DSM SURJ Newsletter, 2/29/2020

House Party Sunday Night – SURJ with us the first day of March

March 1: Pulling white folks in off the sidelines, a SURJ house party. Join us! Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. We’re going to learn about the basics of SURJ, grow our relationships with one another, and learn about the larger strategies behind focusing on antiracism with white folks. This is a great first meeting for anyone interested in better understanding DSM SURJ! Come out and bring a friend.

March 15: 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!

Coming in April: We are working right now to reschedule the February “Become a Family Mentor for new Iowans” for April. Watch this space for more details soon!

April 19: 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!

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.


Upcoming local racial justice events:
Screen print party, comic talks race, human rights symposium

Monday, March 9. 5:30-7:30. DIY Screen Print t-shirt event against racial profiling. Iowa CCI Headquarters (2001 Forest Ave, 50311). Continue the push to stop racial profiling by law enforcement in our region. Bring a black t-shirt to screen print at no charge. Get updated on where this movement is going next. Organizing to pass an anti-racial profiling ordinance continues. Elected officials in Des Moines and at the Iowa legislature continue to push back. The black-led organizations leading the work (Iowa CCI Racial Justice team and NAACP) are determined to continue the fight. This movement is now entering the next phase. RSVP here. Questions? Email us at dsmsurj@gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 17. 6:00-8:00 pm. Vanessa Roberts, “AfroPuff Lederhosen: A Critically Comical Investigation of Race.” Drake University Olmsted Center, Sussman Theater. Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Symposium Kick-off Event. Free! Join us for our 2020 Civil & Human Rights Symposium Kick-off Event: a performance play & workshop that serves as a refreshingly humorous exploration of the interplay between race, ethnicity, culture, stereotypes and social expectation. Register for this event and learn more details at the Eventbrite link.

Wednesday, March 18. 7:30 am – 4:45 PM. 2020 DSM Civil & Human Rights Symposium: Strategizing for the Harvest. Drake University’s Olmsted Center. This theme highlights the symposium goal of helping people focus on the real work and planning that needs to happen in order to reap the prize, i.e. harvest of socio-economic advancement for all persons in the Greater Des Moines Region. $20 Registration fee, hardship assistance available. Register for this event and learn more details at the Eventbrite link.


Upcoming National Racial Justice Webinars

Wanting to connect to national conversations about the liberatory potential of a black queer feminist lens? Indigenous rights movements? The relevance of anti-imperialist internationalism? Biblical responses to antisemitism? Check out the offerings listed on the national SURJ website. All the details are at this link.

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