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Archive for November 11, 2011

Occupy Iowa Weekend Events

Occupy Grinnell IA Opening Weekend Activities and General Assembly (GA)
Saturday, November 12, 2011:
– meet at the BEAR athletic building, 1201 10th Ave. at 11:45am
– march across campus and through town to Grinnell’s Central Park
– quick meeting when we arrive at the park to regroup and plan
– General Assembly at 5pm (at the Grinnell Central Park gazebo)

Occupy Dubuque Rally, Food & Clothing Drive, Open Forum
Saturday, November 12 · 12:00pm – 6:00pm, Washington Park

This week, we will be collecting food and clothing for donations to the Mission! At 2pm, we will have an open forum for people to speak. Come to voice your opinion, read a poem, sing a song, present anything you want. We will also be having a potluck. Break bread with old friends and new, all are welcome. Feel free to bring food and drinks to share.

Occupy Quad Cities
Saturday, November 26 · 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Eagles Club Davenport 4401 W. Locust St
Scott Olsen Benefit Foundation

Scott Olsen – our good friend – was recently hospitalized down in Oakland California by a police projectile. He suffered a fractured skull, and his family had to fly in from Wisconsin on a moment’s notice. We are raising money for him and his family to help cover these costs.

There will be a poker tournament for him starting at 1pm
The doors for the rest of the fun stuff open at 4

Occupy Cedar Rapids, IA (Official)
Our general assembly is held every night at 6:30pm at the Occupation site (1st Ave NW & M Ave NW). Please feel free to come down and join us. ALL are welcome. Shelter, food, heat, wi-fi, and accessibility is available to all attendees.

Occupy Iowa City

Sunday, November 13th, OIC members will be joining the Scattergood Peace Walk
Walkers will be leaving Scattergood School in West Branch around 9:00am and arriving at Old Brick Church in Iowa City, in the early afternoon. The walkers will be coming into town on Rochester Avenue.

Occupy DSM
In solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement, we are peacefully & indefinitely occupying Stewart Square at E 14th and Grand, per our First Amendment rights under the United States Constitution. Join us.

Demonstration in Support of a Proposed End to Corporate Personhood
Saturday, November 12 at 4:00pm
Location: 4th St and Newell, Waterloo

Watch Occupy Quad Cities tour Occupy Iowa City

Veterans Day Events Honoring Those Who Serve

The Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs would greatly appreciate your assistance in spreading the word of these events, celebrations, observances, and ceremonies taking place throughout the Great State of Iowa on and around Veterans Day.

This is a great opportunity for Iowans to render their respect and appreciation to veterans who have served our Nation. Please consider attending an event.

Click here to go to the VA website  for details of  events happening today in the following Iowa communities to honor and remember those who serve:

Cedar Falls, Sioux City, Iowa City, Des Moines, Urbandale, Riverside, Milo, Osceola, Spencer, New Hampton, Monroe, Johnston, Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids, Anamosa, Albia, Perry, Packwood, Fairfield, Fredericksburg, Emmetsburg, Indianola, Van Meter, Polk City, Ankeny, Tiffin,

In addition:

Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Soldiers Remember Afghanistan Premiere”, 11 Nov 2011 8:30 pm, Iowa Public Television, Jennifer Glover Konfrst, (515) 242-3146, Jennifer,

Papa John’s Pizza 50% off Entire Online Order (use Promotion Code militaryiowa) for Iowa Military & Veterans, 10-13 Nov 2011, IOWA-WIDE, Lori Risdal, (712) 233-0817,, Note – Must order on-line at, and use the promotion code “MILITARY IOWA”, Note 2 – for every order placed between 11 a.m – 11 p.m. on Friday, November 11, Papa John’s will donate $1 to support USOs around the world – an awesome opportunity to give back while taking advantage of a great offer!


Loebsack Supports Holiday Mail for Troops

Loebsack Signing Holiday Cards for Troops

from the Daily Iowegian, Nov. 3, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Dave Loebsack today joined the American Red Cross, who has partnered with Pitney Bowes, to send holiday greetings and well wishes to our troops through the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. In past years, the program received more than 1.4 million cards for service members, their families and veterans in communities around the world.

“These cards bring a piece of home to our troops, who often can’t be with their families during the holidays. I have seen firsthand the joy gestures like this bring our service members,” said Loebsack. “This small gesture makes a big impact on the men and women serving our country. I encourage everyone to sign a card and thank our troops for their service.”

Later this month, Loebsack will be visiting Iowa schools to help collect holiday cards from students and teachers for the service members. Details of the events will be announced at a later date.

Any member of the public can send greeting cards to be distributed to members of the United States Armed Forces and veterans during the 2011 holiday season. Cards will be accepted through Dec. 9. For more information, you can visit

~ Dave Loebsack is serving in the United States House of Representatives from Iowa’s Second District. He serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and on the House Armed Services Committee. He is also seeking re-election to a fourth term. To learn more about Congressman Dave Loebsack, click here.