DSM SURJ Newsletter 3/23/19

Direct Action Monday Night: SURJ to Stop Racial Profiling in the Metro Area

Monday, March 25 4:30 pm and 7:30 am. Build the wave of support for racial profiling ordinance. Des Moines City Hall, 2nd Floor Council Chambers, 400 Robert Ray Drive. Whether or not you’re from Des Moines, your presence is needed. Des Moines City Council has yet to fulfill their February promise to consider a Racial Profiling Ordinance. The ordinance would ban racial profiling and pretextual stops; collect and disseminate data on stops; create a citizen’s review board; require implicit bias and de-escalation training, and make marijuana possession a low priority.  The council unanimously agreed to review the recommendations and report back in late February. The next step is to bring friends and make a large showing to push for the promised action. The flyer to send to your networks can be downloaded here. Learn about the background, including data and the history of organizing around this movement at this link. Questions: contact Sharon Zander-Ackiss at sharon@iowacci.org or 515-2550-0800 or Jean O’Donnell at odjean1@msn.com or 515-240-2218.

Can’t make it Monday?: Send email or call now to City Council Officials

Email addresses and phone numbers can be found here.  You must email or call this weekend.  The council will begin voting on these at the March 25th City Council meeting.
Write an op-ed piece – we’ll teach you how at the next SURJ meeting

Sunday, April 7th: Get ready for the April 7th meeting starting now. Op-Ed writing workshop with Craig Owens. You have an important voice to build an anti-racist city and nation.  Please brainstorm before April 7:

1) some ideas about topics you might want to see an op-ed about;
2) the large point you want the op-ed to make (the “takeaway”);
3) a couple of specific actions you want readers to take action on about the takeaway large point

At the meeting, Drake University English Professor Craig Owens will lead us through a group process of talking about what we’ll write about.  Then, we will draft our letters together. Change the public narrative around racial justice. Don’t miss this special event.

If you have access to a laptop computer please bring it! As always, parking is available in the Olmsted Center Parking Lot located at 2875 University Avenue.

Sunday, April 21st: No formal meeting (Easter); Immigration Action Group meets (see announcement below)

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.


Help support asylum seekers with DSM SURJ Immigration Action Group

Sunday April 21st 6:00 pm. Medbury Hall Drake Campus. SURJ Immigration Action Group. The Immigration Action Group met on March 17 where we heard from Mike and Karen Lauer about their experience sponsoring two young women from Central America seeking asylum in the US.  The focus of our work over the next few months will be raising money for legal fees and work permits for asylum seekers Danna and Karla. If you want to join the group but can’t make the next meeting please reach out to dsmsurj@gmail.com using this link.

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