DSM SURJ Newsletter, 6/1/19

Sunday Meeting: Recognizing & Understanding Our Shared Migration Story

Complete Summer SURJ Calendar

Sunday, June 2: Immigration 101. Journeys and Dreams: Recognizing & Understanding Our Shared Migration Story.  In this interactive workshop, American Friends Serivce Committee Director Erica Johnson will facilitate a discussion of the history of migration in the U.S. and the push and pull factors that shape immigrant journeys. What forces cause people to leave their homes? What draws families to the United States and to Iowa in particular? What are the current conditions driving migration from Central America? What principals should guide proposals to update the U.S. immigration system and what proposals are being considered? Meet a longstanding advocate for immigration justice, Erica Johnson. Free will donation that evening will go to AFSC’s immigration justice work in Iowa.

Sunday, June 16: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection and deepen our commitment to equity in education and immigration justice in Des Moines. Why working groups? Two reasons: 1) We hear from the educational and immigration groups with which we are in relationships of accountability. 2) We set the stage for successful, long-term action as a group. This is your opportunity to plug in deeper with SURJ. Whether you’ve been to many SURJ meetings or this is your first one, you’re invited!

July 7: Announced Soon

July 21: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection and deepen our commitment to equity in education and immigration justice in Des Moines. Why working groups? Two reasons: 1) We hear from the educational and immigration groups with which we are in relationships of accountability. 2) We set the stage for successful, long-term action as a group. This is your opportunity to plug in deeper with SURJ. Whether you’ve been to many SURJ meetings or this is your first one, you’re invited!

August 4: Your Own Personal Rabbit Hole. It takes vulnerability and daring to face how white supremacy has constructed the very reality of one’s own life. Dare to dive down your own personal rabbit hole with other white folks. What will you find and what might it mean for your growth as a white person committed to racial justice? Facilitated by Rhonda Calderon.

August 18Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection and deepen our commitment to equity in education and immigration justice in Des Moines. Why working groups? Two reasons: 1) We hear from the educational and immigration groups with which we are in relationships of accountability. 2) We set the stage for successful, long-term action as a group. This is your opportunity to plug in deeper with SURJ. Whether you’ve been to many SURJ meetings or this is your first one, you’re invited!

Join us! Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. DSM SURJ meetings are the first and third (working group) 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.


Latinx Music Festival: Get Your Tickets Now for July

July 20, 2019 all day. Warren Morrow Music Festival.

The only festival that brings you a day of nothing but música Latina en Des Moines is back! Rock en español, bilingual hip hop, Spanish rap, salsa, y más.

Bring your chairs, cámaras, blankets and tacones para bailar and let’s rock downtown Latino style!

 More information on the Des Moines Warren Morrow Music Festival and Tickets here.


Global Summer Soccer Program and Youth Connection Fair Need You

Looking for a volunteer opportunity to build interracial and interethnic social capital? Here are two.

1. Genesis Youth Foundation is organizing the Global Summer Soccer Program (July 12 – August 3). Soccer brings cultures together! Sign up for a slot from 6-8 on Thursdays and Fridays and/or the final Saturday Future Fest. Invite friends to help out too! Organized by SURJ member Heather Brady.

Here is the link to the program: https://www.genesisyouthfoundation.org/summer-soccer
Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ca5a82ca5fa7-central

2. Genesis Future Fest. Saturday, August 3, 9:00 AM TO 12:00 PM. East High School, 815 E. 13TH ST, Des Moines.

Genesis Youth Foundation, in partnership with The Iowa Department of Human Rights, DMPS Community Education, and Kick It Forward, is proud to present Future Fest on August 3rd, 2019. Youth in grades 6 – 12 and recent high school grads are invited to connect with future employers, colleges, and community organizations and open their minds to the world of opportunities that are possible for their futures.

Sign up to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ca5a82ca5fa7-future


Des Moines Events – Get out your calendar and build justice in Des Moines

Free course starts today! June 1-30, 2019. The Civil Rights Movement in Iowa. Instructor:  Katy Swalwell ISU School of Education Online Summer Course – Free if taking for no credit.
https://www.education.iastate.edu/graduate-programs/teaching-learning-leadership-policy/teaching-learning-iowa-history-series/

Wear Orange 2019.  Saturday, June 8. 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Union Park. The local Moms Demand Action team is hosting a community picnic at Union Park near the carousel. Wear Orange and take part in student art, music, crafts, selfie station, refreshments, and BYO picnic. Speakers in support of gun violence awareness as part of the national awareness weekend.

Juneteenth Parade. Saturday, June 15. Details coming soon.

Spaghetti Dinner to benefit CORE & Al Exito. Saturday, June 22. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM First Unitarian Church 1800 Bell Ave Des Moines.

World Refugee Day events the week of June 17-22: June 17 7-9:15pm World Refugee Day Film Screening:  Human Flow
https://www.facebook.com/events/1484542981689448/. June 20 7-8:30pm See Me, Hear Me: Stories of Refugees in Des Moines
https://www.facebook.com/events/372917086769502. June 22 12-4pm World Refugee Day
https://www.facebook.com/events/393828294793324/


National Happenings: You’re Invited

July 9, 7:00 pm. We’re thrilled to invite you to SURJ’s conversation with Angela Davis on the fight for collective liberation. Across the country, SURJ members are working hard to bring new people into fights for justice – and we’re sure this conversation will provide inspiration and wisdom for the struggles we are engaged in across the country.

Register here to join the call July 9th at 8:00 EST. Then share the invitation on Facebook with family, friends and comrades.

White Supremacy and Me Workbook Layla F. Saad
https://www.meandwhitesupremacybook.com/
Part education, part activation, the Me And White Supremacy Workbook is a first-of-its-kind personal anti-racism tool for people holding white privilege to begin to examine and dismantle their complicity in the oppressive system of white supremacy.

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