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Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman gives Press Conference to Launch New Gun Legislation 5/11/15

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The Coalition for Peace Action joins Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman for a Press Conference to Launch Legislation to Reduce Unchecked Online Ammunition Purchases in Trenton, NJ on May 11, 2015.

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The Rev. Bob Moore, Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) Executive Director, speaks on behalf of CFPA's Ceasefire NJ Project.

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From left: Mayor of Trenton, Eric E. Jackson; The Rev. Darrell Armstrong, Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton; Congressman Frank Pallone Jr.; The Rev. Bob Moore, Coalition for Peace Action Executive Director; Councilwoman Phyllis Holly-Ward, Councilman Duncan Harrison Jr.; Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson; and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman at the podium addressing the press.

To view a complete photo gallery of the Press Conference, (pictures courtesy of Irene Goldman), please Click Here.

May 11, 2015 Press Release from Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman

WATSON COLEMAN HOSTS PRESS CONFERENCE LAUNCHING LEGISLATION TO

REDUCE UNCHECKED ONLINE AMMUNITION PURCHASES

Ewing, NJ (Monday, May 11, 2015) ― At a press conference today in the Serenity Garden in Trenton, Rep, Bonnie Watson Coleman announced plans to introduce the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2015, legislation that would place limits and safeguards on the online market for ammunition.

“Today, I stood with faith leaders, community members, and elected officials who all agree that we need to take every action available to us to reduce gun violence, and the tragic impact it has on our communities,” said Congresswoman Watson Coleman. “This bill would take the most basic steps to slow the proliferation of guns and ammunition, helping to prevent events like what we saw in Aurora, Colorado three years ago. Congress can, and must do more to keep our families safe, and we’re urging them to do just that.”

“Far too many times, we have seen the shocking images of unspeakable gun violence that could have been prevented,” said Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-06), an original cosponsor. “Our bill to limit the online sale of ammunition is a long-overdue common sense reform that I am hopeful will spark Congress to put aside party difference and come together to help prevent such senseless tragedies.”

“Too many lives have been lost as a result of senseless gun violence, and it’s well past time for Congress to enact sensible gun safety measures like reducing unchecked online ammunition purchases,” said Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), an original cosponsor of the bill. “This common-sense reform would save lives by depriving violent criminals of a means of anonymously amassing ammunition without proper scrutiny. As a cosponsor of this legislation, I am proud to join Congresswoman Watson Coleman in taking proactive steps to reduce gun violence and prevent another tragedy.”

Carole Stiller, President of the NJ Million Mom March (MMM) Chapters, said that local MMM/Brady Chapters across the country will be reaching out to their congressional representatives to cosponsor the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2015 and that the staff of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington will be working on the Hill to move this legislation forward.  “A consumer product that has the potential to kill, like a bullet, should be regulated in a manner similar to cigarettes and certain allergy medicines,” Stiller said. “Legislation like this can help prevent tragedies.”

Every day that we fail to make basic changes to our nation’s gun laws is one more day that the lives of our loved ones are put needlessly at risk," said Milly Silva, Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU.  "In hospitals and rehabilitation centers across the country, the healthcare workers of 1199 SEIU witness first-hand the devastating impact of gun violence.  We are proud to stand with Congresswoman Watson Coleman to support this legislation which will help to protect our communities against violence which tears apart so many innocent families.”

"As a long time leader in gun violence prevention, our Ceasefire NJ Project has overcome the resistance of the NRA to other common sense laws such as New Jersey's Assault Weapons Ban, limiting handgun purchases to one per month, and the Childproof Handgun Bill,” said. Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director of the Coalition for Peace Action. “ We are committed to join with Rep. Watson Coleman and others in fighting for this important new gun safety measure."

The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2015 would require federally licensed ammunitions dealers to confirm the identity of individuals who arrange to purchase ammunition over the internet by verifying a photo I.D. in-person. The bill would also require ammunition vendors to report any sales of more than 1,000 rounds within five consecutive days to the U.S. Attorney General, if the person purchasing ammunition is not a licensed dealer.

The bill has been endorsed by the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence and its nationwide network of chapters, and the Newtown Action Alliance.

To see the text of the bill, click here.

 

Peace Train to the International Peace & Planet Mobilization in NYC on April 26!

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The Coalition for Peace Action joins the Peace and Planet Mobilization on April 26 for a Nuclear-free, Peaceful, Just, & Sustainable World before the 2015 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations in NYC! (Photos courtesy of John Lien)
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CFPA Regional Headquarters in Princeton, CFPA Pennsylvania, NAACP Trenton Branch, Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia, and other groups from NJ and PA, gathered for a pre-boarding rally in Trenton, NJ, attended by 45 supporters, before boarding the Peace Train to NYC.

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Thousands join for the Peace & Planet mobilization for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just, & Sustainable World on 4/26 before the 2015 NPT Review at the United Nations in NYC.

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CFPA joins thousands in the Global Wave, to wave goodbye to Nuclear Weapons at the Peace and Planet Rally and Festival in Union Square, NY on April 26.

For a full gallery of photos from the march, Click Here.

 

"Climate, War, and Peace: Global Crisis and Local Solutions" CFPA Earth Day Event! Princeton, NJ Wednesday, April 22

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The Coalition for Peace Action spearheaded a Climate Crisis Earth Day event on the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day, in Princeton, NJ entitled: Climate, War, and Peace: Global Crisis and Local Solutions.

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Speakers of CFPA's Earth Day Climate Crisis event on "Global Crisis and Local Solutions". (From left: Dr. Mike Aucott, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ); Dr. David Hughes, Rutgers University; Cymie Payne J.D., Rutgers University, Karen Feridun, Founder of Berks Gastruth; The Rev. Robert Moore, Coalition for Peace Action Regional Director; Atid Kimelman, Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment; Lee Ziesche, The Solutions Project; Ed Aguilar J.D., Coalition for Peace Action Pennsylvania Director, Alesha Vega Coalition for Peace Action, Assistant Director.)

To view a full gallery of photos on Facebook from the Earth Day event, Click Here (Photos courtesy of Cathy Leary) 

 

An Interfaith Perspective on Drone Warfare at Six Mile Run Reformed Church, Franklin Park, NJ Sunday April 19

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Sami Catovic, Director of the New Brunswick Islamic Center (NBIC) speaks with Rev. Osy Neusch, minister of Six Mile Run Reformed Church, where the event was held. 

Pictures (in background is Drone quilt supplied by former Army Chaplain Chris Antal to commemorate drone victims) are from a follow-up presentation at the Six Mile Run Reformed Church, spearheaded by CFPA from the Interfaith Drone Conference at Princeton Seminary. There were about 35 in attendance. Special thanks to Robin Suydam, a member of Six Mile Run Reformed Church who attended the Drone Conference at Princeton Seminary and hosted this follow up event. 



 

2015 Tax Day Penny Poll!

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COALITION FOR PEACE ACTION RELEASES
RESULTS OF “PENNY POLL” ON FEDERAL
BUDGET PRIORITIES

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The Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) today announced the results of its annual “Penny Poll” conducted in front of the Palmer Square Post Office from 12:00-1:30 PM on April 15, the deadline for filing federal income taxes. Below are the results of area residents would like to see their federal tax dollars spent.

As people came to the post office they were invited to express their opinion on how they would like their federal tax dollar to be spent.

Each of the 50 participants were given ten pennies and asked to distribute them between five tubes representing categories of federal spending: education, environment, health care, housing, and military. The results are below.

Category

Number of Pennies

Percent

Education

138

28

Health Care

127

26

Environment

102

21

Housing

47

9

Military

81

16

Participants were then handed a fact sheet showing that 57% of the “Discretionary Budget” for FY2014 was for military spending. Discretionary spending is what Congress can allocate for what it chooses each year, as distinct from entitlements. Discretionary Budget Funding for Education was just 6%, Health Care 5%; Environment 3%, and Housing 5%.

“This year’s results remain consistent with Penny Poll results from previous years. Taxpayers want more of their hard-earned tax dollars going to education, environment, and health care, and far less to military purposes. We encourage taxpayers to contact their US Representative and Senators to urge them to support more peaceful federal budget priorities,” said the Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director of CFPA.

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To view entire Facebook Photo Album of 2015 TAX DAY Penny Poll, Click Here.

 

2015 Membership Renewal & New Member Welcome Gathering

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Coalition for Peace Action's 5th annual Membership Renewal & New Member Welcome Gathering on Sunday March 29, 2015 was a great success. Over 80 people attended. Dr. Frank von Hippel & Dr. Zia Mian, Nuclear experts at the Program on Science & Global Security Princeton University, spoke on their book "Unmaking the Bomb".
(Photos Courtesy of John Lien)
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Dr. Zia Mian & Dr. Frank von Hippel address questions from the crowd. Quilts commemorating victims of Drone Warfare, coordinated by former Army Chaplain from NY Rev. Chris Antal, are on display in the background.

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The audience listens intently to the talk on "Unmaking the Bomb".

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Dr. Zia Mian, a co-author of "Unmaking the Bomb" and one of Sunday's speakers, signs copies of his book which was available for sale at the gathering.

To view complete Facebook album of photos from the event, Click Here.

 

CFPA Holds Candlelight Vigil to Commemorate 2nd Anniversary of Newtown School Shootings

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On Sunday, December 14, 2014, CFPA held a candlelight vigil on Palmer Sq. in Princeton, to commemorate the 2nd Anniversary of the Newtown School Shootings. Twenty-six candles were held to represent each victim who was killed, 20 children and 6 adults, that day two years ago.

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Thirty community attendees gathered on Palmer Sq. in Princeton, NJ to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the Newtown Shootings of 20 children and 6 adults. CFPA also co-sponsored a prayer vigil in Bucks County, PA. Click here to see the press coverage of the PA prayer vigil.

   

December 12, 2014 Holiday Gathering honoring CFPA Chair, Irene Goldman

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On Friday, December 12, 2014, eighty attendees participated in CFPA's annual holiday gathering to honor Irene Etkin Goldman on her tenth year as CFPA Chair. Photos below courtesy of John Lien. To view a complete Facebook album of the event, Click Here. To view a video of the performance of peace musician, Jonathan Sprout, Click Here. To view a video of the honoring of Irene Goldman, Click Here. Special thanks to videographer, Leigha Cohen.

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WSpic3Individuals spoke to give their accolades to Irene Goldman, CFPA chair. Among them were about to be retired, Congressman Rush Holt (pictured above), and incoming Congresswoman, Bonnie Watson Coleman.

   

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