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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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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
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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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Peace vigil led by Catholic Peace Ministry
advocates diplomacy over bombing Syria
 
Bombing is more likely to escalate violence,
 US Government should spend the money at home
 
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). 
 
There will be a community-wide call to attend a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. next Wednesday evening at Nollen Plaza Peace Garden. Stay tuned for details or contact jjwcpm@yahoo.com or clguinn@mchsi.com
 
4211 Grand Avenue
Des Moines IA 50312
 

(Understanding the Crisis in Syria talk given at the end of 2012)

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'FUNK' WAR CONCERT
FROM STUDENTS BEYOND WAR
INCLUDES 
LONDON VETS FOR PEACE
Fifth concert in six years from
student organization
 
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.
 
The event also featured two visitors from the United Kingdom, Mike Lyons, an SAS soldier, and Ben Griffen formerly of the Royal Navy, both conscientious objectors and members of Veterans for Peace.
 http://warisacrime.org/content/i-will-not-fight-queen-and-country
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.”
 
 
 
'Students Beyond War' on Facebook
4211 Grand Avenue
Des Moines IA 50312
 
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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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Robert Naiman
"We CAN Do Something About the Drone Strike Policy"
May 1, 7 p.m.American Institute of Business2500 Fleur Drive, Des Moines(Conference Room of the Activities Center on Bell Avenue, just west of Fleur)

Robert Naiman

"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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