Rev. Jesse Jackson and John Nichols of the Nation magazine enjoy a wide-ranging conversation on the history and current reality of the progressive movement in the United States. This pre-caucus forum was held at First Unitarian Church in Des Moines, Iowa on December 30, 2011.
Iowa Move to Amend is sponsoring a Paricipatory Democracy Training for a petition campaign to abolish corporate personhood, end corporate rule and create a democracy that works for all of us. Ben Manski will conduct the training.
What is the role of the church in the Occupy movement? Occupy has shined a glaring light on the shameful and crippling wealth disparity in this country. This wealth disparity does not stand alone; it creates as well a democracy disparity.
What does this have to do with the church? Please join in a discussion of these issues. Leaders for this discussion are Jeffrey Weiss, (Catholic Peace Ministry) and Kathleen McQuillen (American Friends Service Committee).
Students Beyond War brought messages of peace and lumps of coal to four presidental campaign offices in Des Moines on a cold, sunny day before Christmas. The high-schoolers called upon all the presidential contenders to move "toward a civilian economy and away from perpetual warfare."
The students found Mitt Romney's and Newt Gingrich's offices locked, but were able to speak with campaign staffers for Barack Obama and Michele Bachmann. KCCI TV in Des Moines filed this report.
Iowans gather in front of the state capitol to Occupy Des Moines in October 2011. For a slideshow of images, please click here.
[From an Occupy Des Moines newsrelease 12/15/11] - Occupy Des Moines will stage the first-in-the-nation "Occupy Iowa Caucus" - otherwise known as the "People's Caucus" - on Tuesday, December 27th from 7:00-10:30 pm, pre-empting the political parties January 3 Iowa Caucus....
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?
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.
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