‘Mission Possible’ fundraiser in January to help fight human trafficking

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The "Mission Possible" fundraiser on January 28 will contribute to the goal of ending human trafficking in the Quad Cities, according to event organizers. The Davenport non-profit group Braking Traffik and the Quad Cities Lodging Association are teaming up to continue the fight in eradicating human trafficking, one of the...

‘We Support All Refugees’ Rally at State Capitol on Tuesday

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Protesters will rally at the Iowa State Capitol to challenge Governor Terry Branstad's plea to deny Syrian refugees entry into the state on November 24 from 1-4pm. The protest will be hosted by Samantha Thomas of Des Moines, who is "appalled at Branstad's resolution to deny services to anyone in...

Iowa-born Attorney to Discuss ‘Right to Know’ legislation in Waukee

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Iowa native and legal expert Amanda Knief will speak about proposed legislation known as "The Patient's Right to Know Act" at the Waukee Public Library on November 17. Knief is the National Legal and Public Policy Director for American Atheists, a group that describes itself as being "dedicated to working...

Anderson Erickson Dairy and the Search for Missing Children

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Before the advent of AMBER Alerts and social media, communities had to figure out constructive ways to raise awareness and locate missing children. One such effort was the campaign to place photos of missing children on the sides of milk cartons, which started with Anderson Erickson Dairy in Des Moines,...

Iowa Peace Activists Gather for Armistice Day Observance

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Iowa peace activists commemorated Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, in Iowa City on November 11. According to a public statement issued by the national contingent of Veterans for Peace, "We are reclaiming the original intention of that day – a worldwide call for peace that was spurred by universal revulsion...

Iowa Civil Forfeiture Laws Among Worst in the US

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Iowa has some of the "worst civil forfeiture laws in the country," according to a new study released by the Institute for Justice on November 10. IJ released an updated version of their "Policing for Profit" report, a state-by-state examination of civil forfeiture laws across the United States. The study,...

Iowa fails in judicial accountability, according to study

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Iowa received a "D+" grade in a 2015 nationwide assessment of "state government transparency and accountability" conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity. Both non-profit organizations collaborated on the "State Integrity Investigation," a study based on "research by reporters in each state to grade and rank the...

‘Stand up to Super PACS’ rally at Iowa State Capitol

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The non-profit group Iowa Pays the Price is hosting a rally at the Iowa State Capitol to combat the influence of "Big Money" in politics on Sunday, according to event organizers. The rally, hosted by filmmaker Scott "The Iowa Nice Guy" Siepker as the emcee, will feature speakers representing independent...

Author Alison Weir Tours Iowa in November

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Author and activist Alison Weir will visit Iowa to promote her book Against Our Better Judgment as part of her Midwest tour in November. As reported by Iowa Free Press, Weir is an "American journalist who has given presentations and lectures about the Israel-Palestine conflict at universities across the country."...

Progress Iowa Corn Feed To Be Hosted On August 30

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Progressive leaders and activists will gather for the 2015 “Progress Iowa Corn Feed” at the Simon Estes Amphitheater in Des Moines on August 30. Progress Iowa’s Executive Director Matt Sinovic told Iowa Free Press that his organization wanted to host the event “so that Iowa progressives would have the chance...