I wanted to share with everyone the Toast given at the Inauguration 2021 Virtual Parade and Dance Party this week:
"Here we are... January 20, 2021. I know many of you thought this day would never come! And what a gorgeous day it was in DC today - and all went peacefully, so let's include a thanks for that in our toast.
"Let's also toast to our front-line workers, who have been tirelessly devoted to the American people during this pandemic. I'd also like to include a moment of silence in honor of the victims of Covid.
"Now, for the happy part: Toasting to Joe Biden's principles of Decency, Unity, and Competence.
"Everyone raise your glasses in honor of our new 46th President and our 1st woman Vice President.
"May they lead our nation with grace and dignity. May they surround themselves with informed advisors. May they listen to all points of view and act in the best interest of the US people. May they bring back respect to the United States in the global arena. May they work tirelessly for racial justice, that is so needed in our country. Finally, may they lead with inclusivity so that all Americans are proud to call them our leaders.
"I am excited about the possibilities that the next four years will bring and I know you all are too. So, raise your glasses and CHEERS to President Biden and Vice President Harris!"
Inauguration 2021 Virtual Parade and Dance Party! - After Action Report
A Message from the President
PACG held a virtual parade and dance party in honor of the 2021 Inauguration. The event was very successful and a good time was had by all!
What happens at a virtual parade and dance party?
President Allison Ambrose shows off her parade sign and patriotic attire!
We played the PACG Word Game, had a Speed Scavenger Hunt, discussed our hopes for the Biden administration and gave a toast to our new President and Vice President.
However, the biggest hit of the evening was being able to let loose and dance with joy in celebration of the events in Washington, DC that day. People of all ages showed off their own parade signs and patriotic attire during the dancing part of the celebration so that our judges could determine the best "parader" and "patriotic attire.” Many enjoyed being able to watch the dancers and paraders who were being spotlighted via Zoom while listening to the upbeat music played by the party's DJ, Andy Fischer-Price, who was a great entertainer during the entire event.
DJ Andy Fischer-Price kept the party rocking with his Spotify "PACG Inauguration Day!!!" playlist!
Prize winners were as follows:
PACG Word Game - Cath Bolcom wins $10 gift certificate to Oh So Sweet by Tiphanie bakery in Davenport.
Speed Scavenger Hunt - Heather Brinkschroeder, Sue Normoyle, Cath Bolkcom, and Caryn Unsicker each win a $5 gift certificate from either the Brewed Book or Coffee Revolution coffee shops in Davenport.
Paraders Runners Up - Siblings and 3rd Graders Max and Ellie (tied for 2nd runner up); and Alice Traylor (1st runner up) each get a $5 gift certificate from the Brewed Book or Coffee Revolution coffee shops in Davenport.
Best Parader - Lisa Killinger wins a $25 gift certificate to the Raygun store based in Des Moines.
Patriotic Attire Runners Up - Siblings and 3rd Graders Max and Ellie (tied for 1st and 2nd runners up) each get a $5 gift certificate from Oh So Sweet by Tiphanie bakery in Davenport.
Best Patriotic Attire - Caryn Unsicker wins a $25 gift certificate to the Raygun store based in Des Moines.
Thanks to everyone who worked hard to put together such a successful event and to all of you in our community who participate. Cheers to 2021!
Inauguration 2021 Virtual Parade and Dance Party Wednesday, January 20th from 6:45 to 8:30 pm
PACG invites you to the Inauguration 2021 Virtual Parade and Dance Party!
Wednesday, January 20th from 6:45 to 8:30 pm via Zoom.
We encourage people to connect to share their hopes for the new administration going forward. In addition, we have created some patriotic-themed games and will provide a platform for people to show their dancing skills, patriotic attire and parade signs. There will be prizes for best sign, attire and the games!!
Show Us Your Creative Side at Our Inauguration Parade and Dance Party! Wednesday, January 20th from 6:45 to 8:30 pm
A Message from the President
If you wish to compete in our Inauguration Parade and Dance Party, start working on your parade posters and get your patriotic attire together! Both of these will be judged at our inauguration celebration on Wednesday, January 20th. Here are some examples of what our members are already doing!
You do not need to participate in the parade or dancing if you don't want to. Feel free to celebrate in whatever manner feels right to you.
The music begins at 6:45 and the program starts at 7:00 pm. Join us for dancing, parading and games! And, of course, prizes!
PACG wishes all of its many members a Happy Holiday and Peace in the New Year!
Our Board of Directors took the time to share a personal message to each of you. View that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82wmSk7vLfQ. This has been a challenging year for us all. Thanks to dedicated volunteers, our generous donors and a little creative thinking, PACG has adapted to organizing and working for social justice during the pandemic. Our PACG Board and Forums have met via Zoom throughout these last 9 months. PACG bought a corporate Zoom license and we decided to share it with other social action agencies in the Quad Cities area. This new format has taught us a lot about how to set up successful and secure Zoom meetings. We made our voice stronger and were able to reach a broader progressive audience. We collaborated with partner agencies: Quad Cities Interfaith, Sisters of St. Francis (in Clinton), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), One Human Family, Catalyst Kitchen, United Way, Augustana College, St. Ambrose University, Wapsi River Center, Western Illinois University, Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, Our Lady of the Prairie and Quad Cities Interfaith.
The PACG Board and our groups have continued to be active. The Civil Rights Forum, Environmental Forum, and Health Care Reform Forum and Book Club have met with regularity during a very unusual time.
The PACG Civil Rights Forum began the year working for restorative justice by meeting with those involved with the anti-immigration rally at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. Members also met with Iowa US Senate candidate, Theresa Greenfield, to deliver the message, “Children do not belong in detention camps.” In May PACG signed on to a Protect Iowa Workers statement and joined a broad coalition of Iowans to protect the safety of Iowa’s workers during the global pandemic. The Forum is also active in the Juvenile Justice Coalition of the Quad Cities.
The PACG Environmental Forum screened the film, From Paris to Pittsburgh, at Augustana College in Rock Island. In March they promoted the “Plant 1000 Trees” event. They co-sponsored a virtual screening of the film The Story of Plastics at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the QC. The forum assembled a panel of sponsors including Rock Island Soil and Conservation District and Niabi Zoo to discuss the film after the showing.
Because of the pandemic, the forum reconfigured its Earth Day Celebrations.
In May, they set up a voter information table each Saturday at the Freight House Farmer’s Market.
They prompted the cities of Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island and East Moline to proclaim July as “Earth Month.”
They celebrated Earth Day at the Farmer’s Market. Many vendors participated in this physically distant, outdoor event.
They hosted the Citizen’s Climate Lobby via Zoom. Donald Addu presented a discussion, “The Environmental Voter: A Path to a Just and Stable Climate.” Over 40 people attended this virtual event.
Throughout the year, the PACG Health Care ReformForum members have been writing letters to the editor that have been published in the Quad City Times. They also continued to promote Affordable Care Act education and enrollment.
The PACG Book Club continues to meet monthly with a focus on racial justice. Topics for 2021 will be expanding to include books on how the environment and health care play a role in racial inequality. The Book Club has gone international with one member zooming in from Canada!
The Dick Fallow Endowment continued its association with PACG. At the Holiday Party in December of 2019, PACG awarded the Dick Fallow Social Justice Endowment Grant to Project Renew. In February of 2020 one of our founding members, Kriss Wells passed away. PACG made a donation to the Endowment to honor him.
The PACG Board ended 2019 with a Holiday Party. Over 70 PACG members gathered in person at the German American Heritage Museum to award the Dick Fallow Award, review 2019 and eat food catered by Maria from Catalyst Kitchen.
During this election year of 2020, the Board encouraged members to submit platform planks for the Iowa Caucuses and also co-sponsored nonpartisan caucus trainings with the AAUW, QCAIR, and Alliance for Retired Americans. We also co-sponsored three virtual Informed Voter Town Halls. After the election PACG also co-sponsored a “Count Every Vote” virtual rally.
In commemoration of Black History Month in February, PACG members donated $2,200 to purchase an information kiosk at the Friends of Martin Luther King Interpretive Center in Davenport.
In May PACG co-hosted the Covid-19 Victims Remembrance Day.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement, PACG began holding weekly “Racial Equality Now” demonstrations at John Deere Rd and 16th St. in Moline at 11:30 am. Each Saturday since then, supporters stand at this busy intersection holding BLM signs and encouraging drivers to honk in support.
To celebrate our 15th Anniversary, PACG began a fundraiser to collect funds for our Y15K Initiative. PACG matched pledges up to $7500. Our members helped us raise another $12500. We distributed over $20,000 to specially chosen organizations that serve those in our community especially hard hit by the pandemic:
QCAIR (for immigrants)
Heart of Hope Ministries (food distribution in Rock Island)
Cobblestone Place (low-income housing which gives PACG very affordable office space)
Catalyst Kitchen (in conjunction with Black Hawk College to provide food service certification).
PACG celebrated its 15th Anniversary with a Virtual Picnic and Pie Auction. We raised over $500 from our pie auction! Maria at Catalyst Kitchen provided Enchilada dinners. We were able to have a feast and support a minority-owned small business.
In December we have been busy helping to co-sponsor the “What is the White Power Movement and Why Should You Care?” webinar organized by our friends at One Human Family Quad Cities.
We are forgoing our annual holiday party due to the pandemic, but we will continue our work undaunted! We have composed a little summary of our activities over this past year and I’d like to share it with you below.
Did you know there is a common thread between the mass shooting at the Walmart in El Paso, Texas, the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the distribution of hate literature here in the Quad-Cities by a chapter of the National Alliance? All the individuals involved share an ideology that is tied to the white power movement. Learn what the white power movement is and the threat it poses.
What: FREE Zoom webinar, “The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America”
When: 7-8:30 p.m. (Central Time) on Wednesday, December 16th
Presenter:Dr. Kathleen Belew, assistant professor of U.S. history at the University of Chicago and the author of “Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America”
Offered by: One Human Family of the Quad-Cities Area, along with the Davenport-Bettendorf American Association of University Women, the Metrocom NAACP of Davenport, Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities, One Human Family Macomb, Progressive Action for the Common Good, Quad Cities Interfaith, Temple Beth El of Dubuque and Temple Emanuel of Davenport. It also is made possible in part by grants from the Doris & Victor Day Foundation, the Joyce and Tony Singh Family Foundation, the Goldstein Family, and the Puffin Foundation.
Interested in ways to get involved? I am looking for a few volunteers to help plan a fun and interactive virtual Inaugural Celebration! Young people, we could really use your perspectives!
This commitment will involve a few idea-sharing meetings and tasks to complete independently, and then meetings to work on the implementation plan. We always have a lot of fun planning events so please JOIN US!
If you are interested or have questions please email me at email@example.com.
The Environmental Voter: A Path to a Just and Stable Climate - After Action Report Friday, October 2nd at 5:00 pm
On October 2nd over 40 participants attended our Happy Hour with Donald Addu from Citizens Climate Lobby. Local speakers discussed issues such as health complications and economic issues related to environmental factors. Don was an excellent speaker who interwove his personal stories with a history of environmental racism and injustice. This was recorded and is available upon request. Please contact me for a link if you are interested in seeing it.