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On Monday, June 21, CFPA Executive Director Bob Moore spoke at a Rally in front of the NJ State House Annex in support of NJ State legislation to give subpoena power to Civilian Review Boards in which citizens investigate concerns about police actions in their jurisdiction. Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, the prime sponsor in the NJ Assembly, spoke, as did Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. Besides CFPA, other speakers represented People's Organization for Progress, ACLU, Salvation and Social Justice, and immigrant groups. Survivors and family members of victims of police brutality in NJ also spoke.

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Bob at CCRB Rally

On June 10, 2021, the Coalition for Peace Action hosted our 40th Anniversary Membership Gathering with keynote speaker, Representative Ro Khanna, the top leader for peace legislation in Congress! We also honored Daniel Ellsberg with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Peacemaking. Click here to read CFPA's tribute to Dr. Ellsberg as presented at the event. 

You can see the video below! We had over 75 people attend, and a wide-ranging discussion, from ICMBs and Yemen, to the Nuclear Ban Treaty and peace with Iran, to reducing the military budget, and more!

 On Sunday, June 6, our Pennsylvania Chapter cosponsored our first in-person event of 2021 - it was an educational party, with a great film about protecting the Caribbean Sea from plastics, and all our people from the rising tide of heat and storms, entitled "1.5 to Stay Alive."
 
Before this unique film, which featured science, but also the music and spirit of the Caribbean peoples, we heard from:
  • Miranda Alexander -  A great organizer and entrepreneur, Miranda is the President of the CCP - Caribbean Community in Philadelphia organization.
  • Ed Aguilar, J.D. - Ed is the Pennsylvania Director for CFPA, co-chairs our No Wars, No Warming campaign, and is a UN Association Board member.  He told us about CFPA action for peace and environmental justice, and introduced attorney Pam Lazos. 
  • Pam Lazos serves as Senior Assistant Regional Counsel for the EPA, protecting our air and water, as well as having done many wetlands and Superfund cases. But also much more, as former chair of the Girls in STEM project in Lancaster, PA; writing an environmental mystery; and contributing to the wH2O Journal at Penn - a true Renaissance woman.

We also heard from Christiaan Morssink, CEO, and Mary Day Kent, President of the UN Association, who vowed to double our membership with more such timely events; and from Nagiarry Porcena-Meneus, who has written about William Penn from an African American perspective.  After which - some of us sampled free food, or joined us for drinks on the breezy Cherry Street Pier on the Delaware.  A great day!

1. Cherry Street Pier CFPA Cosponsors World Ocean Days June 6 Philadelphia

On May 24, CFPA partnered with Maine Peace Action to arrange for three world class nuclear weapon experts to brief three aides to US Sen. Angus King, Chair of the Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee that deals with nuclear weapon issues. See screenshot below. The aides were quite interested in what our experts presented, and are already engaging with further information being provided by them.

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On April 29, 2021, CFPA hosted a program featuring Dr. Steve Pacala of Princeton University, a key leader in decarbonization research. He is part of the Net Zero America Project, and chairs a committee that assesses the technological, policy, social, and behavioral dimensions of accelerating decarbonization of the U.S. economy. See video below! 

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bob at divest princeton rallyA strong effort is being made by Princeton University students, alumni, and faculty to have the university divest from fossil fuels. CFPA just co-sponsored their "Earth Day, No Delay" rally this past Saturday (4/24), see press coverage here. The rally was attended by an estimated 100 supporters; photo above is from The Daily Princetonian.

Rev. Bob Moore, our Executive Director, was one of the speakers.

Photo left was taken by Dylan Shapiro. 

 

About 60 were in attendance for our 2021 Annual Membership Renewal and New Member Welcome Gathering. We heard from Dr. Rob Goldston on the prospects for re-instating the Iran Nuclear Agreement, and from Cecilia Birge on anti-Asian hate and teaching racial literacy. Please view the recording below! 

Click here to view slideshow of highlights of CFPA's work in the past year. 

The Coalition for Peace Action co-sponsored a rally and vigil against anti-Asian hate crimes, which was held in Princeton on March 27, 2021. We stood in solidarity with Asian communities that have been impacted by an increase of bigotry and violence, including the recent shooting deaths of eight people in Atlanta, six of whom were Asian American women.

An estimated 3,000 were in attendance. Rev. Bob Moore, our Executive Director, spoke at the beginning of the rally.

Asian Hate RallyPhoto by Krystal Knapp, Planet Princeton

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