Mark Braverman is author of Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land. His visit with church leaders in Des Moines is one example of AFSC Iowa's peacebuilding efforts throughout the year.
By Kathleen McQuillen, Iowa Program Coordinator
Home for the holidays. We hear that sentiment echo among others across radio stations and shopping malls. While commercialism threatens to rob the holidays of their truer spirit, there still lives within all of us the simple joy found in being with friends and family in a safe, warm, and peaceful place—Home.
Veterans for Peace take their message to a bridge over the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa.
By Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator
September's Iowa Peace Initiative Conference in Dubuque was the result of an AFSC call for a peace building conference among peace and justice organizations throughout the state. The conference was arranged with 25 co-sponsoring organizations for the weekend of the International Day of Peace.
This will be a statewide conference for all Iowa peace-movement people, planned by representatives of AFSC, PSR, UNA and several local groups. No formal speeches, just a stimulating day of discussions featuring Iowa groups plus a panel of national leaders from NEA Peace and Justice Caucus, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Veterans for Peace (all committed) and perhaps others. No registration fee. Lunch available for purchase.
An Iraqi refugee family visits AFSC's offices in Des Moines. From left: Aseel Saaeed, Jody Mashek of AFSC, Anas, Ales held by Ashraf Rashad, and Asal (in front).
An Iraqi Family Finds its Way to Des Moines
An estimated four million people have been displaced because of the U.S.-led war in Iraq. This is a short story about five of them now living in Des Moines.
Aseel Saaeed, Ashraf Rashad and their two children were Sunni Muslims living in a predominately Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad. The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and subsequent sectarian violence resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths, and eventually Ashraf’s life was threatened.
Jon Krieg is a Senior Administrative Associate for AFSC’s Central Region. For more information on AFSC’s work in Iowa, including a video of Sandra’s immigration workshop in Spanish, please visit the Immigrants Voice Project page at www.afsc.org/iowa.
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