Below my name is the final, updated version of our CFPA press release about the more than 30 CFPA events planned in conjunction with the fifth anniversary of the
http://www.peacecoalition.org/action/cfpa/080319_iraqanniv_delavall.aspx War . See the link below for a full overview. Fifth Anniversary of Iraq War
I'm pleased that , New Jersey's only African American Member of Congress; and Gold Star mother Sue Niederer have been added as confirmed speakers for the major Regional Rally at Noon at the State House Steps in Trenton.
It is predicted to rain . Our events will go on rain or shine. Please dress appropriately. At the State House, if it's a hard rain, we will attempt to have the entire event under the overhang in front of the State House. Again, it is very important for as many supporters in the region as possible attend this; with 30 press outlets stationed there, this has the most potential to get our message out through the mass media.
There are three carpools planned from the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison Street ( end) to activities . Please reply to this email to indicate which one(s) you plan to join, as well as whether you can volunteer to be a driver.
6:45 AM to go to the morning Vigil at the Trenton Makes Bridge (and, if we have enough people, the Calhoun Street Bridge).
11:15 AM to go to the Noon Rally at the State House in Trenton.
to go to the Vigil at Rep. Chris Smith's District Office in Hamilton.
The Rev. Robert Moore
Coalition for Peace Action
The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA), with regional headquarters inand 18 chapters in Eastern Pennsylvania and central/southern New Jersey, is planning over 30 events as part of a Moratorium Day to protest the War in conjunction with its upcoming 5th Anniversary .
A highlight of the Moratorium Day will be a Regional Rally at the State House steps,, from 12 Noon to 1 PM. Confirmed speakers to date include:
(D-10), New Jersey's only African-American US Congressperson
Larry Hamm, President, People's Organization for Progress
Ladonna Blount, Organizer, NJ Citizen Action
Bruce Tornari, Vietnam Veteran
Sue Niederer, a Gold Star mother whose son, a US soldier, was killed in
The Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director
Carpooling from The public is invited, and further information can be obtained at to the Rally will be at 11:15 AM from the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison Street ( End). www.peacecoalition.org or by calling .
Other activities will include Vigils
at Congressional Offices and on bridges between http://www.peacecoalition.org/action/cfpa/080319_iraqanniv_delavall.aspx
"This war has lasted five years too many," said the Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director in CFPA's Regional Headquarters. "We have lost nearly 4,000 US troops, while over 50,000 have been seriously wounded. Reliable estimates are that over 500,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed, and more than four million are displaced refugees. It is time to say: Not one more death, not one more dollar!" said Rev. Moore.
"Moreover," Rev. Moore continued, "the US economy is now entering anRecession caused at least in part by the $3 trillion the war is estimated to cost by highly reputable economists. While urgent needs for Head Start, health care, education, infrastructure, and reversing are being starved for funds, US military spending is higher than at any point since .
"All this is justified by latestdeception that the 'surge is working.' The only thing it is accomplishing is to deceive the media and the American people into thinking the problems are being solved, when in fact they are only being postponed to the next President. Ethnic cleansing that has separated Iraqis into enclaves, and short terms alliances with Sunni insurgents are temporarily leading to fewer casualties. The truth is that the Iraqis are not yet solving their conflicts, and won't until the US commits to withdrawing," concluded Rev. Moore.
Central New Jersey and Bucks County, PA Chapters
7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Vigil on the Trenton Makes Bridge and Calhoun Street Bridges between
and Park at
on just over the side of the Trenton Makes Bridge and walk back to the entrance to that bridge. Bring posters to witness against the war to rush hour traffic first thing in the morning.
, contact Al Krass at or at In cfpa.peacecoalition.org, contact CFPA at or
Central New Jersey
NOON Regional Rally at the New Jersey State House,
. Vigil at Congressman Chris Smith's district office, 1540 Kuser Road, Hamilton
. Vigil at 's district office,
. NJ Students for Peace - A student walk-out is planned at for at
Progressive Student Alliance, The College of New Jersey - Noon March around campus (wearing armbands) to and from Alumni Grove, ending with Speak-out at Faculty lecture on imperialism ., student lecture on How to Stop a War ., both at TCNJ Science Complex. For more information, contact Matt Hoke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Tom Mahedy www.fmerpa.us google fmerpa for directions from gov website -Hearing on reuse plan of at Monmouth Regional High School, Tinton Ave., . Bring palm and/or signs to announce a different vision than a privatization takeover by war profiteering corporations and real estate speculators we need a conversion to a green and peace economy of healing, renewable energy, affordable housing, education, environmental cleanup.
. rally at Historic County Courthouse, Main Street and William Street, Flemington, followed by a . visit to district office of New Jersey State Senator Leonard Lance, who is running for U.S. Congress.
Contact Lu Ann Kidd at email@example.com or at
. Vigil & Die-in at 's office, 5125 Main Street (Route 40), Mays Landing
. Vigil at 's office, (co-sponsored with NJ Citizen Action)
Contact: Norm Cohen firstname.lastname@example.org
7:30 a.m. -8:30 a.m. Join fellow peacemakers to leaflet and vigil
at , Merion
Station commuter rail stations.
10 a.m. - 5PM: 5 Years Too Many Teach-In at Bryn Mawr College Student Center
12 Noon: Deliver petitions to 's Media Office
Vigil with Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition, intersection Bryn Mawr Avenue and Lancaster Avenues
: 5 Years Too Many Gathering, Speaker and Video at Ludington Library, Bryn Mawr:
. Rally with Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition, Lancaster and Bryn Mawr Avenues near Ludington Library
. Speaker and video at Ludington Library, South Bryn Mawr Avenue.
Contact: David Gibson, (P) email@example.com
Bucks/Eastern Montgomery County & Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Chapters
9:30 a.m. 's district office,
. Bucks County Community College, . A Teach-In on how our corporations are making obscene profits from warmaking. We will learn how the corporate giants lobby Congress and how they brought it to commit itself to fund the kind of war the corporations want us to fight. We will talk about how this has led the country to incur enormous deficits, helping to bring on the recession, and how it has forced the government to cut needed programs for health, education, and other social needs. Participants may go to the cafeteria and pass out literature to students.
As the evening rush hour traffic passes by, we will raise our voices to protest how corporations such as Lockheed are making billions of dollars on this war, and how they promote the U.S.'s continuing decisions to wage this kind of war.. 100 Campus Drive, Lockheed-Martin on the Newtown Bypass.
. Visit to 's other district office, 60 North Main Street, Doylestown
. Candlelight vigil Main Street & Mill Roads, Quakertown
. Candlelight vigil Ambler Church of the Brethren, . Featuring reflections from interfaith clergy, music, poetry.
Vigil at Office of , Contact: for Peace and Justice (215) 698-2422
Contact Al Krass at or at (215) 547-2656
. Visit to District Office of , 600 N. Jackson Street, Suite 203, Media
. Rallies at Baltimore Pike and Route 252, Media;at Baltimore Pike and Chester Road (Keystone Park), and at Lansdowne and Baltimore Avenues (near Lansdowne Borough Hall)
Contact: David Gibson, (P) firstname.lastname@example.org
7:30 PM Vigil at Office of Rep. Allyson Schwartz (which office still being determined) Contact: Libby, Northeast Philadelphia for Peace and Justice (215) 698-2422
Berks County, Pennsylvania - Co-sponsored by Berks County Peace Community and Coalition for Peace Action
Noon: Visits to district offices of Congressman Jim Gerlach: 111 East Uwchlan Avenue, Exton; 501 North Park Road, Wyomissing; 580 Main Street, Suite #4, Trappe.
4:30 p.m. Vigil on Penn Street Bridge, Penn Street and 2nd St, Reading (next to Community College)
Contact: Carla Mannix (610) 670-8497 or David Gibson (610) 623-3724
19 March update:
Dear Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) Contact,
Here are a few final details and updates on CFPA's more than 30 events on the Fifth Anniversay of the Iraq War described below.
First, despite the rain, most of the events will go forward. Please dress appropriately, bring umbrellas and wear rain coats! If it's an event sponsored by one of our chapter-affiliates, I encourage you to contact the coordinator listed to verify the event is still happening before going.
Second, if you plan to attend the Regional Rally from 12 Noon-1:00 PM at the State House steps, 125 W. State Street in Trenton, please arrive early and bring change, and if there are meters open on West State you can use them. Otherwise, go one block east to Hanover Street. If you go far enough toward Calhoun Street, the parking is free. Otherwise, look for an open meter. Remember, carpooling will leave the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison Street (Rite Aid end) at 11:15 AM sharp. We have a number who have offered to drive, so there should be room for everyone.
Third, remember there will also be carpooling from Princeton for the Vigil from 5:00-6:00 PM at Rep. Chris Smith's District office, 1540 Kuser Road in Hamilton. That will meet at the same place (Rite Aid end of Princeton Shopping Center) at 4:15 PM. There is no carpooling to the Vigil at Rep. Rush Holt's District Office, 50 Washington Road in Princeton Junction from 6:30 PM-7:15 PM, but we hope you can join us.
We still have a limited number of Moratorium armbands, which you can pick up at the CFPA Regional Office, 40 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, or at the beginning of the State House Rally. The suggested donation is $1 per armband.
Coalition for Peace Action
40 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 924-5022 Phone
(609) 924-3052 Fax