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Two students bring list of Black Lives Matter demands to Cedar Rapids Community School District

Two Kennedy High School students shared a list of Black Lives Matter demands with the Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) during Monday’s Board of Education meeting. Sisters Rahma and Raafa Elsheikh asked the district to release a statement in support of Black Lives Matter, in addition to renaming schools that commemorate slave owners, ending […]

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COVID-19: Another 368 Iowans test positive, Johnson County’s surge continues and cases at Fort Dodge prison more than double in a week

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported another 368 Iowans tested positive for COVID-19 during the 24-hour period ending at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. The new cases brought the state’s total to 35,830, according to IDPH. The statewide positivity rate — the percentage of people tested who were confirmed as having COVID-19 — was 8.8 […]

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743 more Iowans test positive for COVID-19

For the second day in a row, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported more than 700 news cases of COVID-19. According to the department, 743 Iowans tested positive for the virus during the 24-hour period ending at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Saturday morning’s total is the third-highest one-day number of new cases Iowa has […]

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Cedar Rapids officials ‘do not plan’ to hold more meetings with Advocates for Social Justice to discuss police reform

Cedar Rapids officials “do not plan to be part of any additional negotiation meetings” with the Advocates for Social Justice (ASJ), Mayor Brad Hart wrote in an email sent to the group on Friday morning. ASJ members expressed concerns and disappointment over the decision, but said they are not giving up on their efforts. The […]

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Black writers at the University of Iowa describe encounters with racism in Iowa City

Content warning: This article includes stories involving racism and mental health issues, including suicidal ideation. In cities like Minneapolis, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, the myth of Midwest Nice that has allowed white people to ignore systematic racism for decades is being steadily dismantled. Despite its reputation as a liberal haven, Iowa City — like […]

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Face masks, temp checks and a new way of serving lunch: More details about reopening schools in Iowa City

Interim Iowa City Community School District Superintendent Matt Degner and members of the district’s Return to Learn Plan team offered more details on how schools will reopen in the fall, during the ICCSD Board of Directors’ special meeting this week. The biggest decisions regarding reopening, however, have not yet been made. The district will provide […]

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Linn County Board of Health calls for racism to be addressed as a public health crisis

The Linn County Board of Health is calling for immediate action to address racism as a public health crisis. The board outlined seven actions in a position statement published on Thursday, including establishing an Office of Minority Health at Linn County Public Health; urging businesses to incorporate implicit bias training and offer educational training to […]

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