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Iowans Mark Eighth Anniversary of Iraq War

Over 100 hundred Iowans gathered at a rally on March 19, 2011 to mark the eight anniversary of the U.S. war in Iraq and to call for an end to all U.S. wars. The gathering was organized by Iowa Veterans for Peace, Chapter 161, and was co-sponsored by a number of organizations, including AFSC.

Videographer Rodger Routh compiled this report.

Below is a statement shared by Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator:

Iowan Describes Journey to Afghanistan

AFSC joined a number of other groups recently in sponsoring a talk by Brian Terrell, a Catholic Worker from Maloy, Iowa. Videographer Rodger Routh soundslikesouth1@yahoo.com writes:

The World and War: Conflict and its Consequences

Friday, March 4, 2011 - 3:00pm - Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 1:30pm

To register for the Engaged Citizen Conference, go to:

http://drake.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_aagsA0FlP32bThO

Friday, March 4: 7–9 p.m.
Saturday, March 5: 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

All are welcome.

Friday evening

The conference will focus on the testimonials of six individuals who are refugees from different societies wrenched with conflict. We will hear their stories, the struggles they faced and how they survived.

Journey Together: Building Peace Through the Arts

Monday, March 14, 2011 - 5:00pm

In observance of the 8th anniversary of the start of the US war against Iraq, you are invited to join friends and neighbors in a recommitment to our work for peace. Using the gifts of art -- music, poetry, stories, and the visual arts -- we will gather to celebrate all who lift up a message of peace, while we learn from and encourage each other to keep on keepin on.

A Report Back from Afghanistan by Brian Terrell

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 7:30pm

Brian Terrell of Maloy, Iowa, visited Afghanistan for three weeks in December as part of a delegation sponsored by Voices for Creative Nonviolence and the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers. In January, Brian and 13 others were convicted of trespass in a Las Vegas court for their protest at Creech Air Force Base, from where unmanned robotic “drone” aerial raids on Afghanistan are controlled.

Brian is a long-time Catholic Worker and a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

Understanding Our Muslim Brothers and Sisters

Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 3:00pm

This is the topic of MFSA's Spring Regional Gatherings. This will be an opportunity to learn about the Islamic faith, and to have fellowship and dialogue with some of our Muslim brothers and sisters. Speakers for this event are Mahmoud Hamad and Amro Luai.

(The MFSA Cedar Rapids Gathering will be on Saturday, March 12,abeginning at 10:00 AM at the Mother Mosque, 1335 9th Ave. NW,in Cedar Rapids,hosted by Imam Taha Tawil.  Following lunch (on your own) the Gatheting will move to the Islamic Center, 2999 1st Ave. SW,at 1:00 PM,Tim Hyatt, host.)

US Policy in Palestine-Israel: Engaging Faith Communities in Pursuit of a Just Peace 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011 (All day) - Saturday, October 15, 2011 (All day)

Please visit http://afsc-iowaconference.org/new/ or see the attached flyer for more schedule information. The conference will run 12:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 and 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Abused: a film regarding the Postville raid

Friday, February 11, 2011 - 4:00pm

Film showing sponsored by AFSC and a number of other groups.

A Look at Immigration in Iowa with Geofrey Fisher

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 3:00pm

Geofrey Fisher is a project coordinator with the Iowa Immigration Education Coalition (which includes AFSC). IEC is a multi-perspective group of business, labor, civil rights, religious, immigrant, education, social service, government, and other community leaders united for the purpose of providing Iowans with relevant and timely information about immigration issues and their impact on Iowans and their communities.  

Iowa Vets for Peace Solidarity Vigil

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 11:30pm

Des Moines members of the Veterans for Peace Iowa Chapter 161 solidarity vigil with national VFP DC Witness, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, followed by visits to Senator's Harkin and Grassley's DM Offices

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