SURJ Newsletter

Invite friends to Minuet MANY, an arts-based response to Iowa Minutemen anti-immigration convention.  Waltzes, not walls! October 7th,  1:30-3:00 pm.  Iowa Capitol Stage.  No matter where you are from or how you got here: We’re all Iowans. Music from North High Orchestra and youth musical guests, slam poetry, and group waltz (not walls!).  Minuet MANY, a SURJ-Al Exito-Dream Iowa Unity Celebration.  Facebook event here.

Donate: Minuet MANY donation here to support Iowa Latinx Youth in response to Minutemen Convention. Proceeds to Al Exito and Dream Iowa.

SURJ for Minuet Many: Help Out
Dancers and actors – we need you for an easy, fun, important volunteer role. Contact Darcie for more info.

Newcomers or frequent participants ready to SURJ – we invite you to help make this fun, unique celebration and fundraiser happen with a short time commitment next Saturday. Be part of the world you want to create. Contact Darcie for more info.

Reject homegrown white supremacy in Iowa:  
A dictionary & event planner

Minutemennoun. A nativist, anti-immigration militia group.  The Iowa chapter is planning a convention in Des Moines on the afternoon of October 7th.

Minuet: noun.  1. a slow, stately ballroom waltz for two, popular especially in the 18th century.  2. A pun on “minute,” naming SURJ arts-based response to the Iowa Minutemen on October 7th.

Minuet MANY: noun. An arts-based unity celebration and fundraiser to reject anti-immigrant nativism. October 7th, 1:30-2:30 at Iowa Capitol Stage. Organized in response to accountability group request. Minuet MANY Unity Celebration will feature local youth musicians, a participatory flash mob dance (all invited), and a fundraiser in support of Al Éxito and Dream Iowa.

Showing (Up):  noun. Stand up for an Iowa that welcomes all, no matter where we come from or how we got here.

What you can do:
Plan:
 Attend SURJ meeting on October 1, 6pm.  Drake University Medbury Honors Lounge.
Donate: here to support Iowa Latinx Youth in response to Minutemen Convention. Proceeds to Al Exito and Dream Iowa.
Go: October 7th 1:30-3:00, Iowa Capitol Stage.
Watch: Facebook event and SURJ email for updates.
Build:  Alliances to create a white anti-racist response to white supremacy in Iowa.

Drum roll please:  SURJ Webpage is LIVE!  Find announcements, history, events and more at DSMSURJ.org

October/November Meeting Schedule:  Meetings the first and third Sundays of each month, 6-8 pm at Drake University.  Newcomers welcome at all meetings! Childcare provided. All meetings held at Medbury Honors Loungeat Drake University at 6:00pm. Park in the Olmsted Center Parking Lot located at 2875 University Avenue.

  • 10/1 Decision and leadership meeting.  Finalizing Minuet MANY Unity Rally in response to Minutemen Convention.  Postcard party for Des Moines Welcoming City Resolution.  All welcome and encouraged to build a stronger movement.  Decisions on Facebook page policies and more.
  • 10/14 Learning and action items.  Build your effectiveness as an anti-racist voice.  Learn new skills as we workshop effective response to legislation, City Council politics and talking to friends/family.
  • 11/5 Decision and leadership meeting. Agenda forthcoming.
  • 11/19 Learning and action items.  Build your effectiveness as an anti-racist voice.  Learn new skills as we workshop effective response to legislation, City Council politics and talking to friends/family.
Sanctuary Church Connection.  Monday, October 2nd:  Potluck at 6pm, Film at 7pm:   “AbuUSed: The Postville Raid.” Join others working on the sanctuary movement in Des Moines.   First Unitarian Church.  (map link here).  Nourishing Justice: A potluck and immigration film series.  Facebook event invite here.

NAACP Justice Summit.  Tuesday October 10, 2017, 8-5pm in Ankeny.  Be part of a strategy for criminal justice reform.  State decision makers, national experts, law enforcement and community advocates will address disproportionality in the criminal justice system.  Early bird registration ends September 30.  Facebook event invite here.

White Privilege Symposium.  October 27 & 28, Drake University.  Join Drake University for this landmark White Privilege Symposium (WPS) in Des Moines, IA. The National White Privilege Conference brings its acclaimed, robust model of engagement, action and accountability, to the area. Join local frontline racial justice activists, academics, artists and more.  Symposium will explore to understand root causes of systemic injustice, build solidarity, strengthen community and develop strategies for dismantling privilege and oppression. Register here.

Support local businesses owned by people of color:

Phat Daddyz BBQ and Sports Grill. Best Homestyle BBQ in the Des Moines Area! Catering and Delivery are available!!  Facebook page here.

Bottle & Bottega hosts art parties where attendees are guided to create their own art while they eat, drink, and make merry. It’s not an Art Class–It’s an ART PARTY! Scratch the structure. Lose the lecture. Bottle & Bottega is all about friends, a canvas, and a bottle of wine. The only lesson to learn: You DO have an inner artist just waiting to be realized! This event is NOT BYOB. We look forward to seeing you there! Check out their schedule here.

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