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See you tomorrow: How to talk to white family and friends about racism

At our last meeting, we talked about how important it is to talk to white people about racism.  How to do it?  To what purpose?  Participants committed to holding FOUR conversations between meetings.  Want to try it? Here’s one article the SURJ email editor recommends. Here’s one for social media.

Join us the first Sunday in November to talk about it and grow your skills.

November/December Meeting Schedule:  Meetings the first and third Sundays of each month, 6-8 pm at Drake University.  Newcomers welcome at all meetings! Childcare provided. All meetings held at Medbury Honors Loungeat Drake University at 6:00 pm. Park in the Olmsted Center Parking Lot located at 2875 University Avenue.

  • 11/5 Decision and leadership meeting. At the last October meeting, SURJ members committed to holding four meaningful conversations about racism with white people in our lives.  Come share your experiences as we grow our capacity to grow consciousness in Central Iowa.
  • 11/19 Learning and action items.  Build your effectiveness as an anti-racist voice.  Learn new skills as we workshop effective response to legislation, talking to friends/family, and continuing work with accountability groups.
  • 12/3 Decision and leadership meeting
  • 12/17 Take action and build skills

Share with teachers and youth workers:  Updated Teacher Toolkit. Use and share this toolkit with local and national resources to support undocumented, DACAmented and refugee youth: local legal resources, family emergency preparedness, mental health and classroom anti-bullying. New and re-verified sources to be more informed as an ally to the youth in your life. This resource and more are posted on the DSM SURJ Website.

Upcoming allied group events:

Sanctuary Church Potluck: Monday, November 6th 6:00 pm potluck, 7:00 pm documentary. “Who is Dayani Crystal?”  First Unitarian Church 1800 Bell Ave.

Share the Mic Community Voices Creating Change: Friday, November 10th 7:00-9:00 pm.  By Movement 515.  Temple for the Performing Arts 1011 Locust Street. Join us for an evening of spoken word poetry, featuring the poets of Movement 515 and Half-Pints Poetry! In support of our immigrant brothers and sisters, the theme for our annual Share the Mic is “I, Too, Am America,” with all proceeds benefiting Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors. These events sell out.  Buy advance tickets here.

Coming soon: November Businesses to Support

Activities and accomplishments: October

White Privilege Conference-IA.  SURJ members served as organizers, workshop leaders, keynote speakers and attendees.  Gratitude to Petra Lange, Erin Lain, and Drake University for organizing and sponsoring event in Des Moines to foster skills and awareness to dismantle racial hierarchies in Des Moines.

Supporting People of Color-owned businesses:  These initiatives are going strong.  New monthly businesses listed each month.  You can find lists in each weekly email and on our facebook page.

Dancing in the rain:  Minuet MANY was a great success, with several dozen coming together to dance, sing, play and create an art-based response to reject white supremacy and racist terror.  We raised over $225 for local Latinx youth development group Movimiento Al Exito.  Sample the joy here.

Teacher’s Toolkit Update

With recent persecution of immigrants within a broken federal immigration system, DSM SURJ created a toolkit for Iowa teachers to support their immigrant students around four key areas: legal resource listings, home preparedness, in-school bullying, and mental health. The toolkit provides up to date links on key immigration issues and local resources. Des Moines public schools has 6000 ELL students and is a designated sanctuary district. The teaching staff is 90 percent white. SURJ consulted with national and local immigrant-led organizations to develop the materials. SURJ performed training workshops in local schools and ciruclated the toolkit throughout Iowa.

Resource Toolkit for Teachers

 

October Economic Equity Spotlight!

DSM SURJ is pushing economic equality by using our large network to thoughtfully support people of color owned businesses and other enterprises in the Des Moines area. Please make efforts to support these businesses–and spread the word in your various networks! A SURJ member has had direct communication with each of these businesses owners and they are excited to be highlighted by the Des Moines chapter.

(Also, if you have a business you would like to nominate for the spotlight, please forward the information to a member of the leadership team.)

OCTOBER

  • Williams Auto Detail
    Owner: Kris Williams
    (515) 724-1250

Auto detailing: Tires, upholstery shampooing, polishing, waxing, buffing scratches. Kris will give your car, van, or truck Tender Loving Care!
Depending on the vehicle, prices range from $75 to $150

  • Jerry’s Lawn Care
    Owner: Jerry Leon Thompson
    (515) 441-6760
    506 Payton Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315

Much more than just lawn care, Jerry’s does mowing, leaf removal, small tree removal, debris removal, landscape tear-outs and redesigns, French drains, retaining walls, house painting (interior and exterior), countertops, floors, showers, and vanity tops.

To serve you better, we have three separated sections with a total of 25 booths and several large tables for your big groups and parties. Catering is also available. Our Menu has been thoroughly elaborated with dishes from different zones of Mexico and TexMex Style, a little different from what is known around here, like the Traditional Mexican Sopes, Molcajetes, Pollo a la Piña, Santa Fe Enchiladas, Cancun Salad, Fried Mojarra, Fish Tacos, Arrachera Tacos, Tacos Hawaiians, and lots more! Come to celebrate your Birthday with us and get a Free Dessert or if you are Feeling Great, have a Tequila Shot on the house!

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Invite friends to Minuet MANY, an arts-based response to Iowa Minutemen anti-immigration convention.  Waltzes, not walls! October 7th,  1:30-3:00 pm.  Iowa Capitol Stage.  No matter where you are from or how you got here: We’re all Iowans. Music from North High Orchestra and youth musical guests, slam poetry, and group waltz (not walls!).  Minuet MANY, a SURJ-Al Exito-Dream Iowa Unity Celebration.  Facebook event here.

Donate: Minuet MANY donation here to support Iowa Latinx Youth in response to Minutemen Convention. Proceeds to Al Exito and Dream Iowa.

SURJ for Minuet Many: Help Out
Dancers and actors – we need you for an easy, fun, important volunteer role. Contact Darcie for more info.

Newcomers or frequent participants ready to SURJ – we invite you to help make this fun, unique celebration and fundraiser happen with a short time commitment next Saturday. Be part of the world you want to create. Contact Darcie for more info.

Reject homegrown white supremacy in Iowa:  
A dictionary & event planner

Minutemennoun. A nativist, anti-immigration militia group.  The Iowa chapter is planning a convention in Des Moines on the afternoon of October 7th.

Minuet: noun.  1. a slow, stately ballroom waltz for two, popular especially in the 18th century.  2. A pun on “minute,” naming SURJ arts-based response to the Iowa Minutemen on October 7th.

Minuet MANY: noun. An arts-based unity celebration and fundraiser to reject anti-immigrant nativism. October 7th, 1:30-2:30 at Iowa Capitol Stage. Organized in response to accountability group request. Minuet MANY Unity Celebration will feature local youth musicians, a participatory flash mob dance (all invited), and a fundraiser in support of Al Éxito and Dream Iowa.

Showing (Up):  noun. Stand up for an Iowa that welcomes all, no matter where we come from or how we got here.

What you can do:
Plan:
 Attend SURJ meeting on October 1, 6pm.  Drake University Medbury Honors Lounge.
Donate: here to support Iowa Latinx Youth in response to Minutemen Convention. Proceeds to Al Exito and Dream Iowa.
Go: October 7th 1:30-3:00, Iowa Capitol Stage.
Watch: Facebook event and SURJ email for updates.
Build:  Alliances to create a white anti-racist response to white supremacy in Iowa.

Drum roll please:  SURJ Webpage is LIVE!  Find announcements, history, events and more at DSMSURJ.org

October/November Meeting Schedule:  Meetings the first and third Sundays of each month, 6-8 pm at Drake University.  Newcomers welcome at all meetings! Childcare provided. All meetings held at Medbury Honors Loungeat Drake University at 6:00pm. Park in the Olmsted Center Parking Lot located at 2875 University Avenue.

  • 10/1 Decision and leadership meeting.  Finalizing Minuet MANY Unity Rally in response to Minutemen Convention.  Postcard party for Des Moines Welcoming City Resolution.  All welcome and encouraged to build a stronger movement.  Decisions on Facebook page policies and more.
  • 10/14 Learning and action items.  Build your effectiveness as an anti-racist voice.  Learn new skills as we workshop effective response to legislation, City Council politics and talking to friends/family.
  • 11/5 Decision and leadership meeting. Agenda forthcoming.
  • 11/19 Learning and action items.  Build your effectiveness as an anti-racist voice.  Learn new skills as we workshop effective response to legislation, City Council politics and talking to friends/family.
Sanctuary Church Connection.  Monday, October 2nd:  Potluck at 6pm, Film at 7pm:   “AbuUSed: The Postville Raid.” Join others working on the sanctuary movement in Des Moines.   First Unitarian Church.  (map link here).  Nourishing Justice: A potluck and immigration film series.  Facebook event invite here.

NAACP Justice Summit.  Tuesday October 10, 2017, 8-5pm in Ankeny.  Be part of a strategy for criminal justice reform.  State decision makers, national experts, law enforcement and community advocates will address disproportionality in the criminal justice system.  Early bird registration ends September 30.  Facebook event invite here.

White Privilege Symposium.  October 27 & 28, Drake University.  Join Drake University for this landmark White Privilege Symposium (WPS) in Des Moines, IA. The National White Privilege Conference brings its acclaimed, robust model of engagement, action and accountability, to the area. Join local frontline racial justice activists, academics, artists and more.  Symposium will explore to understand root causes of systemic injustice, build solidarity, strengthen community and develop strategies for dismantling privilege and oppression. Register here.

Support local businesses owned by people of color:

Phat Daddyz BBQ and Sports Grill. Best Homestyle BBQ in the Des Moines Area! Catering and Delivery are available!!  Facebook page here.

Bottle & Bottega hosts art parties where attendees are guided to create their own art while they eat, drink, and make merry. It’s not an Art Class–It’s an ART PARTY! Scratch the structure. Lose the lecture. Bottle & Bottega is all about friends, a canvas, and a bottle of wine. The only lesson to learn: You DO have an inner artist just waiting to be realized! This event is NOT BYOB. We look forward to seeing you there! Check out their schedule here.

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Reject homegrown white supremacy in Iowa:
A dictionary & event planner

Minutemennoun. A nativist, anti-immigration militia group.  The Iowa chapter is planning a convention in Des Moines on the afternoon of October 7th.

Minuet: noun.  1. a slow, stately ballroom waltz for two, popular especially in the 18th century.  2. A pun on “minute,” naming SURJ arts-based response to the Iowa Minutemen on October 7th.

Minuet MANY: noun. An arts-based unity celebration and fundraiser to reject anti-immigrant nativism. October 7th, 1:30-2:30 at Iowa Capitol Stage. Organized in response to accountability group request. Minuet MANY Unity Celebration will feature local youth musicians, a participatory flash mob dance (all invited), and a fundraiser in support of Al Éxito and Dream Iowa.

Showing (Up):  noun. Stand up for an Iowa that welcomes all, no matter where we come from or how we got here.

What you can do:
Plan:
 Attend SURJ meeting on October 1, 6pm.  Drake University Medbury Honors Lounge.
Donate: here to support Iowa Latinx Youth in response to Minutemen Convention. Proceeds to Al Exito and Dream Iowa.
Go: October 7th 1:30-3:00, Iowa Capitol Stage.
Watch: Facebook event and SURJ email for updates.
Volunteer: Day-of event volunteering needed. E-mail Darcie for more info. All kinds of roles to make this happen.
Build:  Alliances to create a white anti-racist response to white supremacy in Iowa.

With Minuet MANY, reject white supremacist, nativist extremist groups with music, dancing, and cheering on local artists in support of anti-racism.  Join this joy-FULL celebration with local high school and community musicians.

Share this PDF flier with everyone!

September Economic Equity Spotlight!

DSM SURJ is pushing economic equality by using our large network to thoughtfully support people of color owned businesses and other enterprises in the Des Moines area. This strategy has been used in many cities to redirect resources to companies that have had additional burdens towards developing sustainable businesses.

We’ll highlighting up to 4 businesses each month.

Please make efforts to support these businesses–and spread the word in your various networks! A SURJ member has had direct communication with each of these businesses owners and they are excited to be highlighted by the Des Moines chapter.

(Also, if you have a business you would like to nominate for the spotlight, please forward the information to a member of the leadership team.)

SEPTEMBER

This catering company takes the stress out of party planning by working with you to create a menu that will provide a personalized celebration from start to finish. Orders may be customized to meet your needs.

Best Homestyle BBQ in the Des Moines Area! Catering and Delivery are available!!

  • Bottle & Bottega

Bottle & Bottega hosts art parties where attendees are guided to create their own art while they eat, drink, and make merry. It’s not an Art Class–It’s an ART PARTY! Scratch the structure. Lose the lecture. Bottle & Bottega is all about friends, a canvas, and a bottle of wine. The only lesson to learn: You DO have an inner artist just waiting to be realized!  This event is NOT BYOB. We look forward to seeing you there!

August Economy Equity Spotlight!

DSM SURJ is pushing economic equality by using our large network to thoughtfully support people of color owned businesses and other enterprises in the Des Moines area. This strategy has been used in many cities to redirect resources to companies that have had additional burdens towards developing sustainable businesses.

  • Safari Restaurant
    Owner: Amina Dualle
    2734 Douglas Avenue.                                                                                                    Des Moines, IA 50310

This food is primarily East African, especially Somalian and Ethiopian. Many dishes show the influence of food from India. They are open 9 am to 9 pm every day, unless they run out of food before 9, in which case they close early that day. If you go on a weekend day, it’s best to go early!

  • The Great Frame Up
    Owner: Angela Jackson
    5515 Mills Civic Parkway, Ste 150
    West Des Moines, IA 50266

The Great Frame Up is dedicated to supporting local artists and creating awareness of noted African American artists. It currently features originals, prints, sculptures and framed artwork of numerous African American and Iowa artists.

Vehicle detailing, offering various packages (Smith Special, Executive Detail, and Presidential Detail) or à la carte services.