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.

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