Message to Our Members from the Civil Rights Forum
The anti-immigration rally at the Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bettendorf and the subsequent protests have contributed to polarization in our community. We want to use Restorative Justice practices to bring people together and promote healing.
These events present the Civil Rights Forum with an opportunity to begin dialogue with local and national decision-makers who need to hear our message promoting fair treatment of refugees and immigrants, and decreasing racial profiling in the Quad Cities.
- We plan to use Restorative Justice Peace Circles to open a dialogue on immigration between community members with different viewpoints.
- We will try to meet with Bobby Schilling and Marionnette Miller-Meeks about the crisis on the southern border. Both are Republican candidates for Congress and both attended the anti-immigration rally at the church.
- We want 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.