For thirty years and counting, Chicago has officially celebrated Peace Day. First proclaimed by Chicago’s Mayor on September 7, 1978, Peace Day began with an idea: to set aside one day each year for people of all backgrounds, faiths, cultures and ages to focus on peace for the entire planet.
This will be a statewide conference for all Iowa peace-movement people, planned by representatives of AFSC, PSR, UNA and several local groups. No formal speeches, just a stimulating day of discussions featuring Iowa groups plus a panel of national leaders from NEA Peace and Justice Caucus, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Veterans for Peace (all committed) and perhaps others. No registration fee. Lunch available for purchase.
Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie spoke at an April 2009 rally celebrating the Iowa Supreme Court's decision in support of same-sex marriage. Mayor Cownie is also active with Mayors for Peace.
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE TO WEDNESDAY, JULY 28. At the last meeting of the Des Moines Area Ecumenical Peace Committee, it was voted to work with Kathleen McQuillen of AFSC on getting the Des Moines City Council to pass a resolution calling attention to the hardship that military spending creates for meeting public needs. Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie will meet with the Peace Committee to discuss developing a strategy for such a resolution.
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
Where we work
AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.