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Watch: Mayor Bruce Teague and Supervisor Royceann Porter discuss Juneteenth, Black Lives Matter and the Black Voices Project

During the Thursday edition of Iowa City’s online program Community Connection, Mayor Bruce Teague and Johnson County Supervisor Royceann Porter discussed Saturday’s Juneteenth Celebration on the Pentacrest, as well as the recent protests in the city and the country. Although other Juneteenth celebrations have had to be canceled due to COVID-19, the Iowa Freedom Riders, […]

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‘When is enough enough?’ Hundreds gather in Iowa City to remember George Floyd and other victims of racism and police violence

It was obvious before you reached the Pentacrest on Saturday that the protest rally scheduled for noon was going to be different. Clinton Street was blocked off from Washington to Jefferson, and a traffic barrier at Dubuque Street kept cars off Iowa Avenue. The streets weren’t blocked for a march, but to allow the hundreds […]

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Sen. Cory Booker visits the Center for Workers Justice, joined by Rosario Dawson, local leaders

Sen. Cory Booker repeatedly talked about love and its political importance during a campaign stop at the Center for Workers Justice of Eastern Iowa (CWJ) on Saturday morning. “Love is not sentimentality, it’s not kumbaya,” Booker explained. “Love says that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Love says that we welcome the stranger.” […]

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Kamala Harris in Iowa City: ‘Our fight is born out of what we know can be, unburdened by what has been’

What wasn’t said at Sen. Kamala Harris’ town hall-style campaign event at the Iowa Memorial Union on Wednesday night was almost as interesting as what the 2020 presidential candidate did say. She never mentioned Donald Trump’s name or used the word “Republican.” But the California Democrat wasn’t ignoring the impact of Trump’s actions or Republican policies. […]

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‘We’re on the road to better days’: Iowa City’s third Women’s March celebrated progress and the power of love

Bitterly cold temperatures didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the almost 200 people gathered on the Ped Mall Saturday morning for Iowa City’s 2019 Women’s March. “In Des Moines, they decided to move this inside the Capitol,” said state Rep. Mary Mascher, referring to the freezing weather. “We said, ‘hey, we can do it.’ […]

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Royceann Porter, the first black candidate nominated for a countywide office in Johnson County, elected to the Board of Supervisors in a landslide

Democrat Royceann Porter was elected to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday in the special election to fill the seat of the late Kurt Michael Friese. It was a landslide victory for the longtime community activist, who won 56 percent of the vote, defeating Republican Phil Hemingway, who received 43 percent. In November, […]

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