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DSM SURJ, News & Action, 10/21/2020

Hi! The election is 13 days away. What is your plan to vote? Have you asked your friends and family about theirs?


Meet Jamie Fitzgerald. He is the Polk County Auditor, and if you live in Polk County and have any questions about the upcoming election (Nov 3), head over to his page

Just a few key dates left:

October 24 – Voter preregistration deadline and deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail.  Election office open until 5PM for voter registration and Absentee Voting.  Voters may use Election Day registration procedures to register to vote after the Pre-Registration deadline.

October 31 – Election office open until 5 p.m. for in person absentee voting

Monday, November 2 – 5PM Last day to vote absentee in person at the Election Office.  Absentee ballots by mail must be postmarked by this date

Tuesday, November 3 – General Election Day.  Polls open 7AM until 9PM.  Election Day Precinct Locations


We’ve got 20 high school students from across the Des Moines metro that want to attend the White Privilege Symposium and they need our support to get there! We are asking 20 faithful SURJ’rs to:

• go to https://tinyurl.com/wps2020fundraiser
• click Tickets, then update the quantity for the High School Student option for $25 (select the quantity you want to purchase)
• enter YOUR name and email in the Contact Info section
• enter payment info (credit card or Paypal)
• in the high school student name field, enter:

First Name: DSM SURJ
Last Name: DSM SURJ
email address dsmsurj@gmail.com

• You’ll get an email confirmation that you bought a ticket (whoo hoo!) The WPS organizers will make sure the ticket goes to a HS Student!

Let’s SURJ together!

And don’t forget to treat yourself to a ticket as well–it’s going to be an illuminating online event featuring, among others, author/scholar/SURJ celebrity Jennifer Harvey.


Join DSM SURJ in taking the 21-day Equity Challenge to encourage learning, growth and action right here in central Iowa. Each weekday through Nov 2 you’ll receive an email with great knowledge and strong calls to action. It’s easy and it matters. Let’s do this.

The challenge offers lots of insightful and interesting content, and great things to think about. Case in point: a quiz from Buzzfeed to learn about and even quantify your own privilege. Check it out!



SURJ was proud to support the Black Women Voter Rally this past Sunday in Union Park! Petra Lange and Kinsey Coppock led the charge.

ABOVE: Event organizer Brandi Miller addresses the crowd as DJ Kelly does his thing. Art by Yvette Sutton and Tyler Kurth was displayed on the stage.
Christine Johnson of Joppa’s Experience serves up a delicious plate.
Kinsey: “Why yes, this is a bag of flags and signs used for social distancing.”

Thank you for reading!

Please stay in touch with us and reach out at any time to dsmsurj@gmail.com