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Bishop Pates speaks with CPM on Gaza

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David Barsamian in Des Moines

Des Moines—Catholic Peace Ministry news services

Alternative Radio’s David Barsamian visited Des Moines on August 15th for a discussion facilitated by CPM’s Director of Peace Education, Jeffrey J. Weiss. Close to 40 people listened to Barsamian speak about the state of US media today.  In the early 1980s when AR began, 50 corporations controlled US media. Today, five corporations determine what most people read and hear about.  In Barsamian’s view, the general public isn’t hearing a broad range of perspectives from ‘A to Z’ because of corporate domination. He calls mainstream media a ‘weapon of mass distraction’ based on what information is being communicated.  It was noted that the local NPR affiliate in Iowa is not currently airing AR’s free programs—heard on over 170 stations worldwide—despite airing it in the past. CPM and others have agreed to speak with representatives at Iowa Public Radio in an attempt to bring AR back to Iowa.

The discussion, “From Walter Cronkite to Fox News: A Discussion on Media Today” was sponsored by a half dozen individuals and peace groups. Visit www.alternativeradio.org  for more information about AR’s programs.

Watch excertps of Friday night’s discussion here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEyptglBkk4

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Students Beyond War Host Their Annual Concert

DES MOINES—Catholic Peace Ministry news services

On Saturday, July 26th Students Beyond War brought people together for the 2014 Funk War concert on the lawn of the Friends Meetinghouse. The all-ages show featured a number of talented musicians including Sky Patrol, Christopher the Conquered, MAIDS, Little Ruckus, and Lesbian Poetry with calls for a more peaceful and just world by organizers Sean Bremhorst and Wesley Belknap. A dozen or so volunteers helped to decorate the lawn and build the stage. Many thanks to those who stopped out to show their support for local music and peace!

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Witness Wednesdays
CPM is sponsoring a witness against the use of drones in the month of June. Stop by Fleur and McKinley between 11 and 1 on Wednesdays if you’d like to participate.

Witness Wednesdays

CPM is sponsoring a witness against the use of drones in the month of June. Stop by Fleur and McKinley between 11 and 1 on Wednesdays if you’d like to participate.

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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.”

A follow-up candlelight vigil will take place on Wednesday, September 4 at 8pm at the Peace Garden at Cowles Commons (formerly Nollen Plaza). https://www.facebook.com/events/1413804658839852/

Photos from the Des Moines rally:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/visiitor/9639257071/

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CATHOLIC PEACE MINISTRY LEADS DELEGATION INTO SENATE OFFICE FOR HELP ENDING DRONE WARS, ON SAME DAY OBAMA INTERRUPTED IN MAJOR SPEECH

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Meeting with Harkin staff takes place on day where President is derailed for drone policy
 

 
DES MOINES - (CPM News Services) A delegation led by Catholic Peace Ministry crowded into Senator Tom Harkin’s office today and met with staff about controversial weaponized drones.
 
The visit came at the same time Obama was being disrupted by Medea Benjamin of CodePink on drone policy, during a major speech at the National Defense University. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84p06arn7gI

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MAY 1: ROBERT NAIMAN SAYS DRONE POLICY CAN CHANGE WITH CITIZEN PRESSURE

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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.   

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PEACE GROUPS IN CENTRAL IOWA GATHER ON TAX DAY, SAY HALF THE DISCRETIONARY BUDGET IS LOST TO PENTAGON

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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:
 

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NO DRONES RALLY
May 1, 11 a.m.Iowa Air National Guard3100 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.

NO DRONES RALLY

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.

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On 10-year anniversary of Invasion of Iraq, CPM and Students Beyond War vigil at crowded Des Moines intersection: THE WORLD STILL SAYS NO TO WAR

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DES MOINES – (Catholic Peace Ministry News Services) On the 10th
anniversary of the invasion of Iraq (dubbed  ‘illegal and immoral’  by
Pope John Paul II), the Catholic Peace Ministry and Students Beyond
War gathered at Merle Hay and Douglas Avenue with signs and
reflection.   The group held signs including a large banner that read:
 ‘The World Still Says No to War.”

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