DSM SURJ News & Action, 2/23/2021

Knock and Drop Iowa is an incredible organization working tirelessly to meet the needs of the Latinx community in the Des Moines area.

Thousands of people live everyday without food and other basic necessities. One of our main goals is to stop hunger by gathering food and providing them to those in need. Knock and Drop Iowa is funded by community support and donations. We are always looking for volunteers and donations in order to assist more people.

Knock and Drop Iowa’s vision is to have its own space and be a safe haven for the Latinx Community. Knock and Drop Iowa believes in making sure no one goes hungry. A child should never go to sleep with an empty stomach. We believe in helping and teaching knowledge to our community. Knock and Drop Iowa has so many dreams for the Latinx Community, and is working hard to partnering with other organizations out there, to help in bridging the gaps between our Communities.

Please consider helping them today.

Thank you to everyone who attended our monthly SURJ meeting on Sunday, Feb. 21 recapping the work of our Immigration Working Group. During the meeting, Erica Johnson with American Friends Service Committee-Iowa spoke about the upcoming legislation which would require businesses to use the voluntary federal e-verify system to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

Please add your voice against this bill here. If you are interested in getting involved with the Immigration Working Group, please complete this form and Amy Luebbert will reach out to you. 

The raised fist is a symbol of solidarity, but these days it is also an image of anger and frustration at what is happening on Capitol Hill.

As a reader of this email, you likely already know the governing majority is pursuing a variety of bills that would harm the people of Iowa, including but not limited to our LGBTQ community, our public education system, our universities, and our environment. And now, with House File 590 and Senate File 413, the Republicans are seeking to make big changes to our electoral process, harming voters of all persuasions. The proposed legislation would mean:

  • Fewer days to request and return absentee ballots;
  • Fewer days for in-person early voting;
  • Fewer absentee ballot drop boxes;
  • And harsher penalties for election official misconduct.

After the 2020 election, which was certified as the most secure in U.S. history, these actions appear at best to be totally unnecessary –and at worst a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise voters. Contact your legislators today and tell them how you feel. 

We must remember that democracy is the main avenue for bringing about justice and equity in our society. Without a healthy and participatory democracy, we are lost.

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If you haven’t been getting these daily February emails, it’s not too late to sign up. (And you can also look back on the archives and catch up.) Amazing little-known people and stories are featured each day, giving us a rich and beautiful tapestry of Black history (read: American history). 

Happy Birthday to W.E.B. DuBois, who was born on this day in 1868. (cake emoji)

Thank you for reading!

Please stay in touch with us and reach out at any time to dsmsurj@gmail.com

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