Current Initiatives

DSM SURJ remains at work on a number of initiatives we have been engaged in since fall 2016. We are also working on some new and emerging projects.

We continue to deepen our connections with Latino/a-led organizations working against anti-immigrant legislation in the Iowa Legislature and local governments.

DSM SURJ has been actively supporting efforts to secure passage of “Welcoming City” Resolutions in the Des Moines-metro area. Such resolutions are important for sending the message of justice and inclusion to immigrant and Latino/a communities.

Economic Promotion of People of Color Enterprises
For the last several months DSM SURJ has highlighted several Black and Latino/a owned businesses and other creative enterprises in the Des Moines area. We are urging SURJ-affiliates to patronize these enterprises and spread the word to encourage others in our various professional, familial and friend networks to patronize these enterprises.

See the Economic Equity page (click here) for the list of businesses.

Building Community with Religious Minorities
Over the last year, DSM SURJ spent time building community, attending religious services and doing joint service projects with the Bhutan Hindi Community, the Iowa Sikh Association and the Iowa Sikh Turbanators. We look forward to continuing to grow these relationships over the coming months and support these communities in increasing their visibility and power in the Des Moines area.

Upcoming Initiatives through 2018:

  • Low-income and refugee housing justice in Des Moines;
  • Support for anti-racial profiling and ban-the-box legislative initiatives sponsored by the NAACP;
  • Building the SURJ community and connections with Black Lives Matter network for local action.