Ways to Show Up
Here are some ways you can show up for racial justice.
Contact Your Representatives
Contacting your representatives about issues you care about is a great way to let your voice be heard. If possible, it can be more effective to call rather than email (see this New York Times article on why). Here are some resources to help you contact your representatives:
- Find your Iowa Legislators
- Find your Representative
- Find your Senators
- 5 Calls: This is a resource that makes it easy to call your representatives about important issues. It lists current issues with information about them, gives you a script if you need one, and gives you contact information for who to call.
- Iowa City City Council (goes to all): [email protected]
- Iowa City City Manager: [email protected]
- Iowa City Community School District School Board (goes to all): [email protected]
- Iowa City Community School District Superintendent: [email protected]
Write a Letter to the Editor
Writing letters to the editor can be an effective way of influencing legislators, government officials, and public opinion. Here is a list of links to submit letters to the editor to various news media:
- Iowa City Press-Citizen
- Cedar Rapids Gazette
- Des Moines Register
- Daily Iowan
- Little Village
- NY Times
Attend Events Related to Racial Justice
Attending events such as informational sessions, local government meetings, protests, rallies, and conferences can give you ways to learn more about racial justice and to speak up for it. On our Events page, we have a calendar that shows local events related to racial justice.