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.
Ciaron O’Reilly on “Dissident Island” March 15, 2013 (excerpted).
“NO DRONES IN DES MOINES,” SAY PROTESTORS
DES MOINES, January 23, 2013 - (Catholic Peace Ministry news services) Despite the bitter winter cold, more than 20 activists gathered Wednesday morning at the Iowa Air National Guard’s 132nd Fighter Wing Headquarters located at Des Moines International Airport to protest the installation of a new drone unit there. The new unit, authorized by the recently-passed military spending bill (National Defense Authorization Act), will replace the Guard’s F-16 unit. (See “Drones to replace F-16 fighter jets over DM” Dec 19, 2012 Omaha World Herald http://www.omaha.com/article/20121219/NEWS/712209937)
Training for Peacemaking - “Ain’t Gonna Study War No More!”
Des Moines Catholic Workers Julie Brown, Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs and Jessica Reznicek with Fr Peter Dougherty at Michigan Peace Team.
From December 12 - 16, three members of the Des Moines Catholic Worker community attended a nonviolence training at Michigan Peace Team in Lansing, MI. Training attendees learned and practiced non-violent communication skills, co-counseling, active listening, Third Party Non-violent Intervention (TPNI) techniques, and other peacemaking tools.
Two of those who attended—Julie Brown and Jessica Reznicek—will be joining an MPT delegation to Palestine this January. Check our Rachel Corrie Project page for more info.
On Tuesday, November 27th, eleven citizens, members of Veterans for Peace Chapters # 161 & #163 and the Methodist Federation for Social Action, stood at the entrance to Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, in solidarity with Bradley Manning. Similar events throughout the US were being held in support of the whistle-blower who has been imprisoned for almost three years and is only now about to be heard in public.
UPDATE: Four Occupy the World Food Prize Activists Sentenced to Jail Time
Des Moines, IA (October 19, 2012) – Four activists with the Occupy the World Food Prize campaign were arrested yesterday as they attempted to enter the Iowa State Capitol building during the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony, an event closed to the public. The four activists—Frank Cordaro, 61, Julie Brown, 34, Eddie Bloomer, 65, and Jessica Reznicek, 31—were charged with misdemeanor trespass and sentenced to 30 days, 30 days, 15 days, and 15 days, respectively.
Des Moines, IA (October 18, 2012) – Five activists with the Occupy the World Food Prize campaign were arrested yesterday when they attempted to bring their protest inside the World Food Prize building during the first of two award ceremonies held this week.
“Making the case for civil disobedience this year at the World Food Prize” by Frank Cordaro - DMCW
Dear friends, fellow Catholic Workers and P&J activists;
As most of you know, I been a life long advocate for direct action / nonviolent / civil disobedience since the 1970’s. Back in the 1980’s I was active in the Rural/Family Farm Crisis. I helped spear head efforts to incorporate civil disobedience in the progressive rural / family farm organization’s public protest in our efforts to stop forced foreclosures on “Family Farm” (see: “Why CD is needed in Rural Crises attached doc.)
Sadly, the use of direct action / nonviolent / civil disobedience was not embraced by most of the progressive rural / family farm organizations in the 1980’s and a moment in history was lost. We find ourselves 25 years latter less equip to address the now global death grip that the Corporate World Food System has forced on to the planet.
“Where else can you combine the ‘back to the land’ Peter Maurin side of the Catholic Worker movement to the ‘militant pacifist’ Ammon Hennacy side of our beloved movement!!!”
Dear CWers and Iowa peace and justice folks:
We want to invite you to come to Des Moines and join us and many others in a five-day Occupation of the World Food Prize (http://www.worldfoodprize.org/ - spend a few minutes on this web page and you will understand why this prize needs to be occupied!).
Using our experience from this winter’s Occupy the IA Caucus campaign, we hope to direct the public discourse about our Global World Food System through the use of direct action & nonviolent civil disobedience.
To this end, the DMCW community plans to close down our usual hospitality work to host fellow CWers and peace folks who come to DM for the Oct 16-20 events and need hospitality. A calendar of events can be found on our website: http://occupytheworldfoodprize.com
Catholic Workers Occupy Tour Bus to Protest Frac Sand Mining
On the morning of October 3, 2012, Catholic Workers from Des Moines and Minnesota occupied the roof of a passenger bus destined for a day-long tour of frac sand mining sites, declaring “Our Tragedy is not Your Tourism!” The seven activists were arrested and charged with unlawful assembly, then released later that day.
Catholic Worker and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement staffer David Goodner discusses the recent Paul Ryan protest with talk radio host Ed Fallon on the Fallon Forum.
August 15, 2012
Frank Cordaro of the Des Moines Catholic Worker comments on the Paul Ryan State Fair protest:
Word out in the right-wing airways and blogs is that the hecklers that showed up at the Paul Ryan speech at the IA State Fair Monday outmuscled the Ryan staffers by using strong-arm tactics to win the political space in front of the stage. That is not what happened.
The Ryan staffers were not caught by surprise. They were very much prepared. They spotted us ‘would-be hecklers’, had a planned reaction and immediately put it in practice at the first sign of any disturbance. They were closely followed by the secret service and state police, with a few pro-Ryan members of the audience joining the ruckus.
If anyone used strong-arm tactics, it was the Ryan people and not the hecklers as the below video links of the event clearly show.
(Cherie Mortice is a retired school teacher and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) Action Fund member from Des Moines, IA.)
Attention Congressman Ryan: I am one of the women you said must not be from Iowa or Wisconsin because we did not sit back quietly, respectfully and smile and say nothing while you lied to us during your first solo stump speech as a vice presidential candidate at the Iowa State Fair earlier this week. Actually, I am from Iowa. I grew up here. My parents are from here. I have taught school here, in Des Moines, for 40 years.
CATHOLIC WORKERS JOIN IOWA CCI IN PROTEST AT RYAN FAIR SPEECH
Paul Ryan’s budget plan is not good for folks like me,”said Cherie Mortice, a retired public school teacher from Polk County.
Des Moines, Iowa —
Six Des Moines Catholic Workers joined members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action) in disrupting GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s speech at the Iowa State Fair Monday to protest the Romney/Ryan budget plan that would privatize Medicare and cut spending in order to pay for even more tax cuts for corporations and the super-rich.
An autonomous sister house with the Des Moines Catholic Worker, the Phil Berrigan House hosts a Peace and Justice Library and provides meeting space.
We currently host a weekly Lectionary Bible Study each Monday from 7-8pm, an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting on Fridays at 4pm, and we host the monthly meeting of the Des Moines chapter of Veterans for Peace. We will continue to be open to hosting other related peace and justice events and organizational meetings.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” (Matt. 5:9) Only through nonviolent action can a personalist revolution come about, one in which one evil will not be replaced simply by another. Thus, we oppose the deliberate taking of human life for any reason, and see every oppression as blasphemy. Jesus taught us to take suffering upon ourselves rather than inflict it upon others, and He calls us to fight against violence with the spiritual weapons of prayer, fasting and noncooperation with evil. Refusal to pay taxes for war, to register for conscription, to comply with any unjust legislation; participation in nonviolent strikes and boycotts, protests or vigils; withdrawal of support for dominant systems, corporate funding or usurious practices are all excellent means to establish peace."
- from the Aims and Means of the Catholic Worker