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Embracing Diversity in Iowa-- ”understanding current diversity challenges & strengthening civil rights in Iowa" the views of an enforcement agency. Ralph Rosenberg- Iowa Civil Rights Commission email@example.com 515 242 6537 .
Embracing Diversity in Iowa-- ”understanding current diversity challenges & strengthening civil rights in Iowa" the views of an enforcement agency.
Iowa Civil Rights Commission firstname.lastname@example.org
515 242 6537
Civil rights laws present a framework of legal protections of freedom and equality.
I. What we do—who is helped or protected? II. Why we do it—why still important?III. How “is it going”? IV. Why not ‘ already solved’? V. Close with: How can we leverage resources and use partnerships to strengthen civil rights?
Understanding & Overcoming Challenges- --need to ask & answer where are we today.
Why the continuing concern over diversity and civil rights ?The election of President Obama (including Iowa’s early endorsement)=Many Americans thinking that civil rights problems must be on the decline
Many Americans want to believe racial discrimination disappeared with the Jim Crow era of two drinking fountains.
During the 50-year celebrations of Brown v. Board of Education cases, Gallup and other organizations, released national opinion polls on discrimination.
Polls attempted to measure whether Americans believed the goal of eliminating discrimination had been attained, or whether significant progress had been made over the past 50 years.
Polls reflected some advancement --in terms of diversity in the workforce, the neighborhood, or one’s own family.
Median income of families with White heads of household in Iowa is twice that of families with African American heads of household;
Disproportionate arrests and incarceration, or disproportionate drop out rates.
• 73.5% said race or ethnicity
• Religion was second at 23%
• Disability was cited least, at 2%
And how is it going—at least in two counties.
discriminated against and 47% said they were
sometimes discriminated against in at least one
specific situation of the 21 presented in the study
they experience discrimination at stores
they’d experienced discrimination involving law
enforcement (46% in Linn and 69% in Johnson)
Non-Caucasians cited a large difference between the importance of certain attributes and the community’s performance on these attributes. Caucasians considered the gap to be much smaller.
Leveraging resources--Iowa partnerships and best practices Since the civil rights celebrations of 2004 and 2005, ICRC began the process of trying to bridge the silos by asserting the common humanity with all Iowans and acting on it. Iowa cannot afford to lose the contributions of any Iowans, morally, economically, socially, nor lose the dignity of any member of our community.
1. Partnerships with VISTA2. Partnerships with local commissions3. Partnerships with Legal Aid4. Partnerships with membership groups and the faith community 5. Partnerships with state and federal agencies 6. Partnerships with schools7. Stakeholder partnerships 8. State fair9. Volunteer attorneys
our AmeriCorps VISTA program
Housing-sex and family status
Employment - Sex and Retaliation
Employment - Physical and Mental Disability
Public Accommodation - Race
Employment - Sexual Orientation
Employment – Pregnancy
Employment – Religion
Education – Sex and Retaliation