Meeting: Thursday, February 13, Noon – 1:30, Center for Worker Justice, 940 S. Gilbert Ct.

Please join us for the next meeting of the Coalition for Racial Justice.  All are welcome!

  • Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
  • Time: Noon – 1:30
  • NEW LOCATION: Center for Worker Justice, 940 S. Gilbert Ct., Iowa City [Map]

Please refer to the map below for the new meeting location:

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Meeting: Thursday, January 9, Noon – 1:30, Center for Worker Justice, 940 S. Gilbert Ct.

Please join us for the next meeting of the Coalition for Racial Justice.  Your input is important and we look forward to seeing you there!

  • Date: Thursday, January 9, 2014
  • Time: Noon – 1:30
  • NEW LOCATION: Center for Worker Justice, 940 S. Gilbert Ct., Iowa City [Map]

Please refer to the map below for the new meeting location:

Call to Action! ICCSD Board Meeting Tuesday, December 10th

Please attend (and bring 3 friends!) to the Iowa City School Board meeting on Tuesday, December 10th at 6:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at 1725 N. Dodge St. in Iowa City.

The CRJ and the Center for Worker Justice are asking that the ICCSD rescind their decisions to: 1) hold school on Martin Luther King Day in January (and to return to their long-standing policy of honoring that federal holiday) and 2) require parents to show a photo ID before they can enter schools to volunteer, attend conferences or even see their own children. Both of these decisions were made without consultation with communities of color even though they will have a disproportionate impact on those communities.

Come and support these important efforts toward racial and ethnic justice!

Meeting: Thursday, December 12, Noon – 1:30, Center for Worker Justice, 940 S. Gilbert Ct.

We will be discussing several on-going and new racial justice initiatives focused on housing, K-12 education, and law enforcement.  We will also be talking about CRJ organizational structure.  Your input is important and we look forward to seeing you there!

  • Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013
  • Time: Noon – 1:30
  • NEW LOCATION: Center for Worker Justice, 940 S. Gilbert Ct., Iowa City [Map]

Please refer to the map below for the new meeting location:

Call for Action: MLK Day Decision

Please join us at the Tuesday, November 26th School Board meeting as we call on the Superintendent and the School Board to take action to CRJ Letter to ICCSD, be more inclusive in decision making, and put reconsideration of the MLK holiday and the electronic visitors’ management system on the school board agenda for December 10!

Meeting: Thursday, November 14, Noon – 1:30, Center for Worker Justice, 940 S. Gilbert Ct.

Here are the details for our next meeting. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013
  • Time: Noon – 1:30
  • NEW LOCATION: Center for Worker Justice, 940 S. Gilbert Ct., Iowa City [Map]

Please refer to the map below for the new meeting location:

2013 Coralville City Council Candidates Racial Equity Survey

In October of 2013, we completed the Racial Equity Survey report of City Council Candidates in Iowa City. Each candidate was asked the following four questions.   Click here for the full report in PDF format.

  1. With regard to your city government’s staffing and policies, what would you say is the most important information or message contained in the Coalition for Racial Justice’s Report ― “Racial Equity in Iowa City and Johnson County”?
  2. What are your views about the relationship between the Iowa City Community School District and your city’s government, especially with regard to the District’s Diversity Policy and Facilities Master Plan and your city’s policies concerning housing and zoning? Do you think the District and your city’s government can and should collaborate to provide lower income residents with better access to quality education and housing, and, if so, how?
  3. Very few African-Americans or Hispanics are employed by city governments in the Johnson County area. What percent of your city government’s employees and elected officials are African-American or Hispanic? Do you think those percentages are just about right, or, if not, what do you think should be done to increase them?
  4. Housing markets are regional in scale, but city governments decide how land should be used within their city limits. Do you think Coralville should collaborate with other city governments to ensure that new housing for low-to-moderate income households is dispersed fairly throughout the Iowa City/Coralville region? Please explain your answer.

2013 IC City Council Candidates Racial Equity Survey

In October of 2013, we completed the Racial Equity Survey report of City Council Candidates in Iowa City. Each candidate was asked the following five questions.   Click here for the full report in PDF format.

  1. With regard to your city government’s staffing and policies, what would you say is the most important information or message contained in the Coalition for Racial Justice’s Report ― “Racial Equity in Iowa City and Johnson County”?
  2. What are your views about the relationship between the Iowa City Community School District and your city’s government, especially with regard to the District’s Diversity Policy and Facilities Master Plan and your city’s policies concerning housing and zoning? Do you think the District and your city’s government can and should collaborate to provide lower income residents with better access to quality education and housing, and, if so, how?
  3. Very few African-Americans or Hispanics are employed by city governments in the Iowa City area. What percent of your city government’s employees or elected officials are African-American or Hispanic? Do you think those percentages are just about right, or, if not, what do you think should be done to increase them?
  4. Last spring the Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity Issues submitted its report and recommendations to the City Council, and the Council later approved the City Manager’s proposals about how to respond to those recommendations. Please state what you think of that report and the City Manager’s/Council’s response.
  5. The Forest View trailer court is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of I-80 and N. Dubuque Road. Many (if not most) of the residents are lower-income Hispanics. The man who owns most, if not all, of the property has described his general plans for redeveloping the trailer court. Redevelopment would require some kind of rezoning, might entail some public subsidies, and would require current residents of the trailer court to move. In general, how would you respond to such a redevelopment?

Meeting: Thursday, October 10, Noon – 1:30, First Baptist Church, 500 N. Clinton St.

Here are the details for our next meeting. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013
  • Time: Noon – 1:30
  • Location: First Baptist Church, 500 N. Clinton St., Iowa City [Map]

Please refer to the map below if you’re unfamiliar with Iowa City.

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Racial Equity and the Criminal Justice System

There will be a public forum on Racial Equity and the Criminal Justice System on Tuesday October 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. — in the Jones Commons in the Lindquist Center on the UI campus.

Sponsored by the Iowa City Human Rights Commission, the UI Center for Human Rights and other groups.

Watch for more details to come soon and come and participate!