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

 
The Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director of the Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action, poses behind completed Penny Poll at Communiversity

The Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) today announced the results of its “Penny Poll” conducted at the CFPA table at Communiversity festival in Princeton on April 17. Below are the results of how area residents would like to see their federal tax dollars spent.  

As people came to the CFPA table at Communiversity, they were invited to express their opinion on how they would like their federal tax dollar to be spent.  

Each of the 317 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

894

28

Environment

820

26

Health Care

781

25

Military

360

11

Housing

316

10

Participants were then handed a fact sheet showing that 54% of the “Discretionary Budget” for FY2015 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 via the Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 to urge them to support more peaceful federal budget priorities,” said the Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director of CFPA. 

Watch video of Phyllis Bennis: Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror talk at CFPA' Membership Gathering! (courtesy of Princeton Community TV) 

On Sunday, March 20, approximately 100 individuals attended the Coalition for Peace Action's (CFPA) 2016 annual Membership Renewal Gathering at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Princeton with a talk on ISIS by Phyllis Bennis. (Photos below courtesy of CFPA volunteer photographer, John Lien)

PhyllisBennisSpeakingToCrowdWEBPhyllis Bennis speaking on ISIS at the Coalition for Peace Action's 2016 annual Membership Renewal Gathering to a crowd of 100!

IreneGoldmanSpeakingToCrowdWEBCFPA's Board Chair, Irene Goldman, shares thanks to CFPA's wonderful donors, pledgers, lifetime members, and supporters at the annual Membership Renewal Gathering!

FrankvonHippelGivingTestimonialWEBDr. Frank von Hippel, Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University, and longtime supporter of the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA), gives a charming testimonial about his support and relationship with CFPA.

Read the pdf of Dr. Frank von Hippel's Testimonial at CFPA's 2016 Membership Renewal Gathering

See the complete Photo Album of CFPA's 2016 Membership Renewal Gathering

The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) co-sponsored Sacred Heart's Gathering for Peace and Justice on Sat., Feb 13, 2016, in Camden, NJ with Dr. Mark Doorley and the Bishop Thomas Gumbleton as the Keynotes. Dr. Mark Doorley, Director Ethics Program at the Villanova University and Co-founder of the Center for Environmental Transformation gave a Keynote presentation on Climate Changes - Catastrophic Impacts, Theological Foundations and Moral responsibilities and action plans.

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The Bishop Thomas Gumbleton speaking at Sacred Heart's Gathering for Peace and Justice.

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CFPA Chair, Irene Goldman (center), poses with the speakers from Sacred Heart's Gathering for Peace and Justice.

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CFPA board members attend Sacred Heart's Gathering for Peace and Justice on February 13, 2016. 

MLKJrServiceAndDiscussion1-17-16RevMooreSpeaking Click to Listen to The Rev. Bob Moore's Sermon on Martin Luther King's Legacy of Holistic, Prophetic Transformation from Sunday, January 17, 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton. There were approximately 200 in attendance.

MLKJrServiceAndDiscussion1-17-16Group discussion with attendees, following The Rev. Bob Moore's sermon on Martin Luther King's Legacy of Holistic, Prophetic Transformation.

The BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action co-sponsored a Press Conference on Monday, December 14, 2015 in MORRISVILLE, PA with State Rep. Steve Santarsiero - Bucks, PA, along with local, state and national gun safety organizations in marking the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre and calling for stronger background checks for firearms purchases.

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12-14-15PressConfForStrongerBackgroundChecksinPAFlags1,289 American Flags placed in the ground to form a heart to represent the number of Americans killed in mass shootings on American soil since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. December 14, 2015 commemorates the 3rd anniversary of the Sandyhook School shooting.

The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) held its Annual Holiday Gathering at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton on December 5, 2015 during the heart of the Paris Climate Summit. This year's topic was focused on CFPA's "No Wars, No Warming" campaign which makes the connection between the Climate Crisis and War. Dr. Timothy Snyder, Professor of History, Yale University and author of "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning" was the featured speaker, along with Professor Cymie Payne J.D., Professor of Ecology and Law, Rutgers University, who gave an update on the current Paris Climate Negotiations. There were 70 people in attendance. Pictures courtesy of John Lien.

IMG 9413-XL                                      Professor Cymie Payne J.D., Rutgers University gives her Update on the Paris Climate Summit 2015.

IMG 9439-XL                                     Dr. Timothy Snyder, Yale University, takes questions from the audience at CFPA's Annual Holiday Gathering.

Gallery of Photos from December 5 Holiday Gathering

See Video of Dr. Tim Snyder's talk, courtesy of volunteer videographer, Leigha Cohen

On Sunday, November 8, 2015, the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) held it's 36th Annual Interfaith Service and Conference for Peace entitled: "New Horizons for Peacemaking and Equality". Speakers included: The Rev. Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite, Chicago Theological Seminary, and pioneer in the Just Peacemaking approach to theology (Rev. Thistlethwaite both gave the sermon at the Interfaith Service, and spoke at the afternoon conference); Dr. Vincent Intondi, Professor of History at Montgomery College in MD and author of "African Americans Against the Bomb"; Jacqui Patterson, NAACP Director of Environmental and Climate Justice; J. Jondhi Harrell, Founder and Executve Director of The Center for Returning Citizens. Over 400 attended the event.
(Photos courtesy of volunteer photographer, John Lien)

The Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite gives her sermon on "The Great god Drone" at the Interfaith Service for Peace in the Princeton University Chapel on Sunday, November 8.


The Rev. Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite, speaks on "No Body Here: The Terrible Deception of Drone War" during the afternoon Conference for Peace in Nassau Presbyterian Church, Prineton, NJ. 

Dr. Vincent Intondi speaks on content from his book "African Americans Against the Bomb" during the afternoon Conference for Peace.

Jacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice program speaks on the "Global Climate Crisis" during the afternoon Conference for Peace. 
 
J. Jondhi Harrell, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Returning Citizens, speaks about Mass Incarceration and Militarization of the Police during the afternoon Conference for Peace.

Dolores Phillips, Legislative Director of the CeasefireNJ project under the auspices of CFPA, and The Rev. Bob Moore, Executive Director of CFPA & CeasefireNJ, give an update on the most recent Gun Violence Prevention work done by CeasefireNJ at the close of the afternoon Conference for Peace.

To view a full gallery of photos from the 36th Annual Interfaith Service and Conference for Peace, CLICK HERE!

To view a video of The Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite's talk from the Afternoon Conference for Peace, CLICK Here! (Video courtesy of David Crow. More videos from the conference to come..)

On October 29, 2015, the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) led a delegation of 15 representative organizations to Washington DC to Thank Sen. Bob Casey (PA) in person for his support of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. (Photos courtesy of the Friends Committee on National Legislation)





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Actual poster presented to Sen. Bob Casey above. Please see list of organizational co-sponsors who signed the Thank You poster, and were represented at the Thank You event.

To view complete gallery of photos from the Thank You Sen. Bob Casey Event, CLICK HERE!