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Week of July 1

  1. Purchase your Black Lives Matter yard sign from UUS.
  2. Tell Gov. Kim Reynolds to restore felon voting rights immediately. (Iowa is the only state that prohibits released felons from voting)
  3. Read “How to be an Anitracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
  4. Listen to the “1619” podcast by the New York Times
  5. Watch the movie “12 Years a Slave”  

Week of June 24

  1. Purchase your Black Lives Matter yard sign from UUS
  2. Send a letter to the Iowa City Council thanking them for their prompt resolution supporting the Iowa Freedom Riders’ demands. Extra credit for hand-written notes; sample letter available below
  3. Attend the “Actions Speak Louder” protest in Coralville on Saturday at 11 am at Morrison Park 
  4. Watch “13th” on Netflix or for free on YouTube.  This thought-provoking documentary by the director of Selma analyzes the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom
  5. Watch “Where Do We Go From Here?” in which Oprah Winfrey speaks with Black thought leaders, activists and artists about systematic racism and the current state of America

Sample letter to Iowa City Council

We’re writing to thank you for your timely consideration of the Iowa Freedom Riders’ demands. As Unitarian Universalists, we believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every human being and in justice and equity in human relations. We have been appalled at the disrespect and brutality that police forces around the nation have used on people of color. And, of course, the murder of George Floyd in broad daylight and on camera was beyond the pale. It appeared that Officer Chauvin knew he could act with impunity. We stand with the IFR in their demands for prioritizing police accountability for racism while addressing the systemic racism and inequality in our community and our nation.

Lula and Kim Palmer, members, UUS Racial Justice Team