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NJ Peace Action's 54th Annual Soup Luncheon

Nov 12 2011 11:45 am
Nov 12 2011 4:00 pm

NJPA's 54th Annual Soup Luncheon

This year's Soup Luncheon will feature Phyllis Bennis and Judith LeBlanc.

Saturday, November 12th - 11:45am to 4:00pm

Bloomfield High School

  Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC, where she directs the New Internationalism Project.  She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam.  She works on U.S. foreign policy issues, particularly regarding Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Palestine, as well as United Nations issues, especially regarding democratization of the UN and challenge of U.S. domination of the UN.,  She serves as an informal adviser to several top UN officials on Palestine and UN empowerment issues.

Judith LeBlanc, Field Director of Peace Action, coordinates eforts on campaigns to cut military spending, nuclear abolition and to oppose the war in Afghanistan.  She works closely with Peace Action's affiliates on grassroots organizing efforts.  She helps coordinate the efforts of the New Priorities Network, a national network supporting grassroots organizing to "move the money from wars and weapons to fund human needs."  She is a member of the Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma and lives in Harlem, NY.

Music provided by Spook Handy!

(Click here for Luncheon Brochure)

(Click here to for on-line Registration)

Op Ed Piece

Op Ed Piece
Fukushima. Hiroshima. Nagasaki. When Will It Stop?

By Madelyn Hoffman, Executive Director, New Jersey Peace Action


When we see or hear these words, anxiety becomes palpable. We remember back to March 11, 2011 and the reports of a radiation leak from the nuclear power plant following a tremendous earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Each day, the tension built as we listened to stories about how the plant's workers tried to limit the amount of radiation that escaped. Each day, there were conflicting stories about the dangerous consequences of the leaks, the effects of the radiation on the workers, on the ocean lapping alongside the plant, on locally grown foods and produce and on residents of the surrounding communities. The area of mandatory evacuation started out small and then grew almost daily. I wondered:   Is there really any safe distance?


read more here!


66th Anniversary of Atomic Bomb

NJ Peace Action Honors the 66th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 6 and 9 mark the commemorations of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki.  66 Years is enough!  It is time to retire all nuclear weapons.  Especially In this time of budget crisis, it is unthinkable that we continue to find funding for these unneeded weapons while cutting essential programs that support our nation. 


National Peace Action Budget Priorities Poll

Take the Peace Action Budget Priorities Poll

Let your representative know what you want done with your tax dollars!

Congress is debating the federal budget.  The Senate is writing next year's budget now.  It is time to tell Congress what we want. Three proposals have been made: 1. President Obama's budget, 2. the GOP/Ryan budget, and 3. the Congressional Progressive Caucus' "People's Budget".

Compare the three budgets and cast your vote. 

Our 54th Annual Dinner was held on May 1st!


Sun, May 01, 2011 12:00PM to 4:00PM (EST)
Pompton Plains, NJ
Best Western Regency House Hotel
Hosted by NJ Peace Action


HONORED GUEST and recipient of the Dorothy Eldridge Peacemaker Award
Professor Juan R. I. Cole

Recipients of the Sylvia and Oscar Ackelsberg Peace Award
Islamic Center of Morris County

and Peace Action Person of the Year
Jerry Stillman

juan1.jpgJuan R. I. Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan.

For three decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, March, 2009) and he also recently authored Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

He has been a regular guest on PBS's Lehrer News Hour, and has also appeared on ABC Nightly News, Nightline, the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper 360, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, the Colbert Report, Democracy Now! and many others. He has given many radio and press interviews. He has written widely about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and South Asia. He has commented extensively on al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the Iraq War, the politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Iranian domestic struggles and foreign affairs. He has a regular column at Truthdig.

He continues to study and write about contemporary Islamic movements, whether mainstream or radical, whether Sunni and Salafi or Shi`ite. Cole commands Arabic, Persian and Urdu and reads some Turkish, knows both Middle Eastern and South Asian Islam. He lived in various parts of the Muslim world for nearly 10 years, and continues to travel widely there.

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