Events

Upcoming Events
Wed., May 22
Across the country- From FCNL
Conference Call with former Rep. Costello and Emily Wirzba, FCNL legislative representative for sustainable energy & environment
What:  Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06) has been key to the Friends Committee on National Legislation’s work to foster bipartisan climate change action in Congress. Now you have a special opportunity to hear from him directly.
When:  7 pm CST
Please join me for a call with former Rep Costello & Emily Wirzba as they discuss the importance of your grassroots advocacy for bipartisan climate solutions and FCNL’s climate strategy. Register here.

Wed., May 22
Ankeny, IA
AMOS Ankeny Cluster Meeting
What:  AMOS Cluster Meeting- feel free to come for the first time.  Other clusters held their meetings earlier this month.
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where:  Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church- 510 E 1st St

Thurs., May 23
Des Moines
DMARC's Fight Against Hunger
What:  Get a fresh twist on spring with small bites and beverage samples from some of Des Moines’ best culinary talent.
When:  from 5:00–9:00 p.m
Where:  This inaugural signature event will be held at the State of Iowa Historical Museum 660 E. Locust St., Des Moines.
More:  For tickets or more information, visit www.dmarcunited.org/spring-greens or call 515-277-6969. Proceeds benefit the Des Moines Area Religious Council, an interfaith organization committed to fighting food insecurity.

Fri., May 24- Sat., May 25
Des Moines
Iowa Asian Alliance - CelebrAsian
What:  17th Anniversary Celebration of Asian culture: food vendors, dance, and more. See more info here,
When:  May 24- 11:00 am to 10 pm; May 25- 11 am to 10 pm
Where:  Western Gateway Park (Des Moines)

Fri., May 24
Cresco, IA
Spring Arbor Walk
What: Join ISU Extension and Outreach, along with Iowa DNR for Iowa DNR Forestry Field Day.  Enjoy a short presentation & easy stroll through Cresco, Iowa. The walk will highlight the important points of urban tree selection and care.  You'll have a chance to meet your local forestry staff, enjoy some fresh air, and chat about trees! Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.
When:  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where:  ISU Extension - Howard County, 132 1st Ave W, Cresco, IA 52136, USA

Mon., May 27
Des Moines
Documentaries with WILPF
What: Watch a Documentary at Plymouth Place! The WILPF Book Club has switched to documentaries for the summer months.
When: 10:00am
Where:  Plymouth Place (Des Moines)
More:  The Club welcomes everyone – please stop by!

Mon., May 27
Des Moines
JustFaith Sessions Starting Next Week!
What:  The Center for Social Ministry is pleased to announce its 2019 Spring/Summer JustFaith sessions! Registration is now open for the following sessions and locations. Please Note: Some sessions begin next week, and if you are planning to attend you must register now! Groups may be cancelled if session registration is too low.
When & Where:  Living Compassionately: Caring for the Poor – Monday Evenings – Altoona
More:  To register for any of the above sessions, please visit us at www.CenterForSocialMinistry.org, or simply click here!

Tues., May 28
Des Moines
Iowa Sanctuary Meeting
What:  4th Tuesday of the month
When:  6pm
Where:  more info: email iowasanctuary@gmail.com
Wed., May 29
Des Moines
Iowa premiere of "Right to Harm"
What: The Iowa Alliance of Responsible Ag (WILPF DM is on the steering committee) is co-hosting this premiere with Hourglass Films and filmmaker Matt Wechsler.  Through the riveting stories of five rural communities, Right to Harm exposes the devastating public health impact factory farming has on many disadvantaged citizens throughout the United States.
When:  7 pm
Where:  the at the State Historical Building
More:    Filmed across Iowa and the entire country, the documentary chronicles the failures of state agencies to regulate industrial animal agriculture. Known formally as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations – or CAFOs – these facilities produce millions of gallons of untreated waste that destroys the quality of life for nearby neighbors. Fed up with the lack of regulation, these disenfranchised citizens band together to demand justice from their legislators.
$5 per person.

Thurs., May 30
Des Moines
Jamie Wade Memorial Speaker Series Welcomes Art Cullen!
What:  Editor of The Storm Lake Times, author and 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner Art Cullen describes how Storm Lake, Iowa has been transformed by immigration, agricultural consolidation and climate change and how our politics have been taken over by corporate money. Don’t miss this annual speaker series scheduled to take place.
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where:  Fellowship Hall at Central Presbyterian Church.
More:  Come hear this thought provoking speaker and be inspired!

Thurs., May 30
Des Moines
Iowa Citizens Action Network’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, Embrace the Past… Celebrate the Present… Dream for the Future
What:   With Special Appearances by Activists from the Past, Present and Future
Featuring Tax March Executive Director Maura Quint
Maura helped found and currently serves as the Executive Director of Tax March. An advocate for economic justice and a fair tax code, she works with activists across the country to help shape narratives and raise voices. She has appeared as a guest on shows including On the Media, MSNBC and Pitchfork Economics. Hors d'ouevres Buffet - Cash bar
When:  5 pm Happy Hour, 6 pm Program.
Where:  Top of the Tower, Downtown Holiday Inn, 1050 6th Street, Des Moines
More:  Featuring a special appearance by the TRUMP CHICKEN!
To reserve your tickets, click HERE

Thurs., May 30
Decorah, IA
Soup & Learn: Johanna Bergan
What: This month's Soup and Learn will host Decorah City Council Woman Johanna Bergan. Johanna will give her take on becoming a new council member, what the learning curve has been for her, and what issues she has taken action on so far. Q&A
to follow. Come at 5:30 to enjoy a simple soup and bread in community.
When:  5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where:  Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, 119 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA52101
More:  Program will begin at 6:00 PM, Suggested donation - $5.00. This informal gathering is open to all.

Fri., May 31
Decorah, IA
Wear Orange for Gun Safety Proclamation Signing
What: Join NEIPJC at City Hall to witness Decorah Mayor, Lorraine Borowski, signa proclamation declaring June 7, 2019 National Gun Violence Awareness Day, in an effort to keep Decorah a safe community.
When:  9:00 AM
Where:  City Hall, City of Decorah, 400 Claiborne Dr, Decorah, IA 52101
More:  Dress in orange. #wearorange

Fri., May 31 through Sun., June 2
Des Moines
Greek Food Fair @ Greek Orthodox Church of Des Moines
What:  Food, Dance, and more  See Facebook page.
When:  May 31 starts at 5:00 pm;  June 1st & 2nd starts at 11:00 am
Where:   Greek Orthodox Church of Des Moines, 1110 35th St., Des Moines

Fri., May 31
Decorah, IA
Chasing Coral - OFF Film Screening
What: Join the Oneota Film Festival and Green Iowa AmeriCorps for a screening of Chasing Coral to kick off festivities for World Oceans Day on June 8th, 2019.  This event will be held at the Elks Lodge in Decorah, Iowa. After the showing, there will be resources about sustainable fishing practices, updates on the health of corals, ideas for creative ways to recycle, and other ways we can help our oceans.  OFF and Green Iowa AmeriCorps hope to see you there!
When:  6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:  Decorah Elks Lodge, 105 River Street, Decorah, IA 52101
More:  The event is FREE.  Donations suggested.

Mon., June 3
Des Moines
WILPF’s annual Mother’s Day picnic
What: We’ll provide the veggie & all beef hot dogs, vegan beans, chips & salsa, beverages and table service.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. There will be a short business meeting and plenty of time for fun and conversation.  The shelter is adjacent to a playground and we’ll also have colors and coloring books for the kids. Come early or stay late to enjoy the 1.2 mile walking trail around the lake.  We hope you will be able to join us in this last meeting until our regular year starts again in September.
When:   6 pm
Where:  Join us at the Copper Creek Lake Park, 4390 East University, Pleasant Hill.
More:  Originally a call for peace in response to the carnage of war, the 1870 Mother’s Day Proclamation was an impassioned plea by activist Julia Ward Howe, a feminist and          advocate for the abolition of slavery. She wrote:
“Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of             counsel … with each other … as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace.”
As a Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, let’s once again imagine Mother’s Day as a day to work for peace and justice.

Sat., June 8- Tues., June 11
Washington DC
Tenth Annual Citizens’ Climate Lobby International Conference & Lobby Days
What: For more details, visit:
Where:  Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

Mon., June 10
Iowa City
Monthly Book Club
What: Book this month:  Diet for a Hot Planet by Anna Lappe
When: 7 pm
Where: High Ground Cafe in Iowa City
More:  For more info about this book club meeting email iowapeacenework@gmail.com and I will pass on what I received from Eric Johnson (with ICCA- Iowa City Climate Advocates)

Mon., June 10
Des Moines
Walk for Peace and Social Justice “Making Peace in our Church; in our World; in Ourselves”
What:  The walk will be led by Bishop Laurie (of Iowa Conference of United Methodist Church), culminating with a prayer service at Cowles Commons (see below.)
When:  starts 12:15 PM
Where:  beginning at the south end of Hy-Vee Hall and walking to the Peace Garden at Cowles Commons (3rd & Walnut) Des Moines.
More:  Please join us! IPN will be there, I invite you to join me!

Sat., June 15
Des Moines
Rev. Louis Barios of Pastors for Peace speaking
What: Rev. Louis Barios chairman of Pastors for Peace will be speaking, on their US tour, before going to Cuba.  Cosponsors: Cuba Partnership Team & Plymouth Church Peace Committee
When: 6:45 p.m.
Where:  Plymouth Congregational Church, 4126 Ingersoll Avenue, DSM  50312
Speaking in the Greenwood Room
More:  Refreshments served
Contact:  Jan Campbell:  Mobile: 515.314.0344
Mon., June 17
Des Moines
World Refugee Day - Film Screening of "Human Flow"
What:  The Des Moines Art Center and Iowa International Center invite you to join with them for a screening of the film Human Flow. Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow is director and artist Ai Weiwei's detailed and heartbreaking exploration into this global refugee crisis, and is an epic film journey which gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.
When: 7 p.m.
Where:  Des Moines Art Center (4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines).
More:  For more information, click here!

Tues., June 18- through Sun., June 23
Des Moines
Des Moines Art Center Self-Guided Tour on refugee art
What:   Highlighting a selection of works by artists who fled their native countries.
When:  See website
Where:  Des Moines Art Center
Thurs., June 20
Des Moines
See Me, Hear Me: Stories of Refugees in Des Moines
What:  You are invited to attend this moderated panel discussion, which will highlight personal stories from refugees in Iowa. You will have the opportunity to hear about their journeys, challenges, triumphs, and to honor them as part of the diversity that makes Iowa beautiful. Panel speakers seek to heighten awareness of the continued need to assist refugee populations coming to Iowa.
When:  7 pm
Where:  Des Moines Art Center (4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines).
More:  This event is hosted by the Des Moines Art Center and Iowa International Center, More:  For more information, click here!
Fri.,  June 21- Mon., June 24
Washington DC
Move to Amend National Leadership Summit
What:  Our campaign to legalize democracy will be in Washington DC, for a four day event in June. We want you to join us in the belly of the beast!!Free the People from Corporate Rule!
When:  see at registration
Where:  Trinity Washington University, Washington DC

Sat., June 22
Des Moines
oDes Moines World Refugee Day 2019
What: Cultural celebration, showing off the talents and cuisine of refugees and immigrants in Iowa.
When:  (12:00 pm), Des Moines World Refugee Day 2019

Sat. June 22
Iowa City
Tabling at Iowa City Juneteenth Celebration
When:  noon - 4 pm
Where:  Mercer Park, Iowa City
More: Interested in being a volunteer? Contact prolnick@truman.edu

Announcements:
1.) Here is the link to the Des Moines Register candidate tracker for Presidential candidates in Iowa including visits by Andrew Yang (May 21), and John Delaney (May 21-23) More at website
2.) Petition to the Federal Trade Commission:
"The FTC must investigate and block the attempt by Bristol-Myers Squibb to buy out Celgene. This would be the largest pharmaceutical merger ever, and as with past mergers, the result will be less innovation and much higher prescription drug costs for the public. This mega-merger will block the development and sale of affordable drugs and reduce competition precisely at the moment we need more of it. We urge you to stop this mega-merger."
3.) Interfaith Power & Light is looking for people to host screenings of the National Geographic film, “From Paris to Pittsburgh.” This is a great way to help educate the public, media, elected officials, and candidates. For more details, visit:
4.) Summer and Fall, 2019 and 2020 – The Sunrise Movement is looking for students and other young people who are interested in full-time work on climate change in 2019 and 2020. For more details, visit:
5.) One year ago, the Trump administration irresponsibly withdrew from the landmark Iran nuclear deal. In the past year, the Trump administration has pushed a crippling “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran. And now there are U.S. warships and B-52 bombers in the Persian Gulf. To top it off, the Trump Administration has ordered the Pentagon to draw up plans to send 120,000 troops to the region.
That’s why it’s so critical to support the legislation in the House and the Senate to stop the administration from going to war without consulting Congress. We need more members to be cosponsors to show the Trump administration that going to war with Iran would be unconstitutional. Can you help us by telling your representative in Congress to cosponsor H.R.2354 to prevent Trump from dragging us to war with Iran?
6.) Today marks the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision issued by the Supreme Court that put an end to segregation. Yet while we celebrate this anniversary and the impact its decision has had on millions of Americans, Trump has put forward numerous judicial nominees who REFUSE to affirm Brown as correctly decided.1
This should alarm you:
Trump's judges are so extreme, they won't affirm the landmark ruling that PUT AN END TO SEGREGATION as correctly decided.
7.) The state of our country’s infrastructure–roads, bridges, school buildings, water systems, mass transit systems, access to high-speed broadband and more–is so bad, it received a grade of D+ from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Pretty terrifying.
Will you sign our petition to tell Congress to invest in infrastructure that protects the planet, creates millions of new jobs, and raises the money needed by making sure the rich and big corporations pay their fair share?

8.) Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program
The Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program has had high-volume arrivals for April and May. Almost a fifth of the number of arrivals we are expecting the entire year have arrived or are expected. Your help is needed to supply household items as we establish initial housing for these families.
We are in need of the following:
-Twin, Full, and Queen bedding
sheet sets, blankets, comforters
-New Pillows
-Laundry Detergent
-All Purpose Cleaner
-Toilet Paper
-Paper Towels
-Dish-washing Liquid
If you or your group are interested in helping with donations, please contact Sinishaw at 515-393-5231.
9..) 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!

10.) Faith & Grace Garden
Spring is here, and it’s once again time to prepare the soil and sow the seed. The Faith & Grace Garden is looking for volunteers! Volunteers are needed during the following times: Mondays from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., and Fridays and Saturdays by appointment. The Garden is closed on Sundays. To volunteer in the mornings, click here. To volunteer in the afternoons, click here. For more information, or to make an appointment to volunteer on Friday or Saturday, contact Tim Goldman and Mark Marshall by texting 745-9842 and 988-5381.

11.) 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.
12.) 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!


SAVE THE DATE 

Sat., June 23
Des Moines
The Inaugural Iowa Water Festival
What:  The Iowa Water Festival is a fun FREE public event that celebrates Iowa’s waterways and the connection from land to sea, hosted in a refreshing and nurturing atmosphere with related art, music, and educational activities.
This festival showcases Indigenous, multi-cultural, and scientific perspectives.
When:  11:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Where: at the Izaak Walton League, 4343 George Flagg Parkway
Sun., June 23- Tues., June 25
Washington DC
Churches for  Middle East Peace “Persistent Hope” conference
What:  Don't miss out on our incredible line-up of speakers for Persistent Hope! Join us June 23-25 in Washington, D.C. to hear from speakers like Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, 5-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and many more.
More: Click here for more info.

Tues., July 9
Des Moines
Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change. Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples
What: The Toward Right Relationship project of the Boulder Friends Meeting (Quakers) offers this workshop in response to calls from Indigenous leaders and the World Council of Churches. The 2-hour exercise traces the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples.  Our goal is to raise our level of knowledge and concern about these impacts, recognize them in ourselves and our institutions, and explore how we can begin to take actions toward “right relationship.” We provide a Resource Kit with suggestions for continued study, reflection, and action
When: 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave.
More:  Suggested Donation: $10
RSVP on Eventbrite, Roots of Injustice or email Linda Lemons: lemonslin@gmail.com or 515-229-1404

Sat., July 20
Des Moines
Fourth Annual Ignatian Retreat Day
What:  To many, Pope Francis has been a great surprise as pope, but his teaching and leadership have deep roots in his Ignatian background, as well as in the teachings of the wider church. We invite you to join us as Father Tom Krettek, S.J. leads us in learning about Francis’ formation as a Jesuit and bishop, and invites us to prayerfully reflect upon how Francis’ story as a companion of Jesus can inspire and guide us in our own life of Christian discipleship.
When:  Ignatian Spirituality and the Ministry of Pope Francis will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Where:   The event will be held at St. Mary of Nazareth Church (4600 Meredith Drive, Des Moines)
More:  The cost of the event is $50, but scholarships are available.. For more information, or to register, click here!

Fri., July 26- Sat., July 27
Des Moines
Cathedral Concerts on Grand
What:  Plans for this year's summer Cathedral Concerts are humming along. Mark your calendar to stop by the Catholic Pastoral Center Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, When:  starting at 5 p.m. to hear three bands each night.
Where:  Catholic Pastoral Center, downtown Des Moines
More:  Local artists will be showcasing their skills. These concerts are free and open to the public. Confluence Brewing beer will be available. Food vendors will be announced soon. For more information, click here!

Fri., Aug. 2 through Sun., Aug. 4
Minneapolis, MN
US Training for Climate Reality Project
What:  The next U.S. training for the Climate Reality Project will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from August 2 to August 4. If it fits within your time, money, and carbon budgets, consider applying for the training. It is a great way to get more informed and more involved in the fight against climate change and the fight for a sustainable future. The deadline is Monday, June 17. Here is a link with the details:
Thurs., Aug. 8. & Sun., Aug. 11
Des Moines
Sounds of Progress Musical
What:  Madison Ray & Rae Fehring will produce a musical featuring adaptations of theater favorites in order to highlight progressive issues and encourage Iowans to take action. Last year our production of Reynolds Pamphlet sold out multiple shows, and we are thrilled to be bringing back the same team, and to be working with Des Moines Performing Arts!
When:  Aug. 8- 7pm, August 11- 3pm
Where:  Stoner Theater, 221 Walnut St.
More:   sponsored by Progress Iowa.
COST: $30 for each general admission ticket, sponsorships available. Sign up to learn when tickets go on sale

Wed., Aug. 21
Iowa City
Sierra Club and other environmental groups potluck
What: Come share a dish and meet with other ICCA and Sierra Club members and members of other environmental groups
When:  6 pm
Where:   Hickory Hill Park North Entrance (Conklin Street Entrance- 800 Conklin St.)

Sat., Oct. 5- Sun., Oct. 6
Limerick, Ireland
World BEYOND War’s fourth annual global conference on the abolition of war
What:   This conference will include a rally on the 6th at Shannon Airport, where U.S. military forces routinely pass through in violation of Irish neutrality.
We’ll be bringing together some of the best speakers, scholars, and activists from Ireland and the world in the movement to end war and establish a just, sustainable, and global peace.
Speakers will include Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire
When:  Timing: 9 to 6:30 Saturday October 5th, and 9 to 1:15 Sunday October 6th, followed by rally at Shannon Airport, with optional walk from the hotel to the airport
Where:  Location: Great National South Court Hotel, Raheen Roundabout, Raheen, Limerick, V94 E77X, Ireland. (Shannon Airport Address: M3XP+V4 Lismacleane, County Clare, Ireland.)
More:  Details of the conference, including speakers and full agenda, will be posted as they are developed at https://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2019
Registrants for the conference can get a discounted rate to stay at the hotel Friday and/or Saturday evenings, and can stay additional nights at the standard rate. Or participants can stay at our Peace Camp! Or use our rides and lodging board.  Register>>>
Limerick is easily accessible from Shannon Airport or by rail or bus from Dublin.

Sat., Dec. 7
Ames
Statewide Iowa CCL Meeting
When:  10 am - 4 pm (time maybe shorter than that)
Where:  Ames Public Library, PEO Room


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)
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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 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

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Mondays

Des Moines
WILPF Monday Morning Book Club
What: The club is reading Climate Church, Climate World- How People of Faith Must Work For Change by Jim Antal.
When: 10:30am September through May
Where:  Beaverdale Book Store, Des Moines (Beaverdale)

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1st Monday of each Month, Sept-May
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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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 iowapjp.org 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.

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

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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

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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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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