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.

Contact information

Ad Hoc Truth and Reconciliation Commission
410 E. Washington Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
319-356-5022

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.

Public meeting

The Commission holds bi-weekly meetings at 7PM on Thursday starting January 7, 2021. Special meetings are held as needed. The meetings are open to the public.

Agendas

REVISED PACKET - 04/15/2021 City Council Joint meeting with the Ad Hoc Truth & Reconciliation Commission (7:00 pm) and the Regular Formal meeting of the Ad Hoc Truth & Reconciliation Commission (immediately following the conclusion of the joint meeting)

You can participate in the meeting and can comment on an agenda item by visiting this link via the internet to visit the Zoom meeting’s registration page and submit the required information.

Once approved, you will receive an email message with a link to join the meeting. If you are asked for a meeting or webinar ID, enter the ID number found in the email.  A meeting password may also be included in the email.  Enter the password when prompted.

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 968 6095 0734  when prompted. Providing comment in person is not an option.

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Staff contact

Stefanie Bowers

Board Members

Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Amel Ali - Vice Chair

Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Chastity Dillard 

Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Wangui Gathua

Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Clifton Johnson

Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Eric Harris

Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Layana Navarre-Jackson

Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Sikowis (Christine Nobiss) 

Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Kevin John Rivera

Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Mohamed Traore - Chair

Origin

Resolution 20-228

Number of members

Nine

Appointed by

City Council

Term

Until June 30, 2022

Duties

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.

MISSION STATEMENT

WHO ARE WE? Our Commission represents a collection of citizen activists from diverse backgrounds calling on the Iowa City community to account for their history of racialize oppression. We are individuals who are committed to structural change, truth telling, healing trauma and repair. We share in common a vision for an equitable and sustainable community free of violence and systemic racism. We believe the time has come to foster change.

OUR MISSION The Iowa City Ad Hoc Truth and Reconciliation Commission is committed to implementing and sustaining grassroots, community-centered truth-telling processes to address past and present instances of both direct and indirect actions of violence, discrimination, and racism in Iowa City. We will collect testimony from a variety of institutions including but not limited to schools, housing providers, government officials, health care, banking institutions, and law enforcement.

 

 

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