Watch The Rev. Robert Moore, Director of Ceasefire NJ, a project of the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) being interviewed on "New Jersey Now" Jan. 24 2016 to addresses the topic of gun control.
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 The Philadelphia Inquirer Tuesday, February 2
Trumponomics just don't add up
We know what Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump thinks about Latino immigrants and Muslims. But the media must do a better job of alerting the public about Trumponomics. This is truly voodoo economics, based on magical thinking that works on TV but not in reality.
He thinks he can give himself and super-wealthy people a tax cut by reducing the top rate to 25 percent and eliminating the estate tax (which would save his family billions). At the same time, he says he'll eliminate income taxes for 72 million households, simplify the tax code, keep Social Security well-funded, and increase military spending.
These things just don't add up. It is not sound economics. We should not follow this Pied Piper over a financial cliff; it's like 2007-08 all over again.
Trump's history of four casino-and-resort-company bankruptcies should be a warning to us all.
|Edward A. Aguilar, Pennsylvania director, Coalition for Peace Action, Philadelphia
Response to Implementation of Iran Nuclear Agreement
The Coalition for Peace Action Applauds Iran Agreement Success; Urges Permanent Agreement and Diplomatic Efforts with Syria and North Korea By The Rev. Robert Moore in Common DreamsMonday, January 18, 2016
WASHINGTON - Responding to the announcement that Implementation Day has been reached for the Iran Nuclear Agreement, meaning Iran has verifiably taken steps moving it at least 15 years away from being able to make a nuclear weapon, the Rev. Robert Moore, executive director of the Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA), the largest peace group in the region, today made the following statement:
“Sustained and determined diplomacy has moved Iran from what experts assessed as a few months, before the Agreement, to at least 15 years away from being able to make a nuclear weapon. This historic agreement, now implemented, makes the U.S. and the world a safer place. I applaud the negotiators representing all the participants for this historic success, as well as the Obama Administration for championing it. (Read Complete Article)
Diplomacy helps stave off conflicts
ISSUE | U.S.-IRAN RELATIONSThe Philadelphia InquirerLetters to the Editor January 21, 2016
By The Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director, Coalition for Peace Action, Princeton
Because of diplomacy, Iran's capacity to build a nuclear weapon is at least 15 years away instead of a few months, experts have projected ("Iran deal complete," Sunday). The historic agreement that took effect Saturday makes the United States and the world safer. I applaud the negotiators who worked it out and the Obama administration for championing it. Sens. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D., Pa.) and Cory Booker (D., N.J.) helped pass the agreement.
Naysayers who contended that Iran would never honor its obligations have been proven wrong. Instead of sanctions or war, the United States and the international community peacefully prevented Iran from developing nuclear weapons through negotiations.(Read Complete Article)
Howard Speaks Out on Gun Control, Backs Strong Measures to Counter Violence
Also responding positively to Mr. Obama’s initiatives was Princeton-based Ceasefire NJ New Jersey’s oldest and largest gun violence prevention group.
“We applaud President Obama for taking concrete action to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in America,” said Reverend Robert Moore, executive director of the Coalition for Peace Action, of which Ceasefire NJ is a project. (Read Complete Article)
We invited two New Jersey activists on opposing sides of the gun debate to tell us how they think the president's order would impact law-abiding gun owners in the state.
We spoke to Rev. Robert Moore, executive director of Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action, which is affiliated with CeasefireNJ.
On the other side, we spoke to Alexander Roubian, president of the New Jersey 2nd Amendment Society.
Give Obama credit for setting sights on gun control
Lead Letter to the Editor By CFPA's Executive Director the Reverend Robert Moore The Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, January 7, 2016
I applaud President Obama for taking concrete action to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in America ("A tearful Obama acts on guns," Wednesday). His executive actions will make a significant contribution to reducing the estimated 40 percent of gun sales that don't involve background checks - especially at gun shows and online.
I'm also pleased that the president is adding federal resources to improve gun safety technology (smart guns), the kind of public-health approach that dramatically reduced deaths from auto accidents. Ceasefire NJ was proud to spearhead the country's first childproof-handgun bill in 2002, but its implementation has been stymied by the National Rifle Association. The president's measures may finally help it come into existence.
I applaud him for not scapegoating mentally ill people for gun violence but instead devoting an additional $500 million to treat such people.
Finally, I applaud incorporating more data, including from the Social Security Administration, to prevent those with disabling mental illnesses from buying guns. For more information, go to peacecoalition.org or call 609-924-5022.
Coalition executive director the Rev. Robert Moore said he wants Obama’s decision to not only stay in place but to serve as a foundation for more tightening of access to firearms.On the other side are gun control advocates, including Ceasefire NJ, an arm of the Princeton group Coalition for Peace Action.
“I think this will pass muster. I don’t think it’s taking away anyone’s right to anything,’’ he said. “The president is saying because of an epidemic of gun violence, we need to do better at keep guns out of the wrong hands. I think these steps will go a long way.’’ (Read Complete Article Online)
Princeton 2015: A Year of Progress and Protest December 30, 2015 Town Topics
As town and University plans and projects progressed, protests helped define the year 2015. A sit-in by Princeton University students citing Woodrow Wilson’s racist beliefs drew national attention to the campus and the town. There were additional demonstrations in reaction to national events such as the murders at a church in Charleston, South Carolina and the more recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. On the University campus, at Hinds Plaza, and at marches through town, there were silent and not-so-silent demonstrations in support of gun control and related issues. (Read Complete Article)
Lawmaker Wants To Close Loophole That Lets People Buy Guns Without Background Checks By Tom Sofield December 15, 2015 LevittownNow.com
What State Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D-31) thinks is a “common sense idea” is having trouble moving forward in Harrisburg.
Despite bipartisan support, Santarsiero, a Democrat also running for the U.S. House of Representatives, said he is having trouble moving House Bill 1010 up for a vote in the House. He said he has support from lawmakers of his own party and even Republicans.
The bill would close a loophole that allows the purchase of long guns during private sales ineligible for background checks. It would also ban persons on the national terrorism watch list and no-fly list from purchasing firearms legally.
If the bill becomes law, Santarsiero and supporters from the BuxMont Coalition for Peace, Bucks County Against Gun Violence, Bucks County Peace Center, CeaseFirePA, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action believe it could help save lives and prevent some mass shootings. (Read Complete Article)
Memorial in Falls honors victims of mass shootings on anniversary of Sandy Hook Posted: Monday, December 14, 2015By Anthony DiMattia, staff writer Monday's gloomy backdrop was appropriate for the third anniversary of one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. With heavy hearts, members from local, state and national gun-safety groups planted 1,289 American flags at Snipes Farm in Falls to honor the victims from each mass shooting since the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Among those in attendance were members of Bucks Against Gun Violence, Bucks County Peace Center, Bucks Safe, Bucks County Woman's Advocacy Coalition, BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action, CeaseFirePA, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action. Each called for stricter gun laws that they say will prevent future mass shootings, which they defined as any shooting of four or more people. (Read Complete Article and Watch Video Online)
Bucks County groups stress quest for
peace in a violent world
Posted: Friday, December 4, 2015 By Anna Coleman,Bucks County Courier Times Recent acts of terrorism have brought tragedy to every corner of the globe.
We should commemorate the lives of those we have lost and spend time in thought and prayer. But this is also a time for action, a time to stand up against violence and hatred, not to answer with more.
It is time for a different answer, an answer that is peace and love.
Sharing these feelings, a friend and I attended the candlelight vigil in Langhorne that the Courier Times covered a few weeks ago. We were immediately inspired by the hope felt among the crowd. Hope for a time when protest like that one will not be necessary, for a time when we will not grieve for ones lost in acts of violence.
I was inspired by the adults who surrounded me that night. Their assurance that a time like that will come filled me with a sense of determination to see it myself. (Read Complete Article Online)
PRINCETON — As the nations of the world meet for the Paris Climate Summit from the end of November until December 11, the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) will hold its Annual Holiday Gathering, centered on its No Wars, No Warming campaign, which makes the connection between the climate crisis and war, on Saturday, December 5 from 2-5 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton.
The gathering starts with a potluck from 2-3 p.m.; attendees should bring a healthy dish to share, followed by the program from 3-5 p.m. It is free and open to the public. (Read Complete Article Online)
Langhorne vigil draws crowd to honor victims of terrorism By Matt Schickling November 24, 2015The Wire
At rush hour on Monday, a busy Langhorne intersection became a place of peace.
Small groups gathered on all four corners of where Routes 213 and 413 meet with lighted candles and signs calling for peace in the world. “We are all one family,” “Love thy neighbor,” and “Peace on earth,” they read, messages aimed to honor the victims of terrorism throughout the world.
The vigil was organized and sponsored by the Bucks County Human Relations Council, BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action, Interfaith Community of Lower Bucks, The Peace Center and Zubaida Foundation. (Read Complete Article Online)
Video: Rally in Langhorne calls for peace following recent terror attacks in Paris
Video by Bill Fraser | Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 Bucks County Courier Times Community members held a candlelight vigil in Langhorne on Monday, November 23, 2015, to honor recent victims of terrorism and all those who are suffering around the world. (Click to Watch Video)
Several dozen people stood at Langhorne Borough’s busiest intersection Monday during rush hour to call for world peace.
The “Light Up Langhorne” event was organized by the Interfaith Community of Lower Bucks, BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action, The Peace Center, Zubaida Foundation and Bucks County Human Relations Council.
The candlelight vigil was put together in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, organizers said. The rally was to think of all those who are suffering around the globe. (Read Complete Article Online)
Protestors challenge Christie's stance on Syrian refugees By Lindsay Rittenhouse The Trenton TimesNovember 22, 2015
PRINCETON — "For refugees, plenty of space, but we can't fit racist hate." That was the message Sunday of residents, activists and religious leaders who protested Gov. Chris Christie's comments on Syrian refugees outside Drumthwacket, the governor's residence in Princeton.
The Central New Jersey Democratic Socialists – operating out of New Brunswick, Freehold and Princeton – organized Sunday's rally through social media after Christie announced on Nov. 16 that he feels the United States should not admit any refugees from the Syrian civil war, not even "orphans under age 5." (Read Complete Article)
Princeton's Coalition for Peace Action Conference brought local residents, activists and various ethnic and religious group leaders to Nassau Presbyterian Church on Sunday for its 36th annual peace conference.
This year's conference focused on all types of national and international issues directly hindering peace.
J. Jondhi Harrell – founder and executive director of the Center for Returning Citizens – spoke from firsthand experience to the injustices of mass incarceration.
Having been incarcerated for 25 years, Harrell said he raised his four daughters and one son from a prison cell and that it tore his family apart, as it does for all men and women behind bars. (Read Complete Article Online)
Bucks County lawmaker seeks to close loophole in gun-safety laws
A Bucks County lawmaker is calling for the public’s support of proposed gun-safety legislation to close a loophole that allows private purchases of long guns such as rifles, assault rifles and shotguns without a background check.
The proposed legislation would extend background checks already in place for handguns to those purchasing long guns through private sales, such as purchases at a gun show.
The proposed “common sense” legislation will help enforce existing laws, “not create a whole new system of unreasonable regulations,” said Democratic state Rep. Steve Santarsiero. (Read Complete Article)
Rally for gun safety, H.B. 1010 spotlights voices for ‘commonsense’ reform Rep. Steve Santarsiero October 15, 2015PAHouse.Com
NORRISTOWN, Oct. 15 – On the Montgomery County Courthouse steps today, prominent Pennsylvania lawmakers, gun-safety advocates, domestic-violence experts and victims of gun violence rallied behind a plan to enact universal background checks for gun purchases in Pennsylvania.
House Bill 1010, sponsored by state Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, would require all firearms – including the private sale of long guns – to be done before a licensed firearms dealer or county sheriff in order to complete a background check on the purchaser’s criminal history or involuntary commitment to a mental health facility. Currently, state law does not require that background checks be conducted for the private purchase of long guns.
Gun-safety advocates from CeaseFire PA, Moms Demand Action, Everytown, Bucks Safe, Bucks Against Gun Violence, DelCO United, Heeding God’s Call, Coalition for Peace Action and PA United for Background Checks attended the event. (Read Complete Article & Watch Video of Rally)
Mobilizing to Stop Gun Violence Front page of the October 14, 2015 Town Topics At a press conference Monday at Hinds Plaza, government officials and members of the clergy were joined by citizens concerned about the rise of gun violence in this country. The group is pressuring New Jersey senators to override Governor Chris Christie’s recent veto of a bill that would have required anyone seeking a gun permit to notify local law enforcement if they are attempting to have their mental health records expunged. Mayor Liz Lempert, shown here at the microphone, introduced State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, who is pictured between Senator Linda Greenstein and the Reverend Bob Moore of the Coalition for Peace Action. Mr. Sweeney said the governor’s veto of the “common sense” gun safety legislation was done to placate conservative voters. Reverend Moore said, “Let us put partisan politics aside and put the protection of the public from gun violence first — for at least one day.” The override vote will take place October 22. (Read Article Online)
Sweeney: I Will Call State Police if Legislature Doesn’t Vote on Gun Control Bill 10-12-15 By Brenda Flanagan NJTV NEWS
“We can no longer be silent! We can no longer sit idly by as mass shootings escalate across the United States!” said Rev. Bob Moore.
With gun control advocates like Moore, from Coalition for Peace Action/Ceasefire NJ, voicing full support — Senate President Steve Sweeney took the podium in Princeton to put his colleagues on notice: he will call them into session later this month for a second shot at overriding Governor Christie’s veto of SB 2360. The bill requires notifying local police whenever someone with documented mental illness seeks to expunge that record before applying for a gun permit. (Click Here to Read Complete Article and Watch Video Footage)
Click the picture below to Watch the September 24 Coalition for Peace Action Press Conference on Gun Violence Prevention bill (S.2360)
Sweeney vows to send N.J. State Police to find senators absent for gun override By Susan K. Livio | NJ.com October 12, 2015
PRINCETON — State Senate President Stephen Sweeney announced there will be another attempt to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a gun control bill next week, and warned his colleagues who dare to be absent: We'll come find you.
Standing among two dozen elected officials and gun-control advocates Monday, Sweeney said he would "put the house on call" and would use his authority to send State Police to find any of the other 39 senators who are no-shows for the Oct. 22 voting session.
"Let us put partisan politics aside and put the protection of the public first, for at least one day!" shouted The Rev. Robert Moore, the executive director for the Coalition for Peace Action. (Click Here to Read Complete Article)
Coalition for Peace Action thanks Senator Cory Booker in Support of Iran Deal - Sept. 25, 2015
On Friday, September 25, the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA), NJ Peace Action, Moveon, and NIAC, participated and co-sponsored an event thanking Senator Cory Booker in his Newark-NJ office, for his support on the Iran Accord. CFPA was met by Senator Booker's staffer, Zoe Baldwin (center with flowers) and interviewed by Ang Santos, from WBGO News Radio.
Peace Groups Thank Sen. Booker In Support of Iran DealBy Ang Santos, WBGO News Newark, September 25, 2015 Peace advocacy groups gathered at Senator Booker’s office in Newark with sun flowers and hand written letters to thank him for his support of the Iran nuclear agreement.
Reverened Bob Moore of Coalition for Peace Action says it’s been a two year initiative that required a lot of attention and citizen engagement.
“Change comes from the bottom up,” said Moore. “So we said, this is a democracy. This is how democracy is supposed to work, and what it’s supposed to look like. We the citizens are supposed to be influencing our elected officials.” (Read and Listen to Complete News Coverage)
In the wake of the recent anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) will hold a screening of the documentary "In Our Son's Name" on Sunday, September 27 at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.
"We are honored to host this powerful film about affirming values of peace and nonviolence in the wake of the worst terrorist attack in US history. We encourage members of the public to come and learn about this transformative journey of peace," said Alesha Vega, CFPA Assistant Director. (Read Complete Article)
Booker's visit to Livingston temple brings needed civility to the Iran debate The Star Ledger By Tom Moran September 8, 2015
Once in a while, democracy inspires. As it did this morning when U.S. Sen. Cory Booker visited a temple in Livingston to explain his support for the new agreement with Iran on nuclear weapons.
The questions, from a crowd of about 75 Jews and non-Jews who gathered at Temple B'nai Abraham, were penetrating. The speakers had done their homework. (Read Complete Article) CFPA Leaders and friends were present at the meeting with Senator Booker in Livingston, NJ on September 8, 2015. See Recent Events.
See guests Dr. Robert Goldston, Professor US DOE Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Dr. Frank von Hippel, Professor of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, speak on the U.S. Iranian Nuclear Deal on Princeton Community Television's BackStory with Joan Goldstein HERE
Read physicists and long-time CFPA sponsors, Rush Holt and Frank von Hippel, answer technical questions on the Iran Nuclear DealHERE!
Video: Give peace a chance (See footage from the Peace Rally and interviews from CFPA's Alesha Vega and CFPA PA's Ed Aguilar, here)
As the Congress considers its action on the recent U.S.-Iran Nuclear Agreement, the Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action, joined by the PA Coalition for Peace Action and the BuxMont Coalition, held a vigil Saturday in Princeton, New Jersey, to show their support for the deal. Video by Kim Weimer
Give peace a chance Cathy Leary with BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action joins other activists Saturday, August 15, 2015, in Princeton, NJ to show her support for the U.S. Iran Nuclear Agreement. The vigil is part of a global day of peace to show support for the deal with over 50 cities participating worldwide. (See Complete Article)
Give Peace a Chance!
Op-Ed by Rev. Bob Moore, CFPA Executive Director, sent August 10, 2015 to newspapers in the region. So far it ran in the August 14 print version of the Princeton Packet. Please feel free to take from it to use in your own letters to the editor. If you see it published anywhere, please contact
to let us know!
On July 14, after nearly two years of tough negotiations, an Agreement on the Iran Nuclear Issue was reached. For obviously partisan reasons, many Republicans came out against the agreement before it was even delivered to them. On August 6, the Senate’s third ranking Democrat, Chuck Schumer, also came out against it.
I am reminded of a slogan many of us used in opposing the Vietnam War: Give Peace a Chance! Polls show that a majority of Americans support this Agreement, and want it to be implemented. But Congress now has until September 17 to take action and could reject the deal, possibly even over-riding a promised Presidential veto.
Walking away from this hard-won agreement will result in Iran being able to get a bomb in as little as two weeks, while having international sanctions collapse. The US would be soon face another disastrous Middle East War, far worse than the ones in Afghanistan and Iraq. (Read Complete Article)
CFPA's Executive Director, Rev. Bob Moore's, Reponse Letter to the Editor as seen in the hard copy print version of the August 12, 2015 Trenton Times
You have run several letters to the editor recently responding to my published statements regarding the Iran nuclear agreement and the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Regarding the first, the agreement is based on verification, not trust. While Iran’s behavior until the Interim Agreement freezing and taking initial steps toward curtailing Iran’s nuclear program in November 2013 generated doubts, almost all experts rate their compliance since then as excellent.
The verification of the Iran Nuclear Agreement would be the strongest, most intrusive in history. There will be 24-7 monitoring of all declared sites for the entire nuclear production chain, from uranium mining to its final use. Suspect covert sites would be subject to prompt, intrusive inspections.
Yes, some of the limits on Iran’s centrifuges and amount of enriched uranium it can possess begin to sunset after 10-15 years. Diplomacy requires compromise, and this is the best agreement that could be reached after 22 months of tough negotiations. It keeps Iran at least one year away from obtaining a bomb for up to 15 years. The strongest in history inspections remain in place permanently. (Read Complete Article)
The Iran nuclear deal is crucial for peace in the future Pittsburgh Post-Gazette August 7, 2015 Letter to the Editor co-authored by CFPA's Western PA Coordinator, Jo Schlesinger
The Iran nuclear agreement, confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency, appears to be everything that was predicted in the Joint Plan of Action, and more. After more than two years of intensive negotiations, diplomacy has mapped out a future that keeps Iran from imminent access to the bomb and keeps the United States from another catastrophic war in the Middle East.
Criticism is loud and well-funded but not fact-based. All key components of the deal that the United States sought were achieved: 97 percent cuts in uranium stocks, rigorous inspections and a long-term additional protocol, which subjects Iran to significantly added inspections and transparency. In return, sanctions will be lifted but can be reinstated at any time. (Read Complete Article)
Peace Vigil on 70th Anniversary of Dropping of Atomic Bombs WNPV1440 AM RadioAugust 5, 2015
“It time to retire nuclear weapons on the 70th anniversary of the bombings.”
Thursday at 6pm the Coalition For Peace Action and the Doylestown Friends Meeting Peace and Social Concerns Committee will co-sponsor a peace vigil at State and Main streets in Doylestown.
“We will fly four banners that say abolish nuclear weapons. Paper Origami Peace Cranes will be handed out. We have to realize that nuclear weapons are not good for the planet.”
Coalition for Peace Action Assistant Director, Alesha Vega says, the coalition supports the deal President obama recently reached with Iran. (Read Complete Article Online)
Peace vigil in Doylestown to commemorate Hiroshima, Nagasaki The Intelligencer August 5, 2015
Four large "Abolish Nuclear War" banners will fly Thursday at a vigil in Doylestown hosted by the Coalition for Peace Action to mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The CFPA is calling for the mandatory retirement of nuclear weapons.
During the vigil, from 6 to 7 p.m. at State and Main streets, origami peace cranes will be handed out to passersby. The event is co-sponsored by the Doylestown Friends Meeting Peace & Social Concerns Committee. It is one of three events planned by CFPA to mark the historic anniversary.
"The purpose of these commemorations is not to look back with 20-20 hindsight to question whether the atomic bombings in 1945 were justified. What's done is done," said the Rev. Bob Moore, CFPA executive director. "Rather, our reason for having these commemorations is to remember the absolute horror that nuclear weapons represent and the real and growing threat they present today."
The first event, on Wednesday in Princeton, New Jersey, will include a picnic with a moment of silence at 7:16 p.m. to coincide with the exact time, 8:16 a.m. Japanese time Aug. 6, that the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, in the last days of World War II. The picnic and outdoor program will be at Albert Hinds Plaza, next to the Princeton Public Library at 65 Witherspoon St. (Read Complete Article Online)
'Crockpot season,' thoughts on nuclear deal with Iran | Letters The Trenton Times July 31, 2015
Iran has agreed not to make a nuclear weapon under terms spelled out in months of negotiations. As the poll on page A10 of The Times (the OPINION page) of July 22, 2015 revealed, the majority of Americans support the agreement with Iran. Although it will be based on diligent verification of all technical aspects of possible bomb making, the same poll shows that many Americans believe that Iran will not adhere to the agreement. It is not surprising because many biased politicians and pundits are engaged in short-run opposition and scare tactics rather than in the big picture of stopping a troublesome nation from becoming the next nuclear nation.
Historians will remind us that, in the midst of the Cold War with a nuclear arms race between the United States and the former USSR, the top leaders, Reagan and Gorbachev (who had little reason to trust each other), met in Reykjavik, Iceland, and discussed the reduction of nuclear weapons. The result of their talks was the agreement a year later to remove Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces from Europe and to continue to negotiate other reductions in nuclear weapons. The lesson from Reykjavik is that conflicting nations can enter into agreements to reduce nuclear threat. All members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives should seriously consider their responsibility in working toward a nuclear free world. The agreement with Iran is a bold step and includes steadfast verification of all possible phases of Iranian nuclear weapons development. (Read letter online) Carol Kiger Allen, Coalition for Peace Action Board Secretary Princeton, NJ
Coalition to commemorate anniversary of Hiroshima bombing On Page 3 of the printed version of the The Trenton Times, July 28, 2015
The Coalition for Peace Action will have a Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the Hiroshima bombing anniversary, Wednesday, Aug. 5. The Commemoration will begin with a bring-your-own picnic at 6 p.m. (no alcoholic beverages permitted), followed by the outdoor program at 7 p.m. and an indoor Program from 7:30-9 p.m.
Both the picnic and the 7 outdoor portion of Commemoration Ceremony will be in Albert Hinds Plaza next to the Princeton Public Library at 65 Witherspoon St. The indoor program will be in the Community Room of the Library from 7:30-9. In case of rain, the picnic will be cancelled and the entire program beginning at 7 will be in the Community Room of the library.
"The purpose of this commemoration is not to look back with 20-20 hindsight to question whether the atomic bombings in 1945 were justified," said coalition Executive Director the Rev. Robert Moore. "What's done is done. Rather, our reason for having these commemorations is to remember the absolute horror that nuclear weapons represent, and the real and growing threat they present today.
Plan for Christie gun law changes not put forward yet
On Front Page of the printed version of The Bergen Record July 19, 2015, By Dustin Racioppi The Record (Bergen County) Three weeks after Governor Christie said, in a late-night email on the eve of his presidential campaign, that he would propose “common-sense” changes to New Jersey’s gun regulations, no plan has been put forward.
Christie’s decision was met with a mix of praise and criticism — in some cases from the same people. While the governor announced he would make the regulatory change, he did not sign legislation on his desk that would close a loophole in the state’s gun law requiring domestic violence offenders and those with restraining orders against them to give up all their firearms. Bill sponsors and critics of the Republican governor expressed disappointment, and some said it served as an example of how Christie is trying to appeal to a conservative base.
“It looks to me like he’s playing [to] a particular audience,” said Dolores Phillips, legislative director of the advocacy group Ceasefire NJ.
She called it a “deceptive practice” and said the press release “gives the appearance of policy initiatives to benefit his presidential campaign and clearly is using his office staff and official website to do so.” (Read Complete Article)
Standing Together Front page of paper version of Town Topics July 2, 2015
Speaking at the Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Peace and Racial Justice held in response to the previous week’s shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., Director of the Coalition for Peace Action and Co-Pastor of Christ Congregation in Princeton Rev. Robert Moore told the gathering “We stand together in unity as a community of love.” The event was organized by CFPA, the Mt. Pisgah AME Church and the Princeton Clergy Association. (See article online)
Critics see politics behind Christie’s move to ease gun permits for domestic-abuse victims and lack of action on bill to stop abusers from getting guns. The Record (Bergen County) July 1, 2015 By Dustin Racioppi STATE HOUSE BUREAU Critics say it’s no coincidence Christie OK’d only one of them
Gun rights advocates and domestic violence activists both see what Governor Christie did Monday night to New Jersey’s firearms regulations as a common-sense step to help victims of abuse.
But that’s where the agreement ends and the suspicion starts.
In a late-night announcement on the eve of his candidacy for the White House, Christie moved to loosen regulations and expedite reviews of gun permits sought by domestic violence victims. But while that would hasten a victim’s ability to get a gun, a bill that would take away guns from domestic violence offenders sat unsigned on his desk.
Given Christie’s low approval ratings and need to cultivate conservative support in his campaign for the Republican nomination for president, some saw his moves less about victims and more about the governor’s quest for the White House, which he made official 14 hours after announcing the regulatory change. (Read Complete Article)
Prayers for peace: In wake of Charleston massacre, vigil participants call for racial justice, gun control
By Philip Sean Curran, Staff Writer Centraljersey.com Jun 25, 2015
Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday night in downtown Princeton for a prayer vigil that doubled as a call for gun control and racial justice on the one-week anniversary of the church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina.
An interfaith collection of clergy led prayers for peace, for South Carolina’s and the country’s leaders and for the families of the nine black victims killed at the Mother Emanuel AME Church by a young white man armed with a handgun.
The Rev. Deborah Brooks, pastor of the historically black Mt. Pisgah AME Church on Witherspoon Street, called the shooting a “racist act.” (Read Complete Article)
Remembering the Charleston 9: Hundreds Gather on Palmer Square for Interfaith Prayer Vigil
June 26, 2015 by Krystal Knapp Planet Princeton
At one point during the march in downtown Princeton, the line of people stretched all the way from Nassau Street down Witherspoon Street, across Paul Robeson Place, beyond the Arts Council of Princeton.
Almost 400 people marched from the Mt. Pisgah AME Church on Witherspoon Street to Tiger Park on Palmer Square, and another 100 or more joined them at the square on Wednesday night, the one-week anniversary of the shootings at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. (Read Complete Article)
Princeton prayer vigil scheduled in response to Charleston church shootings
PRINCETON — A march and prayer vigil will be held in Princeton Wednesday night in response to the church shootings in Charleston last week.
The event is organized by Mt. Pisgah AME Church — the same denomination as the South Carolina congregation — along with the Princeton Clergy Association and the Coalition for Peace Action. (Read Complete Article)
Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Peace and Racial Justice Wednesday By: Linda Arntzenius June 23, Town Topics
In response to the recent shooting at a Black Church in Charleston, the Mt. Pisgah AME Church in collaboration with the Princeton Clergy Association and the Coalition for Peace Action, will take place Wednesday, June 24, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. The event will begin with a March from Mt. Pisgah AME Church (the same denomination as the church where the shooting occurred), 170 Witherspoon Street. Supporters are urged to gather the front of the church for the approximately quarter mile March to Tiger Park, Palmer Square. Those who are unable to march are welcome to go straight to Tiger Park. Area faith leaders will offer prayers and reflections followed by a candlelight vigil as darkness falls. For further information, visit www.peacecoalition.org or call (609) 924-5022. (Read article online)
Opinion: To prevent war with Iran, remember deceptions of war with Iraq
The question recently was raised to presumed presidential candidate Jeb Bush whether, knowing what he knows now, he would have started a war with Iraq, as his brother, President George W. Bush, did in 2003. His initial answer, on which he flip-flopped a number of times in the days following, was yes.
We tend to believe his first answer, partly because it was unvarnished before any public blowback — but even more because many of his top foreign policy advisors include those who championed the rush to war using manipulated intelligence on Iraq. It is crucial to remember the truth about what led to that war, as we may be on the verge of being neo-conned into another even more disastrous war — with Iran. (Read Complete Article)
Letter: Beware same group of agitators who are pushing for another war By TheTimes of Trenton Letters to the Editoron June 08, 2015 The guest opinion article "To prevent war with Iran, remember deceptions with Iraq" (June 7) was right on the mark.
Ironically, some of the neo-conservatives who got us into the deadly and unnecessary war with Iraq are front and center again, this time about Iran. Sadly, much of the media is playing the same compliant role as before.
The war-mongers and the military-industrial complex about which President Eisenhower warned us need to portray a demonic enemy for them to prevail. It saddens me to think that the American public could be fooled again, at what cost in human life and suffering one can scarcely contemplate. (Read Article Online) -- Eugene F. Horan, Monroe
Anti-Violence Rally: ‘I Never Know Which Saturday There’s Going To Be A Funeral’
Pastor James G. Evans III of Norton Avenue Baptist Church in Bristol Township is tired of conducting funerals for parishioners who died due to violence.
Last Sunday, Evans along with about 100 people of all faiths marched from the Norton Avenue church, down Green Lane to a service at the House of Prayer. Chants of “stop the violence” echoed through the streets as the group called for an end to gun violence.
“We can act like it ain’t happen and doing funerals – or we can do something about it,” he said.
Evans said he’s conducted several funerals over the past few years for victims of gun violence, some from Bristol Township and some from outside the area. Cathy Leary of the BuxMont Coalition for Peace said the rally was supported by passersby and neighbors who voiced their support and honked as the group walked down Green Lane with a police escort. (To read complete article, Click Here)
From left to right: Marie Rosenberg, Bucks Safe; Cathy Leary, BuxMont CFPA Director; Movita Johnson Harrell, The Charles Foundation; Pastor Brown of Bristol
Marchers from Norton Avenue Baptist Church, the House of Prayer, and the Bucks County community call for An End to Gun Violence.
For more pictures, ClickHere to view via Facebook. (You do not need a Facebook account to view the pictures) Click here to watch a powerful video from the event. (Video By: Chloe Elmer/Staff Photographer Bucks County Courier Times)
"I am in awe at the strength of the people in this video. If this does not make you want to stand up and let your voices be heard I am not sure what will." -Cathy Leary, BuxMont CFPA Director
Residents of Bristol Township and surrounding areas gathered at Norton Avenue Baptist Church to call for an end to gun violence in their community.
“We’re in a war,” Pastor James D Evans III said. “The casualties are devastating our community.”
Cathy Leary, of the BuxMont Coalition for Peace, spearheaded the event that attracted about 100 people to pray and march the streets calling for peace.
“Faith-based is going to lead the way,” Leary said of the numerous organizations involved in the campaign for peace.
Prayer services started at Norton Avenue Baptist Church, after which the crowd marched down Green Lane to the House of Prayer, chanting “stop the violence; save our children,” and holding signs that read “Communities working together to end gun violence.”
Neighbors in their yards and drivers passing by waved and called out encouragement and thanks. (To read complete article, Click Here)
Princeton Public Library screening 'Countdown to Zero' April 19 By Rich Cuccagna | Times of Trenton on April 07, 2015
A screening and discussion of "Countdown to Zero" will take place Sunday, April 19, at 3:30 p.m. at Princeton Public Library. Part of the Global Cinema Café series, the film traces the history of the atomic bomb. It also examines the present state of affairs: nine nations possessing nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them with the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident.
Following the screening, Bruce G. Blair, a research faculty member at Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security, will speak and lead a discussion. Blair is the co-founder of Global Zero, serves on the Secretary of State's International Security Advisory Board, and often testifies before Congress. He has produced a PBS series and many documentaries, including "Countdown to Zero." (To view article online,Click Here)
The event is co-sponsored by the library, Global Cinema Café, Coalition For Peace Action and Whole Earth Center.
On Iran, Congress has to heed vox populi The Philadelphia Inquirer Monday 6, 2015 Letter to the Editor By Edward A. Aguilar, Pennsylvania director, Coalition for Peace Action
In reaching a framework for a final agreement to limit Iran to a peaceful program under the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, the parties have shown great political will, putting diplomacy and peace over threats of aggression and bombing in the longest negotiating marathon in many years. But it's not over.
Congress, particularly the Senate, now must show the bipartisan political will to support and enforce this framework for a deal. The proposal by Sens. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) and Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) to weigh in before the agreement is signed in June puts the cart before the horse and contradicts 225 years of constitutional practice.
Polls show that Americans, by a two-thirds majority, support these negotiations - by more than 70 percent in Pennsylvania. Congress should follow the better angels of our nature, not irresponsible calls for a larger war and devastation in the Middle East.
Note: This same LTE was released in the April 7, 2015 online version of the Herald News
|Edward A. Aguilar, Pennsylvania director, Coalition for Peace Action Friends Center, Philadelphia, peacecoalition.org
PRINCETON: 'Unmaking the Bomb' authors to highlight Peace Coalition membership event DATE POSTED ONLINE: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in the Friday, March 27 Hard Copy EditionThe Princeton Packet
Dr. Zia Mian and Dr. Frank von Hippel, co-authors of the recently published book “Unmaking the Bomb,” will make a presentation on their book for the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) Annual Membership Renewal and New Member Welcome Gathering on Sunday afternoon, March 29, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road.
Dr. Mian directs the Project on Peace and Security in South Asia at Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security. Previously, he has taught at Yale University and Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, and worked at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Cambridge, Massachusetss, and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad.
A former assistant director for national security in the White House Office of Science and Technology, Dr. von Hippel’s areas of policy research include nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, energy, and checks and balances in policymaking for technology. (To read the Complete article online, Click Here)
Unmaking the Bomb Authors to Speak at Peace Coalition Event Town Topics,Written by Linda Arntzenius Friday March 27, 2015 Online Version
Co-authors of the recently published book Unmaking the Bomb, Zia Mian and Frank von Hippel, will discuss and answer questions about their work at a Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) gathering on Sunday, March 29, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road. The program, which is free and open to the public, with no RSVP required, will include an opportunity to renew membership or join CFPA. Mr. Mian directs the Project on Peace and Security in South Asia at Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security. Mr. von Hippel is a former assistant director for national security in the White House Office of Science and Technology. He won a 1993 MacArthur fellowship in recognition of his outstanding contributions to his fields of research. The CFPA Annual Membership Renewal and New Member Welcome Gathering in the Unitarian Universalist church just up the hill from light at intersection with Route 206 will begin with a light meal from 2 to 3 p.m.,which is free to CFPA members who have renewed for 2015, or to new or renewing members who bring their membership contribution to the door. Those planning to attend the light meal are asked to RSVP by emailing
or calling the CFPA office at (609) 924-5022. For more information, visit: www.peacecoalition.org. (To View article online,Click Here.)
Letter: Continue talks with Iran - seek understanding for a peaceful world The Trenton Times,Letter to the Editor by peace activist and member of the Coalition for Peace ActionRichard Moody,March 18, 2015
I write in reference to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent warmongering speech before Congress and the subsequent extraordinary open letter sent to Iran by 47 Republican U.S. senators.
I believe Iran is highly unlikely to attack Israel -- or the U.S. Although the exact number is unknown, it is reported that Israel has between 75 and 400 nuclear warheads. It also has nuclear armed submarines. Iran's ayatollahs have stated they are not pursuing a military nuclear option, since Iran -- unlike Israel -- is a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, an agreement two of our supposed allies with nuclear capability have also not signed: India and Pakistan. (To view Richard Moody's complete letter to the editor in the Trenton Times, Click Here; The same letter appeared in the Crested Butte Newson April 3, 2015)
IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS The Philadelphia Inquirer, Letter to the Editor by CFPA, Philadelphia Director Ed Aguilar January 29, 2015
ISSUE | IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS
Congress should go easy with sanctions
The Kirk-Menendez bill on Iran sanctions is seriously flawed, and, as Prime Minister David Cameron noted during his visit, such congressional action would undermine the unity of the United States with the allied powers at the Iran nuclear talks. Because it's coming from the British prime minister, a close ally, Congress should pay close attention.
This bill is flawed for both legal and strategic reasons. First, it would violate the painstakingly negotiated Joint Plan of Action by Iran and the allies. Rather than isolating Iran, its passage would isolate and weaken the U.S. position at the upcoming talks. These negotiations are critical to keeping Iran's nuclear program a peaceful one, not a strategic threat to the United States, Israel, and the region. (To view in the Philadelphia Inquirer online, Click Here and scroll to the bottom.)
|Edward A. Aguilar, Pennsylvania director, Coalition for Peace Action, Philadelphia, Peacecoalition.org
Although the United States and its international allies are within reach of a working framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program, escalating tensions and a bill to increase sanctions threaten to undermine it.
The current negotiations with Iran provide the best opportunity we’ve ever had to guard against a nuclear-armed Iran. With patient and persistent diplomacy, the international community has come a long way toward resolving this issue peacefully. Now with negotiations between the P5+1 (the United States plus five other nations) and Iran nearing conclusion, Congress should do nothing that could risk jeopardizing the talks. I urge Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey to oppose the increased sanctions legislation and support ongoing diplomacy. (To read complete article, Click Here)
In this season of the shortest, darkest days of the year, many faith traditions focus on the divine promise of light. In an oft-quoted verse, the Hebrew Bible summarizes the theme: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light...” (Isaiah 9:2).
With the recent release of the more than 500-page U.S. Senate Report on Torture, light has been shone on a dark chapter, the so-called “war on terror.” The CIA secretly tortured suspects, subjecting them to techniques widely recognized as torture under U.S. and international law. (To read complete article, Click Here)
Regarding "Senate probe unveils CIA brutality" Letter to the Editor by The Rev. Robert Moore- December 11, 2014 The Record
I applaud the Senate Intelligence Committee for its thorough, detailed report on the CIA's practice of torture. I'm proud to be a citizen of a country that is willing to admit when it does wrong.
Torture violates the values of my faith, as well as our nation's basic values. Using torture has further corrupted the CIA. The report shows that it attempted to hide the use of torture from then-Secretary of State Colin Powell and that the CIA was later caught spying on its own oversight committee.
U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., strongly supported this report. When he was tortured in North Vietnam, what helped sustain him was the belief that his nation was above such heinous activity.
Predictably, the CIA and its supporters are asserting that valuable information was obtained by using torture. With full access to the classified record, the report thoroughly documents in detail why that is false. Even using common sense, we know that a man who is tortured will say whatever he thinks will make his torturers stop.
We must demand that we remove the stain of torture from our nation's present and future. Only then will we as a nation be on the moral path toward justice, peace and reconciliation.
PRINCETON — Coalition for Peace Action led a vigil on Sunday, Dec. 14 to commemorate the 26 victims who died due to gun violence on the same date two years ago in Newtown, Conn.
Twenty of those victims who were murdered that day were children.
At its peak, about 30 people took part in the vigil.
To begin the vigil, 13 individuals each held two candles to represent the 26 fallen victims to gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary.
The crowd chanted things such as “Remember Newtown!” and “No more Gun Violence!” throughout the vigil. (to view article online, Click Here)
Coverage of the vigil also ran in the Wed., December 17 hard copy edition of Princeton's, Town Topics
Religious leaders hold gun vigil on
Sandy Hook anniversary
Sunday, December 14, 2014 By ANTHONY DIMATTIA Bucks County Courier Times
Religious leaders and congregants gathered Sunday in Bristol Township for a vigil to end gun violence. About 100 people gathered in the Norton Avenue Baptist Church to pray on the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
“Two years ago today, 26 innocent human beings, 20 of them small children, were killed in cold blood by guns.” said the Rev. Bob Moore. “The guns of a single individual.”
The vigil, led by religious leaders from across the area, included sermons and calls to help bring stricter guns laws across the U.S.
“If the culture of our nation is to change, then it must be through prayer,” said the Rev. James Evans of Norton Avenue Baptist Church.
The Rev. Robert Coombe, of Yardley United Methodist Church, said he was there “out of anger” for what gun violence has done throughout the country.
“I wish our nation could have this conversation we need to have, it’s so critical,” he said. “The violence is in the guns, but I’m astounded by the violence from within us.”
The Rev. David Brown, of Fox Chase United Methodist Church, said his niece is a public school teacher in Newtown, Connecticut.
“After that terrible tragedy, her daughter’s swim team had fewer members,” he said.
Brown stressed the need to promote straw gun purchase laws and to prohibit the sale of weapons at gun shows.
“Our work with heeding God’s call is to prevent the gun shops selling to buyers that they know are going to put those guns on the street,” he said.
Evans said all the sermons were meant to inspire and motivate the community to promote change.
“People have become so reactionary instead of being proactive,” he said.
The room, which was filled with men, women and children, joined hands in song as the hour-long vigil commenced.
“We need to have peace and not gun violence, but it’s going to take work and it’s going to take persistence,” Evans said.
Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action to host annual holiday gathering
PRINCETON — The Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action will host its annual holiday gathering Friday at Nassau Presbyterian Church, located at 61 Nassau St., across from Palmer Square.
During the event, the coalition will honor CFPA chairwoman Irene Etkin Goldman, who is finishing her 10th year as chair, organizers said.
“We urge all who want to help recognize and honor Irene Etkin Goldman for 10 years of superb leadership as CFPA board chair, hear a wonderful children’s musician, and celebrate the holiday in a spirit of peace to come and join us on Friday, Dec. 12,” said the Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA executive director. (to read complete article Click Here)
PRINCETON – Nassau Street looked like mass carnage an hour ago, as a couple hundred protesters lay down suddenly on the cold sidewalk in a mass protest of conditions leading to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in Staten Island.
For a few moments, they were silent.
Then the voices of people affiliated with the Princeton University Center for African American Studies and the Coalition for Peace Action filled the December air.
“Black lives matter! Black lives matter! Black lives matter!”
After a few moments, they walked up Nassau in the middle of the street, the chant changing over at one point to, “Whose streets? Our streets! Whose streets? Our streets!" (to view article online Click Here)
Slogans add strength to initiatives whether they get used in addiction recovery or social activism.
“Just for today” or “Let Go, Let God” support daily efforts for people who face issues regarding drugs, alcohol, or other unhealthy behaviors.
Small words such as “Love” or “Peace” or a simple peace sign are potently powerful.
Civil unrest that connects to events occurring in Ferguson, Mo. always tether to “No justice. No peace.”
That meme resounded during a Princeton rally last week as several hundred people marched for both peace and justice in Ferguson.
Participants listened as speakers invoked ideas that celebrated U.S. freedom, particularly a right to assemble and protest.
That the rally had been planned regardless of a grand jury decision, made clear that the Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action group, understood both mission and purpose. (to read complete article Click Here)
Princeton students and residents hold protest of Ferguson decision
Hundreds of demonstrators peacefully assembled Tuesday night at Tiger Park on Nassau Drive in Princeton in a show of solidarity with civil rights leaders and family members of a Michael Brown, a black unarmed teenager who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., in August.
The rally came a day after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer responsible for his death.
“This is another sign that racism is still a problem in this nation,” said Rev. Robert Moore, executive director of the Coalition for Peace Action, one of the sponsors of the rally, along with the New Jersey chapter of Progressive Democrats of America and the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton. Moore, who is white, was one of several people who acknowledged his “white privilege” and handed the microphone off to a number of influential community leaders – including ones from the black community. They implored the crowd that words are insufficient to beat back a rising tide of “police militarization” and encouraged them to follow up with the state’s political leaders to ensure something is done to address their concerns. One of the event organizers, Mary Ellen Marion, cited a rash of police-involved shootings in New Jersey as proof law enforcement’s use of lethal force isn’t isolated to Ferguson. (to read complete article Click Here)
PRINCETON — About 250 people attended a rally sponsored by the Coalition for Peace Action in Princeton Tuesday evening.
The gathering at Tiger Park on Nassau Street was held the day after the St. Louis County grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.
“The goal is to bring awareness to the people and show that we stand together in solidarity with the people of Ferguson that this is unjust what has happened and we want a peaceful result to come of this, not more injustice,” said Alesha Vega, coalition assistant director. (to see complete article and pictures Click Here)
Over 200 join Palmer Square protest over grand jury decision on Michael Brown case
In 11/28/14 edition of the Daily Princetonian
Over 200 students, faith community leaders and Princeton residents joined in vigil on Tuesday at Palmer Square for Michael Brown and all victims of police brutality. Representatives of local churches, elected officials and University trustees gave remarks. This vigil occurred a day after a grand jury ruled that Darren Wilson, a policeman from the suburbs of St. Louis, Mo., would not be facing charges in the August shooting death of 18-year-old African-American Michael Brown. Wilson had shot Brown multiple times in the middle of the day on a residential street after an alleged altercation between the two. [more]
Princeton: Tutu daughter gives
sermon at peace service
By Charley Falkenburg, front page of the Princeton PacketTues., November 11, 2014
The Princeton University Chapel was a melting pot of religions on Sunday as crowds of people of all different faiths united in the name of one shared goal: peace.
"For me, this is a spiritual high-water mark because of such a wide range of faiths coming together," said the Rev. Robert Moore, the executive director of CFPA. "This is grand work in the great spiritual traditions in the world, which are all centered around peace.
Ms. Tutu’s sermon was followed with Jewish, Muslim and Sikh prayers for peace in addition to the Exchange of Peace where attendees stood up and shook hands with each other, bestowing well wishes and peace one another. Several people made sure to give a handshake to U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, who attended the service that morning. For Rep. Holt, the service was an important community event.
"I always look forward to the annual Interfaith Service for Peace — it’s a reminder that through the centuries and across the religions people continue to hope and pray to work for peace," he saidt. "That it’s not naive or pointless, but a higher calling and duty."
"The idea is to support peaceful alternatives — the world has too much war already," said Rev. Moore. (to read complete article Click Here)
Daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks at
35th annual peace conference in Princeton By Times of Trenton Staff Writers on November 11, 2014
The daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu was among the speakers Sunday for the 35th Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace hosted by the Coalition for Peace Action.
Other speakers included Amy Goodman, an author and host and executive producer of Democracy Now!; Jamal Abdi, policy director of the National Iranian American Council; and Ariane Tabatabai, a Stanton Nuclear Fellow, Harvard University who has published on the Iran negotiations. (to read complete article Click Here)
Chancel Choir concert will remember lives lost to gun violence (on Sat. November 1, 2014)
Before the concert begins, the Rev. Robert Moore, director of the Coalition for Peace Action of Princeton, is going to give a talk at 5:30 PM at the church. He will dicscuss what the coalition is doing to help prevent gun violence, what others can do and the community's involvement. "Reverend Moore is a very good man" Chancel Choir's Director of Music, Beverly Owens said. (to read complete article Click Here)
Tutu, Goodman to Speak At “Seal the Deal” Event by Town Topics October 23, 2014
The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) will present its 35th Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace, titled, “Seal the Deal on the Iran Nuclear Issue” on Sunday November 9 in Princeton.
The event features Amy Goodman and Naomi Tutu, the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Ms. Tutu has worked on race, gender, and peace issues around the world. Ms. Goodman is an award winning journalist, renowned author, and host and executive producer of Democracy Now! (to read complete article, Click Here)
PRINCETON — "Seal the Deal on the Iran Nuclear Issue" is the title of the 35th Annual Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace sponsored by the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) and co-sponsored to date by 31 religious and civic groups in the region on Sunday, November 9 in Princeton.
Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who has worked on race, gender, and peace issues around the world, will appear at an individual Sponsor-only Reception and Dinner from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, November 8 at the Nassau Inn in Princeton. (to read complete article Click Here)
Gun rights advocates slam Jersey City mayor over plan to reward 'socially responsible' gun dealers
The mayor's plan is backed by Ceasefire NJ, which lobbies for stricter gun control laws. Nicola Bocour, the group's project and legislative director, said the policy could have a "huge impact" by illustrating to vendors that their profits could be affected if they don't "take gun violence seriously."
Bocour dismissed the complaints of gun rights advocates.
"We have yet to hear them support something in full that would actually help to increase responsible ownership," she said.
L.A. PARKER: The only thing truly worth fighting for is Peace
Happy International Peace Day.Ready? Wrestle.My son, along with his mother, about 75 George School students, plus, parents, and chaperones travel to New York City to rally for world initiatives that reverse global warming.Also, on the geopolitical table, is a push for peaceful resolutions of disagreements, hence the moniker “Stop Global Warming, Stop Global War.” While many press for world peace, influenced by worthy organizations such as Coalition for Peace Action, a personal admission confesses internal wars of ego, anger, jealousy, and a litany of other human characteristics that erupt. If New York City is out of your travel or pay grade then check out the Coalition for Peace Action website www.peacecoalition.org. for local peace activities.
Princeton-based Peace Action Education Fund awarded
The Peace Action Education Fund, the educational arm of the Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action, was awarded a $75,000 grant from the Foundation to Promote Open Society to put together a faith community response and education outreach campaign around drone warfare.
Don't become embroiled in another Mid-East war Letter to the Editor Published on September 16 The Princeton Packet
By The Rev. Robert Moore, Princeton
President Obama has presented what he believes is a viable strategy to eliminate ISIS, but for me his speech raised as many questions as it provided solutions. We’ve seen how unintended consequences of military action can spiral out of control, causing more pain and suffering in the region and hurting our security. U.S. air attacks, and the civilian deaths they cause, have often served as recruitment tools for groups like ISIS. Too many U.S. weapons have already fallen into the hands of the extremists. No combat boots on the ground? We already have close to 1,300 troops in Iraq, and may need to send more, and possibly into Syria as well, for any number of contingencies that might arise. It also presumes that many nations in the region will provide such "boots," but very few are making such commitments so far. Why isn’t there more emphasis on effective nonviolent alternatives for countering ISIS? We could crack down on oil dealers purchasing ISIS’s oil on the black market. Why not restart UN-sponsored negotiations to end the Syrian civil war and charge ISIS leaders with crimes against humanity in the International Court? Best of all would be for the U.S. to take global leadership in curtailing global warming by a "race to the moon" type of push for rapidly shifting away from oil, gas, and nuclear toward clean renewables like solar and wind. By doing so, we would undermine petro-dictatorships in the Middle East, Russia, etc., and act most effectively for No Wars, No Warming.Let’s emphasize these alternatives before becoming embroiled in another Middle East war, a probable quagmire-to-be. For more information, visit the Coalition for Peace Action web site, www.peacecoalition.org or call 609-924-5022
International Day of Peace Celebration in Medford Lakes on Sept. 21
The Protestant Community Church of Medford Lakes (Cathedral of the Woods) will have a special program on Sunday, Sept. 21, in conjunction with the International Day of Peace. Distinguished speakers and interactive workshops will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Rev. Robert Moore, executive director of the Coalition for Peace Action, will join Rev. Steve Winkler of PCC for a special worship service at 10 a.m. to start the events.
Sponsored by the Coalition for Peace Action and Not In Our Town, Saturday’s March and Rally for Justice for Michael Brown was attended by as many as 125 people. Among the speakers were CFPA Executive Director, The Rev. Robert Moore; the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church Carlton Branscomb; and, at the lectern, Rutgers Professor Emeritus Daniel Harris. Some of the participants express their thoughts in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)
Protesters rally against Michael Brown's death in Princeton march, speeches
by Brendan McGrath in August 24 Times of Trenton
Rev. Bob Moore, who serves as executive director of the Coalition for Peace Action in Princeton, spoke about his shock not only at Brown’s death, but also at the way peaceful protesters have been treated in Ferguson since Brown was killed.“What country am I looking at?” Moore asked.The militarization of police forces around the country poses a major threat to the country, he said.“We need to stop this,” Moore said. [more]
Hiroshima in hindsight
by Erica Chayes in August 13 Princeton Sun
The evening of Aug. 5 had just begun to cool as members of the Coalition for Peace Action gathered in Hinds Plaza. Princetonians enjoyed picnics from home or a nearby café while waiting for the Commemoration of Hiroshima to commence. Baskets of neon origami and an arrangement of paper-crafted sunflowers that read, “Nuclear Abolition Now!” brought color to surrounding black and white photographs of Hiroshima victims and devastation. [more]
Keep talking with Iran about its nuclear program
letter to the editor in July 22 Trenton Times and July 25 Princeton Packet.
Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program have resulted in creative flexibility and verified compliance with the restraints in the interim agreement that reached the six-month mark July 20. As a result, negotiators have extended the talks for another four months, until late November (“World powers agree to extend nuclear talks,” July 20, nj.com).
I urge our U.S. senators and representatives in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to seize this opportunity to publicly speak out in support of diplomacy. New sanctions or other saber-rattling measures could undermine the progress our diplomats have made toward a multi-year agreement that guards against a nuclear-armed Iran and the risk of a major war over this issue.
Readers who want more information on how Congress can support a peaceful resolution of the dispute over Iran's nuclear program can visit the website of the Coalition for Peace Action's Princeton regional office, peacecoalition.org, or call weekdays at (609) 924-5022.
The Rev. Robert Moore,
The writer is executive director of the Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action and co-pastor of Christ Congregation.
Do not re-engage U.S. in war in Iraq lead letter to the editor in June 21 Trenton Times also published in June 24 Princeton Packet
President Barack Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. would be sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq, adding that the U.S. is now ready to make “limited, targeted” airstrikes if the situation on the ground dictates it. I am deeply troubled by this re-engagement in war in Iraq.
This is a dangerous escalation of U.S. military involvement in a problem the president himself has said has no military solution. It is also a dangerous retreat from the conditions that the president set for U.S. engagement.
What is needed in Iraq is a political solution. The domineering, exclusionary policies of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki are what are fueling the sectarian tensions and led to the renewed civil war in Iraq.
History has shown that military advisors can become ground troops, despite the best intentions. President Obama is still threatening airstrikes, which would be counterproductive and firmly make America part of what is a growing Iraqi civil war.
President Obama needs to listen to the American people and not restart the Iraq war.
Readers who want to take action to prevent U.S. re-involvement in the Iraq war are encouraged to contact the Coalition for Peace Action at
or (609) 924-5022.
-- The Rev. Robert Moore, Princeton The writer is executive director of the Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action and co-pastor of Christ Congregation.
U.S. Rep Rush Holt honored by Princeton-based peace coalition
on page 3 in June 9 Trenton Times
U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12th) addresses members of the Coalition for Peace Action during the coalition’s 33rd annual membership dinner at the MacKay Campus Center of the Princeton Theological Seminary yesterday. (James McEvoy/The Times)
For just the second time in its 34-year history, the Coalition for Peace Action bestowed its highest award to U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12th District) yesterday afternoon.
“Your cause has been my cause,” Holt said in his keynote address after receiving the George F. Kennan Distinguished Peace Leadership Award during the coalition’s 33rd anniversary membership dinner at the Princeton Theological Seminary. “The work of perfecting our union has thus remained an unfinished task. We are up to it as a nation, and I’m privileged to be your partner in working to finish that job.”
In his remarks to nearly 200 people in attendance, Holt compared the current Global War on Terrorism to the Cold War, saying that in both instances the power of fear caused the United States to be unable to “live up to its professed values.” [more]
U.S. Rep. Rush Holt to Be Honored at Coalition for Peace Action Event
Posted 5/12 by Krystal Knapp on planet Princeton
Rush Holt, who will be retiring from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of 2014, will be honored by the Coalition for Peace Action next month. Holt will receive the George F. Kennan Distinguished Peace Leadership Award at the Coalition for Peace Action’s 33rd anniversary membership dinner and gathering on Sunday afternoon, June 8, at the MacKay Campus Center at Princeton Theological Seminary. The Award is the Coalition’s highest honor, and this will be the second time it is being presented in the organization’s 34 year history. Holt will also be the keynote speaker at the event. [more]
Gun safety rally sparks controversy in Langhorne (front page of May 7 Bucks County Courier Times)
The Bucks Coalition for Gun Safety holds a pre Mother's Day Vigil in Langhorne Monday afternoon. Supporters marched along Maple Avenue from the Peace Center to state Rep. Frank Farry's office where they were met by an equally sizable group of gun rights supporters. Here Sheryl Kesselman of Holland speaks to those assembled about how she lost her son, Corey, to gun violence on May 25, 2012.
By Elizabeth Fisher Correspondent
Members of the Bucks Coalition for Gun Safety held a pre-Mother's Day Gun Safety Rally on Monday that started out peacefully with a march from the Bucks County Peace Center in Langhorne. [more]
Groups Meet at Gun Protest Outside of State Representative’s Office
The sun was shining Monday as several dozen people on both sides of gun debate met outside State Rep. Frank Farry’s office on Maple Avenue in Middletown’s Langhorne section. [more] Credit: Tom Sofield/LevittownNow.com
Imagine what the U.S. could do with the money given to the military.
Letter to the Editor by Jo Schlesinger, Coalition for Peace Action PA April 15, 2014 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Do you know where your federal taxes go? Maybe you’d choose for them to be spent on education, or maybe infrastructure, clean energy, affordable college tuition, veterans or science. The United States spends more on the military than the next 13 biggest-spending countries combined. One might wonder why, with our wars winding down, we need to pay 40 cents of every dollar to the military. [Read more]
Celebration of the Persian New Year March 30, 2014
Mary Iuvone of The Times of Trenton was on hand at the Persian New Year celebration co-sponsored by the Coalition of Peace Action to capture some of the fun. See a few of her photos below, and click here to see the full set.
Protesters March Against Drones Center In Horsham By Nicole Foulke March 29, 2014 BucksCounty Courier Times (Subscription required. Full article below for convenience.)
Three Buddhist monks, having walked from Massachusetts, covered their saffron robes with rain parkas, wrapped their drums in plastic bags and joined peace groups on Saturday to trek another 2½ miles to the Horsham Air Guard base to protest the planned ground-control command center for drone operations.
Members of the Nipponzan Myohoji order, the monks made the protest a part of their 13th annual journey of peace, called a “Walk for a New Spring,” from the New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett, Mass., to Washington, D.C.
“We wanted to pray and express our deep yearning and our deep belief that we should renounce all drones in this country. It’s a very frightening direction to go in,” said monk Clare Carter. “I think it’s more deadly than other forms of combat because we’re more removed,” added Carter.
The protest brought together about 35 participants from several peace groups and was chiefly organized by the Brandywine Peace Community in Pennsylvania. The group has been staging monthly demonstrations since last year after the military announced that the drone command center would be housed at the base and be operated by the Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 111th Fighter Wing.
According to Master Sgt. Christopher Botzum, the public affairs representative for the fighter wing, the command center, which should be functional in 2015, will have pilots in Horsham flying the MQ-9 Reaper RPA, an aircraft that is remotely controlled and monitored during flights.
“You’re flying over enemy territory and you see two people digging a hole. Are they fixing a pipe or are they planting an IED?” asked Botzum. “With the remotely piloted aircraft, we can way better assess what’s going on, and that information is transmitted to various intelligence agencies or whoever will make the decisions.”
According to Botzum, activities that used to require a large number of people overseas can now be accomplished with the RPAs, and the military can now protect more soldiers.
Botzum himself spent decades as an aircraft mechanic.
“I remember tears in my eyes after sending some of these guys out, whereas I don’t have to wipe tears from my eyes here,” he said.
Robert Smith of the Brandywine Peace Community in Pennsylvania and the Rev. Bob Moore of the Coalition for Peace Action in New Jersey, began what Moore referred to as a campaign in both states against all military RPAs, including the planned Horsham center.
According to Smith, there needs to be a discussion about what Americans want for their future. He and his colleagues plan to strengthen their campaign in the coming months. “We are now in a new era of drone war and surveillance. It has to be reversed. It has to be stopped,” he said.
Opinion: Vital Measures Will Help Curb Gun Violence Opinion piece by Nicola Bocour, Legislative Director of Ceasefire NJ published March 28, 2014 in the Bergen Record
A New Jersey Assembley panel voted to support a bill (A2006) that would reduce the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds. While the bill is significant, the concept is not new, nor is it unique. What the Legislature seeks to do is to join other states that have moved to a 10-round limit. [read full article]
Photos of Membership Renewal Gathering click here to see photos by Michael Mancuso from page 3 of March 18 edition of the Trenton Times
Medea Benjamin, center, peace activist and author, who was detained and physically abused recently at Cairo's airport by Egyptiain police without explanation, then deported to Turkey, speaks and autographs a copy of her book "Drone Warfare, Killing by Remote Control" for George McCollough at the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) annual memberhship renewal gathering in Princeton.
Debate Heats Up Over NJ Proposal To Ban Large Ammo Clips March 14, NJ Spotlight
The debate over whether New Jersey should ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds appears to come down to whether one believes that the smaller clips will deter mass shooters or hinder citizens using guns in self-defense.
Supporters of the ban, including groups like Heeding God’s Call and Ceasefire NJ, say that it would force shooters to pause and reload, creating opportunities for potential victims to escape or for law-enforcement or others to apprehend a gunman... [read full article]
We must not undermine peace efforts with Iran Letter to the editor in January 14 Pittsburgh Post Gazette
The Senate will vote in the next few weeks on Senate Bill 1881, the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013, which would impose new sanctions on Iran. This shortsighted piece of legislation could undo the progress made in months of negotiations. Although both Pennsylvania’s senators, Bob Casey and Pat Toomey have co-sponsored SB 1881, now is not the time to give up on the needed steps toward peace, in violation of the interim agreement Secretary of State John Kerry negotiated and signed in Geneva.
From a Washington Post article printed Dec. 13 in the Post-Gazette (“U.S. Punishes Sanction Violators in Iran”), “both Iran and key U.S. allies abroad would perceive the U.S. as acting in bad faith, potentially undermining international support for the very sanctions that brought Iran to the negotiating table,” according to Wendy Sherman, State Department undersecretary for political affairs. This failure of diplomacy could then become a pretext for new threats of U.S. or Israeli aggression against Iran.
Even former national security advisers Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft have pointed out in a joint letter, “additional sanctions now against Iran will risk undermining or even shutting down the negotiations.” Sabotaging diplomacy would jeopardize the unprecedented progress our diplomats have achieved to guard against yet another war, and yet another nuclear-armed nation.
Let us not undermine our two countries’ first fragile steps toward peace.
JO SCHLESINGER Western PA Coordinator Coalition for Peace Action Edgewood
The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) is a grassroots citizens' organization bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds, professions and political persuasions around three goals: global abolition of nuclear weapons, a peace economy and a halt to weapons trafficking at home and abroad.