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TRC Agenda and Packet 10 7 2021Ad Hoc Truth and Reconciliation Commission (REVISED) Agenda Thursday, October 7, 2021 7PM Emma J. Harvat Hall Iowa City City Hall 410 E. Washington Street In order to encourage input from the public, the Commission intends to offer the opportunity to participate in the meeting remotely. However, this meeting is in-person, and those wishing to ensure their ability to participate should attend the meeting in-person. If you instead wish to participate remotely, you may attempt to do so by joining the below link. Please note that the meeting link and ID for the first Thursday of each month is different than the link and ID for the third Thursday of each month. First Thursday Meetings https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cMIaaV6cTxGwOlWu2-hFHg ID: 867 2424 8095 Third Thursday Meetings https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lcIl8llPSRq1u0xPlL-1Ew ID: 895 3695 0485 If you have no computer or smartphone, or a computer without a microphone, you can call in by phone by dialing (312) 626-6799 and entering the meeting ID when prompted. Meeting Agenda: 1.CALL TO ORDER 2.ROLL CALL 3.READING OF LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT & DISCUSSION 4.APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES FROM SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 5.PUBLIC COMMENT OF ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA (COMMENTATORS SHALL ADDRESS THE TRC FOR NO MORE THAN 5 MINUTES. TRC MEMBERS SHALL NOT ENGAGE IN DISCUSSION WITH THE PUBLIC CONCERNING SAID ITEMS). 6.COMMUNITY COMMENT ON THE TRC’S CHARGES INCLUDING FACT-FINDING AND TRUTH- TELLING 7.CONSIDER A MOTION TO RECOMMEND THAT CITY COUNCIL A.CLARIFY THE INTENT, PURPOSE, AND EXPECTATIONS OF THE TRC B.EXTEND THE TIMELINE FOR THE TRC TO FULFILL ITS CHARGE 8.BEGIN A CONVERSATION ON HOW TO HEAL THE DIVIDE WITHIN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY IN JOHNSON COUNTY 9.UPDATES ON THE PROGRESS OF THE FUND EXCLUDED WORKERS COALITION 10.Conversation with ThinkPeace (Eduardo Gonzalez, Antti Pentikäinen, and David Ragland) 11.ANNOUCEMENTS OF COMMISSIONERS/STAFF (TRC MEMBERS SHALL NOT ENGAGE IN DISCUSSION WITH ONE ANOTHER CONCERNING SAID ANNOUCEMENTS). 12.ADJOURNMENT If you will need a disability-related accommodation to participate in this meeting please contact the Equity Director, 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 accessibility needs. AD HOC TRUTH & RECONCILIATION COMMISSION OCTOBER 7, 2021 MEETING PACKET CONTENTS AGENDA ITEM #3 •LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT AGENDA ITEM #4 •DRAFT MEETING MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 HANDOUTS •FUND EXCLUDED WORKERS SURVEY LINK This meeting can be viewed at https://citychannel4.com/cgi-bin/vdb/ytp.pl?id=F21764 September 30, 2021 Draft Ad Hoc Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Minutes Emma J. Harvat Hall City Hall Commissioners present: Amel Ali, Daphney Daniel (via Zoom), Chastity Dillard, Wangui Gathua, Eric Harris, Clifton Johnson, Sikowiss (Christine Nobiss via Zoom) Kevin Rivera, Mohamed Traore (via Zoom). Staff present: Stefanie Bowers, Redmond Jones, Geoff Fruin. Others present who spoke: Annie Tucker, Ninoska Campos. Recommendations to City Council: No. Meeting called to order: 7:03. Reading of Land Acknowledgement: Ali read the Land Acknowledgement. Vote to approve the meeting minutes from September 2, 2021 and September 16, 2021: Motion by Ali, seconded by Rivera. Motion passes 8-0. (Nobiss not present for the vote). Consider a Motion to hold meetings the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month: Motion by Ali, seconded by Johnson. Motion passes 9-0. Discussion on City Council Vote on facilitator agreement and next steps: The discussion started on whether to ask the Council for clarification on the timeline prior to considering next steps for a facilitator. It then moved to a conversation on the TRC having the right to select the facilitator of their choice and one that has expertise in working with Truth and Reconciliation Commissions. Even though the facilitator was not local you don’t have to live in Iowa City for 30 years to get or understand the community. The current TRC must continue to exist because of people in the community who are not able to speak out and the TRC should exist indefinitely. If the TRC wishes to do a community survey the cost to operate the survey can be funded through the Human Rights Office’s budget. This survey can then be online and also brought to area organizations. The survey can be used as part of the fact-finding process that may assist in creating a framework to move forward on. The conversation also involved what could be done to heal the divide with the older African American community and the members of the TRC. At the next TRC meeting the TRC will consider a motion to request an extension of time from the Council for their existence. The TRC would like for someone to give a presentation on strategic planning possibly as soon as the next meeting. Community Comment on the TRC’s charges including fact-finding and truth-telling: Ninoska Campos relayed that the Excluded Workers Fund supports the TRC. Campos reports it has been hard to work here in Iowa City and that it is amazing that people are making it through this second waive of Covid. Her and other Excluded Workers are asking for economic relief and hazard pay. This meeting can be viewed at https://citychannel4.com/cgi-bin/vdb/ytp.pl?id=F21764 Community Circles are a way to help people deal with trauma. More people could be trained on using circles to heal trauma. Annie Tucker said that she is currently working on ways that more community members can be trained on circles. Announcements of Commissioners: Rivera thanked the persons on Zoom who believe in the work of the TRC. Dillard encourages commissioners and attendees to bring friends and families to the meetings so the TRC can hear from them. Harris thanked the City Manager and City Council members for attending this evening’s meeting. Daniel mentioned an upcoming expungement clinic that is being sponsored by the City of Iowa City and Iowa Legal Aid on Thursday, October 7 from 4-7 PM. Nobiss provided the history of Orange Shirt Day. A day of remembrance to commemorate the genocide of over 1,000 Indigenous children in unmarked graves. Gathua thanked the public for their support, mentioned a Kenya delegation that is visiting Iowa City and being hosted by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, and noted that October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Adjourn: 8:53 PM AD HOC TRUTH & RECONCILIATION COMMISSION ATTENDANCE RECORD YEAR 2021 (Meeting Date) NAME TERM EXP. 4/15 4/29 5/13 5/27 6/10 6/24 7/8 7/22 8/5 8/19 9/2 9/16 9/30 10/7 Ali 6/22 X X X X X X X X X X X X X Daniel 6/22 X X X X X X O X O X X X X Dillard 6/22 X X X X O X X X X X X X X Gathua 6/22 X X X X X X X X X X X X X Johnson 6/22 X X X X X X X X X X X X X Harris 6/22 O X X X X X X X X X O X X Nobiss 6/22 X O X X X X X O X X X O X Rivera 6/22 X X X X X X X X X O X X X Traore 6/22 X X X X X X X X X X X X X KEY: X = Present O = Absent From:Amel Ali To:Stefanie Bowers Subject:Congregation Survey on Covid-19 and Pandemic Relief Date:Friday, October 1, 2021 12:22:04 PM Attachments:0.jpg Stefanie,This is the excluded workers fund survey that’s in english and Spanish. Please include this in the handouts for Thursday’s meeting.Thank you! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSceo0LdGynpCt1E9XJYv1jZPzzQLKmXHdx3K Xi4I9vaA21z_Q/viewform