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Iowa City launches website to let public track progress on police reform, racial equity and social justice goals

Iowa City has added a section to the city’s website, allowing the public to see how much progress is being made on the council’s 17-point resolution addressing the demands of the Iowa Freedom Riders regarding policing, affordable housing and other issue involving racial justice and equity. City Manager Geoff Fruin called the new section “a […]

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Iowa-Nebraska NAACP and the Iowa Police Chiefs Association launch a task force to examine police-community issues

The Iowa-Nebraska NAACP and the Iowa Police Chiefs Association (IPCA) announced the creation of a new statewide task force to work on improving relations between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. “It is undeniable that now is the time for improving law enforcement and community relationships. Those relationships are authenticated by transparent practices […]

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‘This is amazing,’ says mayor as Iowa City Council passes resolution to restructure ICPD and address other demands of the Iowa Freedom Riders

“I’m excited,” Mayor Bruce Teague said at the end of the Iowa City Council’s special formal session on Tuesday night. The almost four-and-a-half-hour meeting followed the city council’s two-hour-long normal formal meeting, and was devoted to developing a plan to address the social justice issues that have come to forefront as a result of local […]

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Iowa Freedom Riders release a revised list of demands, march peacefully through downtown Iowa City

The crowd gathered on the Pentacrest for Monday’s night protest against racism and police violence was noticeably smaller than the crowds at last week’s protests, but still numbered in the hundreds. An organizer from the Iowa Freedom Riders told the crowd at the beginning of the protest that her group appreciated the continued commitment of […]

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Iowa City protest leader arrested (Updated)

Update: The original version of this story incorrectly reported the offense for which Mazin Mohamedali is serving probation. One of the leaders of the protests in Iowa City was arrested on Sunday night on charges of unlawful assembly, disorderly conduct–obstructing a public way and violating the terms of his probation agreement that resulted from an […]

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