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CFPA Candidate Briefings

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CFPA Sponsor Dr. Frank von Hippel (on far left), Princeton University physicist and Professor Emeritus of Public and International Affairs, presents information to Shaughnessy Naughton, candidate for US Congress in Pennsylvania's 8th District, in one of four Candidate Briefings CFPA has done leading up to Primary Elections in NJ and PA.

 

Persian New Year Celebration (Noruz)

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The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) co-sponsored a Persian New Year Celebration (Noruz) on Sunday, March 30 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton. The celebration included Iranian music by the Tarannom Ensemble, an explanation of traditional observances of the Persian New Year, beautiful decorations, and plenty of traditional sweets. The celebration was attended by  approximately 175 people.  See below for pictures, thanks to John Lien.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See more of John's pictures here

Another set of pictures can be found on the online edition of The Times of Trenton here.

 

Membership Renewal Gathering with Medea Benjamin

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The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA)'s Membership Renewal Gathering was held on Sunday, March 16 and featured Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin.  Medea energized a crowd of approximately 100 regional members and friends of CFPA with a talk centering on the topic of drones, as well as a question and answer time.  Special thanks to John Lien for the photos below.

Click here to see YouTube video of Medea Benjamin's talk.  Also see an exclusive interview with Medea about her harrowing experience in Egypt by clicking here. Special thanks to Leigha Cohen for these!

 

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Medea Benjamin speaks to the full house gathered for the membership renewal event.


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Medea Benjamin at the podium

 

The Rev. Bob Moore at Muslims for Peace

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Coalition for Peace Action's Executive Director, The Rev. Bob Moore was the keynote speaker at "Prophet Muhammed (s): Leading Us From Darkness Into Light" on March 9, 2014 at Rutgers University.  Rev. Moore spoke about "Interfaith Peacemaking" to the approximately 300 gathered for the event.  The event was organized by Muslims for Peace, Inc.

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Rev. Moore at the podium.
(photo courtesy of Irene Etkin Goldman)

 

Philadelphia Demonstration to "Give Diplomacy a Chance!"

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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

 

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Newark Demonstration to "Give Diplomacy a Chance!"

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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:

 

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The Solidarity Singers, Industrial Union Council

 

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Lawrence Hamm, President, People's Organization for Progress and The Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director, Coalition for Peace Action

 

Peace Lobby Day to Washington D.C.

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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.

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11 of the 13 member delegation (2 were still on the way) pose with Sen. Bob Casey

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CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore and Philadelphia Office Director Ed Aguilar share a light moment with Sen. Casey.

   

BuxMont CFPA Co-Sponsors December 14 Sandy Hook Commemoration

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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.

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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.

   

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