DSM SURJ Newsletter, 12/8/19

Know Your Rights Vital Info: Learn More

Erica Johnson from AFSC Iowa Immigrant Rights shared lots of great information about how we can defend our immigrant neighbors by understanding theirs and our rights when interacting with ICE.

Understand the rights all people have when interacting with law enforcement.

Watch these videos to see actual ICE enforcement actions. Trigger warning for the violence in the videos.
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=305484203665995
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=354024228817587

Put the Iowa Statewide ICE Reporting Hotline 515-996-0003 in your contact list and immediately report ICE activity you witness.  Carry Hotline cards with you for reference and to give to others.

If you feel comfortable stopping to witness an enforcement action some guidelines for things you can do are provided in the document:  What Can I Do if I See ICE in my City?

If you are trying to help someone who has had a family member detained have them call the Hotline.  There are six community support teams across Iowa.

Want to get more involved? Come to the DSMSURJ Immigrant Rights action group on the Third Sunday of each month at 6 pm in Medbury Honors Lounge on the Drake Campus.

Thank you to Erica Johnson from American Friends Service Committee for educating us and to those who showed up for racial justice.

Questions?  dsmsurj@gmail.com

Upcoming SURJ Meetings
(Calendar for Q1 2020)

December 15: 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!

January 5: Preparing for the legislative session. State government is a space where racial justice advocacy can have a true impact. Join us to get started on this important hands-on work.

January 19: 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!

February 2: Training to support new immigrants in Iowa. Come learn more about how we can support new immigrants with Sonia Reyes-Snyder, Executive Officier of the Iowa Office of Latino Affairs.

February 16: Education and Immigration working groups (This and every third Sunday)

March 1: Pulling white folks in off the sidelines, a SURJ house party

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.

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