Des Moines Catholic Worker

Des Moines Catholic Workers Return from Palestine


Two members of the Des Moines Catholic Worker community, Julie Brown and Jessica Reznicek, have returned from Palestine, where they spent the month of February as part of a delegation from Michigan Peace Teams.

They kept a blog throughout their trip, which can be found here:

Links to individual blog posts after the jump:

"My First Tears" by Jessica Reznicek DMCW in the West Bank with MPT -
Feb 7, 2013!topic/National-CW-E-mail-List/QcgwnyBh4Us

"Kafr Qaddum" - by Julie Brown - DMCW in the West Bank with MPT Feb. 8
2013 - 2nd posting….!topic/National-CW-E-mail-List/pglKQlC5mSg

"MPT join Palestinians in planting olive trees, successfully de-arrest
a farmer, all 3 detained by Israeli solders, released hours latter”
Report by John David… 3rd posting!topic/national-cw-e-mail-list/OZMpWQnfMMU

"Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Demonstration" 1000 Palestinians vs
Israel’s tanks, guns, sound & tear gas bombs, rubber bullets and live
ammo… 4th posting DMCWers in the West Bank!topic/national-cw-e-mail-list/oKYJkL_2vSM

"Word of a Palestinian farmer" by Jessica Reznicek with help from
fellow Team members…5th posting DMCWers in the West Bank!topic/National-CW-E-mail-List/2HVsgH5sFXo

"Existence is resistance - Long live the Bedouins of Palestine!" by
Reznicek/Brown/David …6th posting DMCWers in the West Bank!topic/National-CW-E-mail-List/QzFlGIy9RRY

"Hebron: Shuhada Street Demonstration" by Reznicek/Brown/David …7th
posting DMCWers in the West Bank - Feb 25, 2013!topic/National-CW-E-mail-List/adD354-S0oI

"Qasra Under Joint Attack" by Reznicek/Brown/David …8th posting
DMCWers in the West Bank - Feb 26, 2013!topic/iowa-peace-list/l48VwUlBxYM

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Mission Statement

The Rachel Corrie Project is an effort by a small Catholic anarchist-pacifist community in Des Moines, Iowa to train everyday people in third party nonviolent intervention and solidarity models and place them with peace teams in armed conflict zones overseas, as well as to provide a sanctuary for returning international solidarity activists.

We know that nonviolent witness and resistance takes different forms in armed conflict zones and that the relationship between indigenous communities and international solidarity activists must be informed by power and privilege education and cultural awareness.

Some of our members have traveled in Latin America and the Middle East with groups like Christian Peacemaker Teams, Witness For Peace, Justicia y Paz, and the International Solidarity Movement.

We are interested in conducting more trainings and placing more of our community members in short and long-term stints with organizations like yours to global hot spots. We are also interested in exploring how we can open up our community's four Victorian homes to other international human rights workers who need a safehouse to recuperate after time abroad, like those doing long stints abroad.

The Des Moines Catholic Worker community's major program is the running of a drop-in center, soup kitchen, and house of hospitality on the near northside of Iowa's capital city, Des Moines. We also practice nonviolent resistance, prophetic witness, and speaking truth to power. The Rachel Corrie Project is an intentional effort to expand the scope of our work and broaden our ministry.

Rachel Corrie

"Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and don't give up.

I feel like I'm witnessing the systematic destruction of a people's ability to survive. It's horrifying.

Sometimes I sit down to dinner with people and I realize there is a massive military machine surrounding us, trying to kill the people I'm having dinner with.

We are protecting civilians. We are unarmed. We are no threat to you. Please do not shoot.

We should be inspired by people... who show that human beings can be kind, brave, generous, beautiful, strong - even in the most difficult circumstances."

- Rachel Corrie

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