On December 17-18, 2011, Occupy Des Moines forced the closure of President Obama's re-election headquarters. On December 19, 2011, eight members of Occupy Des Moines were arrested following a sit-in at the offices of the Iowa Democratic Party. Protesters were calling for President Obama to veto a massive war bill which codifies the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens. Occupiers also voiced opposition to the proposed tar sands oil pipeline, Obama's retreat on a millionaire's tax, and cuts in Pell Grant funding for students.
Jeffrey Weiss is Executive Director of Catholic Peace Ministry in Des Moines and the former Peace Education Director for AFSC in Iowa.
The night will feature a short lecture by Jeffrey J Weiss of the Catholice Peace Minsitry on the state of the Federal Budget, the Super-Committee wall, and threats to Iran. Stephen Toothman and representatives of 'Occupy Iowa' will then speak and answer queries about how you can help the 99 percent.
The public is invited and snacks will be available.
Sties: First Federated Church, 4801 Franklin Avenue, DM and Iowa Event Center -730 3rd Street, DM
From Occupy Des Moines:
"On Saturday, November 19, Occupy Des Moines members will take the grievances of the 99 percent directly to top decision-makers in both political parties. First, we'll take action at a GOP presidential candidate forum. Second, we'll take action at a Democratic fundraiser where they are demanding between $100-$5,000 just to get inside the doors.
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