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Human RIghts Commission August 2021 PacketHuman Rights Commission August 24, 2021 Formal Meeting – 5:30PM Emma J. Harvat Hall, Iowa City City Hall Agenda: 1. Call the meeting to order and roll call 2. Reading & Discussion of Land Acknowledgment 3. Introductions of Commission members 4. Approval of the July 27, 2021 meeting minutes 5. Public Commend of Items not on the Agenda. (Commentators shall address the Commission for no more than 5 minutes. Commissioners shall not engage in discussion with the public concerning said items) 6. Jason Genck: Iowa City Comprehensive Recreation Facilities and Program Master Plan 7. American Rescue Plan & The Excluded Workers Fund Discussion 8. Subcommittees: Housing, Anti-Racism, Health Equity 9. Commission statement in support of Black Lives Matter 10. Social Justice Racial Equity Grant Reports FY21 11. National Hispanic American Heritage Month Proclamation 12. Human Rights Breakfast 13. Staff/Commission Announcements. (Commissioners shall not engage in discussion with one another concerning said announcements). 14. Adjournment If you will need disability-related accommodations to participate in this meeting please contact Human Rights Coordinator, Stefanie Bowers, at 319-356-5022 or at stefanie-bowers@iowa-city.org. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs. HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION AUGUST 24, 2021 MEETING PACKET CONTENTS AGENDA ITEM #2 LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AGENDA ITEM #4 • DRAFT MINUTES FROM JULY 27, 2021 AGENDA ITEM #8 • COMMISSION STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF BLACK LIVES MATTER AGENDA ITEM #9 • FINAL REPORTS FROM RECIPIENTS OF SJRE GRANT FY20 CORRESPONDENCE • FIXING THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE, SESSION 2 • SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDS • SAVE THE DATE: FREEDOM RIDER, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST, AND FILMMAKER Draft Minutes Human Rights Commission July 27, 2021 Emma J. Harvat Hall Commissioners present: Mark Pries, Jessica Andino, Ashley Lindley (via phone), Jason Glass, Bijou Maliabo, Roger Lusala, Tony Sivanthaphanith. Commissioners not present: Adil Adams. Staff present: Stefanie Bowers, Daisy Torres. Others present: Kevin Rivera, Wangui Gathua, Temple Hiatt, Tiffany Adrain, Lo Whittington. Recommendation to City Council: Yes, the Human Rights Commission recommends that the City Council adopt the land acknowledgement at their meetings and formal events and also require other City boards and commissions to do the same. Motion passed 7-0. Meeting called to order: 5:31 PM. Approval of the minutes from the June 22, 2021 meeting: Lusala moved, the motion was seconded by Pries. Motion passes 7-0. Public comment of items not on the agenda: None. Conversation with Be Smart: Be Smart is a program aimed at adults. Firearms are the second cause of death of children. For Black children it is the first cause of death. A quarter of guns stolen are taken from a vehicle. The Be SMART framework is designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries. Smart is an acronym for Secure (all guns in your home and vehicles), Model (responsible behavior around guns), Ask (about the presence of unsecured guns in other homes), Recognize (the role of guns in suicide), Tell (your peers to be SMART). Discussion of including a Land Acknowledgement as a part of HRC meetings: Commissioners and two members of the Ad Hoc Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) spoke on the work and research that was completed to put the acknowledgement together. Motion to approve the land acknowledgement by Lindley, seconded by Sivanthaphanith. Motion passes 7-0. Andino moved for the Commission to recommend that the City Council adopt the land acknowledgement to be used at their meetings and formal events and also require other City boards and commissions to do the same, the motion was seconded by Lusala. Motion passes 7-0. This recommendation is dependent upon the agreement by TRC as to its contents. Members of the Commission and the TRC will form a taskforce to meet with elders and Indigenous leaders on an ongoing basis. Lindley and Rivera will serve on this taskforce. Update Diversity Markets from the South District Neighborhood Association: Several members of the Commission attended the diversity markets. The Commission reviewed the report sent by the South District on the success of the markets. Discussion of the American Rescue Plan Act Funds: Commissioners discussed and heard about the Excluded Workers Coalition that works to demand fair and equitable allocations of the funds to front line workers and those most heavily impacted by the pandemic including but not limited to persons who are immigrants, undocumented, or formerly incarcerated. Staff will send out the link to the Commission on the presentation that the Catholic Worker House did for the TRC back in May of 2021. HRC Subcommittees: Housing: No update. Anti-Racism: On June 28 there was a virtual screening of Stonewall Forever that was followed by a panel discussion. There was also a presentation done to the AM Rotary upon their request for implicit bias training. There is a plan to do another program in August on implicit bias. Health Equity: the group does not meet regulary but members have been working on matters of health and equity in the community in their individual capacity. Commission Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter: Comments were made on how well written the updated statement is that continues to support Black Lives Matter. Social Justice and Racial Equity Grants: Several of the organizations granted funding in the last year have submitted their final year ending reports including Little Creations and Inside Out Reentry. The year ending reports are not due until July 31, 2021. National Hispanic American Heritage Month Proclamation: Andino will accept the proclamation at the September 7, 2021 City Council meeting. Reports of Commissioners: Andino is preparing for a qualifying exam scheduled for the first week in August. Glass recently returned from his various assignments in the Army Reserves. Pries updated the Commission on his work in Cedar County and that his son was recognized as Iowa Coach of the Year. Lusala is delighted to see everyone in person. Maliabo is currently fostering 3 children for whose families she had served as an interpreter for in family court. Sivanthaphanith has been gearing up for IC Pride and is expecting a lot more people to show up for this year’s festivities. Sivanthaphanith will be stepping down from their position with IC Pride later this year to do global marketing for LGBTQ. Adjourned: 6:50. Human Rights Commission ATTENDANCE RECORD YEAR 2021 (Meeting Date) NAME TERM EXP. 1/26 2/23 3/23 4/27 5/25 6/22 7/27 8/24 9/28 10/26 11/23 12/28 Adil Adams 2021 X X E X X X Jessica Andino 2021 X X X X X X Noemi Ford 2021 E X E E E -- Jason Glass 2022 X X X X X O/E Ashley Lindley 2021 X X X X X X Roger Lusala 2023 X X E X X X Bijou Maliabo 2023 X X X X X X Mark Pries 2022 X X X X X O/E Tony Sivanthaphanith 2023 - - - X X X KEY: X = Present O = Absent O/E = Absent/Excused NM = No meeting --- = Not a Member E X -- X X X X X X 7/19/2021 Human Rights Commission's statement on continued support of Black Lives Matter | City of Iowa City https://www.icgov.org/news/human-rights-commission%27s-statement-continued-support-black-lives-matter 1/4 The Iowa City Human Rights Commission stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We are part of a society where the lives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color continue to be affected by structural racism, lack of opportunity, health disparities, and direct violence by the police and others. American cities, including Iowa City, have for too long been complacent or complicit. The Iowa City Human Rights Commission hereby reaffirms its longstanding commitment, and pledges to more fully act in solidarity with all who are targets of this violence and inequity. The Commission recognizes the ongoing oppression occurring not just in police departments, but also eviction courts, legislatures, banks, academia, and hospitals. Additionally, this includes any space where Iowa City has been complacent about and complicit in the eradication of intellectual and cultural contributions by Black, Indigenous and People of Color, as well as women, and ignores the racism present in the contributions of white people and the sexism present in the works of males. We pledge the following actions to embody our affirmation that Black Lives Matter. We will continue to uplift the contributions of nonwhite, non-male, and non-Eurocentric people in our recommendations to the Iowa City City Council and support events dedicated to their recognition. We will actively confront racism, sexism, or other forms of bias within the work of the Commission or City of Iowa City by pursuing training to increase our awareness of our racism, IOWA CITY A U N E S C O C I T Y O F L I T E R A T U R E Home /News Human Rights Commission's statement on continued support of Black Lives Matter City of Search this site Search COVID-19 & VACCINATIONS CITY GOVERNMENT SERVICES PAYMENT NEWS & MEDIA CALENDAR REPORT A CONCERN CLIMATE ACTION Select Language ▼ 7/19/2021 Human Rights Commission's statement on continued support of Black Lives Matter | City of Iowa City https://www.icgov.org/news/human-rights-commission%27s-statement-continued-support-black-lives-matter 2/4 sexism and bias. We will support City departments’ efforts to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will plan and promote additional programming opportunities focused on understanding oppression and recognizing the contributions of people from underrepresented groups, as well as promoting widespread discussion of related issues and concerns. The differential valuing of life, achievement, opportunity, and intellectual and cultural contributions based on which racialized group one is thought to be a member of is manifestly unjust. It compels us to repeat, internalize, and act on the affirmation that Black lives matter. Black lives do matter, and our collective practices, discourses, policies, and laws must reflect this. Black lives matter for the same reason that everyone’s life matters; yet we are compelled to affirm that Black lives matter precisely because institutions, practices, and behaviors have so long denied it. We are committed to continuously engaging the people of our community in dialogue and action to realize a world in which “Black lives matter” is a simple description of how we all live. Until that world is achieved, we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Date of publication Thursday, July 01, 2021 Department Equity and Human Rights Quick links City Code City Council Commodities, services, consulting bids Construction project bids Fire    Select Language ▼ 8/18/2021 Iowa City Human Rights Commission seeking nominations for 38th Annual Human Rights Awards https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/IAIOWA/bulletins/2ecf572 1/2 Iowa City Human Rights Commission seeking nominations for 38th Annual Human Rights Awards City of Iowa City sent this bulletin at 08/17/2021 02:07 PM CDT Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: 08/17/2021 Contact: Stefanie Bowers, Equity Director Phone: 319-356-5022 Iowa City Human Rights Commission seeking nominations for 38th Annual Human Rights Awards The Iowa City Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations for its 38th Annual Human Rights Awards. Individuals, businesses, or organizations whose ongoing work, service, or contributions have positively impacted Human Rights either locally or abroad may be nominated in the following categories: The Isabel Turner Award: For working for the rights of individuals to get fair and ethical treatment and/or volunteering time to an organization or business that works for these. Rick Graf Award: For long-term commitment of an individual, business, or individual with a service organization, to a specific cause or for the benefit of a specific group of persons. Linda Severson Award: For outstanding contributions to human rights by an individual in a service organization. International Award: For significant contributions to human rights in the global community. Bill Reagan Business/Community Award: For outstanding contributions to human rights by a business or organization. Kenneth Cmiel Award: For active contributions to the field of human rights by a college or graduate student. Subscribe to updates from City of Iowa City Email Address e.g. name@exam Subscribe Share Bulletin 8/18/2021 Iowa City Human Rights Commission seeking nominations for 38th Annual Human Rights Awards https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/IAIOWA/bulletins/2ecf572 2/2 How to Submit a Nomination Nominations can be submitted online. Nominations are open until Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. The Awards Ceremony The awards will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 in a small ceremony at City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street, Iowa City. Questions? STAY CONNECTED: Powered by 8/18/2021 Save the date: Freedom Rider and Civil Rights activist to speak at Englert Theatre Sept. 22 https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/IAIOWA/bulletins/2ebf3ec 1/3 Save the date: Freedom Rider and Civil Rights activist to speak at Englert Theatre Sept. 22 City of Iowa City sent this bulletin at 08/18/2021 09:07 AM CDT Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: 08/18/2021 Contact: Stefanie Bowers, Equity Director Phone: 319-356-5022 Save the date: Freedom Rider, Civil Rights activist and Filmmaker to speak at Englert Theatre Sept. 22 In recognition of the 60th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides of 1961, the Office of Equity and Human Rights has the pleasure of hosting Freedom Rider and Civil Rights Activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and her son, filmmaker Loki Mulholland, from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22 at the Englert Civic Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City. Seating will be limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This event will be live streamed on Zoom. There is no cost to attend or participate. The evening will include a film screening of "An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland," directed by Loki Mulholland. Afterward, Abena Imhotep Sankofa of Sankofa Literary Group of Des Moines will moderate an in-panel discussion with Joan and Loki. The two will answer Subscribe to updates from City of Iowa City Email Address e.g. name@exam Subscribe Share Bulletin 8/18/2021 Save the date: Freedom Rider and Civil Rights activist to speak at Englert Theatre Sept. 22 https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/IAIOWA/bulletins/2ebf3ec 2/3 questions about the film as well as their continued Civil Rights and anti-racism work through the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation. Founded in 2014, the foundation began with a goal to preserve, share and continue Joan's legacy. Its goal is to educate people about the Civil Rights Movement and how they can make a difference in their community. Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a recipient of the 2015 National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award, is a Civil Rights icon who participated in over 50 sit-ins and demonstrations by the time she was 23 years old. She was a Freedom Rider, a participant in the Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-in, the March on Washington, the Meredith March, and the Selma to Montgomery March. She was the first white student to enroll at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi and served as the local secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She also became the first white member to be initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the largest African American Greek Sorority. For her actions, she was disowned by her family, attacked, shot at, cursed at, put on death row, and hunted down by the Klan for execution. Her path has crossed with some of the biggest names in the Civil Rights Movement: Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, John Lewis, Diane Nash, and Julian Bond. She has appeared in numerous books and documentaries and has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in the Civil Rights Movement. Loki Mulholland is an award-winning filmmaker, author, and activist. An Emmy-winning producer who has received 40 Telly Awards, Loki’s films on race and social justice issues have won 14 Best Documentary awards including the National Black Film Festival for his film on institutional racism, “The Uncomfortable Truth”. His first book, “She Stood For Freedom” was nominated for the 2017 Amelia Bloomer Award. Through the Mulhollands' work, they have found that the most effective way to change racist ideology is to begin with education. Racism is a learned behavior. Adults and children alike can benefit from a change in perspective and an increased awareness of the past. The Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation takes a multi-faceted approach to educating people on anti-racism. Through classroom curricula, documentary films, podcasting, books, speaking engagements, and school assemblies, they cater to the different ways people can best understand new concepts and reframe old ones. To register Details on how to receive a complimentary ticket for the in-person event or to view via Zoom will be released at a later date. If you need disability-related accommodations to participate in this program, please contact Equity Director Stefanie Bowers at 319-356-5022 or stefanie-bowers@iowa-city.org. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs. Questions? Contact Us STAY CONNECTED: