Events


UPCOMING EVENTS


Fri., July 3
Online
On Earth Peace’s 7th Community check in:  “The Beloved Community is the framework for the future”
What:  Join us for the 7th #OEPCommunity check-in during the pandemic, focused on the 2nd Principle of Kingian Nonviolence: Beloved Community. We welcome new and returning friends seeking to build community, commitment, and capacity.
2nd Principle of Kingian Nonviolence | “The Beloved Community is the framework for the future.” This principle is not just a “head in the clouds” reminder to be nice; it is a cornerstone of how nonviolence practitioners approach conflict and violence, which was applied during a period of violent and horrific racial oppression.
When:  2 – 3:30 pm CST;  3pm - 4:30pm | Eastern Time

Starting Mon., July 6
Across Iowa
Request Absentee Ballot! Vote Safe! – General Election Is November 3, 2020
What:  The next General Election is less than six months away, and we want to encourage you to vote safe! To that end, we’d like to remind you that the first day to request an absentee ballot to vote safely from home, by mail, is Monday, July 6, 2020. Please remember that you can always request an absentee ballot from your county auditor! To print an Absentee Ballot Request Form, to learn more about the request process, and for information on where to send your request, simply click here!
The next General Election is November 3rd, and it’s easy to vote safe!  Starting on Monday, July 6th you can request an absentee ballot.  Simply contact your county auditor.
(This is the link to Polk County with general information

Mon., July 6 through Sun., Aug. 16
Online
War and the Environment, an online course
What:  Grounded in research on peace and ecological security, this course focusses on the relationship between two existential threats: war and environmental catastrophe. We will cover:
• Where wars happen and why.
• What wars do to the earth.
• What imperial militaries do to the earth back home.
• What nuclear weapons have done and could do to people and the planet.
• How this horror Is hidden and maintained.
• What can be done.
This course is 100% online and interactions are not live or scheduled, so you can take part whenever works for you. Weekly content includes a mix of text, images, video, and audio. Instructors and students utilize online discussion forums to go over each week's content, as well as to provide feedback on optional assignment submissions.
More:  The course also includes three 1-hour optional zoom calls which are designed to facilitate a more interactive and real-time learning experience.  Cost is $100 – pay less or more according to ability.
 For more info & to Register online click here.

Wed., July 8
Online
Curing Racial Injustice: Plans for Action: virtual event
What:  You are invited to join this virtual event on Wednesday, July 8. The event is sponsored by the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Diversity Council.  It will feature Adrien Wing, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Programs, and the Bessie Dutton Murray, Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law.
When:  6:00 PM CST
More:  Connect here:   facebook.com/muscatinecommunitycollege  or contact: eiccinfo@eicc.edu.

Starting July 9, and Thursdays 7 weeks after
Online
Online Class “Faith and Racial Healing: Embracing Truth, Justice & Restoration” from Center for Social Ministry
What:  Do you long for a space to ask hard questions about the history of racism? JustFaith Ministries module, Faith & Racial Healing: Embracing Truth, Justice and Restoration is an eight week module that guides participants in telling the truth about the history of racism in the United States, that we might work toward true reconciliation with God and restoration with one another. This module helps participants tell the truth about our collective history of racism and violence, that we might seek real restoration with God and one another.
When:   Thursday Daytime, 11 am-1 pm, Beginning July 9, 2020
Location: Online
More:  Facilitator: Robin Kline, Julie Powell-Moore
Course: JMRHSu2001
Please Note: The first session is a retreat and is a longer class. It will meet on July 9, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
 Register Here Information for the Zoom session will be emailed to you a few days before the session.

Thurs., July 9
Online
New global terrorism trends and data to be shared during July 9 webinar
What:  Join START at 11 a.m. ET (10 am CST) July 9 for a webinar in which Dr. Erin Miller will unveil new data and explore the most recent terrorism trends documented in the Global Terrorism Database (GTD)TM, the most comprehensive unclassified database of terrorist attacks in the world. The GTD now includes details of more than 200,000 events that took place worldwide over 50 years, from 1970 to 2019.
More:  Register here.

Sat., July 11
Online
“The Deadly Sonic Boom of the U.S. Military Budget” Kathy Kelly speaking
What:  The Cleveland Nonviolence Network is hosting an online event with Kathy Kelly on Sat July 11.
When:  6 pm CST (7pm Eastern).

Mon., July 13
Online
Webinar on the 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings:
Deconstructing the Myths and Promoting a Nuclear Weapons-Free and Just World
What:  Join three extraordinary speakers as we build toward 75th anniversary commemorations of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and promote a nuclear-free and just world.
Sueichi Kido, the General Secretary of Nihon Hidankyo, the Japan Confederation of A- & H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations.
Gar Alperovits, author of the definitive book, “The Decision to Use the A-bomb”
Rev Liz Theoharis, Co-Chair, Poor People’s Campaign, Director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary
When:  6 pm CST
More:  Register for the webinar now ( & read more).
Sponsor:  American Friends Service Committee among others

Mon., July 13
Online
Fifth Annual Ignatian Retreat: Pray with Music
What:  We are very blessed to have Fr. Bob Dufford, SJ, a gifted composer, musician, and spiritual director as this year's presenter. During this 4-session virtual retreat, Fr. Dufford will share his beautifully composed music with us and invite us into contemplative experiences of imaginative prayer, encountering God in new and intimate ways! We hope you will join us for this wonderful opportunity to deepen your relationship with God and refresh your spirit!
When:  The event will begin on Monday, July 13, 2020, at 7 p.m.
More:   The cost of the retreat is a suggested offering of $50. For more information, or to register, click here!


Wed., July 15
Online
Telebriefing about the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) latest terrible idea for deregulating nuclear waste. “Coming Soon to Your Local Landfill: Nuclear Waste, Courtesy of the NRC”
What:  We’ve called the telebriefing “Coming Soon to Your Local Landfill: Nuclear Waste, Courtesy of the NRC” because that’s exactly what their proposal would do: Allow dangerous nuclear waste to be dumped into local landfills, just like regular trash.
With more and more reactors closing and being decommissioned, the industry is preparing to unleash a deluge of radioactive waste across the country—and nuclear corporations want to dispose of it cheaply, regardless of the impacts on our health, clean air, and safe drinking water.
When:  at 7 pm CST
More:  To help the industry cut corners, the NRC has invented a new and deceptive name for nuclear waste, calling it “Very Low Level,” or VLLW. The fact is that VLLW is not only Very Long-Lasting Waste, but also extremely dangerous to human health and the environment.
Since the NRC’s proposal would almost certainly result in nuclear waste leaks into our water, air, crops, and communities, we thought you’d like to hear more about it and what you can do to stop it. Join us on Wednesday, July 15 at 7 pm CST/5PM PT for this important telebriefing.

Today and Ongoing

Today and ongoing
Online
"Korea: the Neglected History of the Unresolved War" webinar
What:  On June 25, 2020, the 75th anniversary of what is officially known as the start of the Korean War, preeminent Korean historian Bruce Cummings, discussed the neglected history of the unresolved war and how it continues to haunt the present. Hosted by the Korea Peace Network, Korea Peace Now! Grassroots Network, Peace Treaty Now, and Re’Generation Movement. UFPJ is a member of the Korea Peace Network.
When:  Watch the webinar here.


Today and Ongoing
Online
Did You Miss the June 4 Right to Harm Webinar?  From Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture
What:  Over 17,000 People Viewed It to Date And You Still Can Too!
The panel discussion webinar that followed the two week free screening of Right to Harm was a smashing success! Over 17,000 have now viewed it including 400 the night of the event.
More:  The webinar is available on YouTube and can be watched here.  You may also watch the film for a small fee.  See here for that.

Today and ongoing
Online
Online screening of  “THE CONDOR AND THE EAGLE” 
What:  June 20th marked the beginning of a 10 day endeavour to create accessible information for folx regarding climate change and Indigenous impact. Seeding Sovereignty is honoured to host the launch for World Peace and Prayer day with Chief Arvol Looking Horse with the online screening of "The Condor & The Eagle."
“The Condor & The Eagle" documentary offers a glimpse into a developing spiritual renaissance as the film four protagonists learn from each other's long legacy of resistance to colonialism and its extractive economy.”
More:  This film is available for a limited time.
Sponsors:  This effort aims to raise funds for Chief Arvol’s work to honor sacred sites, Seeding Sovereignty and the Stop The Formosa Campaign.
While donations are encouraged, this online streaming event is available to all.

Today and ongoing
Around the world and across the country
Impact of COVID-19 on Palestinians Free Webinar
What:  On May 13th MFSA and UMKR (United Methodists for Kairos Response) hosted a webinar on this topic.  Featured speakers were Angeleena Keizer, British Methodist Clergy now serving as the UM Liaison in Jerusalem, Alex Awad, retired Palestinian pastor and UMC missionary for over 20 years, and Tina Whitehead, UMC laity who has volunteered in Jerusalem for many years.  The webinar was hosted by Bridget Cabrera, MFSA’s Executive Director, and moderated by John Wagner, co-chair of UMKR. 
When & Where:  The webinar replay is on MFSA’s web page: www.mfsaweb.org, or on UMKR’s website: kairosresponse.org/webinars.html
Today and ongoing
Across the country and around the world
1945 Timeline
What:  See the 1945 timeline: “The 75th Anniversaries of the United Nations and the A-Bomb, a Timeline of 1945,” at https://www.vtwilpfgathering.com/timeline   There you can learn about the creation of the United Nations and the development and dropping of the A-Bomb through a series of dates of major events in 1945.
Today and Ongoing
Online
Women Webinar
What:  On Friday, June 12, 2020, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota hosted a webinar on Black women's vision and leadership from the front lines of Minneapolis. The webinar features Lulete Mola (Women's Foundation of MN), Kandace Montgomery (Black Visions Collective), Lissa Jones ('Urban Agenda' Radio Host), and Leslie E. Redmond (Minneapolis NAACP). To view the webinar, click here.
Today and ongoing
Across the world
#NoWar2020 World Beyond War Virtual Conference videos
What:  You can watch videos from the recent World Beyond War Virtual Conference.

More:  See videoshere.

Today and ongoing
Across the country and around the world
See videos of speakers at The Abolition 2000 (see full name below)
What:  The Abolition 2000 Global Network for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons speakers of which several UFPJ (United for Peace and Justice) groups are members, held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) via Zoom on May 23. A diverse group of activists and analysts from around the world shared their thoughts about the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, and how it will affect prospects for peace and disarmament. For full list of speakers and links to video of their talks, click here. The Abolition 2000 AGM on May 23 unanimously adopted a statement condemning recent reports of White House discussions to resume nuclear weapons testing: "Absolutely Unacceptable: Resumed Nuclear Explosive Testing." (Read)


Today and ongoing
Across the country
Listen to John Dear’s latest podcast:  “Walking with the Risen Nonviolent Jesus”
What:  Last week John Dear's latest Peace Podcast was released. This episode was recorded just before the pandemic took hold here in the U.S.  Nevertheless, John's message of challenge and hope on the theme of Walking with the Risen Nonviolent Jesus remains relevant in this difficult time.
When:  at your convenience!
Where:  your home computer or device

Today and ongoing
Across the country
View Dorothy Day documentary (founder of Catholic Worker)
What:  From Catholic Herald: NEW YORK-  Complicated, flawed, often misunderstood and as controversial as she was beloved, Dorothy Day (1897-1980), co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, is the subject of the documentary "Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day Story."
 Wonderfully evocative and challenging, the independently produced hourlong film is currently available at pbs.org as part of MPT presents, which shows topical programs from independent producers. Viewers should also consult their local listings for broadcast times.
More:  Filmmaker Martin Doblmeier ("An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story," 2017) wrote, directs and narrates "Revolution of the Heart." Actress Susan Sarandon, who famously portrayed contemporary Catholic social activist Sister Helen Prejean in the 1995 drama "Dead Man Walking," reads excerpts from Day's 1952 biography, "The Long Loneliness."

Today and ongoing
Around the world
Webinar: “The New Middle East Peace Deal: 3 Perspectives”
What:  The Trump Administration recently released their version of a peace deal for Israel & Palestine called “Peace to Prosperity”. The plan, developed without collaboration with Palestinians and laden with co-opted Christian language, has set off celebrations among some and protests among others. If enacted, this plan has serious and detrimental implications for all Israelis, all Palestinians, and all US Americans. Rather than a blueprint for peace, this plane is a roadmap for injustice
Where:  password:  peacemaking
More:  Featuring Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, CMEP's executive director, Shadia Qubti, reconciliation teacher, and Liel Maghen, co-director of IPCRI.
Today and ongoing
Around the world
Nonviolence Peaceforce Nonviolence Cafes
What:  From Nonviolence Peaceforce:  Thank you to all of you who participated in our online cafes! Together we over 300 people calling in from at least 20 countries.  If you missed any of our Nonviolence Cafe Series, we invite you to listen & watch on our website.

Today and ongoing
Around the world online
“One Earth, One Chance: Six Activists Discuss Climate”
What:  From David Swanson of Action Network.org- "Here’s a video I encourage you to watch above or at this LINK. The part that I’m in, which addresses climate and war, starts around minute 40, but I encourage you to watch the whole thing."

Today and ongoing
Around the world
Hold a screening online of CPT's "Zionism and Palestine" webinar series
What:  In February CPT held a live webinar discussion entitled "Zionism and Palestine." In it, Pastor Amy Yoder McGloughlin (Pastor at Frazer Mennonite Church, PA, CPT Palestine delegation leader and Steering Committee member) and Rabbi Linda Holtzman (faculty member of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, founder of the Reconstructionist Hevra Kadisha, PA, and Jewish Voice for Peace Board of Directors) discussed the impacts of Zionism in Palestine through stories from their trips to this occupied territory. On April 3rd, CPT hosted a follow-up webinar with Pastor Amy and Rabbi Linda, where they continued their discussion on Zionism and Palestine followed by a direct Q&A with the audience. Hold an online screening  and discussion with your church or community members to raise awareness about this important topic. You can access the recordings of the webinars by using the links below.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
1.)    From Corporate Accountability: Addressing the coronavirus pandemic is an "all hands on deck" effort and we can't afford for our politicians to continue gambling with our lives while the pandemic worsens. That's why we need you tourge your lawmakers to immediately restore funding to the World HealthOrganization.


3.)    From FCNL: Looking ahead, lawmakers will begin negotiations on another COVID-19 relief package. Research has shown that communities of color suffer disproportionately from the pandemic. The next relief bill, likely the last that Congress will consider, poses a critical opportunity to address this inequity. We must recognize the racism embedded in the impacts of COVID-19 and call on Congress to take appropriate action.

The $600 federal unemployment boost is set to end on July 31.

5.)    From Progress America:  The pandemic never went away―but now it’s worse than ever. Our health care workers STILL don’t have the protective equipment that they need to fight this.
Meanwhile, police officers around the country have all the riot gear and weapons of war, which they’re using to attack protesters.
This is upside down, and it needs to stop. Sign Now to demand that nurses get the PPE they need!

6.)    From Social Security Works: "Masks are essential to re-opening local economies while preventing the spread of COVID-19. Employers must keep their workers and customers safe, and require masks!"  Add your voice!

7.)    From The Zero Hour: Right now, we’re experiencing an economic crisis along with the COVID-19 crisis. Tens of millions of people are unemployed or under-employed—which means millions of people are at risk of being evicted. We cannot allow families to be forced from their homes and into the streets in the midst of a global pandemic.

Add your name to demand that Congress extend and broaden the current moratorium on evictions and provide emergency rental assistance.

8.)    From Codepink: Blackrock could do this. They recently announced that they were divesting from fossil fuels — signaling a shift in their policies. If CEO Larry Fink cares about “diversity, fairness, and justice” and building a “stronger, more equal, and safer society” — he should divest from Tasers.

Plus, compared to Blackrock’s other holdings, Taser stocks aren’t even that significant!

But if Blackrock does this, it could be the first domino we need to get other investment companies on board too. Send an email to BlackRock and share this widely!


9.)    From NIRS (Nuclear Information & Resource Service):  Believe it or not, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is still planning an even more dangerous and misleading change to the way nuclear power radioactive waste is handled. We need to flood the NRC with comments against this dangerous deregulation of nuclear waste. The deadline for comments to the NRC is less than a month away. Tell the NRC and your members of Congress: No dumping radioactive waste into our landfills.

10.) From Beyond the Bomb:  Stop nuclear testing!
The Trump administration wants to resume nuclear testing. We should be testing for COVID-19, not nuclear devastation! Here is what you can do to stop this from happening:

1. Sign our joint petition to prohibit funds for nuclear testing

2. Click to tweet in support of stopping nuclear testing

3. Read Fellowship Associate Rachel Traczyk’s blog post on the United States’ history of nuclear testing and why we can’t let this happen again

11.) From United for Peace and Justice:  Sign on todemilitarize the police:  People rising up in righteous anger against police brutality are being met with massive police brutality. Armored vehicles, tanks, and police armed to the teeth are patrolling the streets while drones and helicopters buzz overhead. Rather than getting justice for George Floyd, Brianna Taylor, Amhaud Arbory and so many others killed by our police, our cities are being invaded by militarized police. The 1033 program was created in 1990 during the “war on drugs” (aka the war on black communities) to give “left-over” military weapons to local U.S. police departments. Since 1990, at least $5.4 billion in U.S. military equipment has been transferred. Sign CODEPINK’s petition to abolish the 1033 program.

12.) From  Moveon.org:
Target has been positioning itself as a champion of its employees. It's gotten public praise for supporting diversity and inclusion and for increasing wages and benefits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the truth is that those benefits leave out a shadow workforce of tens of thousands of people—many of whom are Black and brown women—who power Target's growing and profitable grocery delivery service, Shipt.

       Shoppers working for Shipt are organizing to demand better paid leave.

If enough of us speak up to lift up their demands, we can pressure Target to ensure that Shipt shoppers get the same paid family and medical leave benefits that Target employees receive.

Target: Support ALL of the people who power your company!

Provide shoppers who work for your delivery service, Shipt, with the same paid family and medical leave benefits that Target employees get.

–Apollo Gonzales, PL+US

13.) From Latin America Working Group: This is urgent. The administration ramped up forcibly removing and deporting men, women, and unaccompanied children from the United States and returned them to their home countries, with only a temperature check before placing them on deportation flights, many times after they’ve been exposed to COVID-19 in immigration jails. At the same time, they’ve expelled over 40,000 asylum seekers at the border without a day in court. This is a violation of the right to seek asylum. And we won’t let this stand.

Our concerns are being heard loud and clear, by some. Senator Markey (D-MA) just introduced the Immigration Enforcement Moratorium Act which would halt all deportations and immigration enforcement during the global pandemic and defund the illegal expulsions at the border, and Representative Frederica Wilson (D-FL) introduced the Haitian Deportation Relief Act which would halt deportations to Haiti during the pandemic. We need to make sure these bills gets strong support!
Contact IPN for sample scripts, obtained from an email from Latin America Working Group.

14.) From Progressive Caucus Action Fund:  In the richest nation in the world, no one should go hungry. Millions of unemployed families are struggling during this pandemic.


15.) From Daily Kos:  sign the petition: Demand Congressstop corporate abuse of COVID-19 relief. Congress has passed three relief bills providing critical aid to citizens and small businesses struggling to stay afloat in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, there have been major oversight issues with how the aid has been distributed, including large corporations abusing relief programs intended for small businesses, and evidence of companies with Trump administration connections benefiting from relief-related contracts.

16.)From People for the American Way: We're joining leading civil rights organizations in urging consumer brands to pull their ads from Facebook during the month of July and calling on Facebook to rein in false content that promotes hate, spreads disinformation, and undermines our democracy.


17.) on June 29, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider serious issues with the federal death penalty, allowing the Trump administration to resume executions after a 17-year hiatus.

In response to Attorney General Bill Barr's decision to resume the use of capital punishment, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) introduced H.R. 4052 — legislation to prohibit the death penalty at the federal level and require re-sentencing of those currently on death row. As of this writing, the bill has 36 cosponsors (the late Elijah Cummings is still listed).


18.)From Daily Kos: (search any of these to contribute to their causes)
CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit created by Congress to mobilize philanthropic and private-sector resources to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s critical health protection work.
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that feed more than 46 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other community-based agencies.
Meals on Wheels supports individuals who are elderly, disabled, chronically ill and home-bound by delivering nutritious meals, reducing hunger, improving health and promoting independence.
The National Domestic Works Alliance has set up a fund to provide immediate financial support for domestic workers, and enable them to stay home and healthy — protecting themselves, their families and their communities while slowing the spread of the Coronavirus.
One Fair Wage Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund provides cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.
The National Diaper Bank Network: before the coronavirus pandemic, 1 in 3 American families with young children reported that they were in need of diapers. There are no state or federal child safety-net programs that allocate dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers. The National Diaper Bank Network provides a resource to help alleviate this need.
Farmworkers Pandemic Relief Fund: as the COVID-19 spreads to our rural communities many farmworkers, some of whom are undocumented and left out of the federal relief programs, are struggling make ends meet, while also protecting themselves and our food. All funds raised will go directly to farmworkers to help them purchase basic needs for their families.    

19.)Des Moines SURJ
Des Moines Standing Up for Racial Justice would like to offer several Direct Action opportunities to the Des Moines community during this time:
DSM SURJ Immigrant Rights or Education working groups, please contact dsmsurj@gmail.com
Become involved in our Jail Visitation program as a volunteer or committee member, please contact dsmsurj@gmail.com
Volunteer with Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a Des Moines-based mutual aid group. Click here to volunteer!

20.)DMARC Response to COVID-19
For the complete DMARC response to the current coronavirus outbreak, click here!
To safely make a donation to DMARC, click here!
In the face of COVID-19, many of DMARC's clients are contending with challenges that prevent them from safely accessing food assistance at our public pantry locations. We are putting out a special call for volunteers who will deliver bags of food to individual households (NO-CONTACT DELIVERY) as part of our modified pantry distribution schedule. To volunteer as a Driver for the Food Pantry Delivery Service, or for more information, clickhere!

21.)EMBARC Volunteer Opportunities
We know many people want to help during this uncertain time. We will be direct - we need people and money to sustain our efforts.
Sign up to be on our volunteer list HERE
Subscribe to and share our social media HERE

We want to thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your support and encouragement. Our combined compassion will light the way through these uncertain times.

22.)Faith & Grace Garden - Sunshine, Fresh Air & Social Distance (Des Moines)
We are now planting potatoes and onions in the garden and doing some maintenance. We would welcome your help in the garden! In keeping with the concerns of not contributing to the spread of COVID 19 we are limiting volunteer opportunities in the garden. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Mark Marshall at wdmmarshall@msn.com, or by calling or texting him at 515/988-5381 to arrange a convenient day and time. This will allow us to plan a safe volunteer experience for you. Volunteers are asked to observe the CDC’s guidelines, including frequent handwashing, and avoiding direct physical exchanges with other gardeners. Most importantly, if you are feeling ill, have family members or friends who are ill, have been to a location where COVID-19 is prevalent, or are at-risk or immunocompromised, please refrain from volunteering in the garden. Volunteers must also read and sign our Garden Risk Policy. For more information, please visit us by clicking here.

23.)Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was jogging near his neighborhood in Brunswick, Glynn County, GA, on February 23, when he was chased down, shot, and killed in cold blood. Ahmaud and his family deserve justice.
His executioners were two white men, Gregory and Travis McMichael, who told police that they believed Ahmaud fit the profile of a burglary suspect. But the truth is Ahmaud's murder was an act of hatred and white supremacy.
District Attorney George Barnhill defended Ahmaud's murderers—one of whom is a retired Glynn County police officer and a former investigator with the local district attorney's office—by making the outrageous claim that they acted in self-defense and their actions fell within Georgia's citizen arrest laws.

Sign the petition to demand justice for Ahmaud and a real investigation.

24.)Central Iowa Shelter & Services (CISS) 
CISS needs your assistance in providing some of the basics for their clients: deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes. If you are willing to help, they are asking folks to visit their Amazon Wish List to order donations. Donations should be sent to 1420 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA 50309. To access the wish list, click here!

25.)Hawthorne Hill (Des Moines based)
The Hawthorn Hill emergency family shelter is still serving homeless families and they really need supplies to keep staff and clients safe. Items that are needed most are:
Lysol or other disinfectant spray
Disinfectant wipes
Bleach
39 gallon trash bags
Healthy snacks for kids
For more information on how to donate, or an extended list of other needed items, please click here!

26.)On With Life
On With Life has several ways in which interested volunteers can assist them during the COVID-19 pandemic, from monetary and supply donations to the fabrication of gowns for the staff. For more information about how you can contribute, click here!
Mosaic
Mosaic empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their unique pursuit of happiness. Providing truly personalized services, they help people achieve their goals and dreams. The organization is currently in need of masks. To assist in this way, please contact Katie Flippen by e-mail at katie.flippen@mosaicinfo.org. For guidance in making masks, clickhere!

27.)Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities in currently in need of volunteers for its food pantry. The Catholic Charities food pantry is still offering daily food for those in need.  200-300 each day are served by volunteers through a pass window.  Social distancing is enforced. The two daily shifts are 9:45 to 12:30 and 12:00 to 3:45. For more information, or to volunteer, click here!

28.)Iowa Immigrant Emergency Fund: COVID-19
While a $2 Trillion Coronavirus bill has been signed, many in our communities are left out. So far, undocumented families cannot qualify for support from most government agencies. We invite you to support the Emergency Immigrant Relief Fund, which will provide support for undocumented families and individuals. The Iowa Sanctuary Movement, a project of AFSC Iowa, is accepting donations, and all funds will go to undocumented families and individuals being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You may donate online by clicking here, and selecting “Immigrant Emergency Relief Fund.” If you prefer to donate by check, please make them payable to Walnut Hills United Methodist Church, and send them to 12321 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA  50323. Please note “Immigrant Emergency Relief Fund” in the memo line of your check. If you need to request funds, please call us at AFSC Iowa at 515/274-4851.

29.) From WILPF (Women’s League for Peace and Freedom)- Are you someone with a knack for sewing and a desire to help?  Our friend Jess Mazour invites you to make masks.  She sent the E-NEWS this note:  
Thank you so much for volunteering to help make Masks for the Frontlines.  We launched a new website that lists all the orders we've received so far.
You can then go in and select which one you want to help out with. Each order has the pattern and instructions for that specific organization.
Once you are have delivered the masks that you sign up for - please fill out our completed mask form so we can mark orders as complete.
View orders and sign up to make masks here: https://signup.com/go/btkGogj

Report your completed masks and deliveries here: https://forms.gle/BLf9AuSqGokkuv8p6
Request masks for your organization here: https://forms.gle/6r75grChRoPYJwGZ6
Join our online community on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2949947068394904

We are humbled by the number of Iowans stepping up to keep our frontline workers safe.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Happy sewing!
 Thanks!  Jess (friend of WILPF)

30.)  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!

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

32.) 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!

33.) 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.

34.) 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!

35.) DMCW (Des Moines Catholic Worker) You Tube beg ( 2 min 40 sec).

Items the DMCW needs for the house to be able to serve our guests these days:

For the House:
Bulk cans of green beans, peas and corn.
Bulk cans of fruit cocktail, peaches and pears.
10 lb bags of sugar.
BBQ sauce- bulk
sandwich bags- resealable
coffee cups with matching lids
to go containers for meals( with or without dividers)
Coffee Stirring sticks
Nitrile gloves- size large( can be purchased at Commercial bag and supply
american cheese slices - bulk size
whole hams, roast beef or turkey ( we have a meat slicer)

For the Food Pantry
Individual cans of green beans, peas, corn.( with pop top lids)
granola bars, trail mix, protein bars
socks
men and women's underwear size xl, 2xl
safety razors
individual cans of fruit with pop top lids
individual packages of applesauce or fruit cups
little debbie snacks or hostess snacks
fruit rollups or fruit snacks
Contact:  Contact people for delivery and future needs. Call ahead of time or come when we are open, use the back door.
Ruth Michelle Hart <ruth.gracegirl.hart@gmail.com> 319 654 7010
Madeleine Terry <madeleinemterry@gmail.com> 515 868 7765
Patrick Stall <stall.patrick@gmail.com> 515 330 7472


SAVE THE DATE

Thurs., Aug. 6
Online
Hibakusha Remembrance Webinar
What:  attend, and invite your friends to attend, an online presentation by Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford, Dr. Jonathan Down, and youth activist Magritte Gordaneer. In the hour-long session, with time for Q&A, these experts will address the bombings, the public health impact of nuclear war, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the state of international law and other matters to help us all make meaningful the vow: “Never Again.”\
When:  2 pm CST
More:  RSVP.
Thurs., Aug. 6- Sun., Aug. 9
Around the world, online
Campaign Nonviolence Nat’l Confernce Online!
What:  Over the last few weeks, we have been hopeful that the coronavirus pandemic might show signs of diminishment and that it wouldn't affect the Campaign Nonviolence National Conference August 6-9, 2020. Unfortunately, it has become clear to us that, while things may improve slightly by August, there will still be a health risk for anyone gathering in large groups and so we have reluctantly decided to offer an online alternative for the safety of all rather than holding the in-person gathering at Albuquerque and Los Alamos.
In place of the Los Alamos and Albuquerque events we will hold a live online 75th anniversary commemoration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Thursday, August 6th featuring Dr. Ira Helfand, MD, a member of the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.  Then on Friday August 7th, we will hold a live online nonviolence training with some of the best Pace e Bene trainers around.   This will be followed by live online conference activities held on Saturday, August 8th featuring Rev. Richard Rohr, one of the world’s best-known theologians and religious leaders and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation; Dr. Erica Chenoweth of Harvard University, one of the world’s leading social scientists and scholars on nonviolence; Kazu Haga, founder of the East Point Peace Academy and author of Healing Resistance: A Radically Different Response to Harm, along with numerous other speakers discussing peace and nonviolence.  More details will be announced soon about each day including other speakers joining the online event. We are working hard to make the online conference just as exciting as the original.
Tickets and Registration:
If you would like to attend the online events, and you are not registered for the in-person conference, we will be sending out registration information for the online portion soon.  Be on the lookout for it here: 2020conference.campaignnonviolence.org.

More:  For those who have already purchased a ticket, you have several options.  We will offer a full or partial refund if you request, but we sincerely ask you to turn your full ticket payment into a tax deductible donation to Pace e Bene.   Here's what you'll receive if you donate all of your ticket(s):  We will give you 3 tickets to the online conference for three of your friends plus your own registration. Or we can use your ticket(s) to offer scholarships for the online event for those that most need it. By doing this you will further the cause of nonviolence, benefit others and feel great about yourself!  We can also send you a receipt for your donation if you'd like.  

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 catholicpeaceministry@gmail.com.


Regular Events- Cancelled unless otherwise noted by denoting "online"

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)
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(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. 
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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.

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1st Monday of each Month, Sept-May (see info in calendar above on April 6- will be doing ZOOM)
Des Moines
WILPF-DSM
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 www.facebook.com/WILPFDSM for the most up to date info.  

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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

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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

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Wednesdays (online)
Des Moines area
Centering Prayer Group on Zoom
What:  Please join the Emmaus House Spirituality Center for this online, sacred time of stillness and silence, as we open ourselves to receiving more deeply God’s presence within us.
When:  The group will meet every Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m. No prior experience with Centering Prayer is necessary.

More:  If interested in attending, please RSVP by clicking here so that they can email you the link to the online gathering.
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Wednesdays (2nd & 4th of ea/ mo.)  (email contact below on info for ZOOM)  (online)
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
Contact:  neipjc@gmail.com  


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.

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

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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

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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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Saturdays (online)
Des Moines area
Reflecting On Our Experience
What:  Please join the Emmaus House Spirituality Center on Saturday mornings, when we gather to share our experiences and reverently listen to the ways in which each of us has experienced God’s presence during this challenging time in our world. Using the Ignatian Examen as a guide, we will prayerfully reflect on our experiences of the previous week. This group will meet every Saturday.
When: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
More:  No prior experience with the Ignatian Examen is necessary. If interested in attending, please RSVP by clicking here so that they can email you the link to the online gathering.
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