On Sunday, August 5, the Coalition for Peace Action held its annual commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in Princeton, NJ.

Over 90 people were in attendance! 

The Coalition hosted speaker Dr. Alex Wellerstein, who spoke on Reinventing Civil Defense. We also heard from poet David Steinberg, and from the Solidarity Singers. In addition, we had a guest appearance from members of the Agape March, who are walking from New York to DC to counter-protest white supremacist actions on August 12th. They spoke of their commitment to non-violence and love, and the struggles they have faced. 

Click here to watch a video of the event! 

In Doylestown, a dozen people braved a hot & humid evening on Monday, August 6, for a vigil. 

Princeton Photos: (see more here)

David Steinberg reads poetry to the crowd. Click here to read the poem he wrote for the event. 

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The Coalition for Peace Action supported and stood in solidarity with the Princeton Families Belong Together Rally, on June 30, 2018. The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice used our sound system to project their message to the crowd, and a CFPA board member spoke at the event. 

This rally was one of 750 co-occurring demonstrations, and was attended by over 800! See pictures below, and here

The Rev. Carol Haag speaks on behalf ot the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton. She is also a member of CFPA's board. 

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In Philadelphia, CFPA members attended a sister rally that was 4,000 strong!
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On June 10, 2018, CFPA held a multi-faith gathering at Nassau Presbyterian Church, preceding the summit between President Trump and North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-Un.

50 attendees gathered for an hour-long multi-faith service for peace inside the church, then stepped outside for a candlelight vigil. Faith leaders from a wide range of congregations participated in this event, including:

  • The Rev. Carlton Branscomb, Pastor at First Baptist Church
  • The Rev. Dr. Dave Davis, Senior Pastor at Nassau Presbyterian Church, and President of Princeton Clergy Association 
  • The Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen, Pastor at Westminstor Presbyterian Church 
  • Avis Hofstad, First Church of Christ, Scientist
  • Salim Manzar, Muslim Faith Leader
  • Br. Chris McNabb, Trinity Episcopal Church 
  • The Rev. Robert Moore, United Church of Christ and Executive Director of Coalition for Peace Action 
  • The Rev. Bill Neely, Pastor at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton
  • Beverly Owens, Music Director at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
  • Eberhard Wunderluch, Bahai's of Princeton 

See pictures below, and click here for more. 



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CFPA's annual membership dinner was held on June 3, and it was a great success! The event was held at the Princeton Theological Seminary and was attended by over 120 supporters. Jessica Lee did a fantastic job as keynote speaker, along with respondent Hyun Lee. Moms Demand Action, Faith Action, Brady Campaign/Million Mom March & Senator Cory Booker were all honorees at the event, and it was a wonderful way for the community to show our support! Thanks to those who attended our annual gathering, we look forward to seeing you all again next year. 

CFPA members enjoy a catered dinner before the program. 

Hanna Mori, Deputy State Director (center), accepts Senator Cory Booker's award from the Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA's Executive Director, and Darlene Mcknight, CFPA's former board chair. 

Keynote speaker Jessica Lee, interim Executive Director at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA) spoke about Korean-American Dipolomacy and was followed by Hyun Lee, a Korean American activist and managing director of Zoom in Korea. 

Click here to see more photos on our Facebook Page!


 

On Tuesday, May 29th, CFPA co-sponsored and participated in a rally by the NJ Poor People's Campaign

For 40 days, the Poor People's Campaign is holding weekly rallies and direct actions. This week's theme was the war economy and the proliferation of gun violence. CFPA's Executive Director, the Rev. Robert Moore, gave an introductory speech for the rally. 

Click here to view Rev. Moore's speech

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On Monday, May 21st, around 75 gun violence prevention activists showed up to support and/or testify in favor of gun safety bills being heard by the NJ Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. In comparison, only one or two NRA supporters were there, and no one testified in opposition to the bills! 6 out of 7 of the bills passed through Committee. One was held for adjustments, but should proceed soon. 

The Rev. Robert Moore (left) testifies in support of all seven bills. 

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On May 9, 2018, CFPA held an emergency demonstration in Princeton, attended by 70, to oppose Trump's May 8th decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Agreement. See more photos below. 

See video of the rally here.

Speakers included Rob Goldston, a Princeton University physicist who is an expert on the Iran Nuclear Agreement; Iranian American physician Ahmad Farzad; Frank von Hippel, professor emeritus of public and international affairs at Princeton University and former assistant director of the White House Science Advisor’s office; Mark Pepper, Coalition for Peace Action Treasurer; Niki VanAller, Assistant Director for the Coalition for Peace Action; and the Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director of the Coalition for Peace Action. Folk singer Sharleen Leahy performed at the rally.

See Frank von Hippel's speech here.

See Mark Pepper's remarks from a Jewish-American perspective here.

We urge all who are concerned about U.S. rushing headlong into war with Iran to click here to send a letter to the editor for your local news outlets. 

See flyer here with other vital action steps you can take to help peace have an impact on this dire situation. 

   
Left: Dr. Rob Goldston; Right: Dr. Frank von Hippel


 

On April 26, 2018, Coalition for Peace Action led a delegation of fifteen NJ and PA peace leaders and experts to meet with representatives in Congress. Such a strong showing of constituents who care about peace! Thanks to all who traveled with us or supported from home. 

The group met with staff members from the offices of Sen. Menendez, Sen. Booker, Sen. Casey, Rep. Dwight Evans (D - PA02), Rep. Leonard Lance (R - NJ07), and Rep. Frank Pallone (D - NJ06). We also met with Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D - NJ12), in person - see photos below!

In the meetings, CFPA members emphasized the importance of speaking out for diplomacy with Korea, upholding the Iran Nuclear Agreement, resisting unncessary and costly nuclear "modernization," and ending U.S. involvement in humanitarian crises in Syria and Yemen. 

CFPA delegation met with Rep. Watson Coleman (center)

CFPA delegation met with staff from Sen. Menendez 's office


 

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