DSM SURJ Newsletter, 2/1/2020

Sunday 2/2: Become a family mentor for new Iowans **CANCELLED DUE TO FAMILY EMERGENCY**

Can you help? Attend and speak against anti-immigrant bill February 5

Sunday, February 2, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm **CANCELLED DUE TO FAMILY EMERGENCY**
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.


You are needed: February 5 to speak up for immigrant rights

WEDNESDAY, February 5 11:30 AM Room 24 of Iowa Capitol. Speak against SF579 in small subcommittee meeting.  SF579 would require data collection and analysis of “nonresident alien” public offense data. It is being heard in subcommittee on Wed. Feb. 5, 11:30am. The subcommittee members are Sens. Whiting, Bisignano, and Dawson. The only lobbyist registered for this bill is the Iowa Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.

You can also use these links to email Senators Whiting, Bisignano and Dawson. Reasons to oppose this bill include the negative economic impact of similar legislation in AZ and TX, the moral argument against racial profiling, the law enforcement argument against the bill as written and any amendments to turn it into a “show me your papers” law.

Future SURJ Meetings

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.

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.

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