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Occupy and Congregations – Opportunities for participation

Monday, November 28, 2011 - 7:00pm

Please invite other interested persons.

RSVP: 274-4851, ext: 22 or

Meeting among folks in faith communities to discuss opportunities to support the Occupy movement.

The Federal Budget -- What's Behind Occupy Wall Street

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 7:00pm

Jeffrey Weiss

Jeffrey Weiss is a political science educator and Education Director of Catholic Peace Ministry in Des Moines.

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.

Progressive Coalition's Annual Meeting

Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 4:00pm

[From the Progressive Coalition of Central Iowa]

You are most cordially invited to PCCI's annual meeting.  Once again our meeting will be held at Chet Guinn's fire house. 

Finding Faithful Voices in Dangerous Times

By Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator

The role of the church in times of rising militarism and a gaping economic divide was the focus of an ecumenical discussion held at First United Methodist Church in Des Moines recently. Organized by AFSC, Methodist Federation for Social Action, and Catholic Peace Ministry, the event brought together 40 people to explore how the church is responding to these threats to our communities and to democratic processes.

Iowa Conference on US Policy in Palestine-Israel: The Discourse is Changing

By Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator

A recent opinion piece in the Washington Post calls for the US to consider cutting military aid to Israel; Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority, takes a bid for Palestinian statehood to the UN;  and 35 organizations in Iowa join AFSC in sponsoring a conference to change US policy.

Caroline Wadhams to speak on the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Monday, November 7, 2011 - 7:30pm

Wadhams is a Senior Fellow at American Progress where she focuses on Afghanistan, Pakistan, terrorism issues, and U.S. national security.  Among her other responsibilities, she served as a U.S. election observer in Afghanistan's parliamentary elections in September 2010.  Wadhams previously served as a legislative assistant on foreign policy issues for Sen. Russ Feingold (D.

The Economics of Happiness

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 6:30pm

The Story of a World-wide Grassroots Movement for Localization

A film on how government and big business continue to push for ‘growth’ in the form of  increased global trade which results in climate chaos, senseless war, fundamentalism, financial volatility, income inequality, and the consolidation  of corporate power.  People around the world are  resisting , demanding regulation of  both trade and finance and re-building more human-scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm-an economics of localization.

US Policy in Palestine-Israel Conference in Iowa

This flyer describes a major conference on US Policy in Palestine-Israel set for October 14-15, 2011 in Ankeny, Iowa.

Lydia Kirior on social work and social change

Originally from Kenya, Lydia Kirior served her MSW practicum internship this summer with AFSC Iowa. Lydia has a bachelor's degree in social and religiuos studies and hopes to "educate myself and go back home to work for social change and fight for justice in my community."

During her time at AFSC, Lydia helped organize this public forum on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

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