The City of Cedar Rapids is undertaking an exciting community-driven planning process to add to the network of community gardens in parks across the City. They want to hear from you!
Our friends with the Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood Association have partnered with Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity, Horizons, A Family Service Alliance, Neighborhood Finance Corporation - Cedar Rapids, and Iowa Legal Aid to create a workshop for potential home buyers and current homeowners. There is a lot of funding available to get people into a home or help existing homeowners to repair or update their home!
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 28. The $10 registration fee includes lunch.
The Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission has partnered with the African American Museum of Iowa to bring the Suspended: Systemic Oppression in Our Schools Summit to the Cedar Rapids Public Library in the Whipple Auditorium in conjunction with the art exhibit Suspended: Systemic Oppression In Our Schools.
The Suspended Summit will examine the role public schools play in funneling students into the prison system due to elements of the criminal justice system having entered public schools around the country. The result of this element has led to zero tolerance policies and student policing that disproportionately impact children of color. Experts will share information about how these practices impact our community and efforts to create effective change. The Suspended Summit will also include a tour of the Suspended art exhibit showcasing artwork by youth.
The summit will showcase presentations and discussions with leaders in the community.
• 12:30-12:45 Opening remarks, addressing Youth Justice Action Month by Jennifer Tibbetts, Civil Rights Investigator
• 12:45-1:30 Presentation by Jill Padgett, Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning- will provide information on Iowa’s data on issues such as disproportionate minority contact within the juvenile justice system and recent data regarding the use of school resource officers and youth involvement with the juvenile justice system.
• 1:30-2:30 Presentation by Lyric Sellers and Endi Montavlo-Martinez, Youth Justice Council- will share the youth-led efforts that have addressed issues concerns the juvenile justice system and the lives of youth in Iowa.
• 2:30-3:00 Tour of art exhibit Suspended: Systemic Oppression In Our Schools
• 3:00-3:45 Panel Discussion to raise awareness and move towards change with Jill Padgett, Lyric Sellers, Endi Montavlo-Martinez, Dr. Ruth White, Ana Clymer
• 3:45-4:00 Closing remarks by Jennifer Tibbetts
This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
The African American Museum of Iowa is a statewide museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting, and teaching Iowa’s African American History.
The Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission works to eliminate discrimination and disparities and increase equity by responding to the needs of the community, investigating complaints of discrimination, and providing education and outreach.
CANA October 2022 Meeting Minutes | Call to order: 7:02pm
Attendance: George Heeren, Amy Hall-Haney, Gaylon Heetland, Henrietta Mueller, Denise Klemp, Marlene Hunt, Annette Lorenz, Chief Greg Smith, Jeff Wozencraft
Next Meeting: Monday, November 21st, 2022 at 7:00pm
PLAN AHEAD: There will be NO December meeting. We will resume normally scheduled CANA meetings in January.
Emergency preparedness is the responsibility of all of us.
October is National Fire Prevention Month and fire departments around the country mark October 9-15 as National Fire Prevention Week.
Cedar Rapids Fire encourages you to PLAN AND PRACTICE your home and workplace escape plans this month and to attend their annual Open House.
Family fun, safety tips, station tours, and firefighting demonstrations will make a fun night for the whole family. For more information on how to start your fire safety plan, go to CityofCR.com/PACT.
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