Events


UPCOMING EVENTS
Wed., Nov. 7
Decorah, IA
“Here's My Story: Experiences with Mental Health Panel”
What:  This event, sponsored by Luther’s Counseling Services, Active Minds and the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement, is open to the public with no charge for admission.
When:  7 PM
Where: Valders 206 Luther College Campus, 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA 52101
More:  Panelists Luther Professor Emeritus Paul Gardner, Luther Associate Professor of Nursing Jayme Nelson and student Maddy Ross, class of 2020, will share stories of their own journeys involving mental health. This will be followed by a question and answer session moderated by Luther Associate Professor of Psychology Joe Breitenstein. Topics for discussion will include depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress in an attempt to reduce stigma.


Fri., Nov. 9
Des Moines
Progressive Voices presents Jalan Crossland
What: Jalan Crossland is a Wyoming-based acoustic guitarist, banjo player, singer-songwriter, and engaging showman. His music is Americana, sometimes with a wry wit …
When: 7:30pm
Where: First Unitarian Chuyrch, 1800 Bell Ave., DM
More:  About Crossland:  Wyoming runs in his blood, an immigrant who found a home and life in the northern foothills. Several stringed instruments later he became employed as a – traveling salesman.
Along with dozens of regional contest awards, his extraordinary guitar work earned him National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship honors in ’97 and the State Flatpick Championship title of his home state in 1999. In recognition for his contribution to the arts in Wyoming, he was bestowed with the Governor’s Arts Award in 2013.
Tickets are $20 in Advance/$25 at the Door.

Sat., Nov. 10
Decorah, IA
Protest Songs and the History of the United States
What:  Do you love to listen to songs that tell stories? Do you love to learn about the history of our country through its folk music? Join musician Ellen Stekert as she shares material collected through decades of travel. With guitar and voice, Stekert will tell stories and sing songs that matter now as much as they did long ago.
When:  3 PM
Where:  Lingonberry, 218 Water Street, Decorah, IA 52101
More:  2 distinct concerts are offered:
Sat. Nov. 10, 3:00-5:00—Protest Songs that tell the History of the United States
Sun, Nov. 11, 1:00-2:30—Songs and Stories of the 1960s Folksong Revival
Admission is $5-$25, pay as you are able.


Sat., Nov. 10 & Sun., Nov. 11
Ankeny, IA
Fair Trade Bazaar
What:  You are invited to help support workers and artisans throughout the world by purchasing Fair Trade Gifts. The money from these sales supports the artisans and farmers directly.   Stop by and shop unique gift items from around the globe, as well as learn more about the trade products and the people making them. When you shop the Fair Trade Bazaar, you are living out the Gospel call to care for the poor.  Stand in solidarity with your brothers and sisters around the world. Shop for Good!!
When:  The Fair Trade Bazaar will be held Saturday, November 10, 2019 (after the 5 p.m. mass), and Sunday, November 11, 2018 (from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.).
Where:  The event will take place at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church (501 E 1st Street, Ankeny).

Sat., Nov. 10
Clive, IA
Contemplative Lounge: The Grateful Heart and Centering Prayer
What:  The twelfth century mystic, Meister Eckhart, is quoted as having said, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, that is enough.” This quote suggests that gratitude is a powerful spiritual value and practice. What does the Christian prayer of silence, known as Centering Prayer, have to do with healing wounds, cultivating a grateful heart, and sensing that we are meant to appreciate life’s gift of abundance? Join us for our “contemplative lounge,” an opportunity to come alongside others, in informal conversation, to explore what it means to live abundantly while committing to grow in the contemplative values of silence, stillness, simplicity, and service. Whether you are a seasoned Centering Prayer practitioner, a beginner, one who struggles with meditation, or just curious, you are invited to reflect on thanksgiving and gratitude in a welcoming environment.
When:  8:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.
Where:   Faith Lutheran Church (10395 University Avenue, Clive).
More:   The program will be facilitated by Kathy Reardon, a Spiritual Director from the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center. While there is no cost for the program, you are asked to consider making a $15 donation to Contemplative Outreach of Central Iowa, which can be paid at the door. To register, please click here!

Sat., Nov. 10
Ottumwa, IA
Mental Health First Aid class
What:  The Bishop’s Mental Health Task Force invites you to an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance abuse challenge. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addiction and mental illness.   The trainings are open to anyone who is called to learn more about mental illness and substance use/abuse. Clergy are eligible to receive .8CE’s.
When: Sessions are 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM.
Where: Aldersgate UMC in Des Moines
More: Information/registration: https://www.iaumc.org/mentalhealthinitiative.

Sat., Nov. 10 & Sun., Nov. 11
Washington DC and across the country
Armistice Day, Not Weapons Day
What:   Everything You Need for November 10th and 11th.  Celebrate Armistice Day and Peace Everywhere on November 11.
When & Where: Sign up for any event on the world map here, or add a new one.
More: If you can be in Washington, D.C., to oppose the Trump military parade, also sign up here. There will be family-friendly, permitted, pro-peace events. There may also be opportunities to try to prevent the weapons parade. Or our public commitment to be there may discourage the parade planners from holding it. So it is important that we commit now en masse.
More: Join in the Women’s March on the Pentagon on October 21-22.
Come to a free peace concert in Washington D.C., November 9, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. planned by Code Pink.
We’ll also be part of Catharsis on the Mall, November 10-12, in Washington, D.C.

Sun., Nov. 11
Des Moines
DMIEC (Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community) Alternate Market
What: Fair Trade and handcrafted products from Nicaragua, El Salvador, Peru, Ethiopia, Ghana, Swaziland, Nepal, Cambodia, Palestine, Iowa and more.
When:  noon to 2:00 pm.
Where: DMIEC, 3306 University Ave. Des Moines

Sun., Nov. 11
Des Moines
Iowa CURE meeting
What:  Iowa CURE, a group that supports people that have been in prison, will meet.
When:  2 p.m.
Where:  The meeting will be held at Trinity Las Americas UMC (1548 8th Street, Des Moines).
Contact:  For more information, contact Jean Basinger by e-mail at jeanbasinger@gmail.com, or by phone at 515/277-6296.

Sun., Nov. 11
West Des Moines
Comfort Food Cook-Off
What:  Family Promise of Greater Des Moines invites you to join them for the Comfort Food Cook-off, a benefit event to raise funds for their ministry.
When:  5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Where:  West Des Moines Christian Church (4501 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines).
More:  Tickets are $15 for adults, and $5 for children (12 and under). For more information, and to purchase tickets, call 515-277-7051, or click here!
Sun., Nov. 11
Iowa City
Armistice Day observance with Veterans for Peace
What:  Please make plans to come to Iowa City on Sunday, Nov. 11th for Armistice Day, marking 100 years since the end of the War to End All Wars.  Obviously, we have work to do. Veterans For Peace Chapter #161 is sponsoring an Armistice Day Observance to be held on Sunday, November 11th at the Clinton St. entrance to Old Capitol, Iowa City.  Bells will be rung @ 11:00 AM, as they were rung around the world at the end of WWI 100 years ago in 1918, and on each November 11th for decades thereafter. Armistice Day is a day to promote PEACE and to remember the victims of war, both veterans and civilians.  The event will feature Veterans for Peace from throughout the state of Iowa. The event is free, and the public is welcome.
When:  10:45 – 11:15 am (The Observance will last only 1/2 hour or so, and then everyone is invited to a free lunch, social hour, and open mic for peace strategy at the nearby Old Brick. )
Where:  Pentracrest- then free lunch, social hour and open mic at nearby Old Brick (26 E. Market St.)
Contact:  Please give me a call at 319 621-6766 if there is any question. Ed Flaherty, Veterans For Peace #161
More information: visit our website  vfp161.org

Mon., Nov. 12
Des Moines
WILPF First Book Club Meeting for new book:  Climate Church, Climate World- How People of Faith Must Work For Change by Jim Antal
What:  Meet the Book Club most Monday mornings.
When:  10:30 am
Where: at Beaverdale Books.
More:  Bill McKibben, a true leader in the Climate Movement, writes in the introduction to the book:
"This book is written with unusual authority because, for as long as there has been a serious climate movement in the U.S., Jim Antal has been at the forefront.  Through it all he has learned what works- learned how to reach people who are not yet involved.”
Also, the Interfaith Green Coalition is bringing the author, Jim Antal, to Des Moines the first of Feb.
  You can get the book at Beaverdale Bookstore. Our first discussion meeting will be on Mon., Nov. 5th at 10:30a.m. at Beaverdale Books. Hope you can be a part of the discussion!- Carolyn

Wed., Nov. 14
Decorah, IA
Real Colors Workshop
What:  IowaWorks to host "Real Colors" workshop. The Real Colors personality instrument is presented in a fast, fun, interactive format where participants can learn how to quickly identify the four temperaments (Blue, Gold, Green or Orange). It provides users with an effective tool for understanding human behavior, for uncovering motivators specific to each temperament, and for improving communication skills such as how we relate to others in the workplace.
When:  9:30AM
Where:   Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center, 119 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA 52101
More:  Registration in advance is required. To register, email amy.chicos@iwd.iowa.gov or call (563) 382-0457 ext 32408. There is not cost to registered participants.

Thurs., Nov. 15
Des Moines
AMOS Housing Civic Academy
What:  Listen as we share stories about the challenges our families face related to housing, including rental housing conditions, uninhabitable homes, and housing costs. Learn with us about possible solutions to address these challenges.
When:   6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Where:  St. Paul AME Church, 1201 Day St. Des Moines
More: RSVP to your Core Team and plan to attend this important learning experience. Visit amosiowa.org to download a flyer and spread the word.

Thurs., Nov. 15
Across the country
Debriefing of 2018 mid-term elections & impact on nuclear waste control
What:  Please join us for a debriefing of the 2018 mid-term elections and what they mean for safe energy and nuclear waste.
The briefing will open with analysis of MIDTERM ELECTION outcomes, led by NIRS Executive Director, Tim Judson.
When:  7 pm Central time
Where:  the comfort of your home
More:  REGISTER NOW
We will also continue to commemorate NIRS 40th anniversary, and four decades of grassroots activism to build a Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free world!
NIRS veteran staff--Diane D'Arrigo and Mary Olson--will take a walk through national campaigns that NIRS has led, and what they show us about how to win the fights ahead, including:
“STOP Mobile Chernobyl”
“NO Radioactive Recycling”
“STOP WARD VALLEY”
“NO SIERRA BLANCA!”
"NO New Nukes!"
For more info click here.

Tues., Nov. 27
Urbandale, IA
Iowans Against the Death Penalty Annual Meeting
What: Members may pay 2019 dues at this meeting.  An election of officers will be conducted. An update will be provided about the state of potential legislation in the 2019 Iowa Legislature
When:  6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where:  Northwest Community of Christ Church
6120 Urbandale Avenue, Urbandale, IA
Contact:  Iowans Against the Death Penalty | 515-229-4578 | info@iowansagainstthedeathpenalty.org|www.iowansagainstthedeathpenalty.org

Thurs., Nov. 29
Des Moines
ReThink Poverty
What:  Spend a simulated month in poverty and gain a better understanding of what it’s like to live below the poverty line.  This interactive event promotes poverty awareness, increases understanding, and inspires local change. The Rethink Poverty simulation will take place on Thursday, November 29, 2018.
When:  from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Where:  Catholic Pastoral Center (601 Grand Avenue, Des Moines),
More:  To register, click here!  Reserve your spot today! Have Questions?  Contact us by phone at 515/782-3054, or by e-mail at centerforsocialministry@gmail.com.

Thurs., Nov. 29
West Des Moines
Praying Advent
What:  Set aside time to examine your heart and recommit yourself to a deeper relationship with Jesus this Advent season. Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, participants commit to daily prayer and meeting together once a week (Thursdays, November 29, December 6, 13, 20. \
When:  Meetings begin at 6 p.m.
Where:  Assisi Room of St. Francis of Assisi Church (7075 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines).
More:  Praying Advent is a prayer experience offered through the ministries of Emmaus House and hosted by St. Francis of Assisi Parish. Enrollment is limited to 10 participants, and a suggested donation of $30 is recommended. To register, call (515) 440-1030. Limited childcare is available with advance registration.

Thurs., Nov. 29
West Des Moines
An Advent Evening of Reflection
What:  Experience an inspirational evening of learning and time for prayerful reflection as we prepare to enter the season of Advent. Our presenter will be popular speaker, teacher and radio guest Katie Patrizio.
When:  7 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Where:   Parish Hall and Sanctuary of St. Francis of Assisi Church (7075 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines).
More:  To register, click here, or call (515) 440-1030. While there is no registration fee, a free will offering will be taken. Limited childcare is available with advance registration.
Fri., Nov. 30
Decorah, IA
NEIPJC (Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center) Silent Auction
What:  We are celebrating our tenth year as a unique community resource! A non- profit organization that helps incubate new ideas, offers resources and serves as a catalyst for action in NE Iowa. Silent auction to benefit NEIPJC.
When: 7PM
Where:  Elks Club in Decorah.
More:  We would love some volunteers to come forward and assist with this event.  If you know of someone who would donate a service or item we would certainly like to know! We could use some bakers to make desserts to have available. In addition, we could use a few folks to help with set-up and take down of the event. Get in contact with Kai at the PJC at either (563) 382-5337 or neipjc@gmail.com if you have interest in either of these!

Thurs., Nov. 29
Decorah, IA
Let's Talk / P.I.E.S.: November
What:   Soup and Learn - Steve Luse- Decorah City Council member Steve Luse will be our November Soup and Learn speaker
When:  5:30PM
Where:  Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center, 119 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA 52101
Announcements:
1.) In February, the Israeli Knesset first considered legislation that would allow for state expropriation of Church lands. After intense outcry, including the closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in protest, and a letter from eighteen U.S. religious leaders,  Prime Minister Netanyahu announced a hold on the legislation and appointed Minister Tzachi Hanegbi to work with all parties, including Church leaders to work toward a solution. After a meeting with Minister Hanegbi in mid-September, Church leaders in Jerusalem were stunned to see the legislation once again under consideration in the Knesset. While Prime Minister Netanyahu delayed the planned vote, it will once again be placed in the Legislative Committee of the Knesset on Sunday, November 4. The legislation remains a significant threat to the Status Quo and the sustainability of the Christian community in the Holy Land.                  
Stand in solidarity with the Palestinian Christians in Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Call on Congress to pressure Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence to intervene directly with Prime Minister Netanyahu.

2.)  DACA Renewal Support
DACA recipients must pay $495 to renew their DACA status and work permit every two years.  We often get calls from DACA clients who need to renew but don’t have the money to do so.  Many other states have scholarship programs set up to help cover this cost but up until now, Iowa has not had any such program or fund available. American Friends Service Committee is pleased to announce the creation of the DACA Renewal Support fund, a fund created to support DACA recipients who need to renew their status and work permit!  Our thanks to the First Unitarian Church in Des Moines, which has agreed to collect and create the fund. Your help is needed now! If you’d like to contribute, please click here! Be sure to place the amount of your donation on the “DACA Renewal Support” when making your donation! Questions? Please contact Jody Mashek by phone, at 515-274-4851, or by e-mail at jmashek@afsc.org.
3.)   Iowa Sanctuary Movement
The Iowa Sanctuary Movement is seeking help for families in need. These families are in Des Moines seeking asylum. All donations may be taken to the American Friends Service Committee office, located at 4211 Grand Ave, in Des Moines.
10-year-old girl: shirts, size 12; pants, size 10; shoes, size 6
10-year-old boy: shirts, size 12; pants, size 14; shoes, size 6
Adult woman: shirts, size 12, pants, size 14; shoes, size 9
Adult woman: shirts, size M, pants, size 14; shoes, size 8
The families also need help purchasing fresh foods (gift cards) or garden produce, cooking oil, and toilet paper.
4) 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.
5.) 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., Dec. 1
Washington, DC
Day-Long Summit on Peace with Iran
What: Exciting Day-Long Summit on Peace With Iran- Join CODE PINK and the researchers, journalists, activists and cultural workers they are bringing together to examine ways we can support Iranian civil society, pressure the US administration and Congress for a “no sanctions, no war” agenda, and push the US media to do a better job covering the US-Iran crisis
When: 9am-5pm EST
Where: First Congregational United Church of Christ       
          945 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001
More:  FIRST 50 PEOPLE TO REGISTER RECEIVE A **SPECIAL GIFT**!!!
Speakers will include the brilliant Larry Wilkerson, former Chief of State for Colin Power; National Iranian American Council President Jamal Abdi; women’s rights activist Sussan Tahmasebi and Atlantic Council author/analyst Barbara Slavin. We will also have exhibits of Iranian art, music, calligraphy and other activities to highlight the beautiful Iranian culture.
The Summit, which is sponsored by 26 organizations, comes at a time when tensions between U.S and Iran are escalating, and the reimposition of sanctions following the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal is causing tremendous hardship for ordinary Iranians. We must do everything in our power to stop another war and find relief for the Iranian people.
Cost is only $10-$100 sliding scale. Register now to ensure your place. Space is limited.

Thurs., Dec. 6
West Des Moines
Praying with Icons
What:  Come learn how the beautiful icons at St. Francis of Assisi parish are “windows to heaven,” and spend some time in quiet prayer in our sanctuary. Our presenter will be Fr. Basil Hickman, Presiding Priest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Des Moines. When:   7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Where:  St. Clare Room and Sanctuary of St. Francis of Assisi Church (7075 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines). To register, click here, or call (515) 440-1030. While there is no registration fee, a free will offering will be taken. Limited childcare is available with advance registration.

Sat., Dec. 8
Des Moines
Iowa Peace Network Holiday Open House & Alternative Gift Fair
What: Come and connect with IPNers and IPN. There will be vendors set up for your alternative Christmas shopping- including olive oil and plowshare pins from Catholic Peace Ministry, Guatemalan handcrafted items, wooden items from Palestine, items from Nepal, coffee from Puerto Rico, and items from Equal Exchange such as chocolate bars and coffee, and of course IPN peace and justice resale items! A program will start at 2:30 pm. Our speaker will be Julie Brown, of Des Moines, who has been serving in Iraqi Kurdistan with Christian Peacemaker Teams for the last year or so.
When: 2- 4;30 pm
Where: Stover Memorial Church of the Brethren/ Walnut Creek Highland Park fellowship hall (basement)- 4100 6th Ave., Des Moines, IA 50313
Contact: Christine Sheller, iowapeacenetwork@gmail.com or 515-255-7114

Sun., Dec. 9- Mon., Dec. 10
Washington DC
Advent Advocacy Summit
What: We’re aware that the fall season is just getting underway, but we are excited to announce our December Advocacy Summit in honor of the Advent season, entitled "Take Courage: In the Midst of Injustice, Advocate for Peace." Taking place December 9-10, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, Advent is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the Christmas season and direct our hearts towards the voices of the Holy Land who are of “good courage” in the midst of conflict and oppression. Our first day will honor some of those voices who will serve as our guest speakers, and the following day will be an opportunity to advocate in meetings on Capitol Hill.
Please consider joining us in prayer and contemplative action as we move into this season - only a few months away! - with openness and intention, and share this event with your family, friends, and communities by sharing this email or posting about the event via social media, #TakeCourage!

Thurs., Dec. 27- Fri., Dec. 28
Des Moines
2nd annual Feast of the Holy Innocents Retreat & Witness @ DM’s Drone Command Center with Wes Howard-Brook (see below)
What:  Herod Killed the Infants. (Matt. 2:16 ) Today …  Des Moines Armed Drone Command Kills Them Too! Celebrate Christmas … Shut Down DM's Drone Command!
The Des Moines Catholic Worker with the Des Moines Veterans For Peace are hosting our 2nd annual Feast of the Holy Innocent Retreat and Witness at the DM Drone Command Center. This years retreat will be lead by Wes Howard-Brook. Wes also teaches theology and scripture at Seattle University and at churches and gatherings around the Pacific Northwest and the U.S.He is the author of many books on Scriptures including "Come Out My People!": God's Call Out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond and Empire Baptized: How the Church Embraced what Jesus Rejected (second-fifth Centuries)
When: Dec 27 Thursday
What: “Matt 2:16, Innocents killed, then & now, there & here”  with Wes Howard-Brook
Where & When: Dingman CW House, 1310 7th St @ 7 p.m.
Dec 28 Friday
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Continue retreat reflection with Wes Howard-Brook @ Berrigan House, 713 Indiana Ave
11 a.m. to Noon Witness and direct-action planning @ Berrigan
Noon. to  1 p.m. Lunch @ Dingman House
1:30 p.m. Witness and direct action @ entrance of IA National Guard Drone Command Center,  3100 McKinley Ave
Where: Retreat @ Des Moines Catholic Worker & Witness@ IA National Guard Drone Command Center,
More:  All are welcome in the Spirit of Christmas, nonviolence and peace …
*If you need a bed, call ahead. If you want floor space, bring a bed roll.
Contact: For more info and up dates contact:
DMCW -- Frank Cordaro frank.cordaro@gmzil.com  515 490 2490
DMCW -- Jakob Whitson jakobwhitson@gmail.com 785 340 2458
DMCW & DM VFP-- Gilbert Landolt peacevet@hotmail.com


Starting Mon., Feb. 18
Around the world
New Online Course: War Abolition 101: How we Create a Peaceful World: February 18 – March 31, 2019
What:  War Abolition 101 is a six-week online course providing participants an opportunity to learn from, dialogue with, and strategize for change with World BEYOND War experts, peer activists, and changemakers from around the world.
Each week will feature a guest instructor / facilitator from World BEYOND War’s coordinating or advisory committee. These guest instructors will help you to explore weekly topics supported by an online chat room where you are encouraged to dialogue with peers and instructors. The interactions are not live or scheduled. You take part whenever works for you. Optional written assignments are also provided each week for those who wish to earn a certificate.


Fri., March 15- Sun., March 17
Des Moines
2019 Midwest CW Faith and Resistance Retreat
What: In 2014 the DMCW & VFP hosted the Midwest CW's annual retreat with the focus of the yet to be operating DM Armed Drone Command Center.. It was a  St Pat's Day effort.... see http://dmcatholicworker.org/post/80588512905/2014-midwest-catholic-worker-and-veterans-for.  This spring the DMCW & VFP are  again hosting the 2019 Midwest CW F&R Retreat in DM on St Patrick's Day weekend  March 15 - 17, 2019 with the same focus, the now operating Des Moines Armed Drone Command Center.
When:  St Pat's Day weekend
Where: Des Moines IA, focus Armed Drone Command Center
Host: DMCW and the DM VFP
More to follow...... save the dates.....
For more info and up dates contact:
DMCW -- Frank Cordaro frank.cordaro@gmzil.com  515 490 2490
DMCW -- Jakob Whitson jakobwhitson@gmail.com 785 340 2458
DMCW & DM VFP-- Gilbert Landolt peacevet@hotmail.com 515 333 2180

Sun., June 23- Tues., June 25
Washington, DC
Super Early Bird Registration for CMEP's 2019 Summit Now Open! What:  Join us June 23-25, 2019, in Washington, D.C. for our annual Advocacy Summit. 2019's topic will be: Persistent Hope: 35 Years of Pursuing Peace and Restorative Justice in the Middle East.


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

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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
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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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