Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of FCNL (Friends Committee on National Legislation, will speak on “Eleven Years is Too Long: Ending the War in Afghanistan.” Randall, a Quaker, has been engaged in peace work since the 1980’s Nuclear Freeze movement and now leads FCNL, the oldest ecumenical lobby in Washington D.C. FCNL lobbies on a wide range of social justice, environmental, and peace issues, including finding peaceful solutions to deadly conflict.
Kathy Kelly is Co-coordinator of Creative Voices for Non-Violence, and a three time Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She has visited Afghanistan seven times since May 2010, bringing back stories of the way war impacts the lives of ordinary people.
A reception celebrating the opening of Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War inAfghanistan mural exhibit at Coralville Public Library will be Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 1 to 3:30 pm in Meeting Room A on the library’s lower level. Windows & Mirrors is a provocative art exhibit on the human cost of war and features reproductions of murals created by U.S. and international artists to memorialize the civilian causalities in Afghanistan.
Coleen Rowley grew up in New Hampton, IA and became Time Magazine's Person of the Year for her work uncovering intelligence failures before September 11th. Rowley, though no longer working for the Federal Government, has worked for peace and moving the U.S. away from pereptual war by encouraging all sides of the political spectrum, including Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party, to work together in changing US foreign policy.
Hector is a Dreamer and a volunteer with AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program. Here he describes what Deferred Action means for him and why volunteering is so important for developing leadership in the Latino community.
From left, Chet Guinn, Sue Dinsdale and scultptor Ron Dinsdale stand by "Path of Peace," a ten-ton limestone sculpture depicting three entwined doves. For more photos of the installation, click here.
Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 7:00pm
Please join us for an interfaith prayer service featuring a powerful and inspiring, original video by Rodger Routh, presenting images of peace from various faith traditions and a variety of perspectives. At the end of the service people will walk to the Path of Peace Sculpture nearby to scatter the soil gathered from representatives of many different faiths at last year’s Interfaith Service.
Please join us as we celebrate our common heritage of humanitarian action at the 2012 Iowa Hunger Summit, the kick-off to our annual World Food Prize events. The sixth annual Iowa Hunger Summit will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 16, at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. This year's events will focus on the role of collaboration and coalitions in combatting hunger, with a special emphasis on hunger among senior citizens.
Move To Amend's national spokesman, David Cobb, will be touring the Midwest for the next 2 weeks! David Cobb is a lawyer and a former Green Party presidential candidate. Learn some of the history of how corporations gained personhood and all the rights that followed, plus what we can do to rid our country of corporate rule and unlimited money in politics and demand our DEMOCRACY back! Please spread the news of his coming visit, bring your family and friends, and come to an excellent presentation on August 14 (Tues.) at
Grace Amemiya, who spent time in a Japanese Internment camp during World War II, speaks in Des Moines about her experiences at the 2012 commemoration of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombings. For more photos from the rally, click here.
[Adopted from a press release by Sherry Hutchison of WILPF and Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting.]
“From Hiroshima to Fukushima: the Nuclear Question” was the theme of the annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki observance at the Japanese Bell on the Iowa capitol grounds. Sixty Iowans attended the commemoration of the 67th anniversary of the bombings.
The goal of Hope for the Hungry is to alleviate childhood hunger in the Greater Des Moines area by 2015. This symposium will seek creative solutions toward accomplishing this goal. Here is the day's outline:
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