Even as combat troops are pulled out of Iraq, 50,000 troops remain along with a surge in private contractors (75,000 and counting), along with numerous military bases. It is time to end the occupation. And time to end the occupation of Afghanistan. Time to end the drone attacks in Pakestan, Yemen and Somalia. Time to end the funding of Israel's occupation of Palestine. Bring all the troops home and stop funding wars and occupations. Demonstration and street theater.
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Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie spoke at an April 2009 rally celebrating the Iowa Supreme Court's decision in support of same-sex marriage. Mayor Cownie is also active with Mayors for Peace.
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE TO WEDNESDAY, JULY 28. At the last meeting of the Des Moines Area Ecumenical Peace Committee, it was voted to work with Kathleen McQuillen of AFSC on getting the Des Moines City Council to pass a resolution calling attention to the hardship that military spending creates for meeting public needs. Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie will meet with the Peace Committee to discuss developing a strategy for such a resolution.
Andy Carl, executive director of Conciliation Resources has written an opinion piece on the recent Supreme Court opinion allowing the government to press terrorism related charges against those teaching peaceful conflict resolution and mediation to terrorists. Many organizations, including AFSC, have spent many years working for peace in areas of conflict, and believes that peace must include dialog with all parties.
A mural depicting an eye has given Southampton Intermediate School students a glimpse into Afghanistan’s rugged mountains, patchwork of tribal cultures and sacred caves—and the war that overshadows that all.
The Eyes Wide Open exhibit, created by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), is a living memorial to the military personnel and civilians killed in Iraq and Afghanistan-- and a stark reminder of the human cost of war. Eyes Wide Open: The Human Cost of War first opened in Chicago's Federal Plaza with just over 500 pairs of boots in January 2004. Since its last display on Memorial Day weekend 2007 with over 3,400 pairs of boots the exhibition has been divided into state displays to travel to smaller cities and towns.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.