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Dana James: In the two years since George Floyd’s murder, Iowa lawmakers have prioritized order over reform

George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020 scarred my soul. Watching video of callous white police officers murdering a Black man on a Midwestern street provoked despair and unparalleled anger. But the ensuing groundswell of protesters that […]

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Protesters banned from Iowa Capitol reach settlement with the state in First Amendment lawsuit

The Iowa Department of Public Safety and Iowa State Patrol (ISP) will no longer attempt to ban protesters from the Iowa State Capitol for participating in protests, as it did last year, under the terms of a settlement approved by […]

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‘No major changes’ needed to SROs, CRPD says, despite data showing racial disparities in student arrests

Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman told school board members on Monday the department realizes its officers in Cedar Rapids schools have been arresting Black students at a disproportionately high rate, but said he still supports the school resource officer […]

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CRCSD to ‘act with urgency’ on racial disparities in how students are treated by school police officers

The Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) is reexamining its use of school resource officers after recent data showed Black students are six times more likely than white students to have a complaint filed against them. The data, which spans […]

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Iowa Legislature passes bill that increases penalties for some protest-related offenses, protects drivers who hit protesters from lawsuits

The Iowa Legislature has passed a bill that increases penalties for people engaged in protest, increases qualified immunity for police officers and shields drivers who strike protesters from civil lawsuits. SF 342, the so-called “Back the Blue” bill, passed the […]

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‘Come off the sidelines’: Cedar Rapids rally addresses what it means to be an effective ally in the fight for social justice

People gathered at Greene Square Park in Cedar Rapids on Saturday afternoon to listen to speakers urge white allies to elevate the voices of Black people and other people of color, and discussed what it means to be an effective […]

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Student arrested for allegedly pushing state trooper’s arm during protest of ‘racist bills’ at State Capitol

An 18-year-old high school senior was arrested at the Iowa State Capitol after allegedly tapping a state trooper on the arm during a peaceful protest on Thursday. Josephine Mulvihill was part of a group of Black Lives Matter supporters from […]

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Revolution and Beatitudes of Black Liberation: A video essay by Stacey Walker

Produced by Little Village in partnership with Witching Hour and Englert Wavelength   Below is an excerpt from Walker’s essay, published in Little Village’s February 2021 issue. What is Black Liberation? What does it mean to be free? Black people […]

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Cedar Rapids establishes the second police review board in Iowa

The Cedar Rapids City Council gave final approval on Tuesday to the establishment of an independent citizen review board that will oversee the Cedar Rapids Police Department. The board will be responsible for reviewing police data and policies, implementing a […]

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‘It is a milestone day’: Cedar Rapids City Council unanimously approves police review board during first vote

The Cedar Rapids City Council unanimously advanced an ordinance that puts the city one step closer to establishing an independent citizen review board for the Cedar Rapids Police Department. Tuesday’s vote was the first of three required to enact the […]

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Iowa Freedom Riders: Nobody deserves prison, including the man who could have killed us

“That’s bullshit.” “This is not justice.” “Disappointed, but not surprised.” “What he did is a terroristic act and should be in prison for it.” The news that Michael Ray Stepanek, an Iowa City man who intentionally drove through a crowd […]

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