Upcoming Events


Thurs., Dec. 2


Lecture “Turtule Island to Palestine-  Settler- Colonialism, Resistance, and Solidarity”  

What:  Join Canadian Friends of Sabeel on Thursday 2 December.

When: 6 pm CST;  at 7pm ET

Where:  Register here.

More:   Join Canadian Friends of Sabeel to the Virtual James Graff Memorial Lecture with Alma Brooks and Dr. Rashid Khalidi to discuss settler-colonialism, resistance, and solidarity from Turtle Island to Palestine.

Alma Brooks is a Maliseet grandmother from the St. Mary’s First Nation in New Brunswick. She is a lifelong learner in the area of the environment – from her spiritual roots to the action on the front lines of many protests, demonstrations and campaigns. Presently, she is also working to raise funds for the Wabanaki Environmental Defense Fund to re-establish traditional forms of Indigenous governance in their territory, while actively working with local, national, and international partners to prevent ongoing and immediate threats to local lands and waters.

Rashid Khalidi is Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University. He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1970 and a D. Phil. from Oxford University in 1974. Khalidi is author of eight books, including The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler-Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017 (2020), and Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (rev. ed. 2010). He has written op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, and many other newspapers, and has appeared widely on TV and radio in the US and abroad.


Thurs., Dec. 2


National Planning Zoom Mtg. for celebrating 1st anniversary of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

What:  It was one year ago on January 22 that nuclear weapons finally reached their rightful status under international law – banned!

Just as a year ago, when over 100 actions across the US celebrated the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, this January 22, 2022 we will again take to the streets. Begin planning your local action now to mark the anniversary, congratulate the countries that have ratified the ban since then, and pressure the United States to sign onto the nuclear ban treaty.

Please join the Nuclear Ban Treaty Collaborative and Nukewatch in a planning meeting this Thursday,  December 2 to help maximize the global impact of this historic anniversary. We envision a variety of coordinated, nationwide public actions that spotlight the nuclear ban treaty as a victory for humanity on this historic day.

When: Thursday, Dec 2, 2021 -- 8 PM Eastern(US); 7PM Central; 6PM Mountain; 5PM Pacific

Where:  Registration is required in advance, and here is where you do it:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Registration is open now


“Faith and Racial Equity- Exploring Power and Privilege” from JustFaith Ministries

What:  This is the first class of winter programming from JustFaith, along with the Center for Social Ministry, based in Des Moines.

When: Sundays, Feb 6 - March 27, 2022, from 3-5 p.m. 

Duration: 8 weeks and retreat on January 30, 2022 (2-5 p.m.) 

Location: Online

Where:  Information & Registration here.


Registration Open now


Book Club “The End of Ice” by Dahr Jamail

What:  In January 2022, World BEYOND War will be holding a weekly discussion each of four weeks of The End of Ice with the author Dahr Jamail as part of a small group WBW book club limited to a group of 18 participants (it says 17 for online registration because 1 person has registered by check). We will send each participant a paperback copy of the book. We'll let you know which parts of the book will be discussed each week along with the Zoom details to access the discussions.

When: For one hour on four Wednesdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26, 2022. The time is 7 pm CST;  5 p.m. Pacific, 8 p.m. Eastern, 2 a.m. Central European, and so forth (noon the next day in Sydney, 2 p.m. in Aukland):

Where:  Zoom (details to be shared upon registration)  Click hereto Register and for more info

Registration Open!  January 17- Feb. 27


"War and the Environment"- Online Course

What:  World Beyond War is now accepting registrations for a six-week online course (done on your schedule, apart from a few optional zoom calls) to begin in mid-January. The course will survey the environmental impact of militarism and the range of nonviolent activism being done for peace and planet.

Can you please share this online course announcement with your lists and friends?

When:  Topics for the six weeks are as follows:

Week 1: Where Wars Happen and Why

Week 2: What Wars Do to the Earth

Week 3: What Imperial Militaries Do to the Earth Back Home

Week 4: What Nuclear Weapons Have Done and Could Do

Week 5: How This Horror Is Hidden and Maintained

Week 6: What Can Be Done



Fri., Dec. 3


“Cyber Threats and Nuclear Weapons: A Book Talk" with Herb Lin, Ph.D.

What: Streaming online from Washington, DC.  Speaker: Herbert Lin, Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.

When:  11 am CST; 12:00 EST

Where:  Register here.

Sponsor: Arms Control Association.

Shared by:  Nuclear Calendar from FCNL


Fri., Dec. 3


“Can the Iran Nuclear Deal Be Revived?” webinar

What:  Streaming online from Washington, DC. Speakers: Mahsa Rouhi, National Defense University; Eric Brewer, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Trita Parsi, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.

When:  1 pm CST; 2:00 PM EST

Where:  Register here.

Sponsor: Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.

Shared by:  Nuclear calendar from FCNL

Fri., Dec. 3


“Immigration in Iowa”

What: Presenter: Erica Johnson, Founding Executive Director, Iowa MMJ

Hear the latest news, information, and stories from the work of the newly founded immigrants’ rights organization, Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice. Erica Johnson from Iowa MMJ will discuss what changes since the new administration are having an impact in our state and how Iowans can be involved in making sure Iowa is welcoming and inclusive for all.

When:  12:00-1:00 PM

Where:  Pleaseregister in advance for this event. After registering you will receive an email containing information about joining the meeting.

Sun., Dec. 5


Palestinian Cooking Class fundraising event for On Earth Peace

What:   On December 5, join members of the On Earth Peace Board for a time of cooking and community.  Be led by Marcelle Zoughbi in making Mujadara - rice with lentils and onion and Palestinian salad. This is a great dish for vegetarians and everyone! Full of protein, filling, and good for the environment!  To get you excited for this event and for Palestinian food, here's a lesson for baking basbousa - a great project to do with kids!  Thanks to our Children's Peace Formation Organizer, Hadil, and her family for teaching us.  (Ingredient list below.)

When:  3:00 pm CST; 4:00pmET. 

Where:  Register here. (Tickets required- see below)

More:  Purchase tickets for this event by visiting www.OnEarthPeace.org/cooking_class.

Tickets provide entry into the ZOOM event for you and your family.  You will receive an ingredients list prior to the cooking class so that you can join ready to cook together.  (Ingredients not included in the ticketed fee.)

Tickets are required for this fundraising event.

$25 for general admission.

$100 to support yourself and 3 others.

Or pay what you can (initial $1 through ticketing platform and additional contribution at www.OnEarthPeace.org/donate).

For ingredient info for the basbousa, free demonstration, email iowapeacenetwork@gmail.com, I will pass them along.

Sun., Dec. 5


Palestinian Cooking Class- On Earth Peace Fundraiser

What:  Join members of the On Earth Peace Board for a time of cooking and community.  Be led by Marcelle Zoughbi in making Mujadara - Rice with lentils and onion and Palestinian salad. This is a great dish for vegetarians and everyone! Full of protein, filling, and good for the environment!

When:  3 pm CST; 4 pm EST

Where:  onearthpeace.org/cooking_class

More:  Purchase tickets for this event by visiting www.OnEarthPeace.org/cooking_class.

Tickets provide entry into the ZOOM event for you and your family.  You will receive an ingredients list prior to the cooking class so that you can join ready to cook together.  (Ingredients not included in the ticketed fee.)

Tickets are required for this fundraising event.

$25 for general admission.

$100 to support yourself and 3 others.

Or pay what you can (initial $1 through ticketing platform and additional contribution at www.OnEarthPeace.org/donate).

Mon., Dec. 6- Thurs., Dec. 9


UMC (United Methodist Church)’s Church and Society presents upcoming webinar series “Climate & Community: A Faithful Action for Climate Justice”

What:  This webinar series promises new opportunities for United Methodists (and others) to learn about climate change and how to be part of sustainable solutions.

When & Where:  Clickhere for more info and to register.

Next: Tues., Dec. 6; see below for other dates for other topics


MindSpring Mental Health Alliance webinars

What:  Learn moreabout Mindspring

When:  Webinars:  Managing Stress and Burn-Out with Professionals- Mon., Dec. 6

                                Understanding Eating Disorders- Tues., Dec. 7

                                 Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder- Wed., Dec. 8

Where:  Register herefor these free webinars (and more upcoming). 

Tues., Dec. 7


Screening of short film “The People’s Patriarch”

What:  Join CMEP (Churches for Middle East Peace) for a screening of a short film The People's Patriarch about the life, ministry, and advocacy of His Beatitude Michel Sabbah followed by remarks from His Beatitude as well as a Question and Answer time with him. His Beatitude Michel Sabbah served as the Archbishop and Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem from 1987 to 2008, the first non-Italian to do so in over five centuries, and is an outspoken defender of Palestinian rights. Moderating the post-film discussion will be Kevin Clarke, Senior Editor for America Magazine joined by CMEP's executive director Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon.

When & Where:  The film screening will take place virtually on December 7, 2021 at 11:00 am Eastern (10 am CST)  Click here to register.

Tues., Dec. 7


Charlie Cook Virtual Free Lecture

What:  The Harkin Institute is pleased to welcome back renowned political analyst Charlie Cook for his annual lecture, An Evening with Charlie Cook, to share his insights and analysis on the state of American politics, including challenges in Congress, redistricting and issues on voters' minds ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. After his lecture, Cook will answer questions from the audience. Regarded by many as one of the leading authorities on the U.S. political scene, Charlie Cook provides a yearly lecture on American politics for the Drake University and Des Moines communities.

When:  7:00 p.m.

Where:  Register here.

More:  Cook is a political analyst for National Journal magazine, founder of and contributor to the Cook Political Report, and a National Advisory Council member for The Harkin Institute. 

Wed., Dec. 8


Webinar: “How do we end US Sanctions on Iran?” From World Beyond War

What:  This free, public webinar will cover the history of U.S. sanctions on Iran, whether they have had the intended effects (and what those are), what effects they have had, what the status is of the JCPOA nuclear agreement, and new ideas for activism to end the sanctions.

When:  3 pm CST (Iowa); (The timing will be December 8, 2021, at 21:00 UTC (very similar to GMT), 1 p.m. in Berkeley, 3 p.m. in Little Rock and Winnipeg, 4 p.m. in Toronto and New York, 5 p.m. in Halifax, 9 p.m. in London, 10 p.m. in Rome and Stockholm, and December 9, 2021, at 12:30 a.m. in Tehran, 8 a.m. in Sydney, 10 a.m. in Auckland.)

Where:  Click here toregister.

Last day to sign up for tickets- Thurs., Dec. 9; Film screening Dec. 10, 11, 12

Online and In person (For in-person see info at Dec. 12 spot)

Film Screening  “”No Time to Waste- The Urgent Mission of Betty Reid Soskin”

What:  As you know, NEIPJC (NorthEast Iowa Peace and Justice Center) relies on the generosity of our donors and we would like to do a little something to thank you for your support.

 So, for every individual donation made between now and December 9, 2021, you will receive a link to a complimentary weekend screening of an inspiring documentary, No Time to Waste – The Urgent Mission of Betty Reid Soskin!

 When & Where:  Use our website or the button at the end of this email to donate and be sure to include your email address.  On the evening of December 9th, check your email for your link to enjoy the film.  The link is valid for 72-hours only and will allow you to stream anytime over the weekend of December 10th, 11thand 12th.

More:  $10 donations are encouraged, however, the most important thing is for you to receive the opportunity to learn about and from this amazing woman.  Betty began her work as a National Park Ranger at 85 and turned 100 here in 2021! She’s still working.

 With gratitude for all of you and your support of Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center - Enjoy the film.

Sat., Dec. 11

Des Moines

Annual IPN Holiday Open House and Alternative Gift Fair- NOTE TIME CHANGE

What:  We are back in person! Enjoy fellowship and fair trade and alternative shopping at the Annual IPN Open House!  A presentation will be given by Jeffrey Weiss at 2:30 pm, "Human Rights and the State of the World 2021" in the sanctuary.  Enjoy refreshments (safely individually wrapped), bottled water, or bring your own hot beverage- we will have hot water available for you to fix with your tea or other, as well!   

When:  1:30- 4 pm

Where:  4001 56th St., Des Moines, IA- Des Moines Mennonite Church (where DM IPN office is located)

More:  Masks are requested for vaccinated and unvaccinated.  Items for sale will include Equal Exchange items such as olive oil, coffee, tea, and chocolate, textiles from Guatemala and Mexico, IPN pottery (from Russ and Jackie Leckband), and other IPN peace and justice items, as well as opportunities to donate in someone's name to various organizations such as Heifer International, Global Women's Project, and Church World Service.  Hope to see you there!

Sat., Dec. 11


“Nuclear Industry plans for space” webinar

What:  Manhattan Project for a Nuclear Free World is hosting an event featuring Bruce Gagnon of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.

When:  9:30 am CST; 10:30 am Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Where:  Register in advance for this meeting here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Sun., Dec. 12

Decorah, IA

In-Person Film Screening:  “NO TIME TO WASTE: The Urgent Mission of Betty Reid Soskin”

What: Prefer to watch this film in person? You can! Join us!  Freewill donations asked at the door. Masks required and vaccinations preferred.

When:  2:00 PM

Where:  Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center- NEIPJC - 119 Winnebago Street, Decorah, Iowa 52101

Mon., Dec. 13

Washington DC

Poor People’s Campaign for a Moral Monday March

What:  With the pandemics of systemic racism, poverty, voter suppression and COVID-19 still wreaking havoc on our daily lives, our democracy, and our nation’s social and moral infrastructure, we need Congress to pass voting rights protections and the Build Back Better plan before the end of the year. 

When & Where:  Join the Poor People’s Campaign for a Moral Monday March on Washington, DC on December 13, 2021 at 12pm ET to tell Congress: Get It Done in 2021!  RSVP here.

Sat., Dec. 18


Joy in the Dark:  Winter Solstice Nonviolence Retreat 2021 from Pace e Bene

What:  After a wonderful experience with our previous retreats in the last year, Veronica and Rivera are excited to bring you Joy In the Dark: Winter Solstice Nonviolence Retreat 2021 this December. In three one-hour segments with half hour breaks in between, you'll get to explore techniques for staying grounded and finding joy in seasons of darkness, and learn how to facilitate changes we need, personally and politically, in these transformative times. This retreat is part of Pace e Bene’s three-fold approach to practicing nonviolence toward ourselves, one another, and the whole world.

When:  12 pm to 3 pm CST;  11am-2pm PST

Where: Click here to register and for more info.

More:  Cost $40

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“Episode 369: The Warrior's Conscience” from Project to Save the World

What:  Corey Levine and Olivia Ward have both worked in Afghanistan during wartime. Pakistan-born Tariq Rauf, who is familiar with the country, works in Vienna, tracking the development of nuclear weapons technology in various countries. Tariq cites figures from a report on "The Cost of War," which leads to a discussion of drone killings. Are they less ethical than other possible means of fighting? What are the psychological effects on the remote drone launcher? This brings us to questioning the rationale for the west's fight against the Taliban and whether alternative means may be effective in curbing their war against women.

Where:  https://tosavetheworld.ca/episode-369-the-warriors-conscience/

Sponsor:  The Peace Magazine


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“Episode 370: What Sectarianism Has Done to Lebanon” from Project to Save the World

What:  Ayad Al Qazzaz is an Iraq-born sociology professor in California; Mustafa Bahran is a Yemen-born physicist at Carleton University and formerly the Minister of Energy in Yemen. They share a common conviction that the current crisis in Lebanon is just the latest in a series of disasters resulting from the country's sectarian constitution, which specifies that each of the main governmental offices be held by a member of a particular religious community. As a result, politicians in Lebanon are corrupt and all loyal to their religious community, as opposed to the Al Qazzaz notes that the French imposed this system on a reluctant population, but that it cannot easily be reversed. Moreover, the U.S. imposed a similar sectarian constitution on Iraq after the recent war there, and similar effects can be seen there today.

Where:  https://tosavetheworld.ca/episode-370-what-sectarianism-has-done-to-lebanon/

Sponsor:  The Peace Magazine


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“Space Alert ” with Lisa Savage, from Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Powers in Space

What:  Welcome back to another interview by the Global Network. Space Alert airs every month.

Please remember to support us by clicking the Like button and subscribing to our YouTube channel.

If you click the bell icon you can be notified every time we upload a new video.

 On this edition of Space Alert our guest is Lisa Savage from Solon, Maine. She talks with Bruce Gagnon about the deadly connections between space tech and climate crisis and her reactions to the COP26 summit in Glasgow.

More:  We thank GN board member Will Griffin for doing all the tech work to make this interview happen.

 You can help by sharing this video.


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“Stories from Stones” series by CPT- “What is al-Haram Delight?”

What:  In the old city of Al Khalil/Hebron with its narrow streets and ancient neighbourhoods, the smell of the famous sweet known as Al-Haram Delight wafts from the historical Palestinian factory. The “Seder Delight Factory” is one of the first factories to produce delights. It was established in 1820 during the Ottoman era, 201 years ago.

Where:  Watch here.


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Video:  “Cuba Defeats US Destabilization Attempts” from IFCO/ Pastors for Peace

What:  The people of Cuba outrightly rejected US-backed counter-revolutionary protests planned for November 15 called the “Civic March for Change.” Solidarity actions were organized in more than 80 cities across the globe in defense of the Cuban Revolution on the same day.

Where:  Watch here.


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Virtual Discussion:  “I I Need You to Survive - Belonging in a Radically Divided World”

What:   From Auburn Seminary: Thank you to everyone who joined us on Thursday, Nov. 18 for our virtual discussion, If you missed the event, you can watch the recording of our timely and spirit-provoking conversation.  Click here to view.


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Journalist Karl Grossman interviews Bruce Gagnon on his 39-year space organizing career at Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Powers in Space

What:  Lt. Gen. Daniel Graham: “We are moving into space. They don’t have a clue.”

 The Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space is the leading group internationally working to keep space for peace.

 In this Enviro Close-Up, Bruce Gagnon, its coordinator since it was established in 1992, details his impetus in challenging the turning of space into a war zone.

 He tells of hearing Lt. General Daniel O. Graham, head of the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative, nicknamed “Star Wars,” declaring as nearly a million people protested in New York City against nuclear weapons, “we are moving into space. They don’t have a clue. Let them keep doing what they are doing.”

Where:  Watch here.

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From Churches for Middle East Peace: Podcast with Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

What:  On November 1, The Practicing Gospel podcast released an interview with David Rayburn and CMEP's executive director Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon about her book Beyond Hashtag Activism: Comprehensive Justice in a Complicated Age. The podcast featured discussions about CMEP's work and the Middle East.

Where:  Click here tohear.


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Social media making you angry? 30 min. e-course from Braver Angels

What:   Join this free 30-minute e-course that will give you the knowledge and skills to avoid contributing to polarization online.

Where:  Sign up for Skills for Social Media

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Available through your favorite bookstore

Book has launched:  We Cry Justice: Reading the Bible with the Poor People's Campaign

What:  This book was edited by co-chair Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, and with a foreword by Rev. Barber.

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MFSA (Methodist Federation for Social Action) Fall Statewide Gathering

What: (MFSA is) excited that the presenter for our Fall Statewide Gathering (was) be the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Thompson on Oct. 30!   Her keynote address was “Stand Up and Speak Out: Moving From Silent Non-racist to Brave Anti-racist.” If you were unable to attend the recent Fall Statewide Gathering to hear the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Thompson, you are in luck!  It is now available on the Walnut Hill YouTube page. Enjoy!

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“Grace under (political) pressure?” Braver Angels podcast

What:  Kirsten Powers, senior political analyst at CNN and former Fox News contributor, joins Monica Guzman to share how it is we can make grace a habit even in the rough and tumble of politics and media.

Where:  Listen to the Braver Angels Podcast


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“361: Will China Keep Its No First Use Policy?” From Project to Save the World

What:  Often the question arises whether China will adhere forever to its expressed policy of never being first to use nuclear weapons. Ellen Judd sees no reason why it would change, and Aaron Tovish agrees. Both of them also agree that China's unlikely to go to war against Taiwan so long as there is no real change in Taiwan's claims. There have long been extensive trade relations between the two regimes. Tovish is part of a group that has written an open letter to the heads of several nuclear weapons states calling for a common declaration of No First Use policy. They want to gather thousands of endorsements over the next month. That letter will be accessible on the comments column of this show. Geimer suggests that the NATO states could also declare that they want to remain part of NATO for most purposes, but do not want to be included in any “extended deterrence" promise from the U.S. Geimer is creating a peace school in Victoria, B.C. and his email address is visible on the screen while he is speaking about the school.

Where:  https://tosavetheworld.ca/361-will-china-keep-its-no-first-use-policy/


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Video on ‘role of the U.S. Space Command’

What:  Each month Afghanistan/Iraq war veteran Will Griffin makes another space issues video for the Global Network.  His latest tells the story about the history and role of the U.S. Space Command. (He also explains the confusing difference between the Space Command and the new Space Force.)

 He uses historic film footage to illustrate the video which includes interviews with astronomer Carl Sagan, Ronald Reagan and more.

Where:   You can watch this latest video on the Space Command here

More:  The GN has created quite a catalog of Will's videos which can be seen at our YouTube page here.

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Free database of peace and nonviolence resources

What:  World BEYOND War's Technology Director Marc Eliot Stein, working with the rest of our staff, has created an online database, easy to use and available to all.

Where:  at https://worldbeyondwar.org/resources

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Presentation through WILPF (Des Moines branch) with Daoud Nassar, Tent of Nations Director

What:  Daoud Nassar sends a newsletter from time to time letting us know the latest from their educational and environmental farm covering 400 dunams next to the village of Nahalin, on a hilltop southwest of Bethlehem.   Many of you attended our Congress Presentation and had the opportunity to hear directly from Daoud and ask questions regarding their struggles to keep their farm and their family safe from attacks by individuals in and around the five illegal settlements surrounding so much of the farm.  

Where:  Here's the link if you missed our presentation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atBUIUHEoBA&list=PLNz1wyPMccmG0-MGslrLUhibiWKFRL6-S&index=40


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Help Us Build Our Network!  From NIAC- Iowa  (National Iranian American Council)

What:  The first step YOU can take to help build power for the Iranian American community is to become a member of a local NIAC chapter near you!

Where:  Share this link to folks in your local area so they sign up, receive updates, and get involved with the local Iranian American community.


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Project To Save the World online discussions: recordings available to listen to

What:  Our friends can listen to them live at (11:30 am CST)12:30 Eastern Time and type in questions for us to ask the guest, or you can watch the edited version later on our YouTube channel. We have made over 340 shows already, and one of them is playing at every hour of every day for anyone in the world to watch.

Where:  Tune in to:


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List of events at World Beyond War website

What:  click here to see a list of events listed by World Beyond War

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Across the country

Contact U.S. Representatives on climate

What:   Citizens Climate Lobby is asking citizens to contact U.S. Representatives in support of climate legislation including a price on carbon and dividends returned to the American people. For more details, visit:



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Progressive Hub from RootsAction.org

What:  The new Progressive Hub is where you can find a unique blend of latest information and options for quick action. It's a site for learning about current developments -- and doing something about them -- at the same time.


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Order online

2022 Colors of Palestine calendars available

What:  (From Cathy at Resistance Art)  “I want to share with you the release of the 2022 “Colors from Palestine” Calendar. The calendar features 12 Palestinian artwork paying tribute to the role of the Palestinian women as the guardian and the protector of the Palestinian struggle and liberation.”   To view the artwork and order the calendar, please visit: https://resistanceart.com/gallery/

 For phone order and all other questions, please call 416-890-2331


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AFSC webinar on Policing and White Supremacy

What:  Take a look at the recording of our July webinar on Policing and White Supremacy.

In the webinar, we explore the ways that white supremacy and policing have been intertwined since the days of slave patrols, the impact of this connection, and what can be done about it. 

Where:  Click here to watch.

More:  Speakers: 

Aislinn Pulley (Co-Executive Director of Chicago Torture Justice Center and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Chicago);

Dylan Rodriguez (author and Professor at University of California, Riverside);

Yazan Zahzah (co-author of Why Treating White Supremacy as Domestic Terrorism Won't Work and How Not to Fall For It, and staff at Vigilant Love);

Jamala Rogers (Organization for Black Struggle, Ferguson/St. Louis, and author of Ferguson is America:  Roots of Rebellion);

and Tyler Wall ( Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and co-author of Police:  A Field Guide).

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Online or by Mail
Read “Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery”
What:  The (Anabaptist) Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition is a grassroots movement that encourages and organizes congregations to grapple with the implications of more than 500 years of the genocide, enslavement, and theft of Indigenous life and lands in the Western hemisphere.
We encourage settlers to take responsibility for learning, lamenting and finding ways to repair the historic injustices we benefit from today. Join us in advocacy and solidarity to challenge policies and practices that continue to exploit Indigenous communities around the globe, and support Indigenous sovereignty, self-determination, and protection of Earth!
Where:  Click here to download this paper, or sign up for a hard copy.
More:  Stories of Repair is a compilation of stories from across the Mennonite church in the US and Canada that offer “next steps” of reparative justice in response to the Doctrine of Discovery, from returning land to Indigenous communities, to including restitution funds in church budgets, to supporting Indigenous struggles to protect lands and waters.

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“Is America a Racist Nation?” National Coliseum Debate from Braver Angels
What:  Racist to our core? Hear compelling arguments for and against a provocative resolution as passionate speakers light up our latest Braver Angels debate.
Where:  Watch National Coliseum Debate: Is America a Racist Nation?


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Across Iowa

For Sale:  Black Lives Matter Signs

What:  The cost is $20.00. 

Contact: NEIPJC: www.neipjc.org

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See webinars going back several years from World Beyond War

Where:  Webinar access at https://worldbeyondwar.org/webinars/


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Letters to People Incarcerated (Iowa)

What:  Freedom for Immigrants is looking for people to write letters to people who are incarcerated.

Contact: rev.emily@trinitylasamericas.org or 970-471-1595.


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Podcast: U.S. Evangelicals' Support for Settlements

What:  CMEP's Executive Director participated in a conversation with Americans for Peace Now (APN) specifically addressing Evangelical Support of Israel's Settlement Enterprise. This webinar addressed questions like: What are the theological concerns at the core of evangelical support of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem? What material support for settlements in the occupied territories have American Christians provided? And what do U.S. churches who support Israel think about settlements?

More:  Click here tolisten.


Today and Ongoing


Braver Angels offers online 1:1 conversations

What:  Braver Angels offers online 1:1 conversations, where people who are different from each other engage in two structured, one-hour conversations. In Braver Angels fashion, this provides an opportunity for these two people to listen to and learn about each other. They share personal experiences, and set forth what they believe and hope for America. There are four types of one to one conversations: Red/Blue, Rural/Urban, Black/White, and Conversations About Race. Sign up, and we'll pair you with someone else for a conversation, depending on who else has signed up who's different from you.

These 1:1 conversations have received rave reviews. One person wrote, "Having this 1:1 conversation left me feeling 'Oh yes, THIS is why I joined Braver Angels! To better understand someone with a very different point of view,'" while another said, "I have a friend for life."

If you're interested, please learn more about Braver Angels 1:1 Conversations here, and sign up here.

Today and Ongoing

Across the country

Join Rural/ Small-Town Advisory council from Braver Angels

What:  Live in the country? In a small town?

We're expanding our Rural/Small-Town Dweller Advisory Council. We would love your ideas  -- and your participation! For more information about this Council and to sign up,click here.


Today and Ongoing


COVID-19 & Poverty Memorial Wall is available

What:  (From Poor People’s Campaign) "We mourn and we fight. The COVID-19 & Poverty Memorial Wall is a collective place to mourn and remember our friends, family members, and community members who have been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic and poverty. We welcome all to submit their memorials."

Today and Ongoing

Across the country

Write to Kings Bay activists who are in prison

What:  Iowa Connection: Carmen Trotta is a Grinnell College Grad and a former DMCW (Des Moines Catholic Worker). And Martha Hennessy - Dorothy Day's Grand Daughter gave the key note address at the DMCWer's 2011 - 35th Anniversary  the https://vimeo.com/30466450

After a year of waiting since being convicted after trial in October 2019, two of the seven KBP defendants began their sentences on Monday, December 14. Carmen Trotta and Martha Hennessy (reported) to two different Federal Correctional Institutions on December 14 (at) 2 pm. There is a great risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus in prisons which have four times the rate of the general community.

You may write:


Carmen Trotta #22561-021

FCI Otisville

Federal Correctional Institution

Satellite Camp

PO Box 1000

Otisville, NY 10963


Martha Hennessy #22560-021

FCI Danbury

Route 37

Danbury, CT 06811

Today and Ongoing

Online (contacts below to find out more) Des Moines

Des Moines SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice)

What:  Des Moines Standing Up for Racial Justice would like to offer several Direct Action opportunities to the Des Moines community during this time pandemic:

 -DSM SURJ Immigrant Rights or Education working groups, please contact dsmsurj@gmail.com

-Become involved in our Jail Visitation program as a volunteer or committee member, please contact dsmsurj@gmail.com

-Volunteer with Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a Des Moines-based mutual aid group. Click here to volunteer!

More:  For updated info see website here.



1.)(From Faithful America) We know this from Montessori schools and hands-on "Godly Play" Sunday School programs: The images and toys we show young children can shape their understanding of reality for decades to come. That’s especially true of Christmas memories.

That's why it's so important for Mattel stop inaccurately depicting the baby Jesus as a blond, white child in their Fisher Price "Little People Nativity."

Jesus was almost certainly a person of color. But selling a white Jesus toy isn't just untrue -- it also undermines the Gospel's message, fueling the very oppression Christ opposed. Throughout U.S. history, groups like the Ku Klux Klan have depicted Jesus as white in order to defend their hatred and discourage immigration.

As Professor Anthea Butler, author of "White Evangelical Racism," told Religion News Service, "Every time you see white Jesus, you see white supremacy."

Tell Mattel and Fisher Price: No more white Jesus toys>>


2.)(From Everytown for Gun Safety)  Everytown for Gun Safety and its volunteer grassroots networks Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action make up a powerful movement working to address all aspects of gun violence—a tragic part of daily life in the United States. It’s the leading cause of death for children and teens in America, and every day it kills more than 100 people and wounds hundreds more.

And we have some bad news: The gun lobby’s allies are at it again.

Members of the Pennsylvania State Senate worked under the cover of darkness to support the NRA’s desperate agenda. They passed extreme legislation that would allow permitless carry AND punish local governments that attempt to pass common-sense public safety laws. And it’s not just happening in Pennsylvania—these moves against gun safety are happening in more and more statehouses across the country, putting our communities at higher risk of violence. Add your name if you’re ready to fight back with Everytown for GunSafety against the gun lobby’s dangerous agenda.


3.)(From Food and Water Action) The year may be winding down, but at Food & Water Action, we're already gearing up for the 2022 legislative session. This will mark the fifth year that factory farm fighters have introduced legislation for a factory farm moratorium, and every year, support for a moratorium has only grown!

We know that the balance of power at the Capital is not yet in our favor. But despite the current makeup of the legislature, we're committed to growing the ranks of elected officials that support a moratorium.

Ask your elected officials to co-sponsor the 2022 FactoryFarm Moratorium Bill!


4.)(From Daily Kos) The looming threat to our freedom to vote is evident. Literally hundreds of voter suppression laws have been introduced in state legislatures, while relief through federal voting rights protections has been stalled again and again.

With the U.S. Senate scheduled to go into recess on December 13, we don't have much time for senators to finally deliver on promises to protect, defend, and expand our freedom to vote.

It is far past time that Congress secure fair and free elections, make sure we are ALL fairly represented in Congress no matter where we live or what we look like, and make it much harder for billionaires to hold politicians in their pockets.

Sign and send this petition to the U.S. Senate: Our freedomto vote MUST come before Senate vacation!


5.)(From Franciscan Peace Center)  TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Get Behind Diplomacy with Iran

 Returning to the Iran deal — which the United States unilaterally left – is a necessary requirement for effective, broader diplomacy with Iran. It is our chance for a long-term diplomatic approach to Iran that ultimately minimizes suffering and fosters a lasting peace. Win Without War invites us to tell Congress to publicly support diplomacy and to do everything in their power to ensure that the United States works to return to the Iran deal. TAKE ACTION


6.)(From Franciscan Peace Center)  TAKE ACTION: Repeal Iowa Anti-Voter Laws

 Despite a historic Presidential election turnout in 2020, Iowa enacted legislation in 2021 to make voting harder, disqualify voters easier, and make elections more difficult to administer.  The League of Women Voters explains the effects of these new voting laws and urges us to sign a petition to repeal the sections of Senate Files 413 and 568 that make it harder to vote. TAKE ACTION


7.)(From NIRS- Nuclear Information Resource Center)  The House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act which still includes over $35 billion in nuclear bailouts for corrupt corporations. Now the bill heads to the Senate where we have one more chance to STOP the nuclear bailout!

Tell the Senate “No Nuclear Subsidies in the Build Back Better Act!”

The BBBA is our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in real climate solutions and environmental justice. Speak up and demand that your Senators remove the nuclear subsidies once and for all and take action towards a just transition to a 100% renewable energy future - carbon-free and nuclear-free.

Demand that your Senators CANCEL the Nuclear PTC and InvestBBBA Dollars in a Just Transition to 100% Renewable Energy


8.)(From Peace Action)  Two weeks ago the Biden administration notified Congress of a $650 million arms sale to Saudi Arabia. This sale comes on top of a $500 million arms deal back in October. That’s over a BILLION dollars in weapons to a country actively waging a brutal war and naval blockade in Yemen leading to the planet’s greatest humanitarian crisis.

In his presidency’s first speech on foreign policy, Biden announced that the U.S. would end all support for Saudi Arabia’s “offensive” operations in Yemen. Yet these arms sales fly directly in the face of that. Upon notification of this arms sale, by law Congress has thirty days to review and block it. Pro-peace champion Ilhan Omar (D-MN), whom Peace Action endorsed and helped get elected in 2018, is leading the charge with a new resolution to block this sale, and we have precious little time to stop it from going though. That’s why I need you to contact your members of Congress today and demand theyvote to block these weapons from ending up in the Saudi’s hands!


9.)(From Daily  Kos)Workers are organizing because they are done settling for less than what they deserve. Because they are seeing victories for working people through John Deere, Nabisco, and so many more. While some in the labor movement have found great success at the bargaining table, others are still fighting, and too many don’t even know that organizing is an option that can bring a world of a difference to their work and daily lives. Sign the Petition: Support striking workers. Urge the Senate to pass the PRO Act.


10.)(From The Juggernaut Project)  What weather event causes the most deaths in America? The answer might surprise you. It's not tornadoes, floods, or hurricanes – it’s extreme heat. The good news is, planting trees can help lower temperatures, provide shade and even reduce demand on our energy grid by decreasing our dependence on air conditioners.

Sign Dream Corps Green For All’s petition asking Congress toinclude funding for planting trees all across America in the Farm Bill.


11.)(From Daily Kos)  … most plastic — which is made out of fossil fuels — is buried, burned, or sent out to sea. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. produced nearly 36 million tons of plastic waste in 2018, more than 90 percent of which was either landfilled or burned. We are the second largest driver of total plastic waste generated annually, only slightly lagging behind China.

Plastic pollution is one of the most significant environmental justice, climate change, water quality and human health issues facing the world. Sign the petition: Urge Congress to support the Break Freefrom Plastic Pollution Act.


12.)(From Daily Kos) … some people are calling the Build Back Better Act the most important spending bill of our lifetime. One thing we know for sure is that for the first time in more than 35 years, we have a real opportunity to provide protection for millions of people within the undocumented community.

Sign and send the petition: The Senate must keep immigrationreform in the budget reconciliation bill.


13.)(From DM Catholic Worker)  Ask List:  Below list of November needs for our houses and guests.


House and Cooking Needs

   Cooking Oil & Butter

   Meats - fresh, frozen & canned

   Soy Sauce

   Large Canned Corn and Green Beans

   Toilet Paper!

   Velveeta Cheese


   Leftovers from Weddings, Funerals and other social gatherings.


Guest Needs


      COVID masks


       Winter gloves

       Coats (medium-3XL)



       Coveralls/Long Johns

       Canned meat

       Peanut butter

       Winter boots






    Soap/body wash



    Foot powder



    Winter socks

    Winter hats

    Instant coffee

    Hot chocolate

    Tarps - backpacks - flashlights

    Underwear (men & women's)

    Calcium supplements/vitamins


Clothes: winter coats, sweatshirts, jackets, hoodies, socks, pants, t-shirts, underwear, winter gloves, stocking caps, women's leggings. winter boots


Deliver stuff to Dingman House, 1310 7th St, DM IA use the back door, call ahead of time or come when we are open


Also in need of more monthly meal providers. Would your family, Church group or organization be willing to cook a monthly meal for our guest?


All Good Things



Frank Cordaro and the Des Moines Catholic Worker


For more info and delivery contact:

Frank Cordaro <frank.cordaro@gmail.com> 515 490 2490

Austin Cook <austin.baseball04@gmail.com>  515 9718721



Hours Open:


Monday- Closed

Tuesday- 3-6:30 pm

Wednesday- Closed

Thursday- 3-6:30 pm

Friday- 3-6:30 pm

Saturday- 12-2 pm

Sunday- 3-6:30 pm



Main #  515 214 1030

DM Catholic Worker web page (new)


Follow the DMCW FB page:



14.) JOPPA Needs Volunteers!

You can still touch someone… Without touching them. We depend upon volunteers like you! Volunteer opportunities are available for groups, families, and individuals. Let us know what your interests are, and we will find just the right role for you! To complete a Volunteer Interest Form, just click here!


15.) Volunteer IOWA

Looking for ways you can help during the COVID-19 pandemic? A list of volunteer needs can be found by clicking here! Please remember that volunteer needs are changing quickly, so be sure to check back often forupdates.


16.) United Way of Central Iowa

The time you give to individuals and non-profits can make a huge impact in our community. Whether you have one hour or one day, want to mentor children or collect food, we have many options for you to volunteer. We also organize group activities for organizations on-site or off-site. All of these efforts go toward improving the health, education, and financial stability of central Iowans. For more information, or to volunteer, click here!


17.) DMARC Seeks Volunteers!

For more information, or to sign up to volunteer, clickhere!


18.) Virtual Volunteering Activities

Are you interested in helping others during this pandemic, but still need to remain isolated because of your own health concerns? Clickhere for several Virtual Volunteering activities!



Tues., Dec. 28

Des Moines

“Wailing for Children Who Are No More”  service on the Feast of the Holy Innocents

What:  Once again the DM Faith Committee for Peace will be holding a Service on the Feast of the Holy Innocents.  The theme for the service will be “Wailing for Children Who Are No More.”   We will raise our prayers to stop violence against innocent children caused by wars and conflict around the world.  We continue to insist that “War is not the answer.”  Waging peace is the answer.

When:  6:30 pm

Where:  In person (masks required) at Capitol Hill Lutheran, 511 Des Moines Street, Des Moines.  The service will also be live streamed.

Who:     Organized by Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace.

Apply by Fri., Jan. 7


Youth to apply for Campaign Nonviolence Youth Collective?

What:  Do you know passionate, engaged, creative youth excited to work with a nationwide network?

Tell us! We’re launching a brand new initiative: the Campaign Nonviolence Youth Collective. This youth-led group, coordinated by Shaina Jones and Rosie Davila, is accepting changemakers ages 16-23. Each month, the collective will meet to study and strategize for nonviolent action. They will also take action regularly to end violence, stop injustice, advance nonviolent solutions, and be part of movements for change.

Where:  Apply by Jan7th. (It’s quick and easy.)

January 17- Feb. 27


“War and the Environment- Online Course”

What:  World Beyond War is now accepting registrations for a six-week online course (done on your schedule, apart from a few optional zoom calls) to begin in mid-January. The course will survey the environmental impact of militarism and the range of nonviolent activism being done for peace and planet.

Can you please share this online course announcement with your lists and friends?

Topics for the six weeks are as follows:

Week 1: Where Wars Happen and Why

Week 2: What Wars Do to the Earth

Week 3: What Imperial Militaries Do to the Earth Back Home

Week 4: What Nuclear Weapons Have Done and Could Do

Week 5: How This Horror Is Hidden and Maintained

Week 6: What Can Be Done


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)


One Sunday a month

Des Moines

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

What:  Des Moines SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) hosts once a month meetings to bring together folks from around the metro to discuss strategies for building an anti-racist community. Since COVID-19, we've moved our monthly meetings online to Zoom. To get the link to the zoom meeting, fill out the form on this link. All meetings are hosted on Sunday's from 6-8pm CT.

When: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Where:  Zoom


Monday through Friday

Des Moines

Des MoinesDM Black Lives Matter vigil

What:  Folks;  We need you to stand with DM Black Lives Matter in this clergy led vigil.

When:  Five day a week 1 hr. vigil from noon to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday

Where:  in front of the DM Police Station at E 2nd & Court.

More:  #TellTheTruth Week 3 day 2Grateful for pastors Emily Elizabeth Ewing & Kristin Wolf and the regular & new community members that join us in holding DMPD accountable#desmoinesblm #blacklivesmatter #clergyforblacklives#queerclergyforblacklives #dsmblm — with Kirk Johnson, Giovanni Jesus Bahena, Emily Elizabeth Ewing, Melena Johnson, KT Galloway-Menke and Brandi Sue at Des Moines Police.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1177627982586500&set=a.113535088995800&type=3&theater


Des Moines

Moral Mondays 

What:  Moral Mondays IOWA! sponsored by Interfaith Alliance of Iowa

When: Mondays during the Iowa Legislative session Noon to 12:45 pm

More: This year MMI will be online only. For more information on how to participate, click here!


1st Monday of each Month, Sept-May (see info in calendar above on April 6- will be doing ZOOM)

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 www.facebook.com/WILPFDSM for the most up to date info.  


Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:30

Des Moines

Des Moines Meditation and Mindfulness Group

What:  Teachers Fred Nelson and David Drake lead the group.

Beginning and experienced meditators are all welcome.  Universal breath mediation and Buddhist philosophy as compatible with all religions.  You may use any silent technique you prefer. Our group was founded in 1994 by Charles Day to enable anyone to learn and practice meditation and mindfulness to benefit their health, clarity of thinking, self-esteem, peacefulness, and spirituality.  Mats, cushions, and chairs are provided. Attend regularly or occasionally. We encourage you to attend all the segments listed above to maximize benefits, but you are welcome to attend any or all of them

When:  Starting at 7:30 pm (see schedule below)

Where:  Friends Meeting House, 4211 Grand Ave.

More:  Schedule:

7:30-8:00pm:  First Meditation sitting with instruction

8:00-8:20:  Presentation about meditation, Buddhism, spirituality

8:20-8:30:  Second mediation sitting



Des Moines

Rally at LS2group offices

What: LS2 group, a marketing agency with offices in the East Village, has helped the Saudis lobby against 9/11 victims who wanted to sue the kingdom for its connections to the hijackers and has been called on again to repair the damage done to its reputation by newly declassified U.S. intelligence report in February that confirms that Saudi Arabia's crown prince and de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman, approved an operation "to capture or kill" Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. Horror inspired by the gruesome details of Khashoggi’s murder and dismemberment and the Saudi’s war and siege of Yemen that has become a humanitarian catastrophe of historic dimensions threatens the U.S. support that is vital to the regime.

When & where:  Noon to 1 PM, Rally, outside LS2 group offices at 510 E Locust Street in Des Moines

More:  To counter this negative publicity, LS2 group’s strategy created a public relations campaign to tout the achievements of Saudi women! “The idea of Saudi Arabia marketing itself as the new face of feminism in the Arab world is, in a word, obscene,” say Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold of CODEPINK Women for Peace in a recent article in Ms Magazine.


Wednesdays (online)

Des Moines area

Centering Prayer Group on Zoom

What:  Please join the Emmaus House Spirituality Center for this online, sacred time of stillness and silence, as we open ourselves to receiving more deeply God’s presence within us.

When:  The group will meet every Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m. No prior experience with Centering Prayer is necessary.

More:  If interested in attending, please RSVP by clicking here so that they can email you the link to the online gathering.


2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each  month

Decorah, IA

Immigration Working Group

What:  The Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center (NEIPJC) project meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.  They provide education, advocacy, accompaniment/transportation for Check-ins in Cedar Rapids, Omaha, and Des Moines and food to food-insecure families, as well as connecting with IMMJ (Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice, formerly JFON), Catholic Charities, Private Attorneys, and others working with immigrants.  

Contact: www.neipjc.org.

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.

More: Taking a break; until later this spring


Thursdays 11:00-11:45

Des Moines

Demonstrate against LS2

What: Demonstrate against LS2 a lobbying and other group colluding with Saudi Arabia, guilty of war crimes

Where:  510 E. Locust, LS2 Building on north side of street

More:  Bring a friend along. You can still make a sign- "Say NO to Saudia Arabia", but we have signs, also! 


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, 4- 4:30 pm

Des Moines

Sidewalk Solidarity

What:  You are invited to join a vigil each Friday

When:   4:00 – 4:30 PM

Where:   at DMIEC, (Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community), 3306 University in Des Moines.  More:  Meet in the west parking lot where posters honoring Black lives that have been lost at the hands of police will be distributed.  The vigil will open with prayer, the names will be spoken, followed by silence for nine minutes.  These weekly vigils will continue through the summer.  (Cancelled if there’s rain.)  Wear a mask.


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



Des Moines

Shut Down DM’s Drone Command Center 

What:  On Saturdays, weekly vigils will be held at 4:00 PM

Where: at the Air National Guard Drone Command Center, 3100 McKinley Ave. Des Moines.  

Contact: Ed Bloomer at 515-305-5591 or Frank Cordaro at 515-490-2590 or frank.cordaro@gmail.com  


Saturdays (online)

Des Moines area

Reflecting On Our Experience

What:  Please join the Emmaus House Spirituality Center on Saturday mornings, when we gather to share our experiences and reverently listen to the ways in which each of us has experienced God’s presence during this challenging time in our world. Using the Ignatian Examen as a guide, we will prayerfully reflect on our experiences of the previous week. This group will meet every Saturday.

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

More:  No prior experience with the Ignatian Examen is necessary. If interested in attending, please RSVP by clicking here so that they can email you the link to the online gathering.