DSM SURJ Newsletter, 9/21/19

Fundraiser for CORE: Join a team or volunteer at Just Trivia night Oct 18

October 18: Just Trivia Fundraiser for CORE. Happy hour starts at 6 p.m. and trivia starts at 7 p.m. Location: New Des Moines venue, xBx 1159 24th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50311.

Volunteers needed for trivia night. Sign up at this link here. Do you dream of holding all the answers? Want to feel good knowing that this fundraiser happened because of you? Here’s a chance to work with a fun team to make Just Trivia Night happen.  You will check answers and run trivia answers to contest central headquarters.

Players – Register to compete at this link here Early registration is $25 per person on-line and $80 for a team of 4 on-line, or $30 at the door. Trivia questions will focus on everything racial justice from Marvel heroes to Iowa racial history! All funds raised will go toward laptops for CORE students.

Just Trivia Benefits CORE. Core  (Community of Racial Equity for Advancement) is a student-led group whose purpose is to unite and support high achieving high school students of color throughout Iowa, and they need laptops!

 


Online Conversation: Supporting kids to push back against white nationalism

September 24, Tuesday 7:30 Central Time. REGISTER TO JOIN this free, hour-long, online conversation with your EmbraceRace online community. A conversation with Nora Flanagan and Christian Picciolini. Why We Gather. White nationalism is in the news and our kids are listening. In addition to the anxiety and anger provoked by the headlines, kids are also encountering this hateful ideology online, at school, in their peer groups and communities. Parents and youth workers need to know how to recognize signs of recruitment efforts, as well as the vulnerabilities that might leave a young person susceptible to recruitment. Join teacher Nora Flanagan and youth worker Christian Picciolini for a discussion of how our children can be stronger upstanders if they see signs of hate, how they can resist increasingly insidious attempts to engage them in organized bigotry, and how every adult can help strengthen their communities against white nationalism.

REGISTER to join. Come to share, come to learn, come to be in community with others looking for a just way forward for ourselves and for the next generation. Learn more about EmbraceRace at http://www.embracerace.org.

 


SURJ October & November Meetings

October 6: Discussion of City Council Elections – Discussion of Des Moines City Council election. Candidates have been invited. Vote November 5th, 2019 for City Council and School Board Candidates.

October 20: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connections 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!

November 3: Showing up in People of Color-led spaces in a Posture of Accountability

November 17: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connections 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.

 


Local Racial Justice Events

October 14: Ïmagine a World without Prisons: Abolition 101. Location: First Christian Church Des Moines, 2500 University Ave. Hosted by Central Iowa Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).  Informational teach-in on the abolition movement. Join the Central Iowa DSA Prison/Police Abolition Working Group and Selinda Guerrero, organizer with Millions For Prisoners New Mexico. Learn about topics such as the movement’s history, current abolition work and organizing against prison slavery, imagining alternatives to the current “justice system,” community defense against state violence, prison violence, and aid to incarcerated people. This is a perfect event for folks who have never heard of abolition as a “current” political topic, as well as folkx that have been organizing and fighting for abolition for many years! Childcare provided. Facebook invite at this link.

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