this program sponsored by Amnesty International will highlight the use of the arts to promote awareness and inspire creative activism on behalf of human rights in Iran.The program involves presenting examples of creative use of different media—film, photography, graphic novels, and music-- to engage larger and more diverse audiences and inspire them to imagine and carry out new forms of human rights activism and features the graphic novel Zahra's Paradise, the photo exhibit "Interrupted Lives" and the short film "Education Under Fire." (event to be held twice)
On March 19, the Anniversary of the Iraq war, at UMKC a panel provided five insightful perspectives on the legacy of the Iraq war and lessons for the future. Several peacemaking groups such as AFSC were exploring the factors that might avoid a repetition of war with Iran.
Part of a statewide tour by Dr. James Zogby, president of the Arab-American Institute
A lecturer and scholar on Middle East issues, U.S.-Arab relations, and the history of the Arab American community, Dr. Zogby appears frequently on television and radio. A regular guest on all the major network news programs and a featured blogger on The Huffington Post, he is the author of several books including Arab Voices and What Arabs Think: Values, Beliefs and Concerns.
Des Moines videographer Rodger Routh produced this video of a February 21, 2012 rally in downtown Des Moines calling for diplomacy with Iran. The rally was co-sponsored by Catholic Peace Ministry, Iowans for Diplomacy with Iran and AFSC. For more photos from the rally, click here.
On a snowy Saturday morning recently, nearly two dozen Occupy Des Moines members and peace activists rallied in downtown Des Moines to call for diplomacy rather than war with Iran. The rally was part of a nationwide campaign to halt momentum for military action against Iran. As quoted in the Des Moines Register, protester Jane Alderman said, "We finally ended one war [i.e. with Iraq]. We just can't get into another one."
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