October 6: Meet City Council Candidates at SURJ
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.
October 6: Discussion of City Council Elections – Join SURJ as we meet four candidates running for Des Moines City Council this November. We’ll make sure you know the ins and out of voting in this election and most importantly introduce you to a few of the candidates running.
- Jacquie Easley – At Large (Jacquie4DSMAL)
- Marlu Abarca – At Large (Marlú Abarca)
- ToyA Johnson – Ward 4 (ToyA4Iowa for Des Moines Ward 4)
- Chelsea Chism-Vargas – Ward 4 (Chelsea Chism-Vargas for Des Moines City Council, Ward 4)
The format of the event: 10 minutes for each candidate with lightning round Q&A (5 minutes) immediately following each speaker. We will be using a timer to ensure each candidate gets 15 minutes. They’ll tell us:
– Why are you running?
– What are your main campaign platform issues?
– How will you advance racial justice as a City Council member?
Then each candidate will spend 5 minutes telling us how we can support them in the lead up to the election. We’ve set aside 10 minutes for action during the meeting to help spread the word about their campaigns and help get out the vote!
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!
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 online, 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!
Local Racial Justice Events
October 6: We are Church Confessing Public Event. 1:00-1:30 pm. Location: Polk County Jail, 1985 NE 51st Pl, Des Moines 50313. Hosted by We Are Church Confessing. Church service. All proceeds from the offering will directly go to enable visitation of those who are detained and/or incarcerated by their loved ones. Coffee will be provided. The service will be live-streamed on Facebook. Facebook invite at this link.
October 14: Imagine a World without Prisons: Abolition 101. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 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, an 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.
October 15: Iowa Summit on Justice & Disparities. 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Location: FFA Enrichment Center 1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny IA. Schedule and detailed information is at this link. Registration before October 10 and group registration is discounted.
October 19: Iowa Latino Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Ceremony and Reception. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Location: Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave. Sponsored by Iowa Department of Human Rights. Five remarkable Iowans will be inducted, including a Latino youth and a recipient of the Governor D. Ray Award for Equity and Justice. This event is FREE and open to the public!
October 26: 2nd Annual Latino Voices Together Gala. A benefit to support Latino Political Network. Location: The Glass Box, 220 SE 6th St, Des Moines 50309. This is the sole fundraiser for the Latino Political Network, the only organization focused on organizing and training Iowa’s Latinx community to run for public office. Featured speaker Lorena Chambers, a media strategist, and the only Latina to have ever produced broadcast commercials for a U.S. presidential campaign. The location is handicap accessible and free parking is available in the parking ramp directly behind the building. Tickets are available for $25 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-latino-voices-together-gala-tickets-69800452031