Members of Voices for Creative Nonviolence spent Thursday night at the home of Milt Cannon and Pauline Berger west of Newton on their march to Des Moines to protest the Iowa Air National Guard's new mission as a drone command center at its facility at the Des Moines airport.
Members of the group began their protest march on June 10 in Rock Island, Ill., and plan to hold a peace rally at the National Guard base at 3100 McKinley Ave. in Des Moines from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Members of the group staying in Newton were from around the country and overseas and included Kathy Kelly of Chicago, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee who recently returned from Afghanistan as part of a human rights delegation where she observed the impacts of U.S. drone warfare on the civilian population of the country. Voices tracks the number of incidents of civilian deaths due to air strikes on its web site.
Those pictured, left to right seated, are Pauline Berger of Newton, Kathy Kelly of Chicago, Linda Sartor of California, Julie Brown of Des Moines, Jules Orkin of New Jersey, Mary Dean of Chicago, Luke Nephew of New York City and Buddy Bell of Chicago. Those standing, left to right, are Janet Harger, of Newotn, Mark Huffman of Newton, Diane Lopez Hughes of Springfield, Ill., Mike Bremer of Chicago, Larry O'Toole of Chicago, Milt Cannon of Newton, Bab Abplanalp of Mt. Prospect, Ill., James Knight of Los Angeles, Aaron Jorgenson-Briggs of Des Moines, Phil Runkel of Milwaukee, Maya Evans of Hastings, United Kingdom, Frank Harger of Newton, Holly Revell of Newton and Irene Rodriguez of Boulder, Colo.
Berger joined the group for its walk from Newton to Mitchellville today.