Activists protest President Trump’s executive orders Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 in Iowa City. — photo by Zak Neumann
Ready to take action to build the community, state and nation you want, but not sure what to do next? Here are some opportunities for political activism this week.
Empower yourself with a community ID
Student Commons, Kirkwood Community College, Iowa City — Tuesday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Food Court, Old Capitol Mall, Iowa City — Wednesday, March 1, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Unable to obtain a state ID? The Johnson County Community ID is a photo ID issued by the local government. The ID can be used to open bank accounts, get a library card and to interact with schools, law enforcement and city and county officials. Community ID holders can also receive promotions at participating businesses, according to the county website. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Proof of identity and residency is required, and acceptable documents are listed here.
Give your senators a piece of your mind
Sens. Grassley & Ernst’s Cedar Rapids Offices (111 7th Ave. SE) — Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 12 p.m.
On the day of President Trump’s first address to Congress, MoveOn organizers invite Iowans to rally with them and give their own “people’s address,” sharing their concerns and plans for action. Following the rally, representatives from the group will enter the Senators’ offices and attempt to address each member of their staff.
Support graduate student workers in the collective bargaining struggle
Old Capitol Building, Iowa City — Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 12 p.m.
UE Local 896/COGS, the graduate employee union at the University of Iowa, gathers Tuesday to protest recent benefit cuts to their contracts.
Learn to identify and fight discrimination
Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City — Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.
Iowa Legal Services and Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority host the first in a series of legal workshops. This workshop aims to educate the community about how to identify discrimination and take action against it within the confines of the law.
Stand with immigrant Iowans
Iowa City Community School District (1725 N. Dodge St.) — Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.
Iowa Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees invites concerned community members to speak out in support of immigrant students during the public comment portion of the meeting. The board is expected to discuss a resolution of support for students and families threatened by immigration enforcement during the post-meeting work session.
University of Iowa Pentacrest — Friday, March 3 at 3 p.m.
Iowa Action and Student Engagement, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and the Center for Worker Justice host a rally urging University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld to speak out against bills in the Iowa legislature that target the immigrant community. Of particular concern is House File 265, which would require the university, along with the state, counties and cities from interfering with the enforcement of federal immigration laws. Critics have denounced the bill for taking aim at so-called Sanctuary Cities and similar efforts by cities and counties to take a hands-off approach to immigration enforcement.
Caucus with Iowa Democrats
Iowa City Public Library — Thursday, March 2 following the 6 p.m. Central Committee meeting
The Johnson County caucus will follow a meeting to elect the executive board for the Johnson County Democratic Party. The meeting is open to the public, but only central committee members can vote for party leadership.
Location varies by senate district, check this link — Saturday, March 4 at 9 a.m.
Network with other Democrats, let the local party know what issues you care about or join your county’s central committee to make an impact in your community at the Democratic Party’s off-year caucus.
Discuss transgender issues
First Presbyterian Church (310 Fifth St SE, Cedar Rapids) — Friday, March 3 at 11:45 a.m.
The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa hosts Dr. Joe Freund, who will speak and answer questions on the subject of transgender, and the role faith communities can play in supporting people who are transgender. Tickets, which include lunch, are $10 and are available at the door.
Public Space One (120 N Dubuque St, Iowa City) — Sunday, March 5 at 3:30 p.m.
Public Space One offers a screening of Major! which “explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years,” according to the event page. After the film there will be a panel discussion featuring speakers from local organizations.
Learn about politics, then dance off the ensuing depression
Motley Cow Cafe (160 N Linn St, Iowa City) — Friday, March 3 at 8:30 p.m.
The Political Party is a progressive organization that aims to bring more young people into politics by combining an entertaining atmosphere with opportunities for civic engagement. At this event, they join forces with Mission Iowa City to host a live podcast featuring co-hosts Misty Rebik, Simeon Talley and Stacey Walker, followed by a dance party.
Defend workers’ rights
Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa (940 S Gilbert Ct, Iowa City) — Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m.
The Center for Worker Justice aims to unite low-wage workers across race, ethnicity, and immigration status with the goal of pursuing social and economic justice. Check out a meeting if you are interested in joining or becoming an ally. Meetings are conducted in multiple languages and translators are available.
Join the fight for racial justice
Oakdale House (2355 Oakdale Road, Coralville) — Sunday, March 5 9:30 a.m.
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City holds twice-monthly meetings focused on critical reflection and action to promote racial justice in their community.
If you’ve been so active you can hardly stand it anymore, consider participating in Peace Iowa’s Statewide Day of Caring on March 4. Take a day off and indulge in some self-care. You can’t pour from an empty cup!