Sr. Simone Campbell,
Drake Law Professor Sally Frank
headline Dingman Peace Award Dinner
Featured speaker on the national stage and
local advocate for 1st Amendment follow
in late Bishop's tracks
DES MOINES - (Catholic Peace Ministry news services) Sister Simone Campbell, who gained national acclaim for 'Nuns on the Bus' and Sally Frank, local scholar and courtroom guardian protecting the First Amendment, will headline the 18th Annual Maurice J. Dingman Peace Award Dinner on March 9th, 2013 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church in Ankeny.
Catholic Peace Ministry’s Maurice J. Dingman Peace Award is given each year in memory and in honor of Maurice Dingman, the late Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines revered for his commitment to justice, peace and equality.
Catholic Peace Ministry is not affiliated with the local Diocese but is an independent organization that survives on the generosity of its grassroots donations. The Dingman Dinner helps to sustain the organization every year.
This year's award winner, Sally Frank has for years been a scholar of the U.S. Constitution and educated at Drake University protecting the Bill of Rights. She has for decades defended the First Amendment rights of Iowans who have used the Bill of Rights to challenge U.S. foreign and domestic policy.
She has been successful winning some cases and her work has been noted in the New York Times and by reporter Reka Basu of the Des Moines Register.
In the case of the Federal indictments against peace protestors in 2003, the defendants also had the support of both U.S. Senators Tom Harkin and Charles Grassley who felt (along with the courts) Homeland Security overstepped its boundaries.
"Sally Frank is one of those rare intellectuals and academics who has not forgotten that we are all expected to contribute as citizens," said Jeffrey J. Weiss of CPM.
('From the Classroom to the Courtroom') http://vcnv.org/des-moines-jury-finds-protesters-not-guilty?vm=r&s=1
Sister Simone Campbell has been recently featured in several national magazines, including Rolling Stone (November 22, 2012) http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/blog/?p=21677?vm=r&s=1
She was also vocal on the 'Nuns on the Bus' tours. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgzQ5tjV_Fo
Sister Simone Campbell brought down crowds around the U.S. with the message:
"I am my Sister's keeper! I am my brother's keeper! Nuns on the Bus believes in faith, family and caring for the least among us. Let us live in compassion with one another."
Tickets can be purchased for $40 or $320 for a table of eight through email@example.com or 515 554 7899. We will not turn away anybody at the door for an inability to pay---all our welcome.
(It is also with sadness as we prepare for 2013, that we remember last year's award recipient, Joshua Casteel, who passed into the invisible world. Joshua graced us with his presence in March of this year before dying in August).
We love you, Joshua and family, and if it be God's Will, to see you again).
(Joshua's acceptance speech at the Dingman Dinner on March 31, 2012)
Past Peace Award Recipients and Keynote Speakers:
1996: Helen Tichy – Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton
1997: Sr. Gwen Hennessey, OSF – U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin
1998: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Des Moines Branch (WILPF) – Jim Wallis, Sojourners
1999: Phil Riley and Paul Stanfield – Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
2000: Jean and Bill Basinger – Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ
2001: Rev. Gil Dawes – Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB
2002: Rev. Bob Cook – Rev. John Dear, SJ
2003: A.F.S.C. Iowa Program – Ched Myers
2004: Iowa United Methodist Bishop Gregory Vaughn Palmer – Rosemary Radford Ruether, PhD.
2005: Trinity United Methodist Church of Des Moines – Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer
2006: Sherry Hutchison – Fr. Roy Bourgeois, MM
2007: Eloise Cranke, and Rev. Chet Guinn – Charlie King, Karen Brandow and the Prince Myshkins
2008: Des Moines Area JustFaith – Liz McAlister
2009: Chuck Day and Harold Wells – Kathy Kelly
2010: Helen Oster and Chris Gaunt – Jack Jezreel, Just Faith
2011: Iowa Women Religious and their Communities - Tom Cordaro
2012: Joshua Casteel - Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton
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