12th annual Mercer Green Fest to highlight our No Wars, No Warming campaign. 

Attendees at the Green Fest voted in our Penny Poll (pictured below) on how their federal tax dollars should be spent. At the end of the day, the poll showed that most people prioritized the environment, education, and healthcare. 

Click here to see where your tax dollars are actually going. 

 

"Gun Control Advocates Rally in Langhorne," by Christian Menmo, in Bucks County Courier Times, Feb. 17, 2018

"Friday’s rally was sponsored by several activist groups including the BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action and The Peace Center in Langhorne.

“There’s no quietness here,” said coalition organizer Cathy Leary, referencing the constant blare coming from car horns as passing drivers responded to the signs requesting they honk for support.

“Something has to be done,” Leary said. “At minimum I’d like to see universal background checks (prior to gun purchases). I personally would like to see an assault weapons ban. Children are dying. I support owning firearms. I’ve owned firearms, but this is a no-brainer. When the country didn’t have (assault rifles available) we didn’t have these mass shootings.”

Leary is also in favor of more specialized care for those suffering from mental illness, but she considers that is an entirely different conversation than “sensible, common sense” gun control when it comes to preventing these types of killings.

“What happens is they get intermixed and then nothing changes. Ever,” she added.

Kathey O’Brien, of Solebury, said she’s been outspoken on the issue since the 1980s.

“It’s getting worse and worse,” she said Friday. “Too many of our babies and children have died.”" (Click to read full article). 

Across the region, CFPA and co-sponsors held six successful events, with over 200 total participants, to support a Diplomatic Surge in Korea.

We have a very urgent need to keep up this surge of activism during the two month "window" of the Olympics and Paralympcs before the next round of US-South Korea military exercises in April. We urge all to help us keep up the momentum and support CFPA's Activist Surge for Diplomacy, Not War, in Korea, by clicking here.

Enjoy photos from our events!

Philadelphia Vigil in Support of the Olympic Truce:

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Langhorne Vigil:

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 Princeton Vigil: 

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Click here to see more photos from the Princeton vigil.

Sacred Heart Gathering for Peace and Justicewhere CFPA's Executive Director, the Rev. Bob Moore, spoke on Diplomacy, Not War, with Korea. (Click here to watch video of his talk: Part 1, Part 2).

Press Conference January 26

CFPA Director Rev. Bob Moore (center) was part of a January 26 press conference in Trenton with NJ Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney announcing new initiatives on gun violence prevention. Dolores Phillips, Legislative Director of CFPA's gun violence prevention project, Ceasefire NJ, was also present.

We're pleased to report that at the press conference pictured above, Gov. Murphy and his Attorney General announced that they are taking steps to restore the "justifiable need" criteria for getting a concealed carry gun permit in NJ.

That means that to qualify for getting such a permit, a person needs to show that they are facing a specific threat that necessitates them carrying a gun, e.g. a previous attack. It can't just be a general perceived threat of danger.

Previously, former Gov. Christie, had attempted to unilaterally loosen the criteria so anyone who perceived such a general threat would qualify to get a permit. This was strongly opposed by the NJ legislature, both by bills and a court challenge.

CFPA's Ceasefire NJ Project (CFNJ) had spearheaded citizen activism to oppose Christie's changes, including coordinating testimony against it at hearings held by the NJ State Police; and supporting legislation and court challenges against it. Special thanks to Dolores Phillips, and counsel Howard Moskowitz!

On Monday, January 15th, 2018, approximately 300 people from all backgrounds gathered at Princeton's First Baptist Church for the annual Multifaith Service to Commemorate and Honor the Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. The service was co-sponsored by CFPA and the Princeton Clergy Association, and the freewill offering benefited CFPA and United Negro College Fund.

Leaders from a range of faiths participated, including Baptist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, United Methodist, African Methodist Episcopal, Baha'i, Christian Science, Unitarian Universalist, United Church of Christ, Jewish, and Muslim. CFPA's executive director, the Rev. Bob Moore, gave the sermon, speaking out on rejecting all forms of racism and bigotry, as well as militarism, while supporting the beloved community.

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(Click here to see more photos).

 

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On December 20, the Coalition for Peace Action's Ceasefire NJ Project co-led a 12 person delegation of gun violence prevention leaders from across the state with NJ State Senate Majority Leader Senator Loretta Weinberg (front, middle) to discuss gun violence prevention legislation.

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