Rita Hohenshell (posthumously) & IA Chapters of Veterans for Peace – award recipients
Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. Social – Hors d’oeuvres and wine / 7:30 p.m. Program
Site: Holy Trinity Church, 2926 Beaver Ave., Des Moines, IA
Cost: $40 - (Don’t let $$$ be a reason not to attend. Low-income folks pay what you can. We need to know ahead of time for food prep.)
Holy Trinity Catholic Church on 2926 Beaver Avenue will be the location for the 19th annual Bishop Maurice J. Dingman Peace Award event.
The event will feature a keynote address from award-winning investigative journalist and scholar Jeremy Scahill, whose books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list and who recently received an award at the Sundance Film Festival.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres. At 7:30, Scahill will speak and the peace award will be given to the Iowa Veterans for Peace, its three Iowa chapters, and to Rita Hohenshell (posthumously).
Jeremy Scahill is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute, an award-winning investigative journalist, and the author of the bestselling Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army (Nation Books, 2008). His latest book is Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield (Nation Books, 2013), which debuted at #5 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Scahill is also a producer, writer, and lead character of the film version of Dirty Wars, which won the Cinematography Award for a US Documentary at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. As National Security Correspondent for The Nation, he has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, the former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere across the globe.
The Catholic Peace Ministry each year delivers a Dingman Peace Award to those deserving of following in the footsteps of the late Bishop Maurice J. Dingman. Recipients in the past few years include the late Joshua Casteel and the keynote address last year was delivered by Sister Simone Campbell.
John Jadreyev, President of Iowa City VFP Chapter 161, Gil Landolt, President of Des Moines VFP Chapter 163, Joe Aossey, President of Cedar Rapids VFP Chapter 169
Bishop Pates Says No to Bombing Syria
CATHOLIC PEACE MINISTRY ATTENDS SATURDAY EVENING
PRAYER SERVICE LED BY BISHOP RICHARD PATES
DES MOINES — Des Moines Diocese Bishop Richard Pates, Chair of the U.S. Catholics Committee for Peace and Justice led a prayer service Saturday night at St. Ambrose Cathedral to say no to a US bombing of Syria. According to the Bishop (see video), US military intervention in Syria would ”be adding fuel to the fire.” “Advocate for peace, and say no to bombs,” Bishop Pates said. Bishop Pates also said during his recent trip to Iraq he discovered that the U.S. invasion and occupation made the situation far worse than before 2003.
Call Senator Harkin at 284-4574, Senator Grassley at 288-1145 and Rep Tom Latham at 282-1909
Iowans gather at State Capitol to say NO to war with Syria
DES MOINES – (CPM news services, 8-31-13)More than 50 people gathered at the Iowa State Capitol Saturday to demonstrate their opposition to President Obama’s call for U.S. military intervention in Syria. The protest was one of hundreds held Saturday around the globe. http://nepajac.org/syriaactionnew.html
Protestors held signs reading “Who Would Jesus Bomb” and “The Only Winners in War are the Greedy Corporations.” Those present spoke of the futility of military action and the need for diplomacy rather than war. “Bombing Syria will not increase the security of the Syrian people,” said Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs, of Catholic Peace Ministry, “It can only lead to further violence. What’s needed is smart, aggressive diplomacy by the international community, not a unilateral attack by the United States.”
DES MOINES - (CPM news services, 8-28-13) A handful of Iowans heeded a call by Catholic Peace Ministry Wednesday afternoon to vigil at the corner of 42nd and Grand Avenue to send a message in opposition to U.S. military engagement in Syria.
"Other than escalating the violence in an unknown direction, cruise missiles and more war are not going to bring any healing; we’ve been calling for diplomacy and alternatives short of military for decades, not only in Syria but the entire region" said Jeffrey J. Weiss of the Catholic Peace Ministry.
"The money that is spent on these military operations and their possible escalation could better be spent on the social needs of the citizens of the United States, who rank 40th in the world tied with Cuba for life expectancy."
This is also another example, the group noted, where the non-involvement of the U.S. at the International Criminal Court has consequences; there can be no threat leveled to any head of state no matter their crimes unless a UN Security Council resolution is passed, an impossibility in this case (because the Russian Federation and China would not vote in favor).
Public opinion polls in the U.S. show only 9 percent of the population in favor of a military bombing of Syria, even lower than approval for the legislative branch (Senate and US House).
(Understanding the Crisis in Syria talk given at the end of 2012)
'FUNK' WAR CONCERT
FROM STUDENTS BEYOND WAR
LONDON VETS FOR PEACE
Fifth concert in six years from
DES MOINES - (Catholic Peace Ministry news services) Student Beyond War and Catholic Peace Ministry decided to ‘Funk’ War Saturday afternoon and into the evening on a bright day to perform live electric and acoustic music in the spirit of a more peaceful and sane world.
Rebel Creek and Lesbian Poetry were just two of the groups that performed on a day where members of SBW like Sean Bremhorst, Wesley Belknap, and Luke Davis showed their musical talents in bands that often appear around Central Iowa.
Lyons and Griffen are returning to London Monday but had just finished a multi-state speaking tour on behalf of Veterans for Peace and Catholic Worker houses around the Midwest. The previous evening they told their stories at the old firehouse owned by Chet Guinn near the giant Peace Statue carved by Ron Dinsdale.
The two soldiers told the teenagers “we must confront militarism with the same zeal we attack racism.”
They were both imprisoned or reprimanded for their courageous stands to put away their swords and refusing to fight in Afghanistan and Baghdad. Griffen in particular described raids in the middle of the Baghdad night where soldiers would break down the doors of families to take somebody out who was suspected of being ‘a terrorist.’
"We were scaring these little children to death with these bombs blowing up the doorways and I got to thinking maybe we were not the good guys I had been raised to believe."
Wesley Belknap said the group planned to continue protests against a possible drone command base in Des Moines “because robotic machines killing women and children goes against everything I’ve been taught growing up.”
MAY 1: ROBERT NAIMAN SAYS DRONE POLICY CAN CHANGE WITH CITIZEN PRESSURE
Protesters gathered on May 1 outside the Iowa Air National Guard Base, the site of a planned drone command center.
Video of Robert Naiman’s talk in Des Moines:
Naiman is special guest of IA peace groups for vigil and lecture as U.N. investigates US drone policy
DES MOINES - (CPM News Services) Robert Naiman, founder of Just Foreign Policy and frequent contributor at Huffington Post, spent time with Iowans Wednesday in two events to draw attention to the possibility that a drone command center may be placed at the Iowa Air National Guard’s 132nd Fighter Wing near the airport.
The morning event drew media as 40 people protested in front of the facility where a drone base may be placed. Several signs opposed drones in Iowa, raising legal and moral questions and saying that this could make Iowans vulnerable.
PEACE GROUPS IN CENTRAL IOWA GATHER ON TAX DAY, SAY HALF THE DISCRETIONARY BUDGET IS LOST TO PENTAGON
PEACE GROUPS IN CENTRAL IOWA GATHER ON TAX DAY, SAY HALF THE DISCRETIONARY BUDGET IS LOST TO PENTAGON
The other 21 Federal agencies divide remaining 50 cents
The United States is 40th in life expectancy tied with Cuba, but spends as much on the military as rest of the world combined
DES MOINES - (Catholic Peace Ministry news services) A group of Central Iowans stood outside of the main Post Office on 2nd Avenue during the busy noon hour to draw attention to the Federal Discretionary Budget, where they held a banner that depicts our permanent war economy.
"Is this banner not what General Eisenhower warned us about?" asked director of the Catholic Peace Ministry, Jeffrey J. Weiss.
"We are tied with Cuba for 40th for life expectancy, our education and health care is in some parts of our country on par with Colombia."
"Why not compete for the healthiest, best educated, and most morally sound population in the world rather than most proficient at producing the machinery of death? Weiss added, "This budget is a total rejection of the message of a non-violent Jesus."
KCCI-TV 8 covered the event and should feature this evening
Among the groups represented the American Friends Service Committee, Catholic Peace Ministry
(FYI: The Catholic Peace Ministry advocates transitioning military personnel into the civilian economy providing a ‘WPA style’ jobs program; when you break down the Pentagon budget powerful catalysts are entities like Lockheed-Martin that generate profits from taxpayer monies).
Here’s a set of pictures from the post office vigil:
May 1, 11 a.m. Iowa Air National Guard 3100 McKinley Ave, Des Moines
Plans are underway to replace the F-16s at the Iowa Air National Guard base with a weaponized drone command center. U.S. drone strikes have killed hundreds of civilians, including women and children, and are a violation of U.S. and international law. Join Veterans for Peace, Catholic Peace Ministry, Physicians for Social Responsibility, American Friends Service Committee, Methodist Federation for Social Action, Clarion Alliance, STAR*PAC, Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Peace & Justice Center of the Cedar Valley, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Iowa Peace Network, Sisters of Charity BVM Leadership Team , Clinton Franciscan Center for Active Nonviolence & Peacemaking and the Des Moines Catholic Worker in saying NO to these unlawful killings.
"We CAN Do Something About the Drone Strike Policy"
May 1, 7 p.m. American Institute of Business 2500 Fleur Drive, Des Moines (Conference Room of the Activities Center on Bell Avenue, just west of Fleur)
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Faith in F - 16s, drones, and a permanent war economy rejects the Sermon on the Mount--
In the 1st Century, living under Roman military occupation, did not the Prince of Peace command Love and a Kingdom of God?
Life over a Culture of Death? --Catholic Peace Ministry