Happy New Year! Are you in?
Where are you called to SURJ?: Legislative advocacy, supporting new Iowa immigrant families, caucus training, tamales purchase to support Al Exito, and other local events for justice. Calendar some time to be in community and build the longed-for Beloved Community in Des Moines.
SURJ Sunday Night:
January 5: Preparing for the legislative session. Let’s do this! Learn the basics of advocacy and build your racial justice influence muscles with phone call role playing, postcard and email writing. Review how a bill becomes a law and how you can get engaged the legislative session that starts January 13. Will you SURJ at the Capitol in 2020? Feel free to bring your laptop! 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 Officer of the Iowa Office of Latino Affairs. Details and sign up for training at the end of this email.
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.
Support Al Éxito:
Tamales for Preorder to Pick Up January 11
Get your Tamales ASAP! Preorder ends Jan 6. Tamales for $17/dozen before 1/6 & pick-up on Saturday 1/11 at Wesley United Methodist Church. Pre-order tamales. 1) Choose what kinds (Red pork, green chicken, or rajas/chili & cheese); 2) Pay via Paypal (linked) or Venmo @Al-Exito by January 6; 3) Pick up January 11 at Wesley UMC 800 E 12th St Des Moines, Iowa.
Take a class: Learn to make your own tamales for $10/person. Class will be held at 11:30 at Wesley UMC. Space is limited, reserve your spot now!
January 11: Individual tamales for sale on 1/11 for $2/tamal. Or buy for $3 with champurrado. (Individual tamales for sale while they last!). To sign up for the class or for questions: email Gabby@alexitoiowa.org or call 515-494-6564. Or reach out via Facebook.
Al Éxito provides programming that builds the leadership potential of Latino/a youth through college preparation, career development, civic engagement, family support, and celebration of culture.
NAACP, IWPC and DSM SURJ Caucus Simulation
January 16 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Polk County Central Senior Center, 2008 Forest Ave, Des Moines. Learn to caucus the fun way! This is a caucus training you don’t want to miss! You will learn how both the Republicans and Democrats Caucus. Following the presentation, you will have an opportunity to do a caucus run through so you can see how the process works. Facebook event at this link.
Become a family mentor for new Iowans
Sunday, February 2, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Medbury Honors Lounge (Regular SURJ meeting spot). Become a family mentor for new Iowans! SURJ is growing a network of folks willing to be paired with a new Iowan family. Sonia Reyes, Executive Officer of the Office of Latino Affairs will lead us in a training to offer support and resources for those willing to consider becoming a family mentor.
Please sign up to inform SURJ of your interest at this form link. Signing up to attend this educational session does NOT commit you to a family. It does, however, indicate that you have a strong interest in learning more.
Becoming a family mentor will involve supporting new Iowans by providing them with local resources, navigating transportation and educational support systems in Iowa and other forms of advocacy. Each case will vary, but an average of 3 to 5 hours a week might be required in the beginning (to create trust with the families). After that the time commitment may be 2-3 hours a week, depending on what the needs of the families. This is a wonderful and important opportunity to grow your sense of what “family” means, by making space in your life to support these new families.
Local Racial Justice Events
January 15, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM. First Christian Church Des Moines, 2500 University Ave. Poor People’s Campaign national tour stop in Des Moines. At the Mass Meeting, we will hear from people directly impacted by systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the corrupt moral narrative. We will also hear from Rev. Barber and Rev. Theoharis, Co-Chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Much more information at this link here.