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The right direction: Deferred action policy is not the final word for DREAMers

DREAMers at Iowa capitol

small group talking in Iowa capitol rotunda

Iowa DREAMers visited the state capitol on March 20 to thank state senators for co-sponsoring a bill allowing them to pay in-state tuition at state universities. They also spoke with legislators still opposed to bill or on the fence. See more photos.

There’s a secret about dreams. Roberto,* a young man in Iowa dreaming about his future, can tell you all about it: “You can never see the [mountain] peak; you just climb the mountain until you depart from this earth.”

As a young child, Roberto was brought to the United States from Mexico by his parents. Twenty years later, like the hundreds of thousands of other undocumented young people known as “DREAMers,” Roberto is struggling to fulfill his vision of school, career, and family.

International Day Of Peace Events

During the International Day of Peace on September 21, AFSC participated in events around the world to support the calls of many communities seeking peace.

Dalian, China

AFSC’s Joseph Gerson and Jason Tower spoke at the Northeast Asia Peace and Development Forum in Dalian. They were joined by Johan Galtung – a founder of the field of peace studies – and Song DaeSung of the Korean Sejong Institute.

Ice cream social brings Iowans together

By Jon Krieg, AFSC Senior Administrative Associate

A cool building, tasty ice cream and good work brought 75 Iowans together on August 24th for the second annual Friends House Ice Cream Social in Des Moines. This year's gathering featured this video about the work of the tenants of the building as well as tours of Friends House, home to AFSC's Central Regional office since 1953.

Robert Reich to Speak at Drake

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 7:00pm

Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Noted author, economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich will address the topic, "The Next Economy and America's Future" at this Des Moines talk. Reich currently teaches at Cal-Berkeley. Free and open to the public. A book-signing will follow the talk.

Des Moines Catholic Worker 35th Anniversary

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 2:25pm - Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 4:00pm

The Des Moines Catholic Worker community is celebrating its 35th anniversary Sept 30 & Oct 1. All are invited and welcome to join us at any and all of the following event:

Friday Sept 30

What: "The CW Movement and its Relevance Today" talk by  Martha Hennessy - Granddaughther of Dorothy Day

Time: 7:30 p.m. Reception to follow in basement of church.

Place: Trinity United Methodist Church,1548 8th Street Des Moines, IA.

(3 blocks south of the DMCW - site of our Sat. a.m. Free Food Store.)

March for Jobs in Des Moines

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 9:00am

“DOUBLE A” CREDIT RATINGS???

PARTISAN BICKERING?

TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH?

THE REAL QUESTION IS WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

IOWANS ARE SUFFERING AND WE NEED A JOBS PROGRAM.

AND WE NEED IT NOW!

SEND THAT MESSAGE TO OUR ELECTED LEADERS!

JOIN US FOR A JOBS RALLY — A RALLY WITH A TWIST!

BE PART OF SOMETHING IMPORTANT AND SOMETHING JUST A LITTLE DIFFERENT.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact:

Des Moines Marches for Peace

By Rodger Routh, Des Moines area peace and justice videographer

Iowa Methodists and friends speak out for peace at their second annual peace and justice event. Bishop Julius Trimble helped gather these good people to say loud and clear that war is not the way to peace. End war now. Now is the time to speak out to government officials and tell them Bring the Troops Home. End the support of endless war. Use the dollars for the good of people and the earth, NOT destruction and violence!

Raul's Story of Immigration

By Mara Davidson, AFSC Iowa intern, March 2011

Raul’s story began in Adrian, Michigan picking tomatoes. Raul came to the United States in 1985, seeking what he thinks everyone else was hoping to find: opportunity. He came with the hope of finding a better life, not only for himself but also for his family.

Public Meetings for the Nollen Plaza Peace Garden proposal

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 11:30am

Peace Garden Rededication in Des Moines

Eloise Cranke and Chet Guinn stand by the rededicated Peace Garden in Nollen Pla

Eloise Cranke and Chet Guinn stand by the rededicated Peace Garden in Nollen Plaza in Des Moines. Eloise is a former AFSC regional director who works with the Methodist Federation for Social Action. Chet Guinn is a retired Methodist pastor who has led efforts to revitalize the Peace Garden.

 Time: 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The long awaited revised plan for Nollen Plaza  designed by New York architect Ken Smith for the Greater Des Moines Civic Center will be unveiled for public response at two identical meetings at 11:30 am and 4:30 pm in the Stoner Theater:

http://www.civiccenter.org/about_us/stoner_studio_theater.php

Fallon Forum (IA) on WOW FM: Jon Krieg and Jody Mashek on immigration law

Jody Mashek

Jody Mashek

Jody Mashek is Legal Services Director for AFSC's Immigrants Voice Program in Des Moines.

Fallon Forum radio program features guest host, Jon Krieg of AFSC, and guest, Jody Mashek of AFSC's immigration law program in Iowa, discussing the myths and realities of immigration law. 

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