DSM SURJ Newsletter, 7/20/19

Tonight! Spaghetti Dinner with Al Exito

Spaghetti Dinner Tonight 6:00 pm First Unitarian Church 1800 Bell Avenue, Des Moines. Everyone is welcome! Help raise funds to purchase accurate maps for DMPS social studies classrooms. Did you know that the map you’re most familiar with is not only is inaccurate, but also a tool of white supremacy? Al Exito is making the push to right this wrong by replacing these maps in DMPS classrooms with Peters Projections Maps. Please join Al Exito, SURJ, VegLife, and ARC to raise funds to purchase these maps for our students.

Bring your friends for this yummy and meaningful meal! https://www.facebook.com/events/1103203756554748/

SURJ tomorrow: Immigration
& Education Equity

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. Understanding our own stories about race, and talking about them to one another, is absolutely essential if we are to defeat racism in America. That cannot happen when our own families’ histories are unknown or rest on collective stories that ignore, deny, suppress or minimize the racial history and journey of our immigrant ancestors. By sharing what she continues to discover as she dives deeper into her own family history, Rhonda Chittenden will invite you to peer down your own personal rabbit hole of family history. This is an opportunity to grow in profound self-understanding as you connect your very life story to the visible and invisible dynamics of white supremacy alive in our communities, state and nation today Facilitated by Rhonda Calderon. Facebook invite here.

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.
Disrupting as an Accomplice

SURJ has made a commitment to dig in deeper to our third pillar – Disrupting as an Accomplice. To this end, we are hosting a series of events this summer to raise awareness and funds for various partners: Iowa Sanctuary Movement, Al Exito, American Friends Service Committee and Justice for Our Neighbors. We need your help! Mark your calendar to attend one or all of these, commit to bringing a friend (or two) and share the events on Facebook.

Film Series: Changing the Immigration Narrative. A three-part series exploring immigration in the present and past. All three of these will be hosted at Plymouth (42nd and Ingersoll) the second Friday of the month at 7pm. Suggested donation $10 (cash or check, please).

Harvest of Empire – August 9 – Funds going to American Friends Service Committee https://www.facebook.com/events/349113415707684/
America First – The Legacy of an Immigration Raid – September 13 – Funds going to Justice for Our Neighbors. https://www.facebook.com/events/2753445354729643/

How can I respond? 

Your voice is needed. We are being called to action. A campaign of state-sponsored terror against our immigrant neighbors and unthinkable tragedy at the border continues. We cannot turn away, but how to respond can be a challenge. Click this link for a detailed list of immediate actions sent to us from the American Friends Service Committee (note: links in the file need to be copied and pasted – they are not live).  Donate this week to Al Exito in support of Latinx families who suffer right now from the terror campaign against immigrants and are responding with positivity and love.  Respond by supporting national people of color-centered organizations recommended at this link.  What does a response look like? If these are actions you can do, contact American Friends Service Committee Iowa Immigrant Rights Program at 515-209-2733.

  1. Volunteer to help with a writing project. Capabilities: write (in English) well. Can work from wherever you are- not necessary to come into our office. Time frame: pretty urgent/ASAP.
  2. Fluent, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) volunteers to help with the hotline. Must be able to function well under pressure, must be sensitive to cultural needs, must be committed to confidentiality and tracking, must have access to a smartphone and relatively comfortable with technology. Can work from wherever you are. We’ll train you and bring you up to speed.
  3. Sponsors to provide food during our upcoming Organizing Academy. We need food for around 20 people for 5 sessions. Could you or your community help out? Starting July 30-Aug 27 (every Tuesday evening) in Des Moines.
  4. Volunteers to help with public education forming a speakers bureau with us. There is such a need (and desire) for information about the U.S. Immigration system we could use some help presenting to groups. We’ll prep you to present and point you in the right direction! Location: anywhere in Iowa.
  5. Volunteer to help put pressure on statewide and local news agencies. Communications professionals needed! Iowa’s media outlets have been reporting on the crisis at the border and Trumps threats but don’t seem to understand that there are local implications. Can you help us reach out?

Global Summer Soccer Program and Youth Connection Fair Volunteers Needed

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

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