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Quad Cities Interfaith

June 15, 2018
Quad Cities Interfaith is working to unify the member organizations affiliated with our work of "Creating a More Just Society." Below you can find articles and events of interest to members of our community. Also, please note the schedule of Task Force Meetings. You are welcome to join us at any.

If you would like more information or would like to get more involved, call 563-322-4910 or email

In this newsletter:
Community Events and Fundraisers

U.S. House of Representatives leadership will bring two immigration bills to the floor next week for a vote. Contact your Member of Congress and tell her/him that you do not support legislation that dehumanizes and criminalizes immigrants—instead you demand legislation that prioritizes a clear pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and keeps families together. [Use the Capitol Switchboard phone number, (202) 224-3121 or (888) 352-3520, and ask for your Member’s office.]

The first of these bills is H.R. 4760, Securing America’s Future Act, introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA-6).  H.R. 4760 fails to provide Dreamers with a permanent solution, cuts legal immigration, imposes e-verify on all employers and employees, increases border security measures, diminishes humanitarian protections, and creates harsh penalties by criminalizing unlawful presence. Read more at The
 National Immigration Forum summary.

The second bill, touted as a compromise between moderates and conservatives in the majority party, has not been officially filed; however, a draft was being circulated on Thursday among  members. According to insiders, the draft legislation addresses protections for young immigrants and the separation of families; but it toughens rules for asylum seekers, significantly limits legal immigration, and provides billions of dollars for a wall on the southwest border of the U.S.  Both bills codify an anti-immigrant agenda.

Contact your Member of Congress now and tell her/him that you do not support any legislation that promotes an anti-immigrant agenda. [Use the Capitol Switchboard phone number, (202) 224-3121 or (888) 352-3520, and ask for your Member’s office.] Then share this information with friends, family, and colleagues, and ask them to contact their Members of Congress. Your actions in support of our immigrant sisters and brothers can make a difference! 


Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities (MCC QC) will be having a Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Quad Cities Interfaith on 

Friday, June 15th
4 - 7 p.m.
2930 Locust St.
Davenport, IA  52804

The cost is $10 for plate with salad and bread. $1 desserts also available.
People can order ahead for take-out 563-324-8281.
♥ All proceeds go to QCI!!

Hope in Action
You surely heard that Bethel AME, a predominately black church in Clinton, was the target of white supremacist vandalism at the end of April. (You can read the story in the Clinton Herald and Des Moines Register.)
Since the news broke, I've been in conversation with Rev. Jerry Drake, pastor of Bethel. He has invited us--as part of the Clinton/Jackson County organizing cluster--to be in action with him, along with our "sister" cluster the Johnson County Interfaith Cluster and our "parent" organization Quad Cities Interfaith. We're planning two actions:
  1. a public service of worship and prayer at Bethel AME on Friday, June 15 at 6pm
  2. a day of sacred listening among Bethel members and others on Saturday, June 16 starting at 11am
Mark your calendars, and do more than that. First, recruit people to come to the Friday worship service. Bethel's sanctuary seats 300 people, and we want to fill the room, because if one suffers, we all suffer. We're going to answer this hateful attack with an overabundance of love.
Second, listening is a way to participate in the healing ministry of Jesus. We will likely need a team of at least 25 listeners. If you've been trained in 1-1s and are available to be a listener on Saturday, sign up here.

Keep ICE Out of Iowa!

Last month, an ICE raid using helicopters, dogs, and tasers tore apart the families of 32 peaceful immigrant workers in the small, rural town of Mt. Pleasant. In our small state and communities, we are all connected. The raid tore through families, friends, and the economy like a tornado wreaking lasting damage. 

Iowans across the state are taking a strong stand in support of our immigrant friends, neighbors, and co-workers. CWJ leaders have been on the scene and in touch with Mt. Pleasant families since the first night of the raid, along with an incredible network of other nonprofits and volunteers. CWJ leaders and allies have volunteered hundreds of hours to:

  • Provide bilingual volunteers to assist impacted families
  • Help organize vigils in Mt. Pleasant and Cedar Rapids
  • Make connections between families, lawyers, and statewide volunteers
  • Raise money for human needs and legal defense 

Together, we're making a difference. Working side-by-side with our friends at Iowa WINS, AFSC, Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project, and dozens of lawyers and volunteers, we're making a difference. 20 of the 32 men have been released on bond and returned to their families, giving them a chance to defend themselves from deportation. However, our work is far from over. 

ICE Out of Iowa forum June 20, 6pm @ CWJ.  CWJ is proud to partner with the Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project and CCI to host speakers from two national groups on the frontlines of immigrant worker defense - Workers' Defense Project in Texas and Fair Immigration Reform Movement in Chicago. We hope to see you there!

What: Keeping ICE Out of Iowa
When: Wednesday, June 20, 6 PM - 8 PM
Where: CWJ Office, 940 S Gilbert Ct, Iowa City, IA 52240

RSVP TODAY! Share this event with your friends on social media. The more people we have with us, the more powerful we become. 

Stand up to ICE and say NOT IN OUR TOWN!

Race Round Table Discussion
Thursday, June 21
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Fairmount Street Library, Davenport

At this District Wide Davenport PTO meeting we will discuss disproportionate discipline and disproportionate identification for Special Education that has occurred in our District for our students of color. This is an issue that must be met head on. It is not enough to shrug our shoulders and say that this is a nationwide problem. We need to work together to ensure education for ALL of our students. Bring your experiences. Bring your ideas! 

For more information: Race Round Table Discussion
First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa has been offering services to people affected by the immigration raid. The church is requesting items needed by these families.
Quad City residents can drop donations off at the
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
3707 Eastern Avenue
Please call the church 563-359-0816 before you drop off items, as staff presence varies slightly from day-to-day.
  • cooking oils
  • bottled water
  • drinks
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • laundry soap
  • dish soap
  • paper towels 
  • toilet paper
  • Specific baby formula: Enfamil NeuroPro Infant (0-12 months)
  • diapers
  • sanitary products
For more information: 
Tammy Shull
Iowa WINs (Iowa Welcomes Immigrant Neighbors)
A Commission of the First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Pleasant
902 S. Walnut
Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641
(319) 750-0439 Cell
N’tosaki Leadership Training
Sept 20-22
Village of Clarkston, Michigan

This is a women’s leadership training program conducted by and for women. It is designed to present ideas and concepts for becoming effective and powerful leaders. It also provides a support network for women. The program is
designed to help women overcome the internal and external obstacles faced on the journey to becoming powerful and effective leaders. For more information, follow this link:
N'tosaki Training. Or contact QCI 563-322-4910.

Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting a large number of events that probably are of interest to you. Read about them GQCHCC Newsletter.
Task Force and Community Meetings:
Friday, June 15
QCI Office
Immigrant Heritage Month Celebration
Noon – 1 p.m.
Friday, June 15
MLK Center
630 – 9th St, Rock Island
MCCQC Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser for QCI
Friday, June 15
4 – 7 p.m.
MCCQC, 2930 W. Locust St.
(Eat in or take out)
A Night of HOPE
Multi-Faith Interracial movement to create awareness in our community
Friday, June 17
7 p.m.
Free in Jesus of Bethel AME
238 4th Ave S.
Clinton, IA

NAACP Meeting
Tuesday, June 19
7 p.m.
United Neighbors
808 N. Harrison

Friday, June 22
QCI Office
N’tosaki Pride Meeting
Saturday, June 23
10 a.m. – Noon
Home of Marcy Doyle

Faith Leaders Caucus
Tuesday, June 26
Bring a lunch!
St. Paul's Lutheran, Davenport

QCI Executive Committee
Tuesday, June 26
4 – 5 p.m.
Conference Call
Immigration Task Force
Tuesday, June 26
5:45 p.m.
St. Mary's Church, Davenport

Clergy for the Community
Thursday, June 28
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Victory

Friday, June 29
QCI Office
QCI Leadership Assembly/Board Meeting
Monday, July 9
6:30 p.m.
Broadway Presbyterian

Restorative Justice
Tuesday, July 10
6:30, at MCCQC, 

2930 W Locust

Sanctuary Coalition Event
Saturday, July 21
3707 Eastern Ave., Davenport, IA,
Questions? Jay Wolin (563)284-2223 or John Dunsheath (563)343-1746. 

Gamaliel National Leadership Training II
7/29 – 8/4/18
Turlock, CA
N’tosaki Leadership Training
Sept 20-22
Village of Clarkston, Michigan
Gamaliel National Leadership Training III
11/11 – 11/17
Carlinville, IL

For more information, contact 563-322-4910
QCI is seeking a second organizer. Find the job posted on our FB page: HERE  or on
Please share with people who may be interested in this free clothing give-away.
Climbing the Mississippi River Bridge by Bridge, Volumes 1 + 2  by Mary Charlotte Aubry Costello are being sold as a fundraiser for Quad Cities Interfaith. You can purchase both volumes--with lovely illustrations and stories of the bridges that span the Mississippi River--at the Davenport Farmers' Market on the following Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
June 16
August 11
September 8
September 15
October 13

Copies can also be purchased at the QCI office, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. 

One of our supporters dropped off some audiobooks at Stuff. When these sell, Quad Cities Interfaith will receive 40% of the selling price! Isn't this a marvelous thing? And--assuming you have unwanted/unneeded treasures--you can help our QCI by doing the same. When you drop off your items, tell Stuff that you are donating in honor of QCI #132858

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