Panelists Address Civil Rights and Occupy

How would you feel if you were asked to fill in for Jesse Jackson on a civil rights panel? Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, knows the feeling and describes it as “humbling.”

Jesse Jackson and John Nichols on Progressivism

Rev. Jesse Jackson and John Nichols of the Nation magazine enjoy a wide-ranging conversation on the history and current reality of the progressive movement in the United States. This pre-caucus forum was held at First Unitarian Church in Des Moines, Iowa on December 30, 2011.

Paricipatory Democracy Training

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 3:00pm

Iowa Move to Amend is sponsoring a Paricipatory Democracy Training for a petition campaign to abolish corporate personhood, end corporate rule and create a democracy that works for all of us. Ben Manski will conduct the training.

To register for this free training or for more info, contact or 515-210-7928.

Occupy and the Church

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 6:30pm

What is the role of the church in the Occupy movement?  Occupy has shined  a glaring light on the shameful and crippling wealth disparity in this country. This wealth disparity does not stand alone; it creates as well a democracy disparity.

What does this have to do with the church?  Please join in a discussion of these issues. Leaders for this discussion are Jeffrey Weiss, (Catholic Peace Ministry) and Kathleen McQuillen (American Friends Service Committee).

Students Take Messages of Peace to the Presidential Candidates

Students Beyond War brought messages of peace and lumps of coal to four presidental campaign offices in Des Moines on a cold, sunny day before Christmas. The high-schoolers called upon all the presidential contenders to move "toward a civilian economy and away from perpetual warfare."

The students found Mitt Romney's and Newt Gingrich's offices locked, but were able to speak with campaign staffers for Barack Obama and Michele Bachmann. KCCI TV in Des Moines filed this report.

People's Caucus set for December 27 in Des Moines

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 7:00pm

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 an Occupy Des Moines newsrelease 12/15/11] - Occupy Des Moines will stage the first-in-the-nation "Occupy Iowa Caucus" - otherwise known as the "People's Caucus" - on Tuesday, December 27th from 7:00-10:30 pm, pre-empting the political parties January 3 Iowa Caucus....

Kathleen McQuillen on Occupy Des Moines

What's the relationship between Occupy Des Moines and AFSC? How are nonviolence trainings, co-led by AFSC, affecting this new movement, and how might people of faith play a role in lifting up shared concerns about the vast disparity in wealth and political power in the U.S.? Are we witnessing the birth of a new form of participatory democracy?

Occupy Des Moines Occupies the Democrats

On December 17-18, 2011, Occupy Des Moines forced the closure of President Obama's re-election headquarters. On December 19, 2011, eight members of Occupy Des Moines were arrested following a sit-in at the offices of the Iowa Democratic Party. Protesters were calling for President Obama to veto a massive war bill which codifies the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens. Occupiers also voiced opposition to the proposed tar sands oil pipeline, Obama's retreat on a millionaire's tax, and cuts in Pell Grant funding for students.

Hawkeye Vision 2012: Caucusing for Working Families

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 10:00am

Presented by the Americans for Democratic Action Education Fund.

Please join us for a political roundtable featuring key leaders who will offer the progressive viewpoint on the important issues facing working families and the role those issues will play in the 2012 elections.

Occupy the Statehouse CCI rally and lobby day

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 9:00am

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement’s "Occupy the Statehouse" rally and lobby day.  On Tuesday, January 10, Gov

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