Weekly Email Update (WEU) 08-17-21

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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.

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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

Closing of the Rock Island County Recycling Centers
Tuesdays, August 17th and
September 21st at 1:00 pm

1504 3rd Avenue
Rock Island, IL  Room 320 (map)

(first published 08/17/2021)

Environmental Forum

News Release: Appeal to Rock Island County Waste Management Agency to keep drop-off sites.

Attend August and September Board meetings to share your concerns.

(Rock Island, IL) – Progressive Action for the Common Good (PACG) announces a call to action in response to the closure of recycling drop-off centers!

Please join PACG representatives in attending the Rock Island County Waste Management Agency (RICWMA) Board meetings on both Tuesday, August 17th and Tuesday, September 21st at 1:00 pm at the Rock Island County Office Building at 1504 3rd Avenue, Room 302, Rock Island, IL 61201.   

The RICWMA Board has announced that they are closing the recycling drop-off centers on September 30th. Their press release, reported by the QC Times and Argus/Dispatch on July 8th, stated that this decision was based on a budgetary shortfall due to decreased revenue in solid waste tonnage attributed to businesses being closed during the pandemic. They did not explain why other options were not pursued, nor did they obtain public input for this decision.

Many Rock Island County residents have no curbside recycling option, and discontinuing this program will create a massive increase in waste sent to our county landfill. A great deal of the material will include plastics, which do not degrade for hundreds of years. This is not an equitable arrangement for the county’s citizens, and we would like them to explore alternative solutions. If you share these concerns, please join PACG in asking the RICWMA Board to reconsider this plan.

Shirley Johnson

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
PACG Events

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.

Interested in health care issues? Attend our Health Care Reform Forum Meeting
Wednesday, September 8th at 2:30 pm

Online only
(first published 08/17/2021)

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, September 8th 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

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

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.

The Prairie Retreat
September - Various Dates

2664 145th Ave, Wheatland, Iowa (map)
(first published 08/17/2021)

The Prairie Retreat

Wednesday, September 8th at 10:00 am - Cosmic Walk on The Prairie
We will follow the two-mile Cosmic Walk featuring stone markers telling the story of the universe. An easy day of walking mown paths through beautiful fields of prairie grass and timber bordered by the Wapsipinicon River. A break for lunch, then time to explore, walk the labyrinth or just relax in the shade. Leader: Lisa Martin Fee: $30 with lunch included.

Please bring a water bottle and wear appropriate shoes and clothing for walking. This is rain or shine unless we have severe storms, so come prepared.

Register at:

Tuesday, September 14th at 7:00 pm - Stargazing: Beauty of Autumn Skies
We will learn about the stars and constellations that are seen in the autumn sky, and point out the planets Jupiter and Saturn, that appear in the evening sky, as well as our own Moon. We will use the telescope to look at the moons of Jupiter, the ring of Saturn, and craters on the Moon. The current state of our knowledge of these objects will be described. Leader: Steve Spangler Fee: $20

register at:

Saturday, September 25th at 9:30 am - The Shamanic Journey
Drumming allows us to travel to find answers to our concerns and welcome what needs to come into our life. We will go down the rabbit hole and find our power animals. Bring an eye cover, rattle or drum, a notebook or journal, blanket to sit on and a 2-foot long stick for outdoors. Leader: Kathleen Collins Fee: $40 includes lunch.

Register at:

Claudia Scharf

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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