Welcome to Des Moines SURJ! We are a local chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice.  SURJ is a national network of local organizations and individuals committed to organizing white people for racial justice as part of a multi-racial justice movement led by people of color.

We seek to build deeper connections among white people who are committed to justice and equality. Our goal is to pull more white Iowans off the sidelines and into an active and ongoing commitment against racism.

We are committed to building a visible and effective white antiracist movement in Iowa in support of and in partnership with people of color-led organizations, movements and initiatives. Taking responsibility for the role white people need to play and increasing white Iowan commitments to justice is important. In the course of doing this work, we remain always accountable to communities of color, who have long been engaged in such work. Partnership and accountability are fundamental SURJ values.

Those of us organizing to create a racially just Des Moines and Iowa understand ourselves as part of a multi-racial movement for justice already being led by Latino/a, Black, African, South Asian and many other communities in the Des Moines area.

We hope you will join us in this work.