Close the Des Moines Drone Command Center
Here is a nice example of what the Iowa City Veterans for Peace Chapter is doing. The Des Moines chapter is embedded with the Catholic Workers in community there and a lot of their focus is anti-nuke and actions against the drone base there. Mary McNellis, Steve (Gates), Mike McDonald, Penny and I had a memorable time at the protest. A lot of dedicated “Plowshares” folks there!
—Dave Logsdon, VFP Chapter 27
Des Moines, Iowa –
Veterans for Peace and Catholic Workers from across the Midwest converge on the Iowa Air National Guard Drone Command Center in Des Moines on Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m.
The Midwest Catholic Workers – a loose collection of dozens of autonomous communities spread out in urban shelters, soup kitchens, and rural farmsteads across the region – held their annual “Faith and Resistance Retreat” March 15-17 in Des Moines. This year’s focus was the two-year Des Moines Catholic Worker and Veterans for Peace “Close the DesMoines Drone Command Center” Campaign https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-list/YXTjg5KJuR4
Sunday’s rally featured Kathy Kelly, three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and others. Speaking from Minnesota were Veterans for Peace members David Logsdon, a national VFP board member, and Michael McDonald, president of VFP Chapter 27.
The Rally ended with a nonviolent direct-action witness with protesters walking onto the base, led by the eight Catholic Workers and Veteterans for Peace who risked arrest in an attempt to shut down the site. They were arrested blocking the main entrance gate with their message from St. Patrick himself “In Christ there is no killing” Shut Down the Des Moines Drone Command Center!
Those arrested were: Catholic Workers Steve Jacobs, Columbia MO; Mike Miles, Anathoth Farm, Luck WI; and Gabe McMahan, currently at Lake City WI Catholic Worker Farm They were joined five Des Moines Catholic Workers and Veterans for Peace: Ruth Hart, Ed Bloomer, Jakob Whitson, Al Burney and Frank Cordaro.
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All eight were taken to the Polk Cty. jail. Al Burney was bailed out. The other seven stayed in jail overnight, plead guilty before a Jail Judge Monday morning and were fined between $100 and $1,000 and set free.
Abbreviations: DMCW, Des Moines Catholic Worker, VFP Veterans for Peace.