Weekly Email Update (WEU) 08-10-21

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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, her cell (563-508-2209) or the PACG Office (563-676-7580).
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What You Can Do Now

Register Now for Our
9th Annual Picnic and Pie Auction

Sunday, September 12th at 12:00 noon

Fejervary Park (Shelter # 1)
1759 W. 12th St.
Davenport, Iowa (map)

(first published 08/03/2021)

We are back LIVE for our Annual Picnic and Pie Auction with some exciting new, family-friendly activities in the works!  

Please register here:

Allison Ambrose

Monthly Celebration - August Pollinator Gardens
(first published 08/03/2021)

Environmental Forum

Many of you have already realized the importance of planting pollinator-loving plants in your yard. For those still seeking information, here is some history: Why We Have Grass Lawns (FYI: Green lawns were “invented” and popularized by the European aristocracy as a status symbol). We have been conditioned to see lush, green, weedless lawns as beautiful and desirable; but, to save our planet, we need to change this way of thinking.

In reality, lush green lawns are nutritional deserts for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. Dandelions are an important nectar source, yet we’ve been conditioned to view those yellow flowers as pesky. Early in the spring, when the world becomes alive again, the bees and other pollinators emerge when very few other flowers have bloomed. Dandelions are vital for their nutrition.

By necessity, pollinator gardens must change as the season does. It is a privilege to be able to be in tune with the subtleties of different blooming times and their connection with migrating birds and insects. As the saying goes, “When the goldenrod blooms, it is time for monarchs to start their long migration south.

Take Action Steps:
  • Come to PACG’s Annual Picnic on Sunday, September 12th. We will have milkweed seed bombs for you to distribute and monarch butterflies to release.
  • Don’t mow early in the spring. The bees need your dandelions. Leave a patch of clover and dandelions after each mowing.
  • Plant native pollinators - avoid plants treated with pesticides and those genetically modified with neonicotinoids. Most big-box stores do not know the sources of their plants. Shop at local nurseries that know their suppliers.
  • Plant flowers that bloom at different times during the growing season.
  • Get inspired by visiting a prairie! Here are some local suggestions: Wapsi Education CenterIlliniwek Forest Preserve, Jo Daviess County.
  • Do NOT use any herbicides or pesticides. Even the smallest exposure will kill bees and butterflies
  • Create pollinator-friendly areas in your yard. There is a lot of information online. Here’s an example: Unleash the Wild on Your Back Yard.
  • Plant milkweed. Plant milkweed. Plant milkweed. Learn more at
  • Attend the Wapsi Monarch Fest, Saturday, September 11th.
  • Watch Flight of the Butterflies.
  • Join a group on Facebook: The Beautiful Monarch; Monarchs of Eastern Iowa; Pollinator Gardening; Muscatine Pollinator Project; Illinois Monarch Waystation Capital.
Download a printable flyer here.

Julie Ross

New Numbers for the ACA!

(first published 07/20/2021)

Health Care Reform Forum


The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has subsidized health insurance plans for more than 2 million more people since President Biden reopened health insurance markets. This pandemic response plan enabled 1.5 million to enroll through the federal marketplace and 600,000 through state-run insurance exchanges. Since April 1st, customers have been given much more generous financial assistance. Although this benefit is temporary, the administration hopes to make it permanent through legislation later this year.  

The special enrollment period is scheduled to end on August 15, 2021.

If you know anyone you think may be uninsured, encourage them to check out the options available in the ACA by logging on to Informational flyers are available for download.

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Pictured here is our Forum member, Deb Sperry, posting flyers at the Eldridge Library. Contact PACG's office manager if you would like flyers to distribute.

Frank Samuelson
PACG Events

Rock Island County to Eliminate Recycling Drop-Off Centers

(first published 07/27/2021)

Environmental Forum

According to an article in the QC Times and Argus/Dispatch on July 8th, Rock Island County Waste Management Agency will terminate their Recycling Drop-Off Centers on September 30th. This agency represents 12 cities in Rock Island County. The article states that this decision was based on a budgetary short-fall, which was due to decreased revenue in solid waste tonnage attributed to businesses being closed during the pandemic.

We encourage everyone to send letters of concern to the agency at 1504 Third Avenue, Rock Island, IL, 61201 or at If you have used the drop-off sites personally, please share your need for these services.

Lori McCollum

Interested in health care issues? Attend our Health Care Reform Forum Meeting
Wednesday, August 11th at 2:30 pm -

Online only

(first published 07/20/2021)

Health Care Reform Forum

This meeting will be held via Zoom only. Due to the spike in the Covid Delta variant, we will be meeting virtually again.

The Health Care Reform Forum will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 11 at 2:30 pm. We continue to discuss lowering drug prices, access to affordable care, Covid, and national and community solutions to help cure societal ailments.

Contact Julie Ross for a Zoom link.

Julie Ross

PACG Book Club - The Four Winds via Zoom
Monday, August 16th at 5:30 pm

(first published 07/06/2021)

Book Club

For August we will read and discuss The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. Visit this PACG Blog post for more information about the book.

To get a head start on September, start reading Separated: Inside an American Tragedy by Jacob Soboroff. Go to this PACG Blog post to learn more about the book.

Happy reading! Click on my name for a Zoom link for the August meeting.

Alta Price

Adolescence, Race, and Trauma Community Meeting via Zoom
Tuesday, August 17th at 7:00 pm

(first published 08/03/2021)

Juvenile Justice Coalition

Inspired by Professor Kristin Henning’s “Race, Adolescence, and Trauma” webinar, a group of interested people continue to gather to discuss issues and actions to make our community a more just, equitable, and caring place for our youth. Please join us at our third meeting. Youth, especially, are encouraged to attend. We are a vibrant group and welcome your participation.

Due to the rise of the Delta Covid variant, we are switching from in-person to a virtual meeting. Please contact me for a Zoom link. 

Julie Ross

Juvenile Justice Coalition Meeting Via Zoom
Friday, August 20th at 4:00 pm

(first published 08/10/2021)

Juvenile Justice Coalition

The Juvenile Justice Coalition will meet Friday, August 20th at 4 pm. We continue to discuss issues affecting youth in our community. With a move forward toward a new Juvenile Detention Center (jail) in Scott County, our work has become even more important. Join us to discuss this issue and our efforts to promote a Youth Assessment Center (distinct and separate from a juvenile jail).

Contact Michael Guster for a Zoom link.
No Hate In Our States

Inequality in Evictions

(first published 08/10/2021)

NPR Report: “Corporate Landlord Evicts Black Renters At Far Higher Rates Than Whites, Report Finds”

Julie Ross

"The Shameful Phenomenon of Sundown Towns”

(first published 07/27/2021)

Do you know about “Sundown Towns,” sometimes called “Sunset Towns”? Here’s a 4-minute podcast that explains the shameful history.

Listen here:

Julie Ross

Summer of Soul
In Theaters and Online

(first published 07/13/2021)

The Woodstock Music Festival attracted more than 400,000 attendees in the summer of 1969. That same summer the comparable Harlem Cultural Festival took place just 100 miles away in Harlem, NY, attracting nearly 300,000 attendees. But film footage has never been seen until now. Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) can currently be seen in theaters and on-demand on the streaming service Hulu. This documentary contains important information about black history and cultural heritage. It’s joyous to watch, and the music is outstanding!  

Watch the trailer

Julie Ross

Racial Equality Now! Rally 
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) (

(first published 06/16/2020)

Note: We will continue to gather every Saturday unless there is lightning from an active thunderstorm.

Civil Rights Forum

Join us every Saturday to stand up for the rights of Black People, specifically, and all People of Color in the United States of America! The purpose of this local Racial Equality Now! Rally is to support the current movement for racial equality and justice that has spread across this country, and to ensure that it keeps going for as long as it takes to see real and meaningful progress toward racial equality in America.

The half-hour you spend with us is empowering and unifying.  

If you join us on Saturday, please wear a mask and expect to participate in social distancing. (Note: We were all vaccinated and stood closer for just a few minutes while taking this photo.)

Although I made a few extra signs, please bring some of your own if you can. Ideas for signs include “Honk for Justice,” Honk for Equality,” “Black Lives Matter,” “I Can’t Breathe!,” “Let’s Talk!,” “No Hate in Our State,” or “No More Deaths,” and many others.

There is always parking in the adjoining Slumberland/Party City/Enterprise parking lot, so please bring a friend and join us to help promote racial justice and equality for all People of Color!  If you can’t make it this Saturday, join us on Saturdays as often as you can. Together we can make a difference!

Caryn Unsicker
Community Events

Climate Advocacy Training via Zoom
Thursday, August 12th and Tuesday, August 17th at 7:00 pm

(first published 08/03/2021)

Citizens' Climate Lobby

You're invited to a free, two-part Climate Advocacy Training, August 12th and 17th from 7 - 8:30 pm. (CST). This very worthwhile training event will be led by Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL), a nonpartisan, international volunteer group focused on national policies to address climate change.

CCL is currently working on building bipartisan support for a national price on carbon as the critical next step in dealing with the climate crisis. Their goal is to make sure that our Senators and Representatives in both Iowa and Illinois are part of the solution! They will focus on the Quad Cities area in hopes of starting a Quad Cities chapter of CCL.

Please register in advance for the workshop.

You can also check out the Facebook page for the event.

Susan Leuthauser

The Prairie Retreat
Thursday, August 19th

2664 145th Ave.
Wheatland, Iowa  (map)

(first published 07/06/2021)

Exploring the Prairie
Thursday, August 19th at 9:00 am

Staff from the Nahant Marsh Education Center will provide a guided bird hike in the morning and a prairie/wildflower hike in the afternoon. These hikes will include discussions about the variety of birds that inhabit the Prairie and the history and ecology of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Fee: $30 includes meal.

Register at:

For more info contact:
Claudia Scharf

Neighborhood Summer BBQ
Saturday, August 21st at 11:00 am

Lincoln Resource Center
318 E. 7th St, Davenport, IA (map)

(first published 08/10/2021)

Lincoln Resource Center

(Click on the image above for a printable flyer)

Please join us to support The Lincoln Resource Center and Pete the Purple Bull's Bully Prevention Program. Order your BBQ and pick up between 11 am - 5 pm on Saturday, August 21st. You must pre-order your food by Wednesday, August 18th! If you choose not to eat, please consider a donation to help the cause.

First Annual Monarch Fun Run, Third Annual Monarch Fest
Saturday, September 11th at 8:00 am

Wapsi River Environmental Education Center
31555 52nd Avenue, Dixon, Iowa 52745 (map)

(first published 07/27/2021)

Friends of the Wapsi

Join the Wapsi Staff for its 1st Annual Monarch Migration Fun Run benefiting the Friends of the Wapsi Center. It is a 3-mile self-timed trail run, with two waves: 9:00 am and 10:30 am. Check in starts at 8:00 am. Registration includes a t-shirt & refreshments.

Registration closes on September 10th. Must register by August 20th to be guaranteed a shirt.

Register for the First Annual Monarch Fun Run

Fun Run: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

Monarch Fest: 1:00 - 4:30 pm Monarch activities, including seed balls, crafts, monarch tagging and releases.

For more info: 563-328-3286

Julie Ross
Of Interest to Our Community

Crisis in Our Community: Mass Evictions Affect Over 100 Families

(first published 07/20/2021)

Davenport Bearing Witness

(Click the image above to read the article)

Davenport Bearing Witness has brought to light mass evictions of more than 100 families in our community. These people live in low-rent and subsidized housing in Davenport. Their apartment buildings - left in disrepair - were sold to a developer, who would like to put in more luxury (more expensive) living options. The current families - many of whom have lived in these buildings for years - are now faced with quickly finding alternative low-cost housing, which is not easy to find. They will incur costs that few of these families can afford.

Read Quad City Times article

Read the most recent Davenport Bearing Witness email

Julie Ross

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