On December 17-18, 2011, Occupy Des Moines forced the closure of President Obama's re-election headquarters. On December 19, 2011, eight members of Occupy Des Moines were arrested following a sit-in at the offices of the Iowa Democratic Party. Protesters were calling for President Obama to veto a massive war bill which codifies the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens. Occupiers also voiced opposition to the proposed tar sands oil pipeline, Obama's retreat on a millionaire's tax, and cuts in Pell Grant funding for students.
Jeffrey Weiss is Executive Director of Catholic Peace Ministry in Des Moines and the former Peace Education Director for AFSC in Iowa.
The night will feature a short lecture by Jeffrey J Weiss of the Catholice Peace Minsitry on the state of the Federal Budget, the Super-Committee wall, and threats to Iran. Stephen Toothman and representatives of 'Occupy Iowa' will then speak and answer queries about how you can help the 99 percent.
The public is invited and snacks will be available.
Kathleen McQuillen and Arnie Alpert talk Occupy on the Fallon Forum
What's new with the Occupy movement in Iowa and New Hampshire? What's driving people around the nation and around the world to confront economic injustice? AFSC staff Kathleen McQuillen and Arnie Alpert explore these questions and more with guest host Jon Krieg on the Fallon Forum.
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