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SURJ Newsletter, 9/23/18

Next SURJ Meeting:  October 7

Support youth from our accountability partner Al Éxito: Two must-know fall events 

Evening Mentorship Opportunity: Al Éxito 4th Annual Meet the Leaders’ Night. Thursday October 4 from 5:30-7:30pm at Central Campus, 800 Grand Ave, Des Moines Al Éxito will be hosting the 4th Annual Meet the Leaders’ Night in October. It is a great networking opportunity for professionals that are dedicated to giving back to our youth!  This “speed mentoring” gives Al Exito’s middle and high school students the opportunity to interact with professionals from the community. Bridge the gap of segregated Des Moines. You will share and inspire the youth with your story of success and how education assisted you to become a Latino community leader and respected professional, though all are welcome!  Dinner will be provided.

2nd Annual Mary Campos Scholarship Luncheon.  November 14 at noon at Christ the King Catholic Church (location map). Join Al Éxito at this fundraiser for scholarships for Latinx youth.  Undocumented youth are not eligible for state or federal financial aid.  This scholarship fills the gap and supports the next generation of Iowa leaders.  Learn more about their stories here.  Can’t make the banquet?  Donate directly here.

Hear the first person story from Des Moines Civil Rights Pioneer Mary Campos in this podcast episode from the Drake University Community Research Summer Scholar Program.   Mary Campos is a civil rights activist and 2017 inductee into the Iowa Latino Hall of Fame. CRSSP scholar Juan Carlos talks with her about three experiences of racism the civil rights activist witnessed as a young person. Her teachers at McKinley Elementary School discouraged Spanish speaking among her siblings. She graduated in 1947 from Dowling High School (then called “The Academy”). On her graduation trip to California, she felt rage at racist bus segregation. On return to Iowa, she found job discrimination by employers who told her that their staff was only used to working with white people but eventually found a job through her church. The final minutes describe the founding of the Black and Brown forum, an important event in the Iowa Caucus process, and her award for helping immigrants found businesses in Des Moines. 6:40 minutes. (Check out the full interview in a bonus episode.)

We need volunteers for childcare. Keeping our SURJ meetings accessible for all families means making sure we have volunteers who will watch and play with young ones during meetings. Can you volunteer for an evening? (You don’t have to be a parent and we’ll provide the coloring books!). Please email dsmsurj@gmail.com with an upcoming meeting that you’re willing to volunteer at or be an on-call sub.

Upcoming Racial Justice Events
Film Screening And Then They Came for Us sponsored by Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa.
Saturday October 6 from 10am-12:30pm at Varsity Theatre in Des Moines.   Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa will screen the film And Then They Came For Us and host a panel discussion afterwards.  Seventy-six years ago President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, paving the way for the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. AND THEN THEY CAME FOR US educates audiences about the constitutional damage done in the name of national security.  FB event here.  Advanced purchase tickets here for a discount.

Planning Meeting Anti-Racial Profiling by Iowa CCI. Thursday, October 11 at 6:30pm  Iowa CCI Racial Justice Committee is hosting a community planning meeting to dig-in on next steps and formulate a plan to go to the full City Council and city attorney to pressure them to implement an anti-racial profiling ordinance. The city won’t act unless they see and hear from hundreds of residents, like you, who keep the pressure on and demand the changes our communities need. Register for the event here.

T shirts. Thank you to everyone that has purchased a Racial Justice Now t-shirt this summer! We’ve raised over $500 for one of our accountability partners which will be donated later this fall. If you ordered a shirt and haven’t picked it up, please reach out to us at dsmsurj@gmail.com. We will have the t-shirts for pick up at our regular meetings. If you haven’t grabbed a shirt yet, there’s still time. Please fill out this form and we will be in touch. Each shirt cost $18 and we are able to donate $10 of each sale to our accountability partners.

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 Lounge at Drake University at 6:00 pm. Park in the Olmsted Center Parking Lot located at 2875 University Avenue. October meeting dates: October 7 & October 21.

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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!