Monday, August 15, 2016

3 Important Palestine Events in Des Moines Starting Now - Sept 19, 2016!

We have three very exciting and powerful Palestinian events occurring in Des Moines starting this week though September 19th that I hope many of you will be able to attend, as well as, help us spread the word encouraging others in the community to attend as well. 
Event #1: Gaza Pinwheel Memorial Display 
Date:  Tuesday, Aug 9 - Monday, Aug 15, 2016
Location: American Friends Service Committee (4211 Grand Ave, Des Moines)

With the help of our amazing volunteers and AFSC's MEPEP Committee, our Gaza Pinwheel Memorial Display is now set-up and available for public viewing anytime now through next Monday, August 15th in the front lawn outside our AFSC office. 

The Gaza Pinwheel Memorial Display features 521 black pinwheels, each tagged with a name of an actual child killed, represents a young life lost during Israel's military assault on Gaza during the summer of 2014. 

The Gaza Pinwheel Memorial Display is sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee Iowa. 

Check out the following link to read local press coverage of the display: 

Please feel free to join, invite others and share this event on Facebook at the following link: 

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 16: 5:30 - 7:00pm
Location: Backstage at Noce (1326 Walnut St., Des Moines)
Dr. Maria Filippone will report on her recent trip to the Middle East as part of a delegation sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility.  She will focus on the situation in Gaza, noting that a U.N. study has found that, unless something changes, Gaza will become uninhabitable by 2020.  Issac Christiansen, member of Jewish Voice for Peace, will offer a response to Maria's story as well. 
This event is sponsored by STAR Pace and is co-sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee Iowa; Catholic Peace Ministry; Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace; Methodist Federation for Social Action; and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Des Moines Branch. 
Event #3: Des Moines Premiere of 'Detaining Dreams'
Date: Monday, Sept. 19; 7:00pm 
Location: Drake University's Sussman Theatre, Olmsted Center (2875 University Ave, Des Moines)
Join us for the Des Moines premiere of AFSC's intimate new documentary film, 'Detaining Dreams' chronicling "the stories of four Palestinian youth arrested by Israeli forces in the Palestinian West Bank, and prosecuted in the Israeli military detention system.  From the moment of arrest Palestinians face ill treatment and torture at the hands of the Israeli military. 
A panel discussion will follow the film featuring Yazan Meqbil, a Palestinian youth activist whose family has been impacted by the Israeli military detention system; and Rabbi Brant Rosen, Midwest Regional Director of the American Friends Service Committee. 
The film and panel discussion is a kickoff event for the No Way to Treat a Child campaign in Iowa; and is sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee Iowa and the Drake Middle East Peace and Prosperity Alliance. 
Please feel free to join, invite others and share this event on Facebook at the following link: 

For Press Inquires & More Information Regarding All Three Events Listed Above and Local Palestinian Advocacy Efforts across the Midwest Please Contact:
Katie Huerter (AFSC) - - (cell) 402-312­-1188