Peace vigil marks anniversaries of Hiroshima, Nagasaki bombings
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The Coalition For Peace Action's BuxMont chapters sponsored a vigil for peace Saturday in Doylestown to mark the 71st anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in the final days of World War II. The United States bombed Hiroshima Aug. 6, 1945; Nagasaki, Aug. 9, 1945.
In several of the most recent high-profile mass shootings in the United States, the gunmen used semiautomatic AR-15 style rifles.
“It’s the weapon of choice for a mass shooter,” said Rev. Robert Moore, spokesman for Ceasefire New Jersey, a gun control advocacy group. “That’s more than a coincidence.”
New Jersey’s ban is the strongest in the country, he said, primarily because there was no grandfather clause that allowed guns already owned or on the market to still be owned and sold as in the now-expired federal ban.
The law prohibits possession of dozens of specific brands and any firearm that is identical to any of them. It outlaws revolving cylinder shotguns, "street sweepers," semiautomatic shotguns with either a magazine capacity exceeding six rounds, a pistol grip, or a folding stock and any semiautomatic rifle with a fixed magazine capacity exceeding 15 rounds.
The crux of New Jersey’s ban is the limit on high-capacity magazines, Moore said.
“Typically mass shooters want big clips (magazines),” Moore said. “The shooter in Newtown left his smaller clips at home.” (Read Complete Article)
Gun bills stall in Congress, advance in Trenton
TRENTON - While partisan gun measures stalled anew in Washington, state lawmakers in Trenton pushed back against Gov. Chris Christie on gun control, advancing a measure advocates say would bar the governor from loosening New Jersey firearms laws.
In Trenton, the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee, by a vote of 3-2, approved a bill that would block new Christie-backed guidelines for obtaining a handgun-carrying permit from taking effect. Hours later, the U.S. Senate, responding to last week’s shooting massacre in Orlando, Florida, blocked two Republican and two Democratic gun bills — the best Washington could muster in the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
In Trenton, however, the legislative gun fight remained alive
The Rev. Robert Moore of the Peace Coalition, which favors new gun-control meausres, called Christie's guidelines "ill-conceived."
"The idea that we should have more people to have concealed carry guns makes the situation more dangerous," Moore said. "It buys into this fantasy that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." (Read Complete Article)
Multifaith services aimed at healing after Orlando violence By L.A. Parker, The Trentonian The Orlando night club mass murder tragedy remains part of our daily life as we process pain, hurt and hate.
In the midst of fear and limited by an inability to frame this event, we have every right to question the existence of all powers, any deity or God of our understanding.
We will need time for partial healing but such an incredibly deep emotional, physical and spiritual wound requires community and expression.
To that end, and detailed in this email communication, a Multi-Faith Gathering for Orlando and Beyond is planned for Tuesday, June 21 in Princeton. (Read Complete Article)
Gun bills advance in Trenton - Meanwhile, federal efforts stall in Senate debate Tuesday, June 21 Home News Tribune
TRENTON - While partisan gun measures stalled anew in Washington, state lawmakers in Trenton pushed back against Gov. Chris Christie on gun control, advancing a measure advocates say would bar the governor from loosening New Jersey firearms laws.
In Trenton, the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee, by a vote of 3-2, approved a bill that would block new Christie-backed guidelines for obtaining a handgun- carrying permit from taking effect. Hours later, the U.S. Senate, responding to last week’s shooting massacre in Orlando, Florida, blocked two Republican and two Democratic gun bills — the best Washington could muster in the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
In Trenton, however, the legislative gun fight remained alive.
The Rev. Robert Moore of the Peace Coalition, a pro-gun control organization, called Christie’s guidelines “ill-conceived.”
“The idea that we should have more people to have concealed-carry guns makes the situationmoredangerous,”Moore said. “It buys into this fantasy that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” (Read Complete Article)
A Multi-Faith Gathering for Orlando and Beyond is planned for Tuesday, June 21, in Princeton.
Presented by the Princeton Clergy Association and teh Coalition for Peace Action, the gathering will begin with a multi-faith service from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau St. in Princeton (across from Palmer Square).
Confirmed participants for the service include:
The Rev. Carlton Branscomb, Senior Minister, First Baptist Church, Princeton.
Imam Hamad Chebli, Islamic Society of Central NJ.
Hazzan Joanna S. Dulkin, Cantor, The Jewish Center of Princeton.
Rabbi Adam Feldman, The Jewish Center of Princeton and Vice-President, Princeton Clergy Association.
Daniel Fernandez, HiTops Education Director of LGBTQ Concerns.
The Rev. Lauren McFeaters, Associate Pastor, Nassau Presbyterian Church.
The Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director of the Coalition for Peace Action and Co-Pastor of Christ Congregation, both based in Princeton.
The service will include the reading of the names of the 49 killed in the Orlando mass shooting, and lighting candles for each. Music will also be part of the one hour service.
From 8 to 9 p.m., a rally and candlelight vigil will take place at Tiger Park in the front of Palmer Square. Attendees are asked to bring signs and/or candles, if possible. Limited numbers of pre-printed signs and candles will be available. Speakers are still being confirmed.
Members of the public are invited free of charge to the 7 p.m. service and/or the 8 p.m. rally and candlelight yigil.
Further information is available at the Coalition for Peace Action website, peacecoalition.org or by calling its office at (609) 924-5022. (Read Article Online)
N.J. Dems seek to override Christie on domestic violence gun ban By on June 16, 2016
TRENTON — State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said Thursday Democratic lawmakers will push to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a bill that would force those convicted of domestic violence in New Jersey to surrender their guns and their permits to buy new ones.
Flanked by Assemblywoman Gabriela M. Mosquera (D-Camden) and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), Sweeney told reporters at the Statehouse that the mass shooting in Orlando earlier this week made their override attempt especially timely.
"If that doesn't send a signal that we need to do more to protect our citizens, I don't know what does," Sweeney said.
Dolores Phillips, legislative director for Ceasefire New Jersey, said that if the public were made aware of the facts about guns role in the death of abused women, "they would grab their pitchforks and be at the front door of the statehouse" to demand an override.
"Let's grab those pitchforks!" Philips shouted, to applause. (Read Complete Article)
Can weapons used in Orlando shooting be purchased in gun-tough N.J.? By June 16, 2016
TRENTON — Would New Jersey's tough gun laws have prevented the shooter in the nation's worst mass killing in Orlando, Fla., from purchasing the weapons used in the attack?
Omar Mateen, the gunman responsible for killing 49 people with his Sig Sauer MCX purchased the weapon legally in Port St. Lucie, Fla., at a gun store near his home. He also legally purchased a Glock 17 handgun the following day, which he also carried during the attack.
New Jersey's gun laws do not ban a modified form of the weapon but prohibit larger magazines allowing more bullets to be fired before reloading. Those who advocate for gun rights and those who push for gun control both say some aspects of New Jersey laws would have made it tougher for Mateen, but that more is allowed here than many may think.
"The shooter in Newtown had smaller clips and chose to leave them at home," said the Rev. Bob Moore, director of the Princeton-based Coalition For Peace, which oversees Ceasefire New Jersey. "He took large capacity magazines instead, because he wanted to shoot a lot of people." (Read Complete Article)
The Coalition for Peace Action’s gun violence prevention group, Ceasefire NJ, invites members of the public to its monthly advocacy committee meeting on Thursday, June 16 to discuss a possible vigil or public witness in response to the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. The meeting, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, will start at 7:30 p.m.
“Our hearts are broken, and our prayers and condolences go out to the victims of the Orlando mass shooting, the largest in U.S. history,” said the Princeton-based group’s leader, the Rev. Robert Moore, in a statement. “Of the eight such high profile mass shootings in the past year, starting with Charleston, seven of the shooters used assault weapons. It is the weapon of choice for mass shooters. These weapons of war are designed to kill as many as quickly as possible on the battlefield. It is outrageous and unconscionable that we allow these weapons in our civilian communities. New Jersey passed one of the first Assault Weapons Bans in the nation, and has the strongest ban still today — it’s the only ban with no grandfather clause. (Read Complete Article Online)
Lower Bucks residents hold vigil for Orlando shooting victims The Bucks County Courier Times Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Sadness and disbelief marked a Langhorne vigil held in memory of the 49 victims killed by a gunman at a night club in Orlando, Florida.
More than 30 people turned out Wednesday night for the vigil in front of Mayor's Playground. Some motorists honked as they passed by the vigil on the busy corner of Maple Avenue and Pine Street.
Vigil attendees held signs that read "We stand with Orlando." The signs had a rainbow-colored square with a white heart in the middle.
One of the vigil's organizers, Cathy Leary, of the BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action, led a moment of silence. Vigil organizers then read the names of the 49 victims who were killed. (Read Complete Article)
Concerned citizens must pressure officials to ban assault weapons The Princeton Packet The Rev. Robert Moore, Princeton
Our hearts are broken, and our prayers and condolences go out to the victims of the Orlando mass shooting, the largest in U.S. history. Of the eight such high-profile mass shootings in the past year, starting with Charleston, seven of the shooters used assault weapons. It is the weapon of choice for mass shooters.
These weapons of war are designed to kill as many as quickly as possible on the battlefield. It is outrageous and unconscionable that we allow these weapons in our civilian communities. New Jersey passed one of the first assault weapons bans in the nation, and has the strongest ban still today—it’s the only ban with no grandfather clause.
When the National Rifle Association tried to rescind New Jersey’s ban in 1993, we were proud to be a major part of successfully mobilizing citizens to prevent that. In the closest thing I’ve ever seen to a legislative miracle in over 40 years of violence-prevention organizing, not a single member of the New Jersey state Senate voted to rescind the ban in March 1993. We showed that the stranglehold of the NRA on elected officials could be overcome. (Read Complete Article)
Princeton Groups Respond to Mass Shootings in Orlando Planet Princeton June 13, 2016
A gathering is being planned in Princeton in response to the mass shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando, but a date for the event has not been set yet. We will post more information when it becomes available.
On Thursday night at 7:30 p.m., The Coalition for Peace Action will host a meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton at 50 Cherry Hill Road to plan a vigil or public witness, as well as other activities. (Read Complete Article)
Across North Jersey, people pause to question and mourn
June 12, 2016 By Christopher Maag, Linda Moss and Minjae Park
Hours after the worst mass shooting in American history, Jeff Kracht sat in his home in Clifton and cried. He cried for the dead and wounded lost in Orlando, Fla., and he cried for something he does not want to lose: trust in his neighbors. He could see them well from his second-floor office, where the windows look out on the entire block, and he could see the American flag he keeps hanging in front of the house.
The fact that the shooter carried out the attack using a high-powered assault rifle resonated with both sides of the debate concerning New Jersey's gun laws.
"It's just horrifying and heartbreaking. This is an epidemic," said the Rev. Robert Moore, whose group Coalition for Peace Action runs a project called Ceasefire NJ to press for tighter gun laws. "It's just horrifying to think that these weapons of war are really on our streets and killing so many people." (Read Complete Article)
'Gasland' director to attend screening of his latest film on climate change at historic Newtown Theatre Bucks County Courier Times Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Newtown Borough >> American film director, playwright and environmental activist Josh Fox, best known for his award-winning documentary, “Gasland,” will appear in person at the Newtown Theatre, 120 North State Street, Newtown, on June 18 at 2 p.m. to speak about his latest film on climate change, “How to Let Go of the World (And Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change).”
“How to Let Go of the World” is Fox’s personal take on climate change. Covering 12 countries on six continents, he presents a message of hope and creative possibility. Just before the Democratic National Convention, a national, family-friendly March for a Clean Energy Revolution will occur in Philadelphia on Sunday, July 24. Organizers hope the film will inspire Bucks County residents to participate. Josh Fox is a resident of Milanville.
There is no admission charge, but at the end of the film, donations will be accepted. The event is sponsored by 350 Bucks County PA, Coalition for Peace Action, and Delaware Riverkeeper Network. (Read Complete Article)
Effort to block Christie's new handgun rules advances By June 02, 2016
TRENTON — State lawmakers on Thursday advanced an effort by Democrats to block Gov. Chris Christie's proposed changes to regulations concerning handgun carry permits in New Jersey.
A state Assembly committee approved two pieces of legislation intended to fight the governor's attempt to loosen the state's tight restrictions on such permits.
The committee advanced a resolution (ACR 175) already approved by the state Senate that would effectively reverse recently announced changes to the State Police permitting process.
The Rev. Robert Moore, executive director of the Coalition for Peace Action, said the governor's support for broadening access to carry permits was based on "a Wild West fantasy that the good guys will always shoot the bad guys and knock them dead."
"The real world just doesn't work that way," Moore told the committee. (Read Complete Article)
Letters: Get serious about abolishing nuclear weapons The Philadelphia Inquirer June 02, 2016
The Coalition for Peace Action is holding a rally and candlelight vigil from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, the eve of President Obama’s unprecedented May 27 visit to Hiroshima.
The rally will be at Hinds Plaza, next to the Princeton Public Library. The rally will convey appreciation for Obama’s decision to make the visit, as well as call on him to announce concrete steps toward a world without nuclear weapons. (Read Complete Article)Christie needs to snap out of Wild West fantasy, strengthen N.J. gun laws | Opinion By The Rev. Robert Moore Star-Ledger May 20, 2016
Following the lead of pro-gun extremists, Gov. Chris Christie recently proposed new gun regulations that would make it easier for more New Jersey residents to carry guns, including concealed ones.
Wayne LaPierre of the NRA endlessly repeats the mantra: "The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
Changes to state gun laws by the Christie administration are being met with stiff opposition from Democrats.
But this idea is grounded in Wild West fantasies like those on 1950s television shows, and doesn't hold up to common sense and thoughtful scrutiny. As of 2013, there were 357 million guns possessed by 317 million Americans, the most guns per capita of any country in the world.
Yet the U.S. has a higher rate of gun deaths than any other industrialized country, about 33,000 per year. For the first time last year, gun deaths were higher than fatalities from auto accidents. But less than 1 percent of gun deaths in the U.S. are classified as justifiable shootings for self-defense. The idea that "good guys" could prevent a lot of gun deaths if enough were armed contradicts factual analysis and common sense. (Read Complete Article)
CFPA's Membership Dinner & Gathering slated for June 11 By The Rev. Bob Moore The Trenton Times
PRINCETON — Prof. Andrew Bacevich, a Boston University professor, retired US Army Colonel, and author, will keynote the Coalition for Peace Action's (CFPA) 36th anniversary Membership Dinner and Gathering on Saturday, June 11 in the MacKay Campus Center of Princeton Theological Seminary. MacKay Campus Center is off College Road near the intersection with Alexander Street, and there is plenty of free parking nearby.
Bacevich is Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he received his PhD in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins. Andrew Bacevich is also a retired colonel and Vietnam War veteran. He is the author of eight books, including the just-published America's War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History which will be for sale at the event. (Read Complete Article)
I welcome President Obama's decision to be the first sitting U.S. president in the nuclear age to visit Hiroshima, the site of the first use of nuclear weapons ("Obama to make history with visit to Hiroshima," Wednesday). Remembering the horror and destruction wreaked by a relatively small nuclear weapon compared with today's nuclear weapons is crucial to generating the global will to move toward abolishing such weapons worldwide.
The last nuclear reduction treaty was in 2010, between the United States and Russia. The United States has plans to rebuild its nuclear arsenal, and Russia, North Korea, and others are making nuclear weapons. (Read Complete Article)
Leader of Region's Largest Grassroots Peace Group Response to Obama's Visit to Hiroshima By The Rev. Robert Moore, Director, Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Common Dreams
WASHINGTON - The Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director of the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA), the largest grassroots peace group in the region, responded with the statement below to today’s May 10 announcement that President Obama will include a visit in Hiroshima during his upcoming trip to Japan.
“I welcome President Obama’s decision to be the first sitting President in the nuclear age to visit Hiroshima, the site of the first use of nuclear weapons during World War II. This has great symbolic significance, especially following the President’s inspirational speech calling for a world without nuclear weapons in Prague in 2009.
Remembering the utter horror and destruction wreaked by a relatively small nuclear weapon, compared to today’s nuclear weapons, is crucial to generating the global will to move toward abolishing such weapons worldwide. But we can’t get that result just with lofty speeches; concrete actions are needed. (Read complete article)
ISSUE | HIROSHIMA
President Obama's visit to Japan will show how far we've come since World War II ("Obama to make history with visit to Hiroshima," Wednesday). Japan is the leading U.S. ally in East Asia.
The visit will provide an opportunity to begin to chart the future beyond nuclear weapons. Just as the United States was first to develop nuclear arms, we should take the lead toward a world free of this menace. (Read complete article)
Tomlinson ducks meetings to discuss gun-control measure
Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Bucks County Courier Times
Why won’t state Sen. Robert Tomlinson, R-6, explain why he won’t help keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons?
Recently, I ( Cathy Leary) was one of several constituents of Sen. Tomlinson’s who had scheduled a meeting with the senator to discuss state Senate Bill 1049, bipartisan legislation that would establish comprehensive background checks on gun sales in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, when our contingent arrived for the meeting, we were informed that the senator was not available to discuss this critical issue with us. (Read Complete Article)
Supporters of universal background checks on all gun purchases in Pennsylvania will hold a vigil Friday to honor victims of gun violence.
At least 50 people are expected to gather 5:30 p.m. at Pine Street and Maple Avenue in Langhorne.
"We do this around Mother's Day to honor the mothers who've lost children to gun violence," said Cathy Leary, of the BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action.
The demonstration is sponsored by the Coalition for Peace Action, Bucks Against Gun Violence, Bucks Safe, The Peace Center and Women's Advocacy Coalition. The Women's Advocacy Coalition is a new participant this year.
PRINCETON — Princeton's Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) will be screening Robert Greenwald's just-released documentary film "Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA" on Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.
Leading a discussion following the film will be Dolores Phillips, legislative director of the Ceasefire N.J. Project of the CFPA, and Rev. Robert Moore, the CFPA's executive director. (Read Complete Article)
Forty people attending a discussion on the proposed Elcon Hazardous Waste project were warned Sunday that approval of the facility would further pollute an area already saturated with landfills and other chemical companies.
The program, held at United Christian Church in Falls, was sponsored by Coalition for Peace Action, 360 Bucks and Clean Air and Water Council, a new group that like the others is a local organization seeking to prevent or limit industrial pollution. (Read Article)
Watch CFPA's Executive Director, Rev. Bob Moore in a round table discussion on a TV show on "Building Interfaith Communities" March, 2016, Back Story with Joan Goldstein, Princeton Community Television!
Community Building. Guests include: Rev. Bob Moore, Executive Director for the Coalition of Peace Action and Co-Pastor of Christ Congregation, Princeton, NJ; Rabbi Adam Feldman, The Jewish Center, Princeton, NJ and Imam Qareeb Bashir of the Islamic Center, Ewing, NJ and President of the Islamic Council of Greater Trenton
Kean to hold conference on global anti-Semitism
Leading educators, writers, and experts will offer analysis and testimony at the Conference on Global Anti-Semitism at Kean University on Sunday, March 13. The all-day event, held in the STEM building on the campus in Union, is sponsored by the university’s Jewish Faculty and Staff Association.
Conference organizers laid out a Plan of Action in response to what they say is “an explosive rise in overt worldwide anti-Semitism.” (Read Complete Article & Conference Schedule)
2:30-4 Panel on anti-Semitism and Israel:
• Prof. Thane Rosenbaum, director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society at NYU Law
• Prof. Mahnaz Afridi, director of Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center
• The Rev. Robert Moore, executive director of the Coalition for Peace Action, Princeton, and pastor, East Brunswick Congregational Church and Livingston Avenue United Church of Christ, New Brunswick
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tuesday, February 2
Trumponomics just don't add up
We know what Republican presidential front-runner Donald Drumpf 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.
Drumpf'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 Dreams Monday, 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
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 ViolenceThe Town Topics Princeton, NJ January 13, 2016
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)
WATCH: Who's right in this N.J. gun debate over Obama's gun plan NJ Advanced Media for NJ.com By January 7, 2016
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'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.
Rev. Robert Moore, executive director, Coalition for Peace Action, Princeton (See Article Online)
Obama action on guns felt in New Jersey
Asbury Park Press
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
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, 2015
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
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)
CFPA's Annual Holiday Gathering slated for Dec. 5
By December 04, 2015 The Trenton Times
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
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)
Peace Activists Rally for Victims of Terror
Candlelight Vigil For World Peace Greets Commuters
November 24 LevittownNow.com
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 November 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)
Issues of inequality focus of Princeton Peace Conference
Front page of The Trenton Times By on November 09, 2015
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 Courier Times Friday October 16, 2015
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, 2015 PAHouse.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)
Sweeney vows to send N.J. State Police to find senators absent for gun override
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)
CFPA screening 9/11 documentary Sept. 27
The Trenton Times, September 16, 2015
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 Deal HERE!
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)
Give Peace a Chance!
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 Radio August 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.
"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
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)
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
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 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
By The Times of TrentonJune 22,
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
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 Times of Trenton y the Rev. Robert Moore and Richard Moody
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 on 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,
Anti-Violence Rally: ‘I Never Know Which Saturday There’s Going To Be A Funeral’
LevittownNow.com By Tom Sofield, April 23, 2015
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)
Bristol Township Community calls for end to Gun Violence
Bucks County Courier Times
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.
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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 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
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
Successful talks with Iran are in U.S. interests
Wed, Jan 28 Pittsburgh Post Gazette by JO SCHLESINGER, Western PA Coordinator - CFPA
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)
Opinion: Shine a light on U.S. policy
of drone warfare
Sunday, January 11, 2015 Op-Ed The Trenton Times by Rev. Robert Moore
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.
The Rev. Robert Moore
Princeton, Dec. 11
Coalition for Peace Action holds
Sandy Hook vigil
Monday, December 15, 2014 By Rich Cuccagna Times of Trenton
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 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 — 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)
Protesters take to Nassau Street in Princeton
By 12/08/14 Politicker NJ
L.A. PARKER: Princeton peace rally
eyes the why of the tiger
By L.A. Parker, The Trentonian Posted: 11/28/14
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 rally follows Ferguson verdict
By on November 26, 2014
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
Princeton: Tutu daughter gives
sermon at peace service
"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 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)
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)
Coalition for Peace Action holding peace event in
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
By L.A. Parker in September 20 online version The Trentontian
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
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
Published in September 8 South Jersey Local News
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.
Rallying Against Racism
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
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]
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.
-- 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
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.
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
posted on May 6 on LevittownNow.com
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.
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.
“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.
Western PA Coordinator
Coalition for Peace Action