DSM SURJ Newsletter, 10/20/19

Bring Change to Des Moines: Phone Bank/Canvas for Chelsea

Join the push TODAY and this week and meet other locals committed to bringing racial justice to city government. City Council affects our daily lives in every way. Tune out the Washington D.C. Blah Blah and hop into this positive movement to effect change.

There are multiple door-knocking and phone-banking shifts to support Chelsea set up by CCI, Citizens for Community Improvement.  Each shift has a training before hitting the streets or the phones.  Door knocking will be done in a group with seasoned GOTV activists out there also.  Phone-banking is done in a group setting at the CCI office.

To volunteer TODAY or any time before the election, sign up at this form here. If you have questions, reach out to us at dsmsurj@gmail.com or to the campaign directly (Catherine Lewin by email at catherinegrace.lewin@gmail.com or by phone 5155570631).

You can reach out directly to Chelsea: https://www.facebook.com/Chelsea4Council/
Text Chelsea to 738674 to get updates. Twitter:  @Chelsea4Council.

Can’t show up in person? Financial support is needed, too. https://secure.actblue.com/directory Search Chelsea Chism Vargas.  

TONIGHT: Immigration and education working groups

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 26: 2nd Annual Latino Voices Together Gala. A benefit to support Latino Political Network.  Location: The Glass Box, 220 SE 6th St, Des Moines 50309. This is the sole fundraiser for the Latino Political Network, the only organization focused on organizing and training Iowa’s Latinx community to run for public office. Featured speaker Lorena Chambers, a media strategist, and the only Latina to have ever produced broadcast commercials for a U.S. presidential campaign. The location is handicap accessible and free parking is available in the parking ramp directly behind the building. Tickets are available for $25 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-latino-voices-together-gala-tickets-69800452031

Saturday, November 2: Iowa Poor People’s Campaign Canvassing Training. 1 PM – 5 PM at the Robert Mickle Neighborhood Resource Center, 1620 Pleasant St # 200, Des Moines, IA 50314 The Iowa Poor People’s Campaign is excited to share that the We Must Do M.O.R.E. Tour is headed to Des Moines on January 15, 2020! The MORE acronym stands for Mobilizing, Organizing, Registering, and Educating, and we need you to be part of this historic event! This training will give you the tools to bring hundreds more into the movement through voter registration and other efforts.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 10/12/19

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

Just one more week until Just Trivia Night. 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.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!

Players – Register to compete at this link here Early registration is $25 per person on-line and $80 for a team of 4 online, 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.

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.

Local Racial Justice Events

October 14: Ïmagine a World without Prisons: Abolition 101. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 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, an 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.

October 15: Iowa Summit on Justice & Disparities. 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Location: FFA Enrichment Center 1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny IA. Schedule and detailed information is at this link. Registration before October 10 and group registration is discounted.

October 19: Iowa Latino Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Ceremony and Reception. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmLocation: Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave. Sponsored by Iowa Department of Human Rights. Five remarkable Iowans will be inducted, including a Latino youth and a recipient of the Governor D. Ray Award for Equity and Justice. This event is FREE and open to the public!

October 26: 2nd Annual Latino Voices Together Gala. A benefit to support Latino Political Network.  Location: The Glass Box, 220 SE 6th St, Des Moines 50309. This is the sole fundraiser for the Latino Political Network, the only organization focused on organizing and training Iowa’s Latinx community to run for public office. Featured speaker Lorena Chambers, a media strategist, and the only Latina to have ever produced broadcast commercials for a U.S. presidential campaign. The location is handicap accessible and free parking is available in the parking ramp directly behind the building. Tickets are available for $25 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-latino-voices-together-gala-tickets-69800452031

Upcoming SURJ Meetings

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.

DSM SURJ Newsletter 10/5/19

Bring a national trend to DSM: Vote women of color into office

Your chance to learn about the next generation of women of color leaders. Join us tomorrow night. ! 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.

October 6: Discussion of City Council Elections – Join SURJ as we meet four candidates running for Des Moines City Council this November. We’ll make sure you know the ins and out of voting in this election and most importantly introduce you to a few of the candidates running.

Jacquie Easley – At Large (Jacquie4DSMAL)
Marlu Abarca – At Large (Marlú Abarca)
ToyA Johnson – Ward 4 (ToyA4Iowa for Des Moines Ward 4)
Chelsea Chism-Vargas – Ward 4 (Chelsea Chism-Vargas for Des Moines City Council, Ward 4)

The format of the event: 10 minutes for each candidate with lightning round Q&A (5 minutes) immediately following each speaker. We will be using a timer to ensure each candidate gets 15 minutes. They’ll tell us:

– Why are you running?
– What are your main campaign platform issues?
– How will you advance racial justice as a City Council member?

Then each candidate will spend 5 minutes telling us how we can support them in the lead up to the election. We’ve set aside 10 minutes for action during the meeting to help spread the word about their campaigns and help get out the vote!

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.

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 online, 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!

Local Racial Justice Events

October 6: We are  Church Confessing Public Event. 1:00-1:30 pm. Location: Polk County Jail, 1985 NE 51st Pl, Des Moines 50313. Hosted by We Are Church Confessing. Church service. All proceeds from the offering will directly go to enable visitation of those who are detained and/or incarcerated by their loved ones. Coffee will be provided. The service will be live-streamed on Facebook. Facebook invite at this link.

October 14: Ïmagine a World without Prisons: Abolition 101. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 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, an 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.

October 15: Iowa Summit on Justice & Disparities. 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Location: FFA Enrichment Center 1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny IA. Schedule and detailed information is at this link. Registration before October 10 and group registration is discounted.

October 19: Iowa Latino Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Ceremony and Reception. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmLocation: Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave. Sponsored by Iowa Department of Human Rights. Five remarkable Iowans will be inducted, including a Latino youth and a recipient of the Governor D. Ray Award for Equity and Justice. This event is FREE and open to the public!

October 26: 2nd Annual Latino Voices Together Gala. A benefit to support Latino Political Network.  Location: The Glass Box, 220 SE 6th St, Des Moines 50309. This is the sole fundraiser for the Latino Political Network, the only organization focused on organizing and training Iowa’s Latinx community to run for public office. Featured speaker Lorena Chambers, a media strategist, and the only Latina to have ever produced broadcast commercials for a U.S. presidential campaign. The location is handicap accessible and free parking is available in the parking ramp directly behind the building. Tickets are available for $25 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-latino-voices-together-gala-tickets-69800452031

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 9/30/19

October 6: Meet City Council Candidates at SURJ

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.

October 6: Discussion of City Council Elections – Join SURJ as we meet four candidates running for Des Moines City Council this November. We’ll make sure you know the ins and out of voting in this election and most importantly introduce you to a few of the candidates running.

The format of the event: 10 minutes for each candidate with lightning round Q&A (5 minutes) immediately following each speaker. We will be using a timer to ensure each candidate gets 15 minutes. They’ll tell us:

– Why are you running?
– What are your main campaign platform issues?
– How will you advance racial justice as a City Council member?

Then each candidate will spend 5 minutes telling us how we can support them in the lead up to the election. We’ve set aside 10 minutes for action during the meeting to help spread the word about their campaigns and help get out the vote!

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.

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 online, 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!

Local Racial Justice Events

October 6: We are  Church Confessing Public Event. 1:00-1:30 pm. Location: Polk County Jail, 1985 NE 51st Pl, Des Moines 50313. Hosted by We Are Church Confessing. Church service. All proceeds from the offering will directly go to enable visitation of those who are detained and/or incarcerated by their loved ones. Coffee will be provided. The service will be live-streamed on Facebook. Facebook invite at this link.

October 14: Imagine a World without Prisons: Abolition 101. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 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, an 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.

October 15: Iowa Summit on Justice & Disparities. 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Location: FFA Enrichment Center 1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny IA. Schedule and detailed information is at this link. Registration before October 10 and group registration is discounted.

October 19: Iowa Latino Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Ceremony and Reception. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmLocation: Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave. Sponsored by Iowa Department of Human Rights. Five remarkable Iowans will be inducted, including a Latino youth and a recipient of the Governor D. Ray Award for Equity and Justice. This event is FREE and open to the public!

October 26: 2nd Annual Latino Voices Together Gala. A benefit to support Latino Political Network.  Location: The Glass Box, 220 SE 6th St, Des Moines 50309. This is the sole fundraiser for the Latino Political Network, the only organization focused on organizing and training Iowa’s Latinx community to run for public office. Featured speaker Lorena Chambers, a media strategist, and the only Latina to have ever produced broadcast commercials for a U.S. presidential campaign. The location is handicap accessible and free parking is available in the parking ramp directly behind the building. Tickets are available for $25 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-latino-voices-together-gala-tickets-69800452031

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.