Coalition for Peace and Justice

Human Rights Day Dec 6, 2014

Local amnesty chapter to celebrate Human Rights Day at O.C. Library

Posted: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 12:01 am
What: International Human Rights Day
When: 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday Dec. 6
Where: Ocean City Library 1735 Simpson Ave in Ocean City
Cost: Free
By SEKIA MANGUM, Staff Writer

The South Jersey chapter of Amnesty International is marking International Human Rights Day Saturday at the Ocean City Public Library.
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Author and activist, Linda Rabben will lead the program by educating attendees on the grassroots element of the fight for human rights. Her most recent book is "Give Refuge to the Stranger: the Past, Present and Future of Sanctuary."

"We strongly believe in freedom of expression and we unite people with music, art and poetry," said Georgina Shanley, group coordinator.

Amnesty International was founded 25 years ago to work on behalf of people who have few or no rights.
Shanley shared a story that inspired the group about a Chinese man named Lin Muchen who shortly visited his brother in the U.S. When Muchen returned to China, he began to write poems about freedom and democracy. Muchen was imprisoned twice in China. Once when he was 17-years-old, and the second time in the 1980s. When released, he started writing again to gather up supporters.
"It is our job to shine the light of freedom in the dark prison corners behind barbed wire," Shanley said.

The South Jersey chapter holds petition events and parties to gather signatures from local residents who support the cause. For each situation, Shanley said the chapter sends out about 150 letters expressing concern on behalf of the detained person.
"Their government systems don't know what to do and get so overwhelmed," she said. "We explain to them that the prisoner is not a criminal and most of the time the exerted pressure works and they are released."
Shanley and Rabben said Human Rights Day landed at a perfect time for two reasons. Dec. 10 is the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – which came into being after World War II.

Also, the recent controversy with immigrants will tie in with discussions. Rabben has done extensive research on child immigration in the U.S. and written several books about refugee and asylum issues.
Contact Sekia Mangum:
609-272-7216
SMangum@pressofac.com
If you go
What: International Human Rights Day
When: 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday Dec. 6
Where: Ocean City Library 1735 Simpson Ave in Ocean City
Cost: Free
For more information:
Contact Georgina at
shanleyg2001@yahoo.com

Give Refuge to the Stranger: The Past, Present, and Future of Sanctuary, Linda Rabben — a writer, educator, and activist who has worked on refugee issues for 20 years — argues that it is necessary to educate the public about refugee and asylum issues by recalling the acceptance of Jews during World War II and Central Americans in the 1980s. Providing a detailed historical review of the transition from religious sanctuary in ancient times to the secular legal asylum system of today, Rabben tries to establish that sanctuary is a universal value rooted in human nature.

Rabben begins with scientific studies demonstrating that the phenomenon of sheltering strangers existed even in primatesocieties. Not only did the earliest human beings probably engage in such behavior, but such altruism may well have been the basis of morality in human development. From Greek and Roman civilizations to the “cities of refuge” in the Old Testament to the role that mosques have played in Islamic culture, ancient societies with different cultures and religions share the same tradition of providing asylum. In the medieval age, sanctuary represented the church’s privilege over the monarch and secular rule. By the 17th century, however, sanctuary had become less a religious tradition than a legal institution under the state’s sovereignty, and states used asylum as a tool for their own political purposes.

Annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration

Peace Group to Hold Annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki

Commemoration August 6th, at 8:00 pm Corrected address:

8th & Central/ 501 east 8th st)

Joe Mangano will be our speaker for the August 6th, at 8:00 pm, annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration to be held at this year St Peters Methodist Church, 8th and Central, in Ocean City. The meeting will be held in the church's choir rehearsal room the first room on the left from the rear parking lot.

 

Joe Mangano is the Executive Director of RPHP, the Radiation and Public Health Project, the only organization that studies the effect of radiation on the citizens of the United States, both from nuclear power plants and from nuclear weapons testing. See www.radiation.org He lives in Ocean City. He will talk about the long term effects of both the Hiroshima/Nagasaki atomic bombings and the Fukushima nuclear power plants meltdowns.

 

After the meeting there will be a gathering at the church's peace pole. The peace pole signifies that St. Peters is a peace church. The pole has the words for peace in many different languages.

 

Norm Cohen, Executive Director of the Coalition for Peace and Justice, commented that "our annual Commemoration is one of hundreds held around the country. We do not discuss whether President Truman's decision to drop the bombs was correct or not, nor do we want to re-fight World War 2 again.

 

War is hell, and every death on any side was wrong and should be mourned. What we focus on is that never again should nuclear weapons be used in war, and that nuclear power has dangers that must be recognized."

 

Contacts:

 

Joe Mangano: Odiejoe@aol.com; 609-399-4343

 

Norm Cohen: ncohen12@comcast.net; 609-335-8176

 

St Peters Church: 609-399-2988

 

 

Coalition for Peace and Justice

 

Peace Pilgrim Celebration Sept. 20-21, 2013


http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/news/index.php/hamilton-twp/hamilton-twp-general-news/43689-celebration-commemorates-60th-anniversary-of-peace-pilgrims-first-pilgrimage.html

Peace Pilgrim Celebration

Sept. 20-21, 2013


(609) 965-5681

 

peacepilgrim100@comcast.net

“When you have found inner peace, you have no more feeling of the need to become - you are content to be, which includes following your divine guidance. However, you keep on growing - but harmoniously.”

 

Peace in One’s Self

Peace in the World

 

 

1.                         Fri., Sept. 20, 7 p.m.

Yoga 100 & Film Screening, Egg Harbor City Community School

 

1.                         Sat., Sept. 21, 9 a.m.

2-Mile Meditative Walk for Peace, Peace Pilgrim Park, EHC

Film screening, 10:30 a.m.

 

1.                    Potluck Picnic for Peace, noon-4 p.m., with children’s activities, drum circle, and more.

 

1.                    Health Fair, City Hall, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

1.                    Sun., Sept. 22, 1 p.m.

Interfaith Spiritual Service

St. John’s United Church of Christ, EHC

 

1.                    Donate a gently-loved pair of shoes to help the needy at any of our events.

 

peace concert 9/28 ac friends

Pat Lamanna, Folksinger and Singer-songwriter from New York’s Hudson Valley, will finish up an east coast tour with a performance at the Atlantic City Area Friends Meeting house, September 28, 2013, at 7:30pm.  The Meeting house is located at 437-A South Pitney Road, Galloway, NJ.  There is a suggested donation of $10 and there will be a reception after the concert.

 

Pat’s songs are about peace and living peacefully in the world.  In 2010 Pat performed several songs at the annual Celebration in memory of Peace Pilgrim, who was born and raised in Egg Harbor City.  Pat’s performance included a song she had written about Peace Pilgrim and her walks for peace across the United States.

 

BIO: Pat Lamanna grew up in New York City and attended a peace-oriented music camp in Phoenicia, N.Y. , which was a strong influence on her politically and musically. She wrote and performed songs all her adult life, though she slowed down for a few years while pursuing a career as a social worker and college instructor and raising three children.

 

Her songs have been praised highly by Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, David Roth, and others. They have a strong folk influence, and cover issues such as peace, religion and the environment, and many personal topics as well. They are carefully crafted and lyric-driven, with tunes that are eminently singable.  Pat was Sonny Ochs' pick to perform in the Folk DJ Showcase at the 2012 conference of the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance. She has two solo albums, "Full Circle" (2009) and "Do I Know My Song Well Enough to Start Singing Yet?" (2012). Doug Finn, Station Manager at FCAT-TV, has said: "Pat's lyrics evoke common situations, but do so in a sweet and elegant way, and with a true sense of the musicality of the words themselves. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Pat's guitar chops are tight and solid, and her voice evokes Judy Collins and Pete Seeger in one fell swoop. What a treat it is to have welcomed Pat into our studio!" One of her songs, "Peace Pilgrim," is featured in part on Pete Seeger's latest album, "Pete Seeger: The Storm King."

 

More information on Pat and her music can be found at:  www.reverbnation.com/patlamanna and at

https://myspace.com/patla/music/songs , which includes her song about Peace Pilgrim.  For more information call 609-965-5347.



Coalition for Peace and Justice

South Jersey Protests Syria War

Coalition for Peace and Justice

 321 Barr Ave, Linwood, NJ 08221; 609-335-8176; ncohen12@comcast.net www.coalitionforpeaceandjustice.org

A Chapter of the Coalition for Peace Action

09/04/13

                       South Jersey Protests Syria War

The Coalition for Peace and Justice announced that several peace protests will be held in the next few days opposing President Obama's plan to attack Syria.

Protests will be held on Friday from 4:00 to 5:00 PM in Rio Grande, on the southwest corner at the intersection of routes 9 and 47, and in Woodstown, at the intersection of routes 40 and 45 in front of the bank.

Saturday, we will be at the Cherry Hill Mall, by Red Lobster, from noon to 1:00 PM. Monday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM we will vigil at the Mays Landing office of Congressman Frank Lobiondo, Main St in Mays Landing.

Other protests include Princeton and Highland Park.

     Commented Norm Cohen, Director of the Coalition, "While we oppose the use of chemical weapons by any country, and abhor the deaths of civilians, we   do not feel that more violence will solve anything, except to lead to more innocent deaths and more refugees. We support diplomacy, no-fly zones, massive refugee support, as well as having the United Nations taking the lead on this matter."

Contact: Norm Cohen: 609-335-8176


Coalition for Peace and Justice

                   
                                                  ON GOING VIGILS

                              Woodstown Peace Vigil

                                           (the first Friday of each month)
Please join us from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the center of
Woodstown, on the corner of the Sun National Bank.  We have signs and
candles, or bring your own.

We need to send a message to our President and Congress that we are
serious about bringing home our troops, permanent bases and contractors
from Iraq and Afghanistan.  It seems deplorable that we are spending so
much money on the military in such a poor country as Afghanistan, where
the people need water, food, warm houses and schools - not guns, bombs
and violence.

Peace Vigil:
First  Friday, every month from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the center of Woodstown, NJ at the traffic light, where rtes 40 & 45 intersect..  We stand on the corner next to the Sun National Bank. Everyone is welcome

 If there are questions, please call Priscilla Lamont  856-769-3381

                             

                               RIO GRANDE PEACE VIGIL

 Friday's from 4 to 4:30 on the corner of Rt 9 and Rt 47, Rio Grande, NJ

Contact Betty Canderan  for information and to confirm   email:  fusbudget2@yahoo.com


                                        CHERRY HILL PEACE VIGIL

Every Saturday from noon- 1:00 PM; Cherry Hill Mall, route 38 at entrance to Red Lobster

 

Coalition for Peace and Justice

Linwood, NJ 08221; 609-335-8176; ncohen12@comcast.net www.coalitionforpeaceandjustice.org

A Chapter of the Coalition for Peace Action

Contact: Norm Cohen 609-335-8176


Hi all

Our end of year membership renewal letters have been sent out. Because we do NOT telemarket or renew folks by phone, your response to the end of year mailing is very important to us and our account balance. We rely on membership dues for much of our budget.

Some of you on these lists are not on our snail mail lists. If you want to be added, or if you want to make an end of year donation, please email me back at ncohen12@comcast.net

 

Below is our inventory of bumperstickers; we sold a large number at the NJEA Convention, but would like to clear out more so we can reorder at  bulk prices.

Pricing:

Closeouts: .50 each 3/1.00  except for mini stickers, which are .25

All the rest:  1.25 each; buy 4 get one free

Shipping: 1.50 per order; free if you pick up at my house.

Send checks or credit card info to: CPJ, 321 Barr Ave, Linwood NJ 08221;

OK to bring cash to the house.

Please call 609-335-8176 or email ncohen12@comcast.net for additional information

 

                                                                (CLOSEOUT AND SPECIAL BUMPERSTICKERS)               

STOP THE WAR

None But Ourselves Can Free Our Minds (mini sticker)

Who Would Jesus Bomb? (mini)

Want My Vote?  Cut Pentagon Bloat           (Peace Action)

BU_ _ SH _ _  HAPPENS

PSE&G’s SALEM NUKES=DEATH TO FISH & RADIATION TO KIDS

THE DEATH PENALTY IS DEAD WRONG

HONOR THE DEAD     HEAL THE WOUNDED    END THE WAR

SUPPORT THE TROOPS  *** END THE WAR

Be the Change You Wish to See in the World

NUCLEAR POWER?     I DON’T BUY IT!  (small square)

U.S. OUT OF IRAQ!    END THE OCCUPATION NOW

MAJOR MEDIA LIES

WARS ARE POOR CHISELS FOR CARVING OUT PEACEFUL TOMORROWS  (MLK)

Nature Bats Last  (mini)

BE THE MEDIA (mini)

JOB$ not BOMBS (mini)

The Most Precious Things In Life  Are Not Those You Get for Money

DISSENT IS THE HIGHEST *FORM OF* PATRIOTISM  (TJ)

Education is Our Passport to the Future  (Malcolm X)

Support Local Organic Farmers

(peace sign) LOVE ONE ANOTHER

Just Become Like A Child that Discovers the beauty of the World Every Moment Again & Again

CELEBRATE DIVERSITY

WORLD PEACE

Save the Earth   There’s No Planet B

Peace on Earth

MARRIAGE EQUALITY

                                                                   (ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL ISSUES BUMPERSTICKERS)

MONSANTO: STOP PLAYING GOD     WE WON’T EAT GENETICALLY-MUTATED “FOOD”

GET YOUR ENERGY FROM THE SUN

GIRLS KICK ASS

GIRLS ROCK

Girls Can Do Anything

girls  RULE!

ONLY WHEN THE LAST TREE HAS DIED & THE LAST RIVER HAS BEEN POINSONED & THE LAST FISH HAS BEEN CAUGHT WILL WE REALIZE THAT WE CANNOT EAT MONEY

EXTINCT IS FOREVER

FUR IS FOR ANIMALS!

HONOR MOTHER EARTH

NO, YOU CAN’T HAVE MY RIGHTS.    I’M STILL USING THEM!

PSTICIDES DON’T KNOW      (GO ORGANIC)     WHEN TO STOP KILLING

I’d Rather Be        ORGANIC GARDENING

DARWIN

PLUG  INTO RENEWABLE ENERGY

Fat Toxins hormones BUM KARMA CHOLESTERAL mad cow            meat makes me sick

LOVE ANIMALS DON’T EAT THEM

Go Vegan!

GO VEGETARIAN!

Children Should be seen and heard and believed

WE ARE NOT ALONE

SAVE THE HUMANS

GOD FAVORS NO GROUP       ONLY RELIGIONS DO THAT

(3 different design patterns)

MINDS ARE LIKE PARACHETES THEY ONLY FUNCTION WHEN OPEN

(ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL ISSUES BUMPERSTICKERS)

ERACISM

PROTECT OUR FUTUER BY RECYCLING TODAY

SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY     SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY

Protect Our Environment                                                                                                            

WE ARE NOT HUMAN BEINGS HAVING A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE.  WE ARE SPIRITUAL BEINGS HAVING A HUMAN EXPERIENCE

GOD is too BIG to fit into one religion

Think Globally       Act Locally

We All Live Downstream

If You Think Education Is Expensive, Try Ignorance

Don’t Be A Silly Rabbit     Plan Your Parenthood

Against Abortion?      HAVE A VASECTOMY!

Evolution is just a theory – kind of like gravity!

THE ARTS    Are not a luxury

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.   None but ourselves can free our minds.  (Bob Marley)

QUESTION     AUTHORITY

CELEBRATE     DIVERSITY

The Best Man for the Job   May Be A Woman

Live Simply    that others may simply live

Doing my part to piss off    the Religious Right

Politicians and Diapers Need to be changed      Often for the same reasons

Our factories are all overseas     All we produce here are           RICH EXECUTIVES

INVEST IN AMERICA     Buy a Congressman

I    THINK     THEREFORE I’M DANGEROUS

Oh, so that explains the difference in our salaries!

IMAGINE NO HANDGUNS

(ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL ISSUES BUMPERSTICKERS)

KIDS LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE       STOP VIOLENCE IN THEIR LIVES

VALUE ALL FAMILIES

FRIENDS DON’T       *LET FRIENDS*      VOTE REPUBLICAN

Liberal: n.  One who is generous; one who favors greater freedom in political or religious matters; one free from prejudice or narrow thinking.  Ant.- stingy, mean, bigoted, or conservative

Praise the Children and They Will Blossom

Wild Women Don’t – Get the Blues –

 

 

                                                                (PEACE BUMPERSTICKERS)                                         

When to Power of Love   Overcomes the Love of Power    the World Will Know Peace  (Jimi Hendrix)

Peace Through Music

PEACE   (flowery)

WORLD PEACE     BEGINS AT HOME

Peace (in many symbols)

(peace sign) Make Love Not War

(peace sign)  An Idea Whose Time Has Come

(peace sign)  Love one another

Another Family      for Peace

I’m Anti-War    and I Vote!

It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the air force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber

PEACE is PATRIOTIC

IRAQ IS ARABIC     FOR VIETNAM

VOTE PEACE NOW!    PEACECANDIDATES@PEACEISPATRIOTIC.ORG

Join the army: Travel to exotic distant lands; meet exciting, unusual people and kill them.

(bomb blast)     War is the real enemy.

                                                                (PEACE BUMPERSTICKERS)                                         

WAR   Doesn’t Decide Who’s Right – Only Who’s Left

WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER     FCNL.ORG

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE  (John Lennon)

Peace On Earth

WORLD PEACE

We Must Not Use Violence  (MLK)

WARS

TEACH PEACE

Peace begins when the hungry are fed

Make Jobs    NOT WAR

WARS ARE POOR CHISLES FOR CARVING OUT PEACFUL TOMORROWS  (MLK)                                     

You Cannot Simultaneously   Prevent And Prepare For War  (Albert Einstein)

YOU MAY SAY I’M A     DREAMER    BUT I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE    (John Lennon)                                               

an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind   (Gandhi)

WAGE PEACE

Globalize PEACE!

INCREASE THE PEACE

Peace is Priceless   WAR IS COSTLY

DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION   Repeal the Patriot Act

(flag)  THESE COLORS DON’T RUN…THE WORLD!

(peace flag)   Proud to be Peaceful!

SUPPORT THE TROOPS   BRING’EM HOME ALIVE

Who Would Jesus Bomb?

(flag)   Dissent is Patriotic

What part of “Thou Shalt Not Kill” Didn’t You Understand?! – God    (with many symbols)

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.  (Howard Zinn)

                                                                                (PEACE BUMPERSTICKERS)                                         

God Bless All Nations   (with many symbols)

War is NOT the answer

BOOKS NOT BOMBS

Blessed are the PEACE makers

Create peace (Picasso)

MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH

WARNING Beware of weird cult which (many lines from War Resisters League)

PEACE (Dove and different languages around border)

(peace symbol with blue, red, purple, or green background)

 (Peace symbol in stars and stripes)



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