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Hundreds march in Iowa City for the Families Belong Together rally

The heat index hovered near 100 degrees, and the most direct routes were blocked by the Iowa City Jazz Festival and the Iowa City Farmers Market, but that didn’t stop an enthusiastic crowd of hundreds from marching to College Green Park from the terrace of the Old State Capitol on Saturday morning for Iowa City’s Families Belong Together rally. […]

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Organizing communities to handle ICE and Trump administration immigration policy

While the national media focuses on immigration enforcement at the southern border as children are taken away from their parents, there’s an ongoing effort in Iowa to help immigrants deal with how Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are enforcing Trump administration policies. […]

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‘We need to decide what we want to be’: Yo Soy Iowa/I Am Iowa Rally in Des Moines Tuesday will focus on immigration

Immigration rights activists and people wanting to show support for Iowa’s immigrant community will gather at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Tuesday for the Yo Soy Iowa/I Am Iowa Rally. This is the second year for the May 1 rally at the capitol, but the issues remain the same. “At the national […]

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‘We’re just talking about fair access to the system’: the Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project helps people detained by ICE

The increase of the number of arrests by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of people suspected of being in the country illegally has made headlines over the past year, but less attention has been paid to what happens next. Since President Trump took office, there have been reports around the country that ICE is setting much higher bonds for people awaiting an immigration hearing than in previous year. Because those hearings are often scheduled for three to five years after someone is arrested, these higher bonds effectively means detainees without access to ready funds will serve a jail term before they are ever found guilty of an offense. […]

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Iowa City Unitarian congregants celebrate Mother’s Day with bailouts

This week, the Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City pledged $5,000 to National Mama’s Bail Out Day, “an initiative that seeks to bail out as many mothers as possible who otherwise would spend Mother’s Day in jail, simply because they cannot afford bail.”
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Benefit concert at Near Future puts music to work fighting against deportation

A benefit Friday night at Near Future, a temporary exhibition space through Public Space One, will feature a night of punk tunes in support of the newly-formed Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project, which aims to help under-documented individuals swept up in immigration raids. The event will feature eastern Iowa bands Jailbus, Beyond Peace and the […]

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