DSM SURJ Newsletter, 2/29/2020

House Party Sunday Night – SURJ with us the first day of March

March 1: Pulling white folks in off the sidelines, a SURJ house party. Join us! Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. We’re going to learn about the basics of SURJ, grow our relationships with one another, and learn about the larger strategies behind focusing on antiracism with white folks. This is a great first meeting for anyone interested in better understanding DSM SURJ! Come out and bring a friend.

March 15: 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!

Coming in April: We are working right now to reschedule the February “Become a Family Mentor for new Iowans” for April. Watch this space for more details soon!

April 19: 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!

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.


Upcoming local racial justice events:
Screen print party, comic talks race, human rights symposium

Monday, March 9. 5:30-7:30. DIY Screen Print t-shirt event against racial profiling. Iowa CCI Headquarters (2001 Forest Ave, 50311). Continue the push to stop racial profiling by law enforcement in our region. Bring a black t-shirt to screen print at no charge. Get updated on where this movement is going next. Organizing to pass an anti-racial profiling ordinance continues. Elected officials in Des Moines and at the Iowa legislature continue to push back. The black-led organizations leading the work (Iowa CCI Racial Justice team and NAACP) are determined to continue the fight. This movement is now entering the next phase. RSVP here. Questions? Email us at dsmsurj@gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 17. 6:00-8:00 pm. Vanessa Roberts, “AfroPuff Lederhosen: A Critically Comical Investigation of Race.” Drake University Olmsted Center, Sussman Theater. Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Symposium Kick-off Event. Free! Join us for our 2020 Civil & Human Rights Symposium Kick-off Event: a performance play & workshop that serves as a refreshingly humorous exploration of the interplay between race, ethnicity, culture, stereotypes and social expectation. Register for this event and learn more details at the Eventbrite link.

Wednesday, March 18. 7:30 am – 4:45 PM. 2020 DSM Civil & Human Rights Symposium: Strategizing for the Harvest. Drake University’s Olmsted Center. This theme highlights the symposium goal of helping people focus on the real work and planning that needs to happen in order to reap the prize, i.e. harvest of socio-economic advancement for all persons in the Greater Des Moines Region. $20 Registration fee, hardship assistance available. Register for this event and learn more details at the Eventbrite link.


Upcoming National Racial Justice Webinars

Wanting to connect to national conversations about the liberatory potential of a black queer feminist lens? Indigenous rights movements? The relevance of anti-imperialist internationalism? Biblical responses to antisemitism? Check out the offerings listed on the national SURJ website. All the details are at this link.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 2/22/2020

Upcoming National Racial Justice Webinars

Wanting to connect to national conversations about the liberatory potential of a black queer feminist lens? Indigenous rights movements? The relevance of anti-imperialist internationalism? Biblical responses to antisemitism? Check out the offerings listed on the national SURJ website. All the details are at this link.


Upcoming Local Racial Justice Events

Tuesday, March 17. 6:00-8:00 pm. Vanessa Roberts, “AfroPuff Lederhosen: A Critically Comical Investigation of Race.” Drake University Olmsted Center, Sussman Theater. Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Symposium Kick-off Event. Free! Join us for our 2020 Civil & Human Rights Symposium Kick-off Event: a performance play & workshop that serves as a refreshingly humorous exploration of the interplay between race, ethnicity, culture, stereotypes and social expectation. Register for this event and learn more details at the Eventbrite link.

Wednesday, March 18. 7:30 am – 4:45 PM. 2020 DSM Civil & Human Rights Symposium: Strategizing for the Harvest. Drake University’s Olmsted Center. This theme highlights the symposium goal of helping people focus on the real work and planning that needs to happen in order to reap the prize, i.e. harvest of socio-economic advancement for all persons in the Greater Des Moines Region. $20 Registration fee, hardship assistance available. Register for this event and learn more details at the Eventbrite link.


Legislative Updates

Want to have maximum influence on speaking out for racial justice? Think Local! This year, the anti-immigrant SF579 appears to have failed, demonstrating how local organizing matters.. SURJ members on Facebook post updates. No additional updates at this time.


Congratulations to SURJ Leadership Core Member Petra Lange, who was honored by the Des Moines NAACP Youth Council for her advocacy work!


March/April SURJ Meetings

March 1: Pulling white folks in off the sidelines, a SURJ house party. Join us! Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. We’re going to learn about the basics of SURJ, grow our relationships with one another, and learn about the larger strategies behind focusing on antiracism with white folks. This is a great first meeting for anyone interested in better understanding DSM SURJ! Come out and bring a friend.

March 15: 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!

Coming in April: We are working right now to reschedule the February “Become a Family Mentor for new Iowans” for April. Watch this space for more details soon!

April 19: 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!

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, 2/15/2020

SURJ Meeting Sunday: Immigration Working Group

February 16: Immigration working groups (This and every third Sunday). Education group is NOT meeting tomorrow (see “special opportunity,” below). 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!

Special opportunity: Education working group: The education group is meeting during the week at a home as we build capacity for a large initiative on antiracist accountability in Iowa public schools. Plug in with us! Email us at dsmsurj@gmail.com for the address and next meeting time.

March 1: Pulling white folks in off the sidelines, a SURJ house party. Join us! Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. We’re going to learn about the basics of SURJ, grow our relationships with one another, and learn about the larger strategies behind focusing on antiracism with white folks. This is a great first meeting for anyone interested in better understanding DSM SURJ! Come out and bring a friend.

March 15: 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!

Coming in April: We are working right now to reschedule the February “Become a Family Mentor for new Iowans” for April. Watch this space for more details soon!

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.


Make a big impact: Anti-racist advocacy in the Iowa Legislature needs action now

Want to have maximum influence on speaking out for racial justice? Think Local! This year, the Iowa Legislature is considering legislation related to many issues you care about in creating a more anti-racist Iowa. Please note that meeting times can change. SURJ members on Facebook post updates.

Lobby Days for Racial Justice Issues

Monday, February 17. 2:30 pm. Iowa State Capitol. Restore the Vote Rally. Join friends at the ACLU, Iowa Poor People’s Campaign, and other local organizations committed to voting rights to show your support for HJR 14 (which would amend the Iowa Constitution to restore voting rights of Iowans with felony convictions). Gather in the Iowa Capitol Rotunda to rally at 2:30 PM. We will stand FOR voting rights restoration as we also stand AGAINST the proposed exclusions bill requiring full payment of restitution (creating a more onerous situation than the standards the governor currently employs). Respond to and share the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/135030301021008/

Tuesday, February 18. 8:45 am – 12:30 pm. Iowa State Capitol. ACLU Iowa Lobby Day. You’ll join with like-minded individuals to get educated on key issues and how the Iowa Legislature works, learn how to talk about them effectively, and then meet with your legislators and others to show your support.
A few of the issues we’ll be focusing on for Lobby Day include:

      • Reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees (Pregnant Workers Fairness Act)
      • Restoring voting rights for people with felony convictions who’s completed their sentences
      • Banning racial profiling by law enforcement

Find more information about Lobby Day linked here. Questions? Contact Erica Barz, ACLU Community Engagement Associate


Upcoming Local Racial Justice Events

Tuesday, March 17. 6:00-8:00 pm. Vanessa Roberts, “AfroPuff Lederhosen: A Critically Comical Investigation of Race.” Drake University Olmsted Center, Sussman Theater. Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Symposium Kick-off Event. Free! Join us for our 2020 Civil & Human Rights Symposium Kick-off Event: a performance play & workshop that serves as a refreshingly humorous exploration of the interplay between race, ethnicity, culture, stereotypes and social expectation. Register for this event and learn more details at the Eventbrite link.

Wednesday, March 18. 7:30 am – 4:45 PM. 2020 DSM Civil & Human Rights Symposium: Strategizing for the Harvest. Drake University’s Olmsted Center. This theme highlights the symposium goal of helping people focus on the real work and planning that needs to happen in order to reap the prize, i.e. harvest of socio-economic advancement for all persons in the Greater Des Moines Region. $20 Registration fee, hardship assistance available. Register for this event and learn more details at the Eventbrite link.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 2/1/2020

Sunday 2/2: Become a family mentor for new Iowans **CANCELLED DUE TO FAMILY EMERGENCY**

Can you help? Attend and speak against anti-immigrant bill February 5

Sunday, February 2, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm **CANCELLED DUE TO FAMILY EMERGENCY**
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.

 

You are needed: February 5 to speak up for immigrant rights

WEDNESDAY, February 5 11:30 AM Room 24 of Iowa Capitol. Speak against SF579 in small subcommittee meeting.  SF579 would require data collection and analysis of “nonresident alien” public offense data. It is being heard in subcommittee on Wed. Feb. 5, 11:30am. The subcommittee members are Sens. Whiting, Bisignano, and Dawson. The only lobbyist registered for this bill is the Iowa Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.

You can also use these links to email Senators Whiting, Bisignano and Dawson. Reasons to oppose this bill include the negative economic impact of similar legislation in AZ and TX, the moral argument against racial profiling, the law enforcement argument against the bill as written and any amendments to turn it into a “show me your papers” law.

Future SURJ Meetings

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.

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.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 1/25/2020

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.


Future SURJ Meetings

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.

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.

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.