First Eight Minutes of Occupy Des Moines talk with Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting
What would William Penn think of today's Occupy movement? As Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, noted in a recent second-hour discussion with the Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting, Penn observed that the love of money is the root of all evil, which seems like a reasonable link with today's Occupiers. McQuillen added that the widening wealth gap in our country has created an extreme democracy gap; both are driving today's calls for change.
In this 1996 file photo, the Rev. Jesse Jackson stands with Kathleen McQuillen after an economic justice forum in Des Moines. Kathleen is the program coordinator for AFSC Iowa. For a slidewshow of photos from a 2011 progressives forum featuring Jesse Jackson, click here.
How would you feel if you were asked to fill in for Jesse Jackson on a civil rights panel? Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, knows the feeling and describes it as “humbling.”
What is the role of the church in the Occupy movement? Occupy has shined a glaring light on the shameful and crippling wealth disparity in this country. This wealth disparity does not stand alone; it creates as well a democracy disparity.
What does this have to do with the church? Please join in a discussion of these issues. Leaders for this discussion are Jeffrey Weiss, (Catholic Peace Ministry) and Kathleen McQuillen (American Friends Service Committee).
Iowans gather in front of the state capitol to Occupy Des Moines in October 2011. For a slideshow of images, please click here.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 7:00pm
[From an Occupy Des Moines newsrelease 12/15/11] - Occupy Des Moines will stage the first-in-the-nation "Occupy Iowa Caucus" - otherwise known as the "People's Caucus" - on Tuesday, December 27th from 7:00-10:30 pm, pre-empting the political parties January 3 Iowa Caucus....
What's the relationship between Occupy Des Moines and AFSC? How are nonviolence trainings, co-led by AFSC, affecting this new movement, and how might people of faith play a role in lifting up shared concerns about the vast disparity in wealth and political power in the U.S.? Are we witnessing the birth of a new form of participatory democracy?
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