The City Council has established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to bear witness to the truth of racial injustice in Iowa City and to carry out restorative justice, through the collection of testimony and public hearings, with such work to include a recommendation to the Council of a plan for dedicating and/or renaming public spaces and/or rights of way in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Ad Hoc Truth and Reconciliation Commission
410 E. Washington Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
To contact the entire Commission, email AdHocTruth@iowa-city.org. All correspondence addressed to the Ad Hoc Truth and Reconciliation Commission becomes a permanent public record that appears in the Commission packet, is archived by the City and will be distributed in the next meeting packet. The sender must include their full name. Unsigned correspondence will not be forwarded to the Board.
The Commission will hold bi-weekly meetings on Thursdays starting January 7, 2021. Special meetings are held as needed. The meetings are open to the public.
Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Amel Ali
Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Anthony Currin
Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Raneem Hamad
Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, T'Shailyn Harrington - Vice Chair
Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Eric Harris
Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Layana Navarre-Jackson
Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Royceann Porter - Chair
Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Kevin John Rivera
Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Mohamed Traore
Number of members
Until June 30, 2022
The charges of the TRC are as follows:
A. Fact-Finding - The TRC shall collect evidence, including first-hand testimony, of discrimination and racial injustice in multiple settings and compile a complete record of racial injustices that will inform and support the fundamental institutional and policy reforms necessary to address systemic racism.
B. Truth-Telling - The TRC shall: 1) Provide multiple fora and creative opportunities for persons impacted and traumatized by racial injustice to share their stories of racial injustice and experience to be heard by: (a) fellow communities of color; (b) a broad cross section of the entire Iowa City community; and (c) key decision-makers in city government, the business community and the University; 2) Explore ways to provide such opportunities through art, music, theater, workshops, rallies and other forms of congregation, multimedia and listening designed to reveal truths that cannot be fully expressed in traditional fora; and, 3) Create a repository for community stories expressed in multiple media (written, video, audio, art) that can be catalogued and used to educate and inform members of the community.
C. Reconciliation - The TRC shall: 1) Provide opportunity for and facilitate direct conversation among and between community members of color, white community members and representatives of various sectors in which people of color experience discrimination and injustice (e.g. police and protesters, landlords and tenants, students and teachers, patients and health care providers, business owners and staff); 2) Create a replicable model that provides a structure for enabling these conversations throughout the city; 3) Make available opportunities for a broad cross section of the community to learn about discrimination and racial injustice in our community; and, 4) Identify and recommend to the City Council institutional and policy reforms, new social practices, expectations, protocols, habits, rituals, conversations and celebrations that will move Iowa City toward a shared experience of race and difference, justice and equity and community and harmony.