Message to Our Members from the Civil Rights Forum - Update
The Civil Rights Forum has used these negative events to take action promoting dialogue and education about immigration issues. We are also bringing people with different viewpoints together to bring healing to those who have been hurt by the controversy.
- We have done a Peace Circle bringing immigration activists together with members of the Pleasant View Baptist church. It was very successful. We hope to work together with them on future social justice projects.
- Both Republican candidates for Dave Loebsack's seat in Congress, Bobby Schilling and Mariannette Miller-Meeks, attended the anti-immigration rally at the church. We have already met with Bobby Schilling to talk about the crisis on the southern border (see After Action report). We will try to set up a similar meeting with Dr. Miller-Meeks.
- We still intend to approach the City of Bettendorf about the problems with racial profiling in Bettendorf. Bringing Nick Fuentes (an avowed white nationalist) to speak in Bettendorf, and the recent distribution of hate flyers, make addressing the issue of racial profiling more urgent.