DSM SURJ Newsletter, 2/13/19

This is SURJ! Potluck SUNDAY

Sending this week’s newsletter a few days early to remind you that you’re invited:

Sunday, February 17: Newcomer and “already-comer” potluck
Join us to connect for the first time or deepen your connection to DSM SURJ’s 2019 initiatives. We’ll share food, introduce the working principles of SURJ and determine together the larger initiatives that will shape our local SURJ work in 2019. Don’t miss this chance to fellowship together and shape SURJ’s focus for this new year. Bring a dish to share and a friend (or three)!! Facebook event linked here.

Future SURJ Meetings:
Sunday, March 3rd: Op-Ed Workshop/Writing
Talking about legislative action against bill to dismantle voluntary diversity plan.

Sunday, March 17th: Taking Action Together on Education
(Tonight we continue to build our 2019 action plan to resist discrimination in education in Des Moines. We’re engaging and responding to demands and needs identified by C.O.R.E. and Al Exito and we need all of us to pitch and help!)

Sunday, April 7th: What’s White Identity Got to Do With It?
(Join us as we explore the ways that people are socialized and racialized as “white” impact the ways we show up to racial justice work! Whatever your racial/ethnic identity, all are welcome to dig deeper into how understanding the racial identity of white people can help us design strategies and practices for anti-racist growth.)

Sunday, April 21st: Taking Action Together
(Tonight we continue to build our 2019 action plan on discrimination in education. We’ll also pick up the working group focus for a second major SURJ initiative for 2019—to be announced after 2/17 Potluck. We’re engaging and responding to demands and needs identified by our accountability partners and need all of us to pitch in!)

Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. DSM SURJ meetings are the first and third Sundays of each month, 6-8 pm at Drake University.  Childcare provided. All meetings held at Medbury Honors Lounge at Drake University at 6:00 pm. Park in the Olmsted Center Parking Lot located at 2875 University Avenue.

SURJ Bookclub is back!
Saturday, March 2, 2019. 10:00 am
. Join us in reading White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism, by Robin DiAngelo.  Ritual Cafe.  (Here’s the most awesome part: DiAngelo will be speaking at ISU on Feb 26th at 7pm. If you’re interested in carpooling, check in in the discussion to the Facebook event, linked here.)  Join Erin & Petra for a great facilitated discussion of the book and lecture. You are welcome to join for the discussion whether or not you’ve read the book. We hope to see you there.

Tool for locating minority-owned businesses — Iowa’s Targeted Small Business Directory
The Iowa Business Development department operates the Targeted Small Business Program, designed to help women, individuals with minority status, service-connected disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities overcome some of the hurdles to start or grow a small business in Iowa. You can use the program’s directory to find local businesses owned by minorities. For Polk County, there are several pages of results. Need to have a video produced? Try TeamStrong, Inc.  Need new windows? Check out Titan Roofing and Exteriors, Inc.  Have a need for someone to translate Spanish? Spanish Communications Services can help. How about printing services? Iowa Urban Media provides them. Landscaping, child care, IT services, and so much more can be found in this directory. When you have a specific need, we invite you to check out the Targeted Small Business Directory and help support a small business operated by someone with minority status.  Here’s how you do it:

  • First, go to this page: https://iowaeda.microsoftcrmportals.com/tsb-search/.
  • From the TSB Type drop-down, select Minority.
  • If you’re looking for a particular type of business, you can choose from the Product/Service Category choices, which include just about anything you can think of.
  • To narrow your search to your local area, you can enter a city name or zip code, or you can select a county from a drop-down.
  • Click Search, and you get a list of all the businesses that meet your criteria.
  • Clicking on your choice takes you to more detail about the business, including ownership and contact information. (We encourage you to use this information to ensure that the business is still in operation and at the same location.)

CCI Racial Profiling Event Reschedule
Saturday, February 16, 2019. 10:30 AM to noon.  CCI Workshop on Racial Profiling. Review and discuss the CCI initiative to end racial profiling by the Des Moines Police Department. This workshop was originally scheduled for January 19th. Doors open at 10:00 AM. Franklin Avenue library 5000 Franklin Ave.  Des Moines 50310. Space is limited (first 100) so please RSVP if able to attend. Reply to:  harvey@dwx.comThe workshop is free.  Please invite people that you think are interested in this issue. Thank you for your continuing interest in this important initiative.

Racial Justice Events
Tuesday, February 26. 7:00 pm. Robin DiAngelo is coming in February to talk about White Fragility. ISU Great Hall Memorial Union.  More information here.

Wednesday, March 6. 8:00am-11:30 am. Understanding Cultural and Racial Trauma. Science Center of Iowa. Explore the basis of historical and cultural trauma. Learn how it impacts the willingness of ethnic communities and people of color to seek help for a variety of mental health challenges. Keisha Ross, PhD, will engage participants in a session outlining coping mechanisms and cultural considerations for serving communities impacted by trauma. This session will build connections and grow alliances for mental health access and advocacy, with a focus on bridging faith and mental health circles. Tickets and details here.

No newsletter Saturday. Next newsletter Saturday, February 23.

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