Alesha Vega joined the Coalition for Peace Action as the Assistant Director in August of 2014.
First and foremost I would like to thank Reverend Bob Moore, the committee members, and our CFPA constituency, for giving me the opportunity to work for and represent such an important organization during a critical time for our nation and the world. Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to make change for the greater good, do things that would really have a positive impact on our society, and generate valuable implications that would echo throughout the consciousness of my fellow man and woman. Working for CFPA will allow me to accomplish this personal, as well as professionally shared mission.
As an undergrad at Rutgers University, my major concentration was in Biological Science with a minor in Spanish Literature. As a pre-med student at Rutgers, I was a four year member of the American Medical Student’s Association (AMSA), Rutgers Students for a Free Tibet, and an Edward J Bloustein Scholar.
After graduating from Rutgers, I began work at my alma mater as a research assistant to a disabled African American Scientist in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. During this time, it became impossible for me to ignore the injustice that was occurring in my country and throughout the world. I decided to shift gears and pursue a Masters in Public Policy from Monmouth University while still working full time for the university.
Sincerely, R. Alesha Vega, CFPA Assistant Director
Nicola Bocour is a member of the Ceasefire NJ Project Committee and has been an active member of the gun violence prevention community for over 10 years.
Her involvement began when she co-founded Students For A Safer Tomorrow (SFAST), the Montclair High School student association designed to advocate for common sense gun legislation and spread awareness of the devastating effects of gun violence. Upon graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, in 2004, Nicola returned to SFAST as director and advisor, where she was able to triple membership and greatly increase the number of activities performed by the group.
In 2007, Nicola joined the staff of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV) and created the student association reACTiON at a high school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. While at NYAGV, she was also a member of a three-person team conducting research and working to reduce gun violence in New York City neighborhoods with the highest prevalence of shootings.
In 2010, Nicola received her J.D. from Seton Hall Law School. In addition to her work in the gun violence community, Nicola has completed legal internships in public interest at the Urban Justice Center and Lawyers for Children, both in New York.
Jo Schlesinger, has been with CFPA since 2009. She began her work as the Western PA Coordinator to organize local support to pass the New START treaty. With the Remembering Hiroshima - Imagining Peace collaborative, she has helped to organize nuclear disarmament events that links activism and art. This past year it included art exhibits, a Town Hall on "Grappling with Nuclear Power", and speakers, such as a Navajo activist who works to ban uranium. With the Smart Security Campaign she helped to pass the Pittsburgh City Council 2011 ordinance to "bring the troops and war dollars home". Currently she is working with the American Friend Service Committee on a Women and War project called Windows and Mirrors. She works closely with the Religious Society of Friends and Friends Committee on National Legislation.