Upcoming Events

UUPCOMING EVENTS Starting in September Online (Des Moines area) Children of Abraham What: Discussions resume virtually in September with some timely topics. They will begin with a more structured interview of panelists, followed by the opportunity to talk with each other in large and small group formats. When & where: More information can be found at: www.cofabraham.org. Now collecting interest, Date TBD Decorah, IA NEIPJC Seeking Silent Auction Items What: NEIPJC (North East Iowa Peace and Justice Center) is working on securing funding for two outreach projects that will help us continue to do our work and service to our community in these uncertain times. (More details to be available soon.) Both involve grant applications which are more likely to be successful with matching funds. In the past two years our budget has included income from our Nordic Fest booth featuring local organic ingredient salads and sweet corn. Without the Fest this year, we are needing to find other sources of replacing those funds. We are considering an online silent auction and are looking to see if there are folks who have items of value they would like to offer. If that is you, please contact us through email, or by calling the office and leaving a message at 563-382-5337. We are open to any and all ideas, from household items, art pieces, valuable books, antiques and experiences or services. A date will be set after determining interest in pursuing our idea. Thanks for your consideration and support. Sound like fun? Let us know! Both items and bidders are needed for success! Contact: For any questions, contact our Director (sharlene@neipjc.org). Tentatively Fri., Jan. 1- buy tickets asap in order for them to pick a date!! Online Poetry Reading with Veterans for Peace Poet Laureate Doug Rawlings What: "Don’t miss out on a very special evening of poetry with Vietnam veteran and Co-Founder of Veterans For Peace, Doug Rawlings. Doug has published several books of poetry and has offered to do a virtual reading as part of World BEYOND War’s Global Skill Sharing. This event is open to a large group of people and the date will be determined and coordinated with Doug and the ticket holders. Poet Richard Sadock will also be reading his poetry. Click here to buy tickets. Sun., Sept. 13 Online (Des Moines) Housing Justice Meeting - Planning for the CDC Eviction Moratorium What: (Last) week the CDC issued an eviction moratorium through December 31st if tenants submit an affidavit to their landlord explaining that they cannot pay rent due to Covid-19. Join this Zoom call to plan a flyer drop to inform tenants in units and complexes with high eviction rates of their rights as tenants and what steps they can legally take to prevent eviction. We'll also discuss the moratorium itself and talk about how to stop evictions completely in our city and state. For part of this meeting we'll also review organizing and action to protect tenants that other DSA chapters across the country have had success with! When: 4pm. Where: We're meeting via Zoom on Sunday, September 13th. Contact for Zoom info: centraliowademsocialists@gmail.com Mon., Sept. 14 Online National Moral Monday Mass Assembly and Teach-In: Voting is Power Unleashed What: Join us on Monday, September 14th for a massive online event bringing together poor and low-income people and allies who will learn about voter power, engagement, registration and protection and how to organize our communities to defend the vote. When: (6 pm CST) Where: RSVP to join More: Poor and low-income people hold the power to change the political calculus across the nation. The attacks on voting rights, voter suppression and in-person voter intimidation will only escalate in the weeks to come. That’s why we need to pull the movement family together for this massive teach-in to spread the tools people need to defend our democracy. Leading civil rights attorneys Caitlin Swain and Sherrilyn Ifill from Forward Justice and NAACP Legal Defense Fund will lead a powerful session on what grassroots leaders need to know as we enter the voting season. Organizers will lead us through the urgent voter engagement programs of the Poor People's Campaign. *This event will be fully closed-captioned and translated into ASL and Spanish. Also, For those without internet access or who prefer to listen by audio the dial-in # is +1.888.958.7272 / Code: 623298415 Mon., Sept. 14 Online Climate Change, Our Faith Values, and 2020- Webinar What: Interfaith Power & Light, Catholic Climate Covenant, and Young Evangelicals for Climate Action invite you to join them for Climate Change, Our Faith Values, and 2020: A Conversation Between Dr. Katharine Hayhoe and Rev. Susan Hendershot. Climate scientist and evangelical, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, will join Rev. Susan Hendershot to discuss the latest outlook on climate change, and how to communicate the climate message effectively, from a position of shared values. When & Where: This Zoom webinar will be held on Monday, September 14, 2020, beginning at 2 p.m. (Central Time). To register for the event, and receive the Zoom link, clickhere! Starting Mid-September 2020 Online from Emmaus House in Des Moines Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life Retreat What: Do you have an established and active prayer life, yet desire a deeper faith life and more intimate relationship with God, self, & others? Are you looking to encounter God a more contemplative and personal way, and become more aware of God's intimate presence in all aspects of creation and your everyday life? Would you like to grow in the interior freedom necessary to spiritually discern and more generously respond to God's loving invitation to use your unique gifts to co-create a more just, peaceful, and loving world? Through various meditations, contemplations, and prayer practices compiled by St. Ignatius of Loyola, this 32-week transformative journey in everyday life draws us into a profound encounter with God, leading to a more intimate relationship with God and generous service of others. The Emmaus House would like to invite you to join us for Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life! When: This program runs from September 2020 through May 2021. More: For more information about the program, or to register, click here! Fri., Sept. 18 Online from Emmaus House in Des Moines BioSpiritual Focusing: Praying with the Whole Self What: BioSpiritual Focusing is a way of opening the whole of ourselves -- mind, body, and spirit -- to a deeper connectedness with God, others, and self. We invite you to learn more about how gently being with what is present within your embodied self can open the door to a deeper story -- and to a greater sense of wholeness. This practice is simple yet profound. It can be helpful for anyone -- young child to senior. It requires no more than showing up and a willingness to engage contemplatively with what is going on within. And the potential for transformation and growth unfolds in the process. This Emmaus House program includes a basic introduction to BioSpiritual Focusing that features presentation, experiential reflection, and discussion. Participants are encouraged to have their journals available, as well as time for solitude Friday evening after the presentation as there will be an invitation to 'off line' reflection and an opportunity for sharing during the Saturday morning online session. When: The program will begin on Friday, September 18, 2020, at 7 p.m., Where: and will be held virtually through Zoom. More: For more information, or to register, click here! Mon., Sept. 21 through Sat., Sept. 26 Online Iowa International Center (IIC)’s Virtual Passport to Prosperity Week What: This year, IIC is introducing a full week of activities that celebrate our global community in Iowa. The events will feature the culture, accomplishments, and personal stories of honorees. We hope that you join us throughout the week as we celebrate our honorees and our global community in Iowa! More: For information on purchasing items or registration visit: https://passport-to-prosperity-2020.eventbrite.com Mon., Sept. 21 Online DM Celebration of International Peace Day What: “Shaping Peace Together,” is the theme of this year’s observance. Because of the pandemic, there will be no public gathering. This year’s event will be live streamed on our Face Book page. Friend “Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace” on Face Book and be notified when the live stream begins. Or simply visit our page on Monday, September 21. When: at 6:30 PM. More: An event video is also being prepared, and it will be posted on our Face Book page shortly after the live event. The live streamed event will feature artist Ted Lyddon Hatten as he creates an ephemeral art installation , while accompanied by harpist Kristin Maahs. The video will include responses from faith leaders to the question, “How can we shape peace together in this time of pandemic, uprising and immense change?” Do you know the story of the sky blue scarves that are often worn on International Peace Day (September 21)? The "Border-free Blue Scarves" project was founded by the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Afghanistan as a response to the challenge to build a world free of borders. According to the Afghan Peace Volunteers, the blue scarf "represents our collective wish as a human family to live without wars, to share our resources and to take care of our earth under the same blue sky." Contact: Questions? Carmen Lampe Zeitler at 515-210-4400, or Eloise Cranke at ecranke@mchsi.com. Tues., Sept. 22 Online WOLA Human Rights Awards and Benefit Gala- virtual What: This year’s WOLA (Washington Office on Latin America) Human Rights Awards and Benefit Gala will honor the work of an NGO in Tapachula, Chiapas providing life-saving help and advocacy to migrants transiting through or stuck in Mexico, and a fearless leader sketching out a bold vision for a compassionate and humane approach to migration policy. Please join us on September 22 to honor the bravery and relentless efforts of Representative Escobar and the Fray Matías de Córdova Human Rights Center. When: 7 pm CST Where: Register here. Starting Thurs., Oct. 1 Online Class: Hunger: A Faith and Justice Response from The Center for Social Ministry What: This is an 8-session, prayerful process that includes study, rich dialogue, and an immersion experience. This program inspires and equips participants to take concrete action to end hunger and food insecurity. The course may challenge your thinking about food insecurity, its causes, its impact, and viable steps to eliminate it. The class explores issues such as food deserts, underemployment and food insecurity, food waste, public policy around farming, and COVID-19’s impact on hunger. Our hope is that the program will guide participants in discerning how they are called to action in addressing this issue. This class is being offered in partnership with DMARC. When: Meeting 1 - October 1, Meeting 2 - October 8, Meeting 3 - October 15, Meeting 4 - October 22, Meeting 5 - October 29, Meeting 6 - November 5, Meeting 7 - November 12, Meeting 8 - November 19, Immersion - TBD More: Cost is $80 per person and includes all materials Registration is Required Once you have registered you will receive information on how to access the session and other program information. Register Here. Fri., Oct. 2 Online from Emmaus House in Des Moines Four-Week Guided Retreat: Inner Peace in Divine Love What: The Emmaus House hopes you will join us for this retreat, "Inner Peace in Divine Love," as we receive the peace that comes from a deep, experiential knowing of God's love for us. This retreat, "Inner Peace in Divine Love," from The First Spiritual Exercises by Michael Hansen, SJ, is adapted from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Throughout this four-week retreat, retreatants will pray daily for approximately 30-40 minutes, and then we will gather weekly for a time of sacred listening and spiritual conversation. When: The retreat begins on Friday, October 2, 2020, from 7-8:30 p.m. More: For more information, or to register, click here! Sat., Oct. 3 Online from Emmaus House in Des Moines A Song & Prayer: Dark Night of the Soul What: Loreena McKennitt's song, Dark Night of the Soul, is a musical rendition of St. John of the Cross' spiritual classic, which narrates the soul's journey to union with God. It speaks of growing beyond the clarity and comfort of 'head knowledge' to the loving, yet often disorienting, realm of 'knowing with the heart.' This morning of prayer will reflect upon the song, and our own experience of moving from the head to the heart. Emmaus House invites you to join them for this session. When: Saturday, October 3, 2020, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Where: The session will be held virtually using Zoom. More: For more information, or to register, click here! Mon., Oct. 5 Online 6 week Online Course on book “Leaving World War II Behind” by David Swanson What: On October 5, World Beyond War will launch a brand new 6-week online course debunking misunderstandings about World War II that are often used to justify militarism. WWII happened in a very different world from today's, was not fought to rescue anyone from persecution, was not necessary for defense, was the most damaging and destructive event yet to occur, and could have been prevented by avoiding any of several bad decisions. Everyone registered for the course will receive PDF, ePub, and mobi (kindle) versions of David Swanson's forthcoming book Leaving World War II Behind, which will provide additional reading to those who want to go beyond the written, video, and graphic materials provided in the course. Learn more and reserve your spot. Today and Ongoing Today and Ongoing Des Moines DM Black Lives Matter vigil What: Folks; We need you to stand with DM Black Lives Matter in this clergy led vigil. When: Five day a week 1 hr. vigil from noon to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday Where: in front of the DM Police Station at E 2nd & Court. More: #TellTheTruth Week 3 day 2 Grateful for pastors Emily Elizabeth Ewing & Kristin Wolf and the regular & new community members that join us in holding DMPD accountable #desmoinesblm #blacklivesmatter #clergyforblacklives #queerclergyforblacklives #dsmblm — with Kirk Johnson, Giovanni Jesus Bahena, Emily Elizabeth Ewing, Melena Johnson, KT Galloway-Menke and Brandi Sue at Des Moines Police. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1177627982586500&set=a.113535088995800&type=3&theater Today and Ongoing Online International Day of Peace, Des Moines Pastors Speak What: Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfUqXXH9IRw Today and Ongoing Online Scientists for Palestine Hosted Panel on “The Impact of Israel’s Annexation Plans on Palestinian Research and Higher Education” What: This panel occurred on August 21, 2020. If you missed attending you can watch the recordings here https://www.facebook.com/Scientists4Palestine/posts/3185414744905240 Today and Ongoing Online “Democracy, Values & the 2020 Election: A Reflection Guide for Faith Communities” What: Faith in Public Life and Interfaith Power & Light are excited to release a voter reflection guide: Democracy, Values & the 2020 Election: A Reflection Guide for Faith Communities. The nonpartisan guide offers timely sections that address urgent moral issues at stake in this election and beyond. Topics include justice for immigrants, economic dignity, care for creation and climate change, racism and criminal justice reform, democracy and voting rights, health care and the coronavirus pandemic, and global peacebuilding. Reflection questions are included to help spark conversation in your faith communities and to help prime questions addressed to candidates running for office. If you would like to download the guide, please click here. Today and Ongoing Online EmbraceRace webinar, “Reading Picture Books with Children through a Race-Conscious Lens,” What: To view webinar, click here (recommended by Marie Benner-Rhoades, staff at On Earth Peace) Today and Ongoing Online Videos of Des Moines area Hiroshima/ Nagasaki commemoration activities What: Here are videos from the Hiroshima/ Nagasaki commemoration in Des Moines Aug. 6. There is a short and a longer version. https://youtu.be/jPLd3WfC7w8 https://youtu.be/wo1cJhRHJRg Here is the link to the Channel 5 coverage; https://www.weareiowa.com/article/news/local/central-iowa-pauses-remember-atomic-bombing-world-war-ii/524-53495bf1-fac2-4e75-8c1a-a3a6b22eb677 Today and Ongoing Online WILPF’s 1945 Timeline What: See the 1945 timeline: “The 75th Anniversaries of the United Nations and the A-Bomb, a Timeline of 1945,” at: https://www.vtwilpfgathering.com/timeline There you can learn about the creation of the United Nations and the development and dropping of the A-Bomb through a series of dates of major events in 1945. Today and Ongoing Online Iowa Covid19 Tracker: Date, Science, Risk Management ... a Rodger Routh video (DM based) What: To see this video click here> https://youtu.be/O4D5Tq8iMeE Today and Ongoing Online "Free Gaza Chicago River Flotilla": a short film by Paweł Grajnert- What: From Voices for a Creative Nonviolence: We invite you to view our friend Paweł Grajnert's short film about our three-day event held last July in support of the people of Gaza and of U.S. Boats to Gaza (part of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition.) Featuring Jehad Abusalim of AFSC/gazaunlocked.org. It's up on our website at http://vcnv.org/2020/07/16/free-gaza-chicago-river-flotila-short-film-by-pawel-grajnert/ and downloadable in .mp4 format here. Today and Ongoing Online Two webinars in the series from Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP): "Palestinian Voices: Annexation and its impact on the Christian Community in Israel/Palestine" and "Why Should Christians in the Pews Care about Annexation and Palestinian Human Rights?" What: Learn more about how Christian leaders in Palestine are responding to the possibility of annexation and why it is critical for Christians to care about the situation in Israel-Palestine, especially now with annexation looming. More: Find links to the webinars here. Today and Ongoing Online WOLA premier of animated video about humanitarian crisis at the border What: WOLA (Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas) premiered an animated video detailing the humanitarian crisis on the border caused by cruel, inhumane migration policies. The video outlines what we can do to implement a rights-respecting approach to migration. When: Watch the entire video here. Today and Ongoing Online Webinar on Human Trafficking in Venezeula What: (Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas) WOLA's Director for the Andes and Director for Venezuela participated in a webinar to discuss the dangers of human trafficking and exploitation for Venezuelan migrants, the impact of public policy on these activities, and the ways in which these threats have been aggravated during the COVID-19 pandemic. When: Watch the entire webinar here. Today and Ongoing Online (contacts below to find out more) Des Moines Des Moines SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice) What: Des Moines Standing Up for Racial Justice would like to offer several Direct Action opportunities to the Des Moines community during this time pandemic: -DSM SURJ Immigrant Rights or Education working groups, please contact dsmsurj@gmail.com -Become involved in our Jail Visitation program as a volunteer or committee member, please contact dsmsurj@gmail.com -Volunteer with Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a Des Moines-based mutual aid group. Click here to volunteer! More: For updated info see website here. Today and ongoing Online "Korea: the Neglected History of the Unresolved War" webinar What: On June 25, 2020, the 75th anniversary of what is officially known as the start of the Korean War, preeminent Korean historian Bruce Cummings, discussed the neglected history of the unresolved war and how it continues to haunt the present. Hosted by the Korea Peace Network, Korea Peace Now! Grassroots Network, Peace Treaty Now, and Re’Generation Movement. UFPJ is a member of the Korea Peace Network. When: Watch the webinar here. Today and Ongoing Online Did You Miss the June 4 Right to Harm Webinar? From Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture What: Over 17,000 People Viewed It to Date And You Still Can Too! The panel discussion webinar that followed the two week free screening of Right to Harm was a smashing success! Over 17,000 have now viewed it including 400 the night of the event. More: The webinar is available on YouTube and can be watched here. You may also watch the film for a small fee. See here for that. Today and ongoing Around the world and across the country Impact of COVID-19 on Palestinians Free Webinar What: On May 13th MFSA and UMKR (United Methodists for Kairos Response) hosted a webinar on this topic. Featured speakers were Angeleena Keizer, British Methodist Clergy now serving as the UM Liaison in Jerusalem, Alex Awad, retired Palestinian pastor and UMC missionary for over 20 years, and Tina Whitehead, UMC laity who has volunteered in Jerusalem for many years. The webinar was hosted by Bridget Cabrera, MFSA’s Executive Director, and moderated by John Wagner, co-chair of UMKR. When & Where: The webinar replay is on MFSA’s web page: www.mfsaweb.org, or on UMKR’s website: kairosresponse.org/webinars.html Today and Ongoing Online Women Webinar What: On Friday, June 12, 2020, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota hosted a webinar on Black women's vision and leadership from the front lines of Minneapolis. The webinar features Lulete Mola (Women's Foundation of MN), Kandace Montgomery (Black Visions Collective), Lissa Jones ('Urban Agenda' Radio Host), and Leslie E. Redmond (Minneapolis NAACP). To view the webinar, click here. Today and ongoing Across the country and around the world See videos of speakers at The Abolition 2000 (see full name below) What: The Abolition 2000 Global Network for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons speakers of which several UFPJ (United for Peace and Justice) groups are members, held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) via Zoom on May 23. A diverse group of activists and analysts from around the world shared their thoughts about the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, and how it will affect prospects for peace and disarmament. For full list of speakers and links to video of their talks, click here. The Abolition 2000 AGM on May 23 unanimously adopted a statement condemning recent reports of White House discussions to resume nuclear weapons testing: "Absolutely Unacceptable: Resumed Nuclear Explosive Testing." (Read) Today and ongoing Across the country Listen to John Dear’s latest podcasts What: Latest podcasts are available at the link below. When: at your convenience! Where: your home computer or device More: Listen to the latest episode here. Today and ongoing Across the country View Dorothy Day documentary (founder of Catholic Worker) What: From Catholic Herald: NEW YORK- Complicated, flawed, often misunderstood and as controversial as she was beloved, Dorothy Day (1897-1980), co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, is the subject of the documentary "Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day Story." Wonderfully evocative and challenging, the independently produced hourlong film is currently available at pbs.org as part of MPT presents, which shows topical programs from independent producers. Viewers should also consult their local listings for broadcast times. More: Filmmaker Martin Doblmeier ("An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story," 2017) wrote, directs and narrates "Revolution of the Heart." Actress Susan Sarandon, who famously portrayed contemporary Catholic social activist Sister Helen Prejean in the 1995 drama "Dead Man Walking," reads excerpts from Day's 1952 biography, "The Long Loneliness." Today and ongoing Around the world online “One Earth, One Chance: Six Activists Discuss Climate” What: From David Swanson of World Against War- "Here’s a video I encourage you to watch above or at this LINK. The part that I’m in, which addresses climate and war, starts around minute 40, but I encourage you to watch the whole thing." Today and ongoing Around the world Hold a screening online of CPT's "Zionism and Palestine" webinar series What: In February CPT held a live webinar discussion entitled "Zionism and Palestine." In it, Pastor Amy Yoder McGloughlin (Pastor at Frazer Mennonite Church, PA, CPT Palestine delegation leader and Steering Committee member) and Rabbi Linda Holtzman (faculty member of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, founder of the Reconstructionist Hevra Kadisha, PA, and Jewish Voice for Peace Board of Directors) discussed the impacts of Zionism in Palestine through stories from their trips to this occupied territory. On April 3rd, CPT hosted a follow-up webinar with Pastor Amy and Rabbi Linda, where they continued their discussion on Zionism and Palestine followed by a direct Q&A with the audience. Hold an online screening and discussion with your church or community members to raise awareness about this important topic. You can access the recordings of the webinars by using the links below. Click Here for Webinar 1 Click Here for Webinar 2! ANNOUNCEMENTS 1.) ( From Daily Kos) Tell Congress: "Pass legislation immediatelyto block Trump's plan to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge." 2.) (From Frank Cordaro, DMCW) Des Moines Catholic Worker, especially Phil Berrigan CW House is in need of funds. As Frank Cordaro said, “Be a part of the miracle.” If you can, please give. Make checks out to: Phil Berrigan CW House and send to 713 Indiana Ave, Des Moines IA 50314 3.) (From Daily Kos) Hi Iowa Peace Network, I was introduced to text banking in the 2018 election season. It’s a phenomenal way to get immediate responses from voters and engage them in a meaningful way. 2018 was also the year we had record turnout of young voters in a midterm election! Sign up for a text bank shift with NextGenAmerica to get younger voters (18-35) out more than ever before to vote thiselection! Sign Up to Volunteer! 4.) (From Greenpeace) Add your voice TODAY to urge overseeing US Congressional committees to reject ACC lobbying that will make it easier to export plastic into Africa! Send a message now! 5.) (From Churches for Middle East Peace) Affirm your opposition to annexation! This spring, in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that he would proceed with formal annexation of significant parts of the West Bank as early as July 1, CMEP launched our Churches Against Annexation campaign to ensure there was a clear Christian voice opposing annexation. Throughout the summer, we have continued our advocacy with Congressional offices, bringing the voices of all of our supporters along with us as we press Congress to ensure U.S. policy does not provide diplomatic cover for or fund annexation. As of this writing, the Israeli government has not yet proceeded with formal annexation, though Prime Minister Netanyahu recently made clear in an interview that he remains committed to his annexation plans. It is critically important we continue to speak out against annexation. U.S. policy should encourage a resolution to the conflict in Israel/Palestine that will result in equality and human rights for all. The unilateral Israeli annexation of large parts of the West Bank would entrench inequalities and abuses of Palestinians’ human rights for the foreseeable future. We invite you (individuals and churches) to join us in opposing annexation by adding your name to the public statement we are issuing as part of our Churches Against Annexation campaign. The full statement isreadable and available to sign, when clicking here We invite you to share this with others in your network who might be interested in signing. If you have any questions, please reach out to info@cmep.org. 6.) (From Move On) Jon Stewart here with a new petition to support our military veterans. My friend John Feal and I are working with a coalition of folks looking to get health benefits and compensation for veterans who have been exposed to toxic burn pits.1 Hundreds of tons of waste produced on military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan were doused with jet and diesel fuels and burned in massive burn pits—as American soldiers lived, worked, and slept next to the toxic fumes. Now that they are home, hundreds of thousands of veterans are sick and dying from lung diseases, cancers, and respiratory illnesses.2 The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense continue to ignore our veterans' suffering and deaths caused by their neglect despite their own statistics which show burn pits as the source of these health problems. Sign our petition to tell Congress to passa bipartisan bill so veterans will no longer be denied the care and benefitsour government owes them for their service. 7.) (From Friends of the Earth Action) The Mountain Valley Pipeline would be larger than the infamous Keystone XL pipeline. Building it -- from clear cutting to excavation and scouring -- will destroy roughly 4,500 acres of land! Will youfight this polluting fossil fuel pipeline? The MVP would harm national forests, historic sites, and countless family farms. It would threaten the health and safety of residents along the route through Virginia and West Virginia. And it would add to the worsening impacts of climate change. 8.) (From World Food Program via Daily Kos) The number of new COVID-19 cases is continuing to rise, crossing borders and threatening populations around the world — and with it, hunger is growing. At this difficult and uncertain time, we are reaffirming our core belief: No one should die of something as preventable as hunger. Sign now to support the United NationsWorld Food Programme’s (WFP) commitment to aiding the most vulnerable people.Families around the world are depending on you. 9.) (From NIRS) A while back, we told you about the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) push to relabel very dangerous and long-lasting nuclear waste as “Very Low-Level Waste,” or VLLW which is a Very Large Lie. We still have a chance to beat back this dangerous proposal–if you take action today. To sum up: As more nuclear facilities shut down, their operators are trying to cut corners by disposing of their radioactive waste cheaply. But cheap doesn’t equal safe. By labeling dangerous nuclear waste as “very low-level,” the NRC is making it easy for operators to get rid of their waste on the cheap, bypassing regulations that protect the health and safety of our communities. The NRC’s proposal would pave the way for dangerous nuclear waste to end up in our local landfills, or even to be recycled into consumer products, such as zippers and baby bottles. If you already sent comments to the NRC about this, thank you! But the more they hear from you, the better. If youhaven’t sent comments yet, tell the NRC: Don’t dump nuclear waste in my locallandfill or anywhere else without a nuclear license. 10.) (From Demand Progress) Mitch McConnell is blocking legislation that could save the Postal Service. Not only does the most popular federal government institution face insolvency if Congress doesn’t act to fund it, but Trump has put his crony Louis DeJoy in charge and he’s making changes to disrupt mail service ahead of the 2020 election.1 If that wasn't bad enough, Trump has admitted publicly that his actions to undermine the Postal Service are attempts to block people from voting by mail.2 We need your help to get Senators to see their constituents expect them to overcome Mitch McConnell’s obstruction and take action before it’s too late to save the Postal Service and protect the election! Tell the Senate: pass the House bill to savethe Postal Service and support voting by mail! 11.)Des Moines SURJ Des Moines Standing Up for Racial Justice would like to offer several Direct Action opportunities to the Des Moines community during this time: DSM SURJ Immigrant Rights or Education working groups, please contact dsmsurj@gmail.com Become involved in our Jail Visitation program as a volunteer or committee member, please contact dsmsurj@gmail.com Volunteer with Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a Des Moines-based mutual aid group. Click here to volunteer! 12.)From Daily Kos: (search any of these to contribute to their causes) CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit created by Congress to mobilize philanthropic and private-sector resources to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s critical health protection work. Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that feed more than 46 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other community-based agencies. Meals on Wheels supports individuals who are elderly, disabled, chronically ill and home-bound by delivering nutritious meals, reducing hunger, improving health and promoting independence. The National Domestic Works Alliance has set up a fund to provide immediate financial support for domestic workers, and enable them to stay home and healthy — protecting themselves, their families and their communities while slowing the spread of the Coronavirus. One Fair Wage Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund provides cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive. The National Diaper Bank Network: before the coronavirus pandemic, 1 in 3 American families with young children reported that they were in need of diapers. There are no state or federal child safety-net programs that allocate dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers. The National Diaper Bank Network provides a resource to help alleviate this need. Farmworkers Pandemic Relief Fund: as the COVID-19 spreads to our rural communities many farmworkers, some of whom are undocumented and left out of the federal relief programs, are struggling make ends meet, while also protecting themselves and our food. All funds raised will go directly to farmworkers to help them purchase basic needs for their families. 13.)DMARC Response to COVID-19 For the complete DMARC response to the current coronavirus outbreak, click here! To safely make a donation to DMARC, click here! In the face of COVID-19, many of DMARC's clients are contending with challenges that prevent them from safely accessing food assistance at our public pantry locations. We are putting out a special call for volunteers who will deliver bags of food to individual households (NO-CONTACT DELIVERY) as part of our modified pantry distribution schedule. To volunteer as a Driver for the Food Pantry Delivery Service, or for more information, clickhere! 14.)EMBARC Volunteer Opportunities We know many people want to help during this uncertain time. We will be direct - we need people and money to sustain our efforts. Sign up to be on our volunteer list HERE Subscribe to and share our social media HERE We want to thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your support and encouragement. Our combined compassion will light the way through these uncertain times. 15.)Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was jogging near his neighborhood in Brunswick, Glynn County, GA, on February 23, when he was chased down, shot, and killed in cold blood. Ahmaud and his family deserve justice. His executioners were two white men, Gregory and Travis McMichael, who told police that they believed Ahmaud fit the profile of a burglary suspect. But the truth is Ahmaud's murder was an act of hatred and white supremacy. District Attorney George Barnhill defended Ahmaud's murderers—one of whom is a retired Glynn County police officer and a former investigator with the local district attorney's office—by making the outrageous claim that they acted in self-defense and their actions fell within Georgia's citizen arrest laws. Sign the petition to demand justice for Ahmaud and a real investigation. 16.) Central Iowa Shelter & Services (CISS) CISS needs your assistance in providing some of the basics for their clients: deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes. If you are willing to help, they are asking folks to visit their Amazon Wish List to order donations. Donations should be sent to 1420 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA 50309. To access the wish list, click here! 17.)Hawthorne Hill (Des Moines based) The Hawthorn Hill emergency family shelter is still serving homeless families and they really need supplies to keep staff and clients safe. Items that are needed most are: Lysol or other disinfectant spray Disinfectant wipes Bleach 39 gallon trash bags Healthy snacks for kids For more information on how to donate, or an extended list of other needed items, please click here! 18.)On With Life On With Life has several ways in which interested volunteers can assist them during the COVID-19 pandemic, from monetary and supply donations to the fabrication of gowns for the staff. For more information about how you can contribute, click here! 19.) Mosaic Mosaic empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their unique pursuit of happiness. Providing truly personalized services, they help people achieve their goals and dreams. The organization is currently in need of masks. To assist in this way, please contact Katie Flippen by e-mail at katie.flippen@mosaicinfo.org. For guidance in making masks, clickhere! 20.)Catholic Charities Catholic Charities in currently in need of volunteers for its food pantry. The Catholic Charities food pantry is still offering daily food for those in need. 200-300 each day are served by volunteers through a pass window. Social distancing is enforced. The two daily shifts are 9:45 to 12:30 and 12:00 to 3:45. For more information, or to volunteer, click here! 21.)Iowa Immigrant Emergency Fund: COVID-19 While a $2 Trillion Coronavirus bill has been signed, many in our communities are left out. So far, undocumented families cannot qualify for support from most government agencies. We invite you to support the Emergency Immigrant Relief Fund, which will provide support for undocumented families and individuals. The Iowa Sanctuary Movement, a project of AFSC Iowa, is accepting donations, and all funds will go to undocumented families and individuals being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You may donate online by clicking here, and selecting “Immigrant Emergency Relief Fund.” If you prefer to donate by check, please make them payable to Walnut Hills United Methodist Church, and send them to 12321 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50323. Please note “Immigrant Emergency Relief Fund” in the memo line of your check. If you need to request funds, please call us at AFSC Iowa at 515/274-4851. 22.) From WILPF (Women’s League for Peace and Freedom)- Are you someone with a knack for sewing and a desire to help? Our friend Jess Mazour invites you to make masks. She sent the E-NEWS this note: Thank you so much for volunteering to help make Masks for the Frontlines. We launched a new website that lists all the orders we've received so far. You can then go in and select which one you want to help out with. Each order has the pattern and instructions for that specific organization. Once you are have delivered the masks that you sign up for - please fill out our completed mask form so we can mark orders as complete. View orders and sign up to make masks here: https://signup.com/go/btkGogj Report your completed masks and deliveries here: https://forms.gle/BLf9AuSqGokkuv8p6 Request masks for your organization here: https://forms.gle/6r75grChRoPYJwGZ6 Join our online community on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2949947068394904 We are humbled by the number of Iowans stepping up to keep our frontline workers safe. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Happy sewing! Thanks! Jess (friend of WILPF) 23.) JOPPA COVID-19 Efforts People experiencing homelessness are especially vulnerable to viruses...Those without homes need us more than ever, so all our Homeless Services will continue without interruption including weekly Outreach and Aftercare. Joppa volunteers have been visiting people living under bridges, in tents, and in vehicles every single week for the past 599 weeks (that's almost 12 years). They know they can count on Joppa and we won't let them down now! In fact, we're gearing up to do even more from our new location at 2326 Euclid Ave. What Joppa is doing to help fight Coronavirus: We're making every effort to help those we serve and our volunteers stay safe by informing and preparing through: Specific volunteer instructions and client handouts Distributing soap, water, and hand sanitizer Recommending testing and seeking help upon symptoms You can help by donating at the link above as well as by bringing critical supplies, such as hand sanitizer, water, TP and tissues to Joppa at 2326 Euclid Avenue, Monday–Friday, between 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM. To find out more, and get involved, click here! 24.) Covid-19 Resources (thanks to Iowa International Center for these links) Here are some great links for resources about COVID-19: -CDC resources in multiple languages -Resources in multiple languages (Switchboard) -Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa 25.) 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! 26.) 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. SAVE THE DATE Sat., Oct. 17 Online from Emmaus House in Des Moines Discernment Retreat: A Gradual Unfolding What: In the noticing and responding to the movements of God's presence in our lives, we are transformed, becoming the whole, authentic, and fully alive selves God desires us to be. Join us as we explore and discuss some core tenets of Ignatian discernment, reflect upon our experiences, and discern various influences that shape our unique life paths, leading to greater interior freedom and deeper relationships with God, ourselves, & others. Emmaus House invites you to join Kevin O’Donnell for this two part retreat. When: begins on Saturday, October 17, 2020, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Where: The retreat sessions will be held virtually using Zoom. More: For more information, or to register, click here! Regular Events- Cancelled unless otherwise noted by denoting "online" Sundays 2p.m. Cedar Rapids Peace Vigil What: Members of local peace groups gather to demonstrate for peace. Where: 1st Ave. and 1st St. NE, Cedar Rapids. (across from the old Federal Building at the Tree of Five Seasons) ------------------------------------------- (1st and 3rd Sundays of each month) Des Moines Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) What: SURJ meets the first and third Sundays of each month. When: 6:00 – 8:00 PM Where: Medbury Honors Lounge, at Drake University. Mondays, Noon Des Moines Moral Mondays What: During the Legislative Session, you are invited to attend Morals Mondays each Monday. This is an opportunity each week to learn about one of the issues being considered by the Legislature. (Followed by Prayerful Presence as described below.) When: Noon – 1:00 PM Where: Room 304 at the Capitol. ------------------------------- Mondays, after Moral Mondays presentations Des Moines Prayerful Presence What: After the Moral Mondays presentation (see directly above), folks may gather at the top of the stairs on the second floor before circling the rotunda in prayerful meditation. Join in reverent companionship to practice unity in the face of division and hope in the face of harm. More: For more information, please contact Kay Kopatich at 515-252-0714. -------------------------------- 1st Monday of each Month, Sept-May (see info in calendar above on April 6- will be doing ZOOM) Des Moines WILPF-DSM What: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Where: NorthWest Community Center, 51st and Franklin *unless otherwise announced* More: "Like" them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WILPFDSM for the most up to date info. ------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------- 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 (online) Des Moines area Centering Prayer Group on Zoom What: Please join the Emmaus House Spirituality Center for this online, sacred time of stillness and silence, as we open ourselves to receiving more deeply God’s presence within us. When: The group will meet every Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m. No prior experience with Centering Prayer is necessary. More: If interested in attending, please RSVP by clicking here so that they can email you the link to the online gathering. ---------------------------------- Wednesdays (2nd & 4th of ea/ mo.) (email contact below on info for ZOOM) (online) Decorah, IA Immigration Working Group What: Learn about current immigration issues and how to help meet the needs of immigrants in the area. Immigration Working Group meets every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month. When: 4:00 - 5:00 PM Where: Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, 119 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA 52101 Contact: neipjc@gmail.com Thursdays 11:45 am - 12:15 p.m. Des Moines Peace Vigil What: Members of local peace groups gather to demonstrate for peace. Where: In front of the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. -------------------------------- 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 ---------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- Saturdays (online) Des Moines area Reflecting On Our Experience What: Please join the Emmaus House Spirituality Center on Saturday mornings, when we gather to share our experiences and reverently listen to the ways in which each of us has experienced God’s presence during this challenging time in our world. Using the Ignatian Examen as a guide, we will prayerfully reflect on our experiences of the previous week. This group will meet every Saturday. When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. More: No prior experience with the Ignatian Examen is necessary. If interested in attending, please RSVP by clicking here so that they can email you the link to the online gathering. ------------------------------------