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Mother's Day for Peace

Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 11:25am

Passing on the passion for peace

Grandmother and granddaughter at a peace rally

Passing on the passion for peace...

Mother's Day day in the United States was initiated in 1870 by a proclamation issued by Julia Ward Howe in response to the carnage of the the Civil War.  Over the years it has become commercialized and the original link to the call for peace has been lost.  So let us honor our mothers and the other women who have been mother figures in our lives by reissuing a call for peace.  Let us rededicate ourselves to building a culture of peace.

Passing on the passion for peace

Grandmother and granddaughter at a peace rally

Passing on the passion for peace...

Is a Palestinian State Still Possible?

Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 3:00pm

Separation Wall

Separation Wall

Palestinian children stand near the Separation Wall built by Israel.

Samar Sarhan and Fayiz Ahmed Abusharkh

Today, 63 years after the Nakba – the “catastrophe” – wherein 750,000 Palestinians were forced to leave their homes to make way for the newly proclaimed state of Israel, new hope emerges. The United Nations is planning to vote on Palestinian statehood in September 2011.

Samar Sarhan and Fayiz Ahmed Abusharkh will share personal stories of the Nakba – what it meant to them and their families, and what it would mean today to have Palestine declared a state.

Cindy Sheehan to Speak in Des Moines on Mother's Day

Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 7:00pm

Sponsored by the Progressive Coalition of Central Iowa, which lists these 10 reasons why there should be a “standing room only” crowd to greet Cindy Sheehan on Mother’s Day.

It’s caucus time--progressive peacemakers need Cindy’s reinforcement.

YEtCR Training Offerings

Open the attached documents to see details on trainings offered by the Youth Empowerment through Conflict Resolution Program. We are willing to come to your school or community to help increase the peace.

A Plea to Listen to Arab Voices

Pollster James Zogby spoke at Drake University in Des Moines recently at an event sponsored by AFSC and several other organizations. Zogby encouraged Americans to listen to what people in the Arab world are saying.

Des Moines videographer Rodger Routh created this 15-minute video featuring snippets from Zogby's talk:

 http://www.youtube.com/user/soundslikesouth1#p/u/6/-Ad0_7LylI8.

Our Tax$ for Human Need - Not Wars and Greed

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Demonstration & Street Theater will call for a reduction in the excessive military budget and the reprioritizing of our tax dollars toward human needs and job creation.

Activities will include:

  •   20’ to 30’ Banner of FY 2012 U.S. discretionary budget

Street Theater at Four Street Corners

Palm Sunday Procession for Peace

Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 2:30pm

Service:  3:45 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church

Gather at 2:30 at the west side of the Capitol, and proceed to the St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6th and Park Street

The Service will feature the Rev. Denny Coon, Director of Bidwell Riverside Center, as the Keynote Speaker

Please consider putting this dramatic teaching, proclamation and action event on your church  or organization calendar and your personal calendar as a major part of observing Holy Week. 

An Islamic Voice for Peace

Samar Sarhan is a Palestinian-American serving as a Middle East Peace Apprentice with AFSC's Iowa program. She made the following remarks representing her own views at the Des Moines rally marking the 8th anniversary of the U.S. war in Iraq.

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AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

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