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Israeli Independence/Palestinian Nakba: A Palestinian-American’s Story

By Kathleen McQuillen, Iowa Program Coordinator 

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.

Palm Sunday Procession for Peace

Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 2:30pm

2:30 pm

Gather at the Capitol West Mall

3:00 pm

Process down Grand Avenue

3:45 pm

Worship at St. John’s, Lutheran Church, 600-6th Ave., Des Moines

You are invited to attend either or both parts of the program.

Iowans Build Peace Through the Arts

By Jon Krieg, AFSC Des Moines

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."

Videos from the event are available at AFSC Iowa's YouTube channel.

Human Rights Issues in Sudan

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 7:00pm

To recognize Human Rights day, Organize the Hope (AFSC Peace Fellows) is sponsoring a presentation by Iowa United Nations Association Executive Director, Yashar Vasef.

Mr. Vasef will discuss the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, along with the issues facing the people of Sudan and the upcoming election for possible secession of South Sudan.

Insight will be shared by Judy James and Omer Ali, Central College students who are originally from Sudan.

Organizing the Hope in Iowa

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.

Iowa Peacebuilding Program

Kathleen McQuillen speaks at an Eyes Wide Open event.

Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, speaks at an Eyes Wide Open event.

Pushing for peace in Palestine and Afghanistan

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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