Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie speaks against nuclear weapons at the annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemoration at the Japanese Bell on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol. To view a slideshow of photos by Frank Cordaro, please click here.
Large crowd convenes at Japanese Bell, recalls Hiroshima and Nagasaki; 22 organizations sponsor event
DES MOINES -- (Catholic Peace Ministry) A crowd of 100 assembled at the Japanese Bell on the Iowa State Capitol grounds Tuesday evening, August 9, 2011 to observe the 66th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The theme this year was "From Hiroshima to Fukashima: The Nuclear Fallout."
Sonia Tuma, regional director of AFSC's Central Regional Office in Des Moines, shares a smile with Grinnell College students Sara and Emma, who helped hang a smaller version of AFSC's Windows and Mirrors exhibit at the college in advance of FGC. Click here for a slideshow.
College promotional literature often talks of taking students “to new heights.” That became literal on June 28 as two Grinnell students assisted two AFSC staff in hanging a smaller version of AFSC’s Windows and Mirrors exhibit in FGC’s temporary bookstore space at Grinnell College in Iowa.
Supporters of peace march on June 6, 2011 in downtown Des Moines in an event organized by the Iowa Methodist Federation for Social Action. Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, holds the second "e" on the right.
By Rodger Routh, Des Moines area peace and justice videographer
Iowa Methodists and friends speak out for peace at their second annual peace and justice event. Bishop Julius Trimble helped gather these good people to say loud and clear that war is not the way to peace. End war now. Now is the time to speak out to government officials and tell them Bring the Troops Home. End the support of endless war. Use the dollars for the good of people and the earth, NOT destruction and violence!
Sara Crippen, an AFSC Iowa intern, describes her desire to continue work for immigrant rights.
If you want to catch Sara Crippen, you'd better lace up your track shoes. Tight.
A 2011 graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa and a member of the Central track team, Sara served as an intern during the spring semester with AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program in Des Moines. Every Tuesday afternoon, Sara assisted Jody Mashek, IVP Legal Services Director, with walk-in hours. With a beaming smile, Sara offered a warm welcome to immigrants seeking a variety of immigration legal services, including family reunification.
Sara Crippen, left, prepares for the start of the women's college distance medley relay at the 2011 Drake Relays in Des Moines. Sara served as an intern with AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program during the spring semester. Click here to view a slideshow.
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