Iowa Unitarian Universalists Connecting for Justice
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Contact us at TerryLeeLowman@gmail.com to make arrangements. Because we work in coalition, we have contacts in many areas of justice: Economic Justice, Racial Justice, Environmental Justice, Restorative Justice or we can just talk about what IUUWAN is doing.
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All board members are authorized to sign onto statements that are aligned with our position on issues listed on this website: Liveable minimum wage, Anti-Bullying, Stop the Bakken Pipeline, Driving permits for Undocumented Immigrants, Death with Dignity and Restorative and Racial Justice. Although we may whole-heartedly support other issues, signing on for other issues requires a board vote.
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ON RACE AT DRAKE
Drake University and The Des Moines Register will team up to lead serious, sustained community dialogue on issues of race during five community forums in Spring 2016. Click here for more information.
Working Toward Racial Justice
IUUWAN Spring Luncheon
Saturday, May 7 in Cedar Falls
Keynote speaker, Harvey Harrison:
Harvey is a retired lawyer, now engaged in school mediation projects and racial justice advocacy. The work was inspired by reading Michelle Alexander’s seminal book: The New Jim Crow – Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness. Harvey is a 1969 graduate of the University of Iowa Law School. He had a general civil law practice on the East side of Des Moines until his retirement in 2011.
Over the last 4 years he has led classes examining Alexander’s book, given a number of public presentations on the issues raised by her book, participated in public meetings and forums related to these issues, served as a member on the Polk County Racial Profiling working group that was initiated by a collaboration between the NAACP, the Drake Legal Clinic and AMOS and worked with the AMOS Criminal Justice Research group. In doing this work, Harvey has developed a particular interest in “The Iowa Connection” on racial justice issues and what steps are necessary to transform the current practices that identify Iowa as one of the worst states on issues of racial justice and disproportionate incarceration.
Harvey has also been involved in the creation and implementation of alternative dispute resolution programs in the Des Moines Public Schools and worked in collaboration with the Des Moines Police Department to establish a diversion program for juveniles. This work has been the result of work by AMOS and assisted by the efforts of the Iowa Mediation Service. The focus of this work is to teach young people new methods to resolve disputes and to help young people stay out of the Juvenile Justice system.
As a result of his membership on the NAACP Legal Redress Committee Harvey is currently involved in the drafting of legislation to be submitted to the Iowa Legislature that will prohibit racial profiling. This work includes the creation of a broadly based coalition to support this initiative.
When: Saturday, May 7, 11:30-2:00 PM
Who: Iowa Unitarian Universalists & friends
What: Lunch and justice!
Where: Cedar Valley Unitarian Universalists, 3912 Cedar Heights Drive, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
Cost $10: Please pay at the door.
We offer scholarships for the asking.
Salad and Sandwich Bar, Beverage and dessert
To register: please email TerryLeeLowman@gmail.com