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Iowa Justice Action Network News & Lobby Day

Iowa’s Day of Empathy is scheduled for Thursday, February 29th and we are preparing to launch statewide.  As a reminder, the Day of Empathy is a national movement alongside and the country’s largest day of action for criminal justice reform.

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Patresa Hartman at Progressive Voices

Singer/songwriter, Patresa Hartman, began sharing her music with others at an open mic in 2011, challenging her long-standing bout with stage fright. Now, after more than a decade of performing, greeting hundreds of audiences, and making 2 full-length albums (with 1 more on the way), you can find her playing venues across the Midwest.

Hartman calls her style soul-folk. A rich, blues voice serves as the vehicle for thoughtful, poetic lyrics. A percussive guitar player, Hartman’s signature finger picking style is the rhythmic foundation for soulful melodies that hint at contemporary country and folk. But Hartman’s roots in gospel and soul become apparent in her turns behind the piano.

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Earth-Centered Learning 

with Shelley Buffalo

Next Webinar

Saturday February 17th 2024, 10-11:30 

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Bill to reinstate the death penalty in Iowa, SSB 3085

Bill to reinstate the death penalty in Iowa, SSB 3085
This bill imposes the death penalty for murdering a law enforcement officer, but don’t let the narrowness fool you.  Once the state spends millions to create a death row, the temptation to use it for other offenses will be strong.

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Zoom Book Discussions on Water Quality and Environmental Issues in Iowa

Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.

The River Knows: How Water and
Land Will Shape Our Future
by Neil D. Hamilton

Zoom includes a conversation with
Neil Hamilton, who is an emeritus
professor of law and the former
director of the Agricultural Law
Center at Drake University in
Des Moines.

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Zoom Book Discussion on Water Quality and Environmental Issues in Iowa

Saturday, February 3, 10 a.m.

The Swine Republic; Struggles
with the Truth About
Agriculture and Water Quality

by Chris Jones

Zoom includes a conversation with
Chris Jones. Jones is retired from
IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering
at the University of Iowa.

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IUUWAN Board Member, Shirley Whiteside at Capitol protest

The Iowa Capitol Rotunda was filled with the boisterous sounds of the CCI Peoples Lobby Day rally. The crowd quieted for the passionate speakers, including Shirley Whiteside, a member of the Cedar Valley UU Congregation and an IUUWAN Board member.

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Progressive Voices Concert at DSM UU

Tickets are available for advance purchase online at Eventbrite or in person at the church on the four Sundays before each concert.

Individual advance-purchase tickets: $22
Individual tickets at the door: $27
Season tickets: 4 shows for $78 – Save $10 off of the advance price and $30 off of the door price! 6 shows for $117 — Save $15 off of the advance price and $45 off of the door price!

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Iowa Legislature has a whole host of anti-LGBTQiA bills

The Legislature continues its attack on LGBTQ+ Iowans.
SF2037.  A bill that would prohibit cities and counties from banning conversion therapy.
SF2055.  A bill prohibiting persons from entering public restrooms or changing areas that do not correspond with the person’s biological sex.
SSB3084.  A bill that would mandate transgender people in correctional facilities be placed and use facilities that align with their gender assigned at birth.  

The Legislature continues to erode Iowans reproductive rights.

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OneIowa Lobby Day begins with training

February 5, 9:30 training, noon rally. Join OneIowa at LGBTQ Day on The Hill! This annual event is where LGBTQ folks and allies learn about the bills impacting LGBTQ Iowans, gain the skills on how to talk to lawmakers, and a great way to either kickstart your legislative advocacy or build on skills you already have! We’ll begin with formal training in the morning, then march to the Capitol for a rally with local and national speakers, lawmakers, and LGBTQ Iowans making a difference.

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Reimagining with Energy Democracy

January 25, 2024 at 4PT – 5MT – 6CT – 7ET

For the last in our webinar series on Clean Energy as a Human Right, we invite you to explore the power of Energy Democracy and the ways our congregations can reimagine energy for our communities.

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Uplift: UU services for trans and non-binary folks

Who is this space for?

This is a closed event specifically for trans/nonbinary+ people. Anyone who is trans, nonbinary, metagender, multigender, genderfluid, agender, demigender, genderqueer, questioning, and otherwise not wholly or entirely cis is welcome to attend.

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