New Announcements

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 6/1/19

Sunday Meeting: Recognizing & Understanding Our Shared Migration Story

Complete Summer SURJ Calendar

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

Sunday, June 16: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection and deepen our commitment to equity in education and immigration justice in Des Moines. Why working groups? Two reasons: 1) We hear from the educational and immigration groups with which we are in relationships of accountability. 2) We set the stage for successful, long-term action as a group. This is your opportunity to plug in deeper with SURJ. Whether you’ve been to many SURJ meetings or this is your first one, you’re invited!

July 7: Announced Soon

July 21: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection and deepen our commitment to equity in education and immigration justice in Des Moines. Why working groups? Two reasons: 1) We hear from the educational and immigration groups with which we are in relationships of accountability. 2) We set the stage for successful, long-term action as a group. This is your opportunity to plug in deeper with SURJ. Whether you’ve been to many SURJ meetings or this is your first one, you’re invited!

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

August 18Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection and deepen our commitment to equity in education and immigration justice in Des Moines. Why working groups? Two reasons: 1) We hear from the educational and immigration groups with which we are in relationships of accountability. 2) We set the stage for successful, long-term action as a group. This is your opportunity to plug in deeper with SURJ. Whether you’ve been to many SURJ meetings or this is your first one, you’re invited!

Join us! Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. DSM SURJ meetings are the first and third (working group) Sundays of each month, 6-8 pm at Drake University.  Childcare provided. All meetings held at Medbury Honors Lounge at Drake University at 6:00 pm. Park in the Olmsted Center Parking Lot located at 2875 University Avenue.


Latinx Music Festival: Get Your Tickets Now for July

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

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

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

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


Global Summer Soccer Program and Youth Connection Fair Need You

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


National Happenings: You’re Invited

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

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

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

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 5/18/19

Support youth: SURJ Sunday Meeting & City Council Monday night

May 20, 4:30 pm.   Des Moines City Council Meeting. 400 Robert Ray Drive. Support Des Moines youth and bring your kids! Three Hubbell Elementary School students did a project on racial profiling which includes drafting a petition and getting signatures from their fellow students, families and friends.  They will be presenting at the May 20th meeting.  Let’s pack the chambers – bring your kids!

June 17, 5:30 pm. CCI Racial Justice Team meeting. All are welcome.  Discussion will include debriefing on meeting with Black clergy; the November City Council elections and identifying potential challengers; meetings with individual city council members; next steps on the ordinance.

Please send the attached flyer to your networks.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hWcRCdYBkUBMlG3SE0-wgsMUVjU9O1PB/view

Read more about the March meeting in this Des Moines Register article.
https://iowacci.ourpowerbase.net/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=33243&qid=4526559


SURJ Meetings: Working Groups Each Third Sunday

Sunday, May 19. 6:00 pm Drake University Medbury Honors Lounge. Working Groups: Equity in Education & Immigration Justice. 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!

Sunday, June 2: Announced soon.

Sunday, June 16: Immigration Justice and Equity in Education working groups. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection and deepen our commitment to equity in education and immigration justice in Des Moines. Why working groups? Two reasons: 1) We hear from the educational and immigration groups with which we are in relationships of accountability. 2) We set the stage for successful, long-term action as a group. This is your opportunity to plug in deeper with SURJ. Whether you’ve been to many SURJ meetings or this is your first one, you’re invited!

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.


Support Black and Latinx-owned businesses this May

Bottle & Bottega
Owners: James and Bridget Neely
1301 Locust Street, Suite E, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 505-7111
Email: desmoines@bottle-bottega.com
Website: www.bottleandbottega.com/des_moines

We’ve profiled this business before, in 2017, but it’s time for an update. Bottle & Bottega now has its own venue, next to the sculpture park in downtown Des Moines. Bottle & Bottega hosts BYOB art parties where you’re guided to create your own art while enjoying a wine of your choosing. They offer a fun alternative to an ordinary night out or the kind of tired business outing where everyone is bored silly. Bottle & Bottega provides all necessary art supplies and hands-on instruction from an experienced, encouraging artist who knows how to guide you through the process. You can have your own private gathering to celebrate a birthday, have a bachelorette party or a baby shower, host a Creating for a Cause paint-and-sip charitable fundraiser, do team building for your business or non-profit—for whatever reason you want. Or you can attend a public event on your own or with friends, choosing from the many choices available. You can paint on canvas, glass, wood, or other options. You can paint your pet or choose from many designs that are excellent for this kind of painting. Bottle & Bottega offers a great way to uncork your creativity and create lasting memories.

Galdamez Hardscaping and Landscape
Owner: Pedro Galdamez
Phone or text (text preferred): (515) 822-7336

Installation of all kinds of home hardscaping projects. Retaining walls, brick patios, walkways and more. Galdamez also creates garden beds and plantings. Spruce up your space today!


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, 5/11/19

Meeting on Tuesday: Next stops on anti-racial profiling ordinance 

May 14 5:30 p.m. Planning meeting at CCI Office 2001 Forrest Ave– All are welcome – The Racial Justice Team will have a dual planning meeting to prepare for the City Council meeting on May 20th and to reach out to black clergy for their support.

May 20, 4:30 pm.   Des Moines City Council Meeting. 400 Robert Ray Drive. Support Des Moines youth and bring your kids! Three Hubbell Elementary School students did a project on racial profiling which includes drafting a petition and getting signatures from their fellow students, families and friends.  They will be presenting at the May 20th meeting.  Let’s pack the chambers – bring your kids!

June 17, 5:30 pm. CCI Racial Justice Team meeting. All are welcome.  Discussion will include debriefing on meeting with Black clergy; the November City Council elections and identifying potential challengers; meetings with individual city council members; next steps on the ordinance.
Please send the attached flyer to your networks.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hWcRCdYBkUBMlG3SE0-wgsMUVjU9O1PB/view

Read more about the March meeting in this Des Moines Register article.
https://iowacci.ourpowerbase.net/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=33243&qid=4526559


Support Black and Latinx-owned businesses this May

Bottle & Bottega
Owners: James and Bridget Neely
1301 Locust Street, Suite E, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 505-7111
Email: desmoines@bottle-bottega.com
Website: www.bottleandbottega.com/des_moines

We’ve profiled this business before, in 2017, but it’s time for an update. Bottle & Bottega now has its own venue, next to the sculpture park in downtown Des Moines. Bottle & Bottega hosts BYOB art parties where you’re guided to create your own art while enjoying a wine of your choosing. They offer a fun alternative to an ordinary night out or the kind of tired business outing where everyone is bored silly. Bottle & Bottega provides all necessary art supplies and hands-on instruction from an experienced, encouraging artist who knows how to guide you through the process. You can have your own private gathering to celebrate a birthday, have a bachelorette party or a baby shower, host a Creating for a Cause paint-and-sip charitable fundraiser, do team building for your business or non-profit—for whatever reason you want. Or you can attend a public event on your own or with friends, choosing from the many choices available. You can paint on canvas, glass, wood, or other options. You can paint your pet or choose from many designs that are excellent for this kind of painting. Bottle & Bottega offers a great way to uncork your creativity and create lasting memories.

Galdamez Hardscaping and Landscape
Owner: Pedro Galdamez
Phone or text (text preferred): (515) 822-7336

Installation of all kinds of home hardscaping projects. Retaining walls, brick patios, walkways and more. Galdamez also creates garden beds and plantings. Spruce up your space today!


SURJ Meetings: Working Groups Each Third Sunday

Sunday, May 19. 6:00 pm Drake University Medbury Honors Lounge. Working Groups: Equity in Education & Immigration Justice. This and ALL third Sundays of the month. Join us to build connection and deepen our commitment to equity in education and immigration justice in Des Moines. Why working groups? Two reasons: 1) We hear from the educational and immigration groups with which we are in relationships of accountability. 2) We set the stage for successful, long-term action as a group. This is your opportunity to plug in deeper with SURJ. Whether you’ve been to many SURJ meetings or this is your first one, you’re invited!

Join us! Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. DSM SURJ meetings are the first and third (working group) Sundays of each month, 6-8 pm at Drake University.  Childcare provided. All meetings held at Medbury Honors Lounge at Drake University at 6:00 pm. Park in the Olmsted Center Parking Lot located at 2875 University Avenue.


Latinx Music Festival: Get Your Tickets Now for July

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

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

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

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

DSM SURJ Newsletter 5/4/19

Tomorrow night: Dialogue on Cultural Appropriation

Sunday, May 5th. Dialogue on cultural appropriation facilitated by ISU Sloss Center’s Equity and Social Justice Coordinator Janae Due. Please join us in dialogue as we explore this important topic.
Sunday, May 19Education working group. Come help us begin to plan our event Fun to Fund Equitable Schools (FunFES). If you hate the name, you better come on the 19th to help us change it ; ). We have made traction on CORE community liaison piece of things and have other projects to continue building. See you there.

Join us! 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.


Support Black and Latinx-owned businesses this May

Bottle & Bottega
Owners: James and Bridget Neely
1301 Locust Street, Suite E, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 505-7111
Email: desmoines@bottle-bottega.com
Website: www.bottleandbottega.com/des_moines

We’ve profiled this business before, in 2017, but it’s time for an update. Bottle & Bottega now has its own venue, next to the sculpture park in downtown Des Moines. Bottle & Bottega hosts BYOB art parties where you’re guided to create your own art while enjoying a wine of your choosing. They offer a fun alternative to an ordinary night out or the kind of tired business outing where everyone is bored silly. Bottle & Bottega provides all necessary art supplies and hands-on instruction from an experienced, encouraging artist who knows how to guide you through the process. You can have your own private gathering to celebrate a birthday, have a bachelorette party or a baby shower, host a Creating for a Cause paint-and-sip charitable fundraiser, do team building for your business or non-profit—for whatever reason you want. Or you can attend a public event on your own or with friends, choosing from the many choices available. You can paint on canvas, glass, wood, or other options. You can paint your pet or choose from many designs that are excellent for this kind of painting. Bottle & Bottega offers a great way to uncork your creativity and create lasting memories.

Galdamez Hardscaping and Landscape
Owner: Pedro Galdamez
Phone or text (text preferred): (515) 822-7336

Installation of all kinds of home hardscaping projects. Retaining walls, brick patios, walkways and more. Galdamez also creates garden beds and plantings. Spruce up your space today!


Next stops on anti-racial profiling ordinance 

May 14 5:30 p.m. Planning meeting at CCI Office 2001 Forrest Ave– All are welcome – The Racial Justice Team will have a dual planning meeting to prepare for the City Council meeting on May 20th and to reach out to black clergy for their support.

May 20, 4:30 pm.   Des Moines City Council Meeting. 400 Robert Ray Drive. Support Des Moines youth and bring your kids! Three Hubbell Elementary School students did a project on racial profiling which includes drafting a petition and getting signatures from their fellow students, families and friends.  They will be presenting at the May 20th meeting.  Let’s pack the chambers – bring your kids!

June 17, 5:30 pm. CCI Racial Justice Team meeting. All are welcome.  Discussion will include debriefing on meeting with Black clergy; the November City Council elections and identifying potential challengers; meetings with individual city council members; next steps on the ordinance.
Please send the attached flyer to your networks.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hWcRCdYBkUBMlG3SE0-wgsMUVjU9O1PB/view

Read more about the March meeting in this Des Moines Register article.
https://iowacci.ourpowerbase.net/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=33243&qid=4526559


Support Artistic Expression of Racial Justice

May 6, 7:00 pm. Des Moines Diversity Chorus. Free concert. West Des Moines United Methodist Church, 8th and Grand in West Des Moines. The theme of the concert is Choose Love. Much of the music speaks to the work we’re doing around immigration and justice.

July 20, 2019 all day. Save the Date: Warren Morrow Music Festival. Artists announced! More information on the Des Moines Latinx Music Festival and Tickets here.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 4/27/19

Upcoming SURJ Meetings 

Sunday, May 5th. Dialogue on cultural appropriation facilitated by ISU Sloss Center’s Equity and Social Justice Coordinator Janae Due. Please join us in dialogue as we explore this important topic.

Sunday, May 19Education working group. Come help us begin to plan our event Fun to Fund Equitable Schools (FunFES). If you hate the name, you better come on the 19th to help us change it ; ). We have made traction on CORE community liaison piece of things and have other projects to continue building. See you there.

Join us! 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.

 

Next stops on anti-racial profiling ordinance 

May 14 5:30 p.m. Planning meeting at CCI Office 2001 Forrest Ave– All are welcome – The Racial Justice Team will have a dual planning meeting to prepare for the City Council meeting on May 20th and to reach out to black clergy for their support.

May 20, 4:30 pm.   Des Moines City Council Meeting. 400 Robert Ray Drive. Support Des Moines youth and bring your kids! Three Hubbell Elementary School students did a project on racial profiling which includes drafting a petition and getting signatures from their fellow students, families and friends.  They will be presenting at the May 20th meeting.  Let’s pack the chambers – bring your kids!

June 17, 5:30 pm. CCI Racial Justice Team meeting. All are welcome.  Discussion will include debriefing on meeting with Black clergy; the November City Council elections and identifying potential challengers; meetings with individual city council members; next steps on the ordinance.

Please send the attached flyer to your networks.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hWcRCdYBkUBMlG3SE0-wgsMUVjU9O1PB/view

Read more about the March meeting in this Des Moines Register article.
https://iowacci.ourpowerbase.net/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=33243&qid=4526559

 

April 2019 Economic Equity Business

SURJ connects with businesses owned by people of color and indigenous people to create awareness of these enterprises in our larger membership. Know a business we should support? Please email Kathy.

Fat Tuesday Cajun Restaurant / Catering
Owner: Steven James
6112 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone: (515) 285-3552
Hours: Monday thru Saturday 11 AM to 9 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FatTuesdayRestaurant/
Menu: places.singleplatform.com
Order: grubhub.comseamless.com

Fat Tuesday has the best Cajun food around! For the last ten years, Des Moines has enjoyed this unassuming, Mardi Gras-themed spot, featuring Creole and Cajun cuisine & homey soul food, plus beer and wine and the best catfish in town. Catering services are also available. Check it out!

 

Support Artistic Expression of Racial Justice

May 6, 7:00 pm. Des Moines Diversity Chorus. Free concert. West Des Moines United Methodist Church, 8th and Grand in West Des Moines. The theme of the concert is Choose Love. Much of the music speaks to the work we’re doing around immigration and justice.

July 20, 2019 all day. Save the Date: Warren Morrow Music Festival. Artists announced! More information on the Des Moines Latinx Music Festival and Tickets here.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 4/13/19

April 2019 Economic Equity Business

SURJ connects with businesses owned by people of color and indigenous people to create awareness of these enterprises in our larger membership. Know a business we should support? Please email Kathy.

Fat Tuesday Cajun Restaurant / Catering
Owner: Steven James
6112 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone: (515) 285-3552
Hours: Monday thru Saturday 11 AM to 9 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FatTuesdayRestaurant/
Menu: places.singleplatform.com
Order: grubhub.comseamless.com

Fat Tuesday has the best Cajun food around! For the last ten years, Des Moines has enjoyed this unassuming, Mardi Gras-themed spot, featuring Creole and Cajun cuisine & homey soul food, plus beer and wine and the best catfish in town. Catering services are also available. Check it out!


Activities announced by accountability partner Iowa Commission on Latino Affairs

Wednesday, April 17 6:00 pm -8:00 pm. Latinx Forum. The Basement of the Social Club. 900 Mulberry St, Des Moines.

The Latinx Forum will consist of a moderated panel of 4 local Des Moines Latinx leaders who represent high school, college, young professionals, and working professionals.

The panel will be moderated by Sonia Reyes-Snyder, the Executive Officer of the Iowa Office of Latino Affairs and will consist of the following community leaders:

This forum will focus on telling the story of the Latinx community Des Moines through their own words, specifically the barriers, challenges, and opportunities facing this population, and to connect a local face to national issues facing the Latinx community. Facebook invite here.

Save the Date: Warren Morrow Music Festival on July 20, 2019. Artists announced just last week! More information on the Des Moines Latinx Music Festival and Tickets here.


Next stops on anti-racial profiling ordinance 

April 15, 5:30 pm.   Iowa CCI Racial Justice Team. Iowa CCI Office 2001 Forrest Ave.  Plan next steps for keeping this issue hot.  They need our support!  If you’d like to attend please RSVP to sharon@iowacci.org.

On March 25th more than 100 people attended the Des Moines City Council meeting to press the City Council on why there had been no report (as promised) in March in response to the anti-racial profiling ordinance proposed by the Iowa CCI Racial Justice team back in November 2018.  Speakers from CCI  spent an hour at the end of the meeting challenging the city to take their experiences of racial profiling seriously and to affirm that policy isn’t enough – laws are needed.  As a result of this pressure, the Mayor asked the city manager to revisit the proposals and to consider making them law.

Read more about the meeting in this Des Moines Register article.
https://iowacci.ourpowerbase.net/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=33243&qid=4526559


Upcoming SURJ Meetings 

Sunday, April 21st:  NEW EDUCATION ACTION & Immigration Action Group will meet. Newcomers welcome.

Education Action 4/21: Move the needle on racial justice in Des Moines Public Schools

The Racial Justice in Education Group met on March 17 and we began plotting several initiatives relative to Des Moines Public schools. Our mission: To work on issues identified by students of color as urgent within school building. Over the next few months, we build an advocacy network to grow community partnerships with CORE students in DMPS. You are needed – support this youth-led vision for equity and justice. If you want to join the group but can’t make the next meeting please reach out to dsmsurj@gmail.com.

Immigration Action Group: Support asylum seekers with DSM SURJ Immigration Action Group

Immigration Action Group. The Immigration Action Group met on March 17 where we heard from Mike and Karen Lauer about their experience sponsoring two young women from Central America seeking asylum in the US.  The focus of our work over the next few months will be raising money for legal fees and work permits for asylum seekers Danna and Karla. If you want to join the group but can’t make the next meeting please reach out to dsmsurj@gmail.com using this link.

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, May 5th. Dialogue on cultural appropriation facilitated by ISU Sloss Center’s Equity and Social Justice Coordinator Janae Due. Please join us in dialogue as we explore this important topic.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 4/6/19

SURJ Tomorrow:
Write a letter to the editor or an op-ed piece – we’ll teach you how.
New information on April 21 EDUCATION and IMMIGRATION working groups.
Update on anti-racial profiling activism in the DSM Metro. Accountability group Iowa Commission on Latino Affairs events.
Save the date for summer Warren Morrow Music Festival.

Upcoming SURJ Meetings 
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 (see idea at the end of this newsletter);
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); NEW EDUCATION ACTION & Immigration Action Group meet.

Education Action 4/21: Move the needle on racial justice in Des Moines Public Schools

The Racial Justice in Education Group met on March 17 and we began plotting several initiatives relative to Des Moines Public schools. Our mission: To work on issues identified by students of color as urgent within school building. Over the next few months, we build an advocacy network to grow community partnerships with CORE students in DMPS. You are needed – support this youth-led vision for equity and justice. If you want to join the group but can’t make the next meeting please reach out to dsmsurj@gmail.com.

Immigration Action Group: Support asylum seekers with DSM SURJ Immigration Action Group

Immigration Action Group. The Immigration Action Group met on March 17 where we heard from Mike and Karen Lauer about their experience sponsoring two young women from Central America seeking asylum in the US.  The focus of our work over the next few months will be raising money for legal fees and work permits for asylum seekers Danna and Karla. If you want to join the group but can’t make the next meeting please reach out to dsmsurj@gmail.com using this link.

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.  Activities announced by accountability partner Iowa Commission on Latino Affairs

Corrected date! April 15th at 5:30 pm. CCI Offices, 2001 Forest Ave. Iowa CCI Racial Justice Team. Plan next steps for keeping this issue hot. They need our support! If you’d like to attend please RSVP to sharon@iowacci.org.

On March 25th more than 100 people attended the Des Moines City Council meeting to press the City Council on why there had been no report (as promised) in March in response to the anti-racial profiling ordinance proposed by the Iowa CCI Racial Justice team back in November 2018. Speakers from CCI spent an hour at the end of the meeting challenging the city to take their experiences of racial profiling seriously and to affirm that policy isn’t enough – laws are needed. As a result of this pressure, the Mayor asked the city manager to revisit the proposals and to consider making them law.

Read more about the meeting in this Des Moines Register article.
https://iowacci.ourpowerbase.net/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=33243&qid=4526559

You can give support by writing a letter to the editor.

Wednesday April 17 6:00 pm -8:00 pm. Latinx Forum. The Basement of the Social Club.

The Latinx Forum will consist of a moderated panel of 4 local Des Moines Latinx leaders who represent high school, college, young professionals, and working professionals.

The panel will be moderated by Sonia Reyes-Snyder, the Executive Officer of the Iowa Office of Latino Affairs and will consist of the following community leaders:

This forum will focus on telling the story of the Latinx community Des Moines through their own words, specifically the barriers, challenges, and opportunities facing this population, and to connect a local face to national issues facing the Latinx community.

Save the Date: Warren Morrow Music Festival on July 20, 2019. More information on the Des Moines Latinx Music Festival and Tickets here.