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Posted October 16, 2013 in Community Featured, Downtown

The late and great Jane Bibber was a “feisty woman.” The Clive activist and community leader who passed away in 2011 was “a determined advocate for world peace and social justice,” says her obituary. She was active in the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and a member and strong supporter of the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

Her obituary tells her story of a lifetime of love, adventure, spirituality, activism and independence: “She obtained a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, practiced Tai Chi and Qigong. She became a licensed massage therapist and studied and practiced a range of spiritual healing arts including Zero Balancing, Reiki, Unlimited Breath and Unlimited Body. Jane enjoyed meeting with the ‘wild women’ group and the ‘weed eaters,’ a weekly vegetarian dinner group, and was an involved member of many organizations including PEO, Sun Ray Meditation Circle, Women’s Spirituality Group and the Women’s Peace Group, which studies the peace teachings of all religions. She was an active and devoted member of the First Unitarian Church, as well as a student of metaphysics and Buddhism.”

What a woman indeed. That’s why she is the namesake of the Jane Bibber Memorial Symposium and Strong Feisty Woman Award Luncheon.

Though Bibber will not be in the flesh at the symposium and luncheon, her spirit will no doubt fill the atmosphere. Those cut from a similar cloth of moxie will carry on in her stead as the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s Des Moines Branch welcomes attendance at the sixth annual Jane Bibber Memorial Symposium and Strong Feisty Woman Award Luncheon at from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave. on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Presenters will focus on small-scale diversified farming as the most effective way to end hunger and on the Food Sovereignty Prize. Francis Moore Lappe, a leader in the food justice movement since 1971 and author of “Diet for a Small Planet,” will be the plenary speaker. She and others will lead symposium workshops, including: Saving Our Soil and Water with Francis Thicke and Sarah Carlson; Organics and GMOs with Denise O’Brien and Ken Roseboro; and The Future Of Agriculture with LaVon Griffieon and George Naylor.

WILPF’s 2013 Strong Feisty Women Marybeth Gardam, a peace activist and National Leader in MOVEtoAMEND, and Lappe will both be honored at a special luncheon.

Admission is $45 including continental breakfast and lunch, and registration is possible online or by mail. Send registrations by mail to WILPF-DSM, c/o Sandra Jennings, 6300 School St. #206, Des Moines, Iowa, 50324, and checks should be made out to WILPF-DSM. For more information, call 619-9174.

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