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.

Public meeting

The Commission will have an organizational meeting within 30 days of appointment of all its members by the City Council and will determine the frequency and conduct of its meetings.

Agendas

No current agendas.

Staff contact

Stefanie Bowers

Board Members

Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Commission Vacancy

Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Commission Vacancy

Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Commission Vacancy

Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Commission Vacancy

Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Commission Vacancy

Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Commission Vacancy

Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Commission Vacancy

Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Commission Vacancy

Term: Upon Appointment - June 30, 2022, Commission Vacancy

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.

 

 

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