The ACLU of Iowa has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a group of five protesters who have been banned from the Iowa Capitol Complex. The ban blocks their fundamental constitutional rights, including those of free speech, assembly, and their right to petition their government.
The ACLU of Iowa has released its 2020 Legislative Report and Civil Liberties Scorecard. It analyzes votes on key civil liberties votes by legislators in the 2019 and 2020 sessions and shows their record on supporting civil liberties in Iowa.
Iowa no longer is the only state in the country to permanently and for life ban its citizens from voting following any felony conviction. Finally, tens of thousands of Iowans can now fully participate in our communities.
Jeremiah Chapman, a Charles City High School baseball player, was taunted with racist comments during an away game at Waverly-Shell Rock High School. He was repeatedly called, "Colin," presumably in reference to Colin Kaepernick.
Each legislative session has its challenges, but the 2020 session had more than its share. After its usual start in January, the Legislature suspended in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It reconvened in mid-June, met for 10 days, and then adjourned for the year.
A criminal record shouldn't define someone's entire existence.