AUGUST 5 EVENT IN PRINCETON COMMEMORATING THE ATOMIC BOMBINGS OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI WILL INCLUDE MUSIC, SPEAKERS, AND JAPANESE CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES
The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) will have a Commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the Hiroshima bombing anniversary, Tuesday, August 5. The Commemoration will begin with a Bring-Your-Own Picnic at 6 PM (no alcoholic beverages permitted), followed by the Program at 7 PM.
Both the Picnic and the Commemoration Ceremony will be in Albert Hinds Plaza next to the Princeton Public Library at 65 Witherspoon Street. In case of rain, the Picnic and Ceremony will be in the Community Room of the Library.
The Program will begin at 7:00 PM and will include a minute of silence at 7:15 PM, which corresponds to the Japanese time that the bomb dropped on Hiroshima (8:15 AM on August 6). The keynote speaker will be Dr. Zia Mian, a research physicist in the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University and an expert on nuclear weapons in South Asia. Earlier this year, he received the Linus Pauling Legacy Award, and CFPA will salute him for that award after his talk.
In addition to Dr. Mian’s talk, Glenn Swann will play some pieces on the shakuhachi (Japanese flute); Kip Cherry and Mariko Banas will read some haiku about Hiroshima; and Liz Cohen will lead paper crane folding (a Japanese symbol of peace) for attendees of all ages. The Solidarity Singers of the NJ Industrial Union Council will present music.The event will conclude near 8:30 PM with lighting candles to remember the 140,000 who died on August 6, 1945.
The Picnic and Commemoration are free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Coalition at (609) 924-5022 or visit their web site, www.peacecoalition.org.
“The purpose of this Commemoration is not to look back with 20-20 hindsight to question whether the atomic bombings in 1945 were justified. What’s done is done. Rather, our reason for having these commemorations is to remember the absolute horror that nuclear weapons represent, and re-commit ourselves to working for the global abolition of nuclear weapons so such total destruction can never again be inflicted on anyone,” said the Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA’s executive director.
The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) co-sponsors a monthly Protest Against the Horsham Drone Command Center. The campaign to "stop the command center before it starts" continues the last Saturday of each month. It opened in October 2013, but doesn't become operational until 2015. See photos below courtesy of John Lien
Part of crowd on 7/26/14. Click here to see photo gallery.
Protesters line the streets in a demonstration against the Horsham Drone Command Center on 11/30/13 the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Protesters gather to voice "humanity's cry" against the Horsham Drone Command Center 10/26/13
Protesters gather with enthusiasm and signs 9/28/13
Protestors gather outside the Horsham Air Guard Station along Route 611 on 6/29/13.
CFPA Executive Director the Rev. Robert Moore addresses the crowd
A member of Veterans for Peace carries a sign warning of the hatred caused by the use of drones.
Keynote speaker Kate Gould speaks to plenary
One of the six workshops at the Conference
About 100 activists, citizens, and leaders of 21 co-sponsoring organizations gathered in Philadelphia on July 2 to hear keynoter Kate Gould of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) on how we can promote the success of nuclear talks with Iran. We also had lively discussions on 6 topics of peace, justice, and climate action at workshops, conducted by leaders in these fields. Click here to see a report.
Finally, there was a preview of the feature-length documentary, Groundswell Rising, and connected the dots about the links among all these issues, to war, fossil fuels, and climate change. Attenders said it was a great success, and will help build action on this campaign. A follow-up email with fuller details and next steps will be sent to each attendee who registered. To be added to the list, and/or for further information, contact Ed Aguilar, see below.
Contact: Ed Aguilar
Director, PA Office of CFPA
On Thursday, June 26, CFPA sent a small delegation of CFPA leaders and experts to Washington, D.C. as Congress faced crucial decisions about diplomacy with Iran leading up to the July 20 deadline for negotiations. 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, Representative Fattah, and Sen. Booker.
CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore was presented the Peace and Understanding Award from Peace Islands Insitute on Monday, June 16 at a Ceremony in West Orange, NJ.
A summary of Rev. Moore's remarks, from the Peace Islands Institute web site, is below.
In receiving his award, Rev. Moore said he was reminded of the Gospel and the words of Jesus said during the Sermon on the Mount. “Jesus told the people: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God’. For peace to become a reality in our world, we must have peacemakers. We have to do more than just hope for peace. We need people who are willing to put their shoulders to the plow and do the hard work of peace making.”
Rev. Moore said that, for him, being a peacemaker has been a blessing, not a burden. “We see so much violence around us, some might think of peacemaking as a burden,” he said. “But I’ve found that taking up the challenge of peacemaking is my blessing. We can all be part of peacemaking. None of us can do everything, but we each can do something. I invite all of you to be part of this blessing when we take up that faith-based challenge to be peacemakers.”
Master of Ceremonies Shareef picked up on Rev. Moore’s remarks, noting that “it’s been recorded the prophet Muhammad once said: ‘you will not enter paradise until you have faith and you will not have faith until you learn to love one another.’ As peace makers, every word we say carries a spirit.”
Since 1981 Rev. Moore has served as executive director of the Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action, a regional group dedicated to the abolition of nuclear weapons, a peace economy, and a halt to weapons trafficking.
The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) 33rd Annual Membership Dinner on Sunday, June 8 was attended by 200 supporters from around the region.
Rep. Rush Holt, who will retire from Congress at the end of 2014, keynoted and was presented the George F. Kennan Distinguished Peace Leadership Award. Click here to see Rep. Holt's handwritten thank you note!
Below is a photo; click here to see a full gallery of excellent photos (of reception, honorees, etc.), special thanks to John Lien! Click here to see a more compact collage of photos on CFPA's Facebook page (you don't need to have your own Facebook page to view it!). Special thanks to Alesha Vega, our incoming Assistant Director.
Click here to see video of awards to Edward Aguilar, Esq.; the Rev. Carlton Branscomb; Dr. Firoozeh Vali; and special award to Rep. Rush Holt followed by his keynote speech. Click here to see YouTube video just of Rep. Holt's speech (33 minutes) Click here to see Q and A after Rep. Holt's address. Special thanks to Leigha Cohen!
After being presented with the George F. Kennan Distinguished Peace Leadership Award, Rep. Rush Holt gives his keynote address to crowd.
HYDRAULIC FRACTURING (“FRACKING”) IN PENNSYLVANIA
The event was hosted by Moratorium NOW! (Liz, first on left, standing front), and by Coalition for Peace Action (Ed, third from left, standing front), 5/27/14. Further campaign actions are planned, Fall, 2014, on gas hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in Pennsylvania. Contact Ed at 215 480 7744, or go to www.peacecoalition.org.
Attending were leading environmental organizations, and citizen-witnesses to the effects of gas fracking, including Craig Stevens (fourth from left, standing, front row), who appears in Groundswell Rising, with his account of resistance in central Pennsylvania, along with actor Mark Ruffalo, and leaders of New York and Colorado climate activist organizations, Sierra Club, Riverkeepers, and many others.
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