Weekly Email Update (WEU) 09-28-21

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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).
Note: Although we schedule the WEU for Tuesday morning delivery, submissions to the WEU are due by noon on the Sunday before publication.
A Message from the Board

Important Information Regarding Zoom 

(first published 09/07/2021)

A Message from the Board

Many of you know that when the pandemic began, PACG bought Zoom licenses for many other progressive organizations in our community who are doing important work. Zoom continues to be a vital means for communication and coordination for many of us. Did you know that they have recently made important changes to their platform? If you have one of our Zoom licenses (or your own), you will have received an email this week explaining the changes.

The email reads in part: Beginning November 1, 2021, customers will be required to update their Zoom software to ensure it is no more than nine months behind the current version, at any given time. From that point on, users will be prompted to update their software when using the platform should their version fall behind this nine-month window. For example, if on November 1st the latest version of the Zoom Client was released in September 2021, customers who try to access Zoom services with a version prior to January 2021 will be prompted to update to a more recent version in order to access the platform.

Read more at our PACG Blog post here.

It's imperative that you know how to update your Zoom application and keep it up-to-date. If you are ini need of assistance, please contact our Office Manager. Thank you.

Allison Ambrose
PACG Events

Adolescence, Race, Trauma (ART) Coalition Zoom Meeting Day/Time Survey

(first published 09/28/2021)

Adolescence, Race, Trauma Coalition

The ART group continues to meet monthly. We are surveying people interested in getting involved to determine the best meeting time.

If you would like to be added to our distribution list, contact PACG Office Manager, Julie Ross.

Julie Ross

Juvenile Justice Coalition Meeting Via Zoom
Friday, October 1st at 4:00 pm

(first published 09/21/2021)

Juvenile Justice Coalition

The Juvenile Justice Coalition will meet Friday, October 1st 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.

Virtual October Green Drinks via Zoom
Tuesday, October 5th at 5:00 pm

(first published 09/21/2021)

Environmental Forum

Join us at our October Green Drinks on Zoom. Kristin Bogdonas from the University of Illinois Extension Office will share with us how to eliminate food waste at home.

Register at:

Susan Leuthauser


Interested in health care issues? Attend our Health Care Reform Forum Meeting Via zoom
Wednesday, October 6th at 2:30 pm

(first published 09/21/2021)

Health Care Reform Forum

Due to the spike in the Covid Delta variant, this meeting will be held via Zoom only.

The Health Care Reform Forum will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 6th 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.
No Hate In Our States

Podcast: “Our nation’s Haitian double standard“

(first published 09/28/2021)

Gain more info of the plight of Haitians at the southern border of the US. Listen to this LA Times podcast:

Julie Ross

Ian Manuel

(first published 09/21/2021)

There are several local groups working on various aspects of the issues of adolescence/race/trauma/incarceration. This podcast is an excellent documentation of one youth’s story.

From the podcast description at "This Is Criminal:"

“At 14 years old, Ian Manuel was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, and spent an estimated 18 years in solitary confinement. Today, he tells his story.”

Julie Ross

Podcast: “If It Ever Happens, Run.”

(first published 08/31/2021)

From the podcast description at This Criminal: “What I recall most is the way that she grabbed my wrist and, shaking a bit, she said over and over again, ‘If it happens, run. Don’t let that happen to you. Run. If it ever happens, run.'

"It was years before Cynthia Brown understood what her great-grandmother, Athalia Howe, was talking about.

"Athalia Howe grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina in the late 1890s. At the time, Wilmington was called 'the freest town in the country' for Black people, and by 1898, Black men had become integral in Wilmington’s government. White Supremacists in the state were determined to stop them, by 'ballot or bullet or both.'"

Listen here:

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

Upcoming Partners in Scott County Watershed Events
September 17th thru October 5th, Various Times

Various Locations
(first published 09/14/2021)

Partners in Scott County Watershed

Partners in Scott County Watershed has a number of upcoming events, which are listed below.

September Virtual Forum | Tuesday, September 21 | 12-1pm
Learn about the West Lake Restoration Project with Scott County Conservation Deputy Director, Marc Miller. Listen over the lunch hour as he discusses the reconstruction of fish habitat, water quality studies, and a watershed management plan involved in improving this local lake. Learn more and register at

LeClaire Silver Creek Cleanup | Saturday, September 25 | 8-11am
Help Partners in Scott County Watershed and the City of LeClaire with a trash cleanup along Silver Creek. Removing litter and debris from the stream helps to improve the health and quality of our waters. Make a difference and register today at

Crow Creek W.M.A. Cleanup | Saturday, October 2 | 8am-12pm
Join PSCW and Iowa DNR for a cleanup at Crow Creek Wildlife Management Area. We will have opportunities for many age levels and abilities. Volunteer jobs include trash pickup along the shore, clearing brush, and removing invasive species throughout the park. Register at

Fall Snapshot | Tuesday, October 5 | 8am-12pm
Volunteer for the Fall Snapshot and help monitor water quality around the county. Learn more about this great citizen science opportunity at

Lori McCollum

Mississippi River Plastic Pollution Initiative
Thursday, September 30th at 6:30 pm

Quad Cities Area
(first published 09/28/2021)

Mississippi River City and Towns Initiative

The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative has come to the Quad Cities to collect data on plastic pollution in our waste streams. The goal of this project is to collect a baseline of the extent of plastic pollution in our region, then set goals for cleaning it up. Volunteers will be collecting data relevant to the companies and corporations whose waste is documented. Eventually this information will be used to advocate for corporate responsibility for cleaning up their waste. The initiative is co-sponsored by the University of Georgia, National Geographic, and the UN Environment Programe.

Volunteers will be using a phone app and will require training to participate. If you are interested in this project, you must attend a Zoom webinar on September 30th at 6:30 pm. Please register here:

See the flyer below or contact me for more information.

Lori McCollum.

(Click on the image above for a downloadable PDF)

(Click on the image above for a downloadable PDF)

Lori McCollum

Little Open House on the Prairie
Sunday, October 3rd at 1:00 pm

2664 145th Ave
Wheatland, Iowa  (map)

(first published 09/28/2021)

The Prairie Retreat

Everyone is welcome to visit The Prairie Retreat on Sunday, October 3rd, between 1:00 and 5:00 pm. Simple refreshments will be served, and tours will be given of the new Sunrise Shop and the retreat center. There will be walking or golf cart tours along The Prairie trails, which include 100 acres of prairie grass and timber, the nature pond, a labyrinth, statues, and gardens. Enjoy the Cosmic Walk which focuses on the path that creation has taken since the beginning of time.

Families are welcome, and children’s activities will include a care of creation treasure hunt, wild bird exhibit and a fall photo booth. Plus, live music from the porch provided by The Barley House Band and a special gift bag to take home - including wildflower and grass seeds from The Prairie. Come join us for a short visit or stay the whole afternoon while you enjoy the beauty of The Prairie.

Claudia Scharf
Of Interest to Our Community

Meet Davenport Mayoral Candidates 
Thursdays, October 7th and 21st at 3:00 pm

Davenport Public Library
6000 Eastern Avenue
Davenport, IA. 52807 (map)

(first published 09/14/2021)

Iowa Women United

Thursday, October 7th at 3:00 pm - Meet Athena Gilbraith - Please join us to hear Athena Gilbraith, who is running for mayor of Davenport, tell us about herself and why she's seeking public office. She'll also answer any questions you may have. The public is invited. Masks are recommended per CDC Guidelines.

Thursday, October 21st at 3:00 pm - Meet Mayor Mike Matson -  Listen to Davenport Mayor Mike Matson talk about why he's running for re-election. The public is invited, and questions are welcome. Masks are recommended per CDC Guidelines.

Susan Meenan
After Action Reports

Closing of Rock Island's Drop-Off Recycle Centers - After Action Report

1504 3rd Avenue, Rock Island, IL
(first published 09/28/2021)

Environmental Forum

The Environmental Forum has taken RICWMA to task for their decision to close all 4 of Rock Island County's Drop Off Recycling Centers.

We have written letters and made phone calls, issued press releases, written a joint op-ed in the local paper, been interviewed on local television stations, and attended board meetings in an attempt to keep these centers open. We may not have been able to change their minds YET, but we have increased community involvement.

There were 25 people in attendance at the September board meeting, and they expressed heartfelt concern about this issue. The board appeared unwilling to revisit the issue at this time, which means nothing will be done until the next fiscal year. This is an appalling waste of waste. Because they backed out of their contract with Republic Services early, they wasted $5000 tax-payer dollars, and now 80 tons of recyclable material will be flowing into our landfills and probably our ravines EACH MONTH.

If you are a Rock Island County resident, please call 309-788-8925 to keep up the pressure. RI County residents are able to take their recycling to the Waste Commission of Scott County if they don't have access to curb-side recycling, and we certainly encourage that choice.

Lori McCollum

9th Annual Picnic and Pie Auction - After Action Report

Fejervary Park, Davenport
(first published 09/21/2021)

PACG Board

The 9th Annual Picnic and Pie Auction was a HUGE success!  We had over 60 people in attendance, who were excited to connect with other progressives in person. Picnic goers interacted with each other over a get-to-know-you BINGO game. A delicious meal was provided by Taste of Ethiopia; information about all the great things PACG is doing was shared; Monarch butterflies were released; and, best of all, we raised close to $1400 with our pie auction! It was a great time!


Check out more great photos on PACG’s Facebook page: Here and here.

Allison Ambrose

World Clean Up Event - After Action Report

Davenport RiverFront Bike Trail
(first published 09/21/2021)

Environmental Forum

We had 7 energetic volunteers on Saturday, September 18th to clean up along the Davenport RiverFront Bike Trail. We even worked our way into the woods on the north side of the trail, finding tires, a foldable chair, and a cooler of empty beer cans. All told, we collected 8 large bags of trash, and had some fun sharing our energy between PACG, NAACP and CCL (Citizens' Climate Lobby)  friends! Thanks to everyone!

Lori McCollum

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