Updates on March 19 Fifth Anniversary of Iraq War
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 Iraq War this Wednesday, March 19. See the link below for a full overview.
http://www.peacecoalition.org/action/cfpa/080319_iraqanniv_delavall.aspx

I'm pleased that Rep. Donald Payne, 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 on Wednesday. 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.

Carpooling from Princeton
There are three carpools planned from the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison Street (Rite Aid end) to activities on March 19. 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.

4:15 PM to go to the Vigil at Rep. Chris Smith's District Office in Hamilton.

The Rev. Robert Moore
Executive Director
Coalition for Peace Action
40 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542

(609) 924-5022 Phone
(609) 924-3052 Fax
http://www.peacecoalition.org

 

Over 30 Events Planned by Coalition for Peace Action throughout New Jersey-Pennsylvania Region on Fifth Anniversary of Iraq War  

The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA), with regional headquarters in Princeton and 18 chapters in Eastern Pennsylvania and central/southern New Jersey, is planning over 30 events as part of a Moratorium Day to protest the Iraq War in conjunction with its upcoming 5th Anniversary on Wednesday, March 19.

A highlight of the Moratorium Day will be a Regional Rally at the State House steps, 125 W. State Street in Trenton, from 12 Noon to 1 PM. Confirmed speakers to date include:

Rep. Donald Payne (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 Iraq
The Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director

Carpooling from Princeton to the Rally will be at 11:15 AM from the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison Street (Rite Aid End). The public is invited, and further information can be obtained at www.peacecoalition.org or by calling (609) 924-5022.

Other activities will include Vigils at Congressional Offices and on bridges between New Jersey and Pennsylvania; Marches and Rallies in Atlantic City and at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), and at the Lockheed Martin facility in Newtown, PA; a Walk-out at Princeton High School; and Teach-ins at Bucks County Community College and at TCNJ. Details on all activities, along with the appropriate contact persons, are available on the list below and/or at the following link. 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 an Iraq Recession 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 global warming are being starved for funds, US military spending is higher than at any point since World War II.

"All this is justified by latest Iraq deception 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.


Overview of CFPA's Fifth Anniversary of Iraq War Events

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 Morrisville, PA and Trenton, NJ
Park at Williamson Park on just over the Morristown 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.
In Pennsylvania, contact Al Krass at cfpabuxmont@verizon.net or at (215) 547-2656
In New Jersey, contact CFPA at (609) 924-5022 or cfpa.peacecoalition.org

Central New Jersey

NOON Regional Rally at the New Jersey State House, 125 West State Street, Trenton

5:00-6:00 p.m.  Vigil at Congressman Chris Smith's district office, 1540 Kuser Road, Hamilton

6:30-7:15 p.m. Vigil at Congressman Rush Holt's district office, 50 Washington Road, Princeton Junction

12:30 p.m. NJ Students for Peace - A student walk-out is planned at for at Princeton High School

Progressive Student Alliance, The College of New Jersey - Noon March around campus (wearing armbands) to and from Alumni Grove, ending with Speak-out at 1 p.m.  Faculty lecture on imperialism 7:00 p.m., student lecture on How to Stop a War 9:00 p.m., both at TCNJ Science Complex. For more information, contact Matt Hoke at hoke2@tcnj.edu

6:30pm -Hearing on reuse plan of Fort Monmouth, NJ at Monmouth Regional High School, Tinton Ave., Tinton Falls, NJ. 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.  Contact Tom Mahedy 732-292-0662 shannoncasey@monmouth.com www.fmerpa.us google fmerpa for directions from gov website

Hunterdon County, NJ

6:00 p.m. rally at Historic County Courthouse, Main Street and William Street, Flemington, followed by a 7 p.m. visit to district office of New Jersey State Senator Leonard Lance, who is running for U.S. Congress.

Contact Lu Ann Kidd at 908 399-3550 or at luannkidd@remax.net

 

South Jersey and Cape May/Atlantic Counties, NJ

1 p.m. Vigil & Die-in at Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo's office, 5125 Main Street (Route 40), Mays Landing

6:30 p.m. Vigil at Congressman Jim Saxton's office, 100 High St., Mt. Holly, NJ (co-sponsored with NJ Citizen Action)

Contact: Norm Cohen (609) 601-8537 ncohen12@comcast.net

Main Line, Pennsylvania Chapter

7:30 a.m. -8:30 a.m.  Join fellow peacemakers to leaflet and vigil at Bryn Mawr, 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 Rep. Sestak's Media Office
5:00 - 6:30 PM:  Vigil with Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition, intersection Bryn Mawr Avenue and Lancaster Avenues
6:30-8:30 PM:  5 Years Too Many Gathering, Speaker and Video at Ludington Library, Bryn Mawr

5:00 p.m. Rally with Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition, Lancaster and Bryn Mawr Avenues near Ludington Library 

6:30 p.m. Speaker and video at Ludington Library, South Bryn Mawr Avenue.

Contact: David Gibson, (P) 610-623-3724 peacehome@earthlink.net

 

Bucks/Eastern Montgomery County & Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Chapters

9:30 a.m. Rep. Patrick Murphy's district office, 414 Mill Street, Bristol

3 p.m. Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown. 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.

4:30-6:00 p.m. 100 Campus Drive, Lockheed-Martin on the Newtown Bypass.  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. 

6:30 p.m. Visit to Rep. Murphy's other district office, 60 North Main Street, Doylestown

6:30 p.m. Candlelight vigil Main Street & Mill Roads, Quakertown

6:30 p.m. Candlelight vigil Ambler Church of the Brethren, 351 East Butler Avenue, Ambler. Featuring reflections from interfaith clergy, music, poetry.

7:30 PM Vigil at Office of Rep. Allyson Schwartz, Jenkintown, PA Contact: Northeast Philadelphia for Peace and Justice (215) 698-2422

Contact Al Krass at cfpabuxmont@verizon.net or at (215) 547-2656

  

Chester and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania

6:30-7:30 p.m. Visit to District Office of Congressman Joe Sestak, 600 N. Jackson Street, Suite 203, Media

6:30-7:30 pm. 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) 610-623-3724 peacehome@earthlink.net

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.

 

The Rev. Robert Moore
Executive Director
Coalition for Peace Action
40 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 924-5022 Phone
(609) 924-3052 Fax
http://www.peacecoalition.org