Peace Education and Action Center of Eastern Iowa

Promoting international peace through education, intercultural communication, public witness, citizen involvement, and personal choices


Peaceful Protest Guidelines

Conduct and Participation:

  • Follow protest leaders’ and peace marshals’ instructions.
  • Ignore hecklers when marching. Stay peaceful and focused on your message (e.g., "ceasefire now").
  • Remain calm at rallies or vigils, even when provoked. Don't let opponents divert the group's focus.
  • Remember, your response represents Palestinians, peace activists, and Jews who support peace and justice in Palestine and Israel.

Use De-escalation Strategies:

  • Avoid shouting at opponents; it causes defensiveness, escalation, and distraction.
  • The public and media are listening.
  • If safe, speak calmly and respectfully to those who disagree with you. Otherwise, ignore them or let someone else talk to them.
  • If an opponent is willing to engage:
    • Find common ground (e.g., acknowledging areas of agreement like the horror of the Holocaust).
    • Share your personal reasons for supporting peace and justice in Palestine and Israel.
    • Use personal stories and listen to theirs.
    • Share just a few key facts.
    • Thank them for the dialogue.
  • Respect an opponent’s choice not to converse.

The statement and the actions (at the end of the statement) reflect PEACE Iowa's values and mission, so we are posting it.

Solidarity with Palestinians and Jews

This statement was authored by:

Jonathan Kuttab, Palestinian Christian Theologian, Human Rights Lawyer, FOSNA and Nonviolence International

Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor of Tikkun magazine

Rabbi Cat Zavis, Beyt Tikkun: A Synagogue without Walls, Civil/Women's Rights Lawyer, and Mediator

Rabbi Esther Azar, Arab Jewish Trauma Activist, and Rabbi: Trauma Informed Rabbinics

This statement is written and signed by Palestinians, Jews, and others who are committed to holding complex truths and striving to overcome polarization. We feel the pain of our people, identify with their pain, and need to work together to uplift our shared humanity.

The unfolding horror in Israel and Gaza is an escalation of decades of state-sanctioned violence by Israel against Palestinians. We condemn the horrific actions of Hamas against Israeli civilians. We likewise condemn Israel’s unbridled bombing and cutting off access to all basic needs, including food, water, electricity, and medical care. Attacks on Palestinian and Israeli civilians are repugnant.

Click for accessible PDF of the poster below
Reclaim Armistice Day. Veterans For Peace invite you to join us to reclaim the spirit of the Armistice and welcome our honored guest David Swanson, Saturday, November 11. We gather at 10:30 AM at the Weatherdance Fountain Stage on the Iowa City Ped Mall. Bugler Roscoe Porch will sound Assembly prior to the start and sound Taps after the bell ringing at 11:00, then David Swanson will talk about how “The World Needs an Armistice Day”. Refreshments and Pizza immediately following at the Iowa City Public Library where Swanson will deliver his main address: “A Global Monroe Doctrine Needs a Global Armistice”. This event is Free and open to the Public. David Swanson is a U. S. anti-war activist, blogger and author. He currently resides in Virginia and is the Executive Director of World BEYOND War and the Campaign Coordinator of He blogs at and and hosts Talk World Radio. He is a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and also serves on the advisory board of Veterans For Peace. His appearance is made possible by a gift from the estate of Tom Baldridge.

All welcome: Interfaith peace vigil. Mourning all the lives lost in Israel & Gaza. Praying for the safety of those who remain in danger. This will be a shared communal space for prayer and contemplation. Please help us to build the spirit of the event by leaving flags, signage, and political slogans at home. If you have a flameless candle, you are welcome to bring it. Sunday November 5, 2023, 6 pm at Mercer-Scanlon Gym, 2701 Bradford Drive. Organized by: Agudas Achim Congregation, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, First Christian Church, Garchen Mila Buddhist Center, Sanctuary Community Church, The Congregational Church U.C.C.

Georgiane and Nancy standing outdoors behind a table containing books, bumper stickers, and buttons. A banner with the PEACE Iowa logo hangs behind them.
PEACE Iowa volunteers Georgiane and Nancy at our booth at the 2019 Iowa City Soul & Blues Fest.

A man and woman standing outdoors in front of a table containing a map of Africa
The first visitors to name 3 countries on an unlabeled map of Africa at our booth at the 2019 Iowa City Soul & Blues Fest.

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