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Peace Fellows Learn, Inspire in Iowa

By Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator

They came to the Friends House to learn but, as we should have expected, they taught and they inspired.

Recently three Central College students serving as AFSC Iowa Peace Fellows participated in a day-long orientation about AFSC, peace building, and change making.

Peace Conference Draws Iowans Together

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.

Iowans Rally in Defense of Civil Liberties

Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, shared the following statement at a September 30, 2010 rally in Des Moines.


It’s good to be with you today. It’s always good to be standing together to support the work for peace and justice in our communities and in our world.

Iowa Peace Initiative Conference

Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

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.

Eight Bags, Thirteen Days

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.

Iraqi family in Des Moines June 2010

Iraqi family in Des Moines

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).

Helping immigrants know their rights

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

Sandra Zabeleta

SANDRA ZABALETA, wife of Jorge Vides; mother of Eric Vides

El Censo 2010

Sandra Sanchez discusses the census and the Des Moines area.  (In Spanish)

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