Thurs., Oct. 17
Dubuque, IA
Children of Abraham- October program
What:  The October program is, “You Are What You Eat.” 
When: 7:00 PM
Where:  Temple Beth El, 475 W. Locust, in Dubuque.  \
More:  For more information, please go to
Thurs., Oct. 17
Des Moines
“The World Food Prize equals Toxic Ag” banner hold
What: "The World Food Prize equals Toxic Ag” banner hold.....
Where: State Capitol west entrance
When: 6 p.m.
More:  Please join this year's Occupy the World Food Prize banner hold “WFP = Toxic Ag”. We plan to gather on the West side of the IA State Capitol building, along the drive leading to the main entrance at 6 p.m. This is the entrance used by the international World Food Prize attendees.    This year's banner message “WFP = Toxic Ag”.
Contact:  Sharon Donovan <> 515 987 5443, OWFP / WILPF
Thursdays starting Thurs., Oct. 17 through Dec. 12
Des Moines
Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey
What:  Migration is a complex issue that is reshaping the cultural, economic and political landscape of the planet. This module offers the opportunity for prayer, reading and reflection as well as discussion and discovery related to this critical and controversial issue of our day.
When:  on Thursdays, October 17 – December 12, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.
Where:  St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (815 High Street, Des Moines).
More:  The class is open to all and costs $50. Register at, or simply click here!

Friday, October 18
Decorah, IA
October Fiesta - Come! Volunteer! Enjoy!
What: Please bring family and friends to join the Decorah Area Faith Coalition for “October Fiesta," a fundraising meal for Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Serving harvest soups, homemade breads and desserts. Your financial contributions go to a community fund to help neighbors impacted by immigration crises.
When:  5:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where:  Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 701 Iowa Ave., Decorah, IA 52101
More:  In response to the needs of our neighbors who are dealing with immigration related crises, the Decorah Area Faith Coalition hosts fundraising events from time to time. Money raised at these events goes to the "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" fund, which is administered by the United Church of Christ. That fund is becoming depleted, while at the same time, the needs of immigrants in our community continue to grow. We're hoping this event will help to replenish the fund so that the work of caring for our immigrant neighbors can continue.   If you would like to volunteer to help with this upcoming event, please email Marion Pruitt-Jefferson at
If you are unable to attend but wish to participate, donate online at

Fri., Oct. 18 (RSVP by Oct. 15)
Des Moines
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault in Asian Pacific Islander Communities
What:  Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity has been in the forefront in creating culturally-specific services for Asian Pacific Islander (API) survivors and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Hieu Pham will describe the various API communities in Iowa as well as the challenges victims and survivors face in obtaining relief from abuse and the barriers to services. Participants will learn through case studies and discussion, and be provided strategies to assist API that are culturally sensitive and appropriate.
When:  from 11:45 a.m.until 1:00 p.m.
Where:  Plymouth Congregational Church (4126 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines).
More:  If you are planning to attend, please RSVP by October 15, 2019 by e-mail to, or by phone to 515/279.8715. The $10 fee is payable at the door and includes lunch.

Sat., Oct. 19
Grinnell, IA
Conference on Climate Change
What: The Iowa UU Witness and Advocacy Network invites all Iowans to a conference on Climate Change.  Starting the conference, two Iowa City UU climate activists will facilitate a workshop on “Drawdown: an Introduction to Global Warming”.  This interactive workshop emphasizes solutions to reverse the warming of the planet.  
When:   10 am-2 pm
Where:   Ahrens Family Center, 1436 Penrose St, Grinnell.
More:  A sandwich bar luncheon follows at noon (Suggested donation $10.00).  After lunch there will be time for networking and a discussion with Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson.
RSVP:  Please let Janice Hawkins know if you can attend (669-3034) --it's free!
Sun., Oct. 20
Chicago, IL
AFSC Chicago Annual Benefit and Presenting of “Inspiration for Hope” award
What:  Come and celebrate with us at our annual benefit to support our work as AFSC Chicago, organizing for solidarity and resistance.
We’re excited to honor the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) and the team at WBEZ’s Worldview program this year for our “Inspiration for Hope” awards. We’ve partnered with AAAN since they became an organization in 1995 and currently collaborate with them on shutting down racist, anti-Muslim countering violent extremism programs in the Chicago area. In addition:
Current staff and volunteers will speak about our current campaigns;
A silent auction full of art, books, and fair trade items;
DJ L O Kari;
Delicious Middle Eastern food!
We are grateful to the management and staff at Al Hambra restaurant who will host us again in their extravagant space.
When:  4 – 6pm
Where:   Al Hambra Restaurant, 1240 West Randolph Street, Chicago
More:  Tickets are $50 per person or $400 for a table of 10 and can be purchased at

Sun., Oct. 20
Des Moines
Des Moines Housing Summit & Accountability Session
What:  Housing Summit With Candidates for Des Moines City Council and Mayor
When:   1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (NEW TIME!)
Where:  St. Paul AME Church, 1201 Day St. Des Moines, IA 50314
More: The Des Moines Housing Research team is hosting candidates for City Council and Mayor at a session on housing issues: rental
conditions, affordable housing, and strategies for dealing with blight in our city neighborhoods. Des Moines leaders, let's fill the seats!
Mondays Oct. 21, 28, and Nov. 4
Des Moines
Catholic Peace Ministry Discussion Group
What: CPM Discussion Group on booklet “Warheads to Windmills: How to Pay for the Green New Deal”
When: Mondays, October 21, October 28 and November 4 at 6:30-8 pm
Where: Conference Room, Friends House, 4211 Grand Ave., Des Moines
More: To sign up for the group, please contact Patti McKee at 515-803-1152 or The booklet can b
downloaded or purchased from www.nuclearban.US . The document looks at the intersections the Green New Deal, nuclear weapons and inequality and injustice.

Wed., Nov. 23
Iowa City
The Burden of Gun Violence – Trends and Policy Solutions: A panel discussion
What: Join PEACE Iowa as a panel of experts discusses the burden of American gun violence and the potential for evidence-based public policy solutions
When:  7:00 pm
Where:  Wayne Ballroom, The Graduate Hotel, 210 S Dubuque St, Iowa City
More:  Details:
Topics will include:                    
- Gun violence trends in the United States                  
- Gender, intimate partners, and gun violence                   
- Regulation of guns and gun markets
- Violence reduction strategies and their effectivenes for reducing suicide and criminal violence
Thomas Abt, Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Philip J. Cook, Terry Sanford Professor Emeritus at Duke University
Janet L. Lauritsen, Curators' Distinguished Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Univ. of Missouri - St. Louis
Richard Rosenfeld, Curators' Distinguished Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Univ. of Missouri - St. Louis
 The event is free and open to the public. RSVP here
Cosponsored by: 12 University of Iowa organizations, Iowa Public Radio, Iowa Public Health Association, Kirkwood Community College, Domestic Violence Intervention Program
Hosted by: The University of Iowa Public Policy Center, Crime & Justice Policy research program

Thurs., Oct. 24
Des Moines
DMARC Fall Delegate Assembly
What:  DMARC’s fall delegate assembly will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019.
When:  7:00–8:30 p.m.
Where:   Corinthian Baptist Church (814 School Street, Des Moines).
More:  Meet new CEO, Matt Unger! Matt will share his vision of building upon DMARC’s interfaith foundation, providing innovative solutions to food insecurity in Greater Des Moines, and rallying the community around ending poverty. All friends of DMARC are welcome and encouraged to attend. Member congregations are encouraged to send a faith leader and a voting delegate to participate in a brief business meeting. For more information or to RSVP, contact Sarah Trone Garriott, at 515-277- 6969 or

Thurs., Oct. 24
Mount Vernon, IA
Steven Chu to lecture (Chu was U.S. Secretary of Energy from 2009-2013)
What:  Steven Chu, the U.S. Secretary of Energy from 2009 to 2013, will be lecturing at Cornell College in Mount Vernon.
When:  7 p.m. –The event is free but tickets are required.
Where:  Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA

Thurs., Oct. 24
Fairfield, IA
“Factory Farms Are Creating Superbugs-- How We Can Protect Lifesaving Antibiotics – and Ourselves”
What:  Antibiotics, the miracle drugs that save countless lives, are in serious jeopardy. The vast majority of antibiotics – 70% according to the FDA – are administered to livestock and poultry, mostly in factory farms. The CAFO industry depends on low-dose usage of antibiotics to prevent disease in closely confined livestock, but this practice is generating antibiotic-resistant bacteria, contributing to a growing public health threat.
When:  7:15 PM
Where:  Fairfield Arts & Convention Center 200 N Main St, Fairfield, IA 52556
More:  Dr. Lance Price, a renowned microbiologist working on the forefront of this critical issue, will speak on the factory farm/superbug connection during this year’s JFAN Annual Meeting.

Sat., Oct. 26
Des Moines
“Gerrymandering- what is it and why we should be concerned” & view film “Rigged”
What: Gerrymandering – what is it and why we should be concerned.  View the film “Rigged” and hear from Dr. Kieran Williams, Drake University and AKO Abdul-Samad, State Representative about what we can do to stop it from happening in our community.
When:  2:00pm
Where:   Greenwood room at Plymouth Church, 4127 Ingersoll, 
Sponsor:  Des Moines Metro Organizing for Action.
Sat., Oct. 26  (New info)
Iowa City
PEACE Iowa Annual Meeting
What: Subject:  Coming Together to Promote Peace
Join us as we celebrate our work over the past year and enjoy good food, friends, and music.
When:  12 p.m. Potluck & live music with Old Cap String Band Music featuring: Margaret and Loren Brumm, Mike Haverkamp; 1 – 3 p.m. Program Including panel and discussion
Where:  Congregational United Church of Christ, Rockwood Hall (ground floor) 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City
More:  ALL ARE WELCOME! This is a great event for inviting potential members to learn more about Peace Iowa.

Sat., Oct. 26
Hiawatha, IA
Called to Climate Action- Interfaith Prayer Service
What:  You’re invited to join Iowa College students and other people of faith who are Called to Climate Action. This interfaith prayer service will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. A panel reflection upon the keynote address will follow. This event will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019.
When:  9 a.m. until 12 p.m.
Where:  St. Elizebeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish (1350 Lyndhurst Drive, Hiawatha). The event is free and open to the public.

Sat., Oct. 26 (registration due Oct. 21)
Urbandale, IA
Spiritual Practices Workshop
What:  Transformation is nothing less than a life that manifests the very life of God. If you’ve felt the desire to open up, hold on and allow an infilling of love, this is your invitation to begin the journey of living a transformed life. Julie Honsey and Deb Richards will lead you several spiritual practices, including SoulCollage, Centering Prayer, Enneagram, and several others.
When:  9:00 a.m. until 12 p.m
Where:  Grace Lutheran Church (5201 Urbandale Avenue, Des Moines)
More:   The cost of the event is $50.00 per person (paid at registration).
RSVP:  If you’d like to participate, please be aware that reservations are due by October 21, 2019. To reserve your place, please contact Julie Honsey by e-mail at, or Deb Richards by e-mail at

Sun., Oct. 27 (note newly determined location!)
Cedar Falls, IA
Presentation on Gun Violence
What: This presentation will be held on Sunday, October 27.
When: 4:00 PM
Where:   St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2410 Melrose Drive, in Cedar Falls.
Contact:  For more information, please contact Rev. Abraham Funchess. (ABRAHAM.FUNCHESS@WATERLOO-IA.ORG)

Mon., Oct. 28
Windsor Heights, IA
Meet My Religious Neighbor: Bahá’í Festival of Unity
What:  Co-sponsored by Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, The Comparison Project at Drake University, DMARC, and CultureALL, this event celebrates the Bicentennial of the birth of The Báb, the Forerunner of Bahá’u’lláh (the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith), this event will feature a open house, film, and refreshments.
When:   7 - 9 p.m.
Where:  Windsor Heights Community Center (6900 School Street, Windsor Heights).
More:  The film, "Dawn of the Light," will begin at 7:30 p.m., and follows the personal search for truth and meaning undertaken by eight people from different parts of the world. Each one describes the BaHai belief hat God has sent two Divine Manifestations for today, the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh, Who are revolutionizing human thought and behavior. Everyone is welcome! For more information, click here!

Sat., Nov. 2 (note added information)
Des Moines
MFSA’s Fall Statewide Gathering
What: The keynote speaker will be Ann Naffier, attorney with JFON, who will speak about immigration, the situation on the border and the work of JFON.  Devotions will be led by Rev. Emily Ewing, Social Justice Pastor at Trinity Las Americas.  Lunch will be provided for a free will offering.  The plenary, which follows will include the election of officers for the Executive Committee for 2020, as well as discussion of the “Loved and Liberated Proclamation.”
When:   beginning at 9:45 AM.
Where:  Trinity Las Americas UMC, 1548 8th Street, in Des Moines.
Sat., Nov. 2 & Sun., Nov. 3
Washington DC
Beyond the Bomb’s Annual Conference “SquadLab”
What:  You know how important it is to keep the guardrails on our nuclear weapons system. At a time when our President is threatening to nuke hurricanes, it’s more important than ever that we raise the alarm. We need No First Use. No one person should have control over an entire nuclear arsenal. It’s time to change that.
 To do this, we need a movement of trained leaders who will demand their elected officials bring us back from the brink of nuclear war and work toward an end to weapons that can destroy whole cities. Join Beyond the Bomb November 2-3 in Washington, D.C. for our annual conference, SquadLab. Food and lodging is provided, and travel scholarships are available.
More info:  Beyond the Bomb- need to submit application to join    

Mon., Nov. 4
Des Moines
WILPF DesMoines Branch Meeting
What: After our business meeting we’ll use the next 10 chapters of  Draw-Down, the Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawkin to continue our discussion in addressing the Climate Emergency.  Mary Ann Koch has two more copies of the book and will get more if we need them (515-230-8410) if you’d like one (suggested donation $20), although you’re welcome to join the discussion without the book.
When:   6 pm-8:45 pm
Where:  NW Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave. 
More:  After a time for refreshments and conversation, Jeff Kisling, a Quaker, spiritual warrior, pediatric medical researcher, environmentalist, writer and photographer will talk about the path he was led to follow as he built friendships with Native people. That journey began in 2017 with an introduction to two of the most active Native women in Iowa and continued with shared experiences with them, including a water protectors gathering in Minneapolis on Super Bowl weekend in 2018, the Meskwaki Powwow, lobbying Senator Grassley, the Sunrise Movement Tour, and the first National Network Assembly. He will focus on the First Nation-Farmer Climate Unity March, Sept 1 – 8, 2018, when a small group of Native and non-native people walked from Des Moines to Fort Dodge, 94 miles along the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which successfully created a community of Native and non-native people who grew to know and trust each other so they could work on areas of common concern.
Mon., Nov. 4
Des Moines
SOIL 2019 at the Drake University Agricultural Law Center
What:  The Drake University Agricultural Law Center, in cooperation with other conservation organizations, will host the latest in the series of SOIL – “Sustaining Our Iowa Land” – conferences. The focus of SOIL 2019 is searching for creative solutions and new ideas to protect Iowa’s water and land. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from many of Iowa’s leading conservationists – people leading the efforts and research behind the new approaches we need to explore. If you share concerns about what Iowa is doing to protect our water and land please plan to attend SOIL 2019 on November 4th.
More:  More details can be found on the Center’s website. Iowa IPL is a co-sponsor and our project Faith Farms and Climate will lead a panel discussion. To register, click here.
Thurs., Nov. 7 (speaking tour starting Nov. 7, see dates below)
See dates and locations below
We Refuse to Be Enemies
What:  Daoud Nassar, Palestinian Christian Farmer and Director of the Tent of Nations, speaks in Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois in November.  Dates and locations are:

November 7, 7:00 PM, Luther College in Decorah;
November 8, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Warburg College in Waverly;
November 9, 9:30 AM, Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames; (PLEASE NOTE EMAIL ADDRESS FOR CONTACT FOR THIS EVENT THAT WAS ON THE POSTER needs to be corrected. It is Christine Cowan:

November 10, 9:00 AM, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Des Moines;
November 10, 3:00 PM,  Drake University, Des Moines;
November 11, 7:00 PM, St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, Omaha, NE;
November 12, 7:00 PM, Morningside College, Sioux City;
November 13, 7:00 PM, Waldorf University, Forest City;
November 14, 7:00 PM, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Iowa City;
November 15, 10:00 AM, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL.
For more information about the Tent of Nations, and for specific venues in each place, please see the attached flyer.    

Thurs., Nov. 7
Des Moines
“Land, Lunch, & Learn”
What: Are you a non-operator land owner? Join us! Learn the latest and best practices to improve soil health, wildlife habitat and make money on your farm! “Land, Lunch & Learn” gathering for non-operating farm landowners Through guest speakers, panel discussions, and interactive audience conversations, participants will experience: 1) Living examples: Successful landowners who have benefited by improving their land and water through conservation efforts. 2) Economic benefits: How to improve your natural capital through increased organic matter, carbon and tilth. 3) Improvement options and resources: i.e. leasing vs crop sharing land. 4) Action plans: Working group discussions to help landowners develop conservation plans. 5) Locally sourced lunch, related art and music.
When:  11:00am – 3:00pm
Where: Botanical Gardens, Des Moines, Iowa. 
More:  For reservations & more information: Please contact Mike Delaney, email: or call 515.339.0438 or Christine Curry, email: or call 207.460.75
Sat., Nov. 9
Des Moines  (Windsor Heights)
Re-Think Poverty session
What:  Poverty is a clear and present reality for many individuals and families, right here in America. However, unless you have experienced poverty for yourself, it's truly difficult to understand that this is NOT a stand-alone issue. It is a complex and interconnected web of many issues and many Americans are only a single, missed paycheck away from living this reality.
Interested in examining your beliefs about poverty? Are you willing to take the first step toward separating misconception from fact? The Center for Social Ministry invites you to participate in Re-Thinking Poverty, an experiential simulation that allows individuals to undertake living a month in poverty.
When:  from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.
Where:  Windsor Heights Lutheran Church (1240 66th Street, Windsor Heights).
More:  The event is open to the public. Because participation is limited, we do ask participants to register in advance, to reserve their place. To register, visit us at

Mon., Nov. 11- Fri., Nov. 15
Out of state tour
What:   Educational journey down south to iconic civil and human rights sites in Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma, including the relatively new Lynching Memorial and Legacy Museum in Montgomery. 
More:  Watch for more info

Tues., Nov. 12
Across the country
Tweet Congress Day (for those who can’t be in DC)

Fri., Nov. 15- Sun., Nov. 17
Ames, IA
“Foolish Weekend” Conference
What:  You’re invited to join us for a "Foolish Weekend"--a conference built around the book Foolish Church, by Lee Roorda Schott. 
Where:  The conference will be held at the First United Methodist Church (516 Kellogg Avenue, Ames) the weekend of November 15-17. It begins on Friday with pre-conference sessions led by Rev. Lee Roorda Schott and by Richard Bruxvoort Colligan. Then we'll spend the day on Saturday with Lee, Richard, and Rev. Paul Witmer exploring the core ideas of the book, including leadership, worship, and relationships. 
Contact:  For more information, or to register, click here!
Sat., Nov. 16
Iowa City
A conversation with Presidential candidates: The U.S. Role in Our Interconnected World Iowa Presidential Candidate Forum
What: Today’s critical threats transcend the borders of individual nations.   Populations all around the world, including in the U.S., face complex and mutually reinforcing challenges related to environmental degradation, species extinction, extreme weather, poverty and inequality, violence, and the risk of nuclear war.  Reducing these and other shared global challenges will require leadership on a global stage.
When:  2:00 pm
Where:  Old Brick, 20 East Market St., Iowa City

1.) Here is the link to the Des Moines Register candidate tracker for Presidential candidates in Iowa  

2.)    The petition to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reads:
"Stop helping morally bankrupt politicians like Donald Trump use Facebook ads to spread lies. Change your policy back. Ban lies in political ads."

3. Tell Fortune Magazine: Stop normalizing hate. Disinvite Kirstjen Nielsen
The petition to Fortune Magazine reads:
"Kirstjen Nielsen carried out the Trump administration's racist immigration agenda, including its family separation policy. Don't give her a platform to rehabilitate her image and escape the consequences for her crimes."

4. The petition to the House of Representatives reads:
"Racial profiling is a national epidemic and violates our Constitution. Pass the End Racial Profiling Act to ban the targeting and detention of people of color by federal, state and local law enforcement."

5. From Move on: Congress is back in Washington, D.C., and we're flooding members' offices with phone calls this week, so that they hear loud and clear that it's time to impeach, convict, and remove Donald Trump from office.
 A majority of Democrats in Congress, including Representative Cynthia Axne, have come out for the impeachment inquiry.
Can you call Rep. Axne, thank her for supporting the impeachment inquiry—and ask her to do everything in her power to impeach, convict, and remove Donald Trump?
 Here's where to call:
Rep. Axne - (202) 225-5476
 Then, click here to let us know you called. 

6. Path to Purpose & Cultivate Your Career
Have you ever felt stuck? Like perhaps you’re not doing what you would love to be doing or your talents aren’t being used to their fullest? Or maybe you know someone else who feels like their career could pivot or a fresh start would help them tremendously. Our 12-week program, Path to Purpose + Cultivate Your Career, starts on Monday, November 4, 2019.  From diving into mindset and emotional intelligence to offering hard skills employers are looking for, Project Iowa is delivering a holistic program for those ready to shift their lives and career. Unlike many workforce trainings offered, we believe in inner transformation that can result in long-term benefits for an individual, a workforce, and the larger community. We believe in this so much that we offer this program at no cost to the participant. If you’d like more information, or would like to apply for the program, click here!

7. Protect sacred Native sites. Don't raise the Shasta Dam.
The petition to the Department of the Interior reads:
"Protect sacred Native sites, wildlife and endangered species. Do not raise the Shasta Dam."

8. Petition to the Internal Revenue Service:
"Revoke the National Rifle Association's tax-exempt status for mismanagement and the misuse of assets for personal benefit."

9.) 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:

10.) Free Climate Change Documentary
There is a "free" viewing of this most recent climate change documentary that is narrated by Leo DeCaprio on HBO.  It can be found at

11.) From AFSC- Immigration Program in Des Moines:  Folks keep asking what can be done in this moment- below you'll find an updated action sheet with a pretty comprehensive list of things that folks can be doing to have an impact on the immigration issue here in Iowa.

One thing in particular that you can be doing in response to the threatened ICE raids: reach out to local leaders and local law enforcement and urge them to stop/limit collaboration with ICE. Sample scripts here.

Other requests from our office:

-Volunteer to help with a writing project. Capabilities: write (in English) well. Can work from wherever you are- not necessary to come into our office. Time frame: pretty urgent/ASAP.
-Fluent, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) volunteers to help with the hotline. Must be able to function well under pressure, must be sensitive to cultural needs, must be committed to confidentiality and tracking, must have access to a smart phone and relatively comfortable with technology. Can work from wherever you are. We'll train you and bring you up to speed.
-Sponsors to provide food during our upcoming Organizing Academy. We need food for around 20 people for 5 sessions. Could you or your community help out? Starting July 30-Aug 27 (every Tuesday evening) in Des Moines.
-Volunteers to help with public education forming a speakers bureau with us. There is such a need (and desire) for information about the U.S. Immigration system we could use some help presenting to groups. We'll prep you to present and point you in the right direction! Location: anywhere in Iowa.
-Volunteer to help put pressure on statewide and local news agencies. Communications professionals needed! Iowa's media outlets have been reporting on the crisis at the border and Trumps threats but don't seem to understand that there are local implications. Can you help us reach out?

12.) 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.

13.) 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!

14.) 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.

15.) 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.

16.) 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!


Wed., Nov. 20
Ames, IA
Lecture on the Technological Imperative for Ethical Evolution by Stanford University Professor emeritus Martin Hellman – Robert Stewart Distinguished Lecture
What:  ISU host,Yan-bin,  was particularly interested in having Hellman speak because of his having won the ACM Turing Award, the top prize in computer science. His talk will be based on one he gave three months ago to the annual meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, on “The Technological Imperative for Ethical Evolution.”  He has a document which will be forwarded if you’d like, “Rethinking National Security” which includes 12 questions and more
info on those which can be posed to presidential candidates.  If you are interested in taking these questions to candidates, please do so!
When:  7 pm- 8 pm
Where:  Sun Room, Memorial Union, Iowa State University campus
More:  An example from his document, “Rethinking National Security” is:
" When World War II ended in 1945 our nation was secure from attack. Since then, we have invested trillions of dollars in an effort to improve our national security. … Yet, absurdly, we now can be destroyed in under an hour. … In the age of nuclear weapons, cyberattacks, terrorism, and environmental crises, is national security becoming inseparable from global security? If so, how do our current policies need to change?"
This statement o is followed by a list of signers, including a former Director of NSA, Ronald Reagan’s Ambassador to Moscow, Stanford’s last president, and four Nobel Laureates.
Fri., Dec. 6
Iowa City
Protective Accompaniment Training
What:  Our Catholic Worker community is humbled, thrilled, and honored to present Father Peter Dougherty as the lead trainer of our 8-hour Protective Accompaniment Training, Friday, December 6.
When:  9 am-5pm, followed by a public Mass at 6pm and potluck dinner at 7pm.
More:  Father Peter is a Catholic priest with the Diocese of Lansing. He's worn the same wool sweater for 35 years, as an educator, nuclear disarmament and human rights activist, and advocate for the poor. 
Register:  Please register here for this special protective accompaniment training with Father Dougherty. ~Emily, David, and the Iowa City Catholic Worker House team.
Sat., Dec. 7
Statewide Iowa CCL Meeting
When:  10 am - 4 pm (time maybe shorter than that)
Where:  Ames Public Library, PEO Room, 515 Douglas Ave, Ames, IA 50010

Mon., Feb. 17
Cambridge, IA
Book Reading & Signing with Ed Fallon
What: Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim is Ed’s memoir from the 2014 Great March for Climate Action. Ed will talk about the book, read selections,
and take questions. Hardcover and paperback books will be available for purchase and for Ed to sign. All proceeds go to Climate March, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
When: From 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: Cambridge Memorial Library, 225 Water St.
More: Click here for details. Contact Jay Robinson at
Sponsor: Cambridge Memorial Library  

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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


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


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