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Best of the CRANDIC Spotlight: Iowa Freedom Riders

The Iowa Freedom Riders were voted Best Social Justice Advocate in Little Village’s 2020 Best of the CRANDIC awards. “What do we want?” “JUSTICE!” “When do we want it?” “NOW!” Hearing chants like these in downtown Iowa City became the norm this summer as demonstrations for racial justice became a daily or weekly presence. Leading […]

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Police interactions with youth, the homeless discussed at final Iowa City Council listening posts

Last week, the Iowa City Council concluded its series of listening posts to gather feedback from residents on issues related to community policing, including police interactions with young people and people experiencing homelessness. During Monday’s listening post at Chauncey Swan Park, representatives from Shelter House, CommUnity Crisis Services, United Action for Youth and the Jail […]

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‘A part of me is gone’: Family and friends mourn Makeda Scott during memorial service on the Pentacrest

Speeches and music filled the air in around the Pentacrest on Friday night, as more than 100 people gathered to mourn Makeda Scott. Organized by Scott’s mother, Simmone Spencer-VanGorp, and the Iowa Freedom Riders (IFR), the memorial aimed to celebrate Scott’s life, and reinforce calls for justice. “I’m mad at her for leaving me, and […]

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1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones discusses Waterloo schooldays, ‘reckoning’ with slavery and hopes for the Biden presidency

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones spoke to the University of Iowa community about her renowned 1619 Project in a free livestream hosted by the University Lecture Committee Tuesday evening. Originally published in New York Times Magazine in August 2019, the collection of essays, poetry, short fiction, photos, podcast episodes and classroom curricula that make […]

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‘We need to do better’: Iowa City Council holds listening post to discuss mental health and police reform

The Iowa City Council held the first of six scheduled listening posts to get public input regarding community policing reforms at Mercer Park on Wednesday evening. Approximately 50 community members attended the event, which focused on how situations involving mental health, crisis intervention and addiction should be handled. As part of the resolution passed on […]

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Disabled individuals, many at high risk for COVID-19, also face additional challenges while social distancing

When Kim Downes first explained to her daughter Haley that many people were getting sick and dying due to a virus, Haley asked, “Can we send them flowers?” As a 28-year-old with multiple disabilities, Haley interprets the pandemic’s severity through disruptions to her routine, like missing her beloved Special Olympics activities and not attending church […]

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From grades to wi-fi access, ICCSD Superintendent Stephen Murley outlines changes to online learning for high school students

The Iowa City Community School District sent an email to staff and parents on Friday informing them it is “moving from Voluntary Educational Enrichment Opportunities to Required Learning Opportunities at the high school level.” For younger students, the at-home learning opportunities the district offers will remain voluntary. The change will go into effect on Monday, […]

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