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The Crisis in the Gulf: US Policy toward Iran

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 7:00pm

James Zogby

James Zogby

James Zogby

Part of a statewide tour by Dr. James Zogby, president of the Arab-American Institute

A lecturer and scholar on Middle East issues, U.S.-Arab relations, and the history of the Arab American community, Dr. Zogby appears frequently on television and radio. A regular guest on all the major network news programs and a featured blogger on The Huffington Post, he is the author of several books including Arab Voices and What Arabs Think: Values, Beliefs and Concerns.

Zogby flyer 3-20-12

James Zogby

James Zogby

James Zogby

James Zogby will speak in Des Moines on March 20, 2012.

Palm Sunday Procession for Peace

Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 2:00pm

A procession, led by our children and a donkey, followed by a prayer service for peace. Procession starts at the West end of the Capitol and at 2p.m. and ends at St. Ambrose Cathedral, 607 High Street, where the service will be held

Iowans Rally for Diplomacy with Iran

Iowans Rally for Diplomacy with Iran

Des Moines videographer Rodger Routh produced this video of a February 21, 2012 rally in downtown Des Moines calling for diplomacy with Iran. The rally was co-sponsored by Catholic Peace Ministry, Iowans for Diplomacy with Iran and AFSC. For more photos from the rally, click here.

National and Hemispheric Impact of Mexico’s Drug War

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 7:00pm

Separating Smoke from Fire: National and Hemispheric Impact of Mexico’s Drug War

Snow Not Enough to Stop Call for Diplomacy with Iran

On a snowy Saturday morning recently, nearly two dozen Occupy Des Moines members and peace activists rallied in downtown Des Moines to call for diplomacy rather than war with Iran. The rally was part of a nationwide campaign to halt momentum for military action against Iran. As quoted in the Des Moines Register, protester Jane Alderman said, "We finally ended one war [i.e. with Iraq]. We just can't get into another one."

Friends Talk Occupy in Des Moines

What would William Penn think of today's Occupy movement? As Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, noted in a recent second-hour discussion with the Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting, Penn observed that the love of money is the root of all evil, which seems like a reasonable link with today's Occupiers. McQuillen added that the widening wealth gap in our country has created an extreme democracy gap; both are driving today's calls for change.

Candlelight Peace Vigil for Diplomacy with Iran

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 6:00pm

Gather at Nollen Plaza across from the Civic Center

(Arianna Huffington is speaking at the Civic Center that evening, so we'll have a good crowd to observe our solemn presence.)

No war with Iran - rally and luncheon

Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 11:00am


11 AM - Nollen Plaza antiwar rally led by Occupy Wall Street/Des Moines/IA &

co-sponsored  by Catholic Peace Ministry


Occupy Des Moines to march to statehouse

Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 2:00pm

Occupy Des Moines

Occupy Des Moines in front of the State Capitol

Iowans gather in front of the state capitol to Occupy Des Moines in October 2011. For a slideshow of images, please click here.

[From Occupy Des Moines]

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