The Iowa City Human Rights Commission is partnering with local diversity-building and human rights organizations on an event called “Building and Crossing Bridges Together” to establish a foundation of solidarity among residents who live in the Corridor. By bringing residents with diverse backgrounds together to listen and learn from each other, event leaders aim to combat ongoing hate speech and fear-mongering tactics and rhetoric, and build a stronger community. The program will be held Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn Street.

Two sessions are scheduled that day. From 2 to 5 p.m., keynote speakers, including former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach, Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton, and Iowa City Community School District Equity Director Kingsley Botchway, who also serves as an Iowa City Council member and Mayor Pro-Tem, will present. The second session, from 6 to 8 p.m., will encourage active audience participation in break-out groups, when challenging topics and experiences will be discussed, and action plans proposed.

No admission will be charged and the public is invited to attend one or both sessions. Light refreshments will be served.

The Iowa City Human Rights Commission is sponsoring the event. Co-sponsors include the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Iowa, Johnson County Board of Supervisors, University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, ACLU-IA, United Nation Association of Iowa and Johnson County, University of Iowa Chief Diversity Office, Johnson County Consultation of Religious Communities, and Peace Iowa.

For more information, contact Stefanie Bowers, City of Iowa City Human Rights Coordinator, at 319-356-5022 or

Date of publication

Friday, August 19, 2016