DSM SURJ Newsletter, 10/20/19

Bring Change to Des Moines: Phone Bank/Canvas for Chelsea

Join the push TODAY and this week and meet other locals committed to bringing racial justice to city government. City Council affects our daily lives in every way. Tune out the Washington D.C. Blah Blah and hop into this positive movement to effect change.

There are multiple door-knocking and phone-banking shifts to support Chelsea set up by CCI, Citizens for Community Improvement.  Each shift has a training before hitting the streets or the phones.  Door knocking will be done in a group with seasoned GOTV activists out there also.  Phone-banking is done in a group setting at the CCI office.

To volunteer TODAY or any time before the election, sign up at this form here. If you have questions, reach out to us at dsmsurj@gmail.com or to the campaign directly (Catherine Lewin by email at catherinegrace.lewin@gmail.com or by phone 5155570631).

You can reach out directly to Chelsea: https://www.facebook.com/Chelsea4Council/
Text Chelsea to 738674 to get updates. Twitter:  @Chelsea4Council.

Can’t show up in person? Financial support is needed, too. https://secure.actblue.com/directory Search Chelsea Chism Vargas.  

TONIGHT: Immigration and education working groups

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 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

Saturday, November 2: Iowa Poor People’s Campaign Canvassing Training. 1 PM – 5 PM at the Robert Mickle Neighborhood Resource Center, 1620 Pleasant St # 200, Des Moines, IA 50314 The Iowa Poor People’s Campaign is excited to share that the We Must Do M.O.R.E. Tour is headed to Des Moines on January 15, 2020! The MORE acronym stands for Mobilizing, Organizing, Registering, and Educating, and we need you to be part of this historic event! This training will give you the tools to bring hundreds more into the movement through voter registration and other efforts.

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