DSM SURJ Newsletter, 1/19/20

Tonight (Sunday): Homecooked meal and education working group session

January 19: Offsite dinner. RSVP required. The Education Working Group will be meeting in a home over a meal on Sunday January 19th as we begin to plan our next big work! Please email us at dsmsurj@gmail.com to rsvp and we’ll send you the address (and make sure we cook enough food for you)! 

February 2: Training to support new immigrants in Iowa. Medbury Honors Lounge, Drake University. 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). 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!

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.

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. 

Online Racial Justice Events

TUESDAY, January 28th, at 7:30 CT. “Mommying While Muslim”: Raising Healthy Muslim Children in a Post-9/11 World. 
REGISTER TO JOIN this free, hour-long, online conversation with your EmbraceRace community.

Why We Gather: A child born on September 11, 2001 is a young adult now. Which is to say that every Muslim child in the US today has grown up in the shadow of 9-11 and the deep hostility directed by so many against her identity and against Islam.

Join us for a conversation with the hosts of the Mommying While Muslim podcast about how they, and mothers and families in their networks, have mobilized to meet the challenge of raising healthy, resilient Muslim children in an age marked by anti-Muslim hate crimes, school bullying, and travel bans.

Between them, Uzma and Zaiba are parents to eight children between the ages of 4 and 17. They’ll offer their insights and perspectives and, as always, we’ll invite you to share yours – and your questions – as well.

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