DSM SURJ Newsletter, 4/6/19

SURJ Tomorrow:
Write a letter to the editor or an op-ed piece – we’ll teach you how.
New information on April 21 EDUCATION and IMMIGRATION working groups.
Update on anti-racial profiling activism in the DSM Metro. Accountability group Iowa Commission on Latino Affairs events.
Save the date for summer Warren Morrow Music Festival.

Upcoming SURJ Meetings 
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 (see idea at the end of this newsletter);
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); NEW EDUCATION ACTION & Immigration Action Group meet.

Education Action 4/21: Move the needle on racial justice in Des Moines Public Schools

The Racial Justice in Education Group met on March 17 and we began plotting several initiatives relative to Des Moines Public schools. Our mission: To work on issues identified by students of color as urgent within school building. Over the next few months, we build an advocacy network to grow community partnerships with CORE students in DMPS. You are needed – support this youth-led vision for equity and justice. If you want to join the group but can’t make the next meeting please reach out to dsmsurj@gmail.com.

Immigration Action Group: Support asylum seekers with DSM SURJ Immigration Action Group

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.

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.  Activities announced by accountability partner Iowa Commission on Latino Affairs

Corrected date! April 15th at 5:30 pm. CCI Offices, 2001 Forest Ave. Iowa CCI Racial Justice Team. Plan next steps for keeping this issue hot. They need our support! If you’d like to attend please RSVP to sharon@iowacci.org.

On March 25th more than 100 people attended the Des Moines City Council meeting to press the City Council on why there had been no report (as promised) in March in response to the anti-racial profiling ordinance proposed by the Iowa CCI Racial Justice team back in November 2018. Speakers from CCI spent an hour at the end of the meeting challenging the city to take their experiences of racial profiling seriously and to affirm that policy isn’t enough – laws are needed. As a result of this pressure, the Mayor asked the city manager to revisit the proposals and to consider making them law.

Read more about the meeting in this Des Moines Register article.

You can give support by writing a letter to the editor.

Wednesday April 17 6:00 pm -8:00 pm. Latinx Forum. The Basement of the Social Club.

The Latinx Forum will consist of a moderated panel of 4 local Des Moines Latinx leaders who represent high school, college, young professionals, and working professionals.

The panel will be moderated by Sonia Reyes-Snyder, the Executive Officer of the Iowa Office of Latino Affairs and will consist of the following community leaders:

This forum will focus on telling the story of the Latinx community Des Moines through their own words, specifically the barriers, challenges, and opportunities facing this population, and to connect a local face to national issues facing the Latinx community.

Save the Date: Warren Morrow Music Festival on July 20, 2019. More information on the Des Moines Latinx Music Festival and Tickets here.

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