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DSM SURJ Newsletter, 9/21/19

Fundraiser for CORE: Join a team or volunteer at Just Trivia night Oct 18

October 18: Just Trivia Fundraiser for CORE. Happy hour starts at 6 p.m. and trivia starts at 7 p.m. Location: New Des Moines venue, xBx 1159 24th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50311.

Volunteers needed for trivia night. Sign up at this link here. Do you dream of holding all the answers? Want to feel good knowing that this fundraiser happened because of you? Here’s a chance to work with a fun team to make Just Trivia Night happen.  You will check answers and run trivia answers to contest central headquarters.

Players – Register to compete at this link here Early registration is $25 per person on-line and $80 for a team of 4 on-line, or $30 at the door. Trivia questions will focus on everything racial justice from Marvel heroes to Iowa racial history! All funds raised will go toward laptops for CORE students.

Just Trivia Benefits CORE. Core  (Community of Racial Equity for Advancement) is a student-led group whose purpose is to unite and support high achieving high school students of color throughout Iowa, and they need laptops!

 


Online Conversation: Supporting kids to push back against white nationalism

September 24, Tuesday 7:30 Central Time. REGISTER TO JOIN this free, hour-long, online conversation with your EmbraceRace online community. A conversation with Nora Flanagan and Christian Picciolini. Why We Gather. White nationalism is in the news and our kids are listening. In addition to the anxiety and anger provoked by the headlines, kids are also encountering this hateful ideology online, at school, in their peer groups and communities. Parents and youth workers need to know how to recognize signs of recruitment efforts, as well as the vulnerabilities that might leave a young person susceptible to recruitment. Join teacher Nora Flanagan and youth worker Christian Picciolini for a discussion of how our children can be stronger upstanders if they see signs of hate, how they can resist increasingly insidious attempts to engage them in organized bigotry, and how every adult can help strengthen their communities against white nationalism.

REGISTER to join. Come to share, come to learn, come to be in community with others looking for a just way forward for ourselves and for the next generation. Learn more about EmbraceRace at http://www.embracerace.org.

 


SURJ October & November Meetings

October 6: Discussion of City Council Elections – Discussion of Des Moines City Council election. Candidates have been invited. Vote November 5th, 2019 for City Council and School Board Candidates.

October 20: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connections 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!

November 3: Showing up in People of Color-led spaces in a Posture of Accountability

November 17: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connections 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.

 


Local Racial Justice Events

October 14: Ïmagine a World without Prisons: Abolition 101. Location: First Christian Church Des Moines, 2500 University Ave. Hosted by Central Iowa Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).  Informational teach-in on the abolition movement. Join the Central Iowa DSA Prison/Police Abolition Working Group and Selinda Guerrero, organizer with Millions For Prisoners New Mexico. Learn about topics such as the movement’s history, current abolition work and organizing against prison slavery, imagining alternatives to the current “justice system,” community defense against state violence, prison violence, and aid to incarcerated people. This is a perfect event for folks who have never heard of abolition as a “current” political topic, as well as folkx that have been organizing and fighting for abolition for many years! Childcare provided. Facebook invite at this link.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 9/14/19

SURJ Sunday: Immigration and Education Working Groups

September 15:  Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connections 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!

October 6: Discussion of City Council Elections – Discussion of Des Moines City Council election. Candidates have been invited. Vote November 5th, 2019 for City Council and School Board Candidates.

October 20: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connections 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!

November 3: Showing up in People of Color-led spaces in a Posture of Accountability

November 17: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connections 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.

Get Ready for Just Trivia:
A Fundraiser for CORE

October 18: Just Trivia Fundraiser for CORE. Happy hour starts at 6 p.m. and trivia starts at 7 p.m. Location: New Des Moines venue, xBx 1159 24th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50311.
CORE (Community of Racial Equity for Advancement) is a student-led group whose purpose is to unite and support high achieving high school students of color throughout Iowa, and they need laptops! The event will be hosted at the amazing new venue xBk! Tickets: Early registration is $25 per person on-line and $80 for a team of 4 on-line, or $30 at the door. Trivia questions will focus on everything racial justice from Marvel heroes to Iowa racial history! All funds raised will go toward laptops for CORE students.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 8/3/19

SURJ Sunday:
Understanding our stories about race

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!

September 1: No Meeting, Happy Labor Day Weekend

September 15:  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!

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: August 9

We are raising funds to support local immigrants with a goal of raising $1,000 at each film screening ($10 suggested donation at door, cash or check)! Help us reach this goal and support immigrants in Iowa – mark your calendar for all three dates. Free childcare available on site. Films begin at 7:00pm at Plymouth UCC Waveland Hall (4126 Ingersoll Ave, DM IA 50312). Discussion will follow the films with representatives from the fundraising organization on site.

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/

Newsletter on August hiatus except for urgent action updates. Next SURJ newsletter will be sent on September 7.

 

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.