Today, Thurs., April 2 and available ongoing
CPT webinar: "Peacebuilding in Colombia"
What:  In October 2019, CPT Colombia held a live webinar in English and Spanish where they spoke on the realities of their work in Colombia after the peace agreements and the demobilization of the largest guerrilla group.
 Watch the recorded webinar and learn from the team about the history of Colombia and their accompaniment of farmers in their non-violent resistance and how you can engage in peacemaking. The webinar is available in Spanish and English.  Click here to register for a recorded session!  For more you can do for justice in Columbia, email for other things listed in CPT’s email!

Fri., April 3-  POSTPONED
Des Moines
Polyglot- International Trivia Night hosted by Iowa International Center
What:  Trivia night to benefit Iowa International Center.  International facts are the focus of the trivia!
When:  4-6 pm Social Hour;  6 pm Trivia Starts
Where:  Peace Tree Brewing, 317 E Court Ave., Des Moines
More:  Freewill Donation, no entry fee. Register at the door or at this link:
Sponsors:  Thanks to Peace Tree Brewing and West Bank for supporting this event!    

Sat., April 4
STATE CCL (Citizen’s Climate Lobby) Mtg.
What:  We will have a Zoom-only meeting on April 4 that will include training in scheduling and presentations. (So no in-person meeting in Cedar Rapids.) 
When:  Here are the details (all times are Central Time):
Saturday, April 4, 2020, Iowa CCL State Meeting
  12:30 to 1:30 pm: Workshop on scheduling presentations, led by David Cain, a CCL volunteer in California with a lot of experience giving presentations.
1:45 pm to 3:15 pm: Iowa CCL Meeting and Discussion
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm: Workshop on giving presentations led by David Cain.
You can attend any one of these, or any two, or all three. Of course I encourage you all, and the chapter, to attend all three.
Note:  Sign in 15 minutes early if you can so we have a chance to say "hi" to each other and exchange virtual hugs and handshakes.
More:  To join any of these meetings:  email for details from the Iowa CCL email.

Sat., April 4
Des Moines
Dark Night of the Soul: A Song & A Prayer
What:  Loreena McKennitt's song, Dark Night of the Soul, is a musical rendition of St. John of the Cross' spiritual classic, which narrates the soul's journey to union with God. It speaks of growing beyond the clarity and comfort of 'head knowledge' to the loving, yet often disorienting, realm of 'knowing with the heart.' This morning of prayer will reflect upon the song, and our own experience of moving from the head to the heart.
When:The event will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Where:  Emmaus House (1521 Center Street, Des Moines).
More:  The suggested offering is $30.
Contact:  For more information, or to register, click here!

Sun., April 5- CANCELLED
Des Moines
What:  You are invited to participate in this annual observance on Sunday, April 5th.  When & Where: Folks will gather at 2:45 PM at the West Terrace of the Capitol.  The Procession, led by a donkey, will begin at 3:00 and will go to Capitol Hill Lutheran Church, 511 Des Moines Street, where the Service will begin at 3:30.
More:  Keynote speaker for the Service will be Michael McPhearson, immediate past National Executive Director, Veterans for Peace, who will address the theme of "Just Peace."  Come raise your voices and prayers calling for diplomacy and an end to conflicts, and expressing our opposition to war.  Please join us!
Sponsors:  Many sponsors, including Iowa Peace Network

Mon., April 6
WILPF Book Club
What:  The Club meets most Monday mornings.  Their current read is Just Mercy by Brian Stephensen.  Stephensen graduated from Harvard Law School and went south - first to Georgia and then Alabama - to prove the innocence of people, mostly people of color, who were in prison-many on death row.  All are welcome! 
When:  10:00am, by video conference
 Thanks to Linda Lemons, they are now meeting via zoom.  Let Linda (229-1404, or Carolyn (; 515-779-1680) know if you’d like to join the club.

Mon., April 6
WILPF Des Moines Branch Meeting
What: We’ll hold our meeting by audio or video conferencing, you choose the best way for you, via Zoom.
As we practice necessary skills to protect ourselves and others from COVID- 19 by maintaining physical distance, we also realize the importance of maintaining social connections and our ongoing advocacy for peace, justice, and democracy.  Therefore, the WILPF Des Moines Leadership Team has decided to hold our April monthly meeting by zoom.  The focus of the meeting will be to hear how each of us are being impacted by the pandemic of our times, as well as any announcements members would like to share.  After check-in – we’ll conduct our business including any reports & announcements, including the very important announcement that nominations for the Leadership Team are open.  See below for more from the Nominations/elections Committee.  If time permits, we’ll hear your reaction and feedback to the WILPF Des Moines Branch’s violence & harassment policy, attached, that was distributed at the March meeting. However, no vote will be taken at this meeting.  
When: 6-7:30pm. 
More:  To join the meeting by video using the video capabilities on your computer, please click on the following link. The call will be live at 5:50 to give folks a chance to get in. Email for Zoom mtg. link sent from WILPF.    

Tues., April 7
Across the country- online
Free Webinar:  David Swanson on Ending War
Note:  This event is sponsored by the Dallas Peace and Justice Center, Pax Christi Dallas, Code Pink, and Veterans for Peace. It was to take place at the Peace Chapel in Dallas, Texas, but has been moved online, and the sponsors have generously made it available free to anyone anywhere.
What:  David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is executive director of World BEYOND War and campaign coordinator for Swanson hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, and was awarded the 2018 Peace Prize by the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation.
Swanson's books include War Is A Lie, Peace Almanac, Curing Exceptionalism, When the World Outlawed War, War Is Never Just, and most recently 20 Dictators Currently Supported by the United States.
Also joining this webinar will be World BEYOND War Organizing Director Greta Zarro!
When:  7-9 pm CST
More:  The webinar will be hosted on Zoom and livestreamed via Facebook. Participants can join via a device with an internet connection, or dial in via telephone. Once you register, you will receive an email with the livestream link and call-in information. The webinar will be recorded and available for viewing afterwards.
Click here to RSVP.    

Tues., April 7
“What caused the Climate Emergency?” webinar from The Climate Mobilization
What:  The Climate Emergency, coronavirus, and a devastating recession — we now find ourselves in the middle of several emergencies, with little reprieve in sight.
What got us here? Where do we go from here? And how can we find community in crisis?
This month, you’ll get the chance to explore these questions and more on a special webinar series for Climate Mobilization organizers and friends.
When: The first call will take place this coming Tuesday night, April 7, at 7 pm CST.
Where:  the comfort of your own home!
More:  Don’t miss out — Register here for Tuesday night’s call.
On the call, policy expert, organizer and Climate Mobilization co-founder Ashik Siddique will lead a training on the root causes of the Climate Emergency and create space for us to reflect together on what that means for our work.
And stay tuned — we’re planning even more online workshops and gatherings for the weeks of April 13, 20 and 27. Look out for the launch of Margaret Klein Salamon’s radical self-help book, Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth, featuring David Wallace Wells and Mary Heglar.

Tues., April 7
Webinar on Health and Food Security
What:  From Growing Hope Globally:   Please join us from the comfort of your home on Tuesday, April 7for a webinar on the link between health and food security. 
When: 6:30pm Central/ 7:30 Eastern
More:   Click here for more info and to register for the webinar.  [ Growing Hope Globally is an organization that is active in several rural areas in Iowa.  People come together and donate fields of grain or money from selling garden items to GHG (Growing Hope Globally).  They, in turn, teach farmers in third-world countries farming techniques, food security measures, and more.  (See more at their website linked above.) ]

Ames, IA
Lecture:  "Surviving Hiroshima and the Struggle for a Nuclear-Free World" - hear from speaker Michimasa Hirata
What: When he was 9 years old, Michimasa Hirata survived the nuclear bomb that was dropped less than a mile from his home in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Japan did not acknowledge survivors or their stories and many survivors hid their injuries and stories for fear of discrimination. Hirata came to Iowa State to study for a Master’s degree in Chemistry.
When:  7:00 PM
Where:  Great Hall, Memorial Union, ISU, Ames, IA
More:  What Hirata learned about those he met at Iowa State and in Iowa changed his opinion of America. It was not until 1995 that Hirata began to speak out about his experience as a survivor and he began advocating all over the work of nuclear disarmament. His work has been recognized by the United Nations and he has spoken in more than a dozen countries about his journey. With the 70th anniversary of the bombing 2020, Hirata will visit Iowa to finally share his story at his alma mater.

Thurs., April 9
Across the country
National Fast for Yemen
What:  From Voices for a Creative Nonviolence: On Thursday, April 9, fast from sunrise to sunset in solidarity with the people of Yemen. Together, we will abstain from food and water to call attention to the millions of Yemenis facing starvation, thirst, disease, and political violence.
Pledge to fast on this website
(Abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset in solidarity with the millions of Yemenis facing thirst and starvation.)

Mon., April 13
New Online Course:
War Abolition 201: Building the Alternative Global Security System
What:  There is no requirement to have completed War Abolition 101.
With what do we replace the war system (aka the military-industrial-corporate-governmental complex)? What truly makes us secure? What are the moral, social, political, philosophical and pragmatic foundations of an alternative global security system – a system in which peace is pursued by peaceful means? What actions and strategies might we pursue in building this system? War Abolition 201 explores these questions and more with the goal of engaging students in learning that leads to action.
Instructors will include: Leah Bolger, Rivera Sun, Kathy Kelly, Phill Gittins, John Reuwer, and David Swanson.
When:  The course will be taught April 13 to May 24, 2020. 
More:  Prior to the start date, you will be sent a link to access the course. Each week, an instructor will provide text and video, and interact with participants in a discussion forum. The interactions are not live or scheduled. You take part on whatever days and times work for you during the course.
  Each week, an instructor will assign an optional written assignment, and will return the assignment to the student with detailed feedback.
 The cost of the course ($100 U.S.) is the same for someone completing all, some, or none of the assignments.
 A certificate will be provided to those who complete all assignments.
 To register by check, 1. Reply to this email or Contact World BEYOND War to let us know! and 2. Make the check out to World BEYOND War/AFGJ and send it to World BEYOND War 513 E Main St #1484 Charlottesville VA 22902 USA.

Des Moines
Iowa Global Engagement Symposium & Networking Forum
What:  You’re invited to join us to learn and share experiences with and perspectives on innovation in international outreach. The purpose of the symposium is to have a dialogue and ultimately stimulate intentional global scale engagement and discuss strategies for institutions and individuals to continue (and ideally expand) their involvement in global programs. The symposium will also sport a selection of brief display and poster talks relating to current programs and projects with a global focus, followed by facilitated networking on innovation in global engagement.  We are looking for individuals and groups interested in global engagement and we are open to all manner of posters on various international engagement topics.
When:  begins 8:30 a.m.
Where:   1306 Elings Hall, Iowa State University (Ames).
More:  For more information, or to register, click here!

Starting Wed., April 15- KEEP POSTED FOR UPDATES
Ankeny, IA    
JustFaith- Living Compassionately: Caring for the Poor
What:  JustFaith is designed for people who want to live more simply, love more compassionately, and make a difference by responding to the needs of the world. This small group program will help you explore today’s issues through the lens of your faith and formulate a personal/group response. Through prayer, engaging reading, thought-provoking dialogue and relationship building, you’ll share a journey of faith that invites you to consider how you can “be the change” in our world.
 JustFaith is made up of three stand-alone, eight-week sessions that can be taken individually or together, in any order at any location.
- Living Compassionately: Caring for the Poor
Participants focus on poverty, consumerism, and the Gospel call to care for the poor.
When:  Wednesday Evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., April 15-June 3, 2020
Where:  Ankeny, First United Methodist Church (Uptown Campus), 206 SW Walnut Street, Ankeny, Iowa |
More:   Facilitators: Matt Phoenix | Cost: $80 | Register Online

Des Moines
Progressive Voices present Joe Jencks in Concert
What:  Progressive Voices presents Joe Jencks in Concert.  Sung with passion and delivered in his rich tenor voice, his moving and stunning songs of hope, redemption, connection and remembrance are a balm for the times. Joe Jencks is an international touring musician, award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness and spiritual exploration.
When:  7:30-9:30 pm
Where:  First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave, Des Moines
More:  A 20-year veteran of the international Folk circuit, Jencks has released 15 CDs in that time. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.
PARKING: Primary parking lot located just south of Bell Ave. & Druid Hill Dr., just east of the church. Smaller lot with handicap parking located just south of Bell Ave. & Cassady Dr.  Street parking also available on Druid Hill & Cassady Drives. 
TICKETS:  $25 at the door. 
Seating is general admission, except reserved seating section for season ticket holders.  Doors to the auditorium open at 7 p.m.


1.)  From Corporate Accountability:  People continue to suffer through the profound effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the emerging economic recession, selflessly offering mutual aid and assistance to one another. But at the same time, Big Polluters like the fossil fuel industry and the aviation industry are instead trying to cash in on Congress’ emergency relief legislation.
The relief bill proposal that the Senate passed once again puts the harmful interests of polluters over people, even in the face of an equally profound climate crisis that also requires our immediate attention. Writeto your members of Congress and demand aid to people, not polluters and corporate interests.

2.)     The 2020 election turnout rate is expected to be the largest in decades — possibly even the highest presidential turnout rate in more than one hundred years — with some predictions estimating that as many as two-thirds of all eligible voters may cast a ballot.

In order to provide all voters access to the polls, and the right to have their voice heard, we must demand our state election officials are doing everything they can to ensure all potential issues are being addressed ahead of Election Day, including: investing in Election Day resources such as poll workers and voting machines; establishing polling place accessibility for all eligible voters; and creating an Election Day emergency preparedness plan.

The people are ready to share their voice. Now is the time to enact policies and procedures to make sure they can do just that.

Sign the petition: Demand your state election officials enact policies and procedures ahead of Election Day 2020 in order to ensure we all have access to vote.

3.)    Tell HHS Secretary Azar:

"The coronavirus is a public health crisis, not an opportunity for Big Pharma to get rich at our expense. Use every tool at your disposal, including Section 1498 and the Defense Production Act, to make sure coronavirus medicines are affordable for everyone.."  Add your name>>

4.)    Doctors and Nurses are putting their lives on the line during the COVID-19 epidemic. We’ve seen heartbreaking images on social media of health care workers wrapped in trash bags, with inadequate masks, still treating patients at the risk of their own lives―because that’s what doctors and nurses do.

Donald Trump could stop this by using the Defense Production Act to order mask production in America. But we can’t wait for Trump to come to his senses and do the right thing. Health care workers need masks now.

That’s why Social Security Works is proud to be a part of Masks for America, a crowdfunding operation to get masks directly to health care facilities that need them.

5.)    From Nonviolent Peaceforce:  A big thank you to so many of you who joined our online café last Thursday! Over 80 people came together to discuss a reawakening to nonviolence during this time. Participants described the discussion as "inspiring, hopeful, powerful, uniting, cathartic and emotive." If you wanted to join but weren't able to, please click here to watch the recording.  Stay tuned for info on upcoming online cafes!

6.)    From WOLA (the Washington Office on Latin America):  A lot of our work is moving online for the near future. That's one reason why we wanted to let you know we're launching Latin America in Review, a monthly digest highlighting what our staff is working on at this crucial moment for human rights advocacy.
In this space, you'll find updates like:

-Webinars bringing together activists, experts, and other courageous people fighting for social change.
-In-depth discussions in the Latin America Today podcast.
-Making sense of the Americas' most urgent human rights issues in op-eds and commentaries.
-Research and reports that propose concrete policy solutions.

You can also stay up-to-date on the latest news about our work and community by visiting our website and following us on social media.

7.)    Des Moines Catholic Worker
DM Catholic Worker has an immediate need for donations of the following items!
Peanut butter
Dried milk
Spaghetti sauce
BBQ sauce
Any kind of ready to serve meats (Vienna sausages, spam, tuna chicken
maxipads (feminine hygiene)
velveeta cheese
chocolate chips or m and m's for trail mix
socks for guests
hand warmers
new underwear for men large and extra large and 2x
new underwear for women -large extra large and 2x
Gloves for the house( large and medium)
microwaveable mac and cheese
Donations can be brought to the back door of Dingman House. Please call ahead of time to make sure someone is present to receive the donation. For more information, or for the latest updates on DMCW needs, please contact Ruth Michelle Hart by e-mail at, or by phone at (515) 305-4345.

8.)  From Friends of the Earth:  Our leaders must provide life-saving equipment to health-care workers on the front lines of this crisis. But they’ll only act under pressure from constituents like you.


On Friday, the U.S. Department of the Interior ordered that the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's reservation land be disestablished.1

The Mashpee Wampanoag, the People of the First Light, have occupied the same region for over 12,000 years and have faced diminishment of their homelands since colonization. The latest decision is a blow to tribal sovereignty and undermines the future and sustainability of the tribal nation.
The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, the very tribe that welcomed the Pilgrims in the 1600s, is at risk of losing what is left of their homelands due to a determination made by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

10.)From AFSC: No one should live in fear of being torn from their families and communities. But right now, hundreds of thousands of people who came to the U.S. as children could face deportation under President Trump’s efforts to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Tell your senators: Pass the Dreamand Promise Act—and reject any provisions that would make relief for DACA recipients dependent on increased funding for detention, deportation, or the militarization of border communities.

11.) From Codepink: In confronting COVID-19, we are inspired by the recent plea from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a global ceasefire. “The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war,” Guterres said. “It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives.”

Add your name in support of thismonumental statement. The Pope has echoed this call and by March 31, 53 nations had signed on — calling on warring parties to pull back from hostilities, silence their guns, stop the artillery and end the airstrikes. No time is riper than the current one to end wars and focus all our resources on global health.

12.)  From Progress America:  Sign the Petition

"Support protecting our democracy by setting up non-partisan commissions to draw election maps that are fair."

13.) ¡Presente! ¡Presente! ¡Presente!

¡Presente! means "here" or "present" in Spanish. There is a long tradition in Latin American movements for justice of invoking the memory of those who have lost their lives in the struggle. Since March 19th, six Human Rights Defenders have been killed. We ask that you say their names out loud followed by ¡Presente! to declare that they are here with us, they are not forgotten, and we continue the struggle in their name.

Ivo Humberto Bracamonte Quiroz, councillor from Puerto Santander and director of the news program NPS, killed March 19th, ¡Presente!
Marco Rivadeneira, leader of Putumayo’s campesino communities and member of the Mesa Nacional de Garantías, killed March 19th, ¡Presente!
Angel Ovidio Quintero Gonzalez, a social leader and president of the council in San Francisco in the department of Antioquia, killed March 19th, ¡Presente!
Carlota Isabel Salinas Péres, leader of Organización Femenina Popular (partner of CPT), killed March 24th, ¡Presente!
Omar Guasiruma, Embera Indigenous leader, killed March 24th, ¡Presente!
Ernesto Guasiruma, Embera Indigenous leader, killed March 24th, ¡Presente!

14.)  JOPPA COVID-19 Efforts
People experiencing homelessness are especially vulnerable to viruses...Those without homes need us more than ever, so all our Homeless Services will continue without interruption including weekly Outreach and Aftercare. Joppa volunteers have been visiting people living under bridges, in tents, and in vehicles every single week for the past 599 weeks (that's almost 12 years). They know they can count on Joppa and we won't let them down now!  In fact, we're gearing up to do even more from our new location at 2326 Euclid Ave.

What Joppa is doing to help fight Coronavirus: We're making every effort to help those we serve and our volunteers stay safe by informing and preparing through:
Specific volunteer instructions and client handouts
Distributing soap, water, and hand sanitizer
Recommending testing and seeking help upon symptoms
You can help by donating at the link above as well as by bringing critical supplies, such as hand sanitizer, water, TP and tissues to Joppa at 2326 Euclid Avenue, Monday–Friday, between 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM. To find out more, and get involved, click here!

15.)    Covid-19 Resources (thanks to Iowa International Center for these links)
 Here are some great links for resources about COVID-19:

16.) Volunteering with AFSC Iowa
Our small staff could use your help! If you're interested in donating your time and energy as a volunteer with AFSC Iowa's Immigrant Rights Program, please let us know!  Volunteer opportunities: Our office could use your help! Fill out this form if you’d like to plug in!

17.) Polk County Food Pantry Volunteers
Polk County Food Pantry is in need of volunteers to help participants shop for their food. Days are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., with 3-4 hour intervals. Mondays and Fridays volunteers are especially welcomed. For more information, please click here! If you’d like to volunteer, contact Mary at 515-286-3695.

18.) DART Central Station – Mobile Food Pantry
The DMARC Mobile Food Pantry is in need of three volunteers every week to help at the DART Central Station Mobile Food Pantry site! Volunteering with the DMARC Mobile Food Pantry is just like helping a friend grocery shop. As a volunteer personal shopper, you will meet at the mobile pantry site and assist clients in selecting their food items after they have gone through intake. Training is available. To volunteer, please click here!


Thurs., May 7
Des Moines
Spring Greens 2020
What:  Spring Greens is DMARC's signature fundraising event, featuring some of the area's best food and beverage purveyors! At Spring Greens, you will sample and sip small bites and beverages "freshened" for the spring season. You'll also enjoy an auction, raffle and live entertainment.
When:  TBA or contact Leslie (email address below)
Where:  Iowa Events Center (730 3rd Street, Des Moines). For more information about all the ways you can help with Spring Greens 2020, contact Leslie Garman at
Fri., May 15
Des Moines
Talk:  "From West Point to Anti-Empire:” "Ret. Major Danny Sjursen
What: The DM VFP and Catholic Workers are excited to announce that  Ret. Major Danny Sjursen will be joining us for our 4th Annual Armed Forces Day Rally & Direct Action at the IA Drone Command Center Sat May 16th (see below). Major Danny will also be speaking the night before the Rally at the Phil Berrigan CW & 7 p.m. All are welcome.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Phil Berrigan CW House, 713 Indiana Ave, DM IA
More:  "Ret. Major Danny Sjursen discusses his transition from new military recruit to West Point History Professor to standing up against the very system he once served. Sjursen describes the US as being an empire from the beginning and some of America's most significant events that shaped the country."   Jan 30, 2020 Peace Report, "From West Point to Anti-Empire:”
Contact:  For more info contact: DM-  Al Burney DM VFP Pres <> 515 528 1742
Frank Cordaro DMCW <frank.cordaro@gmail.com515 490 2490
You can also connect directly with Ret. Major Danny Sjursen <>
 Also Danny's Peacestock 2019 talk

Sat., May 16
Des Moines
4th Annual Armed Forces Day Rally & Direct Action
What: Plan on joining the Des Moines Vets for Peace and the Catholic Workers for our “Honor Vets Ground Drones” 4th Annual Armed Forces Day Rally & Direct Action at the main entrance of the IA Air Guard Drone Command Center. Speakers and program to be announced.
When: 3 p.m.
Where: IA  Drone Command Center, 3100 McKinley Ave, DM, IA
Fri., May 29 & Sat., May 30
OttawaOntario (Canada)
World Beyond War’s 5th Global Convergence:  #NoWar2020
What:  Two years ago, our Canadian allies reached out and asked us to organize #NoWar2020, our 5th annual global convergence, in Ottawa in May 2020, to coincide with CANSEC, Canada's largest weapons expo. It's on.
In 5 months from now, an international coalition organized by World BEYOND War will converge on Ottawa to say NO to CANSEC, Canada's biggest arms bazaar.
When:  See info at registration information (see below)
Where:  See info at registration information (see below)
More:  Register to join us this May for nonviolent activism, skills trainings, art-making, panel presentations, rallying, and more, culminating in the #NoWar2020 Conference on May 29-30. (When you register for the conference on May 29-30, check the boxes to indicate which other actions you'll be joining us for throughout the week!)

June 2020
Washington DC
Churches for Middle East Peace Advocacy Summit
What:  We are excited to announce that registration for our June 2020 Advocacy Summit is now open! This year's theme is Equal in God's Eyes: Human Rights and Dignity for All in Israel and Palestine. Speakers will explore topics like Palestinian dignity, inalienable rights, and the future of the peace process. On Tuesday, you’ll have the chance to meet with your Congressperson’s office as we advocate for legislation around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Come be part of our Advocacy Summit and be an advocate for equality for all people in God’s eyes!
“And the second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
More:  Standard Ticket $275 until February 1, 2020 (other price tiers available based on ability to pay)  More info and register HERE.

Sun., June 7- Tues., June 9
Washington DC
Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) conference and lobby day
What:  Registration is now open for CCL’s conference and lobby day (June 7-9). For many people, it's a powerful once-in-a-lifetime experience. They discover that their voices can actually be heard in Washington and make a difference.
If you are in the Iowa City area, the Iowa City Climate Advocates group can provide a scholarship if money is the reason you're unable to attend. Space is limited, so please register soon!

Thurs., Aug. 6 & Sun., Aug. 9
Campaign Nonviolence National Conference
What:  Campaign Nonviolence (aka Pace e Bene- the organization John Dear is with) is really thrilled by the excitement around our upcoming Campaign Nonviolence National Conference this August in Albuquerque, New Mexico.   We're still over six months away but we've filled almost half the seats already!

Recently we heard from Beatrice Fihn, who is the director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) whose group won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.  She said, "I urge everyone in the USA to attend the events in Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA, on August 6 and 9th, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. I will be in Japan on those dates, but I hope as many people as possible will use August 6 and 9, 2020 to commemorate the victims of the atomic bombings, raise awareness of the dangers of nuclear weapons and to urge governments to prohibit and abolish them. Join the events in Los Alamos, New Mexico and join our campaign to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons!"
When:  See info in registration info. (see website below)
Where:  See info in registration info. (see website below)
More:  It's clear to us,  there are only two places to be this August... Japan or with us in Albuquerque and Los Alamos August 6-9, 2020.  Even though Beatrice cannot join us, another members of ICAN will be with us, Dr. Ira Helfand.  If you have not registered yet, be sure to do so. Learn more and register here.    

Sat., Sept. 12
Des Moines
Dingman Peace Award Dinner
What:  The Catholic Peace Ministry has re-scheduled the Bishop Dingman Peace Award and Social. The new date of the event is Saturday, September 12, 2020. For more information, or questions about tickets or co-sponsorships, please contact Patti McKee at 515-803-1152 or

Regular Events- Cancelled unless otherwise noted

Sundays  2p.m.
Cedar Rapids
Peace Vigil
What: Members of local peace groups gather to demonstrate for peace.
Where: 1st Ave. and 1st St. NE, Cedar Rapids. (across from the old Federal Building at the Tree of Five Seasons)

(1st and 3rd Sundays of each month)
Des Moines
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
What:  SURJ meets the first and third Sundays of each month.
When: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where:   Medbury Honors Lounge, at Drake University.

Mondays, Noon
Des Moines
Moral Mondays
What:  During the Legislative Session, you are invited to attend Morals Mondays each Monday.  This is an opportunity each week to learn about one of the issues being considered by the Legislature.  (Followed by Prayerful Presence as described below.)
When:  Noon – 1:00 PM
Where:  Room 304 at the Capitol. 
Mondays, after Moral Mondays presentations
Des Moines
Prayerful Presence
What:  After the Moral Mondays presentation (see directly above), folks may gather at the top of the stairs on the second floor before circling the rotunda in prayerful meditation.  Join in reverent companionship to practice unity in the face of division and hope in the face of harm.  
More:  For more information, please contact Kay Kopatich at 515-252-0714.

1st Monday of each Month, Sept-May (see info in calendar above on April 6- will be doing ZOOM)
Des Moines
What: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Where: NorthWest Community Center, 51st and Franklin  *unless otherwise announced*
More: "Like" them on Facebook at for the most up to date info.  


Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:30
Des Moines
Des Moines Meditation and Mindfulness Group
What:  Teachers Fred Nelson and David Drake lead the group.
Beginning and experienced meditators are all welcome.  Universal breath mediation and Buddhist philosophy as compatible with all religions.  You may use any silent technique you prefer. Our group was founded in 1994 by Charles Day to enable anyone to learn and practice meditation and mindfulness to benefit their health, clarity of thinking, self-esteem, peacefulness, and spirituality.  Mats, cushions, and chairs are provided. Attend regularly or occasionally. We encourage you to attend all the segments listed above to maximize benefits, but you are welcome to attend any or all of them
When:  Starting at 7:30 pm (see schedule below)
Where:  Friends Meeting House, 4211 Grand Ave.
More:  Schedule:
7:30-8:00pm:  First Meditation sitting with instruction
8:00-8:20:  Presentation about meditation, Buddhism, spirituality
8:20-8:30:  Second mediation sitting


4th Tuesdays of each month
Des Moines
Iowa Sanctuary Meeting
What:  4th Tuesday of the month
When:  6 pm
More:  for more info email AFSC: click here

Wednesdays (2nd & 4th of ea/ mo.)  (email contact below on info for ZOOM)
Decorah, IA
Immigration Working Group
What: Learn about current immigration issues and how to help meet the needs of immigrants in the area. Immigration Working Group meets every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month.
When:  4:00 - 5:00 PM
Where:  Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, 119 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA 52101

Thursdays 11:45 am - 12:15 p.m.
Des Moines
Peace Vigil
What: Members of local peace groups gather to demonstrate for peace.
Where: In front of the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St.

Thursdays 5:15-- 5:45pm
Peace Vigil
What:  Weekly Vigil for Peace, Healing, and Community
Where:   Port of Burlington by the Statue of Liberty

Fridays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Iowa City
Peace Vigil
What:  Everyone is welcome.  *This event is wheelchair accessible.*.
Where: Meet up at the intersection of Iowa Ave. and Clinton St.,
on the University of Iowa Pentacrest.


Fridays 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Decorah, IA
Democracy Preservation Coalition
What: Democracy Preservation Coalition, formerly Democracy Discussion Group, began as a book discussion and continues to meet weekly, focusing on current political movements and events and trying to understand the larger picture. The group is open to all, engaging in a respectful exchange over a variety of topics. Each member has an opportunity to share if they want to and are charged to bring one positive piece of news each week.
When:  3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:  Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, 119 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA 52101


Saturday Vigils: 4-5:00 pm
Des Moines
Saturday Vigils: Help Break the Silence
What: Join the DM Catholic Worker and DM Vets for Peace in a Vigil each Saturday, as they seek to break the silence surrounding the mission and work of the Drone Command Center.  From this center missiles are sent thousands of miles away dropping death and destruction on targets that often include innocent civilians.
Where: at the National Guard Drone Command Center, 3100 McKinley, in Des Moines  

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