The following is a list of other organizations in our area that promote racial justice. These are sorted into two major groups – community organizations and university-affiliated organizations.
Bethel AME Church
The mission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional, and environmental needs of all people by spreading Christ’s liberating gospel through word and deed. At every level of the connection, the A.M.E. Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the A.M.E. Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and serve the needy through a continuing program of preaching the gospel, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, housing the homeless, cheering the fallen, providing jobs for the jobless, administering to the needs of those in prisons, hospitals, nursing homes and mental institutions, senior citizens’ homes; caring for the sick, the shut-in, the mentally and socially disturbed, and encouraging thrift and economic advancement.
Black Voices Project
BVP is a vehicle for Black people’s voices to be heard in the Iowa City area; our work creates a community that supports a thriving black culture.
Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa
CWJ was founded in 2012 by a coalition of religious, community, labor and immigrant organizations, and is affiliated nationally with the Interfaith Worker Justice network.
CWJ members are currently organizing around the following priority issues:
- Just workplaces: defending workers’ rights to proper payment and safe work
- Decent & affordable housing: protecting and improving housing options for low-income residents
- Civil rights: confronting discrimination and ensuring equal access to community services for all residents
Coalition for Racial Justice
Mission - Joining together to promote racial justice through action, education and empowerment.
Our desire is to develop an opportunity to have an ongoing girls group designed to empower, mentor and support self-defined minority young women as they transition through high-school. A primary focus of the group is to offer the young women, an opportunity to see and believe in their own talents and potential individually as well as academically. No matter what the circumstances are in their lives, the G! World participants will have a place to express themselves, build their confidence and articulate their very own dreams.
In 2006, ICCompassion was established as a faith-based 501c 3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to engage culturally diverse communities together through hope, opportunities and partnerships. Together we equip people at their point of need to move out to poverty and inspire them to be of service to others. With awareness of the need for low cost legal immigration services in our community, in 2011, ICCompassion became recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and Teresa Stecker became its first accredited representative providing legal immigration assistance with clients in Johnson County and surrounding counties including Cedar, Linn, Iowa, Muscatine, Washington and Scott.
IC Human Rights Commission
Duties of the Commission include:
- Disseminating information to educate the public on illegal discrimination and civil rights, such as organizing and facilitating educational public forums that address one or more of the broad range of topics included within the rubric of human rights.
- Making recommendations to the City Council for such further legislation concerning discrimination as it may deem necessary and desirable.
- Cooperating within the limits of any appropriations made for its operation with other agencies or organizations both public and private whose purposes are not inconsistent with those of Title 2 of the City Code (Human Rights Ordinance).
- Planning programs and activities designed to eliminate racial, religious, cultural and other intergroup tensions including but not limited to sex, color, creed, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age and national origin.
ICPD Community Police Review Board
The Iowa City Community Police Review Board (hereafter referred to as the CPRB) consists of five members appointed by the City Council. The CPRB has its own legal counsel. The CPRB reviews reports prepared after investigation of complaints about alleged police misconduct. It then issues its own written reports that contain detailed findings of fact and conclusions that explain why and the extent to which complaints should be sustained or not sustained. The CPRB maintains a central registry of complaints against sworn police officers and prepares annual reports to the City Council on the disposition of these complaints.
The CPRB reviews police policies, procedures, and practices, and may recommend modifications to them. The board shall hold at least one community forum each year for the purpose of hearing views on the policies, practices and procedures of the Iowa City police department.
The CPRB has only limited civil administrative review powers and has no power or authority over criminal matters or police discipline. It is not a court of law and is not intended to substitute for any form of legal action against the Police Department or the City.
Iowa City Mosque
The purpose of the Iowa City Mosque (Masjid Al-Iman) is to carry out worship, educational, and charitable activities in the Iowa City area, in conformity with the pure teachings of Islam based upon the Noble Qur’an, the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him), as understood and applied by his companions (may Allah be pleased with them), and those that followed them in excellence from the next two generations.
The Iowa City/Cedar Rapids Kappa Kids Program is a youth empowerment program sponsored by the (ICCR) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
League of United Latin American Citizens
League of United Latin American Citizens, (LULAC) is the largest and oldest Hispanic Organization in the United States. The mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States. In addition to fulfilling the mission of the national office, LULAC Iowa and Council 307 was formed in 2011 in order to provide a unified voice in addressing issues that affect Latinos in central Iowa.
Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County
Neighborhood Centers is a community based, family centered human services agency offering programs in area schools and neighborhoods including Broadway, Pheasant Ridge, and Breckenridge.
The Dream Center
The Dream Center is a nonprofit, volunteer driven organization that offers transformational programming to individuals of all socio-economic backgrounds. Grounded in the belief of empowerment through education, The Dream Center is not just a place for individuals, but for the family and community as a whole.
The Kingdom Center
“The Kingdom Center” is a multi-cultural inter-denominational ministry, a standard of living, and a movement founded on the Apostolic Doctrine. Our vision is to unify and empower Kingdom Citizens to stand uncompromisingly in defense of His Realm, His Rule and His Royalty in Faith, Love, and Power. - 1 Pet. 2:9
We are a nonprofit religious corporation organized for the purpose of expanding and implementing the Kingdom of God on earth. This task is accomplished by carrying out the commission that Jesus Christ gave to His Apostles - “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).
It is our aim to share and teach the message of the Apostolic Doctrine and the finished work of Christ by operating as a Five-Fold Ministry.
United Action for Youth
Our vision is one in which young people and adults work together in partnership to create a safe and healthy community.
Women's March - Iowa Chapter
The Iowa City, IA chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (ICSURJ) joins the Women’s March in opposing the hateful rhetoric of the recent electoral campaign and defending the principles of human rights, dignity, and justice for all, regardless of race, immigration status, religious faith, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability status. As a group of individuals organizing white people to act as a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability, ICSURJ calls on our fellow Iowans to support the rights of all women and to fight for the intersectional needs of women of color in this state and in this country. We must remember, as stated in the mission of the Women’s March, “We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”
African American Council
The African American Council (AAC) seeks to improve the quality of life for black faculty, staff, and students at the University of Iowa. Recognizing the challenges that the campus environment poses, the AAC provides a safe space where black community members can explore their concerns. The organization uses insights from these explorations to create programming and to lobby for policies.
Through service on committees, engagement with the broader community, and hosting responsive events, AAC members show that they are enthusiastic partners in the University of Iowa’s quest to remain a top-flight educational institution. We invite you to join us in this worthy enterprise.
Diversity at Iowa
Diversity, broadly defined, is essential to the educational experience and central to all parts of the University’s mission. The University of Iowa embraces our responsibility to create a welcoming environment for all members of the community, including underrepresented faculty, staff, and students; persons with disabilities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons; persons of disadvantaged socioeconomic status; and nontraditional and international students.
University of Iowa Black Lives Matter
This group represents the unofficial Iowa chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement. Our main objectives are as follows:
- Educate the public about the importance of Black Lives Matter.
- Build solidarity among Iowa’s black residents.
- Support black-owned businesses and enterprises, and generate black economic prosperity.
- Support black families and advance black children through education, mentorship, self-esteem, and encouragement.
University of Iowa Black Student Union
The Black Student Union is dedicated to fostering Unity through community involvement, cultural activities, and academic excellence in the African American community at the University of Iowa. Our vision is to Rebuild, Restore, and Reorganize the Black Student Union by increasing participation within B.S.U., encouraging Retention and Recruitment and increasing recognition of the B.S.U. on The University of Iowa’s Campus and the Iowa City community.
Women’s Resource and Action Center
WRAC works to create greater equity for individuals and communities of all identities, with a particular focus on women, through activism, social justice initiatives, leadership training, advocacy, service, and personal and professional development.