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For their first event as "TOGETHER," our newest project held its annual Interfaith Walk, to learn and make friends with people from other faiths or no faith! (Formerly under the La Convivencia banner.)

A solid group came and engaged with each other; everyone had a good time learning about the faith background of another person.  The weather was great! 

Interfaith Talk 2021

The Coalition for Peace Action held a vigil for peace in remembrance of the world's first ever nuclear weapons test -- standing together on July 16, in Princeton, with signs and candles, handing out flyers about No First Use. See photos below, and click here for a copy of the flyer! 

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On July 12, 2021, a Pennsylvania citizens delegation, spearheaded by the Coalition for Peace Action, held a Zoom conference call with Zachary Shaw, legislative assistant for Senator Bob Casey on national security.

We were joined by (among others) Ambassador Tom Graham, Jr, longtime nuclear arms control and disarmament negotiator for the US; Emeritus Prof. Frank von Hippel, of Princeton University; Mary Day Kent, President of the UN Association of Greater Philadelphia, and Dr. Walter Tsou & Director Tonyehn Verkitus of Pennsylvania PSR. 

Topics included No First Use; Submarine Launched Cruise Missiles; the ICBM Act; ending support for the Saudi blockade and aggression in Yemen; and global climate policy and ways to reverse the climate crisis.

On July 15, CFPA again organized a Zoom meeting with our Pennsylvania allies, this time with both Chandler Mason, Legislative Assistant, and with Matthew Holcombe, the National Security and Climate Correspondent for Congressman Dwight Evans.

Chandler Mason reported in detail on the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 2307, cosponsored by Rep. Evans, with many cosponsors.

In addition to the topics presented at the Casey meeting, we spoke on the urgency of stopping the Gibbstown, NJ LNG (liquified natural gas) export terminal, a danger to both Pennsylvanians and people in South Jersey; and on the need for immediate action on U.S. visas for Afghan translators, so they and their families can be safe from growing Taliban control and revenge for helping Americans during the War.

For both offices, we also offered ourselves as continuing resources, especially experts such as Ambassador Graham, and Professor von Hippel, on ongoing issues of peace, justice, and global security. We will seek to continue to collaborate with our Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, especially those who are in alignment on peace and justice issues.

The Coalition for Peace Action partnered with the Trenton Branch of the NAACP to bring together people of faith and good will to strongly reject symbols of white supremacist violence and hatred, in response to a hangman's noose that was found on the Princeton University Campus.

About 50 supporters gathered on June 27, 2021, by the Princeton University Chapel. Faith leaders and community members were invited to share symbols of love from their faith or cultural traditions. Participants and symbols represented a variety of faith traditions, including Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, and Unitarian Universalism. 

Photo below shows Leslie Summiel, President of the NAACP Trenton Branch, holding a rainbow peace flag with the Rev. Bob Moore, our Executive Director.

Leslie and Bob Peace Flag

Short video clip below shows the crowd -- the large plaza allowed people to spread out & stay in the shade!

On Monday, June 21, CFPA Executive Director Bob Moore spoke at a Rally in front of the NJ State House Annex in support of NJ State legislation to give subpoena power to Civilian Review Boards in which citizens investigate concerns about police actions in their jurisdiction. Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, the prime sponsor in the NJ Assembly, spoke, as did Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. Besides CFPA, other speakers represented People's Organization for Progress, ACLU, Salvation and Social Justice, and immigrant groups. Survivors and family members of victims of police brutality in NJ also spoke.

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Bob at CCRB Rally

On June 10, 2021, the Coalition for Peace Action hosted our 40th Anniversary Membership Gathering with keynote speaker, Representative Ro Khanna, the top leader for peace legislation in Congress! We also honored Daniel Ellsberg with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Peacemaking. Click here to read CFPA's tribute to Dr. Ellsberg as presented at the event. 

You can see the video below! We had over 75 people attend, and a wide-ranging discussion, from ICMBs and Yemen, to the Nuclear Ban Treaty and peace with Iran, to reducing the military budget, and more!

 On Sunday, June 6, our Pennsylvania Chapter cosponsored our first in-person event of 2021 - it was an educational party, with a great film about protecting the Caribbean Sea from plastics, and all our people from the rising tide of heat and storms, entitled "1.5 to Stay Alive."
 
Before this unique film, which featured science, but also the music and spirit of the Caribbean peoples, we heard from:
  • Miranda Alexander -  A great organizer and entrepreneur, Miranda is the President of the CCP - Caribbean Community in Philadelphia organization.
  • Ed Aguilar, J.D. - Ed is the Pennsylvania Director for CFPA, co-chairs our No Wars, No Warming campaign, and is a UN Association Board member.  He told us about CFPA action for peace and environmental justice, and introduced attorney Pam Lazos. 
  • Pam Lazos serves as Senior Assistant Regional Counsel for the EPA, protecting our air and water, as well as having done many wetlands and Superfund cases. But also much more, as former chair of the Girls in STEM project in Lancaster, PA; writing an environmental mystery; and contributing to the wH2O Journal at Penn - a true Renaissance woman.

We also heard from Christiaan Morssink, CEO, and Mary Day Kent, President of the UN Association, who vowed to double our membership with more such timely events; and from Nagiarry Porcena-Meneus, who has written about William Penn from an African American perspective.  After which - some of us sampled free food, or joined us for drinks on the breezy Cherry Street Pier on the Delaware.  A great day!

1. Cherry Street Pier CFPA Cosponsors World Ocean Days June 6 Philadelphia

On May 24, CFPA partnered with Maine Peace Action to arrange for three world class nuclear weapon experts to brief three aides to US Sen. Angus King, Chair of the Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee that deals with nuclear weapon issues. See screenshot below. The aides were quite interested in what our experts presented, and are already engaging with further information being provided by them.

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