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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.

 

December 6, 2014 Bucks County Screening of Documentary, Groundswell Rising

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December 6, 2014 screening of documentary, Groundswell Rising, sponsored by Buxmont Coalition for Peace Action and 350 Bucks County.

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On December 6, 2014, a crowd of 80 attended the screening of the compelling documentary on fracking, Groundswell Rising at the Newtown Friends Meeting House in Newtown, PA. The event was sponsored by Buxmont Coalition for Peace Action along with 350 Bucks County.

 

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Attendees of the December 6, 2014 screening of Groundswell Rising participate in an informed Q & A with writer of film, Mark Lichty.

 

November 20 Lobby Day in Washington to support Diplomacy Not War with Iran

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On November 20, the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) collaborated with the Friends Committe on National Legislation (FCNL), on a lobby day in Washington D.C. to support Diplomacy Not War with Iran.

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The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA), along with the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), present over 700 petitions to support Diplomacy Not War with Iran to Matt Klapper, Chief of Staff to Senator Booker as part of the Nov. 20 Iran Lobby Day. (For a comprehensive report of the lobby day, please call our office at 609-924-5022)

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FCNL members and Jo Schlesinger, CFPA Western PA Coordinator, speak with Senator Casey.

 

November 9, 2014 Annual Interfaith Service and Conference for Peace

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On November 9, CPFA held its 35th Annual Interfaith Service and Conference for Peace in Princeton, focusing on Sealing the Deal with the Iran Nuclear Issue. The conference was held two weeks prior to the November 24th deadline for the P5 +1 and Iran, to reach an agreement. The Interfaith Service and Conference for Peace was attended by over 500 participants.

Speakers included:

Nontombi Naomi Tutu
Amy Goodman, Award winning journalist, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!
Jamal Abdi,  Policy Director, National Iranian American Council
Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, Belfar Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University  

A special thank you to photographer Anna Savoia, for the following pictures:

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Nontombi Naomi Tutu at the Conference for Peace on Nov 9, 2014. (Pictured Right: Irene Goldman, CFPA Chair)

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Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now! speaks from the pulpit during the Conference for Peace. (Pictured Left: Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA executive director)

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The crowd listens intently during the Conference for Peace 

To view a gallery of photos from the November 8 Individual Sponsors Reception/Dinner with Naomi Tutu, Click Here

To view a gallery of photos from the November 9 Interfatith Service for Peace, Click Here 

To view a gallery of photos from the November 9 Conference for Peace with Amy Goodman, Jamal Abdi, Ariane Tabatabai, and Naomi Tutu, Click Here

Special thanks to Videographer, Leigha Cohen, for the following videos of the conference:

To view video of Amy Goodman's talk Click Here.  

To view video of Naomi Tutu's talk Click Here.

To view video of Ariane Tabatabai's talk Click Here.

To view video of Jamal Abdi's talk Click Here.

Organizational Co-Sponsors of 2014 Interfaith Service and Conferece for Peace:

Christ Congregation, Princeton
Community Presbyterian Church, Kendall Park NJ
Conference Board of Church & Society Greater NJ Conference, United Methodist Church
Ewing Presbyterian Church
Fellowship in Prayer
First Baptist Church, Princeton
Grace United Church of Christ of Flemington, NJ
Islamic Society of Central Jersey
Islamic Society of Ewing, NJ
Monmouth Center for World Religions & Ethical Thought
Muslims for Peace
NAACP Trenton
Nakashima Foundation for Peace
Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton
National Iranian American Council (NIAC)
New Brunswick Friends Meeting
New Jersey Association, Central Atlantic Conference, United Church of Christ
New Jersey Council of Churches
New Jersey Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Peacemaking Committee, Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Princeton Clergy Association
Princeton Friends Meeting
Princeton Middle East Society
Princeton University Chapel & Office of Religious Life
Progressive Democrats of America-NJ Chapter
Shiloh Baptist Church, Trenton
St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Princeton
The Peace Center, Langhorne PA
The Protestant Community Church, Medford Lakes, NJ
Trenton Meeting of Friends
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton
Trinity Church, Princeton
United Christian Church, Levittown, PA
Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton
Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community
Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of NJ
United Nations Association, Bucks County
United Nations Association, Trenton-Princeton Chapter
Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, Princeton
World Sikh Council, North America Region

 

9/21/14 CFPA Joins the Peoples Climate March in NYC

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The Princeton Delegation along with the Philadelphia chapter of CFPA, joined over 300,000 protestors on Sunday September 21, in the Peoples Climate March in NYC. CFPA began the march with the Peace & Justice (Stop the Wars, Stop the Warming) contingent on 77th & Central Park West before making the trek. The climate march came right in time before the UN Climate Summit. 

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The CFPA Princeton Delegation protests in NYC for Climate Justice

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To view a complete gallery of pictures from the Climate March, click here for the Facebook Album posted by Assistant Director, Alesha Vega.

           

 

8/23/14 Rally for Justice for Michael Brown

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CFPA co-sponsored the Princeton Community March & Rally for Peace & Justice for Michael Brown on Saturday, August 23. The Princeton Community is saddened & angered by the injustice that has occurred in Ferguson. The crowd joined in solidarity to represent peace & justice for Michael Brown, the people of Ferguson, and all neighborhood communities nationwide.


Over a 150 peaceful protestors gathered to grieve for the death of Michael Brown, and
call for peace & justice.

To view more photos from the protest, click here for the Facebook Album posted by Assistant Director, Alesha Vega.

           

   

8/5/14 Commemoration on the Anniversary of Hiroshima Atomic Bombing

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Special thanks to John Lien for the excellent photos in the gallery here, a selection of which are below. Click here to see Facebook posting of the photos by our incoming Assistant Director, Alesha Vega.

Zia speaks to Crowd at Hiroshima 2014Keynote speaker Dr. Zia Mian speaks to crowd of about 80.


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Solidarity Singers of NJ Industrial Union Council offer peace music.

            Further details in press release below

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.  

   

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