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."
DES MOINES – (CPM News Services, Jan. 18, 2012) A delegation of 16 Iowans representing nine organizations -- led by the Catholic Peace Ministry -- met in Senator Tom Harkin’s office today to plead for Mr. Harkin to go public promoting diplomacy with Iran.
Yashar Vasef will share pictures and perspective on Iran from his trip to Iran in 2008. Born in Iran, he fled with his family in 1988, but has maintained close ties to his Persian heritage as an Iranian-American. Currently he serves as Executive Director of the Iowa United Nations Association. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 18th, 6:30 PM at the Central Library in Des Moines. For more information, please contact Jeffrey Weiss at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event will spotlight the case of the seven imprisoned leaders of Iran's Baha'i community who have been given a long prison sentence solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of religion. Speakers will also discuss the worsening overall human rights situation in Iran as well as what people can do to help.
Iowans for Diplomacy with Iran will meet on Thursday, July 1st, at 2 p.m. at 4211 Grand Avenue. To stay updated on diplomatic initiatives related to Iran, go to http://www.fcnl.org. If you have friends or organizations that can share the rich culture of Persia and the beauty of its people, contact Catholic Peace Ministry.
Waking from a dream as she slept comfortably in a remote Kurdish village in Northeastern Iran, Karla Hansen stared wide-eyed at the ceiling. Across the border in Afghanistan, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), controlled by American pilots sitting in front of video screens inside the U.S. were dropping bombs on the poorest of Afghanistan’s poor. Hundreds of children, beautiful children, like those who welcomed her every day during her visit to Iran, had already perished.
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