Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Walking the Migrant Trail

By Lucinda Douglas

It was hot.  It was dry.  It was dusty.  The wind was blowing.  I was tired.  I didn’t want to walk anymore.  It was only the third day.  My mind kept wandering toward cold, cool, water with ice cubes. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Will ‘The Last Jedi’ betray Luke Skywalker’s turn toward nonviolence?

By David Goodner
Reprinted with permission, first published by Waging Nonviolence

With new Star Wars movie “The Last Jedi” approaching release next week, fan theories abound about the possibility of Luke Skywalker becoming a so-called “Grey Jedi,” a knight who rejects dogmatic views about good and evil and strives to balance the Light and Dark sides of the Force. In other words, many fans want Skywalker to become an even deadlier warrior, while still claiming to be one of the good guys.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Response to the Report on OWFP

By Keith Sheller

As an Iowa commercial farmer, I would like to take issue with some of the charges against the premises of the World Food Prize.

Report on Occupy the World Food Prize

Intro by Mike Miles

Thanks to our lawsuit against the World Food Prize and the Iowa State Legislature we have gained legal access to the Capitol grounds for our 6th annual Occupy the World Food Prize Resistance Action.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

“Moria is like a Prison” CPTer’s reflection on Lesvos Island, Greece

By: Michael Himlie, reprinted with permission, first published Sept. 25, 2017 on

“Moria is like a prison” stated a Kurdish refugee at a demonstration outside the camp. This is a phrase said by nearly every refugee I meet and talk with on Lesvos. “Moria is like a prison” I hear again as I walk alongside the four meter tall fence lined with razor wire, riot police on my other side.

Friday, October 6, 2017

"I spy"... a reflection from a medical student helping Iowa migrants with healthcare

By Amanda Mclearn- Montz

“I spy something blue…” I was driving through the Iowa countryside with two kids, and we were passing the time with the classic “I Spy” game. We spied the things most people see when they traverse Iowa: corn, cows, cars, rivers. We also spied something hidden to most eyes: the migrant worker camp where the kids lived.

Climate Change affecting Iowans now

By Makayla Tendall, The Gazette, Sep 21, 2017 at 9:33 pm--  reprinted with permission

CEDAR RAPIDS — While the topic of climate change continues to be debated across the nation, scientists at an Iowa Ideas panel Thursday discussed how the global issue is affecting Iowans, especially farmers.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Celebration of Int’l Day of Peace held in Des Moines Sept. 21

By Christine Sheller

On the International Day of Peace, Thursday, September 21st, as begun by the United Nations, the city of Des Moines and surrounding communities came together to celebrate peace.  It was planned by the Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace and held at Cowles Commons, the peace garden adjoining Capital Square in downtown Des Moines.  There were many cosponsors, including Iowa Peace Network.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Does Property Destruction Advance Progressive Social Change?

by Dr David Drake, DM Reg., Sept 11, 2017

I was recently invited along with a group of social change activists to attend a private gathering at the Des Moines Catholic Worker Berrigan House with two young women — Jessica Reznicek, 36, and Ruby Montoya, 27.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

"Bishop Pates please Teach, Test & Grade the DM Drone Command Center" Vigil Report

By Frank Cordaro

      Big thank you to Kathy Kelly who spoke Sat. night for our Aug 5-9 24/7 vigil at St Ambrose Cathedral in DM. Kathy gave use personal accounts of people she's met who were victims of US bombings and drone killings in Iraqi, Syria, Palestine/ Gaza & Afghanistan.  Since we knew we would likely be outdoors, we billed Kathy's talk from the steps of St Ambrose. As it was, she actually talked from the public side walk in front of the Cathedral to a crowd of 25. It was personal,  it was gripping and moving, using the stories of real people and their tragedies to connect the dots and work of the DM Armed Drone Command to the end results of their armed drone mission.