Relevant Local Organizations

Looking for a group to get involved with?  A “Home” for your activism?
Now sorted by General Topics, here are some organizations working on the issues of most concern to members of our group:

If you know of others, please submit them via our “Contact” page.

Human Rights /  Civil Rights:

  • Positive Words and Actions  (Local initiative)
    The Positive Words and Actions group works towards changing racism and negative stereotypes about Muslims, immigrants, and refugees in Cedar Rapids, IA.
  • Iowa Justice Alliance
    A group to organize, share resources, and to seek racial justice in Iowa. We seek justice for Jerime Mitchell and will demonstrate January 15, 2017.
  • Amnesty International
    Through our detailed research and determined campaigning, we help fight abuses of human rights worldwide. We bring torturers to justice. Change oppressive laws. And free people jailed just for voicing their opinion.
    Local Chapter Contact:   Alice Dahle   adahle48@gmail.com
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – Iowa Chapter
    A non-profit membership organization that promotes and defends the values reflected in the Bill of Rights through public advocacy and outreach, lobbying, and litigation. It is dedicated to promoting and protecting the individual rights and freedoms ensured by the United States Constitution and Iowa Constitution.  New offshoot:  PeoplePower.org

Peace / Conflict Resolution:

  • Workers for Peace Iowa   (Local Initiative)
    After September 11th, 2001, a group of eight women in Cedar Rapids reached out to one another in solidarity and peace, and formed Women for Peace.  The name changed to be more inclusive, but the group still strives to promote peace in ourselves, our families, and our community by  educating ourselves and others about the roots of conflict and about peaceful means for resolving differences.
  • Veterans for Peace – Linn County
    Veterans For Peace is an international organization made up of military veterans, military family members, and allies. We accept veteran members from all branches of service. We are dedicated to building a culture of peace, exposing the true costs of war, and healing the wounds of war. Our networks are made up of over 120 chapters across the United States and abroad.
    Local Chapter Contact: Robert Frazier  FrazierRobertA.doc@gmail.com   641-751-5701

Immigrant-focused services:

  • Catherine Mcauley Center
    Serves immigrants and women getting out of domestic abuse, among others.
    Offers a transitional place to stay, and helps adult learners improve their English language skills, understand and trust the U.S. banking system, study for the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), and/or prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam

Political Activities:

  • Indivisible Iowa (Statewide Closed Facebook Group)
    Download the “Indivisible Guide” to effectively communicating with your members of congress, search for and create new groups at: www.indivisibleguide.com/
  • Indivisible Iowa SD 33 & 35   (Rob Hogg & Wally Horn’s Districts)
    We resist Trump’s agenda. We believe Trump’s agenda is racist, authoritarian, and corrupt, and it must be stopped. We focus on local, defensive congressional advocacy.
    We demand that our own local Members of Congress serve as our voice in Washington, DC.  We also embrace progressive values. We model inclusion, respect, and fairness in all of our actions.
  • Indivisible Iowa SD #34  (Liz Mathis’ district)
    Including most of Hiawatha, all of Robins and Marion, most of the parts of C.R. that are between them, plus Bertram and Ely.
  • Indivisible Iowa SD48 (Dan Zumbach’s district – Mostly rural Linn County)
  • League of Women Voters – Linn County
    Purpose:  To enable people to be effective members of a democracy.
    Mission:  Promote direct discourse and discussion of LWV-related issues with government representatives and our community * Educate and advocate on issues for the common good * Share unbiased, fact-based information with members and the community  *  Build social connections  * Nurture a passion for action.

Faith Based:

  • Iowa Interfaith Alliance
    The monthly gathering of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa in Cedar Rapids is called Intersections.  It’s an opportunity to learn, to participate in civil dialogue, and to discuss issues at the intersection of religion and politics.
  • Muslim American Society (MAS) – Iowa Chapter  (Cedar Rapids based)
    A dynamic charitable, religious, social, cultural, and educational, organization. MAS offers unique programs and services that seek to better the individual and in turn, the greater society by imparting Islamic knowledge, promoting community service, engaging in political activism, and much more
  • Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) – Iowa Chapter   (C.R. based)
    America’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Race / Ethnicity / Gender Based:

  • African American Museum of Iowa
    A statewide museum dedicated to to preserving, exhibiting, and teaching Iowa’s African American history, we educate more than 30,000 people each year through museum tours, traveling exhibits, research services, youth and adult education programs, and community and fundraising events.
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
    (No C.R. or Iowa-wide chapter yet – Lindsey is talking with the Iowa City leaders)  SURJ is a national network organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.  SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.
  • Black Lives Matter  (No official Chapter in Iowa)A chapter-based national organization rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country. who actively resist our dehumanization. #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society, that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.
  • National Organization for Women (NOW)Cedar Rapids chapter in formation
    Since our founding in 1966, NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.
    Facebook Event for new CR Chapter Elections meeting on April 27, 2017:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/227398667665232

Healthcare Focused:

  • Iowa Abortion Access Fund is dedicated to the belief that the freedom to choose legal abortion should be available to everyone and committed to providing access for those who lack the resources to pay for an abortion.  IAAF works to promote community awareness; contact us for a speaking engagement for your group.  An annual spring art gallery and fall auction promote education and community fundraising.

LGBTQ+ Focused:

  • PFLAG Cedar Rapids
    PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
  • Cedar Rapids Gay and Lesbian Resource Center
    The Cedar Rapids Gay & Lesbian Resource Center is established to promote Diversity, Awareness and Inclusiveness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons to the community at large, and support them by providing, and collaborating with other organizations on, outreach programs, community involvement/events, and educational resources to those inside and outside of the G/L/B/T community.
  • Stonewall Democrats – Linn County
    An LGBT Democratic group that works to elect pro-LGBT Democrats in federal, state, and local elections, serve as a bullhorn for LGBT governmental issues, and supply LGBT voters to ballot boxes.


Environmental:

  • Iowa350.org
    IOWA 350 is working locally to help build the global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis and transition to a sustainable future.
    Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/IOWA350/
  • 100 Grannies
    (This is an Iowa City based group, but recommended by a couple of our members)
    Mission Statement: To educate, advocate and agitate for renewable energy, pure water, clean air and a healthy environment for future generations.
    Closed Facebook Group:  www.facebook.com/groups/100grannies.org/

Other / Multi-Issue Based:

  • Iowans for Gun Safety
    Iowans for Gun safety is a coalition of organizations and individuals seeking common sense, laws and policies to help reduce gun violence and save lives.
  • MoveOn.org (at this point, an online resource for activism)
    Launched in 1998, MoveOn pioneered online organizing and advocacy techniques. MoveOn  identifies opportunities for progressive change–and mobilizes to seize them. MoveOn members step up as leaders using the MoveOn Petitions DIY platform to create their own petitions and campaigns to drive social change.

If you know of other relevant organizations, please submit them via our “Contact” page.