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.
One of several signs of love and support for Muslims outside the Mother Mosque of America in Cedar Rapids. Sunday, March 26, 2017. — photo by Zak Neumann
Start local by getting to know your county supervisors and city council
City Hall (410 E Washington St) — Tuesday, May 2 at 7 p.m.
Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center (935 Second St SW, Cedar Rapids) — Wednesday, May 3 at 10 a.m.
Johnson County Administration Building (913 S Dubuque St, Iowa City) — Thursday, May 4 at 9 a.m.
Share your thoughts with a member of congress
Behind the Federal Courthouse (111 7th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids) — Tuesday, May 2 at 12 p.m.
President Trump issued an executive order last week calling for a review of American land declared national monuments by the past few presidents, and Sen. Chuck Grassley co-sponsored a bill that will create new barriers to designating natural areas as national monuments in the future. If you disagree with this legislation, bring a written, personal message asking Sen. Grassley, Sen. Ernst or Rep. Blum to vote against the bill at a rally under Sen. Grassley’s office window, then send it along with a delegation from the group who will meet with each of the congressmembers’ 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.
Blue Strawberry Coffee Company (118 2nd St SE, Cedar Rapids) — Thursday, May 4 at 9 a.m.
Meet up with activists from Indivisible to strategize, then head to Rep. Blum’s office to share your concerns with his staff and ask them for a schedule of his town halls.
Examine diplomacy under president Trump
Shambaugh Auditorium, University of Iowa Main Library (125 W Washington St, Iowa City) — Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m.
The University of Iowa Public Policy Center, the Des Moines Register and Iowa Public Radio host a panel discussion and answer questions in anticipation of Governor Terry Branstad’s new role as ambassador to China.
Protesters shut down in the eastbound lane of I-80. Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. –photo by Zak Neumann.
Join an activist organization
Cortado (26 S Clinton Street, Iowa City) — Thursday, May 4 at 6 p.m.
Connect with a new and growing student activist group as they announce the launch of their first long-term campaign. There will be speakers, free pastries and drinks.
Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa/Centro de Justicia Laboral (940 S Gilbert Ct, Iowa City) — Saturday, May 6 at 1 p.m.
The Center for Worker Justice unites low-wage workers from all backgrounds, along with community allies, to fight for social and economic justice.
Get involved with a political party
North Liberty Community Library — Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Check out the Johnson County Democrats and find out how you can get involved. If it’s your first time, come at 5:30 p.m. to learn how the committee works. Or listen to speakers at the group’s fundraiser Saturday at 7 p.m at Brown Deer Golf Club; tickets $25.
Did we miss something? Feel free to comment below with additional opportunities for action.
The author is an active member of the Iowa Democratic Party.