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Des Moines to call for Pentagon cuts on Tax Day

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:30am

Budget Banner in Des Moines 2013

Budget Banner in Des Moines 2013

AFSC's budget banner, showing the majority of U.S. discretionary spending going to the Pentagon, shows up outside a middle school slated for closure in Des Moines.

Join us in Des Moines as part of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Come help hold the banner and reach fellow taxpayers with the message: Fund human needs, not Pentagon waste!

Sponsored by AFSC Iowa and Catholic Peace Ministry

For more information: KMcquillen@afsc.org; 515-274-4851, ext. 22

On the web: www.demilitarize.org 

We can do something about the drone strike policy

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 7:00pm

Drone protester in Des Moines

Drone protester in Des Moines

Dan Hughes of Des Moines holds a sign outside the Des Moines airport protesting plans to operate drones at the national guard base there.

Catholic Peace Ministry is pleased to announce that Robert Naiman will be giving a talk entitled "We Can Do Something About the Drone Strike Policy" on May 1 at 7 pm. (AFSC Iowa, Vets for Peace, PSR, MFSA and the Des Moines Catholic Worker are co-sponsors.)

What Will You Risk for Peace? A Palm Sunday Challenge

By Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator

Overcoming Fear-Embracing Peace was the theme of the 9th annual Palm Sunday peace procession organized by the Des Moines Area Ecumenical Committee for Peace. The procession from the Iowa Capitol to St. Paul’s Episcopal cathedral commemorates Jesus’ march into Jerusalem; reminding us that the first Palm Sunday march was intended as a challenge to the military, civic, and religious powers.

Screening of 5 Broken Cameras

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 7:00pm

Rachel Corrie, American peace activist, was killed 10 years ago this month by a Caterpillar bulldozer while trying to protect a Palestinian family’s home. Rachel’s story is one of courage and nonviolent resistance to Israel’s home demolitions.

“5 Broken Cameras” is another story of courage and resistance. This is the Academy Award nominated documentary of a Palestinian family, their village, and their non-violent resistance to Israel’s separation wall built on their land.

Rabbi Brant Rosen: Jews in Solidarity with Palestinians

Monday, April 29, 2013 - 7:00pm

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions & Beyond

Rabbi Brant Rosen is the Rabbi of Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC) in Evanston, IL. He is the co-founder of Ta’anit Tzedek – Jewish Fast for Gaza and serves as the Chairperson of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council. He blogs regularly at Shalom Rav (http://rabbibrant.com/).

Iowans say pull the Pentagon pork

AFSC AND CPM GATHER TO SEND SEQUESTATION MESSAGE: TRANSFER PENTAGON SPENDING INTO HUMAN NEEDS

A parishioner reflects on Israel-Palestine

At the request of other St. Boniface parishioners in Waukee, Iowa, Lisa Bean asked Kathleen McQuillen from AFSC Iowa to make a presentation at the parish about the unrest in Israel/Palestine. The attachment is Lisa’s report from the presentation, her personal reflection on the situation, and resources one might access to learn more about the situation.

 

Lisa Bean presentation on Israel-Palestine

At the request of other St. Boniface parishioners in Waukee, Iowa, Lisa Bean asked Kathleen McQuillen from the American Friends Service Committee to make a presentation at her parish about the unrest in Israel/Palestine. Below is Lisa’s report from the presentation, her personal reflection on the situation, and resources one might access to learn more about the situation.

 

Iowa religious leaders urge bold U.S. initiative for Israeli-Palestinian peace

Following up on an interfaith statement developed among national religious leaders, Iowa Christian Bishops and Muslim faith leaders issued a recent statement encouraging President Obama to take “bold new initiatives” to advance a just peace in Israel and Palestine. This is a most timely push from the faith communities with the President scheduled to travel to Israel and Palestine in March.

Iowans say: Invest in People, Not the Pentagon

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 2:00pm

Federal Budget Banner

40 foot banner showing that over 50% of the federal discretionary budget goes to military spending

The big "sequestration" goes into effect on Friday with tremendously negative impacts on our communities and schools.

Please join AFSC, Catholic Peace Ministry and others as we unfurl a 20-foot banner depicting the US military budget vs all other components of discretionary spending (healthcare, education, environment, etc.). Our message is simple: Invest in People, Not the Pentagon.

We will gather in front of the-- soon to be closed-- Gateway School (1800 Grand) at 2:00 this Thursday, Feb. 28.  

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