The Occupy Wall Street Movement continues to fight economic injustice and corporate greed. Occupy Des Moines celebrates its 1st anniversary by reaching out to the community to join us in confronting economic inequality. We are expanding our movement and this event is an opportunity to learn about Occupy and how you can make a difference.
Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of FCNL (Friends Committee on National Legislation, will speak on “Eleven Years is Too Long: Ending the War in Afghanistan.” Randall, a Quaker, has been engaged in peace work since the 1980’s Nuclear Freeze movement and now leads FCNL, the oldest ecumenical lobby in Washington D.C. FCNL lobbies on a wide range of social justice, environmental, and peace issues, including finding peaceful solutions to deadly conflict.
Kathy Kelly is Co-coordinator of Creative Voices for Non-Violence, and a three time Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She has visited Afghanistan seven times since May 2010, bringing back stories of the way war impacts the lives of ordinary people.
A reception celebrating the opening of Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War inAfghanistan mural exhibit at Coralville Public Library will be Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 1 to 3:30 pm in Meeting Room A on the library’s lower level. Windows & Mirrors is a provocative art exhibit on the human cost of war and features reproductions of murals created by U.S. and international artists to memorialize the civilian causalities in Afghanistan.
Coleen Rowley grew up in New Hampton, IA and became Time Magazine's Person of the Year for her work uncovering intelligence failures before September 11th. Rowley, though no longer working for the Federal Government, has worked for peace and moving the U.S. away from pereptual war by encouraging all sides of the political spectrum, including Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party, to work together in changing US foreign policy.
Hector is a Dreamer and a volunteer with AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program. Here he describes what Deferred Action means for him and why volunteering is so important for developing leadership in the Latino community.
From left, Chet Guinn, Sue Dinsdale and scultptor Ron Dinsdale stand by "Path of Peace," a ten-ton limestone sculpture depicting three entwined doves. For more photos of the installation, click here.
Please join us for an interfaith prayer service featuring a powerful and inspiring, original video by Rodger Routh, presenting images of peace from various faith traditions and a variety of perspectives. At the end of the service people will walk to the Path of Peace Sculpture nearby to scatter the soil gathered from representatives of many different faiths at last year’s Interfaith Service.
Please join us as we celebrate our common heritage of humanitarian action at the 2012 Iowa Hunger Summit, the kick-off to our annual World Food Prize events. The sixth annual Iowa Hunger Summit will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 16, at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. This year's events will focus on the role of collaboration and coalitions in combatting hunger, with a special emphasis on hunger among senior citizens.
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