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CFPA co-sponsored on Sunday, January 23 a webinar on Think Globally, Act Locally to Prevent Climate Catastrophe: Beyond the Glasgow Climate Summit. It went very well and had over 75 attendees.
Click here to view the recording.

 

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On Monday, January 17, the MLK federal Holiday, CFPA co-sponsored the Annual Martin Luther King Multfaith Service. Due to the COVID surge, it was again online  The Rev. Dr. David Latimore, Director of Princeton Theological Seminary’s Betsey Stockton Center for Black Church Studies, preached.  CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore chaired the Planning Committee and presided at the Service.

Over 200 units attended; we estimate 1/4 had at least two people, for total attendance of 250.  The service received highly laudatory feedback. Click here to view the YouTube Recording. A free-will offering was received to be split between the United Negro College Fund and CFPA.  If you wish to make a tax deductible contributionclick here or postal mail a check to Peace Action Education Fund (PAEF) and send it to 40 Witherspoon St., Princeton, NJ 08542.

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On the anniversary of the violent insurrection at the US Capital that attempted to overthrow the outcome of the 2020 Election, CFPA Executive Director, the Rev. Bob Moore and Laura Zurfluh of Indivisble Cranbury co-led a Rally and Candlelight Vigil for Democracy on January 6 in Princeton.  An estimated 250 attended in person with another 280 virtually, for a total of over 500!.  Despite freezing temperatures, the crowd  listened to the impressive group of speakers (see below) and joined in a closing song, This Little Light of Mine, while holding battery powered candles. 

Along with Ms. Zurfluh and Rev. Moore, speeches were given by New Jersey Senator -Elect Andrew Zwicker; Princton Municipal Council Member David Cohen ; the Rev. Lukata Mjumbe, pastor of WItherspoon Presbyterian Church; and Afsheen Shamsi, a Pakistani American who is President of the Princeton Democratic Organization.  See photos of each below. Statements from US Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, were also read.

Besides CFPA and Indivisible Cranbury, co-sponsors included RepresentUS, Princeton Community Democratic Organization, and Our Revolution-Mercer County.

Click to see a 58 minute Facebook Livestream recording of the event.

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On December 12, 2021, the Coalition for Peace Action celebrated our organizational accomplishments and those of our Executive Director, Rev. Robert Moore during 40 years of Peacemaking!  Click link below to materials for this hybrid event, with in-person attendees at Christ Congregation in Princeton and virtual attendees via Zoom.  A total of 55 attended. 
 
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Click to see a photo gallery from the event. Special thanks to David Kelly Crow.
 
Click to see the video of the event.
 
 
Click to see a 5 minute slide show of some of CFPA's Highlights over our 40 year history.
 
Click to see a two page summary of Highlight's of CFPA's Accomplishments from 1981-2021

 

The Celebration closed with a toast by CFPA board leaders, Bob, and his wife, Mary, to 40 years of Peacemaking!

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On Sunday Novemebr 14 over 250 people attended CFPA's 42nd Annual Conference and Multifaith Service for Peace.  Another 100 attended by viewing either or both recordings below subsequently, for a total of 350!

Speakers included Sister Simone Campbell, best known for her Nuns on the Bus project, Prof. Rob Goldston, professor of Astrophysics, and Associated Faculty with the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University, and Richard Moody, former fighter pilot and Top Gun instructor who has transformed to an ardent peace activist and Quaker. 

This event had 34 co-sponsers, see list under the link below.

Click here to see YouTube Video of the Multifaith Service.

Due to a technical glitch, the Conference Recording below starts ten minutes before the Conference begins. So when viewing, please click the red button at the bottom left and pull it to the ten minute mark to view the 90 minute Zoom Conference.

Click here to see YouTube Video of the Conference for Peace


Co-sponsors for the Annual Conference and Multifaith Service for Peace: 

American Sikh Council 
ANEW Way Ministries
Artists4Earth.com
Baha'is of Princeton
Board of Church and Society, Greater NJ Conference, United Methodist Church
Brandywine Peace Community
Chicago Area Peace Action
Grace United Church of Christ, Flemington, NJ
Islamic Society of Central Jersey
Mobilizing Our Students for Action to Build Interfaith Community
Monmouth Center for Wolrd Religions and Ethical Thought
Muslim Center of Greater Princeton, West Windsor, NJ
Nakashima Foundation for Peace
Nassau Prebyterian Church, Princeton
National Peace Action
New Brunswick Monthly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Peace Action Maine
People's Organization for Progress, Newark
Physicians for Social Responisbility, Pennsylvania
Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville
Princeton Monthly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Princeton Clergy Association
Princeton University Chapel
Protestant Community Church, Medford Lakes, NJ
St. Paul Luthern Church, East Windsor
Social Justice and Witness Task Force, NJ Association of the United Church of Christ
The Ribbon International
Trenton Friends Meeting, Peace and Social Concerns Committee
Trinity Church, Princeton
United Nations Association, Bucks County
United Nations Association, Greater Philadelphia
Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton
Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community
United Church of Christ, Justice and Local Church Ministries
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Trenton

On September 28, 2021, the Rev. Bob Moore received an official copy of an NJ General Assembly Resolution, initiated by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, to recognize Rev. Moore's 40th anniversary as the Executive Director of CFPA. See below, and click here for enlarged version. NJ State Resolution Honoring Bob JPG

On Sept. 19, 2021, a group of 60-70 participants joined a webinar featuring former non-proliferation diplomat Ambassador Thomas Graham, and Erin Hunt of Mines Action Canada, as they and others covered topics from No First Use to the climate catastrophe to the lessons to be learned from 20 years in Afghanistan. See video below!

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Above: CFPA Leaders pose with Rev. Bob Moore, along with David Cohen (right) of the Princeton Municipal Council. 

On September 8, 2021, the Princeton Municipal Council adopted a resolution in honor of Rev. Moore's 40th Anniversary as CFPA Executive Director, and declared that day "Rev. Robert Moore Day." See video below of the surprise! Click here to see official presentation of the proclamation on September 13. 

Click here to see text of the proclamation.

If you have not yet contributed to the 40th Anniversary Matching Grant Challenge Campaign in Bob's honor, to DOUBLE your donation, please click here to do so now.



CFPA commemorated the 76th Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings on Thursday, August 5, in person in Princeton. We had a BYO picnic, followed by an program full of peace music and an inspiring talk from Ambassador Thomas Graham on the importance of implementing a No First Use policy. 

Amb. Graham served for nearly three decades at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. In 1994 he was appointed as President Clinton's special representative for arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament, and was integral to the success of extending the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. 

See video below of Ambassador Graham reading the talk he gave!

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, 2021, 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.

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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

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 speakersrepresented 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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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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On April 29, 2021, CFPA hosted a program featuring Dr. Steve Pacala of Princeton University, a key leader in decarbonization research. He is part of the Net Zero America Project, and chairs a committee that assesses the technological, policy, social, and behavioral dimensions of accelerating decarbonization of the U.S. economy. See video below! 

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bob at divest princeton rallyA strong effort is being made by Princeton University students, alumni, and faculty to have the university divest from fossil fuels. CFPA just co-sponsored their "Earth Day, No Delay" rally this past Saturday (4/24), see press coverage here. The rally was attended by an estimated 100 supporters; photo above is from The Daily Princetonian.

Rev. Bob Moore, our Executive Director, was one of the speakers.

Photo left was taken by Dylan Shapiro. 

 

About 60 were in attendance for our 2021 Annual Membership Renewal and New Member Welcome Gathering. We heard from Dr. Rob Goldston on the prospects for re-instating the Iran Nuclear Agreement, and from Cecilia Birge on anti-Asian hate and teaching racial literacy. Please view the recording below! 

Click here to view slideshow of highlights of CFPA's work in the past year. 

The Coalition for Peace Action co-sponsored a rally and vigil against anti-Asian hate crimes, which was held in Princeton on March 27, 2021. We stood in solidarity with Asian communities that have been impacted by an increase of bigotry and violence, including the recent shooting deaths of eight people in Atlanta, six of whom were Asian American women.

An estimated 3,000 were in attendance. Rev. Bob Moore, our Executive Director, spoke at the beginning of the rally.

Asian Hate RallyPhoto by Krystal Knapp, Planet Princeton

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On ThursdayMarch 18th at 7pm, CFPA co-sponsored a conversation with Daniel Ellsberg about his book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. Our executive director, Rev. Bob Moore, was a respondent after Ellsberg's talk. See recording of the event below. 

This book talk was sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action, Maine Peace Action, New Hampshire Peace Action, Maryland Peace Action, Western New York Peace Center, Chicago Area Peace Action, the Coalition for Peace Action, and New Jersey Peace Action.

On March 5, 2021, a delegation coordinated by CFPA met with Congressman Tom Malinowski via Zoom. We discussed the Iran Nuclear Agreement; Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons; No New ICBMS; North Korea Nuclear Crisis; and Yemen & Drones. See screenshot below! Along with CFPA leaders and constituents from Rep. Malinowski's district, we were joined by Dr. Frank von Hippel and Dr. Rob Goldston of Princeton University. 

On March 10, a similar delegation met with senior members of Senator Bob Menendez's staff team for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. See second screenshot!

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The weekend of 2/20 and 2/21 was quite a productive one for CFPA and our partners! For the two events described below, we had more than 400 participate, including live attendees and those who viewed the recording afterwards. 

On Saturday, 2/20, we co-sponsored Sacred Heart of Camden's Peace Community Annual Gathering. Peace activists Kathy Kelly, Sarah Ball, and Jim Forest were featured (with Jim's remarks being read by Nancy Forest). 

On Sunday, 2/21, we held a panel discussion about the hazardous proposed LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal to be built in Gibbstown, NJ along the Delaware River.  

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CFPA members showed up for a "World Says No to War on Yemen" demonstration in Newark on Jan. 25, 2021. 

Two of our committed members, Richard Moody and Ram Chelluri, spoke at the rally against the American lead role in the Yemen War and the killing of innocent children. See pictures below.

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The Rev. Dr. Charles Boyer was the preacher for our Annual MLK Multifaith Service, co-sponsored by the Coalition for Peace Action and the Princeton Clergy Association. We had over 300 attendees on Zoom that night, plus about 225 subsequent views of the YouTube recording, for a total of over 500!!

The service included messages and music from a variety of faith traditions; please view the recording below to enjoy the experience of fellowship and reflect on the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The freewill offering during the service is being split 50/50 between the United Negro College Fund and the Coalition for Peace Action. If you were not able to give during the service and would like to give now, click here to give. 

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