Category Archives: Human Rights

BLM releases statement on arrests at statehouse

The following is a statement made by the Black Lives Matter regarding the violent arrests that took place during the peaceful demonstration at the Iowa Statehouse: Yesterday at 1 pm, organizers and supporters of Des Moines BLM gathered at the Iowa State Capitol to call for Governor Kim Reynolds to issue an executive order restoring voting rights to Iowas with

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Iowa Construction Site Shut Down Over Racially Charged Incident

PVI received an anonymous report of a racially charged incident that took place at the Microsoft Data Center construction site in Cumming, Iowa. On Wednesday June 24th Microsoft’s Data Center Buildings 9 and 10 construction site in Cumming, Iowa was effectively shut down for 24 hours after a worker played racially charged music in building 9. A stand down officially

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LTE: Iowa 4-H Director Fired After Gay, Transgender Inclusion Policy Inflames Conservative Groups

USA Today Article Link https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/08/03/lgbtq-policy-iowa-4-h-alarms-conservatives-director-fired/900070002/ As reported in the USA Today, the Des Moines Register and several other news outlets — John-Paul Chaisson-Cárdenas the nationally recognized Iowa 4-H Director and the first Latinx to serve in that post (In any state) in over 120 years was fired last week. His offense was working to include youth of color, immigrants and LGBTQ

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I’m a Small Farmer from Iowa. Why Does Trump Want to Take My Health Care?

By Chris Petersen: For my family, “pre-existing conditions” are more than a technicality. They’re a matter of life or death, of sickness or health. My wife and I are Iowa family farmers. I have diabetes, and Kristi has a heart murmur. Without the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its guarantees for people with pre-existing conditions, there’d be nothing standing between

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Des Moines School Board Passes Resolution on Gun Violence

UPDATE: The resolution was passed unanimously. Tonight the Board of Iowa’s largest school district will consider a resolution that, if adopted, would make a firm statement of solidarity and support with students across the country demanding action on gun violence and mass shootings. Resolution 18-042  addresses a number of issues, events, and arguments that have been part of the national conversation since

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URGENT: Iowa Senate to Vote on Repeal of Gun Permit Requirements

What: Iowa S 2106: Background check repeal and permitless carry Who: Iowa Senate Judiciary Room 22 When: Today at 2:00 pm How: Find and contact Senate Judiciary members or call 515-281-3371 Not even 24 house after seventeen Florida students were gunned down in the state’s 14th school shooting in 8 years, a bill to emulate Florida’s lax gun policies is to

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Women’s March Returns to Roar Even Louder in 2018

This weekend will mark the anniversary of the historic Women’s March of 2017. And they’re inviting everyone back to the Iowa State Capitol this Saturday, January 20th, starting at 11:30 AM, to roar even louder and let Kim Reynolds and company know their days in office are numbered. “We will be uniting again with other grassroots groups to celebrate the spirit of resistance,

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