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CFPA commemorated the 76th Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings on Thursday, August 5, in person in Princeton. We had a BYO picnic, followed by an program full of peace music and an inspiring talk from Ambassador Thomas Graham on the importance of implementing a No First Use policy. 

Amb. Graham served for nearly three decades at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. In 1994 he was appointed as President Clinton's special representative for arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament, and was integral to the success of extending the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. 

See video below of Ambassador Graham reading the talk he gave!

The Coalition for Peace Action held a vigil for peace in remembrance of the world's first ever nuclear weapons test -- standing together on July 16, 2021, in Princeton, with signs and candles, handing out flyers about No First Use. See photos below, and click here for a copy of the flyer! 

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On July 12, 2021, a Pennsylvania citizens delegation, spearheaded by the Coalition for Peace Action, held a Zoom conference call with Zachary Shaw, legislative assistant for Senator Bob Casey on national security.

We were joined by (among others) Ambassador Tom Graham, Jr, longtime nuclear arms control and disarmament negotiator for the US; Emeritus Prof. Frank von Hippel, of Princeton University; Mary Day Kent, President of the UN Association of Greater Philadelphia, and Dr. Walter Tsou & Director Tonyehn Verkitus of Pennsylvania PSR. 

Topics included No First Use; Submarine Launched Cruise Missiles; the ICBM Act; ending support for the Saudi blockade and aggression in Yemen; and global climate policy and ways to reverse the climate crisis.

On July 15, CFPA again organized a Zoom meeting with our Pennsylvania allies, this time with both Chandler Mason, Legislative Assistant, and with Matthew Holcombe, the National Security and Climate Correspondent for Congressman Dwight Evans.

Chandler Mason reported in detail on the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 2307, cosponsored by Rep. Evans, with many cosponsors.

In addition to the topics presented at the Casey meeting, we spoke on the urgency of stopping the Gibbstown, NJ LNG (liquified natural gas) export terminal, a danger to both Pennsylvanians and people in South Jersey; and on the need for immediate action on U.S. visas for Afghan translators, so they and their families can be safe from growing Taliban control and revenge for helping Americans during the War.

For both offices, we also offered ourselves as continuing resources, especially experts such as Ambassador Graham, and Professor von Hippel, on ongoing issues of peace, justice, and global security. We will seek to continue to collaborate with our Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, especially those who are in alignment on peace and justice issues.

The Coalition for Peace Action partnered with the Trenton Branch of the NAACP to bring together people of faith and good will to strongly reject symbols of white supremacist violence and hatred, in response to a hangman's noose that was found on the Princeton University Campus.

About 50 supporters gathered on June 27, 2021, by the Princeton University Chapel. Faith leaders and community members were invited to share symbols of love from their faith or cultural traditions. Participants and symbols represented a variety of faith traditions, including Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, and Unitarian Universalism. 

Photo below shows Leslie Summiel, President of the NAACP Trenton Branch, holding a rainbow peace flag with the Rev. Bob Moore, our Executive Director.

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Short video clip below shows the crowd -- the large plaza allowed people to spread out & stay in the shade!

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

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 speakersrepresented 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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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!

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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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On ThursdayMarch 18th at 7pm, CFPA co-sponsored a conversation with Daniel Ellsberg about his book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. Our executive director, Rev. Bob Moore, was a respondent after Ellsberg's talk. See recording of the event below. 

This book talk was sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action, Maine Peace Action, New Hampshire Peace Action, Maryland Peace Action, Western New York Peace Center, Chicago Area Peace Action, the Coalition for Peace Action, and New Jersey Peace Action.

On March 5, 2021, a delegation coordinated by CFPA met with Congressman Tom Malinowski via Zoom. We discussed the Iran Nuclear Agreement; Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons; No New ICBMS; North Korea Nuclear Crisis; and Yemen & Drones. See screenshot below! Along with CFPA leaders and constituents from Rep. Malinowski's district, we were joined by Dr. Frank von Hippel and Dr. Rob Goldston of Princeton University. 

On March 10, a similar delegation met with senior members of Senator Bob Menendez's staff team for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. See second screenshot!

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The weekend of 2/20 and 2/21 was quite a productive one for CFPA and our partners! For the two events described below, we had more than 400 participate, including live attendees and those who viewed the recording afterwards. 

On Saturday, 2/20, we co-sponsored Sacred Heart of Camden's Peace Community Annual Gathering. Peace activists Kathy Kelly, Sarah Ball, and Jim Forest were featured (with Jim's remarks being read by Nancy Forest). 

On Sunday, 2/21, we held a panel discussion about the hazardous proposed LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal to be built in Gibbstown, NJ along the Delaware River.  

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CFPA members showed up for a "World Says No to War on Yemen" demonstration in Newark on Jan. 25, 2021. 

Two of our committed members, Richard Moody and Ram Chelluri, spoke at the rally against the American lead role in the Yemen War and the killing of innocent children. See pictures below.

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The Rev. Dr. Charles Boyer was the preacher for our Annual MLK Multifaith Service, co-sponsored by the Coalition for Peace Action and the Princeton Clergy Association. We had over 300 attendees on Zoom that night, plus about 225 subsequent views of the YouTube recording, for a total of over 500!!

The service included messages and music from a variety of faith traditions; please view the recording below to enjoy the experience of fellowship and reflect on the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The freewill offering during the service is being split 50/50 between the United Negro College Fund and the Coalition for Peace Action. If you were not able to give during the service and would like to give now, click here to give. 

On December 16, 2020, CFPA members and supporters gathered on Zoom for our annual Holiday Gathering. We heard from Seth Shelden, the UN Liaison for the Nobel Prize winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), who was a key leader in reaching the 50 ratifications needed for the UN's Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons to enter into force. We also heard wonderful music from Sharleen Leahey, including a new song she wrote especially for the occasion! See full video below. 

We also recommend this documentary film about the treaty!

On November 15, 2020, CFPA held our 41st annual Multifaith Service and Conference for Peace, all online. Thank you to our speakers, everyone who attended, and our organizational co-sponsors (see list below videos). 

The Multifaith Service, held in collaboration with the Princeton University Chapel, was pre-recorded and uploaded to YouTube that day.  It features as preacher the Rev. Dr. Chloe Breyer, the director of the Interfaith Center of NY, along with faith leaders from a diverse range of traditions. See first video below, and click here for worship bulletin.

The Conference took place on Zoom, with our speakers Major Danny Sjursen and Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins. See second video below. 

Co-Sponsors:
American Sikh Council
Baha’is of Princeton
Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice
Board of Church & Society, Greater NJ Conference, United Methodist Church
Brandywine Peace Community
Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition
Christ Congregation, Princeton
Covenant Presbyterian, Ewing
Fellowship in Prayer
Friends Meeting of New Brunswick
Friends Meeting of Princeton
Grace United Church of Christ, Flemington
Islamic Center of Ewing
Islamic Society of Central Jersey
Lutherans Engaging in Advocacy Ministry
Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought
Muslims for Peace
NAACP, Trenton branch
Nakashima Foundation for Peace
Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton
National Peace Action
PA Nuclear Ban Alliance
Physicians for Social Responsibility, PA
Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville
Princeton Clergy Association
Princeton University Chapel
Protestant Community Church of Medford Lakes
Sacred Heart Peace Community, Camden
St. Paul Lutheran Church, East Windsor, NJ
Trenton Friends Meeting
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton
Trinity Church, Princeton
Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton
Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Trenton
Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, Princeton

 

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Rev. Bob Moore, Executive Director for CFPA, speaking to the crowd
(Photos by Rich Hundley III for Planet Princeton)

Upwards of 150 people gathered on Wednesday, November 5 in Princeton to demand that every general election vote should be counted.  Coalition for Peace Action co-sponsored the rally along with Indivisible Princeton, and Indivisible Cranbury. Attendees wore face masks. This was one of several hundred coordinated rallies held across the country on Wednesday.

Featured speakers were: 

Yeimi Hernandez, a “Dreamer” immigrant to the US
Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert
Dena Mottola Jaborska, NJ Citizen Action
The Rev. Lukata Mjumbe, Pastor of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
The Rev. Robert Moore, Coalition for Peace Action Executive Director
Jeff Tittel, Director of the NJ Sierra Club
Sean Wilenz, Professor of History, Princeton University

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Thank you to all who were able to join us for this past Saturday's rally to #SaveThePostOffice! The rally was co-sponsored by CFPA and MoveOn. 

On August 22, about 50 people gathered at the Alexander Road Post Office in Princeton, as part of over 800 nationwide events that day. Participants wore masks and stood at safe distances.

Our speakers included Asm. Andrew Zwicker, who described how he is pushing legislation through the New Jersey State Legislature that includes the ability to track on a state website where your mail-in ballot is in the process, and 5-day window to fix any problems with your ballot (for example, a missing signature).

In addition, we heard from voting security expert Dr. Andrew Appel, CFPA board member Mark Pepper, and longtime CFPA ally Dr. Frank von Hippel, who led the event. CPFA’s Chair, Irene Goldman, read a statement from the Trenton branch of the NAACP.

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On August 9, CFPA was joined by two excellent guest speakers: Dr. Dan Ellsberg, former military analyst, whistleblower, and anti-war activist; and Shiho Burke, the daughter of Hiroshima survivors. Watch the entire program below!

In addition, Dr. Zia Mian of the Princeton Program for Science and Global Security made remarks in tribute to Dr. Bruce Blair, an expert on the risks of nuclear war and an ally to CFPA, who recently passed away. 

Also on August 9, the Rev. Robert Moore's pre-recorded sermon (watch below!) was part of the virtual Sunday service for Christ Congregation of Princeton, for the 75th Anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. 

In his sermon, he addresses the looming threat of—and reveals the potential solution for—nuclear escalation.

 

 

On June 20, 2020, CFPA was part of a virtual Pride event hosted by the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice. The 3-hour celebration was viewed live by over 7,000 people, and included guests such as Billy Porter and Gov. Phil Murphy, and was recognized in a letter from Barack Obama. The videos below from CFPA were played during the event.  

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June 20, 2020 -- On behalf of the Coalition for Peace Action, Ed Aguilar, of the Pennsylvania office, presented a 2020 CFPA Certificate to DANIELLE ALURA, this year's Elite Miss Pennsylvania, for her service in the cause of peace and sustainability. The event was co-sponsored by the UN Association of Greater Philadelphia, and included members of the Asian-American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), owners of scores of hotels from New Jersey to North Carolina, who have endorsed Danielle's campaign of "No Excuse for Single-Use Plastics", by which many tons of non-biodegradable plastics will be removed from our landfills and ocean waste. Thanks to all who joined us!

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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