✋ Hands Off! 🤚 Happy Hour Wednesday, October 25th at 5:00 pm
Mary’s On Second 832 W 2nd ST Davenport, IA (map)
Gender Equity Forum
Please join us at our next Hands Off! Happy Hour. Relax and visit with like-minded folks concerned about gender equity issues. Feel free to bring snacks to share if you’d like something to eat. See you there!
Save the Date - I Am the Future showing at the Putnam Sunday, October 22nd at 2:00 pm
Putnam Museum and Science Center 1717 W 12th ST Davenport, IA (map)
PACG Board We will be working with the Putam to show our I Am the Future video and educate the community about the importance of being activists for civil rights. Look for more information soon. And if you are interested in helping with this fun event, please contact us at email@example.com.
IA ACLU September Challenge Drop In Saturday, September 16th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Gender Equity ForumWe are working with Iowa ACLU to gather signatures for their September Challenge - Reproductive Freedom for All. Read our blog post here. Drop in to get informational materials and learn how to collect signatures for this important initiative.
Women who lead in elected office, business, education and the arts will speak. The program will begin at 2:15. All are welcome to stay to socialize and learn about local organizations that support women. Refreshments will be served.
August Green Drinks - Wild Edibles Tuesday, August 1st at 5:00 pm
Huckleberry's Pizza 223 18th Street Rock Island, IL (map) Environmental Forum
Did you know that some of the common plants growing in your garden and yard are edible? Scott County Supervisor Rita Rawson is going to tell us what they are, how to identify them, and how to use them.
Please RSVP here so that we know how many will attend and the restaurant can plan accordingly. at
NOTE: Green Drinks will be meeting at Huckleberry’s Pizza. The restaurant will be closed to the public but will host us as a “Private Party”. Drinks and a limited menu will be available.
Save the Date - 11th Annual PACG Picnic and Pie Auction! Sunday, September 17th from noon to 3:00 pm
Middle Park's Lagoon Shelter On Parkway Dr (off 18th ST) Bettendorf, IA 52722
We have started making plans for one of our most popular events of the year - our Annual Picnic and Pie Auction! Save Sunday, September 17th from noon to 3:00 pm for this gathering. In addition, we need volunteers to help with all of the preparation involved. Working on the Picnic Committee is a great way to get more involved with PACG and to make new friends. Please contact our Office Manager, Maggie Davis. We hope to see you there.
Third Anniversary of PACG's Racial Equality rally After Action Report
Civil Rights Forum
Since George Floyd's murder in 2020, members of the PACG Civil Rights Forum have gathered at noon every Saturday in Moline to advocate for racial equality and justice in our country. This past Saturday, June 24th, we were joined by several other people to mark the third anniversary of our effort. The group remains encouraged by all the passersby that honk, wave and give a thumbs up in response to our weekly effort. This indicates that people still want to have the conversation about race and racial equality in America. You can see more pictures at our blog post here.
That being the case, the Civil Rights Rally will continue indefinitely until racial equality and justice for all are a reality in our society. We welcome anyone who supports these values to join us at noon on Saturdays. There are extra signs, or feel free to bring your own.
Walk for River Rights Saturday, May 13th at 11:30 am
Schwiebert Riverfront Park 101 17th ST Rock Island, IL (map)
Great Plains Action Society and Cosponsored by PACG and others
PACG has agreed to cosponsor this event organized by Great Plains Action Society, the only active indigenous-led organization in Iowa. This walk across Centennial Bridge is in solidarity with BIPOC leaders who are working to reclaim Rights of Nature for the Mississippi River.
On Saturday, May 13th, the Walk for River Rights begins at Schwiebert Park (101 17th St, Rock Island, IL 61201) at 11:30AM and closes at 12:30PM at LeClaire Park (400 Beiderbecke Dr, Davenport, IA 52802). Join leading BIPOC organizers who have converged in the Quad Cities to begin working towards reclaiming Rights of Nature for the Mississippi River. We will walk across the Centennial Bridge in solidarity as one River community advocating for the Rights of the Mississippi River, from the headwaters to the Gulf, and for the rights of all communities whose lives are supported by the waters. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend! A brief introduction and explanation of our convergence will begin at 11:30AM at Schwiebert Park.
The Walk for River Rights is part of The Mississippi River Summit (May 11th-14th, 2023, Quad Cities, IA-IL), a summit centering and advancing the leadership of 40 organizers of historically racially marginalized communities working to protect water, natural places, and sacred spaces. The goal is to build an Indigenous-led coalition from the Mississippi Headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico, and eventually claim the rights of nature for the entire river system and develop an organized frontline group working to protect the Mississippi watershed and all living beings that rely on it as their home. Organized by Great Plains Action Society. For questions firstname.lastname@example.org
*In case the water has not receded by the time of this event, we will adjust our route and end at the Figge plaza
Other sponsors include Sage Sisters of Solidarity, QC Native American Coalition, One Human Family, Nahant Marsh, Partners of Scott County Watersheds, Sierra Club Eagle VIew Group, and Young Lions Roar.
We have included a picture of the route map below. Please join us as we support this important work.
PACG Book Club - The Round House by Louise Erdrich Monday, June 19th at 5 pm - hybrid meeting
Edwards Congregational UCC 3420 Jersey Ridge Rd Davenport, IA (map)
PACG Book Club
Our next PACG Book Club discussion will be a hybrid in-person and Zoom meeting at Edwards Congregational UCC. If you want to come in person, the address is above. If you want to join by Zoom, contact our Office Manager or me for the link. Also, since the church has after-school tutoring until 5 pm, we will be meeting at 5 pm instead of 4:30 pm.
The book is The Round House by Louise Erdrich. Here is a quote from Goodreads about the book:
"One of the most revered novelists of our time - a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life - Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.
Riveting and suspenseful, arguably the most accessible novel to date from the creator of Love Medicine, The Beet Queen, and The Bingo Palace, Erdrich’s The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction - at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture."