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.
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.
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.