About Iyyad Rayyan, AFSC Iowa Middle East Peace intern

Iyyad Rayyan

Palestinian Iyyad Rayyan, an intern with AFSC in Iowa, talks about working in the United States for Middle East peace.

Struggling in Solidarity - Catholic Workers Return from Palestine

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 7:00pm

Jessica Reznicek and Julie Brown will share their first-hand accounts of  the time they spent as international solidarity activists in the occupied West Bank.

Jessica and Julie were sent to Palestine by the Catholic Worker Rachel Corrie Project to be  part of the Michigan Peace Team protective accompaniment project during the month of February.

Through slides and stories they will share stories of the Palestinian people; their courage & their resilience in the face of an oppressive military occupation.

Rabbi Rosen answers questions from Iowans

Rabbi Brant Rosen

Rabbi Brant Rosen speaks at Drake 4-29-13

Rabbi Brant Rosen speaks at Drake University on April 29, 2013. More photos from Rabbi Rosen's talk are available here.

Rabbi Rosen answers questions from Iowans as summarized by Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator.

A courageous rabbi shares his journey to Palestinian solidarity

“The news out of Israel and Gaza today makes me sick to my stomach,” wrote Rabbi Brant Rosen in his December 28, 2008 blog. “No more rationalizations. What Israel has been doing to the people of Gaza is an outrage.”

March for peace and social justice

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 12:15pm

(Note change of venue)

Workshop on prison reform, restorative justice, racial profiling

Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 8:30am

The book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, was studied by many people in the Des Moines area for the last few months.  Now there will be a 1/2 day workshop on how to move forward on prison reform, restorative justice in our schools, changes in racial profiling in Des Moines area, and Re-entry groups to lessen recividism.

It will be held at the Unitarian Church on 1800 Bell next Sat., April 27th, from 9:00-12:00 with registration starting at 8:30.  The workshop is free! It's calling all of us to action in Des Moines!!

Michael McConnell on the Power of One

Screen grab: Michael McConnell speaks in Des Moines

Michael McConnell reminds us of the power each of us has to build peace and justice. Michael was regional director of AFSC's Midwest Region until his death on April 7, 2013, after a courageous dance with cancer.

Des Moines to call for Pentagon cuts on Tax Day

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:30am

Budget Banner in Des Moines 2013

Budget Banner in Des Moines 2013

AFSC's budget banner, showing the majority of U.S. discretionary spending going to the Pentagon, shows up outside a middle school slated for closure in Des Moines.

Join us in Des Moines as part of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Come help hold the banner and reach fellow taxpayers with the message: Fund human needs, not Pentagon waste!

Sponsored by AFSC Iowa and Catholic Peace Ministry

For more information:; 515-274-4851, ext. 22

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We can do something about the drone strike policy

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 7:00pm

Drone protester in Des Moines

Drone protester in Des Moines

Dan Hughes of Des Moines holds a sign outside the Des Moines airport protesting plans to operate drones at the national guard base there.

Catholic Peace Ministry is pleased to announce that Robert Naiman will be giving a talk entitled "We Can Do Something About the Drone Strike Policy" on May 1 at 7 pm. (AFSC Iowa, Vets for Peace, PSR, MFSA and the Des Moines Catholic Worker are co-sponsors.)

What Will You Risk for Peace? A Palm Sunday Challenge

By Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator

Overcoming Fear-Embracing Peace was the theme of the 9th annual Palm Sunday peace procession organized by the Des Moines Area Ecumenical Committee for Peace. The procession from the Iowa Capitol to St. Paul’s Episcopal cathedral commemorates Jesus’ march into Jerusalem; reminding us that the first Palm Sunday march was intended as a challenge to the military, civic, and religious powers.

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