Nakba (catastrophe) Day is observed by Palestinians around the world as a day of grief in remembrance of the forced displacement of 750,000 Palestinians as the Jewish state of Israel was created on Palestinian land. In Des Moines, AFSC organized an event on May 15 providing a forum for Palestinian-Americans to share their history and hopes for the future.
From colorful octogenarians to a high school hair band, from poetry to painting to meditation, Central Iowans expressed their creative stylings for peace at recent event organized by AFSC. The Des Moines Social Club was the setting for "Journey Together: Building Peace Through the Arts."
By Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator
Our work with young people is expanding, and what a blessing it is to experience their excitement and passion! Across the nation, AFSC offers young people education on organizing, media work, and program design. In return they bring to our work creativity and energy.
In November, AFSC Iowa organized a statewide speaking tour for Daoud Nassar, a Palestinian Christian pacifist whose “Tent of Nations” group nonviolently struggles for land rights for Palestinians. AFSC’s “Organize the Hope” fellows at Central College in Pella used the Nassar tour as their kick-off event to engage students in their campus organizing efforts. The room overflowed with students and community members.
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