Events



UPCOMING EVENTS.

Wed., Oct. 18
Waterloo, & Iowa City (see info below for date for Iowa City)
Medicare for All Teach-In
What: The Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill may be dead, but our fight is just heating up.
Tens of thousands of Iowans are at risk of losing their health insurance coverage and Iowa’s Medicaid system is in crisis. Now is the time to fight for what we need.
We're excited to bring healthcare expert Michael Lighty from National Nurses United (NNU) back to Iowa for a series of teach-ins on this issue
When:  6:30 pm
Where:  Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial St., WaterlooIA 50701
More:  NNU (National Nurses United) is on the front lines demanding Healthcare for All — they know that corporate profit has no place in healthcare.  Lighty will discuss how we use the current crisis in healthcare as an opportunity to build a bold movement to achieve guaranteed care for everybody.
We hope you'll join us in October. RSVP and mark the date on your calendar.
Our Lives are on the Line - Guaranteed Healthcare for All Teach-ins – Sponsored by CCI
More info is available when you click on the above links.

Thurs., Oct. 19
Des Moines
OWFP Rally and Direct Action @ World Food Prize ceremony
What: Thanks to attorney’s Wylie Stecklow of NYC and Glen Downey of Des Moines, who wrote and filed our Free Speech Fed. Case against the WFP & State of IA.  As part of a settlement the WFP and the State of IA have agreed to give us a ‘Free Speech’ space, just outside the NW entrance of the Capitol, in plain view of all entering the building.
This year's WFP winner is a "Global banker & Pro Business based Ag for poor farmers in Africa" Bank CEO (really!)
When:  6 p.m.
Where:  NEW LOCATION - NW entrance of State Capitol!    
Contact:  For more info contact OWFP working committee:
Sharon Donovan <sjbd14@gmail.com> , 515 987 5443
Tom Mathews  <Thmathews@aol.com> , 515 979 9318
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Thurs., Oct. 19
Indianola, IA
Iowa Policy Project presentation
What:  The Iowa Policy Project has been invited to make a presentation on several issues. 
When: 7 p.m.
Where:  Warren County Historical Museum, 1400 West Second Ave, in Indianola, More:  Organized by Indivisible Warren County and other sponsors, this event will feature discussion on several issues expected to be big in the 2018 legislative session — tax fairness, tax credits, education funding, clean water policy and electric rates, among others. Let's talk about responsible solutions!  

Thurs., Oct. 19
Decorah
“The Truth About Being a Muslim” – presentation by Youth members of the Franklin Library 4-H Club in Minneapolis
What:  Youth members of the Franklin Library 4H Club in Minneapolis will be visiting Decorah to share their workshop, "The Truth about Being a Muslim".  The teens are interested in sharing their experiences, learning with others, and building bridges of understanding in order to create a more unified society.  Please come join them for a fun, interactive workshop!
When:  6:30- 8:00 pm
Where:  UCC Community Center Decorah, IA

Thurs., Oct., 19- Oct. Sun., Oct. 22
Kansas City, MO  and more when you host an exhibit in the weeks following!
What:  Travelling Exhibition: VOICES of CONSCIENCE – Peace Witness in the Great War. 
What:  The Travelling Exhibition will premier at the Remembering Muted Voices Symposium October 19-22, 2017 at the National WWI Museum in Kansas City.  
More:  contact IPN to receive the document with more information on becoming a host, or registering for the Symposium Oct. 18-22.  Please also circulate this information to those who might be interested in your networks.  Perhaps some of your colleagues would like the travelling exhibition to come to their colleges, synagogues, mosques or churches also.  The exhibition is already booked for the week following the Symposium at Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City in a partnership with Church of the Brethren and local Quakers.  They are also inviting others to help.
Contact:  For any questions about the exhibition please contact directly Annette LeZotte, the director of the Kaufman Museum at Bethel College in Kansas. Annette is cc above and she has given more contact information in the flier.

Thurs., Oct. 19
Fairfield, IA
JFAN Annual Meeting
What:    Once again we have a terrific meeting planned for the 2017 JFAN Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 19. Award-winning syndicated columnist Alan Guebert will be speaking on Breaking the Grip of Corporate Agriculture on Rural Iowa. Guebert is an engaging speaker with a sharp understanding of factory farms policies. Johnson County Supervisor Mike Carberry will also be on hand to share how the Johnson County supervisors are handling the local CAFO threat and how people can mobilize to take action.
When: meeting begins at 7:15 pm
Where:  Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N. Main Street in Fairfield, Iowa.

Sat., Oct. 21
Des Moines
Reggie’s SleepOut DSM 2017
What:  The registration for this year’s Reggie’s SleepOut is now open! By raising money, sleeping out, and spreading the word, you can help break the cycle of poverty for youth in Central Iowa.
When: More info when you register
Where:  Drake Stadium, Des Moines, Iowa
More:  For more information, or to register, click here.

Sun., Oct. 22
Ames
Practical Peacemaking:  Seeking Human Rights for All
What:  Special guest Hamed Qawasmeh founder of Hebron International Resources Network (HIRN). This event is FREE and open to the public.
When:  2:00pm
Sponsor:  Peace Not Walls Bethesda Lutheran 1517 Northwestern Ave., Ames.

Mon., Oct. 23
Ames
Ames Amos Assembly- Putting Relational Power into Action
What:  Ames Amos Assembly including questions for candidates for Ames City Council & Mayor
When:  7-8:30 pm; Registration at 6:30 pm
Where:  Bethsaida Lutheran Church Commons- 1517 Northwestern Ave.

Mon., Oct. 23
Iowa City
Gathering of local environmental groups to work on contributing to the City’s sustainability efforts prior to the Climate Action Plan
What:  Some of the environmental groups who will be at this gathering include: Environmental Advocates, Iowa City Climate Advocates, The Sierra Club, 100 Grannies for a Livable World, Interfaith Light and Power, Backyard Abundance, 350.org, Iowa Wind Energy Association, United Nations Association!
 (The Climate Action Plan’s first public meeting is on November 2.)
When:  6:30-8:30 pm
Where:  Coralville Public Library, Schwab Auditorium.

Thurs., Oct. 26
Des Moines
Rising Strong: Cultivating a Spiritual Practice with Courage, Creativity and Compassion
What:  Rising Strong™ is a one-day workshop based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The simple physics of vulnerability is if we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. This workshop is about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of struggle give us the power to write a brave new ending. Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and the clearest path to a wholehearted life.
When:  The workshop will be on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 8:30am – 5:30pm
Where:  First Christian Church (2500 University Ave).
More:   Please bring your own lunch. To register or learn more, please click HERE.

Fri., Oct. 27- 28
Des  Moines
White Privelege Symposium
What:   The Privilege Institute (TPI), is pleased to announce the White Privilege Symposium - Iowa (#WPSIA)—Equity and Education—Challenging White Fragility. This landmark symposium will take place at Drake University on October 27-28.
In keeping with the White Privilege Conference (WPC), the #WPSIA focuses on issues of systemic inequity and oppression through empowering, challenging and educational programming. Our workshops, keynotes and institutes provide practical tips, tools and strategies for combating systemic inequities. We are excited about theme of White Privilege Symposium Equity and Education: Challenging White Fragility.
The symposium is unique in its ability to bring together high school and college students, teachers, university faculty and higher education professionals, non-profit staff, activists, social workers and counselors, healthcare workers, members of the spiritual community and corporate arena, among many others.
Confirmed speakers include, but are not limited to Jackie Battalora, Eddie Moore, Jr., Jasiri X & many others.
More:    Please Tweet: The White Privilege Symposium in Iowa (#WPSIA) is Oct 27-28, 2017 at Drake University. Register Now:https://www.regonline.com/wps-ia
For more information about being a sponsor please email erin.lain@drake.edu or emj@theprivilegeinstitute.com.

Fri., Oct. 27- Sun., Oct. 29
Griswold, IA
Circle of Life Retreat
What:  A Circle of Life Retreat, directed by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr, will be held Oct. 27-29. Using the seasons as a backdrop for prayer, the directors will encourage participants to find their personal stories hidden in the life-giving spirit of these four emerging transitions: spring, blossoming and new beginnings; summer, fruitfulness and passion; autumn, harvesting and fruitful dying; winter, nurturing the seed in the holy darkness of your being. Registration is now open. >> See https://www.creighton.edu/fileadmin/user/ministry/retreat-center/docs/Other_Flyers/Rupp__Circle_of_Life_Brochure_10-17_.pdf

Sun., Oct. 29
Iowa City
Unitarian Universalist new building Open House
What:  Come tour the “ inspiring exceptionally green church” with net-zero-energy plan, grounds with trails, bio retention cells, future play scape and garden, labyrinth, and wedding sites.  Enjoy music in the acoustically enhanced sanctuary, children’s activities in the education wing, and refreshments in the fellowship hall with a view of the woods.
When:  2-5 pm
Where:  Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City, new building- 2355 Oakdale Rd., Coralville, IA 52241
Contact:  uusic.org or 319-337-3743


Fri., Oct. 27
New York, NY
50th Annivesary of IFCO/ Pastors for Peace  (Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization)
What:  In honor of our 50th anniversary, tickets for the celebration can be purchased for $50 each through the donate page on our website: ifconews.org
Even if you can't attend the dinner, your donation makes you part of the celebration and supports IFCO's work. 
In 1967 progressive clergy and lay leaders established the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO) as a national ecumenical agency to assist the poor and disenfranchised in developing and sustaining community organizations to fight human and civil rights injustices.
 For 50 years IFCO has sponsored and supported community organizing across the US and, through its project Pastors for Peace, has fought against US intervention in Central America and the Caribbean.
When:  To commemorate those 50 years in struggle IFCO will be celebrating its 50th anniversary Friday, October 27th from 6 to 10 pm
Where:  New York at 131 West 33rd Street

Sat., Oct. 28 & Sun., Oct. 29
Des Moines
AMOS GOTV (Get Out the Vote) walk
What:  There is an important election on November 8th to elect members of the Des Moines City Council. Voter turnout in city elections is historically low - fewer than 9% of registered voters participated in 2015.  But these elections matter. City council members make decisions that affect our neighborhoods and our families, decisions about housing, policing, transportation, sidewalks, and public recreation.Join us as we put democracy in action on October 17th, and join us on October 28th and 29th as we walk to get out the vote for city council!
When: 28th- 9am-noon; 29th- 1:30- 4:30 pm
Where:  On the 28th, meet at First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave, DM.  On the 29th- meet at the Greenwood Room at Plymouth UCC, 4126 Ingersoll Avenue.
Register:  Sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/AMOSwalk

Sun., Oct. 29
Iowa City
Benefit Concert for Peace Iowa
What: Join us and the band Back Porch Swing for some great music and friends all coming together to raise money for PEACE IOWA. 
When: 2pm
Where:   Uptown Bill's
More:  *Donations Suggested, But Not Expected*


Thurs., Nov. 2- Sun., Nov. 5
Washington DC
Quakers and friends gathering for 4 days of lobbying and more
What:  This November 2-5, hundreds of Quakers and friends will be gathering in Washington, DC for four days of lobbying, worship, fellowship, and community. We will visit our members of Congress to urge them not to give more money to the Pentagon and war profiteers at the expense of low and middle-income Americans. We will celebrate our recent legislative and organizational successes. We will spend time in community and fellowship and garner strength and hope from one another after a challenging year.
Most importantly, we will recommit ourselves to this vital work with the knowledge that our prophetic voices for peace and justice are essential now so more than ever. We hope that you will consider joining us for either the Quaker Public Policy Institute and Lobby Day (November 2-3) or all of Annual Meeting (November 2-5). This will be a revitalizing time spent with so many Friends and passionate advocates for peace and justice.
More:  We have exciting news that I wanted you to be the first to hear about. We are very excited to announce Sister Simone Campbell as our Thursday evening plenary speaker. Sister Simone is a religious leader, attorney, and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. Find out more, email IPN.
Register Now             Learn more

Fri., Nov. 3- Sun., Nov. 5
Amherst, Massachusetts
NWTRCC (National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee) combined gathering
What:  Thanks to New England folks for inviting NWTRCC to join their annual weekend of great food, discussions, and workshops. The combined gathering will be November 3-5 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Friday registration and dinner (and some housing) will be at Pioneer Valley Cohousing, https://www.cohousing.com/welcome. Friday evening’s and Saturday’s programs will be at UMASS. NWTRCC’s business meeting will be Sunday morning as usual, and we will probably have a counselor training that afternoon. Watch for details at http://nwtrcc.org/programs-events/gatherings-and-events/#nat.
Plan your arrival and departure knowing that travel to and from the airport will take an hour or so. The closest airport is Bradley International Airport (BDL). Amtrak (the Vermonter or some Northeast regional lines) stops in Northampton (closest) or Springfield, Massachusetts, plus Greyhound (and maybe other buses) serve Amherst Center and UMASS. Watch our website for more details or ask the office for a brochure, and if you are flying, please let us know how the schedules look so that we can group pick-ups as needed.

Sat., Nov. 4
Des Moines
Chili Cook-off at Catholic Worker House 
What:  Does your chili have game?  Enter a bowl in the first ever CWH Chili Cook-off!  When: The Cook-off will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2017.
When:  beginning at 12:00 p.m. Entrants in the cook-off should bring no less than 4 quarts of their finest chili to the address above by 10:45 a.m. on the day of the cook-off. Chili will be served at noon. 
Where: Catholic Worker House (1310 7th Street, Des Moines).
More:  To enter, send your name and a brief description of your chili’s special qualities (used for display cards) to michaelbterry@gmail.com.  Judging will take place from noon until 2 p.m. by the guests of CWH. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m.  If you don’t wish to enter the contest, but would like to contribute to the event, you may consider providing cornbread, green bean casserole, or fresh fruit. Entrants are encouraged to stay and serve their chili.

Sun., Nov. 5
Des Moines
Connection Café Cabaret- fundraiser concert
What:  The Connection Café is excited to present John Zickefoose, “This Is The
Life,” with musical direction by Bruce Martin. This fun filled fundraiser for the Café will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2017.
When:  Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be served beginning at 4:00 p.m., and the performance will begin at 4:30 p.m.
Where:   The Cathedral Church of St. Paul (815 High Street, Des Moines, Iowa).
More:  Tickets are $20 each, and can be purchased by contacting Rob at (515) 288-7297

Mon., Nov. 6
Des Moines
Showing of “Detaining Dreams” at Franklin Library
What: Detaining Dreams features the stories of four Palestinian children arrested by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and prosecuted in the Israeli military detention system.  Discussion follows. 
When:  6:00-8:00pm
Where:  Franklin Library, 5000 Franklin Ave. 
Sponsor:  Sponsored by the Mideast Peace Education Coalition-WILPF Des Moines is a member.

Tues., Nov. 7
Des Moines
Iowa and Kosovo: The Importance of Partnerships in State Building
What: Meet Consul General Xhavit Gashi, currently appointed at the Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo in Des Moines, Iowa. Consul General Gashi served as the first ever Kosovo Security Force Attaché to the United States. He retired from the Military as Brigadier General after completing almost twenty years of service. He will share his experience with the establishment of the future of Kosovo. Find out how Iowa and Kosovo are working together for the development of democratic institutions.
When:  6:00-7:00 PM
Where:  North Side Library, Meeting Room, 3516 Fifth Ave., Des Moines
More:  Space is limited. Please preregister at 515-283-4152 press 3, or online at www.dmpl.org.

Tues., Nov. 7
West Des Moines
GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays
What:  Surviving the Holidays is a one-evening seminar, designed especially for people who are grieving a loved one’s death. Learn how to deal with emotions, what to do about traditions, helpful tips for surviving social events, how to find hope for your future. All are welcome!
When:  The seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.
Where:  Serra Room of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (7075 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines, Iowa).
More:  For additional information, or to register, please click here, or call (515) 440-1030.

Fri., Nov. 10
Des Moines
Iowans Against the Death Penalty 55th Anniversary Banquet Dinner
What:  IADP will celebrate its 55th anniversary on Friday evening,November 10, 2017 at the Des Moines Marriott with a banquet and presentation of the Gov. Harold Hughes award, an honor given every five years recognizing individuals who have been instrumental in fighting against the death penalty.  Mark W. Bennett, Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. 
More:  Individual tickets are $50, sponsor tables are $500., and both are available on Eventbrite. Links are on our webpage and our Facebook page

Announcements:

1.)Saudi Arabia's war and blockade have pushed Yemen to the brink of famine and caused the worst cholera outbreak on record, with a million malnourished children at risk from cholera.1 Every 10 minutes a child in Yemen dies of preventable causes like malnutrition and diarrhea.2 When UNICEF's director was asked how to end Yemen's humanitarian catastrophe, he said: "Stop the war."3

The U.S. has been a direct participant in Saudi Arabia's war. In addition to arming the war, the U.S. refuels Saudi and UAE warplanes bombing Yemen;4 Saudi-UAE warplanes can't conduct their bombing of Yemen without U.S. refueling.5

When the House returns from recess next week, Reps. Ro Khanna, Walter Jones, and Mark Pocan will introduce a bipartisan bill invoking the War Powers Resolution to force a floor vote on ending U.S. participation in Saudi Arabia's famine-producing war. Contact your representative https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13061


2.)Letter from Ruby Montoya (Jess and Ruby  may be criminally charged for their sabotaging of the DAPL pipeline and the Utility Board building's sign.)
Greetings Everyone!
Jess and I met with the lawyers via conference call today. The lawyers of Civil Liberties Defense Center, a nonprofit in Oregon, are requesting a $500 aide to help with the initial costs of enrolling in the case and to help with initial travel costs to Des Moines. Any monies would be greatly appreciated in helping gather our defense team for the robust legal battle ahead.
I greatly appreciate all of the support folks have sent us, including the public statements of solidarity and prayers.
Please make checks out to the Phil Berrigan CW House and mail to Ruby and Jess, Phil Berrigan CW House, 713 Indiana Ave. Des Moines IA 50315
In service,
Ruby Montoya <rkcmontoya@gmail.com>
Jessica Reznicek <jessicareznicek@gmail.com>

2.)NIRS needs your help! U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) is attempting to rush H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017, to the House floor for a vote. 

NOW is the time to call your Congressional representatives (202-224-3121), and tell them to VOTE NO on HR 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017..

3.) New Book: VOICES FOR PEACE- War, Resistance and America's Quest for Full-Spectrum Dominance
This timely anthology edited by T.J. Coles includes articles by Voices for Creative Nonviolence co-coordinators Kathy Kelly and Brian Terrell, along with Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, Cynthia McKinney, Bruce Gagnon and others. It can be ordered from the publisher or from Wordery. EngagingSpirituality Fall Group Offerings
   How can we deepen our relationship with God and those around us?  EngagingSpirituality is a small group program from JustFaith Ministries designed to answer that question. This program invites participants to deepen their faith through prayer, listening, exploration, and sharing. An EngagingSpirituality group will be offered at Emmaus House this fall. For more information or to register, visit www.centerforsocialministry.org or contact Susie Tierney at Center for Social Ministry, 515-782-3054 or centerforsocialministry@gmail.com

4.)  NOW IS THE TIME TO PROHIBIT THE 'SHARE ACT."
This is in Congress NOW. It would make gun silencers legal across the country.
NOW IS THE TIME TO CALL, WRITE LEGISLATORS:
WE MUST HAVE NATIONWIDE GUN CONTROL!
PADDOCK, The Las Vegas machine gun killer, had no signs of mental illness, no police record, no lack of money, no illegal acquisitions. He just collected guns and bomb components, freely. Now 58 citizens are dead, 527 are wounded, some for life. Families, friends, the nation is traumatized.
What's the Cycle Here?
1. Manufacture guns, import guns, and export guns. Great money-maker.
2. Sell guns to retailers.
3. NRA advertizes guns as necessary for private security.
4. NRA pays Congress to support "more access to guns" legislation.
5. More guns in public.
6. More suicides, homicides and mass murders, accidents.
7. Increase " Security" measures. More money to private security firms and equipment.

STOP THE CYCLE!
Protest NOW!

Senator Ernst:
Senator Grassley:
Rep. Rod Blum:
202-225-2911Ready to Embark in a Meaningful Relationship?
EMBARC (Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy Resource Center) has two outstanding mentoring programs and are seeking mentors for to guide refugees from Burma with various life skills such as learning English, job hunting, and study skills. Must be 18 or older and be able to pass a background check. Contact EMBARC to learn more about our mentoring opportunities by clicking HERE. 

5.) Polk County Food Pantry Volunteers
Polk County Food Pantry is in need for volunteers to help participants shop for their food. Days are Monday – Friday 8—5 with 3-4 hour intervals. Mondays and Fridays volunteers are especially welcomed.  If interested contact Mary at 515-286-3695.

6.) Video regarding the recent presentation, Obliterated Families

Many thanks to Rodger for producing this video of his interview with Ala and Anne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYqv4fvJvBs It does a nice job of capturing their thoughts about the power of storytelling.


SAVE THE DATE:

Fri., Nov. 17- Sun., Nov. 19
Des Moines
Urban Immersion for Adults
What:  Join the Center for Social Ministry for an Urban Immersion experience for Adults! This immersion will be a wonderful opportunity for all JustFaith graduates and Center for Social Ministry friends who would like to participate in an in-depth exploration into the needs of our community. Through community-building activities, simulations, and visits to organizations that help those in need, we will learn how we can follow our call to care for others.
When:  The immersion will take place from 5 p.m. on Friday, November 17 until 12 p.m. (noon) on Sunday, November 19.
More:  For more information or to register, please click HERE, or contact Susie Tierney at centerforsocialministry@gmail.com or by phone at 515/782-3054.  

Sat., Nov. 18
Des Moines
AFSC Iowa’s Centennial Celebration
What:  AFSC Iowa’s Centennial Celebration is set for Saturday, November 18, 2017.
When: from 3-8 p.m.
Where:   Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.
More:  Our keynote speaker will be Jeanette Vizguerra, a Sanctuary leader from Denver and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2017.  Hope to see you there!  Here is a link with more information and to register.

Monday mornings, Mon., Nov. 20- Mon., Dec. 18
Des Moines
Praying Advent
What:  Amid the flurry of Christmas preparations, we look for practical ways to observe the holiness of the Advent season in our everyday lives. Join us in our Five-Week series, Praying Advent, on Monday mornings, November  20th through December 18th, at Emmaus House. Our prayer will be based on Scripture, the Ignatian tradition of contemplation, and reflective prayer.
When:  Register for more details
Where:  Emmaus House
More:  For more information and registration details, click here.

Hunger for Change Module - Fall Offering
This fall, the Center for Social Ministry is offering JustFaith Ministries' newest 8-week module, "Hunger for Change."  This small group module explores the realities of food insecurity in the U.S. and throughout the world in a prayerful process that includes reading, rich dialogue, and an immersion experience.  If you’re interested in participating in this program, please let us know by completing our survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZQZYYZD


Regular Events

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 Book group
What:  Book group
When: 10:30 am 
Where: Beaverdale Book Store
More:  Pick up your copy the Beaverdale Book Store meet with the Club starting on Monday, Sept 26 (the Club meets at the Beaverdale Book Store).

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1st Monday of the month
Des Moines
WILPF & DM Move to Amend meeting
What:  Des Moines Move To Amend Working Group have combined forces with Women's International Peace and Justice (WILPF ) members.   Move To Amend will present business at the WILPF meetings on the FIRST Monday of each month.
Where:  Northwest Community Center located at 51st & Franklin in Des Moines 

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

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

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

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Fridays 4:30 - 5:30 p.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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