Panel Discussion: Diplomacy, Not War with Iran and North Korea

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Rufus Jones Room, Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States

The Coalition for Peace Action and the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia will be holding a panel discussion on Diplomacy, Not War with Iran and North Korea in Philadelphia.

Free registration at the door begins at 6:30 PM.

The keynote speaker will be Joseph Gerson​, with the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament, and Collective Security.​ He has just returned from meeting with ​high ​officials and citizens in South Korea and Japan.

Additional speakers include:

Medea Benjamin​, co-founder of the women’s peace group Code Pink. She is described as "one of America's most committed -- and most effective -- fighters for human rights" by New York Newsday, and "one of the high-profile leaders of the peace movement" by the Los Angeles Times. She was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide. 

Mary Day Kent, a leader of the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia, ​which is ​co-hosting the event, and ​​former National Director of CARE.

The Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director since 1981 of the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) regional office in Princeton. Under his leadership, CFPA has become recognized as the largest and most effective grass roots affiliate in the National Peace Action network. ​Bob​ was National Secretary of National Mobilization for Survival based in Philadelphia from 1978-1981.

CFPA began a Campaign for Diplomacy, Not War as the Iran Nuclear Agreement was being negotiated from 2013-2015. That Agreement was finalized in September 2015, and CFPA was extremely active in advocating with Congresspersons from PA and NJ to successfully help prevent its rejection by Congress. President Trump recently decertified that Agreement, despite repeated certifications by UN inspectors of Iran’s compliance.

The Panel will address the crisis resulting from that decertification, as well as from President Trump’s bombastic​/​ threats to destroy North Korea, or take other military actions. At the same time, the President has undermined Secretary of State Tillerson’s overtures to try and seek a diplomatic solution.

 “We are thrilled to have such an outstanding group of presenters for this Forum. Major new challenges of peacemaking have emerged since Donald Trump became President, and our speakers will address those. We encourage those who support diplomacy instead of war with North Korea and Iran, as well as globally banning nuclear weapons, to come and be educated and empowered to advocate for that and other peace policies,” said the Ed Aguilar, CFPA’s Pennsylvania Director.      

Contact: Ed Aguilar, Director, Coalition for Peace Action Pennsylvania 215-248-4760, [email protected]

Event Type: 
Foreign Policy/Diplomacy