The Iowa City Human Rights Commission stands in solidarity with our Asian American, Asian, Pacific Islander, and Pan Asian community members. The shootings in Atlanta were acts of race and gender-based violence that reflect an ongoing trend of increased discrimination and violence toward the AAPI community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commission condemns these acts of violence and the hateful rhetoric that fuels them.

As human rights advocates, we choose to center the victims and those impacted by these acts of violence in our conversations while we continue our work to dismantle systems of oppression. The eight victims were beloved family members, friends, and community members. Their voices – and their lives – mattered.

We stand as allies to those in our community who have been negatively impacted by this violence. The Commission reminds community members who have experienced discrimination, that the Department of Equity and Human Rights accepts both formal complaints of discrimination in the areas of employment, credit, education, or public accommodation, as well as reports of concerns of discrimination in these and other areas.

Lastly, we encourage allies in our community to leverage their privilege to speak out against injustice, amplify minority voices, and support the vast amount of human rights work being done in Iowa City. Together, we can create lasting and meaningful change.

In solidarity,
City of Iowa City Human Rights Commission

Please report incidents of discrimination by contacting the Equity and Human Rights Office.

Visit the our web page to learn more about resources available for those who feel they have been discriminated against.

Date of publication

Sunday, March 28, 2021