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This week in political activism: March 20-26


Signs of disagreement during Sen. Joni Ernst’s town hall meeting at Coe College. Friday, March 17, 2017. — photo by Zak Neumann.

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.

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

Iowa City Council meeting

City Hall (410 E Washington St) — Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m.

Linn County Supervisors meeting

Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center (935 Second St SW, Cedar Rapids) — Wednesday, March 22 at 10 a.m.

Johnson County Supervisors meeting

Johnson County Administration Building (913 S Dubuque St, Iowa City) — Thursday, March 23 at 9 a.m.

Just a fraction of the crowd that turned out to oppose the President’s immigration ban. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. — photo by Zak Neumann

Get involved with a political party

Linn County Republicans meeting

Longbranch Hotel (90 Twixt Town Rd, Cedar Rapids) — Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m.

See what the Republican party is up to in Linn County and how you can help.

Linn County Democrats meeting

Hiawatha Community Center (101 Emmons St) — Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m.

Come early to this one if you like, at 6 p.m. for a meeting of the Disability Caucus or at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and socializing.

Building Blocks Listening Tour

Room 900, Kirkwood Community College Linn County Regional Center (1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha) — Saturday, March 25 at 10 a.m.

Let the Democratic Party know how you feel about the last election and the way forward at this listening post.

Johnson County Green Party meeting

Iowa City Public Library — Saturday, March 25 at 3 p.m.

Learn about the Green Party and how you can get involved at a local meeting.

One of several Trump supporters that yelled from cars and street corners during an anti-Trump protest Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. — photo by Zak Neumann

Get the tools to lobby your legislators — and put them to use!

Iowans for Public Education meeting

Iowa City Public Library — Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m.

Find out what’s going on with education policy and how you can get involved in the fight to preserve and support public schools with non-profit organization Iowans for Public Education.

How to lobby your legislators

Room 332, North Hall (20 W Davenport St, Iowa City) — Wednesday, March 22 at 12 p.m.

Join the University of Iowa School of Social Work for a teach-in on lobbying elected officials. Speakers include Sergio Irun A-wan of the Center for Worker Justice and Tammy Nyden of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

LWVJC Legislative Forum

South Slope Community Center (980 N Front St, North Liberty) — Saturday, March 25 at 9:30 a.m.

The League of Women Voters invites the public to engage with Johnson County legislators on topics such as labor, the ACLU and affordable housing at this town hall meeting.

Talking to Your Member of Congress About Healthcare

Coralville Public Library — Saturday, March 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Learn to be effective at town halls and other public events at this workshop hosted by Indivisible Iowa. Please do not park in the two rows closest to the library if you attend.

People gathered outside the UI Hospitals and Clinics, near the Children’s Hospital, on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 to raise awareness of Silvia Williams’ case. — photo courtesy of the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa

Learn to be effective in the fight for racial justice

Exploring White Identity for Effective Allyship

CDE Multipurpose Room, University Capitol Centre, Old Capitol Mall — Thursday, March 23 at 6 p.m.

Diversity at Iowa hosts this free event — a chance for students who identify as white to examine white privilege together. Register here, and send questions to Elizabeth-Lara@uiowa.edu.

Accomplices in eliminating racial bias

Sheraton Hotel (210 S Dubuque St, Iowa City) — Friday, March 24 at 7:30 a.m.

A multidisciplinary conference with panels, breakout sessions and renowned anti-racism activist and teacher Jane Elliot, aimed at examining and fight racial bias in individuals and environments. Cost is $35. The event runs 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; registration begins at 7 a.m. Attendees park free in Iowa City ramps.

RenĂ© Dickerson and Kim Brown react to Sen. Ernst’s response to Dickerson’s question about the opioid epidemic. Friday, March 17, 2017. — photo by Zak Neumann

Stand up for freedom of religion and against hate toward Iowa Muslims

Iowa Multifaith Rally for Muslims

Mother Mosque of America (1335 9th St NW, Cedar Rapids) — Sunday, March 26 at 2:45 p.m.

Join Iowans of all faiths to create a human circle around Mother Mosque of America, the longest-standing mosque in North America. In the wake of a recent increase in acts of bigotry toward Iowa Muslims, help send a message of love, respect and solidarity. Religious leaders are encouraged to wear clothing that reflects their religion.

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