Coalition for Peace Action's Pennsylvania chapters spearheaded a Demonstration to Give Diplomacy a Chance on Friday, January 17 - the eve of the Martin Luther King birthday weekend - starting at Sen. Bob Casey's and marching to Sen. Pat Toomey's Philadelphia offices, where a letter from 39 local/regional leaders advocating to Give Diplomacy a Chance was presented.
It was attended by over 80 and speakers included: Ed Aguilar-PA Peace Project of Coalition for Peace Action; John Grant-Veterans for Peace; Maziar Shirazi, MD-Professor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; The Rev. Isaac Millar-Church of the Advocate; The Rev. Robert Moore-Coalition for Peace Action; Tammy Murphy-Project for Nuclear Awareness; Robert M. Smith-Brandywine Peace Community; and Rabbi Arthur Waskow-The Shalom Center. See pictures below.
Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) co-sponsored a Newark Demonstration to Give Diplomacy a Chance on Thursday, January 16 - the eve of the Martin Luther King birthday weekend - on the Plaza next to the NJ offices of Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker. It was attended by over 50 supporters and speakers included: Carol Gay-NJ State Industrial Union Council; Lawrence Hamm-Peoples Organization for Progress; Madyln Hoffman-NJ Peace Action; The Rev. Robert Moore-Coalition for Peace Action; and Dr. Shapoor Vali-Iranian-American Professor, and the Solidarity Singers provided spirited music. See pictures below:
The Solidarity Singers, Industrial Union Council
Lawrence Hamm, President, People's Organization for Progress and The Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director, Coalition for Peace Action
On Thursday, December 19, CFPA spearheaded a Peace Lobby Day to Washington, D.C. with 13 participants (primarily from Pennsylvania) as Congress faced crucial decisions about sanctions on Iran, military spending and other peace-related issues. The day included a face to face meeting with Sen. Bob Casey, followed by an appointment with his chief foreign policy aide; and meetings with aides to Sen. Toomey, Representatives Fattah and Frelinghuysen, and others.
On Saturday afternoon, December 14, 2013, over 60 people drove in the snow to George School in Newtown, PA to honor the 26 who died at Sandy Hook Elementary Scool in Newtown, Connecticut the year prior.
The vigil was organized by Mary Avino Bucks Against Gun Violence, Bucks Safe, and Keystone Progress, and was supported by many other groups including BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action.
On Saturday, December 14, 2013, the Coalition for Peace Action held a commemoration for the 20 children and 6 adults whose lives were lost last year at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut due to gun violence. The commemoration took place at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton. The event featured The Rev. Dave Davis, Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert, Organizing for Action's Keith Jones II, Rev. Carlton Branscomb, Rev. Paul Jeans and a combined choir featuring members of Nassau Presbyterian, Trinity Episcopal, and Witherspoon Street Presbyterian churches. The event was organized in collaboration with: First Baptist Church Princeton, Nassau Presbyterian Church, Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, Trinity Church, Million Mom March/Brady Campaign, and Organizing for Action.
Special thanks to Leigha Cohen for the video here.
Special thanks to John Lien for the photos below.
Left to Right: Rev. Dave Davis (Nassau Presbyterian Church); Rev. Robert Moore (Executive Director of Coalition for Peace Action); and Laura Beth Hannah (Intern for Coalition for Peace Action)
Beverly Owens of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church leading the combined choir in a song.
The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) held an Emergency Vigil to Give Diplomacy a Chance on Sunday, December 8, the day before the US Senate returned from Thanksgiving break, at Palmer Square in Princeton. The Vigil called on Senator Bob Menendez, Chair of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to not increase sanctions on Iran, as he has been advocating to date, and instead fully support diplomacy. Despite steady snow, a dozen stalwart CFPA supporters came. Special thanks to John Lien for photo.
On Saturday, December 7 at Villanova University, BuxMont CFPA co-sponsored From Tragedy to Change, an event and vigil honoring victims of gun violence in conjunction with the first anniversary of Newtown. The event was attended by over 150 people and featured Governor Ed Rendell as the keynote speaker. Click here to see more pictures at the BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action Facebook page.
The event was brought to a solemn and powerful close with a candlelight vigil at the t-shirt memorial along Lancaster Ave.
On Sunday, November 10 Coalition for Peace Action held the 34th Annual Interfaith Service & Conference for Peace - "Diplomacy, Not War, With Iran." The interfaith service was held in the morning at the Princeton University Chapel and featured Rev. Ambassador Andrew Young. The afternoon conference was held at Nassau Presbyterian Church and featured experts from a variety of disciplines. The event was co-sponsored by 60 community and faith organizations. Together, the Interfaith Service and Conference for Peace was attended by approximately 1,000 people!
Speakers included: Rev. Ambassador Andrew Young: Former Congressman, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Civil Rights activist with Martin Luther King Jr. and the SCLC . Professor Shibley Telhami : Chair of Peace & Development, University of Maryland and former Advisor to the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Professor Hillary Mann Leverett: Senior Adjunct Professional Lecturer, School of International Service, American University and co-author of Going To Tehran. Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mosavian: Research Fellow, Program on Science & Global Security, Princeton University and Former spokesperson for Iran in nuclear negotiations. Professor Frank von Hippel: Physicist & Professor Emeritus of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University and former Assistant Director of White House Science Advisor's Office.
Click here for a video of the Interfaith Service, featuring Rev. Ambassador Andrew Young.
To see Professor Hillary Mann Leverett's presentation at the Conference for Peace, click here. To see the presentation of Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mosavian, click here. Special thanks to Leigha Cohen.
See below for pictures of the event, special thanks to John Lien.
Rev. Ambassador Andrew Young preaching in the Princeton University Chapel pulpit
Rev. Ambassador Andrew Young at the afternoon Conference for Peace
Professor Telhami at the afternoon Conference for Peace
The audience eagerly listening to the presentations
(photo courtesy of Carl Haag)
Professor Hillary Mann Leverett engaging the audience at the Conference for Peace
Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mosavian at the Conference for Peace
Professor Frank von Hippel and other presenters on stage at Conference for Peace
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