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.
Climate change was a common topic during Sen. Joni Ernst’s town hall at Coe College. Friday, March 17, 2017. — photo by Zak Neumann.
Start local by getting to know your county supervisors and city council
City Hall — Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m.
Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center (935 2nd St SW, Cedar Rapids) — Wednesday, April 19 at 10 a.m.
Johnson County Administration Building (913 S Dubuque St, Iowa City) — Thursday, April 20 at 9 a.m.
Get involved with a political party
Longbranch Hotel (90 Twixt Town Rd, Cedar Rapids) — Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m.
Check in with the GOP at this monthly meeting to find out what the party’s doing in your county and how you can help.
Monday, April 17 at 5 p.m.
Learn Democratic Party-specific organizing skills with this free six-week online master class from the Iowa Democratic Party and Association of State Democratic Party Chairs. Twice-weekly sessions include topics like digital organizing, managing volunteers, phone banking, voter registration, candidate recruitment and fundraising Register for the full course, and you will be sent alerts about upcoming trainings.
Protesters get high-fives from motorists. The protest moved down Dubuque Streer during rush hour traffic. Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. — photo by Zak Neumann.
Prep for the March for Science
Cedar Rapids Public Library — Monday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Big Grove Brewery & Taproom (1225 S Gilbert St, Iowa City) — Wednesday, April 19 at 6 p.m.
Show your support for science-based policy and meet like-minded activists at a sign-making party, and check our upcoming issue for detail on the satellite marches across Iowa happening Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23.
Get to know the candidates for North Liberty City Council
North Liberty Community Library — Monday, April 17 at 6 p.m.
North Liberty is about to elect a new city council and mayor! Meet the candidates and ask them questions at this public forum.
Fight the Trump agenda at this weekly event
Federal Courthouse (111 7th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids) — Tuesday, April 18 at 12 p.m.
Bring a personal message to Sen. Grassley, Sen. Ernst or Rep. Blum to share at a rally outside the courthouse, then send it along with a delegation from the group who will meet with each of the members of congress’ staff. If you can’t make it, send your letters to SwampCabinet@gmail.com and they will be delivered. This event is organized by MoveOn, Indivisible and the Working Families Party.
Supporters of a higher minimum wage attend a Tiffin City Council Meeting in 2016. — photo by Adam Burke
Get a word in with Sen. Chuck Grassley
Keokuk County Courthouse (101 S Main St, Sigourney) — Tuesday, April 18 at 2:30 p.m.
Take a little road trip to visit Sen. Grassley while the U.S. congress is on break at his closest public forum.
Find out what’s up in Linn County
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center (7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids) — Wednesday, April 19 at 11:30 a.m.
Hear about the state of Linn County at this presentation and luncheon with the League of Women Voters. Buy tickets online or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attempt to contact Rep. Rod Blum
Blue Strawberry Coffee Company (118 2nd St SE, Cedar Rapids) — Thursday, April 20 at 9 a.m.
Meet up with other activists from Indivisible to strategize, then head to Rep. Blum’s office to share your concerns with his staff.
Cedar Rapids Public Library — Friday, April 21 at 3 p.m.
Rep. Blum was invited to this town hall but is not expected to attend. However, since this event was announced Blum has scheduled a public forum for May 8 in Cedar Rapids, so this event will be used to formulate questions for that forum and discuss other strategies to expand communication between the congressman and his constituents.
Catch some tunes and support workers’ rights
The Mill (120 E Burlington St, Iowa City) — Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Catch multiple bands and support the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa for the bargain price of $7.
Share your thoughts with a Johnson County state senator
Washington County Courthouse (222 West Main Street, Washington, Iowa) — Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m.
Have a conversation with state senators including Sen. Kevin Kinney, whose district includes Johnson County, at this public forum.
Police remove three protesters during Trump’s Thank You Tour stop in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. — photo by Zak Neumann
Learn activist skills at this Latino/a-focused training
University Capitol Center (201 S Clinton St, Iowa City) — Saturday, April 22 at 11 a.m.
Learn to run for office from Iowan Latino political leaders and gain other political organizing skills at this workshop.
Get in on the ground floor of the political revolution in Johnson County
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center (Iowa City) — Sunday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m.
Hear from Our Revolution (Bernie Sanders’ political organization) leaders Nina Turner, Lucy Flores, Larry Cohen and Mike Connolly to explore next steps at the local and national level at the first-ever Our Revolution Johnson County event, in a livestream simulcast to groups nationwide. Hear from local candidates and Sanders supporters, find out how you can get involved and share your organizing ideas. Sign up online.