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Four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd now face criminal charges; faith leaders call for action against racial injustice.

2020Talks - June 4, 2020 


The 2020 Census, delayed because of the new coronavirus, is ramping back up to provide an accurate count so, among other things, states can redraw districts for 2021 and 2022. Plus, national figures across the country decry President Trump's response to protests.

Public News Service - IA: Civil Rights

Iowa Republicans admit they hope the U.S. Supreme Court will be forced to take up a bill they passed Wednesday making the state's abortion law the most restrictive in the country. (itrl.idr.iowa.gov)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa is a signature away from the most restrictive abortion law in the nation. Republican lawmakers, who control the Iowa statehouse, passed a bill Wednesday that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is typically around six weeks of pregnancy.

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

African-Americans make up 3.5 percent of Iowa's population, but accounted for 18 percent of people convicted for first time possession of marijuana in 2016. (Derek Goulet/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Supporters of a bill that would reduce the penalties for first time marijuana possession say it would save Iowans money and reduce the disproportionate number of African-Americans in the criminal justice system. Iowa's first offense penalty for even a single marijuana join

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

New voter ID cards are being mailed this week to 123,000 Iowans who don't have drivers licenses or other official ID. (Iowa Secretary of State)

DES MOIES, Iowa -- The Iowa Secretary of State wants 123,000 voters to be on the lookout for a special envelope coming in the mail in the next few days. Voter ID cards are being mailed to Iowans who do not have a state driver's license or other state ID. Kevin Hall, spokesman for Secretary of State

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

About 50,000 Iowans are not allowed to cast a ballot due to a felony offense. (Pixabay)<br />

DES MOINES, Iowa – Nearly a year after a legal defeat, voting-rights advocates are continuing their fight to end Iowa's lifetime voting ban for felons. In Iowa, along with Kentucky and Florida, people with felony convictions are constitutionally prohibited from voting, but can appeal to the

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