Upcoming Events

Thurs., March 9
Prof. R.S. Wafula’s Religion Forum- “Colonial Differencing: The Untold Story”
What: Prof. Wafula will discuss his book Knowledge Activism Beyond Theory: A Worldwide Call to Action. In his talk, Dr. Wafula will "explore how colonial narratives have, over the last 500 years, created an unassailable epistemological racism. Wafula will argue that while promoteres of this racism intend to create an epistemological superior identity for themselves and conversely an inferior status of the Other, their efforts have produced the reverse. The result is that we are all marginalized. To address this problem, Wafula proposes re-telling an all-inclusive epistemological story that enriches the entire world regardless of racial identities."
When: 6 pm
Where:  Luther College CFL Recital Hall
More:  A reception in Qualley Lounge will follow the event. 

Thurs., March 9 – Sun., March 12
Griswold, IA
Ignatian Silent Directed Retreat: March 9th-12th​​
What:  Are you looking for time and space to "be"?  The silence of the retreat, which is based on the Spiritual Exercise of St. Ignatius, helps us to hear God’s invitation to open our heart and surrender to God in a deeper way as we allow ourselves to let go of responsibilities, concerns, and even relationships that can keep us from being free enough to respond to God. Along with the silence, daily meetings with your assigned Spiritual Director will help the retreatant to reflect on his/her spiritual journey, and the presence and action of God in one’s life. 
When:  beginning Thursday evening, March 9, ending noon March 12
Where:  Creighton Retreat Center in Griswold, IA
More:   The retreat fee of $350 includes nine meals, accommodations for three nights and private daily spiritual direction. There are a limited number of partial scholarships available.  Register and reserve your spot with a $35 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit to either PayPal or your preferred credit or debit card.
Contact:  Feel free to contact us at Emmaus House at  for 515-282-4839 for more information! Participation is limited to 25 retreatants. The Retreat is sponsored by Emmaus House Spirituality Center in Des Moines.

Fri., March 10
Des  Moines
Day-long Workshop on Immigrant Rights
What:  The ACLU, in conjunction with Justice for our Neighbors, the American Friends Service Committee, and Faegre Baker Daniels, will be presenting a day-long workshop on immigrant rights.  Part of the session is open to general volunteers to “train the trainers” so that these individuals can go out to immigrant and other groups to give presentations on the basic constitutional and legal rights of immigrants in Iowa.
The other part of the session, designed for attorneys, will be an “Immigration 101” for those interested in volunteering with organizations to provide legal services to immigrants in Iowa. Nonprofit attorneys and BIA Accredited Representatives are also welcome to attend.
More:  For more information, go to

Contact:  Questions? Contact

Sat., March 11
Cresco, IA
Opera House/ Theatre: Film Showing- ‘Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder”
What: Pastor Karen Kayressle will visit Cresco from Pine Ridge Reservation, and give a brief talk about the movie beforehand.
When:  2 pm
Where:  Cresco Opera House/Theater:
More:  Tickets to the film are available either at the door at Cresco Theatre or at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Suggested donation is $5. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Lutheran Retreat Center and the new job corps at Pine Ridge reservation.
The film by Steven Lewis Simpson is adapted from the classic, best-selling Native American novel by Kent Nerburn. The film stars Dave Bald Eagle, Christopher Sweeney and Richard Ray Whitman. The story follows a white author who gets sucked into the heart of contemporary Native American life in the sparse lands of the Dakotas by a 95-year-old Lakota elder and his sidekick.

Next meeting: Tues., March 14
Des Moines
AMOS- Tuesdays on the Hill for Mental Health
What:  Can you join AMOS at the legislature this coming week on Tuesday to advocate for funding for mental health and disability services? Come talk to the legislators who represent you and your neighbors, as well as the decision-makers on committees who will be voting on this issue. To sign up, contact Mrs. Jan Brown at Jan will let you know who you should see, in addition to your own representatives, and what time legislators might be available the upcoming Tuesday. Jan and others will be present on Tuesday to prepare you and guide you through the process. After your visit, you can report the results of your conversations to Jan. If you aren't available on a Tuesday but can come another day, let Jan know.
More:  HF 342 (Heddens et al) and HF 343 (Kaufmann) are essentially the same proposal to lift the dollar cap on county levies for mental health and disability services. They have been referred to the House HR committee.
From AMOS:  “We had a great group attend last Tuesday and we were able to meet with some key leaders.  Help us keep the momentum going!  Join us for Tuesdays on the Hill to help make it happen!”

Tues., March 14
Across the country
Conference call on War Tax Resistance
What: NWTRCC (National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee) friends up at the Gandhi Institute in Rochester, NY, have been anxious to have a wider conversation about the potential of developing a war tax resistance campaign that will attract the masses – or at least more people who are ready to resist now and over the coming year. Sam is doing some workshops upstate later in March, and Kit Miller at the Institute brought up this issue with Sam and others that she’s in touch with.

So the Gandhi Institute arranged a time and call-in number. At this point we don’t have an exact agenda, but Sam and I expect it to be a time for people to throw out ideas (no decision-making on our part), but maybe some ideas or proposals to bring to our May meeting.
When:  8 pm CST
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or iPhone one-tap:  16465588656,7078914180# or 14086380968,7078914180#
Or Telephone:
    Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
    Meeting ID: 707 891 4180

RSVP to Ruth if you think you’ll be on( , just to get an idea of numbers in advance of Tuesday as it’s a bit of an experiment.

Next class: Wed.,  March 15
Clive, IA
ESL Improv Class
What:  This class brings improvisational theater and English language learning to a new level by using fun acting games, storytelling, character building, and scene creation. Participants from different backgrounds will be able to practice their English in a stress-free, fun environment.
When:  Classes are held on Wednesdays starting on March 8, and continue for 6 weeks.
Classes are at 6:30 pm
Where:  at Clive Public Library Community room.
Contact:  Questions? Call Clive Library at 515-453-2221  For flier, click here.

Thurs., March 16
Let’s Talk/ P.I.E.S. (Peace, Immigration, Environment, and Social Justice)- Lilly Jensen of the Winneshiek Co. Conservation Board
When: 9 am
Where:   NEIPJC (Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center) 119 Winnebago, Decorah
More:  Let's Talk / P.I.E.S. Schedule: Thursdays at 9 am
March 16: Environment: Lilly Jensen of the Winneshiek County Conservation Board will join us to share information about IWILL (Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy) and the movement to fund the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.
March 23: Social Justice: Mariana Vega from Cedar Valley Friends of the Family on "Anti-Trafficking" work of her organization.

Fri., March 17- Sun., March 19
Okoboji, IA
CCL North Wind Regional Conference
What:  (Friday evening public presentation, conference Saturday all day, Sunday 'til noon)  More info TBA
Where: Iowa Lakeside Lab, Okoboji

Sat., March 18- Sun., March 19
Around the world
Fly Kites Not Drones 2017
What:  Yes! That time of year has arrived again; time for peace groups, schools, mosques, churches and concerned citizen around the world to dust off your kites and launch them into the sky in an act of resistance to weaponised drones, and solidarity to those living under drones. This global event coincides with Nao Roz, Persian New Year (21st March), a traditional time for kite flying in Afghanistan. To continue reading please go to

Tues., March 21
Ames, IA
Tested - Documentary & Discussion with Filmmaker Curtis Chin
What:  Tested, a new documentary by filmmaker Curtis Chin, explores the question of access to a high-quality public education, taking on such issues as affirmative action and the model-minority myth. The film follows a dozen families in New York City from different racial, socio-economic and religious backgrounds as they prepare to pass the grueling standardized test to get into one of the city's best high schools. It highlights how extreme the gaps in opportunity are for minority groups. Curtis Chin is a writer, producer and community activist and is currently a visiting scholar at New York University.
When:  7:00 PM @ Sun Room, Memorial Union (ISU campus)
More: Filmmaker Curtis Chin will provide brief opening comments and lead a discussion immediately following the 70-min documentary. Please check our web site:, Facebook or Twitter for changes and additions.
All events are free and open to the public.  Funded by Student Government and university departments and offices.

Wed., March 22
Iowa City
Go there, lean in
What:  The UI School of Social Work is hosting a series of teach-ins on skills for effective activism. March’s workshop will focus on lobbying the legislature.
When:  All sessions are brown-bag discussions held over the noon hour.
Where:  North Hall Rm 332, 20 West Davenport Street. (This building can be a bit hard to find if you aren't familiar with campus, so plan ahead. Map: A parking ramp is located right next to North Hall.)
Contact:  For more details, including information on accommodations, contact

Wed., March 22
Ames, IA
How to Change Attitudes toward LGBT Rights - Melissa Michelson & Brian F. Harrison
What:  Political scientists Melissa Michelson and Brian Harrison are co-authors of the newly released book Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes toward LGBT Rights. In it they explore how identity and communication affect attitudes about LGBT policies like marriage equality, employment non-discrimination legislation, and transgender rights.
When:  7:00 PM
Where:  @ Sun Room, Memorial Union  (ISU campus)
More: Michelson researches persuasive communication on issues such as transgender bathroom access. She holds a PhD in political science from Yale University and is a professor at Menlo College. Harrison's research focuses on political communication, public opinion and political behavior. He holds a master's degree in communication from DePaul University and PhD in political science from Northwestern University, where he currently teaches. Please check our web site:, Facebook or Twitter for changes and additions.  All events are free and open to the public.  Funded by Student Government and university departments and offices

Thurs., March 23
Des Moines
A free screening of “Race to Nowhere”
What:  There will be a free screening of “Race to Nowhere” .
When:  6:30pm
Where: in the sanctuary of Aldersgate United Methodist Church (3600 75th Street, Urbandale). 
More:  Race to Nowhere is a call to action for families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.  This event is sponsored by Polk County Suicide Coalition and funded by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Iowa Chapter. For information about the film, visit

Mon., March 27
Ames, IA
The Voiceless - Film & Discussion 
What:  Filmmaker Vanessa McNeal, a graduate of Iowa State, premiers her documentary "The Voiceless," which features the stories of five men and their experiences as victims of sexual violence. The film explores the taboos and stereotypes of sexual violence against men and their impact on male survivors. McNeal will provide opening remarks before a screening of the hourlong documentary, after which subjects featured in the film will join in a discussion about ways to support male survivors.
When:  6:00 PM @ Great Hall, Memorial Union  (ISU campus)
More: The film was co-produced by PLVTO Productions and was funded by the Iowa Board of Regents and the University of Northern Iowa, where McNeal is currently a graduate student. Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Please check our web site:, Facebook or Twitter for changes and additions.  All events are free and open to the public.  Funded by Student Government and university departments and offices.

Beginning March 27
Des Moines
“Hunger for Change”- 8 week module
What:  This spring, 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 study, rich dialogue, and an immersion experience. 
When:  The module will take place on Monday evenings from 6-8pm, beginning on March 27. 
More & Contact:    For more information or to register, visit or contact Susie Tierney at or 515-782-3054.  Click here for an information flyer.  

Thurs., March 30
Ames, IA
How to Interpret the Bible - Mary Healy
What:  The question of how to interpret the Bible has exercised some of the greatest minds in history, and in modern times new forms of interpretation have emerged. Mary Healy, a professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, shares her perspective, addressing such questions as Should scripture be interpreted literally or spiritually? What do we do with apparent contradictions and historical inaccuracies? and How do we understand Genesis 1-3 in light of modern science? Healy, a senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, is currently involved in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture project, a series of commentaries that interpret scripture from within the heart of the Catholic Church. She is author of its first volume, The Gospel of Mark. Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series
When:  7:00 PM
Where:  @ Sun Room, Memorial Union (ISU campus) 
More:  Please check our web site, Facebook or Twitter for changes and additions.
All events are free and open to the public.  Funded by Student Government and university departments and offices.

Thurs., March 30
Ames, IA
Main Street versus Wall Street in Historical Perspective - David Weiman
What:  David Weiman is Alena Wels Hirschorn '58 Professor of Economics at Barnard College and faculty director of its innovative Empirical Reasoning Center. He has been honored with the Economic History Association‚Äôs Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economic History. Weiman specializes in 19th- and 20th-century U.S. economic history and the political economy of contemporary U.S. criminal justice policy. His current research focuses on the evolution of the U.S. banking-monetary system from Jackson’s Bank War to the formation of the Federal Reserve. Phi Beta Kappa Lecture and part of the National Affairs Series. 
When:  8:00 PM
Where:  @ Great Hall, Memorial Union (ISU campus)
More:  Please check our web site:, Facebook or Twitter for changes and additions.  All events are free and open to the public.  Funded by Student Government and university departments and offices.

Sat., April 1
Des Moines
Catholic Peace Ministry's Annual Bishop Dingman Peace Award
What: Food and fellowship; keynote address by Carmen Lampe-Zeitler; Peace Award Recipients: Carmen Lampe-Zeitler and Barbara Hans (posthumously)
When: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Holy Trinity, 2926 Beaver Ave., Des Moines
More:  Suggested price for this fundraiser: $40/person at the door
To reserve your spot, email:

Beginning April 2017
Urbandale, IA
Intro to Contemplative Leadership group
What:  Beginning in April, Janet Drey will be facilitating a new "Intro to Contemplative Leadership" group.  The group will explore contemplative leadership beginning with the inner life and assisting leaders to discover and explore an anchored place of stillness from which to meet the active demands and decisions that they face day to day.  The curriculum will evolve exploration of socially engaged contemplative practices for individuals and groups.
When:  The group will meet the first Thursday of each month from 8-10 a.m.
Where:  Covenant Christian Church, 2700 72nd St., Urbandale. 
Contact:  For more information, contact Janet at 515-314-1440 or via email at For a flyer, click HERE.

Monday, April 3
Ames, IA
America and the Middle East: Shifting Sands in the Security Relationship - Deborah Jones
What:  Ambassador Deborah K. Jones, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, recently stepped down as the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, a position she held May 2013 through 2015. She also served as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Kuwait from 2008 to 2011 and as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey from 2005 to 2007. Additional overseas assignments include posts in Iraq, Tunisia, Syria, Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates. Ambassador Jones has also served as Senior Faculty Advisor for National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College and prior to her post in Libya was Scholar-in-Residence at the Middle East Institute. World Affairs Series
When:  8:00 PM
Where:  @ Great Hall, Memorial Union, ISU   
More:  Please check our web site, Facebook or Twitter for changes and additions.
All events are free and open to the public.  Funded by Student Government and university departments and offices.

Thurs., April 6- Sat., April 8
Des Moines
Iowa Interfaith Exchange & A Spectrum of Faith
What:  The Iowa Interfaith Exchange, hosted at Drake University, features the book launch on April 6 of our student-written photo-narrative about religion in the greater Des Moines area: A Spectrum of Faith, published by the Drake Community Press. Register columnist Rekha Basu will host the book launch, which will include a keynote presentation and kick-off lecture by Eboo Patel. A two-day interfaith conference to be led by Patel’s Interfaith Youth Core follows on April 7-8, with a celebratory cocktail reception at 5:30 PM on the 7th at the Des Moines Social Club.
There is no cost to register for the conference, and snacks and light breakfasts will also be available at no cost.
To Register & for more info:  click here.
Iowa Interfaith Exhange has reserved blocks of rooms at both the Holiday Inn Express next to campus and the Holiday Inn Express downtown.  [The former is cheaper and walkable to Drake ($99/night): 1140 24th St, 515.255.4000
The latter is nicer and includes a free shuttle to Drake ($149/night): 333 SW 11th St, 515.657.8181 ]

Fri., April 7- Sun., April 9
Huntsville, Alabama
Pivot Toward War: U.S. Missile Defense & the Weaponization of Space- 25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & Protest
What:  Join us for the Global Network’s 25th anniversary Space Organizing Conference and Protest at the home of Redstone Arsenal and the Space & Missile Defense Command, also known as the ‘Pentagon of the South’. This conference will allow citizens to learn more about these important issues and meet leaders from the growing international movements to Keep Space for Peace and Stop NATO expansion.
More:  Registration for the conference will be on a sliding scale between $25-$75 (pay what you can best afford).  Lunch and supper on April 8 are included in your registration fee.  You can register online using the GN’s web site Donate Now button.

Sun., April 9
Des Moines
Palm Sunday Procession and Prayer Service for Peace
What:  The annual Procession starts at 3 pm at Grace United Methodist Church (3700 Cottage Grove) and goes to First Christian Church (25th and University) –where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in 1959.   Participants are invited to carry placards with Dr. King’s words calling for peace with justice.  The Prayer Service begins at 3:30 pm at First Christian Church.  It will include Dr. King’s sermon delivered at Riverside Church 50 years ago in April.  The call of the service will be to end “racism, militarism, and materialism” and move toward what Dr. King called the Beloved Community.  People are invited to participate in the Procession, Service, and both.
Contact:  For more information, contact Carmen Lampe Zeitler at 515.210.4400, or


1.)     A message from Iowans Against the Death Penalty:

Dear Friends, Iowans Against the Death Penalty is relieved to announce that an effort to reinstate the death penalty in Iowa will not move forward during the 2017 Iowa legislative session. Two bills had been filed in the Iowa Senate last week. One of the two bills was referred to subcommittee, but the bill was not acted on in order to meet the necessary funnel deadlines to move forward.

Since 1962 when Iowans Against the Death Penalty was founded, the organization has led the effort to keep Iowa an abolition state. Please consider joining the organization as an individual ($15 annual) or as an organization ($50) in order to help us maintain our vigil and to keep organizations and individuals connected on this cause.
 Please see the link below:

2.)     From Catholic Peace Ministry:  Sadly, SSB 1172 passed out of subcommittee.

Now, let’s mobilize our congregations, constituents, friends, and allies to stop it there. Immediate suggested steps:  contact your senator and the senate leadership THIS COMING WEEK and ask them not to bring this bill to the floor; this is a bad bill that is unfunded, unnecessary, creates tremendous liabilities for cities and taxpayers, and also fosters discrimination against minorities especially those foreign born or perceived as such. The situation right now for our friends and neighbors is very serious.

Please think of anyone you may know in the Indianola/Winterset area and Estherville/Forest City area who would be willing stand up and be counted as opposed-- to call the senators below as their constituents. We need to do this quickly. Please also feel free to learn more about these senators and develop some angles they may be more open to hearing with regard to this issue.

It is best to call and follow up with an email, if you can't speak with them face-to-face.

***Many refugees and those who seek a better life are victims of U.S. wars of aggression (e.g. Iraq) and others such as U.S. foreign policy in Central America especially. This is in response to CPM's mission to use prayer, dialogue and action to pursue peace.

You may contact these Senators, who are sponsoring the bill, and your own state legislators.

3.)      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. Monday and Friday volunteers are especially welcomed.  If interested contact Mary at 515-286-3695.Hope House (a Catholic Worker House of Hospitality in Dubuque, IA) is looking for volunteers who wish to join us in our mission of hospitality to the homeless and to communally form a vision for its continued operation. There is no “ideal” candidate.
Are you being called? Please contact us.  1592 Locust St., Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 582-9079

4.)     View new Documentary on the Israel/ Palestine occupation: The occupation of the American mind. You can see trailor and
learn more here


Thurs., April 13
Ames, IA
The Colorado River: The Years of Living Dangerously - Anne Castle
What:  Anne Castle served as assistant secretary for water and science in the U.S. Department of the Interior from 2009 to 2014. She is currently a senior fellow at the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment, part of the University of Colorado Boulder School of Law, and will discuss current efforts to create a more sustainable Colorado River system, including the groundbreaking engagement with Mexico to protect and restore this shared resource. 
When:  8:00 PM
Where:  @ Great Hall, Memorial Union , ISU
More:  A 1981 alumna of Colorado Law, Castle has worked on water law and policy since the beginning of her career. While at the Interior Department, she oversaw the Bureau of Reclamation, the nation’s largest water wholesaler, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Ronald Lecture Series in Environmental Conservation.  Please check our web site, Facebook or Twitter for changes and additions.
All events are free and open to the public.  Funded by Student Government and university departments and offices.

Tues., April 18
Ames, IA
Cyber-Sabotage: The History and Politics of Russian-American Hacking - Fred Kaplan
What:  Fred  Kaplan is a journalist who writes a national security column for Slate magazine, and has penned five books about American politics.  His most recent book, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War (Simon and Schuster), chronicles the long history of hacking between the United States and Russia. The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War was a 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist. He has written for the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, Foreign Affairs and the New York Times, and has a doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
When:  7:00 PM

Where:  @ Great Hall, Memorial Union  -  ISU
More:  Please check our web site, Facebook or Twitter for changes and additions.
All events are free and open to the public.  Funded by Student Government and university departments and offices.

Wed., April 19
Iowa City
Step in, Stop it
What:  The UI School of Social Work is hosting a series of teach-ins on skills for effective activism. April’s workshop will focus on bystander intervention skills practice.
When:  All sessions are brown-bag discussions held over the noon hour.
Where:  North Hall Rm 332, 20 West Davenport Street. (This building can be a bit hard to find if you aren't familiar with campus, so plan ahead. Map: A parking ramp is located right next to North Hall.)
Contact:  For more details, including information on accommodations, contact

Thurs., April 20
Des  Moines
Changing the Conversation about Poverty
What:  Highland Park Community Church, Two Rivers Church and Regenerate are hosting, “Changing the Conversation about Poverty.”
When:  1-4pm

Where:   Student Center Viking Theater Auditorium at Grand View University. For more information, please click here for a flyer.

Sat., April 22
Iowa City
5k Run/Walk in honor of Barbara Schlacter, Aprill 22 (Earth Day)

Sun., April 23- Sat., April 29
Join Voices for Creative Nonviolence, CODEPINK, Veterans For Peace, Nevada Desert Experience and other activists at Creech Air Force Base, Indian Springs, Nevada for a 3rd national mobilization of nonviolent resistance to shut down killer drone operations in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and everywhere. In 2005, Creech Air Force Base secretly became the first U.S. base in the country to carry out illegal, remotely controlled assassinations using the MQ-1 Predator drones, and in 2006, the more advanced Reaper drones were added to its arsenal.  Creech drone personnel sit behind computers in the desert north of Las Vegas and kill “suspects” thousands of miles away.  In 2014, it was leaked that the CIA’s criminal drone assassination program, officially a separate operation from the Air Force’s, has been piloted all along by Creech’s super-secret Squadron 17.  Creech is where the drone killing started, it will be where we end it! To learn more please go to Shut Down Creech!

Sat., April 29
Des Moines and across the country
The People's Climate March
What:  The People’s Climate March now says: "On April 29th, we will march for our families. We will march for our air, our water, and our land. We will march for clean energy jobs and climate justice. We will march for our communities, the people we love, and for peace."
To our knowledge, a number of the major organizations sponsoring the march have never come out for peace before. We welcome this progress. Now it's up to us to join in!
Please sign on to participate in D.C. or locally at

Mon., May 1 (application due date)
America to Cuba
Join the Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba
What: If you want to learn about the REAL Cuba, talk to the REAL people and go 'beneath the surface', then join our 28th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba this July, and be a part of challenging the US economic blockade of Cuba.
 When:  Dates
July 11-12       Orientation in Mexico City
July 13           Fly to Santa Clara, Cuba
July 13-27       Caravan visit to Guantanamo, Santiago
and Villa Clara provinces
July 27           Fly back from Santa Clara to Mexico City
July 28           Reverse Challenge - fly back to US
More:  Cost of program- $1650
plus travel to Mexico City and back from US at own expense.
 Our Caravan this year will spend a full 2 weeks in Cuba, following a mandatory 2 day orientation period in Mexico City. We will fly into and out of Santa Clara in the center of Cuba where we will participate in the 50th Anniversary of the death of Che Guevara. We will then travel by bus to the Eastern provinces of Guantanamo and Santiago.
 In Guantanamo we will witness the reconstruction process after the massive devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.
We will also visit, from the outside, the US military base at Guantanamo Bay,  and the neighboring Cuban town of Caimanera to learn about the impact the presence of the base has on that community.  In Santiago, the cradle of the revolution, we will visit the cemetery where Fidel Castro's ashes were recently interred. Our time in Eastern Cuba will include participation in the July 26th festivities celebrating the attack on the Moncada Barracks which signaled the beginning of the Cuban Revolution.
 We will be staying in dormitory accommodation and the weather will be HOT, so be prepared for and be medically fit enough to withstand a challenging trip.
 We go to Cuba as a conscious act of civil disobedience in the spirit of the US civil rights movement. We will be committing the civil offense of unlicensed travel to Cuba. In the years 2005 and 2006 all adult Caravanistas received letters threatening fines from the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the department of the US Treasury responsible for implementing the US economic blockade of Cuba, though in the end no further action was taken. Since then there has been nothing, but we cannot predict what stance the Trump administration will take.
 Application forms are available from
 Deadline to apply:-  May 1st 2017

Fri., May 5 – Sun., May 7
St. Louise, MO
War Tax Resistance Gathering
What:  More info and registration form will be on our website and/or in the mail soon-

Sun., June 11- Tues., June 13, 2017
Washington, D.C.
June CCL (Climate Change Lobby) Conference and Lobby Day in DC
What:  The 2017 CCL/CCE conference and lobby day is set for June 11-13 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Registration will open the second week of January. As with this year's conference and lobby day, there will be a limited number of lobbying slots, so be sure to register early if you plan to meet with congressional offices.

Thursday, July 27 – Sunday, July 30
Chicago, IL
WILPF US 33rd Triennial Congress 2017
What:  Our 2017 Congress is set for Chicago! The conference center and dorm rooms are located on the University of IL-Chicago campus, near the restaurant scenes of Little Italy and Greek Town, as well as within “marching” distance of Jane Addams’s Hull House, our founder’s premier example of a working social democracy.
Contact:  Any questions, please feel free to contact our Congress Coordinator, Chris Wilbeck at 515-229-6988 or

Thurs., Oct., 19- Oct. Sun., Oct. 22
Kansas City, MO
World War I Symposium
What:  Remembering Muted Voices:  Conscience, Dissent, Resistance, and Civil Liberties in World War I through Today
When: contact 816 739 4986
Where:  National World War I Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, MO, USA
 c/o 189 Oak Hill Cluster
MO 64057, USA

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


Des Moines
WILPF Book group
What:  Book group starting back this fall- will be reading MadHouse Effect by Dr. Michael Mann
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).


1st Monday of the month
Des Moines
WILPF & DM Move to Amend meeting
What:  (beginning in October) Des Moines Move To Amend Working Group will combine 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 


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.

2nd & 4th Wednesdays of month
Immigration Working Group
What: see contact below for more info
When:  4 pm
Where: NEIPJC, 119 Winnebago St.


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


#sayhername,  Honor women
What:  Please help us honor the women who are too often left out of the conversation and history books.
In solidarity with #blacklivesmatters and #sayhername campaigns, the Peace and Justice Center will honor the work and sacrifice of women. Over the next several weeks, we will gather to read brief biographies of women, past and present, who have promoted racial justice and women who have died as a result of state violence. Following the readings, there will be a moment of vigil and time for conversation. Please help us honor the women who are too often left out of the conversation and history books.
When:  1-2 pm
Where:  PJC (Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center)  119 Winnebago St.
More:  For more information or to offer assistance please contact Katie Becker at


Fridays 4:30 - 5 p.m.
Iowa City
Peace Vigil
What: Members of local peace groups gather to demonstrate for peace.
Where:  Intersection of Iowa Ave. & Clinton St., Iowa City


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)


Fridays 2 – 3 p.m.
Friday Happy Hour (coffee and tea!)
What:   Did you hear? The PJC is having a Friday Happy Hour each week! Bring something good or uplifting that you found out this week and we'll provide the coffee, tea, and treats. Because it can't be bad news all the time, and spending time sharing happy news is good for you!