DSM SURJ Newsletter 3/14/2020

Sunday 3/15: SURJ online with local immigration justice expert 

To support efforts to slow the spread of the covid-19 virus in Central Iowa, the next two SURJ meetings will be held via zoom, an online video conferencing service. The March 15 and April 5 meetings each have different instructions for connecting. The details are below.

ONLINE March 15: Immigration 101 course to train for jail visitation to immigrants in Central Iowa. Education and Immigration working groups. Join SURJ as we welcome Jody Mashek with American Friends Service Committee to an online zoom meeting! In this 2 hour course, Jody will cover how the immigration system works (or doesn’t as the case may be) and ICE detention. This is required training for volunteers interested in doing jail visitation with people being detained by ICE at Polk County or Hardin County Jail. People with prior training or experience may omit this training, but will be required to attend two other trainings before visitations begin.

Join Zoom Meeting – Click this link at 5:50pm.
https://zoom.us/j/209292897…

Meeting ID: 209 292 897
Password: 002821

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ONLINE April 5: Sheriffs, White Supremacy & Organizing for Collective Liberation. Online meeting. Join this conversation about the role of sheriffs in upholding white supremacy and the strategic need to run local campaigns that can hold them accountable, or kick them out of office in our work for collective liberation. Our guest speakers are from Political Research Associates and Sheriffs for Trusting Communities. Register for this online event here.

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!

May 3: Details soon!

May 17Education 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.


Cancelled local events: Will announce rescheduling

**CANCELLED, to be rescheduled in late July.** Sunday March 15. Storytelling Event: Stories to Tell My Daughter. 2811 E. 14. (Grandview University Viking Theater). Support and enjoy this storytelling event where wit, grit, and wisdom rule the evening. These are personal narratives told by empowered women whose stories explore the full range of the feminine experience. Stories of love, loss, adversity, and everything in between. Speaking the truth is a beautiful thing.

**CANCELLED ** 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.

**CANCELLED ** 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.


A note from the newsletter editor…Healing resources

i usually write as the omnipotent announcer of events. But i’m a person, darcie vandegrift, who this week sends you my best wishes and deepest longings for continued antiracist, anti-white supremacist connection during this challenging time. i humbly offer some ideas for inspiration. These are not public health or current events-focused thoughts, but rather are intended to send healing and healthful vibes to your precious personhood:

Speak against racism and xenophobia in corona virus discussions. Scroll down in this article to learn more. Learn about how racism often plays into public narratives of viruses here. Take a deep dive with a crowdsourced document here.

adrienne maree brown created a list of resources and thoughts during covid-19

Generative somatics is a healing practice focused on addressing trauma and building resilience at an organizational and personal level. It is a growing movement with deep participation from anti-racist women of color leaders nationwide. Here’s a great introduction podcast.

Getting outdoors into parks is protective to mental health. No need to do or be anything while you’re there. Unless you want to try forest bathing.

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