DSM SURJ Newsletter, 4/27/19

Upcoming SURJ Meetings 

Sunday, May 5th. Dialogue on cultural appropriation facilitated by ISU Sloss Center’s Equity and Social Justice Coordinator Janae Due. Please join us in dialogue as we explore this important topic.

Sunday, May 19Education working group. Come help us begin to plan our event Fun to Fund Equitable Schools (FunFES). If you hate the name, you better come on the 19th to help us change it ; ). We have made traction on CORE community liaison piece of things and have other projects to continue building. See you there.

Join us! Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. DSM SURJ meetings are the first and third 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.

 

Next stops on anti-racial profiling ordinance 

May 14 5:30 p.m. Planning meeting at CCI Office 2001 Forrest Ave– All are welcome – The Racial Justice Team will have a dual planning meeting to prepare for the City Council meeting on May 20th and to reach out to black clergy for their support.

May 20, 4:30 pm.   Des Moines City Council Meeting. 400 Robert Ray Drive. Support Des Moines youth and bring your kids! Three Hubbell Elementary School students did a project on racial profiling which includes drafting a petition and getting signatures from their fellow students, families and friends.  They will be presenting at the May 20th meeting.  Let’s pack the chambers – bring your kids!

June 17, 5:30 pm. CCI Racial Justice Team meeting. All are welcome.  Discussion will include debriefing on meeting with Black clergy; the November City Council elections and identifying potential challengers; meetings with individual city council members; next steps on the ordinance.

Please send the attached flyer to your networks.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hWcRCdYBkUBMlG3SE0-wgsMUVjU9O1PB/view

Read more about the March meeting in this Des Moines Register article.
https://iowacci.ourpowerbase.net/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=33243&qid=4526559

 

April 2019 Economic Equity Business

SURJ connects with businesses owned by people of color and indigenous people to create awareness of these enterprises in our larger membership. Know a business we should support? Please email Kathy.

Fat Tuesday Cajun Restaurant / Catering
Owner: Steven James
6112 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone: (515) 285-3552
Hours: Monday thru Saturday 11 AM to 9 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FatTuesdayRestaurant/
Menu: places.singleplatform.com
Order: grubhub.comseamless.com

Fat Tuesday has the best Cajun food around! For the last ten years, Des Moines has enjoyed this unassuming, Mardi Gras-themed spot, featuring Creole and Cajun cuisine & homey soul food, plus beer and wine and the best catfish in town. Catering services are also available. Check it out!

 

Support Artistic Expression of Racial Justice

May 6, 7:00 pm. Des Moines Diversity Chorus. Free concert. West Des Moines United Methodist Church, 8th and Grand in West Des Moines. The theme of the concert is Choose Love. Much of the music speaks to the work we’re doing around immigration and justice.

July 20, 2019 all day. Save the Date: Warren Morrow Music Festival. Artists announced! More information on the Des Moines Latinx Music Festival and Tickets here.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 4/13/19

April 2019 Economic Equity Business

SURJ connects with businesses owned by people of color and indigenous people to create awareness of these enterprises in our larger membership. Know a business we should support? Please email Kathy.

Fat Tuesday Cajun Restaurant / Catering
Owner: Steven James
6112 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone: (515) 285-3552
Hours: Monday thru Saturday 11 AM to 9 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FatTuesdayRestaurant/
Menu: places.singleplatform.com
Order: grubhub.comseamless.com

Fat Tuesday has the best Cajun food around! For the last ten years, Des Moines has enjoyed this unassuming, Mardi Gras-themed spot, featuring Creole and Cajun cuisine & homey soul food, plus beer and wine and the best catfish in town. Catering services are also available. Check it out!


Activities announced by accountability partner Iowa Commission on Latino Affairs

Wednesday, April 17 6:00 pm -8:00 pm. Latinx Forum. The Basement of the Social Club. 900 Mulberry St, Des Moines.

The Latinx Forum will consist of a moderated panel of 4 local Des Moines Latinx leaders who represent high school, college, young professionals, and working professionals.

The panel will be moderated by Sonia Reyes-Snyder, the Executive Officer of the Iowa Office of Latino Affairs and will consist of the following community leaders:

This forum will focus on telling the story of the Latinx community Des Moines through their own words, specifically the barriers, challenges, and opportunities facing this population, and to connect a local face to national issues facing the Latinx community. Facebook invite here.

Save the Date: Warren Morrow Music Festival on July 20, 2019. Artists announced just last week! More information on the Des Moines Latinx Music Festival and Tickets here.


Next stops on anti-racial profiling ordinance 

April 15, 5:30 pm.   Iowa CCI Racial Justice Team. Iowa CCI Office 2001 Forrest Ave.  Plan next steps for keeping this issue hot.  They need our support!  If you’d like to attend please RSVP to sharon@iowacci.org.

On March 25th more than 100 people attended the Des Moines City Council meeting to press the City Council on why there had been no report (as promised) in March in response to the anti-racial profiling ordinance proposed by the Iowa CCI Racial Justice team back in November 2018.  Speakers from CCI  spent an hour at the end of the meeting challenging the city to take their experiences of racial profiling seriously and to affirm that policy isn’t enough – laws are needed.  As a result of this pressure, the Mayor asked the city manager to revisit the proposals and to consider making them law.

Read more about the meeting in this Des Moines Register article.
https://iowacci.ourpowerbase.net/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=33243&qid=4526559


Upcoming SURJ Meetings 

Sunday, April 21st:  NEW EDUCATION ACTION & Immigration Action Group will meet. Newcomers welcome.

Education Action 4/21: Move the needle on racial justice in Des Moines Public Schools

The Racial Justice in Education Group met on March 17 and we began plotting several initiatives relative to Des Moines Public schools. Our mission: To work on issues identified by students of color as urgent within school building. Over the next few months, we build an advocacy network to grow community partnerships with CORE students in DMPS. You are needed – support this youth-led vision for equity and justice. If you want to join the group but can’t make the next meeting please reach out to dsmsurj@gmail.com.

Immigration Action Group: Support asylum seekers with DSM SURJ Immigration Action Group

Immigration Action Group. The Immigration Action Group met on March 17 where we heard from Mike and Karen Lauer about their experience sponsoring two young women from Central America seeking asylum in the US.  The focus of our work over the next few months will be raising money for legal fees and work permits for asylum seekers Danna and Karla. If you want to join the group but can’t make the next meeting please reach out to dsmsurj@gmail.com using this link.

Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. DSM SURJ meetings are the first and third 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.

Sunday, May 5th. Dialogue on cultural appropriation facilitated by ISU Sloss Center’s Equity and Social Justice Coordinator Janae Due. Please join us in dialogue as we explore this important topic.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 4/6/19

SURJ Tomorrow:
Write a letter to the editor or an op-ed piece – we’ll teach you how.
New information on April 21 EDUCATION and IMMIGRATION working groups.
Update on anti-racial profiling activism in the DSM Metro. Accountability group Iowa Commission on Latino Affairs events.
Save the date for summer Warren Morrow Music Festival.

Upcoming SURJ Meetings 
Sunday, April 7th: Get ready for the April 7th meeting starting now. Op-Ed writing workshop with Craig Owens. You have an important voice to build an anti-racist city and nation.  Please brainstorm before April 7:

1) some ideas about topics you might want to see an op-ed about (see idea at the end of this newsletter);
2) the large point you want the op-ed to make (the “takeaway”);
3) a couple of specific actions you want readers to take action on about the takeaway large point

At the meeting, Drake University English Professor Craig Owens will lead us through a group process of talking about what we’ll write about.  Then, we will draft our letters together. Change the public narrative around racial justice. Don’t miss this special event.

If you have access to a laptop computer please bring it! As always, parking is available in the Olmsted Center Parking Lot located at 2875 University Avenue.

Sunday, April 21st: No formal meeting (Easter); NEW EDUCATION ACTION & Immigration Action Group meet.

Education Action 4/21: Move the needle on racial justice in Des Moines Public Schools

The Racial Justice in Education Group met on March 17 and we began plotting several initiatives relative to Des Moines Public schools. Our mission: To work on issues identified by students of color as urgent within school building. Over the next few months, we build an advocacy network to grow community partnerships with CORE students in DMPS. You are needed – support this youth-led vision for equity and justice. If you want to join the group but can’t make the next meeting please reach out to dsmsurj@gmail.com.

Immigration Action Group: Support asylum seekers with DSM SURJ Immigration Action Group

Immigration Action Group. The Immigration Action Group met on March 17 where we heard from Mike and Karen Lauer about their experience sponsoring two young women from Central America seeking asylum in the US.  The focus of our work over the next few months will be raising money for legal fees and work permits for asylum seekers Danna and Karla. If you want to join the group but can’t make the next meeting please reach out to dsmsurj@gmail.com using this link.

Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. DSM SURJ meetings are the first and third 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.  Activities announced by accountability partner Iowa Commission on Latino Affairs

Corrected date! April 15th at 5:30 pm. CCI Offices, 2001 Forest Ave. Iowa CCI Racial Justice Team. Plan next steps for keeping this issue hot. They need our support! If you’d like to attend please RSVP to sharon@iowacci.org.

On March 25th more than 100 people attended the Des Moines City Council meeting to press the City Council on why there had been no report (as promised) in March in response to the anti-racial profiling ordinance proposed by the Iowa CCI Racial Justice team back in November 2018. Speakers from CCI spent an hour at the end of the meeting challenging the city to take their experiences of racial profiling seriously and to affirm that policy isn’t enough – laws are needed. As a result of this pressure, the Mayor asked the city manager to revisit the proposals and to consider making them law.

Read more about the meeting in this Des Moines Register article.
https://iowacci.ourpowerbase.net/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=33243&qid=4526559

You can give support by writing a letter to the editor.

Wednesday April 17 6:00 pm -8:00 pm. Latinx Forum. The Basement of the Social Club.

The Latinx Forum will consist of a moderated panel of 4 local Des Moines Latinx leaders who represent high school, college, young professionals, and working professionals.

The panel will be moderated by Sonia Reyes-Snyder, the Executive Officer of the Iowa Office of Latino Affairs and will consist of the following community leaders:

This forum will focus on telling the story of the Latinx community Des Moines through their own words, specifically the barriers, challenges, and opportunities facing this population, and to connect a local face to national issues facing the Latinx community.

Save the Date: Warren Morrow Music Festival on July 20, 2019. More information on the Des Moines Latinx Music Festival and Tickets here.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 3/9/19

This week: Write letters and postcards to City Council Officials

At our last meeting Joshua Barr, Director of the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission, joined us to request that our membership write the Des Moines Mayor, City Manager, and City Council in support of the Bridging the Gap recommendations.  You don’t have to be a resident to support these recommendations.  Mr. Barr encouraged letters and postcards but emails will also suffice.  The mailing address for all letter is Name, City Hall, 400 Robert Ray Dr, Des Moines, IA, 50309.  Email addresses and phone numbers can be found here.  Please get your letters sent by March 22nd.  The council will begin voting on these at the March 25th City Council meeting.

Related post – Get Informed and Take Action: A Deep Dive into Des Moines’ Bridging the Gap Campaign

The campaign to build momentum to address racial disparity in Des Moines needs you!  Identified priorities include “Stable Housing – Stable Communities”; “Ladder Up – Create Economic Opportunities”; and “Mandatory Training for First Responders”.  The Des Moines Civic & Human Rights Commission drafted specific recommendations which the Mayor and City Council supported. The City Manager was directed to report back at the March 25, 2019 city council meeting. Learn details at this link. (Thanks to Jean ODonnell for providing these important details and course of action!)

If you are a resident of Des Moines we encourage you to attend these City Council meetings to hold our elected officials accountable. Attend the Commission’s annual Human Rights Symposium on March 20th.  The amazing high school students from C.O.R.E. for Advancement are leading the Future Progress track, for-youth-by-youth sessions that explore the current ways our youth are leading the charge to a better future.  Click on the link for all the details.

Anti-Racial Profiling–City of Des Moines

Attendees from a broad coalition met on February 16 to prepare for upcoming dialogues with city officials to advocate for passing the anti-racial profiling ordinance presented to City Council in November 2018. If you have questions about the ordinance or want to be actively engaged in this work please contact Harvey Harrison by email:  harvey@dwx.com or submit this Iowa CCI Racial Justice Team Volunteer Form. Learn more here.


Upcoming SURJ Meetings

Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. DSM SURJ meetings are the first and third 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.

Sunday, March 17th: Working Groups night, come help map the upcoming campaign to challenge discrimination in education and support asylum seekers in Des Moines. Taking Action Together on Education (We continue to build our 2019 action plan to resist discrimination in education in Des Moines. We’re engaging and responding to demands and needs identified by C.O.R.E. and Al Exito and we need all of us to pitch and help!)

Sunday, April 7th: Op-Ed writing workshop with Craig Owens.You have an important voice to build an anti-racist city and nation.  We ask for a bit of prep before Sunday night.  Brainstorm for Sunday:

1) some ideas about topics you might want to see an op-ed about;
2) the large point you want the op-ed to make (the “takeaway”);
3) a couple of specific actions you want readers to take action on about the takeaway large point

At the meeting, Drake University English Professor Craig Owens will lead us through a group process of talking about what we’ll write about.  Then, we will draft our letters together. Change the public narrative around racial justice. Don’t miss this special event.

If you have access to a laptop computer please bring it! As always, parking is available in the Olmsted Center Parking Lot located at 2875 University Avenue.

Sunday, April 21st: No formal meeting (Easter); working groups may decide to meet informally with those who can still attend.


Local Racial Justice Events

Tuesday, March 19. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Documentary Showing: The Feminist on Cellblock Y. At the State Historical Society of Iowa.  In the documentary, a convicted felon builds a feminist movement from behind bars at an all-male prison in Soledad, California. The star of the film, Richard Edmond Vargas–the keynote speaker of the 2019 Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Symposium on March 20–will answer questions after the showing. Hosted by OpportUNITY DSM, Central Iowa Works, and Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission. Details at this facebook event.

DSM SURJ Newsletter 2/23/19

CCI Racial Profiling Report & Action this Week
Attendees from a broad coalition met on February 16 to prepare for upcoming dialogues with city officials to advocate for passing the anti-racial profiling ordinance presented to City Council in November 2018. If you have questions about the ordinance or want to be actively engaged in this work please contact Harvey Harrison by email:  harvey@dwx.com or submit this Iowa CCI Racial Justice Team Volunteer Form. Learn more here.

This week’s action: Anti-Racial Profiling bill, SSB1038, has passed out of subcommittee and will be voted on in the Judiciary Committee probably next week.  Please contact the leadership of the committee and your Senator to urge them to move the bill on.

Get Informed and Take Action: A Deep Dive into Des Moines’ Bridging the Gap Campaign
The campaign to build momentum to address racial disparity in Des Moines needs you!  Identified priorities include “Stable Housing – Stable Communities”; “Ladder Up – Create Economic Opportunities”; and “Mandatory Training for First Responders”.  The Des Moines Civic & Human Rights Commission drafted specific recommendations which the Mayor and City Council supported. The City Manager was directed to report back at the March 25, 2019 city council meeting. Learn details at this link. (Thanks to Jean ODonnell for providing these important details and course of action!)

If you are a resident of Des Moines we encourage you to attend these City Council meetings to hold our elected officials accountable. Attend the Commission’s annual Human Rights Symposium on March 20th.  The amazing high school students from C.O.R.E. for Advancement are leading the Future Progress track, for-youth-by-youth sessions that explore the current ways our youth are leading the charge to a better future.  Click on the link for all the details.

SURJ Bookclub is back!
Saturday, March 2, 2019. 10:00 am. Join us in reading “White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism” by Robin DiAngelo. Here’s the most awesome part: DiAngelo will be speaking at ISU on Feb 26th at 7pm. If you’re interested in carpooling, check in in the discussion to the Facebook event, linked here. Ritual Cafe.  Join Erin & Petra for a great facilitated discussion of the book and lecture. You are welcome to join for the discussion whether or not you’ve read the book. We hope to see you there.

 

Future SURJ Meetings:

Sunday, March 3rd: Op-Ed Workshop/Writing. Talking about legislative action against bill to dismantle voluntary diversity plan.

Sunday, March 17th: Taking Action Together on Education (We continue to build our 2019 action plan to resist discrimination in education in Des Moines. We’re engaging and responding to demands and needs identified by C.O.R.E. and Al Exito and we need all of us to pitch and help!)

Sunday, April 7th: What’s White Identity Got to Do With It? (Join us as we explore the ways that people are socialized and racialized as “white” impact the ways we show up to racial justice work. Whatever your racial/ethnic identity, all are welcome to dig deeper into how understanding the racial identity of white people can help us design strategies and practices for anti-racist growth.)

Sunday, April 21st: Taking Action Together (We continue to build our 2019 action plan on discrimination in education. We’ll also pick up the working group focus for a second major SURJ initiative for 2019. We’re engaging and responding to demands and needs identified by our accountability partners and need all of us to pitch in!)

Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. DSM SURJ meetings are the first and third 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.

 

Racial Justice Events

Wednesday, March 6. 8:00am-11:30 am. Understanding Cultural and Racial Trauma. Science Center of Iowa. Explore the basis of historical and cultural trauma. Learn how it impacts the willingness of ethnic communities and people of color to seek help for a variety of mental health challenges. Keisha Ross, PhD, will engage participants in a session outlining coping mechanisms and cultural considerations for serving communities impacted by trauma. This session will build connections and grow alliances for mental health access and advocacy, with a focus on bridging faith and mental health circles. Tickets and details here.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 2/13/19

This is SURJ! Potluck SUNDAY

Sending this week’s newsletter a few days early to remind you that you’re invited:

Sunday, February 17: Newcomer and “already-comer” potluck
Join us to connect for the first time or deepen your connection to DSM SURJ’s 2019 initiatives. We’ll share food, introduce the working principles of SURJ and determine together the larger initiatives that will shape our local SURJ work in 2019. Don’t miss this chance to fellowship together and shape SURJ’s focus for this new year. Bring a dish to share and a friend (or three)!! Facebook event linked here.

Future SURJ Meetings:
Sunday, March 3rd: Op-Ed Workshop/Writing
Talking about legislative action against bill to dismantle voluntary diversity plan.

Sunday, March 17th: Taking Action Together on Education
(Tonight we continue to build our 2019 action plan to resist discrimination in education in Des Moines. We’re engaging and responding to demands and needs identified by C.O.R.E. and Al Exito and we need all of us to pitch and help!)

Sunday, April 7th: What’s White Identity Got to Do With It?
(Join us as we explore the ways that people are socialized and racialized as “white” impact the ways we show up to racial justice work! Whatever your racial/ethnic identity, all are welcome to dig deeper into how understanding the racial identity of white people can help us design strategies and practices for anti-racist growth.)

Sunday, April 21st: Taking Action Together
(Tonight we continue to build our 2019 action plan on discrimination in education. We’ll also pick up the working group focus for a second major SURJ initiative for 2019—to be announced after 2/17 Potluck. We’re engaging and responding to demands and needs identified by our accountability partners and need all of us to pitch in!)

Newcomers, returnees and longtime participants always welcome. DSM SURJ meetings are the first and third 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.

SURJ Bookclub is back!
Saturday, March 2, 2019. 10:00 am
. Join us in reading White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism, by Robin DiAngelo.  Ritual Cafe.  (Here’s the most awesome part: DiAngelo will be speaking at ISU on Feb 26th at 7pm. If you’re interested in carpooling, check in in the discussion to the Facebook event, linked here.)  Join Erin & Petra for a great facilitated discussion of the book and lecture. You are welcome to join for the discussion whether or not you’ve read the book. We hope to see you there.

Tool for locating minority-owned businesses — Iowa’s Targeted Small Business Directory
The Iowa Business Development department operates the Targeted Small Business Program, designed to help women, individuals with minority status, service-connected disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities overcome some of the hurdles to start or grow a small business in Iowa. You can use the program’s directory to find local businesses owned by minorities. For Polk County, there are several pages of results. Need to have a video produced? Try TeamStrong, Inc.  Need new windows? Check out Titan Roofing and Exteriors, Inc.  Have a need for someone to translate Spanish? Spanish Communications Services can help. How about printing services? Iowa Urban Media provides them. Landscaping, child care, IT services, and so much more can be found in this directory. When you have a specific need, we invite you to check out the Targeted Small Business Directory and help support a small business operated by someone with minority status.  Here’s how you do it:

  • First, go to this page: https://iowaeda.microsoftcrmportals.com/tsb-search/.
  • From the TSB Type drop-down, select Minority.
  • If you’re looking for a particular type of business, you can choose from the Product/Service Category choices, which include just about anything you can think of.
  • To narrow your search to your local area, you can enter a city name or zip code, or you can select a county from a drop-down.
  • Click Search, and you get a list of all the businesses that meet your criteria.
  • Clicking on your choice takes you to more detail about the business, including ownership and contact information. (We encourage you to use this information to ensure that the business is still in operation and at the same location.)

CCI Racial Profiling Event Reschedule
Saturday, February 16, 2019. 10:30 AM to noon.  CCI Workshop on Racial Profiling. Review and discuss the CCI initiative to end racial profiling by the Des Moines Police Department. This workshop was originally scheduled for January 19th. Doors open at 10:00 AM. Franklin Avenue library 5000 Franklin Ave.  Des Moines 50310. Space is limited (first 100) so please RSVP if able to attend. Reply to:  harvey@dwx.comThe workshop is free.  Please invite people that you think are interested in this issue. Thank you for your continuing interest in this important initiative.

Racial Justice Events
Tuesday, February 26. 7:00 pm. Robin DiAngelo is coming in February to talk about White Fragility. ISU Great Hall Memorial Union.  More information here.

Wednesday, March 6. 8:00am-11:30 am. Understanding Cultural and Racial Trauma. Science Center of Iowa. Explore the basis of historical and cultural trauma. Learn how it impacts the willingness of ethnic communities and people of color to seek help for a variety of mental health challenges. Keisha Ross, PhD, will engage participants in a session outlining coping mechanisms and cultural considerations for serving communities impacted by trauma. This session will build connections and grow alliances for mental health access and advocacy, with a focus on bridging faith and mental health circles. Tickets and details here.

No newsletter Saturday. Next newsletter Saturday, February 23.

DSM SURJ Newsletter 2/9/19

Tool for locating minority-owned businesses – Iowa’s Targeted Small Business Directory

The Iowa Business Development department operates the Targeted Small Business Program, designed to help women, individuals with minority status, service-connected disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities overcome some of the hurdles to start or grow a small business in Iowa. You can use the program’s directory to find local businesses owned by minorities. For Polk County, there are several pages of results. Need to have a video produced? Try TeamStrong, Inc.  Need new windows? Check out Titan Roofing and Exteriors, Inc.  Have a need for someone to translate Spanish? Spanish Communications Services can help. How about printing services? Iowa Urban Media provides them. Landscaping, child care, IT services, and so much more can be found in this directory. When you have a specific need, we invite you to check out the Targeted Small Business Directory and help support a small business operated by someone with minority status.  Here’s how you do it:

  • First, go to this page: https://iowaeda.microsoftcrmportals.com/tsb-search/.
  • From the TSB Type drop-down, select Minority.
  • If you’re looking for a particular type of business, you can choose from the Product/Service Category choices, which include just about anything you can think of.
  • To narrow your search to your local area, you can enter a city name or zip code, or you can select a county from a drop-down.
  • Click Search, and you get a list of all the businesses that meet your criteria.
  • Clicking on your choice takes you to more detail about the business, including ownership and contact information. (We encourage you to use this information to ensure that the business is still in operation and at the same location.)

CCI Racial Profiling Event Reschedule 

Saturday, February 16, 2019. 10:30 AM to noon.  CCI Workshop on Racial Profiling. Review and discuss the CCI initiative to end racial profiling by the Des Moines Police Department. This workshop was originally scheduled for January 19th. Doors open at 10:00 AM. Franklin Avenue library 5000 Franklin Ave.  Des Moines 50310. Space is limited (first 100) so please RSVP if able to attend. Reply to:  harvey@dwx.comThe workshop is free.  Please invite people that you think are interested in this issue. Thank you for your continuing interest in this important initiative.

Racial Justice Events

Tuesday, February 12. 6:30-8:00 PM.  Getting Here: Exploring Newcomer Arrival to West Des Moines.  West Des Moines Community Education. Kid Friendly. Where did you come from? How did Iowa become your family’s home? In this workshop, we will explore the many reasons why people from all over the world have moved to our Greater WDM community. Through an interactive simulation activity, we will wrestle with the many difficult choices families must make as they journey towards a better life. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss with guest speakers and learn that although each person’s journey is unique, many newcomers face similar challenges along the way.  Register now to join: http://bit.ly/pq_w19_gettinghere.

Tuesday, February 26. 7:00 pm. Robin DiAngelo is coming in February to talk about White Fragility. ISU Great Hall Memorial Union.  More information here.

Wednesday, March 6. 8:00am-11:30 am. Understanding Cultural and Racial Trauma. Science Center of Iowa. Explore the basis of historical and cultural trauma. Learn how it impacts the willingness of ethnic communities and people of color to seek help for a variety of mental health challenges. Keisha Ross, PhD, will engage participants in a session outlining coping mechanisms and cultural considerations for serving communities impacted by trauma. This session will build connections and grow alliances for mental health access and advocacy, with a focus on bridging faith and mental health circles. Tickets and details here.

Upcoming SURJ meetings on February 17, March 3, and March 17. More information soon!