Events

Mon, Feb 18 – Book Discussion: “Betting the Farm on a Drought” (Iowa City)
From 10:00-11:30 a.m. at High Ground Coffee Shop, 301 E Market St. Peg Steffen will lead a discussion of the book “Betting the Farm on a Drought: Stories from the Front Lines of Climate Change” by Seamus McGraw. Peg will also have a few copies of the popular book Drawdown to distribute. Click here for details.

Mon, Feb 18 – How the Legislature Works + How to Lobby Legislators (Des Moines)
From 5:30-7:00 p.m. at ACLU of Iowa, 505 5th Ave. We need to hold our elected officials accountable and ensure they protect the civil rights and liberties of all Iowans. When everyday people have access and understanding to the legislative process, the more comfortable and empowered they feel in those spaces. Video conferencing option available. Click here for details.

Wed, Feb 20 – Iowa’s Waters, Unhealthy Impacts Near and Far (Iowa City)
From 7:00-9:00 p.m. at University Capitol Centre, Rm 1117, 200 S Capitol St. Film: “Force Blue” introduced by Keith Sahm. Panel discussion with Keith Sahm, Co-Founder Force Blue; Catherine Zeman PhD, Professor Environmental Health at UNI; Cindy Lane JD, Director Water Program, Iowa Environmental Council; Maureen McCue, Moderator, PSR Iowa. Click here for details.

Thu, Feb 21 – Factory Farm Moratorium Lobby Day (Des Moines)
From 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E Grand Ave. Each year, factory farm hogs in Iowa produce as much raw, untreated waste as 45 million people. Attend the Lobby Day and speak to your Senator and Representative about the devastating effects of this extractive industry on Iowa’s land, water, air, and communities. Click here for details.

Thu, Feb 21 – Green Drinks (Des Moines)
From 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Peace Tree, 317 E Court Ave. Come for the networking and good drinks, leave learning about two inspiring sustainability projects in Greater Des Moines and Iowa. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. First 15 arrivals get free drink tickets. Guests under 21 are welcome — root beer is for sale at the bar. Short presentations at 7:00 p.m. $1 off all draws until 8:30 p.m. Click here for details.

Thu, Feb 21 – Book Reading and Signing with Ed Fallon (Decorah)
From 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Luther College, Olin Hall 214, 700 College Dr. Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim is Ed’s memoir from the 2014 Great March for Climate Action. Ed will talk about the book, read selections, and take questions. Hardcover and paperback books will be available for purchase and for Ed to sign. All proceeds go to Climate March, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Click here for details.

Fri, Feb 22 – WILPF Strong Feisty Women Powering Change (Des Moines)
From 5:00-9:00 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave. Come celebrate three strong, feisty women: Eloise Cranke, Marti Anderson, and Cathy Glasson ~ Powering change in our community, in our legislature and in movement politics. This is a fund-raiser for WILPF, but don’t let cost keep you from joining. Click here for details and ticket information.

Fri, Feb 22 – Nuclear Power on Trial: The Acquittal of the Palo 13 (Iowa City)
From Noon-1:00 p.m. at University of Iowa, Centennial Building, 402 Iowa Ave. Sharon Lake will provide an account of the trial of a group of protestors at the Duane Arnold Energy Center, a nuclear power plant near Palo, in 1979. She sets the incident in historical context and explains why the jury in the trial reached a not guilty verdict, unlike juries in similar cases around the country at the time. Click here for details.

Sun, Feb 24 – Tinker Turns 50: Community Reception at Harding Middle School (Des Moines)
From 2:30-4:00 p.m. at Harding Middle School, 203 E Euclid Ave. In 1965, teenagers Mary Beth Tinker, John Tinker and Christopher Eckhardt were suspended from their Des Moines schools for wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam War. Four years later, the US Supreme Court decision that resulted from their lawsuit was a victory for the First Amendment rights of students. Join the ACLU and the Des Moines Schools for a family-friendly reception with refreshments to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Tinker decision. Click here for details. Click here for additional events.

Mon, Feb 25 – Stand Up! Speak Up! Youth & the First Amendment (Ames)
From 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Iowa State University Memorial Union, 2229 Lincoln Way. In 1965, teenagers Mary Beth Tinker, John Tinker and Christopher Eckhardt were suspended from their Des Moines schools for wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam War. Four years later, the US Supreme Court decision that resulted from their lawsuit was a victory for the First Amendment rights of students. Mary Beth and John will discuss the significance of their historic case, especially in the current political climate. Click here for details. Click here for additional events.

Tue, Feb 26 – Climate Action Lobby Day (Des Moines)
At 10:00 a.m. at Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E Grand Ave. No previous lobby experience required. Meet on the first floor by the First Lady and First Gentleman display case. Sierra Club will provide a very brief training, including “lobbying dos and don’ts,” and distribute talking points and handouts you can share with your elected officials. Contact ClimateActionIowa@gmail.com for details.

Tue, Feb 26 – White Fragility – Robin DiAngelo (Ames)
From 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Iowa State University Memorial Union, 2229 Lincoln Way. DiAngelo will discuss her concept of how white Americans are unknowingly socialized to be highly sensitive to and defensive in situations involving race – that is, racially “fragile.” She also emphasizes the perspectives and skills white people need to build in order to engage more constructively across race. Click here for details.

POSTPONED- Des Moines City Council Meeting (Des Moines)
This topic will be covered at a future Council Meeting TBA, possibly late February or early March at City Hall Council Chambers, 400 Robert D. Ray Dr, 2nd Floor. The cheapest energy is the energy we don’t use through energy efficiency programs. The City of Des Moines is looking at an energy efficiency ordinance for buildings over 25,000 sq. ft. that will lower greenhouse gases, create jobs, and save owners and renters of large buildings money. This is your chance to “act” in 2 ways: a) by calling city council members and b) coming to the city council meeting. Click here for details on meeting. Call Carolyn at 515-779-1680 for talking points.

Fri, Mar 1 – 2019 John Trudell Distinguished Lecture in Native American Studies (Omaha)
At 5:30 p.m. at Magnolia Hotel, Ballroom, 1615 Howard St. Lecturer is Walter R. Echo-Hawk, a Pawnee Nation citizen who has served throughout Indian Country as an attorney, Tribal judge, author, activist, historian, and law professor. Since 1973, he has represented Native Nations on critical legal issues, such as treaty rights, water rights, religious freedom, prisoner rights, and repatriation rights with the Native American Rights Fund. This is a free event. Please RSVP before February 15, seating is limited. Click here for details.

Sat, Mar 2 – How the Legislature Works + How to Lobby Legislators (Des Moines)
From 9:30-11:00 a.m. at ACLU of Iowa, 505 5th Ave. We need to hold our elected officials accountable and ensure they protect the civil rights and liberties of all Iowans. When everyday people have access and understanding to the legislative process, the more comfortable and empowered they feel in those spaces. Video conferencing option available. Click here for details.

Sat, Mar 2 – SURJ Bookclub: White Fragility (Des Moines)
At 10:00 a.m. at Ritual Cafe, 1301 Locust St, Ste D. Showing Up for Racial Justice hosts facilitated discussion of the book White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin DiAngelo and her lecture (see Tue, Feb 26). You are welcome to join for the discussion whether or not you’ve read the book. Click here for details.

Mon, Mar 4 – Book Reading and Signing with Ed Fallon (Grinnell)
At 6:00 p.m. at Grinnell College, 1115 8th Avenue. Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim is Ed’s memoir from the 2014 Great March for Climate Action. Ed will talk about the book, read selections, and take questions. Hardcover and paperback books will be available for purchase and for Ed to sign. All proceeds go to Climate March, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 6:00 dinner, 7:30 talk. Sponsored by Grinnell College. Click here for details. Contact Jonathan Andelson at andelson@grinnell.edu.

Fri, Mar 8 – Dorothy Day Symposium (Coralville)
From 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 3000 12th Ave. St. Ambrose University faculty members Keith Soko, PhD, Professor, Theology Department and Keri Manning, PhD, Professor, History Department will lead an enlightening discussion, “Dorothy Day and the End of the ‘Forever War'” about Catholic social thought and alternatives to violence. 6:30 social hour, 7:00 symposium. Click here for details.

Fri-Sun, Mar 15-18 – The March for Fossil Fuel Freedom (Palo Alto, CA)
From Palo Alto to San Francisco, California. Big banks play a pivotal role in funding climate chaos, and Wells Fargo is probably the worst offender. A series of public actions, including a 34-mile walk, will send a message to Wells Fargo’s executives that a broad spectrum of the public wants them out of fossil fuels, and increase awareness of the fossil fuel divestment movement. Click here for details.

Sun, Mar 24 – March for Our Lives (Des Moines)
At 1:00 p.m. at Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E Grand Ave. In the year since the Parkland shooting, there has been nearly one mass shooting every single day. We have to continue to speak out for common sense gun laws. Contact info@progressiowa.org to be involved as a volunteer or attend one of the planning meetings. Click here for details.

Sat, Mar 30 – Catholic Peace Ministry’s Bishop Dingman Peace Award (Des Moines)
At 6:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2926 Beaver Ave. This year’s awardee is Carolyn Uhlenhake Walker, a long-time peace and climate activist, teacher and mentor from Des Moines. Our speaker is Jeffrey Biggers of Iowa City, the author of Resistance: Reclaiming an American Tradition. Tickets are $50. Limited scholarships are available. 6:00 food and fellowship, 7:30 speaker and award program. Email catholicpeaceministry@gmail.com for tickets and details.

Sun, Apr 14 – Palm Sunday Procession & Service for Peace (Des Moines)
At 3:00 p.m. procession begins in the Parking Lot at Central Presbyterian Church, 3829 Grand Ave, and ends at Plymouth Congregational UCC, 4126 Ingersoll, where the Service will be held. We will raise our prayers, and strengthen our resolve to end all wars, seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Palestine/Israel, Syria, North Korea and other places, welcome immigrants and refugees of war, and insist that “War is not the answer.” Participants are invited to carry placards with words calling for peace with justice. Email ecranke@mchsi.com for details.

Sun, Jul 28 – Book Reading and Signing with Ed Fallon (Okoboji)
At 11:00 a.m. at the Arrowwood Convention and Conference Center, 1405 Highway 71. Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim is Ed’s memoir from the 2014 Great March for Climate Action. Ed will talk about the book, read selections, and take questions. Hardcover and paperback books will be available for purchase and for Ed to sign. All proceeds go to Climate March, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Sponsored by Iowa Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Click here for details. Contact Marilyn McDowell at mbmac09@gmail.com.

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