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Ancient Wisdom and Peacemaking

Geral Blanchard

Geral Blanchard, left, visits with friends in Africa.

Geral Blanchard, left, visits with friends in Africa as they teach him about peacemaking and healing.

This flyer describes a Sept. 21, 2011 forum featuring Geral Blanchard on Ancient Wisdom and Peacemaking.

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:

Friends House Ice Cream Social 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 4:30pm

Friends House Ice Cream Social

Friends House Ice Cream Social

Peace and justice supporters tuck into the cold and creamy stuff at the inaugural Friends House Ice Cream Social in 2010.

Back by popular demand! You and yours are warmly invited to attend the second annual Friends House Ice Cream Social and watermelon feast.

Feel free to bring your favorite toppings. Come just for fun and chill with other friends new and old. This year, we’ll offer tours of Friends House and introductions to the good work of our tenants.

For more information, or just to hear a few puns, contact Jon Krieg at 515-274-4851, ext. 10 or JKrieg@afsc.org.

 

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie calls for peace at Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration

Large crowd convenes at Japanese Bell, recalls Hiroshima and Nagasaki; 22 organizations sponsor event

DES MOINES -- (Catholic Peace Ministry) A crowd of 100 assembled at the Japanese Bell on the Iowa State Capitol grounds Tuesday evening, August 9, 2011 to observe the 66th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The theme this year was "From Hiroshima to Fukashima: The Nuclear Fallout."

Civil Rights in Iowa with Professor Paul Finkelman

Friday, August 19, 2011 - 11:45am

Presenter: Professor Paul Finkelman, Albany Law School, Albany, NY.

President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law & Public Policy;

Senior Fellow in the Government Law Center

Iowans Prepare for Windows and Mirrors at FGC

A version of AFSC’s Windows and Mirrors exhibit to grace Friends General Conference’s bookstore at Grinnell College

By Jon Krieg

College promotional literature often talks of taking students “to new heights.” That became literal on June 28 as two Grinnell students assisted two AFSC staff in hanging a smaller version of AFSC’s Windows and Mirrors exhibit in FGC’s temporary bookstore space at Grinnell College in Iowa.

PTSD forum

Mollie Michelfelder

Mollie Michelfelder

Mollie Michelfelder, MSW, works with trauma survivors at Friends House in Des Moines.

This flyer describes a public forum on PTSD.

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!

On Track for Justice: An AFSC Intern Goes the Distance for Immigrant Rights

If you want to catch Sara Crippen, you'd better lace up your track shoes. Tight.

A 2011 graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa and a member of the Central track team, Sara served as an intern during the spring semester with AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program in Des Moines. Every Tuesday afternoon, Sara assisted Jody Mashek, IVP Legal Services Director, with walk-in hours. With a beaming smile, Sara offered a warm welcome to immigrants seeking a variety of immigration legal services, including family reunification.

Sara Crippen track

Sara Crippen

Sara Crippen, left, prepares for the start of the women's college distance medley relay at the 2011 Drake Relays in Des Moines. Sara served as an intern with AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program during the spring semester. Click here to view a slideshow.

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