DSM SURJ Newsletter, 1/19/20

Tonight (Sunday): Homecooked meal and education working group session

January 19: Offsite dinner. RSVP required. The Education Working Group will be meeting in a home over a meal on Sunday January 19th as we begin to plan our next big work! Please email us at dsmsurj@gmail.com to rsvp and we’ll send you the address (and make sure we cook enough food for you)! 

February 2: Training to support new immigrants in Iowa. Medbury Honors Lounge, Drake University. Come learn more about how we can support new immigrants with Sonia Reyes-Snyder, Executive Officer of the Iowa Office of Latino Affairs. Details and sign up for training at the end of this email.

February 16: Education and Immigration working groups (This and every third Sunday). 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!

March 1: Pulling white folks in off the sidelines, a SURJ house party

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.

Become a family mentor for new Iowans

Sunday, February 2, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Medbury Honors Lounge (Regular SURJ meeting spot). Become a family mentor for new Iowans! SURJ is growing a network of folks willing to be paired with a new Iowan family. Sonia Reyes, Executive Officer of the Office of Latino Affairs will lead us in a training to offer support and resources for those willing to consider becoming a family mentor.

Please sign up to inform SURJ of your interest  at this form link. Signing up to attend this educational session does NOT commit you to a family. It does, however, indicate that you have a strong interest in learning more.

Becoming a family mentor will involve supporting new Iowans by providing them with local resources, navigating transportation and educational support systems in Iowa and other forms of advocacy.  Each case will vary, but an average of 3 to 5 hours a week might be required in the beginning (to create trust with the families). After that the time commitment may be 2-3 hours a week, depending on what the needs of the families. This is a wonderful and important opportunity to grow your sense of what “family” means, by making space in your life to support these new families. 

Online Racial Justice Events

TUESDAY, January 28th, at 7:30 CT. “Mommying While Muslim”: Raising Healthy Muslim Children in a Post-9/11 World. 
REGISTER TO JOIN this free, hour-long, online conversation with your EmbraceRace community.

Why We Gather: A child born on September 11, 2001 is a young adult now. Which is to say that every Muslim child in the US today has grown up in the shadow of 9-11 and the deep hostility directed by so many against her identity and against Islam.

Join us for a conversation with the hosts of the Mommying While Muslim podcast about how they, and mothers and families in their networks, have mobilized to meet the challenge of raising healthy, resilient Muslim children in an age marked by anti-Muslim hate crimes, school bullying, and travel bans.

Between them, Uzma and Zaiba are parents to eight children between the ages of 4 and 17. They’ll offer their insights and perspectives and, as always, we’ll invite you to share yours – and your questions – as well.

DSM SURJ Newsletter 1/11/2020

Next Sunday: Homecooked meal and education working group session

January 19: Offsite dinner. RSVP required. The Education Working Group will be meeting in a home over a meal on Sunday January 19th as we begin to plan our next big work! Please email us at dsmsurj@gmail.com to rsvp and we’ll send you the address (and make sure we cook enough food for you)! 

February 2: Training to support new immigrants in Iowa. Medbury Honors Lounge, Drake University. Come learn more about how we can support new immigrants with Sonia Reyes-Snyder, Executive Officer of the Iowa Office of Latino Affairs. Details and sign up for training at the end of this email.

February 16: Education and Immigration working groups (This and every third Sunday). 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!

March 1: Pulling white folks in off the sidelines, a SURJ house party 
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.

NAACP, IWPC and DSM SURJ Caucus Simulation

January 16 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Polk County Central Senior Center, 2008 Forest Ave, Des Moines. Learn to caucus the fun way! This is a caucus training you don’t want to miss! You will learn how both the Republicans and Democrats Caucus. Following the presentation, you will have an opportunity to do a caucus run through so you can see how the process works. Facebook event at this link.

Become a family mentor for new Iowans
(Detailed information)

Sunday, February 2, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Medbury Honors Lounge (Regular SURJ meeting spot). Become a family mentor for new Iowans! SURJ is growing a network of folks willing to be paired with a new Iowan family. Sonia Reyes, Executive Officer of the Office of Latino Affairs will lead us in a training to offer support and resources for those willing to consider becoming a family mentor.

Please sign up to inform SURJ of your interest  at this form link. Signing up to attend this educational session does NOT commit you to a family. It does, however, indicate that you have a strong interest in learning more.

Becoming a family mentor will involve supporting new Iowans by providing them with local resources, navigating transportation and educational support systems in Iowa and other forms of advocacy.  Each case will vary, but an average of 3 to 5 hours a week might be required in the beginning (to create trust with the families). After that the time commitment may be 2-3 hours a week, depending on what the needs of the families. This is a wonderful and important opportunity to grow your sense of what “family” means, by making space in your life to support these new families.

Support Al Éxito:
Tamales for Preorder to Pick Up January 18 (due to weather)

Get your Tamales ASAP! Preorder ends Jan 13. Tamales for $17/dozen before 1/6 & pick-up on Saturday 1/11 at Wesley United Methodist Church. Pre-order tamales. 1) Choose what kinds (Red pork, green chicken, or rajas/chili & cheese); 2) Pay via Paypal (linked) or Venmo @Al-Exito by January 6; 3) Pick up January 11 at Wesley UMC 800 E 12th St Des Moines, Iowa.

Take a class: Learn to make your own tamales for $10/person. Class will be held at 11:30 at Wesley UMC. Space is limited, reserve your spot now!

January 18: Individual tamales for sale on 1/11 for $2/tamal. Or buy for $3 with champurrado. (Individual tamales for sale while they last!). To sign up for the class or for questions: email Gabby@alexitoiowa.org or call 515-494-6564. Or reach out via Facebook.

Al Éxito provides programming that builds the leadership potential of Latino/a youth through college preparation, career development, civic engagement, family support, and celebration of culture.

Local Racial Justice Events

January 15, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM. First Christian Church Des Moines, 2500 University Ave. Poor People’s Campaign national tour stop in Des Moines. At the Mass Meeting, we will hear from people directly impacted by systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the corrupt moral narrative. We will also hear from Rev. Barber and Rev. Theoharis, Co-Chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Much more information at this link here.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 1/4/2020

Happy New Year! Are you in? 

Where are you called to SURJ?: Legislative advocacy, supporting new Iowa immigrant families, caucus training, tamales purchase to support Al Exito, and other local events for justice. Calendar some time to be in community and build the longed-for Beloved Community in Des Moines.

SURJ Sunday Night:
Legislative Advocacy

January 5: Preparing for the legislative session. Let’s do this! Learn the basics of advocacy and build your racial justice influence muscles with phone call role playing, postcard and email writing. Review how a bill becomes a law and how you can get engaged the legislative session that starts January 13. Will you SURJ at the Capitol in 2020?  Feel free to bring your laptop! State government is a space where racial justice advocacy can have a true impact. Join us to get started on this important hands-on work.

January 19: 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!

February 2: Training to support new immigrants in Iowa. Come learn more about how we can support new immigrants with Sonia Reyes-Snyder, Executive Officer of the Iowa Office of Latino Affairs. Details and sign up for training at the end of this email.

February 16: Education and Immigration working groups (This and every third Sunday)

March 1: Pulling white folks in off the sidelines, a SURJ house party

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 Al Éxito:
Tamales for Preorder to Pick Up January 11

Get your Tamales ASAP! Preorder ends Jan 6. Tamales for $17/dozen before 1/6 & pick-up on Saturday 1/11 at Wesley United Methodist Church. Pre-order tamales. 1) Choose what kinds (Red pork, green chicken, or rajas/chili & cheese); 2) Pay via Paypal (linked) or Venmo @Al-Exito by January 6; 3) Pick up January 11 at Wesley UMC 800 E 12th St Des Moines, Iowa.

Take a class: Learn to make your own tamales for $10/person. Class will be held at 11:30 at Wesley UMC. Space is limited, reserve your spot now!

January 11: Individual tamales for sale on 1/11 for $2/tamal. Or buy for $3 with champurrado. (Individual tamales for sale while they last!). To sign up for the class or for questions: email Gabby@alexitoiowa.org or call 515-494-6564. Or reach out via Facebook.

Al Éxito provides programming that builds the leadership potential of Latino/a youth through college preparation, career development, civic engagement, family support, and celebration of culture.

NAACP, IWPC and DSM SURJ Caucus Simulation

January 16 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Polk County Central Senior Center, 2008 Forest Ave, Des Moines. Learn to caucus the fun way! This is a caucus training you don’t want to miss! You will learn how both the Republicans and Democrats Caucus. Following the presentation, you will have an opportunity to do a caucus run through so you can see how the process works. Facebook event at this link.

Become a family mentor for new Iowans
(Detailed information)

Sunday, February 2, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Medbury Honors Lounge (Regular SURJ meeting spot). Become a family mentor for new Iowans! SURJ is growing a network of folks willing to be paired with a new Iowan family. Sonia Reyes, Executive Officer of the Office of Latino Affairs will lead us in a training to offer support and resources for those willing to consider becoming a family mentor.

Please sign up to inform SURJ of your interest  at this form link. Signing up to attend this educational session does NOT commit you to a family. It does, however, indicate that you have a strong interest in learning more.

Becoming a family mentor will involve supporting new Iowans by providing them with local resources, navigating transportation and educational support systems in Iowa and other forms of advocacy.  Each case will vary, but an average of 3 to 5 hours a week might be required in the beginning (to create trust with the families). After that the time commitment may be 2-3 hours a week, depending on what the needs of the families. This is a wonderful and important opportunity to grow your sense of what “family” means, by making space in your life to support these new families.

Local Racial Justice Events

January 15, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM. First Christian Church Des Moines, 2500 University Ave. Poor People’s Campaign national tour stop in Des Moines. At the Mass Meeting, we will hear from people directly impacted by systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the corrupt moral narrative. We will also hear from Rev. Barber and Rev. Theoharis, Co-Chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Much more information at this link here.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 12/8/19

Know Your Rights Vital Info: Learn More

Erica Johnson from AFSC Iowa Immigrant Rights shared lots of great information about how we can defend our immigrant neighbors by understanding theirs and our rights when interacting with ICE.

Understand the rights all people have when interacting with law enforcement.

Watch these videos to see actual ICE enforcement actions. Trigger warning for the violence in the videos.
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=305484203665995
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=354024228817587

Put the Iowa Statewide ICE Reporting Hotline 515-996-0003 in your contact list and immediately report ICE activity you witness.  Carry Hotline cards with you for reference and to give to others.

If you feel comfortable stopping to witness an enforcement action some guidelines for things you can do are provided in the document:  What Can I Do if I See ICE in my City?

If you are trying to help someone who has had a family member detained have them call the Hotline.  There are six community support teams across Iowa.

Want to get more involved? Come to the DSMSURJ Immigrant Rights action group on the Third Sunday of each month at 6 pm in Medbury Honors Lounge on the Drake Campus.

Thank you to Erica Johnson from American Friends Service Committee for educating us and to those who showed up for racial justice.

Questions?  dsmsurj@gmail.com

Upcoming SURJ Meetings
(Calendar for Q1 2020)

December 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!

January 5: Preparing for the legislative session. State government is a space where racial justice advocacy can have a true impact. Join us to get started on this important hands-on work.

January 19: 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!

February 2: Training to support new immigrants in Iowa. Come learn more about how we can support new immigrants with Sonia Reyes-Snyder, Executive Officier of the Iowa Office of Latino Affairs.

February 16: Education and Immigration working groups (This and every third Sunday)

March 1: Pulling white folks in off the sidelines, a SURJ house party

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, 11/30/19

Learn with CORE Youth December 1 SURJ Meeting

***UPDATE***  DUE TO TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES FOR THE SPEAKERS, THIS MEETING IS CANCELLED!  WATCH FACEBOOK OR EMAIL FOR INFORMATION ON UPCOMING EVENTS     December 1: CORE’s Cornucopia: The abundance available when students of color are allowed to lead. SURJ will meet with one of the groups with which we are in a partnership of accountability learn how we can best support the brilliance of youth in our area.

December 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!

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.

Remember to Vote December 3rd

December 3: Des Moines Residents vote in runoff election. Break white silence around racial profiling by police in Des Moines.  Elect city council members that have pledged their support of this ordinance.  Jack Hatch (mayor) and Skip Moore (Ward 2), who are supporters of the ordinance, have forced run-offs.  At-large candidate Jacquie Easley is also in a runoff. Jacquie Easley has been a fierce supporter of racial justice with the NAACP for years, fighting for anti-racial profiling ordinances and laws.   If you are a Des Moines resident please vote in the runoff election on December 3rd.  If Jacquie, Jack and/or Skip win, we will have a voice on the city council which is so important to this work.  You can vote in person at the elections office on weekdays through Monday, December 2nd.

Missed the Know Your Rights Training on November 16th?

Erica Johnson from AFSC Iowa Immigrant Rights shared lots of great information about how we can defend our immigrant neighbors by understanding theirs and our rights when interacting with ICE.

Understand the rights all people have when interacting with law enforcement.

Watch these videos to see actual ICE enforcement actions. Trigger warning for the violence in the videos.
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=305484203665995
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=354024228817587

Put the Iowa Statewide ICE Reporting Hotline 515-996-0003 in your contact list and immediately report ICE activity you witness.  Carry Hotline cards with you for reference and to give to others.

If you feel comfortable stopping to witness an enforcement action some guidelines for things you can do are provided in the document:  What Can I Do if I See ICE in my City?

If you are trying to help someone who has had a family member detained have them call the Hotline.  There are six community support teams across Iowa.

Want to get more involved? Come to the DSMSURJ Immigrant Rights action group on the Third Sunday of each month at 6pm in Medbury Honors Lounge on the Drake Campus.

Thank you to Erica Johnson from American Friends Service Committee for educating us and to those who showed up for racial justice.

Questions?  dsmsurj@gmail.com

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 11/23/19

Remember to Vote December 3rd (or before)

December 3: Des Moines Residents vote in runoff election. Break white silence around racial profiling by police in Des Moines.  Elect city council members that have pledged their support of this ordinance.  Jack Hatch (mayor) and Skip Moore (Ward 2), who are supporters of the ordinance, have forced run-offs.  At-large candidate Jacquie Easley is also in a runoff. Jacquie Easley has been a fierce supporter of racial justice with the NAACP for years, fighting for anti-racial profiling ordinances and laws.   If you are a Des Moines resident please vote in the runoff election on December 3rd.  If Jacquie, Jack and/or Skip win, we will have a voice on the city council which is so important to this work.  You can vote in person at the elections office on weekdays through Monday, December 2nd.

Learn with CORE Youth December 1 SURJ Meeting

December 1: CORE’s Cornucopia: The abundance available when students of color are allowed to lead. SURJ will meet with one of the groups with which we are in a partnership of accountability learn how we can best support the brilliance of youth in our area.

December 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!

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.

Unless there are updates, the next SURJ email newsletter will be November 30.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 11/02/19

Hey Beautiful Person: Vote on Tuesday

Not sure where to vote? Check at this link here. SURJ has met with several women of color candidates on the ballot Tuesday. Join a national trend of making representation happen in all levels of government.

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)

TOMORROW NIGHT:
Showing up in people of color-led spaces

November 3: Showing up in People of Color-led spaces in a Posture of Accountability. How do we not take the mic, but also speak up when we need to? Center people of color & listen deeply while also not expecting POC to do all the work or teach us? Antiracist postures are complex and have to be learned and practiced. Let’s talk tonight about how we show up in people of color led spaces in ways that are accountable–supporting and amplifying the work people of color are doing for justice & empowerment.

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.

Conozca sus derechos con SURJ y AFSC / SURJ AND AFSC know your rights training

November 16  12:30PM-2:30PM in Des Moines. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WORKSHOP Want to know what to do if you encounter ICE? Documented or not, this training is for all who want to learn their rights and ways we can stand up for each other. In partnership with Des Moines SURJ, AFSC will present Know Your Rights training. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/13qzMVS9hNzHqBvj7After you sign up at the link above, the exact location will be shared by way of your preferred method one week before the event.