A sign near the location of the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, 2017 — photo by Eleanore Taft
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.
Share your thoughts with Joni Ernst
Meeting Room B, Coralville Public Library — Tuesday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m.
Senator Joni Ernst’s staff is coming to Johnson County and they want to hear from you. A group plans to attend the event and invite the Senator to visit Johnson County in person.
Sinclair Auditorium at Coe College, 1220 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids — Friday, March 17 at 12 p.m.
Senator Ernst visits Cedar Rapids in person Friday, in the 1,100 seat Sinclair Auditorium at Coe College. If you’re taking the whole afternoon off, cheer on a political party at downtown Cedar Rapids’ St. Patrick’s Day parade after the forum from 1-3 p.m. — or show up early and ask to march with them!
Start local by getting to know your county supervisors and city council
Cedar Rapids City Hall (101 1st St SE) — Tuesday, March 14 at 12 p.m.
Council Chambers (1 Quail Creek Cir) — Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center (935 2nd St SW, Cedar Rapids) — Wednesday, March 15 at 10 a.m.
Second Floor Boardroom, Johnson County Administration Building (913 S Dubuque St, Iowa City) — Thursday, March 16 at 9 a.m.
City councils and county supervisors make decisions that impact your community. Check out a meeting to see what local-level decisions are being considered, and bend the ear of the people making them.
Fight for healthcare and resist the Muslim ban in Cedar Rapids
111 7th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids — Tuesday, March 14 at noon
Members of MoveOn.org, Working Families Party, Indivisible and others will rally outside Sens. Ernst and Grassley’s Cedar Rapids offices. Participants are encouraged to share their stories about why they are against repeal of the Affordable Care Act and President Trump’s revised travel ban at the rally, and to bring hand-written letters to Rep. Rod Blum and the two senators. Representatives from the group will bring the letters to the Members of Congress’ offices, and ask to meet with their staff. Those who can’t make it to the event can email their letters to SwampCabinetCR@gmail.com.
Postcards and Pale Ale generated over 1,000 messages for elected officials. Photo by Eleanore Taft.
Tell Trump he’s fired without leaving the house
Everywhere — Wednesday, March 15
Anti-Trump activists challenge like-minded people worldwide to mail a record-breaking million postcards to: The President (for now), The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20500. The website says to write “#TheIdes” or “#TheIdesOfTrump” somewhere on the card, to be sure to send all the cards on March 15, and to avoid threats or references to violence.
Strategize to oppose a lower minimum wage in Iowa
Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library — Thursday, March 16, 6 p.m.
Indigenous Iowa, Midwest Telegraph and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement host a public forum on House File 295, a bill that has already passed in the Iowa House of Representatives and is now being considered by the State Senate. This bill would revoke counties’ freedom to raise their minimum wage. This would bring minimum wages in Johnson, Linn, Polk and Wapello counties back to the statewide minimum, currently $7.25.
Support and learn about Indigenous Iowa’s new camp
Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library — Friday, March 17 at 5 p.m.
Have dinner and a movie with Indigenous Iowa, and learn about Little Creek Camp and how you can support this project, a newly-founded camp and think tank near Williamsburg. Little Creek Camp works for social and environmental justice through action based in indigenous thought and practice. Food will be provided, but additional food and donations are welcome.
Have a conversation with your state legislators at a public forum
Wilton Legislative Forum
104 W 4th St, Wilton — Saturday, March 18 at 9 a.m.
Take a little drive and have a chat with State Senator Bob Dvorsky, whose constituents include Coralville, western Iowa City and Solon.
Washington Legislative Forum
Washington County Courthouse (222 W Main St, Washington) — Saturday at March 18, 10 a.m.
Take a drive in another direction to connect with State Senator Kevin Kinney, whose district includes southern and western Johnson County.
Protesters unfurl a banner that reads “Iowa Says No Hate” shortly before being removed by security and law enforcement during Donald Trump’s Thank You Tour in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 — photo by Zak Neumann
Mercy Medical Hallagan Center (701 10th St SE, Cedar Rapids) — Saturday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m.
Or catch several legislators in one place, at the League of Women Voters of Linn County’s legislative forum. State Sens. Liz Mathis, Rob Hogg and Wally Horn, and Reps. Tod Taylor, Art Staed, Kristen Running-Marquardt, Liz Bennett and Ashley Hinson are expected to attend.
Connect the dots between organizations in the area
Teamsters Union Hall (5000 J St SW, Cedar Rapids) — Saturday, March 18 at 2 p.m.
Learn about the wide array of left-leaning local political organizations, meet other activists and enjoy snacks and live music. This event is kid-friendly and wheelchair accessible. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (319)365-1461 ext. 12 for information about additional accommodations.