Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Listening and Standing With ( at Standing Rock)

I first learned about CPT as a young child, when a member of my church joined a delegation to Palestine.  This was the late 90’s, and CPT was standing alongside Palestinians facing home demolitions (the Campaign for Secure Dwellings).  I didn’t fully understand why Israeli military forces were demolishing people’s homes and taking their land, but instinctively I knew that it was wrong.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Loving our Captive Neighbor

By Hannah Maselli, from a blog; and first printed in The Friend, (Nov. 2016), a publication of Friends United Meeting in Iowa; reprinted with permission

What is the value of a human life?  Does all life have the same value?  Does value depend on the services that life can provide?  Is there some sort of tangible baseline of value for a human being?  These are the questions we approach when dealing with the telltale degradation of human life crossing many cultures, regions, societies, income classes, genders, and ages:  human trafficking.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan. 16

In honor of Martin Luther King Day Jan. 16, IPN would like to pass on some wisdom from King’s writings.  First, are six statements about nonviolence.  Second is a poem about values.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sat., Dec. 3 IPN Holiday Open House a Success

By Christine Sheller

The Saturday afternoon Holiday Open House and Alternative Gift Fair held by Iowa Peace Network last week Dec. 3, was a success. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Fee and Dividend Plan Would Curb Climate Change

We have a gigantic pricing mistake in our country. We currently don’t charge anyone anything for the waste products produced when fossil fuels are burned. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Restorative Justice in Polk County

Two sisters, one a high school junior and the other an eighth grader, sat at the table with their mother in a Des Moines church basement.  They were joined by the Loss Prevention Officer (LPO) of a major department store and two AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy) mediators.  As one of the mediators, I called the group together to conduct a restorative justice circle, a piece of the Des Moines Police Department’s Second Chance Program. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mississippi Stand is Only Stronger after Eviction Threat

From: Mississippi Stand <>
Date: Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 12:52 PM
Subject: Mississippi Stand is Only Stronger after Eviction Threat

Dear Water Protector,

As you may have heard, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department served our Mississippi Stand Camp an eviction notice Tuesday night (Oct. 4th) as the sun set over the Mississippi, effective Thursday, Oct 6th.

In the wee hours of this Thursday morning, the Lee County Sheriff’s department hovered around the camp as if they meant to intimidate us from continuing our mission to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

CPS in Iowa

By Bill Douglas

            This is the field where the battle did not happen
            ...Where no monument stands.
--William Stafford, CPS participant; put to music by John Gorka

The Bill Galvin article in the summer issue of Dovetail provided a good national overview of the Civilian Public Service, which was organized to give conscientious objectors options for alternative service during World War II.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hiroshima/ Nagasaki: A Call from Civil Society to End the Menace of Nuclear Terror- Remembrance Service held in Des Moines Tues., Aug. 9, 2016

    Approximately 100 people participated in the annual event in Des Moines to remember the terrible atomic bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945- 71 years ago.

McClatchy: US Workers Died from Weapons Work

Editor’s note: After a year-long investigation, a book-length Special Report by McClatchy* finds that at least 33,480 US nuclear weapons factory workers died of illnesses caused by radiation exposures received on the job. Following is McClatchy’s summary of its December 11, 2015 report.**