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
On Sunday, October 6 Coalition for Peace Action sponsored a Forum - "Syria: Options for Peace" at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton. The event was co-sponsored by the Princeton/Trenton Chapter of the United Nations Association.
Speakers included: Professor Wolfgang F. Danspeckgruber: Founding and current Director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University, Professor Max Weiss: Assistant professor of History and Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, and Charles Rossi: President of Veterans for Peace, Philadelphia Area Chapter. The forum was moderated by Irene Etkin Goldman, Chair of Coalition for Peace Action.
For a video of the entire forum, special thanks to Leigha Cohen, click here. For a Youtube Video of the speakers, click here, and for the Q and A, click here. See below for pictures of the event, special thanks to John Lien.
Presenters (Left to Right): The Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director Coalition for Peace Action; Irene Etkin Goldman; Professor Wolfgang F. Danspeckgruber; Professor Max Weiss; Charles Rossi
An audience member asking a question of the panelists
Professor Wolfgang F. Danspeckgruber giving a regional perspective of the Syrian conflict.
On September 7 CFPA hosted an emergency rally in Palmer Square Princeton attended by over 150 people to oppose the proposed bombing of Syria. Speakers included: Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrim Karim, Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch; Fr. Vince Gartland, Pastor, St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, Lawrenceville, NJ; Avis Hofsted, Christian Science Church, Princton; Prof. George Hunsinger, Princeton Theological Seminary; Jeff Laurenti, former Executive Director, United Nations Association; The Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director, Coalition for Peace Action; Sharleen Leahey provided music.
Click following link to see a YouTube video of the Rally, thanks to Leigha Cohen. And thanks to John Lien for the photos below.
Part of the crowd at the rally
Some of the speakers (left to right): Rev. Robert Moore; Prof. George Hunsinger; Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrim Karim ; Irene Goldman; Jeff Laurenti
Two participents brought their own signs
On September 6, CFPA's Buxmont Chapters had an Emergency Vigil in Morrisville, PA. Click here for photos.
On Sunday, September 8 at the BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action spearheaded a forum on drones. Speakers included Nick Mottern, director fo the 2012 Know Drones Tour and Patrick Eddington, former CIA analyst, senior congressional aide, and author.
Patrick Eddington presents to participants
Nick Mottern presents along with drone replica he brings with his Know Drones Tour
Click here for more photos.
Part of the 150 member delegation from CFPA and Trenton NAACP pose as the buses arrive in Washington, D.C.
The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) held a Vigil on the Anniversary of the Hiroshima Bombing on Monday, August 5, 2013. The Vigil, which was attended by 50 people, was held to remember the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to reaffirm our commitment to a nuclear weapons free world.
The event featured music by the Solidarity Singers of the NJ Industrial Union Council, talks by Marc Tolo and Carol Allen on the Coalition's history, and the folding of paper cranes, the Japanese symbol of peace, by Erica Dekranes. A moment of silence was held at 7:15 PM, which corresponds to August 6, 8:15 AM in Hiroshima, the exact time the bomb was dropped.
The Solidarity Singers of the NJ Industrial Union Council open the event with music.
A moment of silence is held at 7:15 PM, which corresponds to August 6, 8:15 AM in Hiroshima - the exact time the bomb was dropped. Moments of silence are held at this date and time all over the world.
Erica Dekranes teaches the folding of paper cranes, the Japanese symbol of peace.
Board member Carol Allen tells the crowd about her experience of knowing a Hibakusha, or a survivor of the atomic bombing.
Vice Chair Marc Tolo explains the history of the Coalition's work in nuclear disarmament and encourages the crowd to stay involved in working for a nuclear weapons free world!
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