Thursday, May 6, 2021

Apartheid Then and Now

 By Eloise Cranke, Reprinted with permission, first printed for MEPEC (Middle East Peace Education Coalition)

A recent webinar, sponsored by UMKR (United Methodists for Kairos Response) and MFSA (Methodist Federation for Social Action) compared apartheid in South Africa with what’s happening in Palestine today. The similarities were striking.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Peace Activists Confront Saudi Propaganda Mill In Des Moines

 By Brian Terrell

On Tuesday, April 13, a dozen people representing Iowa Peace Network, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Catholic Peace Ministry and Strangers and Guests Catholic Worker Farm attempted to visit the offices of public relations and marketing firm LS2group in Des Moines, with a banner that read, “LS2group- DON’T LOBBY for War Crimes and Murder, drop SAUDI ARABIA.”

Friday, April 2, 2021

Statement from UMC Bishop Laurie Haller about recent gun violence

By Iowa United Methodist Church Bishop Laurie Haller

 In response to the recent shootings that killed eight people, including six Asian-Americans, in Atlanta and ten people in Boulder, Bishop Laurie released the following pastoral letter to Dakotas and Iowa United Methodists.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

A Message from the Most Bombed Nation on Earth


Over 900 nuclear bomb tests were conducted on Shoshone territory in the US.  Residents still live with the consequences.


By Ian Zabarte; reprinted with permission; printed in “Nukewatch Quarterly” Fall 2020

You never know what is killing you when it is done in secret.

 I watched my uncle suffer from horrible cancer that ate away at his throat and my grandfather die of an auto-immune disease that is known to be caused by exposure to radiation.  They say he had a heart attack, but when your skin falls off, that puts stress on your heart.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Mission Accomplished: The Lie of War; book reviews

By Weldon D. Nisly 

(12 March 2021)

Robert Draper, To Start A War: How the Bush Administration Took America into War (Penguin Press, New York: 2020) 

Daniel A Sjursen, Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War
(Heydey, Berkeley, CA: 2020)

The lie of war is the tragic truth of America’s post-9/11 endless war. Two recent books confront the endless lies of endless war waged by the United States. Robert Draper and Danny Sjursen independently critique arguably the worst foreign policy blunder in U.S. history.

Friday, February 26, 2021

US: Take New Approach at Mexico Border

By:  Emily and David Goodner and the Iowa City Catholic Worker House team

 Separated from his family under “Remain in Mexico,” Alejandro now has new hope. But when will he see his son again? Check out this brand new Human Rights Watch video about our Iowa faith community's work and prayers for a new US approach at the border. .....

"Respect Me" a song about equality by Dodie Stevens

By Dodie Stevens, 2021

I wrote and recorded this song, “Respect Me” with my daughter, Stephanie, last year, which was prompted by the protests and riots regarding racial injustice and equality, that began after the police brutality and death of George Floyd.  And it was all captured on video!  I watched, through my tears, and couldn’t believe what I was seeing!

Friday, January 29, 2021

Vanessa Guillen and the Need for Accountability: Sexual Harassment and Assault in the Military

 By: Isidro Ortiz, Ph.D.;  reprinted with permission, first published in Draft Notices -Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft newsletter Vol. 41, No. 4; Oct.- Dec. 2020 

The murder of Army soldier Vanessa Guillen and the pleas by her family for action and accountability in the military continue to evoke actions in policy-making circles. During the week of September 12, members of Congress took a series of steps intended to prevent future tragedies.

President Biden: Rid the World of Nuclear Weapons

 “Op-ed” guest essay. 

By Robert Brammer and Tom Leffler.  Submitted Jan. 15, 2021; Published in the Des Moines Register Jan. 22, 2021

Many peace-advocates in the Des Moines area welcome the inauguration of President Joe Biden, who repeatedly has pledged to take swift and strong action to reduce the danger of nuclear conflict -- a threat that increased dramatically over the last four years.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Book Review: Trouble I've Seen- Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew G.I. Hart


By Christine Sheller

Ivester Church of the Brethren, rural Grundy Center, finished a book study on the book Trouble I've Seen- Changing the Way Church Views Racism by Drew H.I. Hart in late November.  I was able to read this book and thoughtfully went through study questions made available by Katelin Hansen, as well.

Hart is part of the Anabaptist tradition (includes the Mennonite Church, Church of the Brethren, and Brethren in Christ, as well as others.)  He is a pastor and speaker, theologian and blogger.

 In the first portion of the book he gave a description of his experience being African-American growing up with an affluent family, living in white neighborhoods and school districts, and the change that college brought.