Upcoming Events

Thurs., July 19
Decorah, IA
Let's Talk / P.I.E.S.: July 19- film screening “Reinventing Power”
What:  Film Screening: Reinventing Power This 50-minute film takes us across the country to hear directly from the people making our clean energy future achievable. This event is free and open to the public.
When:  7 PM
Where:  NEIPJC (Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center)  119 Winnebago, Decorah
More: Learn more about the film at

Fri., July 20
West Des Moines
Global Greens Farm Party
What:  LSI will be holding their Global Greens Farm Party at Valley Community Center. Meet Global Greens farmers, tour the farm, and share in a potluck -- bring a dish!
When:  5:30 - 7:30pm
Where:  Valley Community Center
More:  to see more info:  click here

Sat., July 21- Sat., July 28 (Youth)
Iowa City, IA
FREEDOM SCHOOL 360 to be offered
What:  Freedom School is coming up soon! Register today to join our first Freedom School for teenagers, and adult mentors.
July 20 - 28: Freedom School for teenagers.
July 18 - 20: For teachers, trainers, allies and parents
When: For specific times, see at registration.  Register at (for teens)
Where:  Old Brick, 26 E. Market St., Iowa City
More:  Satisfy your curiosity:  What are my civil rights?  Discover your Voice: Learn how to participate in community journalism.  Manifest Justice: What is my relationship to power? The Freedom School 360 develops flexibility, resilience, & compassion as the foundation for collaborative social justice action. The diverse teaching team will use lessons from the original Freedom Schools in the 1960’s.  Contemplation & meditation, creative improvisation, and community based projects to develop collaborative response to environmental, social and economic justice.
It is free for teens, and pay what you can for adults.
Sponsors:  The Midwest Telegraph, Beloved Community Initiative, & LV- Little Village
Sat., July 21
Des Moines
Women’s Walk
What:  Crossroads of Iowa invites you to join them for this year’s Women’s Walk.
When:  check in- 8 am, Start time 8:30 am
Where:  Gray’s Lake Terrace (2101 Fleur Drive, Des Moines)
More:  The registration fee is $30. Children 5 and under are free!
For an event flyer, click here! To register, click here-

Sat., July 21- Mon., July 23
Boulder, CO- or livestream from the comfort of your own home!
We, the World’s Global Town Hall
What:  As one of the supporting organizations of this conference, We, The World is very excited to invite you to attend (in person or via livestream) the Inaugural Global Town Hall for Global Governance Renewal, Innovation and Reform - a FREE event July 21-23, 2018.
When: see at registration
Where:  at the University of Colorado in Boulder. This will be the first of a series of Global Town Halls leading to 2020 the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. The Global Town Halls are a means for direct citizen input into an effective and inclusive preparatory process for a UN2020 summit to catalyze the renewal and strengthening of the UN.
More:  Please Note: If you Register for the livestream, you will be given the direct livestream link prior to the event. We hope you will join us!  Email if you would like more info!

Sun., July 22
Des Moines
Open House for Chet Guinn’s Birthday
What: Please join us for an Open House in honor of Chet’s 90th birthday!  It will be held at the Fire Station (1041 8th Street) on Sunday, July 22nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Come and share memories and good wishes for the future.
When:  2-4 pm
Where:  the Fire Station (1041 8th St., Des Moines)
More:   NO GIFTS, PLEASE.  If you aren't able to attend the Open House, you may wish to send Chet a card at: 1041 8th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314.
Feel free to share this with others who know Chet and would like to celebrate with us.
RSVP is helpful, but not required.
                            Naomi Guinn Johnson and Eloise Cranke

Mon. July 23
Decorah, IA
Presentation:  Domestic Violence & Guns
What: Hear from a Helping Services advocate and how their experiences tie into this issue.
When:  7PM
Where:  Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center 119 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA

Mon., July 23
Des Moines
WILPF “Summer of Documentaries”
What:  June 18th was the beginning of WILPF's “Summer of Documentaries.”  
When: Mondays, 10:00am
Where:  Plymouth Place, 411 Ingersoll Ave, first floor.

Mon., July 23 (started Mon., July 9)
Across the country
Virtual Book Club with CODEPINK
What:  Bombing Hodeidah will only escalate the conflict, not solve it. As young Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai wisely said, "If you want to end the war then instead of sending guns, send books; instead of sending tanks, send pens, instead of sending soldiers, send teachers". We couldn’t agree more, and that’s why we are pleased to announce CODEPINK’s 2018 virtual book club

For our first session, we have selected the wonderful book Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown. Inspired by novelist Octavia Butler's explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help book designed to shape the future we want to live.
The virtual book club will take place every other Monday from (7 -7:30 pm CST) starting on July 9th. Sign up here! And for more thought-provoking and inspiring reads, check out our Recommended Reading List!

Wed., July 25
Des Moines
Foods Resource Bank to host guests from Burkina Faso (in Africa)
What:  The Foods Resource Bank has two guests from Burkina Faso passing through Des Moines next Wednesday, July 25.  You are invited to come meet them, share an informal lunch and learn about a couple ways Iowans are making a difference to end hunger.  When: 12:30- 2:00 pm
Where:  Lunch is at the Friends House, 4211 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA
More:   Feel free to bring a friend, or pass along the invitation. Please RSVP for lunch by Tuesday July 24 by emailing
Sponsors:  Catholic Relief Services and the Foods Resource Bank
Thurs., July 26 – Sat., July 28
Ankeny, IA
Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Rummage Sale – Donate, Volunteer and Shop
​What:  This year's Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Rummage Sale to benefit the Center for Social Ministry will be held on July 26, 27, & 28. You can participate in the sale by donating, volunteering, or shopping. The sale days and times are:
Thursday, July 26, from 4-8 p.m. ($5 early-bird fee from 4-5 p.m.)
Friday, July 27, from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 28, from 8-11 a.m.
Click here for more information about donating or volunteering. You won't want to miss it!

Mon., July 30
Across the country and world
LIVE Webinar “Document Detention: Justice for Palestinian Children”
What:  You’re invited to join Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) for a LIVE webinar.
When: 10:00 am-11:00 pm CST
RSVP Required: Please register to receive a link to the LIVE webinar
Where:  the comfort of your own home!
More:  Each year, approximately 500-700 Palestinian minors in the West Bank between the ages 12-17 are prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. The widespread mistreatment of Palestinian youth within this system is well-documented: children are denied access to their parents or a lawyer and often sign confessions of guilt in Hebrew, a language they likely cannot understand.
Join us on July 30th to hear from Brad Parker and Farah Bayadasi from Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP) in a conversation facilitated by CMEP’s (Churches for Middle East Peace) Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon. This event will be a unique opportunity to hear from legal experts on the subject of child justice and mistreatment of Palestinian youth in Israeli military detention centers. You will also learn about opportunities to advocate on behalf of Palestinian youth with your congressional representatives. This webinar is part of CMEP’s Summer 2018 joint campaign with DCIP: Demand Child Justice: Document Detention in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Coming in August
Across the country
4 week online course on the Beatitudes of Peace with John Dear
What:  John Dear has a new 4 week online course coming up next month organized by Monasteries of the Heart focused on the Beatitudes of Peace.  Learn more about it and how to register here.

Sun., Aug. 5- Mon., Aug. 6

Omaha, NE
Witness & Line Crossing at Offutt Air Force Base
What:  Come join us at  the main entrance of Stratcom/ Offutt AFB this  August 6th for the Witness and Line Crossing of Fr Jim Murphy.  Moved by recent events and his long standing witness against nuclear weapons at Offutt AFB, our good friend and pastor at Ss Anthony and Philip in Highland, Wi  is planning to risk arrest and 'cross the line'! (Ask for more info if you want more info, & his statement, etc.)
When & Where: St John's Church basement schedule:
Sunday Aug 5
8:30 p.m. Hospitality, floor space at St Johns Church basement on Creighton University Campus, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE  This is mostly for folks coming from out of town. If you need a bed call ahead of time and we will find one for you.
Monday Aug 6
7 am: Wakeup - coffee,  fruit, and bread available for a light breakfast.
8 a.m. Mass with Fr. Jim in the small chapel in the basement.
9: 30 a.m. Leave St. John's for Offutt
10 a.m. Witness and Line Crossing Main Entrance, Kenny Gate, Offutt AFB, Bellevue. NE
More:  Also see 1979 to 2012 - STRACOM Protest Slideshow:
This is a collection of photos taken between 1979 and 2012 of protest at Offutt AFB, just south of Omaha NE - the former SAC Headquarters and now US STRATCOM
Omaha Contact:  JERRY EBNER OSF   402-916-9593- landline only
OMAHA,  NE 68134;

Mon., Aug. 6
Des Moines
Annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Observance:“Remembering Hiroshima/Nagasaki: When Will We Stop the Killing?”
What:  The above is the theme for this year’s Observance.
When:  7:00 PM
Where:  at the Japanese Bell on the Capitol Grounds, in Des Moines.
More:    Debbie Griffin, pastor of the Downtown Disciples will be the keynote speaker.  The service will include a reading of the 2018 Statement from the Mayor of Hiroshima, and will close with the ringing of the Bell.  You are invited to bring a lawn chair for your comfort, and some garden flowers to lay at the base of the Bell. Parking is available at the Iowa Supreme Court lot south side of Court Ave. IPN is a co-sponsor of this event.
Mon., Aug. 6- Thurs., Aug. 9
Des Moines
2nd Annual Vigil at St. Ambrose Cathedral, demonstration against Iowa drone center
What:  Please join Catholic Workers in the second annual August 6-9 vigil at St. Ambrose Cathedral, begging our Bishop to join the effort against the Des Moines Drone Command Center, in accordance with the US Bishops’ 2014 statement finding US drone warfare to be immoral and unjust. August 6-9 commemorates the US nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. In 1945 the US wiped out a whole city from the sky. Today in DM computer geeks kill people in the Middle East 24/7 and they are held in high regard, our nation’s heroes!
When: Contact Gil Landolt or Frank Cordaro (see below) for times & schedule.  This year they are going to end their 3-day vigil with a march from St Ambrose to the Drone Command Center for an 11 a.m. Rally and Direct Action, the time the US dropped the A-bomb on Nagasaki Japan Aug 9, 1945.
Where: St. Ambrose Cathedral, 607 High Street (downtown), Des Moines, 50309
Contact:  For more info and updates contact:
Gil Landolt - DMCW & Pres. DM Vets For Peace
515 657 0354
Frank Cordaro, Des Moines Catholic Worker,,

Fri., Aug. 10
Des Moines
Welcome to new Center for Social Ministry’s executive director, and farewell to Susie Tierney
What:  The Center for Social Ministry Board of Directors is delighted to announce that Jamie Loggins-Evans has accepted our offer to become CSM's second Executive Director.  Many of you already know Jamie, as she is both a JustFaith graduate and a long-time volunteer.
Jamie will assume her position officially on July 23, as Susie Tierney steps down to become Executive Director of JustFaith Ministries.
If you have not met Jamie before, you’ll have a great chance to meet her at Susie’s Farewell Party on August 10.
When:  5:30 pm
Where:  That event, which Jamie will coordinate for CSM will be held at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 1020 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines, beginning at 5:30 pm.  Please join me not only in welcoming her but also assisting her in any way you are able.
-Jeanie Smith, CSM Board President


1.) Meals from the Market
Each Saturday morning during the summer, the Meals from the Market program collects donations from vendors at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers' Market. DMARC is currently seeking volunteers to collect donations during the Downtown Farmers' Market. If you are interested, please contact Shoshana Salowitz, or (515) 277-6969 x18.
2.) 8CC Seeks VISTA Worker!
8th and College Connections (8CC), a non-profit organization in Des Moines, Iowa, seeks a VISTA to support our English language learners program and expand 8CC’s community reach.  They seek a self-starter college graduate with an interest in community activity and fund raising. The benefits include a living allowance, training, assistance with health insurance, childcare and re-location, and an end-of-service stipend or educational award.  VISTA benefits are explained at: The starting date is flexible, but August 1st is best. If interested, please contact Scott Galenbeck at: or at: 515-633-7317.
3.) Tensions between the U.S. and Russia are the worst they’ve been since the Cold War. Many Americans are rightly concerned and focused on reports of Russian interference in the 2016 election. But at the same time, escalation of tensions, a more hair-trigger military posture, and the emergence of a new arms race have increased the risk of a catastrophic conflict between two nations armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons.
We need a pragmatic approach to address and de-escalate these tensions, as well as more safeguards against electoral interference moving forward. That’s why progressive leaders, journalists, nuclear experts, former politicians and intelligence officers, and others have thrown their weight behind an open letter for secure elections and true national security.
Click here to add your name to this open letter, showing that the American public wants secure elections as well as improved relations with Russia to reduce the risk of war.
4.) From AFSC:
The attacks against immigrants in our communities are constant. ICE is separating families at the border and in our backyards. Our fund to support families who are persecuted by ICE in Des Moines is nearly depleted. Can you donate to help pay rent, utilities, gas, grocery cards, etc.? We have a request for help with rent that we currently cannot pay. Please donate if you can!
Follow this link to donate to the fund house at Walnut Hills United Methodist Church. Thanks in advance!
Or send payment to Walnut Hills Community Church, 12321 Hickman Rd., Urbandale, IA 50323.  Designate payment for ICE Raid Family Support.
5.) PEACE Iowa still needs to find a volunteer to help staff our booth at
the Johnson County Fair on Tuesday July 24, 5:00-7:30 pm.  This is a
joint booth with four other organizations, and there are two volunteers
at each shift.
If you can help at that time, please email Carole Winkleblack at
6.) 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.
7.) 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!
8.) PEACE Iowa is looking for a part-time Communications and Outreach
Effective the end of this month, the current communications and outreach coordinator will be leaving to strengthen their skills in environmental justice, policy and economics through a masters at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Therefore, PEACE Iowa is looking for a new part time communications and outreach coordinator. If interested or you know an interested party, you will find the position details here. We are looking for looking for someone to work with our members in creating peace oriented events and communications.
9.) Write your Representative:
“Our health care system is under attack. Whether it’s proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, or continual attempts to undermine the Affordable Care Act, we demand that Congress take immediate action to move the U.S. toward a Medicare for All system. I urge you to join the newly-formed Medicare for All Caucus and join the growing movement that demands health care is a right, not a privilege.”  Click here to write your representative!


Starting Mon., Aug. 20
Des Moines
Retrial of CWers Ed Bloomer, Greg Boertje-Obed and Brian Hynes
What:  Polk Co Iowa has deemed it worth their while to retry the 3 CW Amigo's -  Ed Bloomer; Des Moines, Greg Boertje-Obed, Duluth, MN and Brian Hynes, the Bronx NY after their first trial ended in a hung jury last April (see:!topic/national-cw-e-mail-list/bvmNje7ZHkY )
When: Starting Monday Aug 20, 2018- more details TBA
Where: Polk Co Court, DM IA
More:  DM based CW attorney Glen Downey <>, informed the DMCW that he personally deliver a subpoena on base to Cornell Mark Chidley to appear at Ed, Greg and Brian's Aug 20th trial! REALLY!!!
Stay tuned dear friends, more to follow. Please count on attending the Aug 20th trial if you can in DM.
Contact: 3 Amegos

Brian Hynes <>
Ed Bloomer, Manning CW House 515 777 2180
For more info and updates on Aug 20th trial contact:

Frank Cordaro <> 515 490 2490

Wed., Aug. 22
Des Moines
Iowa Nepalese Association presents Kutumba, a folk instrumental ensemble
What: The Iowa Nepalese Association presents Kutumba, a Nepali folk instrumental ensemble. Proceeds from the event will support Children’s Cancer Nepal. $30 through PayPal or $35 at the door.
When:   5:30-8:30pm
Contact:  For information or tickets, contact

Sat., Sept. 1 - Sat, Sept. 8
Des Moines to Fort Dodge
First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March (Des Moines to Fort Dodge)
What:  Starting Saturday morning at Iowa Utilities Board (IUB), 1375 E. Court Ave. Landowners who had their property taken by force for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) have joined with the Iowa Sierra Club in a lawsuit against the IUB. They allege that the IUB illegally allowed Energy Transfer Partners to use eminent domain to build DAPL. To raise awareness of the importance of this lawsuit, Bold Iowa and Indigenous Iowa are organizing an eight-day, 90-mile march.
From September 1 – 8, fifty people will march from Des Moines to Fort Dodge, and one of them could be you! The First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March unites Native, farmer, and other voices to build awareness of the historic landowner/Sierra Club lawsuit against the Iowa Utilities Board, contesting the use of eminent domain to build the Dakota Access Pipeline. That suit has the potential to stop the flow of crude oil across Iowa and three other states.
More:  If you're interested in learning more about the march, click here.
If you want to donate, click here. We'll track the pipeline through Story, Boone, and Webster counties, traveling 10-14 miles each day.  We'll set up our mobile encampment at farms and parks — a self-contained community of tents and teepees with a kitchen, eco-commodes, solar showers, and a solar collector.
If you're a good walker, care deeply about justice and our Earth, and are ready for a unique personal growth experience, please consider being part of this important event
Sponsors:  Bold Iowa is again partnering with Indigenous Iowa to organize this eight-day, 90-mile march.

Sat., Sept. 8
Des Moines
Rev. Gregory J Boyle, SJ to speak
What:  The Center for Social Ministry, in conjunction with Drake University’s Harriet Drake Kirkham-Hay Memorial Lectureship, is proud to announce that the Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, SJ., author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassionand Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship, and founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and reentry program in the world, will be visiting Des Moines on September 8, 2018!
When:  9- 11:30 am, (coffee, rolls and registration available at 8:30).
Where:   Ss John & Paul Catholic Church (1401 1st Avenue South, Altoona)
More:  Early registration is open only to JustFaith graduates, graduates of other JustFaith Ministries programs, Center for Social Ministry programs and a single guest until August 1, 2018. After August 1, registration will be open to anyone. The registration and fee deadline is September 1, 2018, and advanced registration is required. Cost is $25/person. For more information, or to register for the event, click here!
Coming in the fall
Des Moines area
NEW JustFaith in a NEW Format!
What: The NEW JustFaith program invites participants to live more simply, love more compassionately, and make a difference by responding to the needs of the world. 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 now available in three, eight-week phases! Participate in one, two or all three! Because the content is all new, JustFaith graduates are welcome to participate in the NEW JustFaith to be renewed and re-energized for your work for peace and justice.
Phase One - Living Compassionately: Caring for the Poor
Phase Two - Living Justly: Caring for Each Other
Phase Three - Living Simply: Caring for the Earth
Contact: For more information, or to register for this fall, click here!

Program starting Thurs., Sept. 13
Des Moines
Pastoral Care Specialist Program
What:  This two-year course is designed for clergy, parish nurses, Stephen ministers, chaplains and others involved in pastoral care ministries. Meeting monthly, beginning on September 13, 2018, participants learn about areas critical to effective pastoral care, and receive support, encouragement and consultation on their work. Participants will reinforce what they already do well and integrate new knowledge and skills into their ministries. For more information, or to register for the program, please click here!

Sat., Sept. 15 –Sun., Sept. 23
Around the world
Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions Sept. 15-23, 2018

Fri., Sept. 21
Des Moines
International Day of Peace Observance
What:  This is an annual Observance. “The Universal Right to Peace” is the theme.  A celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights will be woven into the Service, which will feature the Universal Dances of Peace, led by Morgan Rivers.
When:   6:30 PM
Where:  Peace Garden in Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut Street in Des Moines.    
Sponsor:  The Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace is the primary sponsor of the event.  IPN is a co-sponsor.

Fri., Sept. 21 – Sat., Sept. 22
Toronto, Ontario
World Beyond War- Legalizing Peace- global conference
What:  World Beyond War is planning an annual global conference in Toronto on September 21 and 22, 2018.
When:  See info at registration
Where:   OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design University, 100 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T 1W1, Canada.
More:  Text and video from No War 2016 and No War 2017 are available online. Reports and videos from this next conference will be made available globally. More information about World Beyond War is here.

Fri., Sept. 21- Sat., Sept. 22
Washington DC
CNV National Convergence March and Action!
What:   Join us on Sept. 21, 2018, International Peace Day, for an evening of reflection on five years of Campaign Nonviolence and the next steps forward, with George Martin, Rev. John Dear, Kathy Kelly,  Rev. Lennox Yearwood (invited), Shane Claiborne, Dr. Ken Butigan & Dr. Kit Evans-Ford, and on Sat. Sept. 22, 2018, for a legal rally and a nonviolent silent march from the Martin Luther King, Jr. statue to the White House for a rally and nonviolent direct action.

Thurs., Oct. 11- Sat., Oct. 13
Des Moines
Rock the Block Event with Habitat for Humanity
What:  Congregations, faith communities and groups of all sizes and varieties are invited to join in the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity's 2018 InterFaith Rock the Block® event. Scheduled for October 10-13, 2018, the event will focus on repairs, maintenance, weatherization, beautification, safety, and accessibility projects at the owner-occupied homes of qualified residents of the King-Irving and Mondamin Presidential neighborhoods in Des Moines.  This event will serve as an intentional and tangible opportunity for people representing diverse faith traditions to work alongside one another to create tangible, positive change in our community.
Contact:  For more information, contact Brendalyn Shird at, or by phone at 515/471-8686 x112.

Sat., Oct. 13
Des Moines
Iowa International Center’s Passport to Prosperity
The Iowa International Center is proud to honor refugees and immigrants who contribute to the cultural, economic, educational or social fabric of Iowa at our annual gala, Passport to Prosperity. Award nominations are now open for the 2018 Passport to Prosperity. We encourage you to nominate individuals who have inspired you through their lives, dedication, and work.
When:  6 pm Food and Drinks
Where:  Olmsted Center, Drake University
More:  New to this year, we are introducing the Emerging Leader Award (for individuals aged 17-24). All are invited to nominate a young person from the refugee or immigrant community who is making a positive impact.
For more info on donating if you can’t make it to the gala, contact Catherine Tran to learn more about these opportunities:, 515-282-8269 x15

Fri., Nov. 2- Sun., Nov. 4
Des Moines
Urban Immersion Program
What:  Registration is now open for this fall!  The Immersion is scheduled for November 2-4 and is open to all adults and families.
Contact:  For more information, call: 515-782-3054.  This program is sponsored by the Center for Social Ministry.

Fri., Nov 2- Sat., Nov. 3
Des Moines
2018 WFAN Annual Conference - Registration Open
What:  You are changing foodscapes. You’re growing food, preserving soil, running for office, advocating for change, and so much more every day. You’re not afraid to do things a little differently. You lead by example and you’re willing to move people to action with your own stories.
It’s hard, often isolating, and so important. Every year this network has the opportunity to come together and build community. It’s a chance to learn from our diverse peers, build a stronger network, and foster connections for long-lasting change. This year we’re taking our experiences, connections, and stories, and using them to step into action.
The 2018 WFAN Annual Conference will be held Nov. 2 – 3 in Des Moines, IA. This year’s conference theme is Stepping Into Action: Changing Foodscapes through Individual and Community Power.
When:  See here, under "Agenda"
Where: Holiday Inn Downtown.
More:  Our keynote speaker is returning generation farmer Aleya Fraser. She has been farming for the last 5 years on the ancestral lands of Harriet Tubman on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where she grew a variety of fruits and vegetables for market and saved seeds for future generations on the farm that she co-founded named Black Dirt Farm.
The conference will feature women in our network through regional field tours featuring diverse ag businesses and urban ag projects; day-long Plate to Politics intensives for potential candidates and campaign organizers; a farm-to-table dinner at the Des Moines Art Center; art + story gallery featuring work by women farmers; creative community building; and workshops.
More announcements coming throughout the summer, including info on scholarships, call for art, call for stories, workshop announcements, and more!

Regular Events

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 12 p.m.
Des Moines
Moral Mondays
What: Several Iowa groups will get together to advocate for values like equality, fairness, and justice. In partnership with progressive leaders in the Iowa Legislature, Moral Mondays will highlight a new, moral and values driven bill each week during the Legislative Session.
Where: CHANGE: meeting in Room 304 at the Capitol
Sponsors: Family Planning Council of Iowa, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund, Iowa Citizen Action Network, Iowa AFL-CIO, and partners



Des Moines
WILPF Monday Morning Book Club
What: The club just started reading “Runaway Inequality”, by Les Leopold.  Designed to address the problems faced by everyday working people, with over 100 eye-popping and accessible charts and graphs, it pits the facts in your hands to you can grasp what is really going on in our economy-and what we can do about it.
When: 10:30am September through May
Where:  Beaverdale Book Store, Des Moines (Beaverdale)


1st Monday of each Month, Sept-May
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


1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Iowa City
People for Justice in Palestine (PJP) meetings
What: PJP meeeting
When:  6:30 pm- 8 pm
Where:   currently at the south area of the food court (near Sweets and Treats, toward the parking garage) of the Old Capitol Mall in downtown Iowa City.
More:  Please bring your dinner if you wish. Anyone who is in basic agreement with our mission statement is welcome. See for mission statement & more
Suggestion: Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to UNRWA (UN relief for Palestine refugees). More than $3,000,000,000 of U.S. tax money goes to support Israel every year. Offset your share with a donation to UNRWA.

2nd & 4th Wednesdays of month
Immigration Working Group
What: see contact below for more info
When:  4 pm
Where: NEIPJC, 119 Winnebago St.


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.