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DSM SURJ Newsletter, 7/20/19

Tonight! Spaghetti Dinner with Al Exito

Spaghetti Dinner Tonight 6:00 pm First Unitarian Church 1800 Bell Avenue, Des Moines. Everyone is welcome! Help raise funds to purchase accurate maps for DMPS social studies classrooms. Did you know that the map you’re most familiar with is not only is inaccurate, but also a tool of white supremacy? Al Exito is making the push to right this wrong by replacing these maps in DMPS classrooms with Peters Projections Maps. Please join Al Exito, SURJ, VegLife, and ARC to raise funds to purchase these maps for our students.

Bring your friends for this yummy and meaningful meal! https://www.facebook.com/events/1103203756554748/

SURJ tomorrow: Immigration
& Education Equity

July 21: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection 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!

August 4: Your Own Personal Rabbit Hole. Understanding our own stories about race, and talking about them to one another, is absolutely essential if we are to defeat racism in America. That cannot happen when our own families’ histories are unknown or rest on collective stories that ignore, deny, suppress or minimize the racial history and journey of our immigrant ancestors. By sharing what she continues to discover as she dives deeper into her own family history, Rhonda Chittenden will invite you to peer down your own personal rabbit hole of family history. This is an opportunity to grow in profound self-understanding as you connect your very life story to the visible and invisible dynamics of white supremacy alive in our communities, state and nation today Facilitated by Rhonda Calderon. Facebook invite here.

August 18Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection 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.
Disrupting as an Accomplice

SURJ has made a commitment to dig in deeper to our third pillar – Disrupting as an Accomplice. To this end, we are hosting a series of events this summer to raise awareness and funds for various partners: Iowa Sanctuary Movement, Al Exito, American Friends Service Committee and Justice for Our Neighbors. We need your help! Mark your calendar to attend one or all of these, commit to bringing a friend (or two) and share the events on Facebook.

Film Series: Changing the Immigration Narrative. A three-part series exploring immigration in the present and past. All three of these will be hosted at Plymouth (42nd and Ingersoll) the second Friday of the month at 7pm. Suggested donation $10 (cash or check, please).

Harvest of Empire – August 9 – Funds going to American Friends Service Committee https://www.facebook.com/events/349113415707684/
America First – The Legacy of an Immigration Raid – September 13 – Funds going to Justice for Our Neighbors. https://www.facebook.com/events/2753445354729643/

How can I respond? 

Your voice is needed. We are being called to action. A campaign of state-sponsored terror against our immigrant neighbors and unthinkable tragedy at the border continues. We cannot turn away, but how to respond can be a challenge. Click this link for a detailed list of immediate actions sent to us from the American Friends Service Committee (note: links in the file need to be copied and pasted – they are not live).  Donate this week to Al Exito in support of Latinx families who suffer right now from the terror campaign against immigrants and are responding with positivity and love.  Respond by supporting national people of color-centered organizations recommended at this link.  What does a response look like? If these are actions you can do, contact American Friends Service Committee Iowa Immigrant Rights Program at 515-209-2733.

  1. Volunteer to help with a writing project. Capabilities: write (in English) well. Can work from wherever you are- not necessary to come into our office. Time frame: pretty urgent/ASAP.
  2. Fluent, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) volunteers to help with the hotline. Must be able to function well under pressure, must be sensitive to cultural needs, must be committed to confidentiality and tracking, must have access to a smartphone and relatively comfortable with technology. Can work from wherever you are. We’ll train you and bring you up to speed.
  3. Sponsors to provide food during our upcoming Organizing Academy. We need food for around 20 people for 5 sessions. Could you or your community help out? Starting July 30-Aug 27 (every Tuesday evening) in Des Moines.
  4. Volunteers to help with public education forming a speakers bureau with us. There is such a need (and desire) for information about the U.S. Immigration system we could use some help presenting to groups. We’ll prep you to present and point you in the right direction! Location: anywhere in Iowa.
  5. Volunteer to help put pressure on statewide and local news agencies. Communications professionals needed! Iowa’s media outlets have been reporting on the crisis at the border and Trumps threats but don’t seem to understand that there are local implications. Can you help us reach out?

Global Summer Soccer Program and Youth Connection Fair Volunteers Needed

Looking for a volunteer opportunity to build interracial and interethnic social capital? Here are two.

1. Genesis Youth Foundation is organizing the Global Summer Soccer Program (July 12 – August 3). Soccer brings cultures together! Sign up for a slot from 6-8 on Thursdays and Fridays and/or the final Saturday Future Fest. Invite friends to help out too! Organized by SURJ member Heather Brady.

Here is the link to the program: https://www.genesisyouthfoundation.org/summer-soccer
Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ca5a82ca5fa7-central

2. Genesis Future Fest. Saturday, August 3, 9:00 AM TO 12:00 PM. East High School, 815 E. 13TH ST, Des Moines.

Genesis Youth Foundation, in partnership with The Iowa Department of Human Rights, DMPS Community Education, and Kick It Forward, is proud to present Future Fest on August 3rd, 2019. Youth in grades 6 – 12 and recent high school grads are invited to connect with future employers, colleges, and community organizations and open their minds to the world of opportunities that are possible for their futures.

Sign up to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ca5a82ca5fa7-future

DSM SURJ Mid-week Newsletter, 7/10/19

Friday Immigration Justice Actions

Lights for Liberty at Polk County Jail this Friday, 7/12 7:30 pm 1985 NE 51st Pl, Des MoinesLights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees. The Des Moines Facebook event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/875257159475415/

Join other Iowans at the Polk County Jail to protest against these atrocities. This will be a demonstration and a candlelight vigil. The organizers have reserved a section of the parking lot at the jail and are in the process of organizing ride shares to the event from the Capitol.

The rally will end with a (battery-operated) candlelight vigil and a moment of silence.

https://www.lightsforliberty.org/

Film: Santuario Also Friday, 7:00 pm at Plymouth (42nd and Ingersoll in Des Moines). Fundraiser, suggested donation $10 cash or check only. Funds going to Iowa Sanctuary Movement https://www.facebook.com/events/403460140380829/. Part of a summer film series, Changing the Immigration Narrative. A three-part series exploring immigration in the present and past (more details in previous post).

DSM SURJ Newsletter 7/7/19

SURJ tonight: DSM anti-racial profiling efforts 

July 7: Stop racial profiling in Des Moines. Guest speaker Harvey Harrison. Racial profiling by police happens to African-Americans in Des Moines. An anti-racial profiling ordinance is before City Council. Get the background and take action.  This is a great opportunity for you to get involved in SURJ direct action in support of a black-led effort against racial injustice in our community.   Learn the background at this link here.

July 21: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection 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!

August 4: Your Own Personal Rabbit Hole. It takes vulnerability and daring to face how white supremacy has constructed the very reality of one’s own life. Dare to dive down your own personal rabbit hole with other white folks. What will you find and what might it mean for your growth as a white person committed to racial justice? Facilitated by Rhonda Calderon.

August 18Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection 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.

Webinar: Angela Davis July 9 Online

July 9, 7:00 pm. We’re thrilled to invite you to SURJ’s conversation with Angela Davis on the fight for collective liberation. Across the country, SURJ members are working hard to bring new people into fights for justice – and we’re sure this conversation will provide inspiration and wisdom for the struggles we are engaged in across the country.

Register here to join the call July 9th at 8:00 EST. Then share the invitation on Facebook with family, friends and comrades.

Disrupting as an Accomplice

SURJ has made a commitment to dig in deeper to our third pillar – Disrupting as an Accomplice. To this end, we are hosting a series of events this summer to raise awareness and funds for various partners: Iowa Sanctuary Movement, Al Exito, American Friends Service Committee and Justice for Our Neighbors. We need your help! Mark your calendar to attend one or all of these, commit to bringing a friend (or two) and share the events on Facebook.

Film Series: Changing the Immigration Narrative. A three-part series exploring immigration in the present and past. All three of these will be hosted at Plymouth (42nd and Ingersoll) the second Friday of the month at 7pm. Suggested donation $10 (cash or check, please).

Santuario – July 12 – Funds going to Iowa Sanctuary Movement https://www.facebook.com/events/403460140380829/
Harvest of Empire – August 9 – Funds going to American Friends Service Committee https://www.facebook.com/events/349113415707684/
America First: The Legacy of an Immigration Raid – September 13 – Funds going to Justice for Our Neightbors. https://www.facebook.com/events/2753445354729643/

Spaghetti Dinner – July 20 6pm at the First Unitarian Church. A dinner to help raise funds to purchase accurate maps for DMPS social studies classrooms.
We’re looking for you to SURJ before the event, by signing up to bring a food donation: https://signup.com/go/KrHPydW
AND of course, invite your friends for this yummy and meaningful meal! https://www.facebook.com/events/1103203756554748/

How can I respond to the humanitarian immigrant crisis and anti-immigrant terror campaign? 

Whoever you are and whatever talents you have, your voice is needed. We are being called to action. This week’s events continued a campaign of state-sponsored terror against our immigrant neighbors and unthinkable tragedy at the border. We cannot turn away, but how to respond can be a challenge. Click this link for a detailed list of immediate actions sent to us from the American Friends Service Committee (note: links in the file need to be copied and pasted – they are not live).  Donate this week to Al Exito in support of Latinx families who suffer right now from the terror campaign against immigrants and are responding with positivity and love.  Respond by supporting national people of color-centered organizations recommended at this link.  What does a response look like?
  1. Volunteer to help with a writing project. Capabilities: write (in English) well. Can work from wherever you are- not necessary to come into our office. Time frame: pretty urgent/ASAP.
  2. Fluent, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) volunteers to help with the hotline. Must be able to function well under pressure, must be sensitive to cultural needs, must be committed to confidentiality and tracking, must have access to a smartphone and relatively comfortable with technology. Can work from wherever you are. We’ll train you and bring you up to speed.
  3. Sponsors to provide food during our upcoming Organizing Academy. We need food for around 20 people for 5 sessions. Could you or your community help out? Starting July 30-Aug 27 (every Tuesday evening) in Des Moines.
  4. Volunteers to help with public education forming a speakers bureau with us. There is such a need (and desire) for information about the U.S. Immigration system we could use some help presenting to groups. We’ll prep you to present and point you in the right direction! Location: anywhere in Iowa.
  5. Volunteer to help put pressure on statewide and local news agencies. Communications professionals needed! Iowa’s media outlets have been reporting on the crisis at the border and Trumps threats but don’t seem to understand that there are local implications. Can you help us reach out?

 

Global Summer Soccer Program and Youth Connection Fair Volunteers Needed

Looking for a volunteer opportunity to build interracial and interethnic social capital? Here are two.

1. Genesis Youth Foundation is organizing the Global Summer Soccer Program (July 12 – August 3). Soccer brings cultures together! Sign up for a slot from 6-8 on Thursdays and Fridays and/or the final Saturday Future Fest. Invite friends to help out too! Organized by SURJ member Heather Brady.

Here is the link to the program: https://www.genesisyouthfoundation.org/summer-soccer
Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ca5a82ca5fa7-central

2. Genesis Future Fest. Saturday, August 3, 9:00 AM TO 12:00 PM. East High School, 815 E. 13TH ST, Des Moines.

Genesis Youth Foundation, in partnership with The Iowa Department of Human Rights, DMPS Community Education, and Kick It Forward, is proud to present Future Fest on August 3rd, 2019. Youth in grades 6 – 12 and recent high school grads are invited to connect with future employers, colleges, and community organizations and open their minds to the world of opportunities that are possible for their futures.

Sign up to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ca5a82ca5fa7-future

Latinx Music Festival: Get Your Tickets Now for July

July 20, 2019 all day. Warren Morrow Music Festival.

The only festival that brings you a day of nothing but música Latina en Des Moines is back! Rock en español, bilingual hip hop, Spanish rap, salsa, y más.

Bring your chairs, cámaras, blankets and tacones para bailar and let’s rock downtown Latino style!

 More information on the Des Moines Warren Morrow Music Festival and Tickets here.

DSM SURJ Newsletter 6/29/19

How can I resond to the humanitarian immigrant crisis and anti-immigrant terror campaign? 

Whoever you are and whatever talents you have, your voice is needed. We are being called to action. This week’s events continued a campaign of state-sponsored terror against our immigrant neighbors and unthinkable tragedy at the border. We cannot turn away, but how to respond can be a challenge.

Click this link for a detailed list of immediate actions sent to us from the American Friends Service Committee (note: links in the file need to be copied and pasted – they are not live).

Donate this week to Al Exito in support of Latinx families who suffer right now from the terror campaign against immigrants and are responding with positivity and love. 

Respond by supporting national people of color-centered organizations recommended at this link

What does a response look like?
  1. Volunteer to help with a writing project. Capabilities: write (in English) well. Can work from wherever you are- not necessary to come into our office. Time frame: pretty urgent/ASAP.
  2. Fluent, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) volunteers to help with the hotline. Must be able to function well under pressure, must be sensitive to cultural needs, must be committed to confidentiality and tracking, must have access to a smart phone and relatively comfortable with technology. Can work from wherever you are. We’ll train you and bring you up to speed.
  3. Sponsors to provide food during our upcoming Organizing Academy. We need food for around 20 people for 5 sessions. Could you or your community help out? Starting July 30-Aug 27 (every Tuesday evening) in Des Moines.
  4. Volunteers to help with public education forming a speakers bureau with us. There is such a need (and desire) for information about the U.S. Immigration system we could use some help presenting to groups. We’ll prep you to present and point you in the right direction! Location: anywhere in Iowa.
  5. Volunteer to help put pressure on statewide and local news agencies. Communications professionals needed! Iowa’s media outlets have been reporting on the crisis at the border and Trumps threats but don’t seem to understand that there are local implications. Can you help us reach out?
SURJ July 7: DSM anti-racial profiling efforts 

July 7: Learn more about anti-racial profiling efforts in Des Moines. Harvey Harrison guest speaker.  Harvey will be providing a status report on the initial draft of the ordinance and any city council action; current racial profiling litigation and complaints, development of an anti-racial profiling website.  This is a great opportunity for you to get involved in SURJ direct action in support of a black-led effort against racial injustice in our community.   Learn the background at this link here.

July 21: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection 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!

August 4: Your Own Personal Rabbit Hole. It takes vulnerability and daring to face how white supremacy has constructed the very reality of one’s own life. Dare to dive down your own personal rabbit hole with other white folks. What will you find and what might it mean for your growth as a white person committed to racial justice? Facilitated by Rhonda Calderon.

August 18Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection 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.

June 2019 Featured People of Color-Owned Businesses

Cortney Ewing Estates
Owner: Cortney Ewing
Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group Realtors, 2425 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA
Phone: (515) 224-8609
Cell: (312) 718-4611
Email: cortney.ewing@cbdsm.com
Website: https://www.coldwellbanker.com/Coldwell-Banker-Mid_America-Group,-Realtors-7661c/Cortney-Ewing-7399141a?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=internal&utm_campaign=agent&utm_term=a7399141&referredByAgent=a7399141   (Enter Cortney Ewing Estates and you’ll find it!)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CortneyEwingEstates/

Cortney Ewing is a realtor specializing in first-time homebuyers. She’ll help you find grants to help with closing costs and down payments, and she works with trusted lenders to help ensure you can purchase the home of your dreams. Cortney serves both sellers and buyers, and she’ll be happy to put her skills to work to meet your needs.

Pyramid Theatre Company
Formed under the leadership of Ken-Matt Martin and Jiréh Breon Holder
Stoner Theater, Civic Center, 221 Walnut, Des Moines, IA
Website: http://pyramidtheatre.org/

Season continues through June. Productions this year include Too Heavy for Your Pocket, about the courageous journey of the Freedom Riders into the Deep South during the summer of 1961, and How I Learned What I Learned, a one-man show about playwright August Wilson. Pyramid Theatre Company’s mission is to provide a gateway to the arts for the Des Moines community by illuminating the presence of Black artists in the theatre canon and providing a means of artistic expression to emerging Black voices. We’ve highlighted this business in the past, but wanted to remind you that the new season is here.

Global Summer Soccer Program and Youth Connection Fair Volunteers Needed

Looking for a volunteer opportunity to build interracial and interethnic social capital? Here are two.

1. Genesis Youth Foundation is organizing the Global Summer Soccer Program (July 12 – August 3). Soccer brings cultures together! Sign up for a slot from 6-8 on Thursdays and Fridays and/or the final Saturday Future Fest. Invite friends to help out too! Organized by SURJ member Heather Brady.

Here is the link to the program: https://www.genesisyouthfoundation.org/summer-soccer
Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ca5a82ca5fa7-central

2. Genesis Future Fest. Saturday, August 3, 9:00 AM TO 12:00 PM. East High School, 815 E. 13TH ST, Des Moines.

Genesis Youth Foundation, in partnership with The Iowa Department of Human Rights, DMPS Community Education, and Kick It Forward, is proud to present Future Fest on August 3rd, 2019. Youth in grades 6 – 12 and recent high school grads are invited to connect with future employers, colleges, and community organizations and open their minds to the world of opportunities that are possible for their futures.

Sign up to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ca5a82ca5fa7-future

Webinar and Workbook: Angela Davis July 9 Online

July 9, 7:00 pm. We’re thrilled to invite you to SURJ’s conversation with Angela Davis on the fight for collective liberation. Across the country, SURJ members are working hard to bring new people into fights for justice – and we’re sure this conversation will provide inspiration and wisdom for the struggles we are engaged in across the country.

Register here to join the call July 9th at 8:00 EST. Then share the invitation on Facebook with family, friends and comrades.

White Supremacy and Me Workbook Layla F. Saad
https://www.meandwhitesupremacybook.com/
Part education, part activation, the Me And White Supremacy Workbook is a first-of-its-kind personal anti-racism tool for people holding white privilege to begin to examine and dismantle their complicity in the oppressive system of white supremacy.

 

Latinx Music Festival: Get Your Tickets Now for July

July 20, 2019 all day. Warren Morrow Music Festival.

The only festival that brings you a day of nothing but música Latina en Des Moines is back! Rock en español, bilingual hip hop, Spanish rap, salsa, y más.

Bring your chairs, cámaras, blankets and tacones para bailar and let’s rock downtown Latino style!

 More information on the Des Moines Warren Morrow Music Festival and Tickets here.

DSM SURJ Newsletter 6/15/19

Support NAACP and CCI: City Council Racial Profiling Ordinance Monday Night

Monday, June 17 4:30 pm. The Des Moines Human and Civil Rights Commission will discuss the draft anti-racial profiling ordinance and policy to City Council. Support the NAACP and CCI on Monday night. Richard A. Clark Municipal Services Center / Floor Second Floor – Room: Board Room 1551 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway Des Moines, Iowa 50317. SURJ members are needed to show up in support. Read the Draft Ordinance at this link here.

SURJ Working Groups Tomorrow Night

June 16: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection 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

July 7: Learn more about anti-racial profiling efforts in Des Moines. Harvey Harrison guest speaker.  Harvey will be providing a status report on the initial draft of the ordinance and any city council action; current racial profiling litigation and complaints, development of an anti-racial profiling website.  This is a great opportunity for you to get involved in SURJ direct action in support of a black-led effort against racial injustice in our community.   Learn the background at this link here.

July 21: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection 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!

August 4: Your Own Personal Rabbit Hole. It takes vulnerability and daring to face how white supremacy has constructed the very reality of one’s own life. Dare to dive down your own personal rabbit hole with other white folks. What will you find and what might it mean for your growth as a white person committed to racial justice? Facilitated by Rhonda Calderon.

August 18Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection 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.

Des Moines Events – Get out your calendar and build justice in Des Moines

Spaghetti Dinner to benefit CORE & Al Exito. Saturday, June 22. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM First Unitarian Church 1800 Bell Ave Des Moines.

World Refugee Day events the week of June 17-22: June 17 7-9:15 pm World Refugee Day Film Screening:  Human Flow
https://www.facebook.com/events/1484542981689448/. June 20 7-8:30 pm See Me, Hear Me: Stories of Refugees in Des Moines
https://www.facebook.com/events/372917086769502. June 22 12-4pm World Refugee Day
https://www.facebook.com/events/393828294793324/

Latinx Music Festival: Get Your Tickets Now for July

July 20, 2019 all day. Warren Morrow Music Festival.

The only festival that brings you a day of nothing but música Latina en Des Moines is back! Rock en español, bilingual hip hop, Spanish rap, salsa, y más.

Bring your chairs, cámaras, blankets and tacones para bailar and let’s rock downtown Latino style!

 More information on the Des Moines Warren Morrow Music Festival and Tickets here.

June 2019
Featured People of Color-Owned Businesses

Cortney Ewing Estates
Owner: Cortney Ewing
Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group Realtors, 2425 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA
Phone: (515) 224-8609
Cell: (312) 718-4611
Email: cortney.ewing@cbdsm.com
Website: https://www.coldwellbanker.com/Coldwell-Banker-Mid_America-Group,-Realtors-7661c/Cortney-Ewing-7399141a?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=internal&utm_campaign=agent&utm_term=a7399141&referredByAgent=a7399141   (Enter Cortney Ewing Estates and you’ll find it!)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CortneyEwingEstates/

Cortney Ewing is a realtor specializing in first-time homebuyers. She’ll help you find grants to help with closing costs and down payments, and she works with trusted lenders to help ensure you can purchase the home of your dreams. Cortney serves both sellers and buyers, and she’ll be happy to put her skills to work to meet your needs.

Pyramid Theatre Company
Formed under the leadership of Ken-Matt Martin and Jiréh Breon Holder
Stoner Theater, Civic Center, 221 Walnut, Des Moines, IA
Website: http://pyramidtheatre.org/

Season begins this weekend and continues through June. Productions this year include Too Heavy for Your Pocket, about the courageous journey of the Freedom Riders into the Deep South during the summer of 1961, and How I Learned What I Learned, a one-man show about playwright August Wilson. Pyramid Theatre Company’s mission is to provide a gateway to the arts for the Des Moines community by illuminating the presence of Black artists in the theatre canon and providing a means of artistic expression to emerging Black voices. We’ve highlighted this business in the past, but wanted to remind you that the new season is here.

 

Global Summer Soccer Program and Youth Connection Fair Volunteers Needed
Looking for a volunteer opportunity to build interracial and inter-ethnic social capital? Here are two.

1. Genesis Youth Foundation is organizing the Global Summer Soccer Program (July 12 – August 3). Soccer brings cultures together! Sign up for a slot from 6-8 on Thursdays and Fridays and/or the final Saturday Future Fest. Invite friends to help out too! Organized by SURJ member Heather Brady.

Here is the link to the program: https://www.genesisyouthfoundation.org/summer-soccer
Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ca5a82ca5fa7-central

2. Genesis Future Fest. Saturday, August 3, 9:00 AM TO 12:00 PM. East High School, 815 E. 13TH ST, Des Moines.

Genesis Youth Foundation, in partnership with The Iowa Department of Human Rights, DMPS Community Education, and Kick It Forward, is proud to present Future Fest on August 3rd, 2019. Youth in grades 6 – 12 and recent high school grads are invited to connect with future employers, colleges, and community organizations and open their minds to the world of opportunities that are possible for their futures.

Sign up to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ca5a82ca5fa7-future

Webinar and Workbook: Angela Davis
July 9 Online

July 9, 7:00 pm. We’re thrilled to invite you to SURJ’s conversation with Angela Davis on the fight for collective liberation. Across the country, SURJ members are working hard to bring new people into fights for justice – and we’re sure this conversation will provide inspiration and wisdom for the struggles we are engaged in across the country.

Register here to join the call July 9th at 8:00 EST. Then share the invitation on Facebook with family, friends and comrades.

White Supremacy and Me Workbook Layla F. Saad
https://www.meandwhitesupremacybook.com/
Part education, part activation, the Me And White Supremacy Workbook is a first-of-its-kind personal anti-racism tool for people holding white privilege to begin to examine and dismantle their complicity in the oppressive system of white supremacy.

DSM SURJ Newsletter 6/8/2019

June 2019 Featured People-of-Color-Owned Businesses

Cortney Ewing Estates
Owner: Cortney Ewing
Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group Realtors, 2425 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA

Phone: (515) 224-8609
Cell: (312) 718-4611
Email: cortney.ewing@cbdsm.com
Website: https://www.coldwellbanker.com/Coldwell-Banker-Mid_America-Group,-Realtors-7661c/Cortney-Ewing-7399141a   (Enter Cortney Ewing Estates and you’ll find it!)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CortneyEwingEstates/

Cortney Ewing is a realtor specializing in first-time homebuyers. She’ll help you find grants to help with closing costs and down payments, and she works with trusted lenders to help ensure you can purchase the home of your dreams. Cortney serves both sellers and buyers, and she’ll be happy to put her skills to work to meet your needs.

Pyramid Theatre Company
Formed under the leadership of Ken-Matt Martin and Jiréh Breon Holder
Stoner Theater, Civic Center, 221 Walnut, Des Moines, IA
Website: http://pyramidtheatre.org/

Season begins this weekend and continues through June. Productions this year include Too Heavy for Your Pocket, about the courageous journey of the Freedom Riders into the Deep South during the summer of 1961, and How I Learned What I Learned, a one-man show about playwright August Wilson. Pyramid Theatre Company’s mission is to provide a gateway to the arts for the Des Moines community by illuminating the presence of Black artists in the theatre canon and providing a means of artistic expression to emerging Black voices. We’ve highlighted this business in the past, but wanted to remind you that the new season is here.


Global Summer Soccer Program and Youth Connection Fair Volunteers Needed

Looking for a volunteer opportunity to build interracial and interethnic social capital? Here are two.

1. Genesis Youth Foundation is organizing the Global Summer Soccer Program (July 12 – August 3). Soccer brings cultures together! Sign up for a slot from 6-8 on Thursdays and Fridays and/or the final Saturday Future Fest. Invite friends to help out too! Organized by SURJ member Heather Brady.

Here is the link to the program: https://www.genesisyouthfoundation.org/summer-soccer
Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ca5a82ca5fa7-central

2. Genesis Future Fest. Saturday, August 3, 9:00 AM TO 12:00 PM. East High School, 815 E. 13TH ST, Des Moines.

Genesis Youth Foundation, in partnership with The Iowa Department of Human Rights, DMPS Community Education, and Kick It Forward, is proud to present Future Fest on August 3rd, 2019. Youth in grades 6 – 12 and recent high school grads are invited to connect with future employers, colleges, and community organizations and open their minds to the world of opportunities that are possible for their futures.

Sign up to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ca5a82ca5fa7-future


Webinar and Workbook: Angela Davis July 9 Online

July 9, 7:00 pm. We’re thrilled to invite you to SURJ’s conversation with Angela Davis on the fight for collective liberation. Across the country, SURJ members are working hard to bring new people into fights for justice – and we’re sure this conversation will provide inspiration and wisdom for the struggles we are engaged in across the country.

Register here to join the call July 9th at 8:00 EST. Then share the invitation on Facebook with family, friends and comrades.

White Supremacy and Me Workbook Layla F. Saad
https://www.meandwhitesupremacybook.com/
Part education, part activation, the Me And White Supremacy Workbook is a first-of-its-kind personal anti-racism tool for people holding white privilege to begin to examine and dismantle their complicity in the oppressive system of white supremacy.


Complete Summer SURJ Meetings

June 16: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection 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!

July 7: Learn more about anti-racial profiling efforts in Des Moines. Harvey Harrison guest speaker.  Harvey will be providing a status report on the initial draft of the ordinance and any city council action; current racial profiling litigation and complaints, development of an anti-racial profiling website.  This is a great opportunity for you to get involved in SURJ direct action in support of a black-led effort against racial injustice in our community.   Learn the background at this link here.

July 21: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection 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!

August 4: Your Own Personal Rabbit Hole. It takes vulnerability and daring to face how white supremacy has constructed the very reality of one’s own life. Dare to dive down your own personal rabbit hole with other white folks. What will you find and what might it mean for your growth as a white person committed to racial justice? Facilitated by Rhonda Calderon.

August 18Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection 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.


Des Moines Events – Get out your calendar and build justice in Des Moines

Wear Orange 2019.  Saturday, June 8. 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Union Park. The local Moms Demand Action team is hosting a community picnic at Union Park near the carousel. Wear Orange and take part in student art, music, crafts, selfie station, refreshments, and BYO picnic. Speakers in support of gun violence awareness as part of the national awareness weekend.

Juneteenth Parade. Saturday, June 15. Details coming soon.

Spaghetti Dinner to benefit CORE & Al Exito. Saturday, June 22. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM First Unitarian Church 1800 Bell Ave Des Moines.

World Refugee Day events the week of June 17-22: June 17 7-9:15pm World Refugee Day Film Screening:  Human Flow
https://www.facebook.com/events/1484542981689448/. June 20 7-8:30pm See Me, Hear Me: Stories of Refugees in Des Moines
https://www.facebook.com/events/372917086769502. June 22 12-4pm World Refugee Day
https://www.facebook.com/events/393828294793324/

Latinx Music Festival: Get Your Tickets Now for July

July 20, 2019 all day. Warren Morrow Music Festival.

The only festival that brings you a day of nothing but música Latina en Des Moines is back! Rock en español, bilingual hip hop, Spanish rap, salsa, y más.

Bring your chairs, cámaras, blankets and tacones para bailar and let’s rock downtown Latino style!

 More information on the Des Moines Warren Morrow Music Festival and Tickets here.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 6/1/19

Sunday Meeting: Recognizing & Understanding Our Shared Migration Story

Complete Summer SURJ Calendar

Sunday, June 2: Immigration 101. Journeys and Dreams: Recognizing & Understanding Our Shared Migration Story.  In this interactive workshop, American Friends Serivce Committee Director Erica Johnson will facilitate a discussion of the history of migration in the U.S. and the push and pull factors that shape immigrant journeys. What forces cause people to leave their homes? What draws families to the United States and to Iowa in particular? What are the current conditions driving migration from Central America? What principals should guide proposals to update the U.S. immigration system and what proposals are being considered? Meet a longstanding advocate for immigration justice, Erica Johnson. Free will donation that evening will go to AFSC’s immigration justice work in Iowa.

Sunday, June 16: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection 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!

July 7: Announced Soon

July 21: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection 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!

August 4: Your Own Personal Rabbit Hole. It takes vulnerability and daring to face how white supremacy has constructed the very reality of one’s own life. Dare to dive down your own personal rabbit hole with other white folks. What will you find and what might it mean for your growth as a white person committed to racial justice? Facilitated by Rhonda Calderon.

August 18Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection 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.


Latinx Music Festival: Get Your Tickets Now for July

July 20, 2019 all day. Warren Morrow Music Festival.

The only festival that brings you a day of nothing but música Latina en Des Moines is back! Rock en español, bilingual hip hop, Spanish rap, salsa, y más.

Bring your chairs, cámaras, blankets and tacones para bailar and let’s rock downtown Latino style!

 More information on the Des Moines Warren Morrow Music Festival and Tickets here.


Global Summer Soccer Program and Youth Connection Fair Need You

Looking for a volunteer opportunity to build interracial and interethnic social capital? Here are two.

1. Genesis Youth Foundation is organizing the Global Summer Soccer Program (July 12 – August 3). Soccer brings cultures together! Sign up for a slot from 6-8 on Thursdays and Fridays and/or the final Saturday Future Fest. Invite friends to help out too! Organized by SURJ member Heather Brady.

Here is the link to the program: https://www.genesisyouthfoundation.org/summer-soccer
Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ca5a82ca5fa7-central

2. Genesis Future Fest. Saturday, August 3, 9:00 AM TO 12:00 PM. East High School, 815 E. 13TH ST, Des Moines.

Genesis Youth Foundation, in partnership with The Iowa Department of Human Rights, DMPS Community Education, and Kick It Forward, is proud to present Future Fest on August 3rd, 2019. Youth in grades 6 – 12 and recent high school grads are invited to connect with future employers, colleges, and community organizations and open their minds to the world of opportunities that are possible for their futures.

Sign up to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ca5a82ca5fa7-future


Des Moines Events – Get out your calendar and build justice in Des Moines

Free course starts today! June 1-30, 2019. The Civil Rights Movement in Iowa. Instructor:  Katy Swalwell ISU School of Education Online Summer Course – Free if taking for no credit.
https://www.education.iastate.edu/graduate-programs/teaching-learning-leadership-policy/teaching-learning-iowa-history-series/

Wear Orange 2019.  Saturday, June 8. 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Union Park. The local Moms Demand Action team is hosting a community picnic at Union Park near the carousel. Wear Orange and take part in student art, music, crafts, selfie station, refreshments, and BYO picnic. Speakers in support of gun violence awareness as part of the national awareness weekend.

Juneteenth Parade. Saturday, June 15. Details coming soon.

Spaghetti Dinner to benefit CORE & Al Exito. Saturday, June 22. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM First Unitarian Church 1800 Bell Ave Des Moines.

World Refugee Day events the week of June 17-22: June 17 7-9:15pm World Refugee Day Film Screening:  Human Flow
https://www.facebook.com/events/1484542981689448/. June 20 7-8:30pm See Me, Hear Me: Stories of Refugees in Des Moines
https://www.facebook.com/events/372917086769502. June 22 12-4pm World Refugee Day
https://www.facebook.com/events/393828294793324/


National Happenings: You’re Invited

July 9, 7:00 pm. We’re thrilled to invite you to SURJ’s conversation with Angela Davis on the fight for collective liberation. Across the country, SURJ members are working hard to bring new people into fights for justice – and we’re sure this conversation will provide inspiration and wisdom for the struggles we are engaged in across the country.

Register here to join the call July 9th at 8:00 EST. Then share the invitation on Facebook with family, friends and comrades.

White Supremacy and Me Workbook Layla F. Saad
https://www.meandwhitesupremacybook.com/
Part education, part activation, the Me And White Supremacy Workbook is a first-of-its-kind personal anti-racism tool for people holding white privilege to begin to examine and dismantle their complicity in the oppressive system of white supremacy.