The Mannheimer Award recognizes young Iowans who have stood up for civil liberties in their schools and communities.
The $500 cash award is given to a young person who has worked for free speech, free expression, LGBTQ issues, immigrants’ rights, racial and gender equality, bullying, religious freedom, reproductive freedom, privacy issues, or disability rights. Deadline April 20.
Kelli Jo Griffin lost her voting rights after a nonviolent drug conviction. Now, under Iowa law, she is no longer allowed to vote. She wants to change that law for herself and others.
Griffin voted in a local election, unaware of Iowa’s complex laws on voting for those with a criminal background. She found herself charged with voter fraud and facing up to 15 years in prison. After an emotional and expensive trial, the jury acquitted her in 40 minutes.
County sheriffs say they won’t hold suspected unauthorized immigrants without a judge’s approval
The ACLU of Iowa has successfully worked with Iowa’s county sheriffs and has received confirmation from them that they won’t comply with ICE requests to hold people without a warrant.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa is a private, non-partisan, non-profit group that fights to advance civil liberties for all. We are the state affiliate of the national ACLU.
We pride ourselves in upholding everyone’s civil liberties—no matter who they are or what they believe. We have worked to assure rights of all Iowans—from atheists to devout Christians, from labor unions to businesspeople, and more—to make sure our constitutional rights are preserved.” More about us