Upcoming Events


Thurs., Feb. 25


“The Cuban Economy Today” webinar from IFCO/ Pastors for Peace

What:  Webinar entitled “The Cuban Economy Today” covers several areas.  Cuba confronts US blockade, COVID-19 pandemic, and new economic challenges and policies.

When: 6 pm CST

Where:  To register,click here.

More:  For more info including speakers, email IPN, I will share the email I received.

Now until Sun., Feb. 28

Des Moines

Color in the Shelves Book Drive

What:  Please help "Color in the Shelves" of the school library at Park Avenue Elementary School in Des Moines! It is vital for young readers to be able to see themselves in the books they are exposed to, which means a library that's as diverse as the U.S. is essential. For more information, or to participate, click here! Let’s fill the shelves by February 28, 2021!

Today through Sun., April 4 (Started Jan. 30)

Across the country and around the world

Season of Nonviolence in educational institutions

What:  (January 3) marked the start of the Season of Nonviolence.  Beginning on January 30th, the assassination of Mohandas Gandhi and ending on April 4th, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it was established by Mohandas Gandhi's grandson, Arun Gandhi to encourage nonviolent living.

The 64 days that span the Season of Nonviolence offer daily challenges for ourselves and our communities to take up the practice of nonviolence in a deeper more meaningful way. 

More:  Click here forideas from Campaign Nonviolence (Pace e Bene) for what to do in this season.  Also, email IPN for more ideas of what to do, which will come from Pace E Bene’s email about this Season of Nonviolence.       


Thurs., Feb. 25


CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams) Live Webinar: “20 Years of Accompaniment in Colombia”

What: Join us for a webinar with the CPT Colombia team and celebrate, together with our partners, 20 years of peacemaking work in the country.

Our guests and partners will share their reflections about the past, present, and future of accompaniment and solidarity activism, strengthening grassroots initiatives for social justice.  Join us to explore our work, our learning, and the change we would like to see. Find out how you can be involved and take part in the struggle for social justice.

When:  6 pm CST

Where:  Click here to register and for more info.

Thurs., Feb. 25


Zoom call: “ After EIF: Now what?, “

What:  (From Nuclear Resister) We did it!! Congratulations, everyone, for organizing and attending both virtual and live actions on and around January 22, when the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entered into force. We know of well over 80 actions in the U.S. and many more throughout the world: banner displays, bell ringings, car caravans, projecting messages on the U.N. building, leafletting, vigils, rallies, webinars, sailing of the Golden Rule, marches, peace walks, bringing roses to United Nations’ Missions of TPNW signers and much more!

We hope you will be able to attend a Zoom meeting on Thursday, February 25 to participate in "After EIF: Now what?, to debrief January 22 and to explore what we can do to use the full power of the Treaty moving forward. 

When:  6 pm CST; at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time

More:  Please register in advance for this meeting:


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

Fri., Feb. 26


Pace e Bene’s Nonviolence News Happy Hour

What:  Join the M.K. Gandhi Institute and Nonviolence News Editor Rivera Sun and others to explore this week’s Nonviolence News stories. Share your favorite headlines, your burning questions, the most creative tactics, and ideas for taking action in your own community. During this welcoming and low-key online conversation, we discuss nonviolence in small and large groups. We learn from and with one another. Join us!

When:  3- 4 pm CST;   4:00- 5:00 pm EST

Where:  Click here toregister.


Sat., Feb. 27



What: Fasts and hunger strikes are a time-honored form of political resistance and non-violent protest. Join our webinar to learn more about this powerful tool for justice from those who have used it to campaign against violence, and for prisoner justice, climate action, and demilitarization. We will also announce an upcoming fast in April 2021 to oppose Canada's planned purchase of 88 bomber planes and share information on how you can get involved.

When:  1 pm CST; 2pm Eastern Time

Where:  Please click https://actionnetwork.org/events/fasting-for-justice to register (!!!)

More:  Speakers include:

Kathy Kelly – American peace activist, pacifist and author, three-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize

Souheil Benslimane – Abolitionist, prisoner and migrant justice organizer, Coordinator of the Jail Accountability and Information Line (JAIL) hotline, member of the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) and the Ottawa Sanctuary Network (OSN)

Lyn Adamson – lifelong activist, co-founder of ClimateFast, National Co-Chair of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

Matthew Behrens - writer and social justice advocate, coordinator of the Homes not Bombs non-violent direct action network

Register to attend at https://actionnetwork.org/events/fasting-for-justice.

(Host Contact Info: canada@worldbeyondwar.org)


Sun., Feb. 28


Special event online about TPNW

What:  Join the new Florida Peace & Justice Alliance for this special event with presentations by Dr. Lynn Ringenberg of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Florida and David Combs of the Union of Concerned Scientists! We’ll talk about what the entry into force of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons means from a healthcare perspective, and the Back from the Brink campaign. Register here!

Mon., March 1


“Free Meng Wanzhou”- webinar on arrest of Meng Wanzhou

What:  Webinar on the arrest of Meng Wanzhou and the new cold war on China

When:  6 pm CST,  (7 pm EST)

Where:  More info and Registerhere.

Mon., March 1

Online (Based in Des Moines)

Center for Social Ministry’s “Beyond the Book”

What:   Our next book is The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez. The event will be held on Monday, March 1, 2021.  Our speaker will be Sonia Reyes-Snyder, of the Office of Latino Affairs.  Beyond the Book is a Center for Social Ministry program designed to highlight both the important works of social justice literature and those who work to live them out! Each class is two hours in length, with the first hour being a discussion of an important literary work in an area touching on some aspect of social justice, and the second hour being a presentation, and question and answer session, by a Des Moines community member who is actively engaged in the featured social justice work. The program is free of charge, but a free will donation will be taken. Participants are responsible for acquiring, and reading, their own book before the session.

When:   6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where:   Please visit our website for more information or to register!

Class starting Mon., March 1 through Sun., April 11


Online class:  War Abolition 101

What:  War Abolition 101 is a six-week online course providing participants an opportunity to learn from, dialogue with, and strategize for change with World BEYOND War experts, peer activists, and changemakers from around the world. The content each week will vary but will include a mix of text, video, images, and audio, plus facilitated online interaction in a chat room. The weekly modules are not live or scheduled. You take part whenever works for you. The course also includes three 1-hour optional zoom calls which are designed to facilitate a more interactive and real-time learning experience. Each week of the online course will feature a guest facilitator to help you explore weekly topics supported by an online chat room where you are encouraged to dialogue with peers and facilitators.

More:  LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE.  (Cost is $100)

Tues., March 2


“Cuba & Sanctions” ” part of IFCO’s Film and Dialogue program- Zoom webinar

What:  A Part of IFCO (Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization)/ Pastors for Peace (an organization primarily focused on justice in Cuba, but have branched out to other things).

When:  4-6 pm CST

Where:  your home computer- email IPN for Zoom details.

Wed., March 3


ICAS Spring Symposium Libertas: The Korean Peninsula Issues and U.S.

When:  2 pm CST; 3:00 PM EST

Where:  To register and for more info, click here.

More:  Streaming from Washington, DC

Sponsor: Institute for Corean-American Studies. Speaker: Adm. Phil Davidson, U.S. Navy Commander U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.


Wed., March 3


“How to Craft an Ask to Your Legislator” From ACLU of Iowa, part of “Lobby Day, Every Day” series

What:  How to contact and cultivate your representatives so that they will truly hear—and potentially act on—your views.

When:  12 to 12:30 pm

Where:  Zoom; clickhere for more info and to register.

Wed., March 3


Book Discussion with CMEP (Churches for Middle East Peace) “Sarah and Her Sisters”

What:  As part of our CMEP Journeys programming, #CMEPReadTogether brings author Robert Stoddard to you to discuss his book Sarah and Her Sisters: American Missionary Pioneers in Arab Female Education, 1834-1937. Join Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) and author Robert Stoddard to discuss "Sarah and Her Sisters" on March 3, 2021.

When:  1 pm CST; (2pm EST)

Where:  This event will take place on Zoom and registration is required. 

More:  When newly married Sarah Smith arrived in Beirut in 1834, she was appalled by the… To read more, clickhere.

Thursdays, next vigil is Thurs., March 4

Des Moines

Weekly Peace Vigil

What: Peace Vigil

Where: 3rd St. and Locust, by the Civic Center, downtown Des Moines

When: Thursdays from 11:45 am to 12:15 pm

More info: If weather is inclement or below 32 degrees, the vigil will be cancelled.


Thurs., March 4


“Ending Nuclear Weapons Before They End Us”

What:  Free Webinar

When: 10 am CST; 11:00 AM EST

Where:  To registerand for more info, click here.

More: Streaming from Washington, DC

Sponsors: Back from the Brink Campaign; International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Speakers: multiple.

Starting Fri., March 5


Documentary “The People Vs. Agent Orange”

What:  Powerful documentary “The People Vs. Agent Orange” will premiere at a number of virtual cinemas across the U.S. The film tells the story of two women, one American and one Vietnamese, who work to hold the chemical industry accountable for the devastation caused by Agent Orange and other toxic herbicides.

Where:  Get ticketsfor the virtual screening here!  (And see more info)

More: When you visit the ticketing page, you can pick whichever virtual cinema you would like to support, whether or not you are located in that city (available to U.S. residents only at this time).

Mon., March 8


“A Tale of Two Caliphates” webinar

What:  START (National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism) Director William Braniff will give a virtual lecture titled "A Tale of Two Caliphates,” comparing and contrasting al-Qa’ida’s global jihadist agenda with that of the Islamic State, considering the implications of the competition between the two, and offering a grand-strategic response to the enduring threat posed by both.

When:  10 am CST; 11 a.m. ET

More:  To register and for more info click here.

Wed., March 10


“How to Speak at a Subcommittee Meeting or Hearing” - ACLU of Iowa part of “Lobby Day, Every Day” series

What:  Speaking at a subcommittee isn't only for the pros. Find out how you as an individual can be part of this important process.

When:  12 to 12:30 pm

Where:  Zoom; clickhere for more info and to register.

Wed., March 10


Webinar from (CMEP) on “The Israeli Political System & Political Map”

What:   Join CMEP and OneVoice for a discussion on the Israeli political system with an emphasis on the upcoming Israeli election. Israel will hold its fourth election in two years on March 23. The Israeli Political System & Political Map webinar covers the parliamentary and electoral system, the current make-up of political parties, what they each stand for, and how that takes shape on the ground. This program serves as a timely tool to better understand the Israeli political landscape, as…

When:  12-1 pm, CST;  (1-2 pm EST)

Where: Online, to register click below.

More:  To read more,click here.


Thurs., March 11

Online (Dubuque area initiated)

Children of Abraham gathering and book discussion

What: Discuss The Abrahamic Religions by Charles Cohen. Book is available at River Lights Bookstore. 

When: 7:00 PM

Where:  For Zoom link, contact: john.eby@loras.edu.

Wed., March 17


Legislative Update ft. ACLU of Iowa Policy Director Pete McRoberts- ACLU of Iowa part of “Lobby Day, Every Day” series

What:  Get timely updates on key civil liberties legislation and learn about the legislative schedule.

When:  12 to 12:30 pm

Where:  Zoom; clickhere for more info and to register.

Wed., March 24


How to Write a Letter to the Editor or Guest Column ft. ACLU of Iowa Communications Director Veronica Fowler - ACLU of Iowa part of “Lobby Day, Every  Day” series

What:  Learn how to write a piece that will get published and achieve the desired result.

When:  12 to 12:30 pm

Where:  Zoom; click here for more info and to register.

Today and Ongoing

Today and Ongoing


“America’s Public Forum: Can Curiosity Heal our Divides?” from Braver Angels

What:  From Braver Angels: "With this event, Mónica and I invited other people to be part of our conversation, and—with some sensational moderating by one of my favorite people, Braver Angels Director of Debates and Public Discourse April Lawson—we talked at length about what curiosity is, the barriers to curiosity, the potential healing power of curiosity, and the habits of the curious life."

Where:  You can enjoy Wednesday evening’s full conversation at the link below:

America's Public Forum: Can Curiosity Heal our Divides?|  Lexi Hudson, Monica Guzman & AprilLawson

More:  "The sensibility of a lot of the places where we have our discussions (the internet!) is, if we listen to ideas we endorse those ideas...The way that I have reframed that is, when you listen to someone you validate them as people. You don't validate their ideas." -Monica Guzman


Today and Ongoing


“Racism, History, and Lies” video with Max Dashu  (The WE Campaign)

What:  See this video and others on link below.

Where:  Join Live or Watch the Recordings:


More:  Please LIKE the Page to learn when our Broadcasts are starting.


Today and Ongoing


Video on immigration on the Mexican border

What: Separated from his family under “Remain in Mexico,” Alejandro now has new hope. But when will he see his son again? Check out this brand new Human Rights Watch video about our Iowa faith community's work and prayers for a new US approach at the border. Please pray and share widely, Emily, David, and the Catholic Worker House team(Iowa City Catholic Worker)

Where: View video here: https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/02/22/us-take-new-approach-mexico-border

Contact: Iowa City CW  <iowacitycatholicworker@gmail.com>


Today and Ongoing


“How 5G Changes Everything: Astronomy, Human & Insect Impacts, and Crowded Orbits” From Global Network Against Weapns and Nuclear Power in Space

What:   Watch the latest video from the Global Network which focuses on the impacts of the 5G network, it's satellites, earth-based stations, antennas and military applications.

The video is produced by Will Griffin who is a GN board member and Iraq & Afghanistan war veteran.

Where:  See the video at  https://youtu.be/tYUrUCc1rC8

More:  80,000 satellites have been approved by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to be launched in the next 5-10 years, contributing to many already-existing concerns: space debris, ozone depletion, toxic launch pollution, radiation, environmental impacts to birds, bees, insects, humans and more.

Learn about the international 5G campaign:  www.5gspaceappeal.org 

Thank you for watching. Please follow and help support the Global Network.

Contact:  Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space

PO Box 652

Brunswick, ME 04011

(207) 389-4606


http://space4peace.blogspot.com (blog)

Today and Ongoing


Braver Angels recent podcast, "Can Red and Blue America Avoid Divorce?"

What:   Listen as Braver Angels cofounder David Lapp hosts a captivating, candid discussion with two of our longtime Braver Angels leaders: Greg Smith, a Trump-supporting conservative with serious doubts about the integrity of the 2020 election, and Sage Snider, a progressive activist, law student, and gifted fiddler who leads our efforts to use music to open our ears and hearts.

Because ultimately, that's what we are seeking to do: open our hearts to save America.

More:  Click here to watch& listen.


Today and Ongoing


Podcast from Braver Angels: Media and the death of objectivity- Matt Taibbi

What:  If everyone has a platform, will the best ideas win out? Is there such a thing as "objectivity" in journalism? Could the media actually bring us together instead of driving us apart?

Author and Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi joins Ciaran O'Connor and John Wood, Jr. on the latest edition of the Braver Angels Podcast for a wide-ranging discussion about the history of media and how it became so polarized, the dangers of big technology companies regulating the public square, lessons learned as a journalist in Russia, Donald Trump being booted off Twitter, and much more.

More:  Click here towatch and listen.

Today and Ongoing


On Earth Peace Read Aloud Project for Black History Month

What:  The Read Aloud Project was created by Priscilla Weddle and Marie Benner-Rhoades to provide homeschooling resources in peace and justice during the pandemic. For the project, members of the community record themselves reading children’s books about peace, courage and justice. The response from the community has been great and we appreciate those who have participated. We have decided to extend the project through 2021. For February, the project will be highlighting books about the achievements of Black Americans along with books written by Black authors to celebrate Black History Month.  Watch readings here.  If you are interested in participating in the project, please email Priscilla at children@onearthpeace.org.

Today and Ongoing


CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams) anniversary webinar: “Looking Back, Acting Now, Planning Ahead”

What:  In 2021, CPT celebrates 35 years of peacemaking. Our 35th anniversary celebration officially began yesterday with a CPT webinar: "Looking Back, Acting Now, Planning Ahead" featuring our Program Support Coordinators sharing about the various teams that continue working even during the pandemic. 

More:  If you did not get to watch this webinar live yesterday, here is a link to watch it at your leisure. It is just over one hour long and is an excellent current view of CPT's commitment to "Building partnerships that transform violence and oppression.



Today and Ongoing


Video from ACLU:  “How do we end racism in policing?”

What:  The trends we see today in police violence are the same trends we've seen for hundreds of years – and our history shows clearly that reform is just not enough.

That's why the ACLU is looking for the real answers in our newest video: "How Do We End Racism in Policing?" – which you can watch now.  Watch here.

Today and Ongoing (Thursdays)


FCNL (Friends Committee for National Legislation) “Thursdays with Friends” discussions

What:  Watch our Thursdays with Friends discussion on the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration.  Watch here.


Today and Ongoing


Watch Floor Action from Iowa Legislature

What:  Watch Floor Action: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/dashboard?view=videoLive&chamber=H

Watch Committee Meetings or Leave a Written Comment:  https://www.legis.iowa.gov/committees/meetings/meetingsListChamber?chamber=H&b

To get updates on specific pieces of legislation making their way through the political process, reach out to your state legislator, or visit our website!

More:  Email Legislators: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/house

Bill Summaries: https://iowahouse.org/issues/legislation-summaries/

Committee and subcommittee meetings are scheduled and broadcasted virtually through the legislative website.


Today and Ongoing

Read Online

Ken Butigan of Pace e Bene writes on Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks, and Dr. King in the Oval Office

What:  These nonviolence heroes’ sculptures and portraits are now adorning the walls of the new commander-in-chief. It’s a bit surreal. For years, we’ve been talking about mainstreaming nonviolence - and having three nonviolence figures in the Oval Office is definitely mainstream! But, beyond symbolic hat-tips, how will their presence influence an office known more for its violence than nonviolence? Pace e Bene’s Ken Butigan wrote a thoughtful and multifaceted piece on what the presence of these figures might portend: click here.

Today and Ongoing


From Braver Angels “ America Together” gathering video

What:  Took place 1-12-21, including Governor Gary Herbert and Congressman Dean Phillips.

Where:  Watchrecording 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


From NukeWatch

What:  (John Laforge of Nukewatch writing)  "I have an op-ed about the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons -- which (entered) into force" on Friday, Jan. 22nd -- at PeaceVoice, and at CounterPunch, and another one with Rev. Ralph Hutchison (with me in attached photo) at The Progressive online. We try harder!"

See links:

CounterPunch  https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/01/20/treaty-banning-the-ultimate-weapon-of-mass-destruction-enters-into-force/

PeaceVoice  http://www.peacevoice.info/2021/01/19/treaty-banning-the-ultimate-weapon-of-mass-destruction-enters-into-force/

The Progressive  https://progressive.org/op-eds/treaty-end-nuclear-madness-hutchison-laforge-210115/?fbclid=IwAR2aOlYP2iF5DvjcCFzlCDYS_PjBKkKmKrdZCt5LxfDBvA_KRKPiTd9pQoQ

Nukewatch https://nukewatchinfo.org/treaty-seeks-end-to-nuclear-madness/


Today and Ongoing


See film “Down to Earth”

What:  Beautiful film about learning how to live on this planet from the wisdom of indigenous peoples from around the world. It has been released as a gift by the filmmakers for the new year, in hopes we will live a more connected, conscious existence on this earth. Here is a link to the entire film “Down to Earth” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/RoWgEOxoQy4

Today and Ongoing


Webinar:  The Venezuelan Election, a blow to US Imperialism

What:  This webinar is a recent UNAC (United National Antiwar Coalition) sponsored webinar.

Hear from people who observed the elections as election observers and journalists.

Where:   click the link below

Venezuelan elections, a blow to US Imperialism – YouTube


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


See video interview of Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, interviewed by Des Moines Rodger Routh

What:  View here:  https://youtu.be/9sRQIE7ZNQY  - 28 min.

Contact:  Rodger Routh: rodgerrouth@gmail.com


Today and Ongoing


Pronouns in the Workplace Training

What:  Just this past week, NEIPJC's (North East Iowa Peace and Justice Center) Pronoun Education Project presented their first Pronouns in the Workplace training for the management team at Oneota Food Coop in Decorah, IA. The Co-op invited us in via Zoom to learn about and to implement new ways to incorporate pronoun usage and acceptance of our trans and non-binary friends not only within management, but by staff and customers too.  Thank you, Oneota Community Food Co-op for participating and taking another step forward in inclusivity.

Are you a business owner also interested in participating?  Contact NEIPJC to discuss cost, details and scheduling.


Today and Ongoing


Video on USSSTRATCOM  from Global Network

What:  USSTRATCOM stands for United States Strategic Command. It’s one of the eleven combatant commands in the Pentagon, headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

The USSTRATCOM headquarters may be the most dangerous place on earth. Traditionally, STRATCOM's mission was to direct a nuclear war, if it were ever to occur. If that wasn't dangerous enough, STRATCOM experienced a tsunami of changes after 2001.

STRATCOM went on to be assigned many more "responsibilities" such as:

-Prompt Global Strike

-CyberSpace Operations

-Space Surveillance and Reconnaissance

-Missile "Defense"

-Dominant Intelligence

-Electromagnetic Warfare

-Multi Domain Integration

-Global Command and Control

-"Combating" Weapons of Mass Destruction

To learn more about STRATCOM, it's history and current objectives you can watch our latest video:

STRATCOM: The Most Dangerous Organization in the World


Today and Ongoing


Film on Palestine-free

What:  Film made in 2002 is relevant today: Palestine is still the issue


and a song for Gaza https://youtu.be/3v3Lst6KhHk


Today and Ongoing


a four minute rap video on climate, food, justice, nuclear weapons

What:  Shared by an IPN supporter:  “This is a very powerful video”


Today and Ongoing

Des Moines

DM 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 2

Grateful 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.



Today and Ongoing


EmbraceRace webinar, “Reading Picture Books with Children through a Race-Conscious Lens,”

What:  To view webinar, click here  (recommended by Marie Benner-Rhoades, staff at On Earth Peace)


Today and Ongoing


Two webinars in the series from Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP): "Palestinian Voices: Annexation and its impact on the Christian Community in Israel/Palestine" and "Why Should Christians in the Pews Care about Annexation and Palestinian Human Rights?"

What:  Learn more about how Christian leaders in Palestine are responding to the possibility of annexation and why it is critical for Christians to care about the situation in Israel-Palestine, especially now with annexation looming.

More:  Find links to the webinars here.


Today and Ongoing


WOLA premier of animated video about humanitarian crisis at the border

What:  WOLA (Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas) premiered an animated video detailing the humanitarian crisis on the border caused by cruel, inhumane migration policies. The video outlines what we can do to implement a rights-respecting approach to migration.

When:  Watch the entire video here.

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 Daily Kos) Sign the petition to Attorney General-designate Merrick Garland:Investigate and prosecute Trump and his network for lawbreaking.  President Joe Biden has nominated Merrick Garland as the next Attorney General, and the U.S. Justice Department must investigate.


2.)    (From Christian Peacemaker Teams)  In Colombia, sixty years of armed conflict and violence have meant that working for the defence of human rights, land restitution, environmental protection, the implementation of the Peace Agreement, belonging to a trade union or opposition political party, and opposing mega-mining and agro-industrial projects are all activities that put the lives of these defenders at high risk. Historically, they have experienced constant stigmatization, political and judicial persecution exercised by the State and its institutions, in addition to threats, forced displacements, movement restrictions, and assassinations carried out by legal and illegal armed actors.  Sign a letter here standing up for social justice in Colombia.


3.)    (From NEIPJC) Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center and Decorah UCC are collaborating to pay for transportation via EARL for 7 immigrant children aged 3-4 to attend Head Start.  We invite you to join us in this opportunity to make an impact with your donations to the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fund managed by Decorah UCC.  Cost per week per child is $20 or $80 per month; $560 per month for all 7 of the children.

Donations may be made online at decorahucc.org/neighbors or by mail by sending a check payable to Decorah UCC with “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” in the memo line to:

Decorah UCC, PO Box 470, Decorah, IA 52101

Millions of people around the world may not get COVID-19 vaccines until as late as 2024—unless President Biden reverses Trump’s Big Pharma boondoggle at the World Trade Organization (WTO).


4.)    (From Daily Kos) Now that Biden has taken office and has prioritized distribution of COVID testing and vaccinations, many Americans are hopeful for an improvement in access within the country. But with supply limited, people in developing countries will not get vaccinated for years, not months. Sign the petition:Urge President Biden to reverse Trump’s deadly obstruction of global COVIDvaccines.


5.)    (From Common Cause) Today, thousands of Americans are calling their lawmakers in support of the For The People Act (H.R. 1/S.1) -- a groundbreaking package of voting rights, money in politics, ethics, and anti-gerrymandering reforms.

It’s our best chance in years to make our democracy more accountable and representative. But we can only seize this opportunity if people like you and me speak up right now.


Your Representative, Cynthia Axne, already supports the For The People Act -- and it’s critical they hear that you appreciate their efforts.

Please call Rep. Axne at 1-844-875-8902 -- here’s an idea of what to say:


Hi, this is [NAME] from [TOWN], and I’m calling to thank you for continuing to support the For the People Act (H.R. 1/S.1). Please do everything you can to pass the strongest possible bill. Thank you!


The For The People Act passed the U.S. House with unanimous support from House Democrats in 2019, and was cosponsored by all Democratic senators at the time. That means we have a real chance to pass it into law this year, and break through Mitch McConnell’s legislative filibuster.



6.)    (From Progress America)  Big USPS news yesterday: President Biden nominated new governors to fill the vacancies in the Postal Board of Governors. When confirmed, they will give Democrats a controlling majority on the Board, and they can bring Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s reign of postal terror to an end.

When he testified before the House Oversight committee yesterday, DeJoy said that the USPS is in a “death spiral.” This is false. The USPS would be entirely self-funding if not for an absurd pre-funding requirement Congress put into place a decade ago. DeJoy is slowing the mail down because he wants to make it easier for private logistics corporations―like the one he owned before being appointed Postmaster General―to compete with the USPS.

It’s corruption, pure and simple.

Sign:  The Senate must confirm these appointees―butPresident Biden should still remove the current governors who have been silentand complicit in DeJoy’s sabotage.


7.)     (From Latin America Working Group)  Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) just introduced the Honduras Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Act of 2021, a bill that seeks to “suspend certain United States assistance for the Government of Honduras until corruption, impunity, and human rights violations are no longer systemic, and the perpetrators of these crimes are being brought to justice.” The bill suspends security assistance, prohibits commercial export of certain arms, and prods the U.S. government to impose individual sanctions on top-level Honduran officials involved in corruption and gross human rights violations. The bill is cosponsored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA), Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

Read Sen. Merkley's press release and the full text of the bill here.

Make your demands for justice heard by calling both of your senators (find them here) and leaving a message urging them to support the bill. If they’re already one of the cosponsors, call their office anyway and thank them for taking bold action on this issue!  For a sample script, email IPN, I will email you what was sent to me.


8.)    (From United Farm Workers, Moveon.org)  “We wrote to you about the dire situation faced by H2A workers and when the Trump administration tried to slash their wages -- which would hurt all farm workers. We took them to court twice and WON! As a result of these court wins, in 2021 U.S. farm workers will receive pay increases averaging more than 5%. Without those court rulings, Trump's last minute directive would have meant the growers would make millions more per year. This money would have come out of the pockets of farm workers who are barely making a living wage. Without our successful court challenges—plus action by the new Biden administration—farm worker pay would have been cut by more than 5% in CA, up to 27% in OR and 46% in ID.” 

Help build on this momentum. Sign our pledge @ https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/court-victory-pledge-to-take-the-next-step-for-farm-worker-immigration?share=db88cc79-6574-4762-8426-1c9711e2deae&source=rawlink&utm_source=rawlinkand


9.)    (From Feed the Truth via Daily Kos) Add your name to Feed the Truth's petition anddemand PepsiCo permanently stop its political spending, starting with theinstigators of the insurrection. >>


10.)  (From an Iowa congressman) (There is a bill going to Gov. Reynolds that contains many voter suppression facets.  “As if that wasn’t enough, the bill also shortens voting on Election Day by an hour, making it tougher for working Iowans to cast their ballots. This legislation is extreme and wrong for Iowa. Voter suppression has no place in our state.”

The bill now goes to Kim Reynolds’s desk. Will you sign our petition telling Reynolds that voter suppression has NOplace in Iowa? We need her to step up and veto this extreme legislation to keepIowa’s elections fair and open.


11.) (From Des Moines Catholic Worker)

DMCW February needs list:




33 Gal Plastic Garbage Bags

Cooking Oil


Single can soups with lift off tops

Single can meats with lift off tops


 This is still the time of the year we can't have too many coats, blankets and winter stuff - especially hand warmers.

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

For more info and delivery contact:


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

Jenny Rodrigues Santos <santosje2@grinnell.edu> 781 985 4068

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


12.) (From Des Moines Catholic Worker)

$1,150.51 for pest control at DM Catholic Worker, can you help?

$321.00 & $85.60    1310 - 7th St

$247.97  1301 - 8th St

$247.97  1317 - 8th St

$247.97   713 Indiana Ave

Total: $1,150.51

Pest control is a new utility bill for living in the near north side of DM. If you can see fit to help us pay these bills please donate directly with our new Pay Pal account:

Link to DMCW Paypal  https://paypal.me/dmcatholicworker?locale.x=en_US

or write checks to the DM Catholic Worker.

Send to PO Box 4551, DM IA 50305

13.) Des Moines Catholic Worker – Donations Needed!

We are still serving up to 150 'to go' meals five days a week out of the Dingman House north side window. We are becoming a small feeding center for our neighborhood. We also have people ask for clothing and toiletries from the window, too. We cannot have too many coats, blankets and winter stuff - especially hand and toe warmers.


Below, please find the list of the most needed items right now.

Used or new plastic grocery bags

Winter gloves (lots of these)

Nitro gloves


Hand warmers and toe warmers


Deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, conditioner, lotion



Winter weather gear: coats, hats, long johns, sleeping bags

Ground Coffee (Folgers)

Hand sanitizer

Toilet paper

Canned soups,

Canned meats


Please deliver items to the Dingman House, 1310 7th St. Please use the back door, and call ahead of time or come when we are open.


For more info and delivery contact:

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

Jenny Rodrigues Santos <santosje2@grinnell.edu> 781 985 4068

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


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!



Sun., March 28

Online (based in Des Moines)

Palm Sunday Service by Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace

What:  Due to the pandemic, there will be no procession this year, but we will still gather virtually to raise our voices in support of justice and peace, with a focus on racism. Our ecumenical service will be one in a series organized by the Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace. This prayer service will express a vision of peace and justice and a position against racism and war.  We will remember the true meaning of Palm Sunday (a challenge to first century economic/political powers) and renew our commitment to be instruments of God’s peace.

When & Where:  Live stream from Capitol Hill Lutheran Church at 3:00 PM on March 28th.  You will be able to access the service at:

https://www.facebook.com/Des-Moines-Faith-Committee-for-Peace-440186426119102, or at: http://chlcdesmoines.org.

Starting Tues., April 6


Nonviolence in Education Two-hour Workshop on Zoom from Pace e Bene/ Campaign Nonviolence

What: Objective: Join the foremost authority on Kingian Nonviolence in Education to learn how classrooms and schools can be transformed into Beloved Communities, places where all students are loved, included, and valued as human beings.

When: 4-6 pm CST; 2-4 pm PST

Where: Zoom.  Click here to register

More:  Facilitator: Robin Wildman             Cost: $25

Wed., April 7


Women Peacemakers Webinar from CMEP (Churches for Middle East Peace)

What:  Join CMEP on April 7, 2021 for a webinar featuring women peacemakers Israel/Palestine. Tamar Samash (Women Wage Peace) and Huda Abuarquob (the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP)) will speak about their personal experiences engaging women in peacemaking, the impacts of COVID-19 on their work, and upcoming projects in their respective organizations. Facilitating this discussion will be Rebecca Blachly, Director of the Office of Government Relations for the Episcopal Church in the U.S. CMEP's Journey…

When:  8 am to 9 am CST (9-10 am EST)

Where:  Online- to find out more about this click here.


Thurs., April 8


“Easter in Ramallah” Kids Book Club With Author Wafa Shami

What:  As part of our CMEP Journeys programming, #CMEPReadTogether brings author Wafa Shami to you and your family for a special children's book conversation on Zoom. Join Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) and author Wafa Shami for a fun book discussion about "Easter in Ramallah" on April 8, 2021, at 7pm EST. This event will take place on Zoom and registration is required. A story about friendship and holiday traditions that have been shared among Palestinian Christian and Muslim families…

When:  6 pm- 7 pm CST;  (7- 8 pm EST)

Where:  Find out more»

Fri., April 16 through Sun., April 25

Across the state

Faith Climate Action Week, April 16-25

What:  This annual event is sponsored by Interfaith Power & Light with a focus this year on “Food, Faith, and Climate.” Details are available at https://www.faithclimateactionweek.org/


Sat., April 24

Across Iowa

MFSA (Methodist Federation for Social Action ) Spring Gathering

What:  MFSA’s Spring Statewide Gathering will feature Matt Russell, Executive Director for Iowa Interfaith Power and Light.  Watch for more details in the coming months.\

Wed., May 12


“Apeirogon” Book Discussion with Author Colum McCann

What:  As part of our CMEP (Churches for Middle East Peace) Journeys programming, #CMEPReadTogether brings National Book Award–winning and bestselling author Colum McCann to you for a conversation on Zoom. From the National Book Award–winning and bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin comes an epic novel rooted in the real-life friendship between two men united by loss. Colum McCann’s most ambitious work to date, Apeirogon—named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides—is a tour de force concerning friendship, love, loss, and belonging. Bassam Aramin…

When:  10-11 am CST (11-12 EST)

Where:  Find out more»

Fri., June 4- through Sun., June 6


#NoWar2021 Virtual Conference from World Beyond War: “From Weapons Fairs to War Zones: Unraveling the War Machine”

What:  Our annual conferences have been fantastic in the past. #NoWar2021 may be the best yet. Leading activists and trainers from around the world will be making connections between weapons fairs and war zones, and focusing our global efforts on a few key projects while preparing us to unravel the war machine everywhere it's found.

More:  The whole thing will be virtual, with full participation possible from anywhere on June 4-6, 2021. Early-bird discountedtickets are now available!    

Regular Events- Cancelled unless otherwise noted by denoting "online"

Thursdays, 11:45 am- 12:15 pm- Happening in Person (break til Jan.1- see note below)

Des Moines

Peace Vigil

UPDATE: No Peace Vigil until after January 1, 2021; then they will be weather dependent, above 32 degrees and no precipitation. See more info about location, etc in item below, in order of days of the week (go to Thursdays, in Des Moines)

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

Mondays, Noon

Des Moines

Moral Mondays

What:  During the Legislative Session, you are invited to attend Morals Mondays each Monday.  This is an opportunity each week to learn about one of the issues being considered by the Legislature.  (Followed by Prayerful Presence as described below.)

When:  Noon – 1:00 PM

Where:  Room 304 at the Capitol. 


Mondays, after Moral Mondays presentations

Des Moines

Prayerful Presence

What:  After the Moral Mondays presentation (see directly above), folks may gather at the top of the stairs on the second floor before circling the rotunda in prayerful meditation.  Join in reverent companionship to practice unity in the face of division and hope in the face of harm.  

More:  For more information, please contact Kay Kopatich at 515-252-0714.


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


4th Tuesdays of each month

Des Moines

Iowa Sanctuary Meeting

What:  4th Tuesday of the month

When:  6 pm

More:  for more info email AFSC: click here


Wednesdays (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.


Wednesdays (2nd & 4th of ea/ mo.)  (email contact below on info for ZOOM)  (online)

Decorah, IA

Immigration Working Group

What: Learn about current immigration issues and how to help meet the needs of immigrants in the area. Immigration Working Group meets every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month.

When:  4:00 - 5:00 PM

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

Contact:  neipjc@gmail.com  

Thursdays 11:45 am - 12:15 p.m.

Des Moines

Peace Vigil

What: Members of local peace groups gather to demonstrate for peace.

Where: In front of the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St.


Thursdays 5:15-- 5:45pm


Peace Vigil

What:  Weekly Vigil for Peace, Healing, and Community

Where:   Port of Burlington by the Statue of Liberty


Fridays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Iowa City

Peace Vigil

What:  Everyone is welcome.  *This event is wheelchair accessible.*.

Where: Meet up at the intersection of Iowa Ave. and Clinton St.,

on the University of Iowa Pentacrest.


Fridays 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Decorah, IA

Democracy Preservation Coalition

What: Democracy Preservation Coalition, formerly Democracy Discussion Group, began as a book discussion and continues to meet weekly, focusing on current political movements and events and trying to understand the larger picture. The group is open to all, engaging in a respectful exchange over a variety of topics. Each member has an opportunity to share if they want to and are charged to bring one positive piece of news each week.

When:  3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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


Saturday Vigils: 4-5:00 pm

Des Moines

Saturday Vigils: Help Break the Silence

What: Join the DM Catholic Worker and DM Vets for Peace in a Vigil each Saturday, as they seek to break the silence surrounding the mission and work of the Drone Command Center.  From this center missiles are sent thousands of miles away dropping death and destruction on targets that often include innocent civilians.

Where: at the National Guard Drone Command Center, 3100 McKinley, in Des Moines  


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.