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.
Check out a political party by attending a monthly meeting
Iowa City Public Library — Saturday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m.
Capanna Coffee (710 Pacha Pkwy, North Liberty) — Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.
Interested in learning about a political party? These two are hosting monthly meetings this week. Check them out to find out more about what these parties believe in and how you can get involved.
Gain some insight
Cedar Rapids Public Library — Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.
Speakers Karl Cassell, of Horizons, Anthony Arrington, of Manpower, George Ramsey III, of Four Oaks, and Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker will each give 10-minute presentations with a different take on the topic of “Black Men.” The event is presented by the Cedar Rapids Public Library and Cedar Rapids Civil Rights.
Make your voice heard
Parkersburg Civic Center (502 3rd St) — Friday, Feb. 24 at 8 a.m.
Plans are underway to organize a trip out to Parkersburg, a two-hour drive, to make sure local voices are heard.
Know your rights
University of Iowa Communications Center (Room 308) — Friday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m.
Come out for an event put on by the Iowa Action and Student Engagement to learn the skills of safe, effective activism, including how to encrypt communications and what actions could lead to arrest.
Speak out on education
Iowa City Community School District Educational Services Center (1725 N Dodge St, Boardroom C) — Friday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m.
Local state senators talk with their constituents about education policy in the State Senate at this public forum.
Raise your voice
Kirkwood Small Business Development Center (3375 Armar Dr SE, Marion) — Friday, Feb. 24 at 4:30 p.m.
Hinson and Rizer invite constituents to have a conversation with them about what’s happening in the Iowa House.
Grab a beer and a pen
Iowa City Brewlab — Friday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m.
At a previous postcard-writing event, activists packed the Brewlab to fill out more than 1,000 postcards to send to congressmen, state legislators and even President Trump. The event is organized by Johnson County Supervisor Kurt Friese.
Bend the ear of state legislators
The League of Women Voters lead a discussion with local legislators at monthly legislative forums, keeping constituents up to date on current issues at the state capitol and encouraging dialogue.
Discuss artists’ role in economic and political structures
Near Future (323 E Market St, Iowa City) — Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.
Join in for an afternoon of discussion about the diverse roles of cultural producers can play in the economic and political systems. The event includes a light lunch, presentations, conversation sessions and dinner. The event is free, but registration is required.
Speak out on Medicare, Medicaid and the ACA
Iowa City Ped Mall — Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.
Greene Square, Cedar Rapids — Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.
While Congress is in recess from Feb. 19-25, activists are making sure their voices are heard by holding rallies statewide in collaboration with MoveOn and Our Revolution.
Trumpet Blossom Cafe — Saturday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m.
Local bands take the stage to raise money for Girls Rock! Iowa City, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that teaches female, gender non-conforming and trans kids ages 8-16 how to rock and roll. In addition to the benefit’s seven-band lineup, representatives of Girls Rock! Iowa City will provide information about the organization. Trumpet Blossom will offer regular food and drink service during the event.
Build with Standing Rock, Indigenous Iowa
Wildwood Saloon, Iowa City — Saturday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m.
The event will include live music, food drive, speakers and auction to support Build with Standing Rock and Indigenous Iowa. Guests can bring nonperishable food, which will be donated to Sacred Stone Spirit Camp, the original camp at Standing Rock. Headliners Mr. Blotto have already been collecting donations at previous stops on their tour. Winterland, a Grateful Dead tribute band, is also in the lineup.
Rally for Planned Parenthood
Rally for Planned Parenthood in Cedar Rapids
1st Ave and 35th St SE — Sunday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Cedar Rapids activists will gather outside Planned Parenthood to protest Senate File 2, a bill being considered at the state capitol which would defund Planned Parenthood, and is expected to become law soon.