This week in political activism: April 4-9

Ready to take action to build the community, state and nation you want, but not sure what to do next? Here are some opportunities for political activism this week.

A large crowd makes a circle around the Mother Mosque of America in Cedar Rapids. Sunday, March 26, 2017. — photo by Zak Neumann

Celebrate fifty years since Martin Luther King’s Beyond Vietnam speech

Community Reading of Martin Luther King Speech

Ped Mall Between Clinton & Linn St — Tuesday, April 4 at 11:30 a.m.

Veterans for Peace chapter #161 invites community members to read portions of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam: A time to break the silence” speech, or just come and listen together.

Beyond the Moment: Political Education and Action

Old Brick (26 E Market St, Iowa City) — April 4 at 7 p.m.

Movement for Black Lives and Showing Up for Racial Justice will discuss King’s historic speech and how it applies to the current state of the nation.

Drown your sorrows in a sea of liberals and beer

Drinking Liberally

Devotay (117 N Linn St, Iowa City) — Tuesday, April 4 at 5 p.m.

Spend happy hour networking with fellow activists and discuss Russian hacking, the supreme court, voter suppression and upcoming elections — maybe even meet a candidate or two and give them your two cents.

Three days after the election, protesters take to the streets following a rally on the Pentacrest. Nov. 11, 2016. –photo by Kelli Ebensberger

What’s the matter with the Democratic Party?

Thomas Frank reading

Iowa City Public Library — Tuesday, April 4 at 6 p.m.

Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter With Kansas? discusses his latest book, Listen, Liberal, at a reading sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library, Johnson County Democratic Party, Iowa City Federation of Labor, UI Public Policy Center and Prairie Lights. Listen, Liberal details Frank’s view that the Democratic Party has gotten too cozy with the economic and cultural elite and left ordinary people behind, and it describes what he sees as the way forward.

Start local by getting to know your county supervisors and city council

Iowa City Council meeting

City Hall — Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m.

Linn County Supervisors meeting

Jean Oxley Public Service Center (935 2nd St SW, Cedar Rapids) — Wednesday, April 5 at 10 a.m.

Johnson County Supervisors meeting

Johnson County Administration Building (913 S Dubuque St, Iowa City) — Thursday, April 6 at 9 a.m.

Fight Islamophobia with understanding

Facts vs. Fears

Lucas-Dodge Room, Iowa Memorial Union (125 N Madison St, Iowa City) — Wednesday, April 5 at 6 p.m.

University of Iowa Muslim Student Association invites PhD candidate Ramesy Ali to lead a presentation and facilitate interaction and discussion. The event aims to educate non-Muslims about Islam, dispel preconceived notions and help Muslims and non-Muslims to better understand each other. This is one of several events to celebrate Islam Awareness Week.

A young man holds a sign during the immigration rally on the Ped Mall. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. — photo by Zak Neumann.

Learn to use performance as activism

Michael Rohd: Creative Matters lecture

University of Iowa Art Building West (141 N Riverside Dr, Iowa City) — Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m.

Michael Rohd will share his experiences collaborating with local governments and other organizations to create social change through the arts by thinking outside the box. He is the artistic director of Center for Performance and Civic Practice and the Sojourn Theatre.

Contact your congressman and meet local activists

Thursdays @ Blum’s

The Blue Strawberry Coffee Company (118 2nd St SE, Cedar Rapids) — Thursday, April 6 at 9 a.m.

Meet up at 9 a.m. to strategize and talk about the issues and rev up with some coffee, then pay Rep. Rod Blum’s office a group visit at 10 and make your voices heard.

Fight racism and celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Racism in Asian Communities: A Workshop

Iowa Memorial Union (125 N Madison St, Iowa City) — Thursday, April 6 at 5 p.m.

Examine issues of racism in Asian communities with an interactive workshop led by Dr. William Liu from the University of Iowa College of Education. If you need special accommodations to participate, contact

Get involved with a political party

Johnson County Democrats meeting

Coralville Public Library — Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Iowa Green Party meeting

ICOR gym (1127 Shirken Dr, Iowa City) — Saturday, April 8 at 1:30 p.m.

Did we miss something? Feel free to comment below with other events!

The author is an active member of the Democratic Party.

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