Angela is from Usulután, the large capital of the province Usulután in El Salvador. She and her son fled the capital in 2000 because violence instigated by an international gang named Mara Salvatrucha was escalating within the city. The gang is involved in anything from human trafficking to merciless revenge killings to murderous robbery, and has been disintegrating the city’s standard of safety for a number of years.
Ten years ago on April 28, Jeany and Ray were married in Des Moines, Iowa. Just a few days after the ceremony, Ray stood in line at three in the morning in Omaha, Nebraska to receive his residency. “That was it!” says Jeany, referring to how easy it was to get residency for her husband back then. “You stood in line, filled out the paperwork, and you were done. It’s not like that nowadays.”
Rosa's situation is different from that of other people here today at AFSC Iowa. She is here for her husband. As a native of Dallas, Rosa is surrounded by family in the United States. Her husband is not. He came from Mexico 14 years ago.
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.
Pollster James Zogby spoke at Drake University in Des Moines recently at an event sponsored by AFSC and several other organizations. Zogby encouraged Americans to listen to what people in the Arab world are saying.
Des Moines videographer Rodger Routh created this 15-minute video featuring snippets from Zogby's talk:
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."
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