The ACLU of Iowa is working to make sure all Iowans are treated fairly, no matter what their racial background is.
The promise of equal justice for all in Iowa still has not been achieved. Though generations of civil rights activism have led to important progress, systemic racism and inequities that disadvantage communities of color are still woven into the fabric of our institutions today.
Systemic racism permeates the starkly segregated world of housing. In public schools, students of color are too often funneled through the “school-to-prison pipeline.” The criminal legal system disproportionately targets and subjects people of color to police brutality, incarceration, and numerous collateral consequences.
We strive to create an Iowa where systematic racism is dismantled and the harm inflicted on communities of color is repaired.