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Occupy Des Moines

Occupy Des Moines

Friends Talk Occupy in Des Moines

What would William Penn think of today's Occupy movement? As Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, noted in a recent second-hour discussion with the Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting, Penn observed that the love of money is the root of all evil, which seems like a reasonable link with today's Occupiers. McQuillen added that the widening wealth gap in our country has created an extreme democracy gap; both are driving today's calls for change.

Occupy Des Moines to march to statehouse

Occupy Des Moines in front of the State Capitol

Iowans gather in front of the state capitol to Occupy Des Moines in October 2011. For a slideshow of images, please click here.

Photo: AFSC
Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 7:00pm

Occupy the courts rally, soapbox, and Raging Grannies concert

Sherry Hutchison and the Raging Grannies

A member of WILPF and Des Moines Valley Friends, Sherry Hutchison performs with the Raging Grannies at a 2011 AFSC-sponsored peace-through-art event in Des Moines.

Photo: AFSC / Jon Krieg
Friday, January 20, 2012 - 9:30pm

People's Caucus set for December 27 in Des Moines

Occupy Des Moines in front of the State Capitol

Iowans gather in front of the state capitol to Occupy Des Moines in October 2011. For a slideshow of images, please click here.

Photo: AFSC
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 (All day)

Kathleen McQuillen on Occupy Des Moines

What's the relationship between Occupy Des Moines and AFSC? How are nonviolence trainings, co-led by AFSC, affecting this new movement, and how might people of faith play a role in lifting up shared concerns about the vast disparity in wealth and political power in the U.S.? Are we witnessing the birth of a new form of participatory democracy?

In this December 20, 2011 interview with co-worker Jon Krieg, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator Kathleen McQuillen shares her thoughts about the Occupy movement. She invites yours at KMcquillen@afsc.org.

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