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Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
Arundhati Roy

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From the archives ...

Past event announcements

PEACE Iowa Fall 2015 Newsletter

BIFF nonviolent communication

Ann Stromquist on Paris attacks

Ed Flaherty on 9/11 victims

Chris Klug & other member ideas


Malala meme

Phyllis Bennis portrait

Blue skies are for birds poster


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photo gallery


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


Inner Disarmament

Inner Disarmament

Nonviolence from the Inside Out
Sunday, April 2, 1 to 5 PM
Wesley Center, 120 N. Dubuque Street, Iowa City

Led by Chris Klug, MA
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher,
Peace Educator, and Palliative Care Consultant

"Anger and hatred, they destroy inner peace. Compassion, forgiveness, a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood, contentment, self-discipline, these are the basis of peace—both external peace and inner mental peace. Only through strengthening these inner good qualities can a genuine, lasting peace develop. This is what I mean by spiritual development. I sometimes also describe this as inner disarmament. In fact, in all levels of our existence—family life, social life, working life, and political life—inner disarmament is, above all, what humanity needs."Essence of the Heart Sutra by Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, pp. 6-7

How can we open our minds and hearts to those (and those parts of ourselves) with whom we disagree and whose behaviors we experience as unjust, violent, and hurtful? Can we resist their behaviors and their policies without demonizing them? How do we replace deeply ingrained habits of suspicion, aggression, dislike, and even hatred (and where do these habits come from, anyway?) with habits of respect, kindness, and compassion (and how are these habits developed)?

These are some of the questions that will be explored in this workshop. The importance of intention, pain and suffering, and practice will be emphasized. Participants will be encouraged to enter into this process with a light touch and a sense of humor, and will leave with practical suggestions for replacing harmful sets of habits with helpful ones.

This event is FREE to the public.

Please click here to register by MARCH 29th.

This event is wheelchair accessible. For more information, including details about available accommodations, contact PEACE Iowa at 641·871·8506 or



We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation, for those it calls "enemy", for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers. I think of them, too, because it is clear to me that there will be no meaningful solution until some attempt is made to know them and hear their broken cries.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Riverside Church - April 4, 1967

Community Reading of Martin Luther King's Riverside Church Speech
April 4, 2017, 11:30 AM to 7:30 PM
Ped Mall, Iowa City

April 4 marks fifty years since Martin Luther King delivered the most controversial speech in his career, "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence." Veterans For Peace Chapter #161 is sponsoring a community serial reading of that speech, to be held near the fountain in the Iowa City Ped Mall. It will begin at 11:30 AM and conclude at 7:30 PM, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. April 4th also marks forty-nine years since King was assassinated in Memphis.

The public is invited to listen to the speech, and individuals who wish to read a portion of the speech will be given the opportunity. The speech takes nearly an hour to read, and it will be read eight times. Several organizations, including PEACE Iowa and Iowa Physicians For Social Responsibility, are co-sponsoring the event.

For Further Information, Contact: John Jadryev, 3l9 43O·2Ol9
or Jim Bradley <shoalbro[at]yahoo·com>


NOT war

Peace Rallies
Every Friday
4:30 - 5:30 pm
UI Pentacrest


The Friday peace vigils are being expanded to hour-long rallies. As we mark the 14th year since the invasion of Iraq (as of Sunday), the POTUS is proposing a $54 billion increase in military spending. Other recent headlines you may not have seen:
  • March 9th, Army Times, "U.S. is sending 2,500 troops to Kuwait, ready to step up fight in Syria and Iraq"
  • March 10th, Vice News, "Trump Unleashed 40 Airstrikes over Five Days in Yemen"
  • March 11th, NPR, "World Faces Largest Humanitarian Crisis Since 1945, UN Official Says"
  • March 17th, The Guardian, "More Than 40 Somalis Killed in (Apache) Helicopter Attack Off Yemen Coast"
  • March 17th, Common Dreams, "US Military Bombs Syrian Mosque During Evening Prayers, Killing Dozens"
Please join us as we speak out against our nation's ever-growing militarization.

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This event is wheelchair accessible. For more information, including details about available accommodations, please contact us at (3l9) 354·l925 or information[at]


Peace Pilgrim


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PEACE Iowa Statement on the President's Executive Order on Immigration

January 29, 2017 As a grassroots organization that promotes peace, the Peace Education and Action Center of Eastern Iowa (PEACE Iowa), its Board of Directors and members, is concerned about guarding the human rights of immigrants, refugees, people of color, other marginalized groups, and people of all faiths. We strongly condemn the President’s executive order on immigration, which indefinitely bars Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days, and blocks citizens of the following Muslim-majority countries, refugees or otherwise, from entering the United States for 90 days: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

The capricious nature of this ban, without regard for due process, is unjust in its treatment of refugees and other innocent travelers, unnecessarily separates families, and strands both American and foreign workers, impeding them from returning to their homes and workplaces. Moreover, these actions unnecessarily strain international relations and endanger the lives of Americans living abroad. We view the barring of travelers based solely on religion, race, nationality, or country of origin as being contrary to American values, and we call on all Iowans to peacefully protest and resist such laws and regulations, and to support individuals and organizations who are working to defend our nation's values in this area.


Ann Stromquist, Board President
Lori Nelson, Director
Karen Nichols, Communications and Outreach Coordinator




1/1/2007 candle light vigil
Thanks to Rose & Peter Persaud for this photo of the January 1, 2007
Iowa City vigil mourning the Iraq War dead—3000 U.S. soldiers and many more Iraqi civilians.



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