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September 2013 – August 2014

  • CFPA sponsors or co-sponsors ten emergency Rallies and Vigils in region in late August and early September 2013 for Diplomacy, Not Bombing, in Syria with hundreds of participants and extensive press coverage.
  • On October 6, CFPA’s Forum on Syria: Options for Peace with three expert speakers draws 60 in Princeton.
  • CFPA’s 34th Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace on Diplomacy, Not War with Iran, with Ambassador Andrew Young and four Iran experts, draws 1,000 on 11/10/13. Over 50 personal constituent letters in support of Diplomacy with Iran written at the Conference to key US Senators in the region.
  • CFPA spearheads intensive campaign against bill to impose new sanctions that would undermine Diplomacy with Iran, including Emergency Vigil, Emergency Lobby Day to Washington D.C., Demonstrations at Senators Offices in Newark and Philadelphia, and grasstops letter signed by 40 local and area leaders in December 2013 and January 2014. Sanctions bill is subsequently shelved!
  • CFPA sponsors or co-sponsors three Commemorations of the Newtown, CT shooting on its first Anniversary on 12/14/13. Over 200 supporters attend, despite snow.
  • CFPA Executive Director, the Rev. Bob Moore, gives keynote address to 300 attending annual conference of Muslims for Peace on 3/9/14 at Rutgers University.
  • Fourth annual Membership Renewal Gathering, with Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin as keynote speaker, draws 100 on 3/16/14.
  • CFPA co-sponsors screening and discussion of Robert Greenwald documentary film Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars on 3/23/14 at Princeton Public Library, with 100 in attendance.
  • CFPA is primary sponsor of Persian New Year Celebration on 3/30/14 in Princeton, with 175 in attendance.
  • CFPA kicks off Peace Voter 2014 Campaign by conducting seven candidate briefings and produces two Peace Voter Guides in connection with Primaries in NJ and PA in spring 2014. Two more candidate briefings and one more Peace Voter Guide done leading up to November 4 General Election.
  • Nearly 400 participate in CFPA’s Annual Penny Poll on federal budget priorities on Tax Day and at Communiversity in Princeton during April 2014.
  • CFPA’s Ceasefire NJ Project spearheads passage by the NJ Legislature of a bill to limit gun ammunition magazines to 10 bullets. CFPA also co-sponsors two screenings of documentary Shell Shocked about prevalence of gun violence in New Orleans and across the US.
  • Annual Membership Dinner on 6/8/14, with Rep. Rush Holt as honoree and keynote speaker, draws 200 at Princeton Theological Seminary; gets extensive press coverage.
  • Annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration on 8/5/14 draws 80 to Hinds Plaza in Princeton.

  • CFPA co-sponsors March and Rally for Justice for Michael Brown, attended by 150 on 8/23/14 in Princeton.

November 2012 - December 2013

  • CFPA’s Peace Voter 2012 Campaign includes two candidate briefings by CFPA experts and production of Presidential Peace Voter Guide that is published in nearly one million newspapers in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania! As part of the mobilization, CFPA establishes PA Peace Project office in Philadelphia, which works with numerous colleges and universities to educate students, faculty, and staff, and ensure they are able to vote.
  • CFPA’s 33rd Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace, featuring Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman, Juan Cole, and Fr. Pat Connor, draws 1,100 on 11/11/12, the largest crowd in many years.
  • CFPA sends delegation of over 30 from NJ and PA to Washington DC on 12/5/12 for Peace Lobby Day to advocate for major cuts to military spending, to prevent cuts to urgent human needs, as “fiscal cliff” approached.
  • CFPA co-sponsors Vigils on 12/15/12 and 12/20 with over 350 participants in response to Newtown, CT shooting, getting major press coverage. CFPA’s Ceasefire NJ Project also does numerous press interviews.
  • CFPA holds 12/28/12 Benefit Concert for Peace with Julia Nixon and David Ylvisaker, with approximately 175 attending at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.
  • CFPA co-sponsors annual Martin Luther King Interfaith Service on 1/21/13 at the Jewish Center of Princeton, with about 100 in attendance and half the offering going to benefit CFPA.
  • CFPA sponsors fundraising Meet and Greet with 80 supporters following Arlo Guthrie Concert at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre on 2/10/13.
  • CFPA and its Ceasefire NJ (CFNJ) Project mobilize for votes on strengthening New Jersey’s gun safety laws, starting with successful votes on 22 bills in NJ Assembly on 2/21/13, then votes in the NJ Senate in April and May. CFNJ Project Director Nicola Bocour and CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore give dozens of talks in region.
  • Some 100 supporters attend Membership Renewal Gathering with Dr. Helen Caldicott speaking on 3/14/13 in Princeton, and another 100 come for second Presentation for CFPA’s PA Peace Project in Philadelphia on 3/15.
  • CFPA conducts its annual Penny Poll on federal budget priorities with over 400 participants on 4/15 and 4/28 in Princeton. Results demonstrate that large majority wants less spent on military and more on domestic priorities.
  • CFPA sponsors, along with 25 co-sponsors, Pre-Mothers Day Gathering, March, and Rally vs. Gun Violence attended by 400 in Trenton, NJ and Morrisville, PA on 5/11. Former PA Governor Ed Rendell is among the speakers. 

  •  Annual Membership Dinner on 6/3/13, keynoted by former NJ Gov. Jim Florio and honoring long time civil rights leader Edith Savage-Jennings draws 175 at Princeton Theological Seminary; gets extensive press coverage.

  • Annual Peace is Patriotic Picnic and Program on 7/7/13 draws 50 at Fallsington Friends Meeting in Bucks County.
  • Annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration draws 50 to Hinds Plaza in Princeton.
  • CFPA co-sponsors with Trenton NAACP three buses to Washington D.C. on August 24 to carry 150 area supporters to 50th Anniversary March on Washington, where Dr. King gave “I have a dream” speech in 1963.
  • CFPA sponsors or co-sponsors ten emergency Rallies and Vigils in region in late August and early September 2013 for Diplomacy, Not Bombing, in Syria with hundreds of participants and extensive press coverage. On October 6, CFPA’s Forum on Syria: Options for Peace with three expert speakers draws 60 in Princeton       

  •  CFPA’s 34th Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace on Diplomacy, Not War with Iran, with US Ambassador to the UN Andrew Young and four Iran experts, draws 1,000 on 11/10/13

  • As new sanctions legislation that would derail diplomacy with Iran is considered, Emergency Vigil to Give Diplomacy a Chance on 12/8/13, immediately prior to US Senate re-convening after Thanksgiving, draws photos and press coveage in three area newspapers. CFPA sends 12 to December 20 Lobby Day in DC on same topic.

  • CFPA sponsors of co-sponsors four Commemorations in region on first anniversary of Newtown shooting, drawing a total of 350 and major press coverage.

 

November 2011 - November 2012

  • 32nd Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace on Smart Security is attended by 400 at Princeton University on 11/13/11.
  • Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, from the 8th district of PA (mostly Bucks County), who previously declined to oppose the Afghanistan War, takes public position in November 2011 advocating immediate US withdrawal after intense campaign, with petitions, post cards, lobby visist, and demonstrations, led by CFPA's Bucks County chapters.
  • CFPA co-sponsors a Jobs for the 99% Rally at the Trenton State House steps on 11/17 as part of a National Day of Action. 200 people attend the rally.
  • CFPA celebrates the withdrawal of the final troops from Iraq on 12/29 with a champagne toast, a round of congratulations, and speeches from those who were at the forefront of the movement to end the Iraq War. The gathering is attended by 65 people and receives front page coverage from the Trenton Times.
  • CFPA co-sponsors an Interfaith Vigil to Stop Gun Violence in collaboration with Fellowship in Prayer, Million Mom March, Trenton NAACP in Princeton on 01/08.
  • A CFPA Pennsylvania delegation meets with the offices on Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey to discuss nuclear disarmament and reducing military spending.
  • An overlow crowd of 100 attends CFPA's 2nd Annual Membership Renewal Party on 03/07. Dr. Steven Kull and Dr. Shapoor Vali both gave talks on Iran and how the issues over its nuclear program can be solved peacefully
  • CFPA co-sponsors 03/19 Forum entitled Can Diplomacy Prevent A War With Iran? Resolving the Nuclear Crisis Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian, former spokesperson for Iran's nuclear negotiating team, and Dr. Zia Mian, Princeton University nuclear physicist.
  • Annual Penny Poll on federal budget priorities conducted by CFPA volunteers, with 65 participating on 4/17, tax day (co-sponsored with Central Jersey Moveon); and 300 participating on 4/28 at Communiversity.
  • CFPA’s 21st chapter launched at Stonebridge in Montgomery, NJ on 4/30, with 28 at kick-off meeting.
  • Annual Membership Dinner featuring Iran diplomacy expert, Dr. Trita Parsi, draws 175 on 6/3 at Princeton Seminary.
  • Philadelphia City Council passes a resolution to Redirect Military Spending to Fund Our Communities on 06/21.
  • Annual Peace is Patriotic Picnic and Program on 7/2 draws 50 at Monument Park in Princeton.
  • Annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration, featuring President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, panel of physicists, and grandson of a survivor of Hiroshima bombing, draws 75 on 8/5.
  • CFPA’s Peace Voter 2012 Campaign includes two candidate briefings by CFPA experts and production of Presidential Peace Voter Guide that is published in nearly one million newspapers in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania!
  • About 50 attend CFPA Vigils for Peace on 11th Anniversary of Afghanistan War on 10/6 and 10/8 in NJ and PA.

  • CFPA’s 33rd Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace, featuring Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman, Juan Cole, and Fr. Pat Connor, draws 1,100 on 11/11, the largest crowd in many years.


November 2010 Through November 2011

  • 31st Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace, entitled Global Abolition of Nuclear Weapons: An Idea Whose Time Has Come, draws 400 on 11/14/10 at Princeton University.
  • CFPA makes its final push on advocating for the New START Treaty ratification. The treaty is ratified in late December and CFPA celebrates its role in this victory with a light dinner and champagne toast attended by over 50 people.

  • CFPA hosts talks by Marine veteran Matthew Hoh on Afghanistan on January 18-19, 2011. Mr. Hoh's talks are covered in the Trenton Times, Princeton Packet and Bucks County Courier Times.
  • CFPA co-sponsors annual Martin Luther King Interfaith Service attended by over 200 on 1/17/11 at Princeton United Methodist Church.
  • First ever Membership Renewal Party featuring British Nuclear Navy veteran Commander Rob Green draws 30 on 2/23/11 at Trinity Church in Princeton.
  • CFPA hosts a screening of "Hibakusha: Our Life to Live," a film about survivors of nuclear attack, on March 6, 2011 to a packed auditorium.
  • CFPA holds a rally in commemoration of the 9th Anniversary of the Iraq War in Princeton on March 19, 2011. The rally includes music, several speeches, and a call to end the Afghanistan War. Several CFPA chapters throughout the area host vigils over the weekend.
  • CFPA sends a delegation to a Peace Lobby Day on March 22, 2011 to lobby for an end to the Afghanistan War, cuts in the military budget, and the non-deployment of traumatized troops. The delegation meets with a number of Senators' and Representatives' offices for NJ and PA.
  • CFPA hosts two talks by Larry Wittner, top historian of the world nuclear disarmament movement, entitled "How Peace Activists Saved the World from Nuclear War" on April 16 and 17.
  • CFPA holds its annual Tax Day Penny Poll on April 18 outside the Palmer Square Post Office. Consistent with prior years, Princeton residents vote that Education and Health Care should receive the the largest portion of our tax dollars, while military should receive the least. Participants were then given a fact sheet on how their tax dollars are actually spent and urged to take action and advocate for reducing the military budget.
  • CFPA participates in a National Day of Action on May 24 against the Afghanistan War. CFPA members call their Representatives and urge them to support ending the War. While the key amendment is narrowly defeated, it gains 42 votes from the previous year. Three area Representatives who voted  No on the amendment last year change their vote to Yes this year!
  • 200 people attend CFPA's 30th Anniversary Membership Dinner on June 18, keynoted by Rep. Barney Frank. Rep. Frank speaks on the need for cutting military spending and the creation of a peace economy.
  • CFPA honors Gold Star mother, peace musician, and son of former convicted terrorist who now is a committed nonviolence advocate, at its Peace is Patriotic picnic and program on July 3.
  • Annual Commemorations of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, featuring physicists, daughter of bombing survivor, and survivor of Chernobyl, draw 100 at CFPA affiliates in Princeton and Bucks County, PA in early August.
  • CFPA hosts a series of five presentations by A Ride Till The End, a group of bicyclists comprised of Afghanistan War veterans, artists, and activists, during the month of September. The group's tour began in New York City on September 11 and will conclude in Washington, DC on October 6th at the anti-war protests. The goal of their tour is to promote peace and healing as well as collect bicycles for returning veterans from Afghanistan.
  • CFPA holds a Rally & Protest on the 10th Anniversary of the Afghanistan War, October 7, at the Trenton State House Steps. The rally is attended by 75 people and receives front page coverage from the Trenton Times, along with articles in several other area newspapers. In solidarity with the peace movement, activists from Occupy Trenton join the rally. At 4:30 that same day, CFPA's Buxmont chapters hold a vigil on the Morrisville side of the Trenton Makes bridge, and also receive local media coverage.
  • CFPA co-sponsors a jobs creation panel with Nobel Laureate and Princeton economist Paul Krugman, Carol Gay, and Larry Hamm attended by 500 on 11/6 in Princeton.
  • 32nd Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace on Smart Security is attended by 400 at Princeton University on 11/13.
  • Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, from the 8th district of PA (mostly Bucks County), who previously declined to oppose the Afghanistan War, takes public position in November 2011 advocating immediate US withdrawal after intense campaign, with petitions, post cards, lobby visist, and demonstrations, led by CFPA's Bucks County chapters.
  • CFPA co-sponsors a Jobs for the 99% Rally at the Trenton State House steps on 11/17 as part of a National Day of Action. 200 people attend the rally.

November 2009-November 2010

  • 30th Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace, entitled Toward a Peace Economy, draws 600 on 11/15/09 at Princeton University.
  • Ceasefire NJ, the most prominent gun violence prevention group in NJ, comes under CFPA’s umbrella with the start of 2010. CFPA also launches statewide Pennsylvania Zero Nuclear Weapons Campaign (PAZ), with some 30 organizational endorsers and three part time staff, soon after start of year.
  • CFPA co-sponsors annual Martin Luther King Interfaith Service attended by over 150 on 1/18/10 at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church in Princeton.
  • Over 150 come to CFPA reception with Judy Collins following her McCarter Theatre concert on 2/19/10.
  • Together with its new student affiliate, Princeton Global Zero, CFPA co-sponsors screening of nuclear weapons abolition film Countdown to Zero before audience of 175 on 4/28/10 in Princeton.
  • About 80 board CFPA’s Peace Train to NYC on 5/2/10 for major Rally and March at start of Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference in support of Global Nuclear Disarmament.
  • Over 150 attend Annual Membership Dinner, with nuclear weapons abolition expert Dr. Barry Blechman, on 6/4/10 at Princeton Theological Seminary.
  • 75 attend tenth annual Peace is Patriotic event on July 3 at Pennsbury Manor, honoring peace leaders in region, including US Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania for being a champion for global nuclear disarmament.
  • Nearly two year Campaign co-led by CFPA succeeds in closing Army Experience Center, high tech recruiting center at Franklin Mills Mall in Northeast Philadelphia, in July 2010.
  • Annual Commemorations of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, featuring survivor of one, draw over 150 at CFPA affiliates in Princeton, Bucks County, and Wayne, PA in early August.
  • CFPA organizes Protests in Morrisville, PA and Princeton on 10/7/10, 9th anniversary of Afghanistan War.
  • Peace Voter Signature Ads run in over 150,000 copies of newspapers in targeted 12th Congressional District before Election Day as culmination of CFPA’s Peace Voter 2010 Campaign. Candidate who was shown on CFPA’s Peace Voter Guide to be 100% on peace issues won, while candidate who refused to answer CFPA’s candidate questionnaire lost.
  • Over 80 attend CFPA’s Post-Performance Discussion of An Iliad at McCarter Theatre on 11/7/10, featuring a panel including actor Stephen Spinella, poet Paul Muldoon, and Lynne Fagles, wife of the late translator, Robert Fagles.
  • 31st Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace, entitled Global Abolition of Nuclear Weapons: An Idea Whose Time Has Come, draws 400 on 11/14/10 at Princeton University.

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January 2009-May 2010

  • CFPA sends five busloads, totaling 250 supporters, to the Presidential Inauguration on 1/20/09, many of them carrying signs that say Yes We Did Elect a President Against the Iraq War.
  • Forum on Intro to Afghanistan on 3/29/09 brings together over 100 at the UU Congregation of Princeton, with extensive press coverage in area newspapers.
  • CFPA helps draw over 200 protesters to the Army Experience Center (AEC) in Northeast Philadelphia on 5/2/09. The AEC uses videogames to promote Army enlistment to children as young as 13. In conjunction with one of many later protests, Army announces cancelation of plans to replicate the center nationwide.
  • Over 150 attend Annual Membership Dinner, with keynoter Ambassador Thomas Pickering, on 5/17/09 at Princeton Theological Seminary.
  • CFPA co-leads Tri-Faith Walk, including people of faith from the Abrahamic faiths, with over 100 participants on 5/31/09 in Trenton, generating major press coverage in area faith and secular media.
  • 75 attendees at ninth annual Peace is Patriotic event on July 2 honor leaders in gun violence prevention and advocates for peaceful approaches to Iran.
  • Annual Commemorations of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, featuring survivors of each city, draw over 150 at CFPA affiliates in Princeton, Bucks County, and Atlantic City in early August.
  • Protests in Trenton, Princeton, and Morrisville, PA, on 10/7/09, the eighth anniversary of Afghanistan War, draw about 100 total participants and extensive press coverage in region.
  • 30th Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace, entitled Toward a Peace Economy, draws 600 on 11/15/09 at Princeton University.
  • Participants at Pre-Holiday Peace Witness in Palmer Square, Princeton, on 12/15/09 proclaim, with huge banner, the message, “President Obama: Fulfill the Promise of Peace.”
  • Ceasefire NJ, the most prominent gun violence prevention group in NJ, comes under CFPA’s umbrella with the start of 2010.
  • CFPA co-sponsors annual Martin Luther King Interfaith Service attended by over 150 on 1/18/10 at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church in Princeton.
  • Over 150 come to CFPA reception with Judy Collins following her McCarter Theatre concert on 2/19/10.
  • Palmer Square Protest against Escalation in Afghanistan as announcement is made on 2/24/10 draws press coverage and supporters from throughout the region.
  • About 80 board CFPA’s Peace Train to NYC on 5/2/10 for major Rally and March in support of International Nuclear Disarmament.

November 2008-November 2009

  • 29th Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace, on Re-envisioning a Peaceful US Foreign Policy, draws 700 on 11/16/08 at Princeton University.
  • CFPA co-sponsors annual Martin Luther King Interfaith Service attended by over 150 on 1/19/09.
  • CFPA sends five busloads carrying 250 supporters to the Presidential Inauguration on 1/20/09, many of them carrying signs that say Yes We Did…Elect a President Against the Iraq War.
  • CFPA and its 18 chapter-affiliates participate in numerous Protests in the region on 3/19/09, the sixth anniversary of the Iraq War, receiving extensive press coverage.
  • CFPA co-sponsors second annual Interfaith Retreat on Spirituality and Peacemaking on 3/21/09.
  • Forum Intro to Afghanistan draws over 100 on 3/29/09 at the UU Congregation of Princeton, with extensive press coverage in area newspapers.
  • CFPA co-sponsors major Protest with over 200 in attendance at the Army Experience Center (AEC), promoting Army enlistment to children as young as 13, in Northeast Philadelphia on 5/2/09 and 9/12/09. In conjunction with second protest, Army announces it is canceling plans to replicate the pilot project nationally.
  • Over 150 attend Annual Membership Dinner, with keynoter Ambassador Thomas Pickering, on 5/17/09 at Princeton Theological Seminary.
  • CFPA co-leads Tri-Faith Walk, including people of faith from the Abrahamic faiths, with over 100 participants on 5/31/09 in Trenton, generating major press coverage in area faith and secular media.
  • Ninth annual Peace is Patriotic event, honoring leaders in gun violence prevention and for peaceful approaches to Iran, draws 75 on 7/2/09.
  • Annual Commemorations of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, featuring survivors of each city, draw over 150 at CFPA affiliates in Princeton, Bucks County, and Atlantic City in early August.
  • Protests in Trenton, Princeton, and Morrisville, PA on 10/7, the eighth anniversary of Afghanistan War, draw about 100 total participants and extensive press coverage in region.
  • 30th Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace, on Toward a Peace Economy, draws 600 on 11/15/09 at Princeton University.

November 2007-November 2008

  • 2007 Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace on “Stopping Nuclear Terrorism and Proliferation” draws over 650 on 11/11/07 at Princeton University.
  • CFPA Executive Director, Rev. Bob Moore, gives 12 talks between December 2007 and April 2008 on Impacting the 2008 Elections for Peace throughout the region to lay the groundwork for CFPA’s Peace Voter 2008 Campaign.
  • CFPA begins conducting Candidate Briefings for major party candidates in two targeted Congressional Districts in January 2008, using world-class experts including nuclear physicists and career CIA agent. Three conducted to date.
  • Overflow crowd of 350 attend An Afternoon of Iranian and Persian Culture organized by Peace Education Committee and area Iranian community on 1/27/08 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.
  • CFPA co-sponsors Interfaith Retreat on Spiritual Pilgrimages of Peacemaking attended by over 75 diverse people of faith on 2/2/08 at Princeton Theological Seminary.
  • NJ Students for Peace, the regional CFPA affiliate of high school students, draws over 100 to its semi-annual Peace Fest on 3/15/08 in Princeton.
  • CFPA and its 17 chapters hold over 30 events commemorating fifth Anniversary of Iraq War March 16-19 throughout the region, and generate dozens of major media stories.
  • CFPA runs Peace Voter Signature Ads, comparing the positions of the remaining Democratic and Republican Presidential Candidates, in Pennsylvania newspapers with a total circulation of over 111,000 before that state’s April 22 Primary.
  • CFPA’s Annual Membership Dinner on 4/27/08 draws overflow crowd of 175 to hear nuclear weapons expert and author Jonathan Schell and honor volunteer leaders.
  • CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore awarded Evanoff-Schucter Organizing Award at 25th Anniversary Gala of NJ Citizen Action attended by over 300 on 6/5/08 at the Marriott Hotel in Trenton. He is subsequently presented with Quarter Century Award, and CFPA gets Membership Growth Award, at 50th Anniversary National Peace Action Congress on 7/18/08.
  • CFPA hosts NJ premiere screening of documentary film, Body of War, with producer and co-director Phil Donahue, to sell-out crowd at Garden Theater in Princeton on 6/25/08.
  • CFPA draws 75 to hear keynote speaker Col. Ann Wright and honor former CIA operative Ray Close and Rep. Frank Pallone an annual Peace is Patriotic event in Princeton on 7/2/08.
  • Ambassador Thomas Graham keynotes annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration before crowd of 100 at Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton on 8/5/08.
  • As part of its four-year-old Law Suit to mandate that all voting in NJ include a voter-verified paper ballot, CFPA succeeds in having its independent experts examine electronic voting machines, a first in the nation, in August 2008.
  • CFPA runs Peace Voter Signature Ads, comparing the positions of Democratic and Republican Presidential Candidates and six Congressional races, in newspapers with a total circulation of over 83,000 before November 4 General Election. Another 20,000 Voter Guides distributed by postal and email, and at train stations, concerts, and community fairs before Election Day.
  • CFPA’s 29th Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace entitled Re-Imagining a Peaceful US Foreign Policy on 11/16/08 at Princeton University draws over 700.

 

March 2007 - April 2008

  • 2007 Annual Membership Dinner featuring Dr. Hans Blix as keynoter held on 3/27/07 at Princeton Theological Seminary; draws full house of 325.
  • Annual Concert for Peace featuring Dar Williams, with Stan Stroman and Friends opening, draws 400 on 3/31 in Princeton.
  • Over 3000 Fact Sheets distributed about excessive military spending at expense of urgent domestic needs in conjunction with Tax Day, April 17. CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore gives three talks to over 200 on same topic from 4/16-4/18.
  • Students for Peace (SFP) Lobby Day to DC on 4/25/07 has 15 high school students lobby for peace legislation. On 5/26/07, SFP holds its first Peace Conference in Princeton with over 80 high school and college students participating.
  • Annual Peace is Patriotic gathering draws 75 on 7/2/07 at Monument Plaza next to Princeton Boro Hall.
  • Over 100 hear nuclear weapons expert Joseph Cirincione and a Nagasaki survivor at Annual Commemoration of Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 8/5/07.
  • CFPA co-sponsors 9/23/07 Forum on Protecting Basic Civil Liberties with over 100 attending at Trenton Friends Meeting.
  • October 27 Regional Demonstration Against the Iraq War draws hundreds at CFPA feeder events in Trenton, Camden, and suburbs of Philadelphia leading to concluding March and Rally with 8,000 in Independence Mall in Center City Philadelphia.
  • 2007 Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace on “Stopping Nuclear Terrorism and Proliferation” draws over 650 on 11/11/07 at Princeton University.
  • CFPA Executive Director, Rev. Bob Moore, gives 12 talks between December 2007 and April 2008 on Impacting the 2008 Elections for Peace throughout the region to lay the groundwork for CFPA’s Peace Voter 2008 Campaign.
  • CFPA begins conducting Candidate Briefings for Major Party candidates in two targeted Congressional Districts in January 2008, using world-class experts including nuclear physicists and career CIA agent. Three conducted to date.
  • Overflow crowd of 350 attend An Afternoon of Iranian and Persian Culture organized by Peace Education Committee and area Iranian community on 1/27/08 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.
  • CFPA co-sponsors Interfaith Retreat on Spiritual Pilgrimages of Peacemaking attended by over 75 diverse people of faith on 2/2/08 at Princeton Theological Seminary.
  • NJ Students for Peace, the regional CFPA affiliate of high school students, draws over 100 to its semi-annual Peace Fest on 3/15 in Princeton.
  • CFPA and its 17 chapters hold over 30 events commemorating fifth Anniversary of Iraq War March 16-19 throughout the region, and generate dozens of major media stories in response.
  • CFPA co-sponsors Protest when President Bush visits Freehold, NJ on 3/28/08 with over 100 in attendance and extensive press coverage, on less than two days notice.
  • CFPA sponsors its Annual Penny Poll on 4/15, Tax Day, generating substantial area press coverage showing that most American taxpayers want substantially less of their tax dollars going to the military and instead invested in urgent human needs.
  • CFPA runs Peace Voter Signature Ads, comparing the positions of the remaining Democratic and Republican Presidential Candidates, in Pennsylvania newspapers with a circulation of over 111,000 copies of before that state’s April 22 Primary.
  • 2008 Annual Membership Dinner featuring Jonathan Schell as keynoter held on 4/27/08 at Trinity Episcopal Church; draws capacity crowd of 175. Honorees include the late Jerry Eure, Sr, a Trenton peace activist and former member and staffer.

HIGHLIGHTS OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS
April 2006 - March 2007

  • Peace Voter Guides placed as half-page signature ads in 8 newspapers with circulation of 365,000 in four targeted races in New Jersey and Pennsylvania before Election Day April 2006. Another 20,000 Voter Guides distributed by mail, door-to-door, through organizations, and by leafleting transit stops. Candidate who was shown to be better on peace issues won in 3 of the 4 targeted races!

  • 2006 Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace on “SMART Security” on Sunday, November 12, 2006 draws 300 at Princeton University Chapel and overflow crowd Princeton Public Library.
  • CFPA organizes State House Rally and Palmer Square Vigil on January 3, 2007 to mark tragic milestone of death of 3000th US soldier in Iraq, generating major press coverage throughout the region. Second State House Rally on January 11 in response to President Bush’s announced plans to escalate in Iraq draws over 100, also with substantial press coverage.
  • CFPA and its affiliates send 20 busloads with over 1,000 people to DC March and Rally against Iraq War on January 27. CFPA delegation of 25 returns to DC for Lobby Day on January 29.
  • “Films of War, Alternative Voices” second annual series held on four Winter 2007 evenings at Princeton Public Library and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.
  • CFPA co-sponsors Interfaith Panel and Potluck that draws diverse crowd of 90 at First Baptist Church in Princeton on February 18 to address racial tensions and other community issues.
  • Regional March and Rally in Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA on March 18 in conjunction with fourth anniversary of Iraq war draws 500 and front page coverage in area newspapers. State House Rally the next day, March 19, 2007 draws over 100 and receives coverage in over 75 media outlets across the US.

HIGHLIGHTS OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS
April 2006-September 2006

  • Annual Membership Dinner featuring Daniel Ellsberg draws 200 at Princeton Seminary on 4/23/06.
  • New Chapter of CFPA has kickoff meeting on 4/24/06 in Monroe Township, NJ with 175 in attendance, becoming 14th CFPA chapter-affiliate. Later in year, Hunterdon County launches new chapter, and Roosevelt Chapter re-activated, bringing total of CFPA chapters as of end of 2006 to 16!
  • CFPA’s high school affiliate, NJ Students for Peace, sends busload of nearly 40 to Lobby Day in DC on 5/23/06.
  • Fifth Annual Peace is Patriotic Event, honoring Grannies Peace Brigade, draws 100 on 6/30/06 in Princeton. Event also held with Grannies and Rep. Frank Pallone in Trenton on 6/24/06, drawing statewide press coverage.
  • CFPA sends delegation of five to National Peace Action Congress in Detroit 7/14-16. CFPA Executive Director continues his free consulting with numerous Peace Action affiliates and organizers to support their increased effectiveness.
  • CFPA opens Peace Voter office in Lansdowne, PA on August 1 to do door-to-door canvassing and other voter education work in targeted race for Peace Voter 2006 Campaign.
  • Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemorations, featuring a survivor of the atomic bombing, held at 5 CFPA affiliates in conjunction with anniversaries in early August, drawing over 500.
  • Diplomat John Brady Kiesling, who resigned in protest against Iraq War, gives book talk and receives prestigious CFPA award before crowd of 100 on 9/13/06 at Princeton University.

HIGHLIGHTS OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS
December 2005-August 2006

  • Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) co-organizes fifth annual statewide Peace Train on December 3, 2005 with pre-boarding Rallies in Trenton and Princeton, and concluding March and Rally in Newark.

  • CFPA Co-Hosts National Conference, attended by 160 religious leaders of all faiths, January 13-15, 2006 at Princeton Theological Seminary to launch National Religious Campaign Against Torture.
  • CFPA hosts reception in conjunction with Concert by Indigo Girls 2/13/06 at McCarter Theater in Princeton.
  • .CFPA organizes Constitutional Vigils against illegal spying and other Administration abuses in conjunction with Moveon.org on 2/22 with 40 at State House in Trenton, and 60 at Palmer Square in Princeton.
  • “Films of War, Alternative Voices” series on four Winter 2006 evenings, co-sponsored with Princeton Public Library, draws up to 150 at each event.
  • Three nonpartisan candidate briefings, and three candidate forums, held in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in March/April 2006 with major party candidates as first step in Peace Voter 2006 Campaign. Peace Voter Guide published before May 2006 Primary as half page ad in newspapers with circulation of 110,000. Three more candidate briefings later given before General Election.
  • CFPA Coordinates New Jersey delegation of 40 to Verified Voting Lobby Day in DC on 4/6/06.
  • Annual Membership Dinner featuring Daniel Ellsberg draws 200 at Princeton Seminary on 4/23/06.
  • New Chapter of CFPA has kickoff meeting on 4/24/06 in Monroe Township, NJ with 175 in attendance, becoming 14th CFPA chapter-affiliate. Later in year, Hunterdon County launches new chapter, and Roosevelt Chapter re-activated, bringing total of CFPA chapters as of end of 2006 to 16!
  • CFPA’s high school affiliate, NJ Students for Peace, sends busload of nearly 40 to Lobby Day in DC on 5/23/06.
  • Fifth Annual Peace is Patriotic Event, honoring Grannies Peace Brigade, draws 100 on 6/30/06 in Princeton. Event also held with Grannies and Rep. Frank Pallone in Trenton on 6/24/06, drawing statewide press coverage.
  • CFPA sends delegation of five to National Peace Action Congress in Detroit 7/14-16. CFPA Executive Director continues his free consulting with numerous Peace Action affiliates and organizers to support their increased effectiveness.
  • CFPA opens Peace Voter office in Lansdowne, PA on August 1 to do door-to-door canvassing and other voter education work in targeted race for Peace Voter 2006 Campaign.
  • Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemorations, featuring a survivor of the atomic bombing, held at 5 CFPA affiliates in conjunction with anniversaries in early August, drawing over 500.

HIGHLIGHTS OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS
APRIL 2005-APRIL 2006

  • 25th Anniversary Membership Dinner on 4/1/05 with nuclear nonproliferation expert Joseph Cirincione, former Governor Jim Florio, and Military Families Speak Out, draws 150 at Trinity Church, Princeton.
  • Coalition organizes Lobby Days to Washington D.C. to lobby against new US nuclear weapons and Bolton nomination on April 12; for Verified Voting on June 9; and against the Iraq War on September 28. A total of 65 participate in CFPA delegations.
  • Coalition begins consulting to strengthen 15 Peace Action affiliates, developing a mentoring relationship with each. Exchange visits and trainings begin in April 2005.
  • Coalition sponsors Peace Train to New York in conjunction with opening of Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference on May 1, 2005. Extensive local press coverage results.
  • Coalition hosts documentary filmmaker Linda Byrket and her “Video the Vote” documentary about major problems with voting in 2004 in Ohio on May 2. Over 100 attend and heard the panel following.
  • 25th Anniversary Concert for Peace, featuring Holly Near, draws 175 on May 6, 2005.
  • Coalition is co-recipient of Humanitarian of the Year award from National Conference for Community and Justice on May 19, for its work as a leader of Central Jersey Interfaith Group.
  • Annual Commemoration of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki draws 150 on August 5.
  • Coalition sends ten busloads carrying 600 supporters from the region to March and Rally against Iraq War on September 26 in Washington, D.C. Some 15 supporters return to DC on September 28 for Lobby Day on Iraq. Palmer Square Rally to protest talk by Condoleeza Rice, and Vigil to observe the death of the 2000th US soldier in Iraq, draw 150 each on September 30 and October 26, respectively.
  • Coalition hosts full weekend of activities on November 12-13, 2005 to close its 25th anniversary year: Awards Dinner with Cindy Sheehan and Dr. Rob Nelson; Make Jokes Not War comedy show; and 26th Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace. All totaled approximately 1,000 attend.
  • Coalition co-organizes fifth annual statewide Peace Train on December 3, 2005 with pre-boarding Rallies in Trenton and Princeton, and concluding March and Rally in Newark.
  • Coalition Co-Hosts National Conference, attended by 160 religious leaders of all faiths, January 13-15, 2006 at Princeton Theological Seminary to launch National Religious Campaign Against Torture.
  • Coalition hosts reception in conjunction with Concert by Indigo Girls 2/13/06 at McCarter Theater in Princeton.
  • Coalition organizes Constitutional Vigils against illegal spying and other Administration abuses in conjunction with Moveon.org on 2/22 with 40 at State House in Trenton, and 60 at Palmer Square in Princeton.
  • “Films of War, Alternative Voices” series on four Winter 2006 evenings, co-sponsored with Princeton Public Library, draw up to 150 at each event.
  • Three nonpartisan candidate briefings, and three candidate forums, held in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in March/April 2006 with major party candidates as first step in Peace Voter 2006 Campaign. Peace Voter Guide published before May 2006 Primary as half page ad in newspapers with circulation of 110,000.
  • Coalition Coordinates New Jersey delegation of 40 to Verified Voting Lobby Day in DC on 4/6/06.
  • Annual Membership Dinner featuring Daniel Ellsberg draws 200 at Princeton Seminary on 4/23/06.

2004 HIGHLIGHTS OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Lobby meetings held with Representatives Rush Holt, Rob Andrews, Frank LoBiondo, and Senators Corzine and Lautenberg, during Congressional recess from mid-December through late January 2004.
  • Annual Concert for Peace, February 28, featuring John Sebastian and Michelle Shocked, draws over 400.
  • Non-Partisan Candidate Briefings held for US Senate candidate and two US House candidates in Pennsylvania March-August 2004.
  • Coalition co-organizes Peace Train to NYC, with over 300 riders from central Jersey, on March 20—they join estimated 100,000 in New York on first anniversary of US invasion of Iraq.
  • Coalition co-organizes April 12 panel on verified voting, including Rep. Rush Holt and computer scientist Edward Felten, attended by over 100 at Princeton University.
  • Coalition coordinates April 17 statewide workshop on municipal resolutions against abuses in USA Patriot Act attended by 50 organizers; five resolutions successfully passed, with Coalition leadership, in central Jersey.
  • April 23 Membership Dinner with bio-weapons expert Dr. Jonathan Tucker draws 150 at Trinity Church, Princeton
  • Trenton Peace Center, monthly program of Trenton Chapter of the Coalition, opens to crowd of 100 at Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, on April 26.
  • Coalition organizes annual Lobby Day to Washington D.C. to lobby against new US nuclear weapons on May 5. Delegation of 25 includes lawyers, religious leaders, etc. from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Coalition also arranges for Prof. Frank von Hippel, nuclear weapons expert, to participate in lobbying Senators from Maine on same issues in June.
  • Coalition hosts inaugural display of “Wall of Remembrance,” which includes names of all US troops killed in Iraq and as many Iraqi civilians as can be identified, just before Memorial Day at State House in Trenton.
  • Coalition Rally against US occupation of Iraq draws 200 at Palmer Square on June 26.
  • Over 120 attend special showing and discussion of movie Farenheit 911 on June 27 in Princeton.
  • Fourth annual Peace is Patriotic picnic and program draws 75 at Princeton Borough Hall on July 1.
  • Coalition co-organizes July 13 Rally on State House steps calling for a voter-verified paper trail to be mandated for all electronic voting machines, attended by over 100, resulting in extensive statewide press coverage. Subsequently a law suit with the Coalition as initial plaintiff seeking the above filed in NJ Superior Court, and case initially heard on October 27.
  • Annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration held August 5 at Institute for Advanced Study; speakers include survivors of the bombing and Japanese-American who had been interned during WWII.
  • Major Peace Voter effort in swing state of Pennsylvania, led by Coalition, distributes voter guide comparing US Presidential, Senate, and House candidates in two swing districts. More than 950,000 in total are distributed through mailings, emails, and signature ads.
  • Church Folks for a Better America “Dove Ad” critiquing US policy in Iraq from faith perspective, signed by 25 world class theologians, published by Coalition in New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and a number of newspapers in Ohio. Ad appears in over 6 million copies of newspapers total.
  • Coalition launches 25th Anniversary with November 13 Gala attended by 115 at $250 per plate, and November 14 Conference and Interfaith Service attended by over 1,000.
  • Coalition co-coordinates statewide Peace Train on December 4 to protest continuing US quagmire in Iraq, with some 75 boarding trains in Trenton and Princeton to Newark, where statewide rally and March with over 150 is held.