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Nonviolent civil disobedience training - Occupy Des Moines

Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 11:30am

Occupy Des Moines members Frank Cordaro, Ed Fallon and Megan Felt will facilitate a participatory nonviolent civil disobedience training in preparation for occupying the campaign offices of presidential candidates in December. This is just an introduction. Highly recommended to beginners and people interested in finding out more about what nonviolence civil disobedience is all about. All are welcome. Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Join Occupy Des Moines for a fun and informative nonviolent civil disobedience training. Strength in unity, hope in resistance, power in numbers.

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.

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.

Education is Top Priority at Penny Peace Poll

Iowans Use “Common Cents” on Federal Spending

By Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator

Early October shoppers looking for bargains on jeans or Halloween masks at Valley West Mall in West Des Moines, Iowa rated schools, health care and the environment above military spending at a “penny peace poll” organized by AFSC’s Iowa Office and volunteers.

Eyewitness to Occupy Des Moines

By Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator

Ancient Wisdom and Peacemaking with Geral Blanchard

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 6:30pm

Geral Blanchard

Geral Blanchard, left, visits with friends in Africa.

Geral Blanchard, left, visits with friends in Africa as they teach him about peacemaking and healing.

Through words and photos, Geral Blanchard will examine interpersonal violence in indigenous societies, noting how resolution often entails making conflict resolution processes into sacred ceremonies. He will draw examples from the Hollow Water Ojibwa First Nation of Canada, the Q'ero of Peru, and various African tribes. Moving from the micro to the macro, Geral will stimulate discussion on how sacred indigenous traditions can be brought to the world stage to address international conflicts.

Salt of this Sea movie showing

Monday, July 25, 2011 - 6:30pm


Public Forum on the Psychological Cost of War

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 6:30pm

Mollie Michelfelder

Mollie Michelfelder

Mollie Michelfelder, MSW, works with trauma survivors at Friends House in Des Moines.

Please join us for the first of two public forums on the real costs of war.

Psychological Cost of War: “No One Comes Through Unscathed” --Edward Tick; Psychotherapist/Veterans counselor

Film clip: Wartorn 1861-2010: exploring combat and PTSD

Discussion with Mollie Michelfelder, LISW specializing with PTSD clients, including returning soldiers.

Refreshments and community time to follow.

PTSD Brochure

This brochure describing PTSD was developed by AFSC Iowa interns in June 2011.

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