A free event in honor of International Women’s Day. Bring a dish to share. Organized by Oxfam America, Des Moines Area Sisters on the Planet Ambassadors, and League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Des Moines. Bian Li from the World Food Prize will speak about the power of investing in rural women entrepreneurs in developing countries by engaging them as business partners. Register here.
Part of a statewide tour by Dr. James Zogby, president of the Arab-American Institute
A lecturer and scholar on Middle East issues, U.S.-Arab relations, and the history of the Arab American community, Dr. Zogby appears frequently on television and radio. A regular guest on all the major network news programs and a featured blogger on The Huffington Post, he is the author of several books including Arab Voices and What Arabs Think: Values, Beliefs and Concerns.
A procession, led by our children and a donkey, followed by a prayer service for peace. Procession starts at the West end of the Capitol and at 2p.m. and ends at St. Ambrose Cathedral, 607 High Street, where the service will be held
Des Moines videographer Rodger Routh produced this video of a February 21, 2012 rally in downtown Des Moines calling for diplomacy with Iran. The rally was co-sponsored by Catholic Peace Ministry, Iowans for Diplomacy with Iran and AFSC. For more photos from the rally, click here.
On a snowy Saturday morning recently, nearly two dozen Occupy Des Moines members and peace activists rallied in downtown Des Moines to call for diplomacy rather than war with Iran. The rally was part of a nationwide campaign to halt momentum for military action against Iran. As quoted in the Des Moines Register, protester Jane Alderman said, "We finally ended one war [i.e. with Iraq]. We just can't get into another one."
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.
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