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!

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 2/2/19

AltSuperbowl Sunday SURJ Meeting Tomorrow Night

February 3: Postcards for justice. Superbowl not your thing? Join us for AltSuperbowl Sunday, a casual get together to write postcards on topics impacting racial justice in the state and country. We’ll provide the postcards and talking points. Some of the topics we’ll cover are the: death penalty, restoring voting rights to felons, racial profiling, national immigration justice. Legislators see postcards as representing the view of dozens of people, not just the writer. Help build important momentum for social justice.

Watching the Superbowl?  We’ll see you on February 17th for our next meeting!

Info on all 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.

Lobbying for Racial Justice. This is a crucial month in the Iowa legislature. Committee meetings and lobby days are the space for SURJ members to speak out for racial justice. We particularly invite you to support events organized by people of color and immigrant advocates. This week :

Monday, 2/4 9:00 am. Iowa Capitol. Immigrant Advocacy Day sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors, Latina Leadership Initiative and Cedar Valley Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Get more information here.

Support Asylum Seekers in Des Moines

The Iowa Sanctuary Movement (ISM), is sponsoring families and individuals in Des Moines currently seeking asylum. Asylum seekers will need assistance with rent, utilities, food, clothing, and all living expenses. They are not yet allowed to apply for a work permit. There will be many ways to help these families, but financial support is paramount. For more information, contact Lynne Howard, billlynne5@gmail.com .   For those that can contribute further, check out more information here. There are multiple levels – from “officially” sponsoring someone who is released (providing housing, food, etc) as Lauer’s are doing, to writing letters to people in detention, adding $$ to commissary accounts, etc.

Donations for the families by check should be made out to: First Unitarian Church, with ISM asylum support in the memo line. (Send to First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, 1800 Bell Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315). Donations can also be made electronically on the church website. Link here.

Defend DACA.  American Friends Service Committee Iowa now has a fund to support DACA recipients who need to renew their status and work permit. You can donate via check made out to First Unitarian with “DACA support” in the memo line, or online link here.

DACA recipients must pay $495 to renew their DACA status and work permits every two years. AFSC often gets calls from DACA clients who need to renew, but don’t have the money to do so. Many other states have scholarship programs to help cover this cost, but until now, Iowa has not had any such program or fund available. Contact Jody Mashek, AFSC Iowa Legal Services Director, with any questions: 515-274-4851.
Upcoming 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.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 1/25/2019

Tomorrow – join us for hot coffee and racial justice reading. Saturday, January 26, 10:00 am.  Ritual Cafe. SURJ Winter Book Club!  Read the book I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown.  Join SURJ facilitators to discuss. a “powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric–from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.” From the book’s web page, found here.   


Iowa and Des Moines Political Initiatives for Racial Justice.

This is a crucial month in the Iowa legislature. Committee meetings and lobby days are the space for SURJ members to speak out for racial justice. We particularly invite you to suport events organized by people of color and immigrant advocates. This week and coming soon:

Tuesday, 1/29 2:30 pm. Iowa Capitol Room 315. Iowa Senate anti-racial profiling bill, SSB1038 subcommittee hearing. Come to speak up or offer witnessing support to advocates.  Watch the SURJ Facebook page for updates.

Tuesday, 1/29 6:00-7:00 pm Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families.  NAACP Des Moines hosts City of Des Moines 1 Cent Sales Tax Vote Informational. Facebook event here. Listen and support the NAACP Political Action Committee in a discussion of a key local issue. Join the NAACP Political Action Committee for an informational about the upcoming March 5th City of Des Moines 1 Cent Sales Tax Proposal Vote. Neighbors for Growth will be presenting information for us to make our decision about this important vote on March 5th, 2019. Come and bring a friend – this is something we should all be educated on!

Monday, 2/4 9:00 am. Iowa Capitol. Immigrant Advocacy Day sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors, Latina Leadership Initiative and Cedar Valley Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Get more information here.


Upcoming Lectures on Racial Justice at Iowa State

Monday, January 28. Brittney Packnett for Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Speaker. Don’t miss the chance to hear from this new face of Black leadership. Co-founder of Campaign Zero. More information here.
Tuesday, February 26. 7:00 pm.  Great Hall Memorial Union. Robin DiAngelo is coming in February to talk about White Fragility. More information here.

The links to the full descriptions are here: https://www.lectures.iastate.edu/browse.php


February 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.

Potluck meeting (originally scheduled for January 20th at 6:00 p.m.) has been postponed. We don’t want you trekking your hot dishes along the long, cold pathway to Medbury, so we are rescheduling this meeting for February. Please watch this newsletter for our updates on February meeting themes once we’ve had a chance to juggle the schedule.

Upcoming meetings:

  • February 3
  • February 17


SURJ Supports Non-white Owned Businesses

DSM SURJ is pushing forward economic equality by using our large network to thoughtfully support non-white owned businesses in Des Moines. This strategy has been used in many cities to redirect resources to companies that have had additional burdens towards developing sustainable businesses. If you have a business you would like to nominate for the spotlight, please forward the information. Also, please make efforts to support these businesses! A SURJ member has had direct communication with each of these businesses owners and they are excited to be highlighted by the Des Moines chapter.

Henderson’s Highland Park Funeral Home
Owner: Donna Henderson, F.D.
3500 Sixth Avenue, Des Moines IA 50313
Phone: (515) 309-6550
hendersonshp.com

The caring and experienced professionals at Henderson’s Highland Park Funeral Home will carefully guide you through the aspects of the funeral service, and the many decisions that must be made, with compassion, dignity and respect. They also offer special funeral services for veterans. If you wish, they’ll help you with pre-arrangements for your own service, which can ease the emotional and financial burdens of your loved ones.
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Tai Chi: Yang Style 18 Fan Form
Community Education Instructor: Anthony Bates
Where: Monroe Elementary School Gym, 2250 30th Street
When: Mondays & Thursdays, January 7 to March 4, 2019, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (No class 1/21)
Course: G065201D, Cost: $50 for 16 classes
Register: (515) 242-8521

To see details about the class: Des Moines Community Education Classes
(Sports & Games category, then the 4th listed course along the left side of the screen)

The ancient art of Tai Chi helps strengthen the body, increase flexibility, develop patience, and discipline the mind. The Fan Form incorporates movements from several styles of Tai Chi. You may purchase a fan from the instructor. Ages 12 and up. Let Anthony Bates guide you in learning this beautiful and beneficial form of Tai Chi.


Support Asylum Seekers in Des Moines

The Iowa Sanctuary Movement (ISM), is sponsoring families and individuals in Des Moines currently seeking asylum. Asylum seekers will need assistance with rent, utilities, food, clothing, and all living expenses. They are not yet allowed to apply for a work permit. There will be many ways to help these families, but financial support is paramount. For more information, contact Lynne Howard, billlynne5@gmail.com .   For those that can contribute further, check out more information here. There are multiple levels – from “officially” sponsoring someone who is released (providing housing, food, etc) as Lauer’s are doing, to writing letters to people in detention, adding $$ to commissary accounts, etc.

Donations for the families by check should be made out to: First Unitarian Church, with ISM asylum support in the memo line. (Send to First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, 1800 Bell Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315). Donations can also be made electronically on the church website. Link here.

Defend DACA.  American Friends Service Committee Iowa now has a fund to support DACA recipients who need to renew their status and work permit. You can donate via check made out to First Unitarian with “DACA support” in the memo line, or online link here.

DACA recipients must pay $495 to renew their DACA status and work permits every two years. AFSC often gets calls from DACA clients who need to renew, but don’t have the money to do so. Many other states have scholarship programs to help cover this cost, but until now, Iowa has not had any such program or fund available. Contact Jody Mashek, AFSC Iowa Legal Services Director, with any questions: 515-274-4851.

DSM SURJ Newsletter, 1/19/2019

Saturday morning activities. Bundle up and get out for racial justice.
***Potluck rescheduled.! Potluck meeting (originally scheduled for January 20th at 6:00 p.m.) has been postponed. We don’t want you trekking your hot dishes along the long, cold pathway to Medbury, so we are rescheduling this meeting for February. Please watch this newsletter for our updates on February meeting themes once we’ve had a chance to juggle the schedule.

In the meantime, SURJ will be showing up at a bunch of things and we need you to come! (Wear your “Racial Justice Now” T-shirt if you have one!).

CANCELED Saturday, January 19th, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., join the initiative to “End Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement in Des Moines” a workshop sponsored by Citizens for Community Improvement Racial Justice Committee (location First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Avenue, Des Moines). Find out where things stand with Des Moines citizens pressing City Council to ban racial profiling.

STILL ON – INDOORS Saturday, January 19th, 10:30 to 1:00. Women’s March has been moved to inside the Capitol! Meet us in the rotunda at 10:30!!.  “It’s Time to March” Iowa Women’s March (March starts at 11:00 a.m.). Bring your anti-white supremacy, anti-racism, anti-semitism signs and meet us at 10:30 a.m. at the Lincoln/Tad Statue. We’ll have our banner and keep each other warm by marching together as Des Moines SURJ.

Friday, January 25 9am-noon.  Iowa State Capitol.  2019 Latino Day on the Hill.  Stand in solidarity with DSM SURJ Accountability Partner, Iowa Commission on Latino Affairs.  The Iowa Commission of Latino Affairs invites you to the second Latino Day on the Hill! This is a free event and open to the public. The Iowa Commission of Latino Affairs is planning this event with the goal of providing a space for Latinx to learn about the legislative process so they can feel empowered to return to the Capitol when the community needs to advocate. See Facebook invite here.

Saturday, January 26, 10:00 am.  Ritual Cafe. SURJ Winter Book Club is announced!  Read the book I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown.  Join SURJ facilitators to discuss. a “powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric–from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.” From the book’s web page, found here.   

Friday and Saturday, January 25th ant 26th, Participate in and volunteer for the annual  “I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa” Festival. Lots of SURJ folks will be going and like last year many of us will be volunteering! Sign up to volunteer here (and indicate you’re with SURJ): http://worldiniowa.com/volunteers/?fbclid=IwAR3qaVI83Thc1RYnzMZzVcdvOwaYbbhYWTTM8t43gjKaRQ3QIVP4B0Qi2Qc.

Upcoming meetings: 

  • January 20: Canceled. Potluck postponed
  • February 3
  • February 17

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 Supports Non-white Owned Businesses
DSM SURJ is pushing forward economic equality by using our large network to thoughtfully support non-white owned businesses in Des Moines. This strategy has been used in many cities to redirect resources to companies that have had additional burdens towards developing sustainable businesses. If you have a business you would like to nominate for the spotlight, please forward the information. Also, please make efforts to support these businesses! A SURJ member has had direct communication with each of these businesses owners and they are excited to be highlighted by the Des Moines chapter.

Henderson’s Highland Park Funeral Home
Owner: Donna Henderson, F.D.
3500 Sixth Avenue, Des Moines IA 50313
Phone: (515) 309-6550
hendersonshp.com

The caring and experienced professionals at Henderson’s Highland Park Funeral Home will carefully guide you through the aspects of the funeral service, and the many decisions that must be made, with compassion, dignity and respect. They also offer special funeral services for veterans. If you wish, they’ll help you with pre-arrangements for your own service, which can ease the emotional and financial burdens of your loved ones.
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Tai Chi: Yang Style 18 Fan Form
Community Education Instructor: Anthony Bates
Where: Monroe Elementary School Gym, 2250 30th Street
When: Mondays & Thursdays, January 7 to March 4, 2019, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (No class 1/21)
Course: G065201D, Cost: $50 for 16 classes
Register: (515) 242-8521

To see details about the class: Des Moines Community Education Classes
(Sports & Games category, then the 4th listed course along the left side of the screen)

The ancient art of Tai Chi helps strengthen the body, increase flexibility, develop patience, and discipline the mind. The Fan Form incorporates movements from several styles of Tai Chi. You may purchase a fan from the instructor. Ages 12 and up. Let Anthony Bates guide you in learning this beautiful and beneficial form of Tai Chi.
Support Asylum Seekers in Des Moines

SURJ members, Karen and Michael Lauer, are sponsoring two asylum-seekers (Karla and Danna).  They are living in a small house near the North Side Library. Karen noticed when visiting them that their walls are bare – her first instinct, of course, is to take them shopping to buy posters, prints, etc., to decorate their walls, but it is important not to create unfair and unrealistic expectations for asylum-seekers about what they will be able to afford once they have permission to work.

This is where you, our wonderful and generous community, come in. Do you have any artwork, photos, framed art, sitting in your basement, garage, or storage that you’d like to donate? For those that can contribute further, check out more information here. There are multiple levels – from “officially” sponsoring someone who is released (providing housing, food, etc) as Lauer’s are doing, to writing letters to people in detention, adding $$ to commissary accounts, etc.
The Iowa Sanctuary Movement (ISM), is sponsoring two families in Des Moines currently seeking asylum. The two mothers and their children will need assistance with rent, utilities, food, clothing, and all living expenses. They are not yet allowed to apply for a work permit. There will be many ways to help these families, but financial support is paramount. For more information, contact Lynne Howard, billlynne5@gmail.com .

Donations for the families by check should be made out to: First Unitarian Church, with ISM asylum support in the memo line. (Send to First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, 1800 Bell Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315). Donations can also be made electronically on the church website. Link here.

Defend DACA.  American Friends Service Committee Iowa now has a fund to support DACA recipients who need to renew their status and work permit. You can donate via check made out to First Unitarian with “DACA support” in the memo line, or online link here.

DACA recipients must pay $495 to renew their DACA status and work permits every two years. AFSC often gets calls from DACA clients who need to renew, but don’t have the money to do so. Many other states have scholarship programs to help cover this cost, but until now, Iowa has not had any such program or fund available. Contact Jody Mashek, AFSC Iowa Legal Services Director, with any questions: 515-274-4851.
January Lectures on Racial Justice at Iowa State

January 28 Brittney Packnett for Martin Luther King, Jr. Events
February Robin DiAngelo is coming in February to talk about White Fragility.

The links to the full descriptions are here: https://www.lectures.iastate.edu/browse.php