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DSM SURJ Newsletter 3/16/19

SURJ Sunday Night:
Working groups to take action on education

Sunday, March 17th: Working Groups night. Come help map the upcoming campaign to challenge discrimination in education and support asylum seekers in Des Moines. Taking Action Together on Education (We continue to build our 2019 action plan to resist discrimination in education in Des Moines. We’re engaging and responding to demands and needs identified by C.O.R.E. and Al Exito and we need all of us to pitch and help!)

Sunday, April 7th: Get ready for the April 7th meeting starting now. Op-Ed writing workshop with Craig Owens. You have an important voice to build an anti-racist city and nation.  Please brainstorm before April 7:

1) some ideas about topics you might want to see an op-ed about;
2) the large point you want the op-ed to make (the “takeaway”);
3) a couple of specific actions you want readers to take action on about the takeaway large point

At the meeting, Drake University English Professor Craig Owens will lead us through a group process of talking about what we’ll write about.  Then, we will draft our letters together. Change the public narrative around racial justice. Don’t miss this special event.

If you have access to a laptop computer please bring it! As always, parking is available in the Olmsted Center Parking Lot located at 2875 University Avenue.

Sunday, April 21st: No formal meeting (Easter); working groups may decide to meet informally with those who can still attend.

Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. DSM SURJ meetings are the first and third 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.

Keep writing!!! : Write letters and postcards to City Council Officials

At our last meeting Joshua Barr, Director of the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission, joined us to request that our membership write the Des Moines Mayor, City Manager, and City Council in support of the Bridging the Gap recommendations.  You don’t have to be a resident to support these recommendations.  Mr. Barr encouraged letters and postcards but emails will also suffice.  The mailing address for all letter is Name, City Hall, 400 Robert Ray Dr, Des Moines, IA, 50309.  Email addresses and phone numbers can be found here.  Please get your letters sent by March 22nd.  The council will begin voting on these at the March 25th City Council meeting.

The campaign to build momentum to address racial disparity in Des Moines needs you!  Identified priorities include “Stable Housing – Stable Communities”; “Ladder Up – Create Economic Opportunities”; and “Mandatory Training for First Responders”.  The Des Moines Civic & Human Rights Commission drafted specific recommendations which the Mayor and City Council supported. The City Manager was directed to report back at the March 25, 2019 city council meeting. Learn details at this link. (Thanks to Jean ODonnell for providing these important details and course of action!)

 

Human rights symposium this week

If you are a resident of Des Moines we encourage you to attend these City Council meetings to hold our elected officials accountable. Attend the Commission’s annual Human Rights Symposium on March 20th.  The amazing high school students from C.O.R.E. for Advancement are leading the Future Progress track, for-youth-by-youth sessions that explore the current ways our youth are leading the charge to a better future.  Click on the link for all the details.

 

Local Racial Justice Events

Tuesday, March 19. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Documentary Showing: The Feminist on Cellblock Y. At the State Historical Society of Iowa.  In the documentary, a convicted felon builds a feminist movement from behind bars at an all-male prison in Soledad, California. The star of the film, Richard Edmond Vargas–the keynote speaker of the 2019 Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Symposium on March 20–will answer questions after the showing. Hosted by OpportUNITY DSM, Central Iowa Works, and Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission. Details at this facebook event.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 3/9/19

This week: Write letters and postcards to City Council Officials

At our last meeting Joshua Barr, Director of the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission, joined us to request that our membership write the Des Moines Mayor, City Manager, and City Council in support of the Bridging the Gap recommendations.  You don’t have to be a resident to support these recommendations.  Mr. Barr encouraged letters and postcards but emails will also suffice.  The mailing address for all letter is Name, City Hall, 400 Robert Ray Dr, Des Moines, IA, 50309.  Email addresses and phone numbers can be found here.  Please get your letters sent by March 22nd.  The council will begin voting on these at the March 25th City Council meeting.

Related post – Get Informed and Take Action: A Deep Dive into Des Moines’ Bridging the Gap Campaign

The campaign to build momentum to address racial disparity in Des Moines needs you!  Identified priorities include “Stable Housing – Stable Communities”; “Ladder Up – Create Economic Opportunities”; and “Mandatory Training for First Responders”.  The Des Moines Civic & Human Rights Commission drafted specific recommendations which the Mayor and City Council supported. The City Manager was directed to report back at the March 25, 2019 city council meeting. Learn details at this link. (Thanks to Jean ODonnell for providing these important details and course of action!)

If you are a resident of Des Moines we encourage you to attend these City Council meetings to hold our elected officials accountable. Attend the Commission’s annual Human Rights Symposium on March 20th.  The amazing high school students from C.O.R.E. for Advancement are leading the Future Progress track, for-youth-by-youth sessions that explore the current ways our youth are leading the charge to a better future.  Click on the link for all the details.

Anti-Racial Profiling–City of Des Moines

Attendees from a broad coalition met on February 16 to prepare for upcoming dialogues with city officials to advocate for passing the anti-racial profiling ordinance presented to City Council in November 2018. If you have questions about the ordinance or want to be actively engaged in this work please contact Harvey Harrison by email:  harvey@dwx.com or submit this Iowa CCI Racial Justice Team Volunteer Form. Learn more here.


Upcoming SURJ Meetings

Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. DSM SURJ meetings are the first and third 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.

Sunday, March 17th: Working Groups night, come help map the upcoming campaign to challenge discrimination in education and support asylum seekers in Des Moines. Taking Action Together on Education (We continue to build our 2019 action plan to resist discrimination in education in Des Moines. We’re engaging and responding to demands and needs identified by C.O.R.E. and Al Exito and we need all of us to pitch and help!)

Sunday, April 7th: Op-Ed writing workshop with Craig Owens.You have an important voice to build an anti-racist city and nation.  We ask for a bit of prep before Sunday night.  Brainstorm for Sunday:

1) some ideas about topics you might want to see an op-ed about;
2) the large point you want the op-ed to make (the “takeaway”);
3) a couple of specific actions you want readers to take action on about the takeaway large point

At the meeting, Drake University English Professor Craig Owens will lead us through a group process of talking about what we’ll write about.  Then, we will draft our letters together. Change the public narrative around racial justice. Don’t miss this special event.

If you have access to a laptop computer please bring it! As always, parking is available in the Olmsted Center Parking Lot located at 2875 University Avenue.

Sunday, April 21st: No formal meeting (Easter); working groups may decide to meet informally with those who can still attend.


Local Racial Justice Events

Tuesday, March 19. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Documentary Showing: The Feminist on Cellblock Y. At the State Historical Society of Iowa.  In the documentary, a convicted felon builds a feminist movement from behind bars at an all-male prison in Soledad, California. The star of the film, Richard Edmond Vargas–the keynote speaker of the 2019 Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Symposium on March 20–will answer questions after the showing. Hosted by OpportUNITY DSM, Central Iowa Works, and Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission. Details at this facebook event.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 3/2/19

Take urgent action against racial profiling, eat dinner provided by SURJ Leadership tomorrow night, attend NAACP Day on the Hill, give your feedback with the SURJ survey.

Urgent action to bring forward anti-racial profiling bill in Iowa

Support our accountability partner, the Iowa NAACP. Join the push to ask the Iowa Senate to move forward on the SSB1038 anti-racial profiling bill. Please take this urgent action to call on Monday. It’s easy – the script is below.

SSB1038  made it through sub-committee, but as of now isn’t on the Judiciary Committee agenda. Itneeds get on that agenda soon if it is to be voted on in time to make it through the first funnel (March 8th) and onto the legislative agenda for this season. PLEASE take the time to call and show our reps that Iowans beyond the NAACP also care about this important bill.

THIS IS ONE OF THE MOMENTS where your five minutes can make a real difference. This bill made it through subcommittee, so we know there is support (including among some Republicans) these are phone calls WORTH making.

Who to call:

Dan Dawson (Vice Chair of Judiciary Committee)
515.281.3371

Brad Zaun (Chair of the Judiciary Committee)
515.777.2939

Sample Script:

“Chairman Zaun/Vice Chairman Dawson: I’m calling to urge you to put SSB 1038 on the agenda for a vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

I am part of Des Moines SURJ and we support this bill the NAACP has worked hard to move forward.

This legislation is important for our state. Protecting Iowans against racial profiling and providing police officers the training they need is consistent with Iowa values. We want a state in which all are treated with equity and fairness and where relationships can be built between police departments and the communities they serve. It’s good for everyone, including police, when we can all trust that there safeguards against racial profiling.

This bill has broad support and deserves a vote.”

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/publications/search/document?fq=id:1034831&q=profiling

Attendees from a broad coalition met on February 16 to prepare for upcoming dialogues with city officials to advocate for passing the anti-racial profiling ordinance presented to City Council in November 2018. If you have questions about the ordinance or want to be actively engaged in this work please contact Harvey Harrison by email:  harvey@dwx.com or submit this Iowa CCI Racial Justice Team Volunteer Form. Learn more here.

This week’s action: Anti-Racial Profiling bill, SSB1038, has passed out of subcommittee and will be voted on in the Judiciary Committee probably next week.  Please contact the leadership of the committee and your Senator to urge them to move the bill on.


Join us for dinner (NOT a potluck) TOMORROW at SURJ Meeting

Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. DSM SURJ meetings are the first and third 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.

Sunday, March 3rd: This is SURJ! The SURJ Leadership Core wants to see you and we will even feed you!!  If you don’t want to cook – GREAT! You’re welcomed.  If you want to bring a dish to share, THANKS!   Join us to connect for the first time or deepen your connection to DSM SURJ’s 2019 initiatives. We’ll share food, introduce the working principles of SURJ and determine together the larger initiatives that will shape our local SURJ work in 2019. Don’t miss this chance to fellowship together and shape SURJ’s focus for this new year. Childcare will be available.

Sunday, March 17th: Working Groups night, come help map the upcoming campaign to challenge discrimination in education and support asylum seekers in Des Moines. Taking Action Together on Education (We continue to build our 2019 action plan to resist discrimination in education in Des Moines. We’re engaging and responding to demands and needs identified by C.O.R.E. and Al Exito and we need all of us to pitch and help!)

Sunday, April 7th: Op-Ed writing workshop with Craig Owens.You have an important voice to build an anti-racist city and nation.  We ask for a bit of prep before Sunday night.  Brainstorm for Sunday:

1) some ideas about topics you might want to see an op-ed about;
2) the large point you want the op-ed to make (the “takeaway”);
3) a couple of specific actions you want readers to take action on about the takeaway large point

At the meeting, Drake University English Professor Craig Owens will lead us through a group process of talking about what we’ll write about.  Then, we will draft our letters together. Change the public narrative around racial justice. Don’t miss this special event.

If you have access to a laptop computer please bring it! As always, parking is available in the Olmsted Center Parking Lot located at 2875 University Avenue.

Sunday, April 21st: No formal meeting (Easter); working groups may decide to meet informally with those who can still attend.


NAACP Accountability Partner Event Tuesday
Tuesday, March 5. 12:30pm-4:00pm. Iowa NAACP Day on the Hill. Iowa State Capitol. Event details on Facebook at this link.

Schedule:
12:30 PM GOVERNOR KIM REYNOLDS – Welcome & Legislative Issue Support
1:15 PM PRESS CONFERENCE: Iowa at the Cross Roads. Is Hope on the Horizon? – NAACP Legislative Agenda
1:40 PM LOBBY PROCESS TRAINING – Learn how do advocate for change.
2:00 PM IOWA NAACP & ADVOCACY LEGISLATIVE ISSUE PANEL – Hear about pending legislation and how you can support.
2:30 PM ADVOCATE FOR REAL ACTION: LEGISLATIVE MEETINGS – Visit your legislators and attend legislative meetings.
3:15 PM ICE CREAM SOCIAL – LEGISLATIVE ROUND TABLE – Enjoy ice cream while engaging lawmakers around bills that matter
4:00 PM CONCLUSION


DSMSURJ Leadership Core Wants to Hear from You!  

Whether you’ve been active with our group recently or never before participated, we want to hear from you. As we move forward into 2019, we want to deepen our commitment to the community and engage more folks in this critical work.  Please take a few moments to complete and turn in this survey.  We appreciate your time and honest feedback.  Survey responses will be collected until March 10, 2019. 

http://b.link/DSMSURJ_Survey


Local Racial Justice Events

Wednesday, March 6. 8:00am-11:30 am. Understanding Cultural and Racial Trauma. Science Center of Iowa. Explore the basis of historical and cultural trauma. Learn how it impacts the willingness of ethnic communities and people of color to seek help for a variety of mental health challenges. Keisha Ross, PhD, will engage participants in a session outlining coping mechanisms and cultural considerations for serving communities impacted by trauma. This session will build connections and grow alliances for mental health access and advocacy, with a focus on bridging faith and mental health circles. Tickets and details here.

Tuesday, March 19. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Documentary Showing: The Feminist on Cellblock Y. At the State Historical Society of Iowa.  In the documentary, a convicted felon builds a feminist movement from behind bars at an all-male prison in Soledad, California. The star of the film, Richard Edmond Vargas–the keynote speaker of the 2019 Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Symposium on March 20–will answer questions after the showing. Hosted by OpportUNITY DSM, Central Iowa Works, and Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission. Details at this facebook event.


Get Informed and Take Action: A Deep Dive into Des Moines’ Bridging the Gap Campaign

The campaign to build momentum to address racial disparity in Des Moines needs you!  Identified priorities include “Stable Housing – Stable Communities”; “Ladder Up – Create Economic Opportunities”; and “Mandatory Training for First Responders”.  The Des Moines Civic & Human Rights Commission drafted specific recommendations which the Mayor and City Council supported. The City Manager was directed to report back at the March 25, 2019 city council meeting. Learn details at this link. (Thanks to Jean ODonnell for providing these important details and course of action!)

If you are a resident of Des Moines we encourage you to attend these City Council meetings to hold our elected officials accountable. Attend the Commission’s annual Human Rights Symposium on March 20th.  The amazing high school students from C.O.R.E. for Advancement are leading the Future Progress track, for-youth-by-youth sessions that explore the current ways our youth are leading the charge to a better future.  Click on the link for all the details.

DSM SURJ Newsletter 2/23/19

CCI Racial Profiling Report & Action this Week
Attendees from a broad coalition met on February 16 to prepare for upcoming dialogues with city officials to advocate for passing the anti-racial profiling ordinance presented to City Council in November 2018. If you have questions about the ordinance or want to be actively engaged in this work please contact Harvey Harrison by email:  harvey@dwx.com or submit this Iowa CCI Racial Justice Team Volunteer Form. Learn more here.

This week’s action: Anti-Racial Profiling bill, SSB1038, has passed out of subcommittee and will be voted on in the Judiciary Committee probably next week.  Please contact the leadership of the committee and your Senator to urge them to move the bill on.

Get Informed and Take Action: A Deep Dive into Des Moines’ Bridging the Gap Campaign
The campaign to build momentum to address racial disparity in Des Moines needs you!  Identified priorities include “Stable Housing – Stable Communities”; “Ladder Up – Create Economic Opportunities”; and “Mandatory Training for First Responders”.  The Des Moines Civic & Human Rights Commission drafted specific recommendations which the Mayor and City Council supported. The City Manager was directed to report back at the March 25, 2019 city council meeting. Learn details at this link. (Thanks to Jean ODonnell for providing these important details and course of action!)

If you are a resident of Des Moines we encourage you to attend these City Council meetings to hold our elected officials accountable. Attend the Commission’s annual Human Rights Symposium on March 20th.  The amazing high school students from C.O.R.E. for Advancement are leading the Future Progress track, for-youth-by-youth sessions that explore the current ways our youth are leading the charge to a better future.  Click on the link for all the details.

SURJ Bookclub is back!
Saturday, March 2, 2019. 10:00 am. Join us in reading “White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism” by Robin DiAngelo. Here’s the most awesome part: DiAngelo will be speaking at ISU on Feb 26th at 7pm. If you’re interested in carpooling, check in in the discussion to the Facebook event, linked here. Ritual Cafe.  Join Erin & Petra for a great facilitated discussion of the book and lecture. You are welcome to join for the discussion whether or not you’ve read the book. We hope to see you there.

 

Future SURJ Meetings:

Sunday, March 3rd: Op-Ed Workshop/Writing. Talking about legislative action against bill to dismantle voluntary diversity plan.

Sunday, March 17th: Taking Action Together on Education (We continue to build our 2019 action plan to resist discrimination in education in Des Moines. We’re engaging and responding to demands and needs identified by C.O.R.E. and Al Exito and we need all of us to pitch and help!)

Sunday, April 7th: What’s White Identity Got to Do With It? (Join us as we explore the ways that people are socialized and racialized as “white” impact the ways we show up to racial justice work. Whatever your racial/ethnic identity, all are welcome to dig deeper into how understanding the racial identity of white people can help us design strategies and practices for anti-racist growth.)

Sunday, April 21st: Taking Action Together (We continue to build our 2019 action plan on discrimination in education. We’ll also pick up the working group focus for a second major SURJ initiative for 2019. We’re engaging and responding to demands and needs identified by our accountability partners and need all of us to pitch in!)

Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. DSM SURJ meetings are the first and third 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.

 

Racial Justice Events

Wednesday, March 6. 8:00am-11:30 am. Understanding Cultural and Racial Trauma. Science Center of Iowa. Explore the basis of historical and cultural trauma. Learn how it impacts the willingness of ethnic communities and people of color to seek help for a variety of mental health challenges. Keisha Ross, PhD, will engage participants in a session outlining coping mechanisms and cultural considerations for serving communities impacted by trauma. This session will build connections and grow alliances for mental health access and advocacy, with a focus on bridging faith and mental health circles. Tickets and details here.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 2/13/19

This is SURJ! Potluck SUNDAY

Sending this week’s newsletter a few days early to remind you that you’re invited:

Sunday, February 17: Newcomer and “already-comer” potluck
Join us to connect for the first time or deepen your connection to DSM SURJ’s 2019 initiatives. We’ll share food, introduce the working principles of SURJ and determine together the larger initiatives that will shape our local SURJ work in 2019. Don’t miss this chance to fellowship together and shape SURJ’s focus for this new year. Bring a dish to share and a friend (or three)!! Facebook event linked here.

Future SURJ Meetings:
Sunday, March 3rd: Op-Ed Workshop/Writing
Talking about legislative action against bill to dismantle voluntary diversity plan.

Sunday, March 17th: Taking Action Together on Education
(Tonight we continue to build our 2019 action plan to resist discrimination in education in Des Moines. We’re engaging and responding to demands and needs identified by C.O.R.E. and Al Exito and we need all of us to pitch and help!)

Sunday, April 7th: What’s White Identity Got to Do With It?
(Join us as we explore the ways that people are socialized and racialized as “white” impact the ways we show up to racial justice work! Whatever your racial/ethnic identity, all are welcome to dig deeper into how understanding the racial identity of white people can help us design strategies and practices for anti-racist growth.)

Sunday, April 21st: Taking Action Together
(Tonight we continue to build our 2019 action plan on discrimination in education. We’ll also pick up the working group focus for a second major SURJ initiative for 2019—to be announced after 2/17 Potluck. We’re engaging and responding to demands and needs identified by our accountability partners and need all of us to pitch in!)

Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. DSM SURJ meetings are the first and third 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.

SURJ Bookclub is back!
Saturday, March 2, 2019. 10:00 am
. Join us in reading White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism, by Robin DiAngelo.  Ritual Cafe.  (Here’s the most awesome part: DiAngelo will be speaking at ISU on Feb 26th at 7pm. If you’re interested in carpooling, check in in the discussion to the Facebook event, linked here.)  Join Erin & Petra for a great facilitated discussion of the book and lecture. You are welcome to join for the discussion whether or not you’ve read the book. We hope to see you there.

Tool for locating minority-owned businesses — Iowa’s Targeted Small Business Directory
The Iowa Business Development department operates the Targeted Small Business Program, designed to help women, individuals with minority status, service-connected disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities overcome some of the hurdles to start or grow a small business in Iowa. You can use the program’s directory to find local businesses owned by minorities. For Polk County, there are several pages of results. Need to have a video produced? Try TeamStrong, Inc.  Need new windows? Check out Titan Roofing and Exteriors, Inc.  Have a need for someone to translate Spanish? Spanish Communications Services can help. How about printing services? Iowa Urban Media provides them. Landscaping, child care, IT services, and so much more can be found in this directory. When you have a specific need, we invite you to check out the Targeted Small Business Directory and help support a small business operated by someone with minority status.  Here’s how you do it:

  • First, go to this page: https://iowaeda.microsoftcrmportals.com/tsb-search/.
  • From the TSB Type drop-down, select Minority.
  • If you’re looking for a particular type of business, you can choose from the Product/Service Category choices, which include just about anything you can think of.
  • To narrow your search to your local area, you can enter a city name or zip code, or you can select a county from a drop-down.
  • Click Search, and you get a list of all the businesses that meet your criteria.
  • Clicking on your choice takes you to more detail about the business, including ownership and contact information. (We encourage you to use this information to ensure that the business is still in operation and at the same location.)

CCI Racial Profiling Event Reschedule
Saturday, February 16, 2019. 10:30 AM to noon.  CCI Workshop on Racial Profiling. Review and discuss the CCI initiative to end racial profiling by the Des Moines Police Department. This workshop was originally scheduled for January 19th. Doors open at 10:00 AM. Franklin Avenue library 5000 Franklin Ave.  Des Moines 50310. Space is limited (first 100) so please RSVP if able to attend. Reply to:  harvey@dwx.comThe workshop is free.  Please invite people that you think are interested in this issue. Thank you for your continuing interest in this important initiative.

Racial Justice Events
Tuesday, February 26. 7:00 pm. Robin DiAngelo is coming in February to talk about White Fragility. ISU Great Hall Memorial Union.  More information here.

Wednesday, March 6. 8:00am-11:30 am. Understanding Cultural and Racial Trauma. Science Center of Iowa. Explore the basis of historical and cultural trauma. Learn how it impacts the willingness of ethnic communities and people of color to seek help for a variety of mental health challenges. Keisha Ross, PhD, will engage participants in a session outlining coping mechanisms and cultural considerations for serving communities impacted by trauma. This session will build connections and grow alliances for mental health access and advocacy, with a focus on bridging faith and mental health circles. Tickets and details here.

No newsletter Saturday. Next newsletter Saturday, February 23.

DSM SURJ Newsletter 2/9/19

Tool for locating minority-owned businesses – Iowa’s Targeted Small Business Directory

The Iowa Business Development department operates the Targeted Small Business Program, designed to help women, individuals with minority status, service-connected disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities overcome some of the hurdles to start or grow a small business in Iowa. You can use the program’s directory to find local businesses owned by minorities. For Polk County, there are several pages of results. Need to have a video produced? Try TeamStrong, Inc.  Need new windows? Check out Titan Roofing and Exteriors, Inc.  Have a need for someone to translate Spanish? Spanish Communications Services can help. How about printing services? Iowa Urban Media provides them. Landscaping, child care, IT services, and so much more can be found in this directory. When you have a specific need, we invite you to check out the Targeted Small Business Directory and help support a small business operated by someone with minority status.  Here’s how you do it:

  • First, go to this page: https://iowaeda.microsoftcrmportals.com/tsb-search/.
  • From the TSB Type drop-down, select Minority.
  • If you’re looking for a particular type of business, you can choose from the Product/Service Category choices, which include just about anything you can think of.
  • To narrow your search to your local area, you can enter a city name or zip code, or you can select a county from a drop-down.
  • Click Search, and you get a list of all the businesses that meet your criteria.
  • Clicking on your choice takes you to more detail about the business, including ownership and contact information. (We encourage you to use this information to ensure that the business is still in operation and at the same location.)

CCI Racial Profiling Event Reschedule 

Saturday, February 16, 2019. 10:30 AM to noon.  CCI Workshop on Racial Profiling. Review and discuss the CCI initiative to end racial profiling by the Des Moines Police Department. This workshop was originally scheduled for January 19th. Doors open at 10:00 AM. Franklin Avenue library 5000 Franklin Ave.  Des Moines 50310. Space is limited (first 100) so please RSVP if able to attend. Reply to:  harvey@dwx.comThe workshop is free.  Please invite people that you think are interested in this issue. Thank you for your continuing interest in this important initiative.

Racial Justice Events

Tuesday, February 12. 6:30-8:00 PM.  Getting Here: Exploring Newcomer Arrival to West Des Moines.  West Des Moines Community Education. Kid Friendly. Where did you come from? How did Iowa become your family’s home? In this workshop, we will explore the many reasons why people from all over the world have moved to our Greater WDM community. Through an interactive simulation activity, we will wrestle with the many difficult choices families must make as they journey towards a better life. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss with guest speakers and learn that although each person’s journey is unique, many newcomers face similar challenges along the way.  Register now to join: http://bit.ly/pq_w19_gettinghere.

Tuesday, February 26. 7:00 pm. Robin DiAngelo is coming in February to talk about White Fragility. ISU Great Hall Memorial Union.  More information here.

Wednesday, March 6. 8:00am-11:30 am. Understanding Cultural and Racial Trauma. Science Center of Iowa. Explore the basis of historical and cultural trauma. Learn how it impacts the willingness of ethnic communities and people of color to seek help for a variety of mental health challenges. Keisha Ross, PhD, will engage participants in a session outlining coping mechanisms and cultural considerations for serving communities impacted by trauma. This session will build connections and grow alliances for mental health access and advocacy, with a focus on bridging faith and mental health circles. Tickets and details here.

Upcoming SURJ meetings on February 17, March 3, and March 17. More information soon!

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 2/2/19

AltSuperbowl Sunday SURJ Meeting Tomorrow Night

February 3: Postcards for justice. Superbowl not your thing? Join us for AltSuperbowl Sunday, a casual get together to write postcards on topics impacting racial justice in the state and country. We’ll provide the postcards and talking points. Some of the topics we’ll cover are the: death penalty, restoring voting rights to felons, racial profiling, national immigration justice. Legislators see postcards as representing the view of dozens of people, not just the writer. Help build important momentum for social justice.

Watching the Superbowl?  We’ll see you on February 17th for our next meeting!

Info on all SURJ meetings:  Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. DSM SURJ meetings are the first and third 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.

Lobbying for Racial Justice. This is a crucial month in the Iowa legislature. Committee meetings and lobby days are the space for SURJ members to speak out for racial justice. We particularly invite you to support events organized by people of color and immigrant advocates. This week :

Monday, 2/4 9:00 am. Iowa Capitol. Immigrant Advocacy Day sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors, Latina Leadership Initiative and Cedar Valley Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Get more information here.

Support Asylum Seekers in Des Moines

The Iowa Sanctuary Movement (ISM), is sponsoring families and individuals in Des Moines currently seeking asylum. Asylum seekers will need assistance with rent, utilities, food, clothing, and all living expenses. They are not yet allowed to apply for a work permit. There will be many ways to help these families, but financial support is paramount. For more information, contact Lynne Howard, billlynne5@gmail.com .   For those that can contribute further, check out more information here. There are multiple levels – from “officially” sponsoring someone who is released (providing housing, food, etc) as Lauer’s are doing, to writing letters to people in detention, adding $$ to commissary accounts, etc.

Donations for the families by check should be made out to: First Unitarian Church, with ISM asylum support in the memo line. (Send to First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, 1800 Bell Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315). Donations can also be made electronically on the church website. Link here.

Defend DACA.  American Friends Service Committee Iowa now has a fund to support DACA recipients who need to renew their status and work permit. You can donate via check made out to First Unitarian with “DACA support” in the memo line, or online link here.

DACA recipients must pay $495 to renew their DACA status and work permits every two years. AFSC often gets calls from DACA clients who need to renew, but don’t have the money to do so. Many other states have scholarship programs to help cover this cost, but until now, Iowa has not had any such program or fund available. Contact Jody Mashek, AFSC Iowa Legal Services Director, with any questions: 515-274-4851.
Upcoming Racial Justice Events

Tuesday, February 12. 6:30-8:00 PM.  Getting Here: Exploring Newcomer Arrival to West Des Moines.  West Des Moines Community Education. Kid Friendly. Where did you come from? How did Iowa become your family’s home? In this workshop, we will explore the many reasons why people from all over the world have moved to our Greater WDM community. Through an interactive simulation activity, we will wrestle with the many difficult choices families must make as they journey towards a better life. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss with guest speakers and learn that although each person’s journey is unique, many newcomers face similar challenges along the way.  Register now to join: http://bit.ly/pq_w19_gettinghere.

Tuesday, February 26. 7:00 pm. Robin DiAngelo is coming in February to talk about White Fragility. ISU Great Hall Memorial Union.  More information here.

Wednesday, March 6. 8:00am-11:30 am. Understanding Cultural and Racial Trauma. Science Center of Iowa. Explore the basis of historical and cultural trauma. Learn how it impacts the willingness of ethnic communities and people of color to seek help for a variety of mental health challenges. Keisha Ross, PhD, will engage participants in a session outlining coping mechanisms and cultural considerations for serving communities impacted by trauma. This session will build connections and grow alliances for mental health access and advocacy, with a focus on bridging faith and mental health circles. Tickets and details here.