This is a historic moment for racial justice in our state. It's at times encouraging, exhausting, and exhilarating.
If ever there were an opportunity to secure meaningful racial justice, this is it. The energy and passion of protestors – following the murder of George Floyd – has finally drawn civic leaders' attention. Change is happening. It's like someone pushed the fast-forward button on key efforts that we've been working on for years.
Just a few days ago, we filed a brief defending Waterloo's "ban the box" ordinance, which, along with federal and state civil rights laws, prevents employers from rejecting job applicants based only on an arrest or conviction without a legitimate business reason for doing so – a practice that unjustly punishes Black people more because of systemic racism in our criminal justice system.
Our other ongoing racial justice work has taken on even more meaning and urgency:
Meanwhile, COVID-19 continues to rage and is disproportionately harming communities of color.
This fight isn't over. Not this week, this month, or even this year. We're glad you're in it with us.
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