DSM SURJ News & Action, 3/10/21

DSM SURJ welcomes Justyn Lewis to the race for Councilmember at-large on the Des Moines City Council.

Justyn is a SURJ supporter and the founder of Des Moines’ Selma. Click here to learn more about his campaign and extend your support.


City Councilmember Josh Mandelbaum (3rd Ward) also recently announced his candidacy for re-election. Click here to learn more about Josh and extend your support.


And now, a note from Damonte Stoger of the ACLU of Iowa Community Engagement Team:

The pandemic has not dampened our efforts to reach out to Iowa legislators and encourage them to support helpful bills and to vote against bills that could harm our most fundamental civil liberties.

As part of our Lobby Day, Every Day campaign, we are hosting four lunch-and-learn sessions with pro tips on how you can make a difference at the Iowa legislature. . We invite you to join us for one or more on Wednesdays, from noon to 12:30 via Zoom.
 

Lobby Day, Every Day Virtual Event Series – Wednesdays 12-12:30PM

March 3 – How to Craft an Ask to Legislators

  • How to write and call your legislator and craft an effective ‘ask’
  • Register here


March 10 – How to Speak at Subcommittee Meetings or Public Hearings 

  • Walk through how to access the meetings and hearings
  • Tips for how to submit written comments 
  • What to include in your comments
  • Register here
     

March 17 – Legislative Update ft. ACLU of Iowa Policy Director Pete McRoberts

  • Hear updates on:
    • Pregnant Worker Fairness Act
    • Anti-racial profiling efforts
    • Iowa Housing Opportunity Act
    • Access to abortion 
  • Register here

March 24 – How to Write a Letter to the Editor or Op-Ed ft. ACLU of Iowa Communications Director Veronica Fowler

We’ve also created a Lobby Day, Every Day toolkit to equip you with the tools you need to successfully advocate for civil liberties remotely during the pandemic. Get your copy by following this link. The deadline for requesting physical copies of the toolkit is March 19th. 

We look forward to seeing you there! With any questions, please contact us at  outreach@aclu-ia.org


Let’s hear it for the SURJ Economic Equity Business + Professional of the Month!

The Zone of Comfort – Life Balance Center
Owner and Practitioner: LaTonya Shook, LMT

Address: 3829 71 st Street, Suite B-1, Urbandale
Email: thezoneofcomfort@gmail.com
Website: https://www.zoneofcomfort.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thezoneofcomfort

For more than twenty years, LaTonya Shook has been helping people obtain balance mentally, physically, and spiritually. She seeks to respectfully provide natural wellness education and services, offering several modalities with integrity and wisdom. A licensed massage therapist, LaTonya has a great toolbox of means to enhance wellness, including Swedish Massage Therapy, relaxation coaching, foot reflexology, hot stone massage, tuning forks, and others. One technique she employs is cupping therapy, an ancient form of medicine used to help with pain and inflammation and as a type of deep tissue massage and an aid to general well-being. LaTonya also offers relaxation coaching to assist us over the tough spots in life.

In addition to services, the Zone of Comfort offers products to help us reach balance. There’s LaTonya’s LeS’on (a pure, natural body butter that melts into your skin), LaTonya’s LeS’on Skin Nutritional Soap (natural soaps with glycerin and hemp oil), and Shungite Energy Bracelets. (Shungite is a rare carbon-rich stone that LaTonya fashions into bracelets with jewelry beads such as amethyst, tiger eye, or rose quartz.)

LaTonya would love to work with you to help you naturally assist your well-being.


The SURJ Book Club is continuing its work with Resmaa Menakem’s My Grandmother’s Hands, about racialized trauma we all carry in our bodies. If you haven’t been able to join us recently, it’s not too late! We’ll be starting to discuss Part II next month. Upcoming book club dates are set for April 3, May 1, June 5, and June 26.

In conjunction with this, we’re excited to partner with Goddess of Des Moines’ Sun Seed community (a platform here in DSM for the practice of collective healing) for a 4-part workshop. The dates are likely to be April 18, April 25, May 16, and June 6 for 2 hours each session (cost is $20/session). If you’re interested in this opportunity (and we hope you are!!), please contact Abigail Paxton at abigail.j.paxton@gmail.com


Thank you for reading!

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

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