Iowa Activists Take Opposition to Gaza Attacks to Congressional Offices

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REPRESENTATIVES of a growing coalition of Iowa peace and social justice organizations took their opposition to Israel's attack on Gaza to the Des Moines offices of three members of Iowa's congressional delegation on Monday, Jan. 5.

That morning, Eloise Cranke, Chester Guinn, Diane Krell, Kathleen McQuillen, Vernon Naffier, Ruth Ann Petrak, Brian Terrell and Jamie Woodson spoke with Amy J. Campos, a staff assistant to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), and later with Aaron McKay, regional director in the office of Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA).

In the early afternoon, a group of six constituents visited the office of Congressman Leonard Boswell, who represents Iowa's 3rd District. There, the group spoke with Dave Campbell, Boswell's district representative.

The organizations represented included the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Catholic Peace Ministry, Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA), Progressive Coalition of Central Iowa (PCCI), Womens' International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Stop the Arms Race Political Action Committee (STAR*PAC), and the Des Moines Ecumenical Committee for Peace.

At each office, the delegation presented a letter asking for a complete and unconditional cease-fire; the lifting of Israel's siege of Gaza; and the end of U.S. arms transfers to Israel.

"Israel's attacks come on top of a brutal 18-month closure of the Gaza Strip that has restricted access by Gaza's 1. …