Thurs., Jan. 16
Across the country
United Methodist Women Faith Talk/ live or via podcast- Open to all!
What:  This month’s Faith Talk will be on Thursday, January 16th.
When:   5:00 PM
Where:  the comfort of your home or office!
More:  The topic will be Climate Justice and is available to tune into live or to listen to via podcasts. It is part of a monthly series sponsored by United Methodist Women to address a variety of social justice issues.   For more information, please go to  Open to all.

Sat., Jan. 18
Des Moines
2020 Rise Up – Save this date for the next Women’s Day March!

Sun., Jan. 19
Des Moines
Iowa Cure (Citizens for the Rehabilitation of Errants) Meeting Mtg.
What:  Iowa CURE, a group that supports people that have been in prison, will hold their next meeting on Sunday, January 19, 2020.
When: 2 pm
Where: Trinity Las Americas UMC (1548 8thStreet, Des Moines).
More:  Brian Carter will give the Legislative Update for 2020.  Other speakers are Carla Dawson, Larry and Nancy Smith, who will bring insights from the Sentencing Project Conference in Detroit, which they attended recently. 
Contact:  For more information, please contact

Sun., Jan. 19
Ames, IA
Raising White Kids: A Workshop
What:  This event will be held on Sunday, January 19.  A Workshop with author Jennifer Harvey.
When:  1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Where:  Farwell T. Brown Auditorium at the Ames Public Library (515 Douglas Avenue, Ames).
More:  For more information, click here!

Mon., Jan. 20
Des Moines
7th Annual MLK Jr. Prayer Breakfast
What:  Join us at Des Moines' signature Martin Luther King Jr. Day event as we come together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, promote his message of peace and justice, and recognize the winners of the 2020 Make A Difference Awards. Proceeds benefit the John R. Grubb Community YMCA’s Annual Campaign, giving local families access to the Y through financial assistance and supports enrichment programs like Starfish Academy, a summer literacy camp.
When:  7 a.m.
Where:  Knapp Center (2601 Forest Avenue, Des Moines). For more information, click here!

Mon., Jan. 20
Des Moines
Vice News on the 2020 Brown and Black Forum of America in Des Moines
What:  We are looking for a group of engaged people to be a part of our audience and questioners and would love to invite members of the (IPN) office (among others) and their network to be a part of this special forum.
We will have all the leading democratic candidates in the room answering questions from our voters. We aim to gather a diverse and engaging group of young voters that is representative of the many different perspectives on issues facing communities of color. Anyone interested in being in the audience will need to answer a short survey, and to submit proposed questions for the leading Democratic candidates for president. We will get back to them later this week with more information on the show. We are only using the information from the survey to make sure we have all perspectives represented at the forum.
When:  10 am to 4 pm
More:  We will provide a meal and snacks for everyone. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your time. 
Contact:  Nicholas M. Winship

Mon., Jan. 20
Iowa City
MLK Day of Service 2020
When:  9 am -2:00 pm
Event details:

Mon., Jan. 20
Decorah, IA
Martin Luther King, Jr. Storytime and Activities
What: Join us for a cozy afternoon with children's picture books about Martin Luther King Jr's life and the Civil Rights Movement. We'll listen to stories, watch movie clips of MLK's speeches, and explore countries in Africa and beyond through puzzles and maps.
When:  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Where:  Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, 119 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA
More:  The Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, the Decorah Human Rights Commission, and the Anti-Racism Community Group welcome everyone to this event, with a special invitation to elementary school age children and their families.

Mon., Jan. 20
Des Moines
Housing Justice Working Group Meeting
What: Join us to talk about where we're at in supporting the Manufactured Home Park Tenants' Bill of Rights, currently being considered at the state level in the Iowa House. We'll also talk about potential new organizing efforts to support tenants!
When:  6-8pm
Where:  Trinity United Methodist Church/Trinity Las Americas, 1548 8th St in Des Moines

Tues., Jan. 21
Des Moines
“Sing, Ebenezer”- Songs and Stories from MLK Jr’s neighborhood
What:  Enjoy a night of music and story from:  Dr. Albert Brinson, baritone, former Ebenezer clergy; Sherry Dukes, soprano, Houston Grand Opera; Roosevelt Andre Credit, bass, baritone, Broadway’s Porgy and Bess, and soundtrack to 12 Years a Slave; and Special Guest!- Simon Estes
When:  7 pm
Where:  DMACC (Des Moines Area Comm. College), Ankeny Building 6, (Auditorium of the Simon Estes School of Fine Arts)
More:  Additional music from Bridges 2 Harmony Gospel Choir, Roosevelt HS; and DMACC Concert and Chamber Choirs;
No ticket required; Freewill offering
Contact:  Ben Allaway-

Thurs., Jan. 23  (every Thursday, depending on weather- see below)  In coming weeks check out "Regular Events"
Des Moines
Peace Vigils for No War with Iran
When: 11:45 am to 12:15 pm
Where: 3rd and Locust Sts., Des Moines, by the Civic Center
More info: It will only happen if the temperature is above 32 degrees and it is not precipitating.

Thurs., Jan. 23
Des Moines
Stop Factory Farm Lobby Day
What:  Momentum for a factory farm moratorium is growing! A new survey by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future found 63% of Iowans support a factory farm moratorium. This is something every state legislator needs to hear! And we aim to tell them on January 23!
Plan to join IARA members at the Iowa State House on Thursday morning January 23 to lobby on a factory farm moratorium bill. With Iowa’s water quality crisis getting worse every year, we need a moratorium NOW!
When:  8:30 am to 1 pm
Where:  Wallace Building Auditorium, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines (Across the street from the State Capitol);   Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E. Grand Avenue, Des Moines
Here is the schedule for the Stop Factory Farm Lobby Day:
8:30 – 9:00    Wallace Building Auditorium – Register, enjoy some hot coffee, and get ready for an exciting day
9:00 – 9:45    Prep and Training Session – Get talking points on the moratorium bill, find out who we’re targeting, and get some basic lobbying training from CCI’s Adam Mason and Food and Water Watch’s Krissy Kasserman.
10:15 – 11:00  Lobby Day Rally in the State Capitol Rotunda – Get fired up (and let’s fire up legislators) with some brief talks by our powerhouse lineup:
Representative Sharon Steckman,
David Osterberg, Iowa Policy Project
Maureen McCue, Physicians for Social Responsibility Iowa Chapter
Kim Stephens, CAFO neighbor and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement member
Tatiana Schaapherder, High School Climate Activist
Emma Schmit, Food and Water Watch
Emceed by Diane Rosenberg and Chris Petersen, Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture
11:00 – 12:30 Lobbying State Legislators
12:30 – 1:00   Debriefing – Time to share what you learned on legislators’ positions
Register:  RSVP here to let us know if you can join us.

Thurs., Jan. 23
Ames, IA
Lecture:  "How to Be an Antiracist "– hear speaker Ibram X. Kendi
What:  Martin Luther King Jr Legacy Convocation Join us for our celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Legacy Convocation. This year the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series Keynote will feature Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, the author of the best-selling books:How to Be an Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Dr. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America – but, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.
When:  7:00 PM
Where:  Great Hall, Memorial Union, ISU, Ames, IA
More:  Dr. Kendi is the Founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, D.C. He is one of America's foremost historians and leading antiracist voices. The Advancing One Community Awards will be awarded prior to the keynote address.    

Thurs., Jan. 23
Decorah, IA
The Story of Stuff - Films, Potluck, Contest!
What: NEIPJC is hosting the first in a series of wintertime potluck and discussions.
This one will feature the showing of two short animated films from The Story of Stuff Project, sharing of local foods and an opportunity to learn about, question, strategize, and imagine ways to address social and environmental problems related to our use of energy and materials.
The evening will begin at 5:30 with a local foods potluck where attendees will be challenged to bring food to share that features at least one local ingredient (local meaning produced within no more than 100 miles from Decorah). The person providing the dish with the most local ingredients will be celebrated with a surprise. Please bring your own table service and a card listing which are the local ingredients in your offering.
Two Story of Stuff films will be shown as fodder for discussion and brainstorming shortly after the meal.
When:  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:  Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, 119 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA 52101    

Mon., Jan. 27
Des Moines
When: Beginning January 27 at 12:00 pm, all are invited to join us each Monday after Moral Mondays presentations.
Where: For Moral Mondays meet in Rm. 304 behind the House Chambers at the Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines. After the presentation we gather at the top of the stairs on the second floor before we circle the rotunda in prayerful meditation. (To get to Rm. 304 from the ground floor, go past the cafeteria in the north hallway and take the elevator at the far end of the hallway to the third floor behind the House Chambers.)
More: Please join us in reverent companionship as we practice unity in the face of division and hope in the face of harm. Everyone welcome!
Questions? Contact:  Please call Kay Kopatich at 515-252-0714.

First session:  Mon., Jan. 27
Altoona, IA & Adel, IA
Living Justly:  Caring for Each Other
What:  This JustFaith eight-week program is inspired by a deeper understanding about issues of racial and economic justice. Participants will develop new levels of passion, compassion and patience for the ongoing work of social justice. This program is the second of three in the JustFaith series, any of which can be taken in any order.
When & Where:  Currently, the Center for Social Ministry is offering two sessions of Living Justly: Caring for Each Other. The first will be held on Monday evenings in Adel, at Grace Lutheran Church, beginning on January 27, 2020. The second session will also be held on Monday evenings in Altoona, at Ss. John & Paul Catholic Church, beginning on March 9, 2020.
 More:  To register for these, and other upcoming courses, visit   

Wed., Jan. 29
Des Moines
What:  Despite growing need, Iowa's mental health services are ranked with the lowest in the nation due to lack of beds, mental health providers, and equitable reimbursement.  However, the AMOS postcard campaign is making a difference!  We need to take that momentum into the legislative session!
 Join AMOS members at the Capital on Wednesday, Jan. 29  We will do a short training/briefing at 8:00 am (location TBD) and arrive at the Capitol at 9:00 am.
When:  8:00 AM
 More:  Our plan is to meet with legislators in teams. We invite you to do three things:
Ask your friends to join us
Help us publicize this important date
RSVP to Connie McKeen,, 515.556.9432

Include the names of your legislators if you know them; if not, just share your address and we will look them up.  After receiving that information, we will begin to form legislative teams.  We plan to be at the Capital until 3:00 PM on Jan. 29.  If you can’t be there all day, come and leave when you can.

We can make a difference IF we have enough people to make an impact!  Please join us, even if you have never done this before.  Remember your voice and your vote is important to your legislator.  If we don’t let them know how we feel, we can’t blame them when the situation doesn’t improve.  

Thurs., Jan. 30
Ames, IA
Lecture:  “White Immunity: Working Through the Pedagogical Pitfalls of Privilege” - Dr. Nolan Cabrera 
What: Dr. Nolan Cabrera is a nationally-recognized expert in the areas of racism/anti-racism on college campuses, whiteness, and ethnic studies. This presentation is Dr. Cabrera’s development of White Privilege. In it, he explores the historical development of whiteness, and shows how white advantage developed through systemic racism to which white people were socially inoculated. This lecture links the history of racial oppression to contemporary times, and helps work through some of the pitfalls of privilege such as, “How can white kids from Appalachia be privileged?”
When:  7:00 PM
Where:   Great Hall, Memorial Union, ISU, Ames, IA
More:  Dr. Cabrera is currently an Associate Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona and was the only academic featured in the MTV documentary White People. 2019-2020
Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair Series

First session Thurs., Jan. 30
Ankeny, Des Moines, & Windsor Heights
Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege
What:  This JustMatters eight-week program awakens small groups to economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others. The first half of the module introduces a framework for understanding and recognizing racial disparities in power and privilege. Sessions 5-8 take a deeper dive into specific issues related to power and privilege, including affirmative action, the school-to-prison pipeline, the criminal justice system, and powerful biases in media representation. As with all JustFaith programs, participants will explore how their faith should inform their response to their learning, as well as discern action steps for working toward racial equity in their own communities.
 Please note that Faith and Racial Equity is not for the faint of heart! This module is designed for participants who are willing to wrestle with hard questions and take an honest look at their own attitudes, assumptions, and choices. However, through spiritual grounding and community building, participants find support and belonging throughout their journey to personal transformation and social action.
 When & Where:  Currently, the Center for Social Ministry is offering three sessions of Faith & Racial Equity.
Thursday evenings in Ankeny, at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Church, beginning on January 30, 2020.
Wednesday daytimes in Des Moines, at the Des Moines Valley Friends House, beginning on February 12, 2020.
Monday evenings in Windsor Heights, at Windsor Heights Lutheran Church beginning on February 3, 2020.
Contact:  To register for these, and other upcoming courses, visit!

Fri., Jan. 31
Decorah, IA
Where I'm From - Closing Reception and Auction
What:  ArtHaus' 3rd Annual Community Show- Join us at the closing reception of ArtHaus' 3rd Annual Community Show.  Every year, ArtHaus holds an open show, accessible to all artists of all mediums and every age. Proceeds from the show go to support local non-profits, and this year, NEIPJC is the beneficiary!   You're warmly welcomed to join us in this end-of-show reception and auction.  It's going to be great!
When:  7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
More:  By the way, are you an artist?  There's still time to join in the show.  Here's the details.  Contact ArtHaus directly with questions.
"Where I'm From" Theme
Bring artwork to ArtHaus 107 W Broadway, Decorah, between 1-5 PM Monday-Saturday from now until January 25th.

Choose an option:
1) Artwork returned- $5 entry fee per piece
2) Artwork donated- No entry fee, work auctioned.
Where:  ArtHaus, 107 West Broadway Street, Decorah, IA 52101

Sat., Feb. 1
Des Moines
Climate Crisis Parade
What:  A coalition of 40 environmental, civic, justice, and faith groups is organizing a Climate Crisis Parade two days before the Iowa Caucuses, challenging voters and the media to act with urgency on behalf of our climate. This event marks the first time these local, state, and national groups have worked together to spotlight the urgent need for all to act on climate.
When:  12:00 noon CT.
Where:   Participants will gather at Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut Street, in Des Moines and parade to the Iowa Events Center, where media from around the world will assemble to report on the Iowa Caucuses. The action is non-partisan and not organized in support of any presidential candidate.
More:  “Our core message is ‘We Challenge You!’” said Steve Shivvers, a member of the local chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby, who serves on the coalition’s steering committee. “Participating groups will walk with signs and feature ‘parade floats,’ calling out the climate impacts of greatest concern to their constituencies.”
One organization is planning a parade float that warns of the increasing number of extinct or endangered species affected by climate change. Others will call attention to this year’s historic flooding along the Missouri River, concerns about the Dakota Access pipeline, and the health impacts of climate change.

“Individuals and organizations interested in the Climate Crisis Parade should visit the coalition’s Facebook event,” said Kelcie Kraft of Urban Ambassadors. “When we work together, we can accomplish so much more, as was evidenced by the Facebook event launch last week. In just four days, our event garnered over 1,000 people indicating they were ‘going’ or ‘interested!’”
Contact: Samantha Kuhn at 847-682-2924 or Steve Shivvers at 515-468-3923

Sat., Feb. 1
Des Moines
An Evening of Palestinian Food and Comedy
What:  An invitation from Luai Amro to attend a special fundraiser for the Al Razi Academy (ARA). Luai is the principal at ARA, a leader in the Arab-Muslim community, and has been a supporter of MEPEC for many years.  Luai invites friends who would enjoy "an evening of Palestinian food and comedy" to come to this event and support Al Razi Academy.
Entertainment includes Amer Zahr, a Palestinian - American comedian and lecturer
Zahr is an Arab-American comedian, speaker, writer, academic, and adjunct professor at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He draws on his experiences growing up as a child of Palestinian immigrant parents, performing and lecturing on topics like politics, society, Islam, growing up Arab, and more.
Second,  we will hear music fromSamir Ali, a Nasheed artist (Arabic style vocalist). Ali has many recordings and  is visiting AlRazi Academy as a Quran visiting teacher.
When:  6-9 pm (There's plenty of time to rest between the climate march and this special cultural opportunity)
 Where: For more information and to order tickets follow this link:

Sun., Feb. 2
Des Moines
Training to Support New Immigrants in Iowa
What:  SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice) is offering this training on Sunday, February 2nd.   Speaker will be Sonia ReyespSnyder,  Executive Officer of the Iowa Office of Latino Affairs.
When:  6:00 PM
Where:  Medbury Honors Lounge, Drake University in Des Moines. 
More:  For more information, please go to 

Sat., Feb. 8
Des Moines
Nurturing Interior Silence in Our Lives
What:  In life's rush, busyness, and noise, we may find ourselves yearning for the natural stillness within that is our spiritual birthright. Some of us may have lost touch with the knowing that this even exists in ourselves. This morning's experience will explore the deep and abiding qualities of silence that are fundamental to meditation and mindful living. In silence, we begin to find a new center from which to live.
When:  9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Where:   Emmaus House Spirituality Center (1521 Center Street, Des Moines).
More:  The suggested offering is $25. To register for the event, click here!

Fri., Feb. 14
Ames, IA
Lecture: “The Women's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote” - Elaine Weiss
What: Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer whose latest book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, chronicles one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. It tells the story of American women’s seven-decade struggle to win the ballot. The central character is Iowa State alumna and national suffrage leader Carrie Chapman Catt.
When:  1:00 PM 
Where:  Great Hall, Memorial Union, ISU, Ames, IA
More:  Weiss’s writing has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, and her by-line has appeared in major national publications, as well as reports and documentaries for National Public Radio and Voice of America. Weiss’s long-form writing garnered a Pushcart Prize Editor’s Choice award, and she is a MacDowell Colony Fellow. Her first book, Fruits of Victory: The Woman’s Land Army in the Great War, was excerpted in the Smithsonian Magazine online and featured on C-Span and public radio stations nationwide. Weiss holds a graduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism of Northwestern University. She has worked as a Washington correspondent, congressional aide and speechwriter, magazine editor and university journalism instructor. 
Part of the 100th Anniversary Events Commemorating Women’s Suffrage



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

2.)  Support Legislative Action Ministries!  From the United Methodist Church
The Legislature will be convening in January, so it’s time to sign up for Action Alerts from our Advocacy Team.  You’ll receive timely information on issues that need a response from the faith community, and specifically those that our Legislative Advocacy Team has identified as concerns to be addressed this Session.  To be added to the list, please contact Brian Carter at
You can now send financial support for the work of our Advocacy Team by sending your donations to the Iowa Treasurer’s Office clearly marked for Church and Society Legislative Advocacy Ministries.  The Advance Special number is: 02110.  The address for the Conference Center is: 2301 Rittenhouse Street, Des Moines, IA 50321

3.)  John Dear's January Peace Podcast is Live: MLK Sticks with Love

The first Peace Podcast of 2020 is live. John Dear goes through the ways Martin Luther King Jr. made nonviolence central to his work in civil rights as we approach Martin Luther King Day this January.  Listen here.

4.)  Support Needed
The Iowa Sanctuary Movement (MFSA is a member) is helping to sponsor several asylum-seekers in the Des Moines Area, as well as to help DACA recipients and other immigrants impacted by ICE.  Financial support is needed for all of those projects.

-Donations for asylum- seekers and DACA recipients can be made through First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave., Des Moines, 50315.  (Indicate the project you are supporting on the memo line.). 

-For families affected by Mt.  Pleasant ICE raid, contact First Presbyterian Church, 902 S. Walnut St., Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641. 

-For families in Des Moines separated by ICE, contact Walnut Hills UMC, 12321 Hickman Rd., Urbandale, IA 50323-1810. 

 -For bail, funds contact Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project, PO Box 3174, Iowa City, IA 52244-3174.
5.) Free Climate Change Documentary
There is a "free" viewing of this most recent climate change documentary that is narrated by Leo DeCaprio on HBO.  It can be found at
6.) From AFSC- Immigration Program in Des Moines:  Folks keep asking what can be done in this moment- below you'll find an updated action sheet with a pretty comprehensive list of things that folks can be doing to have an impact on the immigration issue here in Iowa.

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

Other requests from our office:

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

7.) 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!

8.) 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.

9.) 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!


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

Thurs., Feb. 20
Ames, IA
Lecture:  “The Ethics of Human-Robot Interaction” –hear from speaker Dr. Kate Darling
What: Dr. Kate Darling is a Research Specialist at the MIT Media Lab. Her interest is in how technology intersects with society. Dr. Darling’s current work looks at the near-term effects of robotic technology with a particular interest in law, social, and ethical issues.
When:  7:00 PM
Where:  Great Hall, Memorial Union, ISU, Ames, IA
More:  Darling has also explored economic issues in intellectual property systems. She runs experiments, holds workshops, writes, and speaks about some of the more interesting developments in the world of human-robot interaction, and where we might find ourselves in the future.
Engineer’s Week Keynote 

Sat., Feb. 22
Iowa City
Conference on Refugees in Iowa City
What:  Summit on The State of Refugees in Iowa: Stop Deportations and Keep Families Together
When:  9 am to 2 pm
Where:  St. Patrick Church, Iowa City.
Cosponsors:  Iowa City Catholic Worker House, Diocese of Davenport Social Action, and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI).
Join dozens of refugees and hundreds of like-minded, everyday people from all walks of life for an exciting and informative Refugee Summit, with a special opening prayer and introductory greeting by Catholic Bishop Thomas Zinkula.

Mon., Feb. 24
Ames, IA
Lecture: “The Power of One “– hear from Erin Brockovich 
What:  It's been almost 20 years since Julia Roberts starred in the Oscar-winning biopic Erin Brockovich. The film turned this unknown legal researcher into a 20th century icon by showcasing how her dogged persistence was the impelling force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history. Erin’s exhaustive investigation uncovered that Pacific Gas & Electric had been poisoning the small town of Hinkley, California for over 30 years.
When:  7:00 PM
Where:  Great Hall, Memorial Union, ISU, Ames, IA
More:  It was because of Erin’s unwavering tenacity that PG&E was exposed for leaking toxic Chromium 6 into the ground water. This poison affected the health of the population of Hinkley. In 1996, as a result of the largest direct action lawsuit of its kind, spearheaded by Erin and Ed Masry, the utility giant was forced to pay out the largest toxic tort injury settlement in US history: $333 million in damages to more than 600 Hinkley residents. Today, Erin consults on numerous environmental projects all over the world and encourages people to believe in their personal power to affect change.
2020 Symposium on Sustainability Keynote

Tues., Feb. 25
Des Moines
Anti-Hunger Day on the Hill
What:  DMARC invites you to save the date for the Anti-Hunger Day on the Hill, which will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
When:  TBA
Where:   The event will be held at the Iowa State Capitol.
Contact: For more information, please contact Luke Elzinga at 515/277-6969 x10, or by e-mail at

Sat., March 7
Ankeny, IA
Center for Social Ministry's Trivia Night
What:  The annual Trivia Night is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2020.
When:  5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where:  Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny, Iowa.
More:  Competitors may now register for this event, either as individuals wishing to join one of our open registration “Community” tables, or as part of a team that has pre-arranged a “Group” table. Each team, or table, will consist of up to eight individual participants. The individual registration fee is $25, and includes a meal, beverages, and ten rounds of competition featuring trivia questions from the esoteric to the sublime!
 To register for a spot, or spots, at one of our open Community tables, visit us at, and select “Trivia Contest.”
 To pre-arrange your “Group” table, contact our Office Manager at

Sat., March 28
Des Moines
Stay tuned!

Thurs., April 9
Ames, IA
Lecture:  "Surviving Hiroshima and the Struggle for a Nuclear-Free World" - hear from speaker Michimasa Hirata
What: When he was 9 years old, Michimasa Hirata survived the nuclear bomb that was dropped less than a mile from his home in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Japan did not acknowledge survivors or their stories and many survivors hid their injuries and stories for fear of discrimination. Hirata came to Iowa State to study for a Master’s degree in Chemistry.
When:  7:00 PM
Where:  Great Hall, Memorial Union, ISU, Ames, IA
More:  What Hirata learned about those he met at Iowa State and in Iowa changed his opinion of America. It was not until 1995 that Hirata began to speak out about his experience as a survivor and he began advocating all over the work of nuclear disarmament. His work has been recognized by the United Nations and he has spoken in more than a dozen countries about his journey. With the 70th anniversary of the bombing 2020, Hirata will visit Iowa to finally share his story at his alma mater.

Sat., May 16
Des Moines
4th Annual Armed Forces Day Rally & Direct Action
What: Plan on joining the Des Moines Vets for Peace and the Catholic Workers for our “Honor Vets Ground Drones” 4th Annual Armed Forces Day Rally & Direct Action at the main entrance of the IA Air Guard Drone Command Center. Speakers and program to be announced.
When: 3 p.m.
Where: IA  Drone Command Center, 3100 McKinley Ave, DM, IA

June 2020
Washington DC
Churches for Middle East Peace Advocacy Summit
What:  We are excited to announce that registration for our June 2020 Advocacy Summit is now open! This year's theme is Equal in God's Eyes: Human Rights and Dignity for All in Israel and Palestine. Speakers will explore topics like Palestinian dignity, inalienable rights, and the future of the peace process. On Tuesday, you’ll have the chance to meet with your Congressperson’s office as we advocate for legislation around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Come be part of our Advocacy Summit and be an advocate for equality for all people in God’s eyes!
“And the second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
More:  Standard Ticket $275 until February 1, 2020 (other price tiers available based on ability to pay)  More info and register HERE.

Thurs., Aug. 6- Sun., Aug. 9
Albuquerque, NM
Campaign Nonviolence National Conference
More:  (More details TBA) Featuring Martin Sheen, Dolores Huerta, Richard Rohr, John Dear, Erica Chenoweth, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., Roshi Joan Halifax, Ira Helfand, Frida Berrigan And Others. Hosted by Pace e Bene’s Kit Evans-Ford and George Martin.

Regular Events
Sundays  2p.m.
Cedar Rapids
Peace Vigil
What: Members of local peace groups gather to demonstrate for peace.
Where: 1st Ave. and 1st St. NE, Cedar Rapids. (across from the old Federal Building at the Tree of Five Seasons)

(1st and 3rd Sundays of each month)
Des Moines
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
What:  SURJ meets the first and third Sundays of each month.
When: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where:   Medbury Honors Lounge, at Drake University.
Mondays 12 p.m.
Des Moines
Moral Mondays
What: Several Iowa groups will get together to advocate for values like equality, fairness, and justice. In partnership with progressive leaders in the Iowa Legislature, Moral Mondays will highlight a new, moral and values driven bill each week during the Legislative Session.
Where: CHANGE: meeting in Room 304 at the Capitol
Sponsors: Family Planning Council of Iowa, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund, Iowa Citizen Action Network, Iowa AFL-CIO, and partners

1st Monday of each Month, Sept-May
Des Moines
What: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Where: NorthWest Community Center, 51st and Franklin  *unless otherwise announced*
More: "Like" them on Facebook at for the most up to date info.  


Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:30
Des Moines
Des Moines Meditation and Mindfulness Group
What:  Teachers Fred Nelson and David Drake lead the group.
Beginning and experienced meditators are all welcome.  Universal breath mediation and Buddhist philosophy as compatible with all religions.  You may use any silent technique you prefer. Our group was founded in 1994 by Charles Day to enable anyone to learn and practice meditation and mindfulness to benefit their health, clarity of thinking, self-esteem, peacefulness, and spirituality.  Mats, cushions, and chairs are provided. Attend regularly or occasionally. We encourage you to attend all the segments listed above to maximize benefits, but you are welcome to attend any or all of them
When:  Starting at 7:30 pm (see schedule below)
Where:  Friends Meeting House, 4211 Grand Ave.
More:  Schedule:
7:30-8:00pm:  First Meditation sitting with instruction
8:00-8:20:  Presentation about meditation, Buddhism, spirituality
8:20-8:30:  Second mediation sitting


1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Iowa City
People for Justice in Palestine (PJP) meetings
What: PJP meeeting
When:  6:30 pm- 8 pm
Where:   currently at the south area of the food court (near Sweets and Treats, toward the parking garage) of the Old Capitol Mall in downtown Iowa City.
More:  Please bring your dinner if you wish. Anyone who is in basic agreement with our mission statement is welcome. See for mission statement & more
Suggestion: Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to UNRWA (UN relief for Palestine refugees). More than $3,000,000,000 of U.S. tax money goes to support Israel every year. Offset your share with a donation to UNRWA.


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

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

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

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

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


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


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