New Announcements

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.

SURJ Newsletter

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!

August Economy 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.

  • Safari Restaurant
    Owner: Amina Dualle
    2734 Douglas Avenue.                                                                                                    Des Moines, IA 50310

This food is primarily East African, especially Somalian and Ethiopian. Many dishes show the influence of food from India. They are open 9 am to 9 pm every day, unless they run out of food before 9, in which case they close early that day. If you go on a weekend day, it’s best to go early!

  • The Great Frame Up
    Owner: Angela Jackson
    5515 Mills Civic Parkway, Ste 150
    West Des Moines, IA 50266

The Great Frame Up is dedicated to supporting local artists and creating awareness of noted African American artists. It currently features originals, prints, sculptures and framed artwork of numerous African American and Iowa artists.

Vehicle detailing, offering various packages (Smith Special, Executive Detail, and Presidential Detail) or à la carte services.

SURJ-ing in Des Moines in Fall 2017

We have done a lot since we formed in October 2016! After nine months of great work by so many, the Leadership Core met to envision the next steps for our chapter’s growth and organizing. We set several goals to begin reaching for in the fall of 2017. These include solidifying and deepening commitment among those who are ready to go deeper, as well as improving how our chapter functions. We are growing as an organization. We want to be sure all who are ready to deepen their commitment to DSM SURJ have the chance to step in, take on leadership roles and more responsibilities, and otherwise be able to really plug in.

To that end, we are launching a new meeting format starting in September 2017!

Every first Sunday of the month meeting will be committed to building and deepening the DSM SURJ community. We will meet in one group as a chapter and discuss new initiatives, report on ongoing work at the national level, check in with individual SURJ-ites who are connection with Black Lives Matter or other ongoing national networking. The format will allow all who are attending to bring issues, ideas and questions; we will create a process for discussion together at one of our first fall meetings. We will work to create an environment of engagement with each other that reflects SURJ’s values.

Every third Sunday of the month meeting will be a nuts-and-bolts working meeting, broken out into smaller groups according to the various local initiatives, projects and mobilizations we are involved in. In these spaces we may be in working groups, or we may be planning our next action. We may be coming up with new initiatives or organizing in response to an incident or an ask from our accountability groups.

New comers are welcome at any DSM SURJ meeting and childcare will always be available. However, one Sunday every quarter a newcomers’ orientation meeting will also be held during the working meeting. We want to make sure that those who are brand new, somewhat new, or who just want to re-orient to SURJ values, process and commitments experience a deep welcome and get the support they need to feel oriented to  our chapter, how it functions and how it works to live out SURJ values.