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During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - IA: Social Justice

Iowa women volunteer at significantly higher rates than men, but don't equal their numbers on county boards and commissions. (sjreia.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Despite a 2012 Iowa law requiring gender balance on county and city boards, the ratio of men to women serving in those offices hasn't evened out, and a new report says improvement has mostly stalled. The research from Iowa State University shows that only four of Iowa's 99

High school students participating in the

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Survivors of February's deadly school shooting in Florida took their message for stricter gun-control measures to a conservative corner of Iowa this week, on a bus tour through the Midwest. During tour stops in Omaha and Sioux City, speakers shared how the shooting at Ma

Eighteen state groups including the Iowa Police Chiefs Association have registered their opposition to the so-called sanctuary cities bill. (aclu-ia-org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — A rally is planned at the Iowa state Capitol tomorrow to urge lawmakers to reject legislation that would strip so-called sanctuary cities of state funds and boost enforcement of federal immigration laws. Senate File 481 was introduced by Rep. Steve Holt in response to a re

Racial minorities are a small percentage of the Iowa population, but hate groups apparently have targeted those living in Iowa City. (campusreform.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa-Nebraska NAACP is investigating white supremacist literature found in several cities, including the most recent instance in Iowa City. The flyer distributed in an Iowa City neighborhood showed a blonde, white woman under the heading, "Love your race." It included

Recidivism is down substantially at Iowa correctional facilities where DMACC offers educational and vocational training. (DariuszSankowski/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Getting on the right track can be challenging for people leaving the prison system, and some Iowa programs are giving them a head start before their release. Hollie Coon oversees Des Moines Area Community College's educational programs at Newton Correctional Facility and I

When insurance provider Medica signaled it was likely to leave the Iowa individual health insurance market, the state was put in a tough position.(Steve Buissinne/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A stopgap insurance plan presented this week to federal officials by Iowa's insurance commissioner needs to be re-worked to better protect low-income and older Iowans, according to the Child & Family Policy Center. Mary Nelle Trefz, a health policy associate with the cente

Discrimination may no longer be seen at drinking fountains, but a Des Moines School Board member says it's prevalent in education, health care and the justice system. (WikiImages/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – President Donald Trump's comments in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., are leading some people to see what many minorities have seen all along, according to a cultural competence expert in Iowa. Trump is being criticized for blaming racial violence in Virgi

As a Fairfield school board member, Phil Miller voted to allow transgender students to use restrooms based on their gender identity. (martyspittle/Pixabay)

FAIRFIELD, Iowa – In the wake of a special election punctuated by attack ads about transgender bathroom access, the winner is reflecting on what voters really seemed to care about. Fairfield veterinarian Phil Miller, a Democrat, faced criticism in the election from Republican Travis Harris f

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