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COVID-19 Update: We continue to monitor the novel coronavirus pandemic. Board member, Dr. Alta Price, MD, asks that we follow CDC guidelines regarding mask-wearing. Fully-vaccinated people at out-of-doors events are not required to wear masks, but may choose to do so.

Events listed on our website and calendar will clearly state whether they will be in-person, via Zoom or phone-in.  

Our Office Manager, Julie, can set up Zoom meetings on behalf of members or affiliates. Contact her via pacgoffice@gmail.com, her cell (563-508-2209) or the PACG Office (563-676-7580).
Note: Although we schedule the WEU for Tuesday morning delivery, submissions to the WEU are due by noon on the Sunday before publication.
Note: If  the Quad City schools close due to weather (snow or cold), all non-Zoom PACG meetings and events​ will be cancelled. Check here for school closings.
A Message from the President

Free N95 Masks Available for All Residents

(first published 02/01/2022)

A Message from the President

The Biden administration has made 400 million N95 masks available to Americans. As of this week, all residents can receive up to three, free N95 masks. From channel WQAD8: "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Jan. 14 updated its guidance on face coverings to say properly fitted N95 and KN95 masks offer the most protection against COVID-19, versus surgical or cloth masks." The Administration has taken this move to protect against the omicron Covid variant.

The Rock Island County Health Department will be distributing N95s at its health centers and community health care clinics. N95s are also available at participating pharmacies and other health centers in the Quad Cities. 

For more information and distribution locations visit:
www.wqad.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/free-n95-masks-quad-cities-locations/

Glenda Guster

A Message from the New PACG President!

(first published 01/11/2022)

A Message from the President

Dear Progressives,
 
I am honored to have been elected by the PACG Board of Directors for the position of President. I have been a member of PACG since 2008 and a Board member since 2019, so I am familiar with the organization.
 
Other changes to the Board include Allison Ambrose moving into the position of Vice President. We certainly appreciate her guidance for the past few years, especially during the pandemic. I am pleased that she will remain involved, initially to help me with the transition to president.
 
Margie Mejia-Caraballo will be stepping down from the Board. We are grateful for her ongoing participation with PACG over the past years.
 
For those of you who don't know me, I have been the Secretary for NAACP Davenport for three years. I am the Environmental Climate Justice committee Chair for our local  NAACP branch. Our committee worked closely with PACG's Environmental forum for the past couple of years. I am learning so much about Environmental issues working with these people. I hope to encourage others to get involved with local and national environmental issues and injustice that affect people of color.

My husband, Michael, and I have six children and nine grandchildren. I enjoy exercising, traveling, and spending time with my family.
 
My primary goal is to increase diversity in our organization, and to get more young people involved in PACG. How can we achieve this together? I will share other goals with you throughout the year.

Glenda Guster, President
What You Can Do Now

Iowa ACLU: Scott County Using COVID Money For Juvenile Detention Center Is Unlawful

(first published 02/08/2022)
 
(Click on the image above to read the press release)

The ACLU of Iowa is taking steps to halt the use of ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds to build the largest juvenile detention facility in Iowa. They have sent a letter to the Scott County Board of Supervisors detailing why such a facility would be unjust and illegal.

https://www.aclu-ia.org/en/news/scott-county-using-covid-money-juvenile-detention-center-unlawful

If you would like to join the discussion, attend the February 18th Zoom meeting of the Juvenile Justice Coalition.

Julie Ross

PBS Documentary - Earth Emergency

(first published 02/08/2022)

Environmental Forum

 

This film introduces the mechanics of several major feedback loops contributing to climate change. This missing piece of the climate puzzle is pushing climate to a tipping point. It's harrowing, but is well worth the 52 minutes of your time. It will leave the viewer better able to discuss why global climate action is urgent.

It's available for $4 on Amazon Prime Video, and free for PBS members at https://www.pbs.org/search/?q=earth+emergency.

Susan Leuthauser

Furniture Donation for Afghan Refugees - Action Alert
Drop off Monday through Friday 9 am to 3pm

World Relief Quad Cities
1852 16th Street, Moline, IL (map)

(first published 01/18/2022)

World Relief/PACG Civil Rights Forum

The PACG Civil Rights Forum works in coalition with other groups aiding immigrants and refugees. World Relief is in the process of resettling 175 Afghan refugees who will be arriving in the Quad Cities by February. The relief volunteers have been impacted by the surge in Covid cases and could use our help.

Initially, most of the refugees are temporarily housed in area hotels while permanent living quarters are being set up. World Relief is requesting donations of furniture, household appliances and other supplies to help these people start their new lives in our area.
 

 
Susan Leuthauser
PACG Events

World Wetlands Day - February Environmental Celebration

(first published 02/01/2022)

Environmental Forum

Lori McCollum

Civil Rights Forum Meeting
Monday, February 14th at 5:00 pm

via Zoom
(first published 02/01/2022)

Civil Rights Forum

Join us at our monthly Civil Rights Forum meeting to discuss ongoing activities involving racial justice, helping all youth thrive in the Quad Cities, and addressing immigration issues.

Other civil rights issues can be included, if you have the time and the passion to work on them. We welcome your suggestions and offers to help!

Contact me or Julie Ross, our PACG Office Manager, for the Zoom link.

Alta Price

Health Care Reform Forum Meeting
Wednesday, February 16th at 2:30 pm

Via Zoom
(first published 01/18/2022)

Health Care Reform Forum

Join the Health Care Reform Forum for a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, February 16th at 2:30 pm. We share information and actions to improve the Affordable Care Act, reduce prescription costs, and connect with lawmakers.

Contact Julie Ross to get the Zoom link.

Juvenile Justice Coalition Meeting
Friday, February 18th at 4:00 pm

via Zoom
(first published 02/08/2022)

Juvenile Justice Coalition

Join us for the next Juvenile Justice Coalition meeting. We have much work to do, including finding a better solution to the proposed Juvenile Detention Center in Scott County. Discussion will include the Iowa ACLU’s challenge of the legality of use of ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds to build this jail. We are also working to support programs that will serve to minimize the  incarceration of our youth. The Juvenile Justice Coalition is a diverse group of citizens who welcome you to join the discussion.

Contact Michael Guster for a link to the Zoom meeting.

PACG Book Club - February
Monday, February 21st at 5:30 pm

Via Zoom
(first published 01/25/2022)

Book Club

Our February book will be Station Eleven  by Emily St. John Mandel. This novel (written in 2014) is about a really bad pandemic and is the basis of a post-apocalyptic dystopian mini-series at HBO Max. Read more at this PACG Blog post.

Our January book, War on Us by Colleen Cowles, taught us a lot about drug policy, and led to a great discussion. We decided to read more to further explore this topic. So in March we will read and discuss Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe. Read more at this PACG Blog post.

We hope you can join us!

Click on Alta Price for a Zoom link to either meeting.
No Hate In Our States

Maus book sales soar after Tennessee school ban

Online
(first published 02/01/2022)

After a Tennessee school board banned the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel, an allegory of Nazi Germany, sales are soaring. From Politico: "Just days after the banning of “Maus” by a Tennessee school district made national news, two editions of Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust have reached the top 20 on Amazon.com and are in limited supply.

"'Maus” was No. 12 on Amazon as of early Friday evening, and was not available for delivery until mid-February. “The Complete Maus,” which includes a second volume, was No. 9 and out of stock."

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/30/maus-tennessee-sales-books-00003453

Julie Ross

PBS Newshour: How ‘The 1619 Project’ underscores connection between slavery and modern America

Online
(first published 01/25/2022)
 


 

From PBS Newshour: "Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones's 1619 Project has become a topic of much debate in recent years.

"For our Bookshelf tonight, Amna Nawaz spoke with her about expanding upon that original work, the importance of looking back at how our nation's history unfolded, and its relevance to today."

Watch here: www.pbs.org/newshour/show/how-the-1619-project-underscores-connection-between-slavery-and-modern-america

Julie Ross

10 podcasts to listen to during Black History Month and beyond

Online
(first published 01/18/2022)
 

According to the Digital Trends website, “[Here] are some fantastic podcasts… that take a deep dive into topics ranging from empowerment to adversity and racial disparity, some set in the present day and others covering important aspects of history.”

www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/podcasts-to-listen-to-during-black-history-month-and-beyond/

Julie Ross

Racial Equality Now! Rally continues despite the cold!
Saturdays from 12:00 noon - 12:30 pm

The Slumberland/Party City Corner of
John Deere RD & 16th ST
Moline, IL (across from South Park Mall) (
map)

(first published 06/16/2020)

Note: We will continue to gather every Saturday unless the temperature is a wind chill of 20° F or below, if there's been a recent snow or ice storm, or if there is lightning or an active thunderstorm.

Civil Rights Forum

PACG's weekly Racial Equality Now! rallies have occurred each Saturday since June 13, 2020. It is our hope that the rallies will continue until racial equality and justice are achieved for people of color in our country.

Stand with us. Carry one of our signs or bring your own. The 30 minutes you spend with us will be a bonding and soul-lifting experience and will give you hope for our future.

One of PACG's Founding Mothers, Cath Bolkcom, took some fine photographs of our January 29th rally. You can read more on our Facebook page here


We believe that all lives will matter only when Black Lives Matter.

See more images from January 29th's rally here. Read previous blogs about this weekly event on the PACG website here.

Caryn Unsicker
Glenda Guster
 
Community Events

Scott County Legislative Forums
Saturdays in February, March and April

various locations
(first published 02/01/2022)

Multiple organizations

A group of 6 local nonprofit organizations will host a series of legislative forums in Scott County for 2022. The format will be for a social time from 10 -10:30 am, and the forum held from 10:30 - noon. Each forum will have both in-person and virtual options.

Saturday, February 19th at the LULAC, 4224 Ricker Hill Rd, Davenport sponsored by LULAC and NAACP

Saturday, March 19th at North Scott High School at 200 S. 1st Street, Eldridge sponsored by the Iowa State Education Association and Working Iowa Neighbors

Saturday, April 9th at the Mississippi Bend AEA at 729 21st Street, Bettendorf sponsored by the AAUW.

The Zoom link for each event ID is 872 2014 4056, Passcode 819270.

For Zoom link, contact Lori McCollum
 

What's the Difference? Anti-Racism Fight Club: From Classrooms to Communities
Tuesday, February 8th at 6:30 pm

Via Zoom
(first published 02/01/2022)

Illinois Child Care and Referral
 

The presenter Doyin (doe-ween) Richards will speak about how to be an anti-racist teacher and create an environment that creates anti-racist students.

Doyin Richards is a best-selling diversity author, member of the NBC TODAY Show’s Parenting Team, TEDx Speaker, and creator of the critically-acclaimed Anti-Racism Fight Club workshop.

This promises to be a great conversation and we hope you can join us!

To register, go to https://www.childcareillinois.org/provider-services/training-and-professional-development/events/detail/349

There is a $5 registration fee.

Susan Leuthauser

Tour Scott County Recycle Center
Thursday, February 10th at 11:00 am

5640 Carey Ave
Davenport, IA (map)

(first published 02/01/2022)

NAACP Environmental Climate Justice

(Click on the image above for a printable flyer)

Glenda Guster

Crow Creek Cleanup
Saturday, February 12th at 8:30 am

Crow Creek Wildlife Management Area
near Mt. Joy, on Scott County Park Rd. (map)

(first published 02/01/2022)

Partners of Scott County Watersheds (PSCW)

In 2020, PSCW adopted the Crow Creek Wildlife Management Area near Mt. Joy in partnership with the Iowa DNR. Since then, we have worked to clear out invasive species, overgrown brush, and trash - as well as improve wildlife habitat.

One way we are improving habitat is with cinder blocks and cedar trees! These trees will be removed from the shoreline, tied to cinder blocks, and brought out to the frozen pond. In the spring when the ice thaws, the trees will sink and become a natural fish habitat.

We need your cinderblocks‼ To donate cinder blocks for this project, please email info@partnersofscottcountywatersheds.org

Learn more about the work day at www.xstreamcleanup.org/upcoming-events

Lori McCollum

"Iowa is Better Than This! Lamenting Iowa's Discriminatory Legislation" 
A Free Hybrid Webinar

Wednesday, February 16th at 5:00 pm

In Person and Via Zoom
(first published 02/01/2022)

One Human Family and Other Organizations

Over the past year, the Iowa Legislature has considered and/or passed legislation that does not represent "Iowa Nice" values. We need to be heard as we Lament these actions!

Join us in this statewide Lamentation so our legislators know that these policies are not acceptable in a state that cares for all people. Let your voice be heard! We have options for online participation (via Zoom) and in-person sites across the state.

We lament the past to serve as a warning for the future!

For more information, go to OneHumanFamilyQCA.org. Read their statement on the PACG blog here.

Online Zoom Registration here.

In-Person Registration here.

Allison Ambrose
 
 

2022 Environmental Film Series
Various Dates, Sundays at 2:00 pm

Figge Art Museum
225 W. 2nd Street
Davenport, IA (map)

(first published 01/11/2022)

River Action
 
(Click on the image above for a printable flyer)

Lori McCollum
After Action Reports

2021 Environmental Forum Activities - After Action Report

first published 01/18/2022)

Environmental Forum

The Environmental Forum had a busy 2021. Here is a summary of our activities:
  • Held ten Green Drinks virtual events and one Green Drinks in-person gathering
  • Celebrated one specific environmental day/issue monthly and published an informational and take-action flyer. See this PACG Blog post to print off a list of these events as a flyer. It also makes a nice placemat.
  • Held a weekly outreach table at the Farmers' Market during the market season
  • The theme for the 2021 Earth Day was “Restore the Earth” and we celebrated this occasion with a screening of the film “Kiss the Ground” and a panel discussion on the topic by soil conservation experts; and, the Earth Day Fair at the Farmers' Market
  • Supported City Council woman Judith Lee’s effort to pass the Davenport Resolution for Energy, Environmental, and Climate Change Sustainability and Resiliency
  • Participated in the St. Ambrose University Sustainability Fest
  • Supported the NAACP Environmental Justice Committee Events
  • Participated in several local cleanup efforts
  • Participated in the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative to collect plastic waste data
  • Worked with Rock Island County residents to address the issue of the closing of the recycling centers
  • Worked with the Davenport North High School Environmental Club students on their environmental projects
  • Actively participated as a member of the QC Earth Coalition and River Action Steering Committee
  • Supported NAACP Environmental Justice Group events
  • Initiated the QC Voter Turnout/Voter information project
Susan Leuthauser

Green Drinks 2021 - After Action Report

(first published 01/18/2022)

Environmental Forum

The Environmental Forum held 11 Green Drinks events in 2021. Since March 2019, we have met monthly to network and listen to a presentation by a subject matter expert.

In January of 2022 the Executive Director of Citizen Climate International, Joseph Robertson, gave an inspirational talk about what happened at COP26. He gave us hope and motivated us to continue to do our advocacy work.

Here are the excellent speakers from last’s year’s presentations:
• Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: “Bold Iowa”
• Cate York, Citizen Utility Board: “Solar for All”
• Kathy Byrnes, Birds and Bees Urban Farms: “Save the Planet by Turning Your Yard into Your Dinner Table”
• Virginia Melroy & Paul Pomrehn, Iowa City: “Reversing Global Warming – Introduction to Drawdown”
• Dr. Jerry Schnoor: "Climate Change and the Paris Agreement"
• Josh Dyer, 4th Ward Alderperson, Silvis: “Solar Projects at the Local Level”
• Jerold McGovern, National Mississippi River Museum: “Take CAARE”
• Kristin Bogdonas of U of IL Extension: “How to Redurce Fodd Waste at Home”
• Kathy Wine, River Action: “River Action Programs”
• Olivia Dorothy, American Rivers: “Restoration of the River”

In spite of the pandemic, Green Drinks continues to meet virtually on the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 pm.

Susan Leuthauser

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