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.
FCNL and CFPA joint delegation meets with Senator Casey (center). The delegation subsequently met with his foreign policy staffer.
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)
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.
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:
Nontombi Naomi Tutu at the Conference for Peace on Nov 9, 2014. (Pictured Right: Irene Goldman, CFPA Chair)
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)
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
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
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.
Musician & Activist, Holly Near, leads the Peace & Justice group in song during the Climate March Pre-Rally
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.
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