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Iowans commemorate Hiroshima-Nagasaki

Grace Amemiya at Hiroshima commemoration 8-6-12

Grace Amemiya at Hiroshima commemoration 8-6-12

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.

Hope for the Hungry - Feeding Greater Des Moines

Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 9:00am

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:

Incarceration's Forgotten Victims Conference - Children of Prisoners

Friday, August 24, 2012 - 9:15am

Child and Family Policy Center and Empowering Children of Incarcerated Parents are sponsoring a conference focusing on empowering the children of incarcerated parents.  It will be held on Friday, August 24th, 9:15 AM to Noon.  Keynote speaker is Charity Lee, of the ELLA Foundation.  Other speakers include Dr.

Faith in a Changing Climate

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 10:00am

Iowa Interfaith Power and Light is announcing its second annual "Faith in a Changing Climate" conference.

Women Standing Up for Freedom

Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 9:00am

If you are one (or how many) who wants to stand up for women's rights SAVE THIS DATE:  September 8, Nollen Plaza – 9 am for WOMEN STANDING UP FOR FREEDOM - DANCING:  WILPF member Penny Furgerson, Director of the Gateway Dance Theatre will be directing a Global Dance Action (think the end of Slumdog Millionaire) sponsored by the Women's Int'l League for Peace and Freedom, DSM Branch.  Planned Parenthood and American Friends Service Committee have signed on and we are expecting co-sponsors from a myriad of other like-mi

Foro informativo sobre la Accion Diferida

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 3:00pm

Sandra Sanchez following Arizona law ruling 6-25-12

Sandra Sanchez following Arizona law ruling 6-25-12

Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director, speaks at a rally following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision regarding SB 1070, Arizona's anti-immigrant law. For a set of photos from the rally, click here.

Entendamos qué significa la Acción Diferida

para los soñadores (“Dreamers”) 

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Sandra Sanchez on Deferred Action for DREAMers

Deferred Action for DREAMers, as announced by the Department of Homeland Security on June 15, is explained by Sandra Sanchez during her weekly show at radio La Reina.

“Many parents and Dreamers had questions that hopefully this show will answer,” said Sandra during the show.

The show is in Spanish.

Arizona Ruling Prompts Iowa Rally for Immigrant Rights

A broad coalition of Iowa groups and individuals rallied at the State Capitol following the U.S. Supreme Court's mixed ruling regarding Arizona's anti-immigrant law SB 1070. Ben Stone, Executive Director of the ACLU in Iowa, said it was an "important day for human rights in this country" and that the one standing provision -- "Show me your papers" -- should be rejected if it's ever introduced in Iowa.

AFSC internship balances the books for Iowa student

"Education is nothing without life experience," according to Paul Maciel, an intern with AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program in the spring of 2012. Paul is finishing his bachelor's degree in Political Science at Grand View University in Des Moines. In this six-minute interview with AFSC regional staff Jon Krieg, Paul reflects on what he learned and shares some of his thoughts about life.

Experience with immigrants changes Iowa intern

In this four-minute interview with AFSC regional staffer Jon Krieg, Dillon Thornbury describes what he learned about immigration while completing his service-learning project with the legal services component of AFSC's Iowa Immigrant Voice Program in Des Moines. A double major in psychology and Spanish at Central College, Dillon hopes to study immigration law in the future.

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