(un)Official #BlackLivesMatter Organization founded by Casey Abbott Payne and Laura L. Hubka

Black Voices Project

BVP is a vehicle for Black people’s voices to be heard in the Iowa City area; our work creates a community that supports a thriving black culture.

Joining together to promote racial justice through action, education and empowerment.


  • Exposing the systemic racism present in our local institutions to enact change in current policies and practices towards equity.
  • Bringing community voices front and center to impact local issues affecting our lives.
  • Increasing the ability of community leaders – white and people of color – to identify racism and intervene effectively on individual and systemic levels.
  • Mobilizing concerned members of the community to impact real-time racial incidents as they occur in our community.
  • Building authentic multiracial community through a commitment to mutual care and respect.

Duties of the Commission include:

  1. Disseminating information to educate the public on illegal discrimination and civil rights, such as organizing and facilitating educational public forums that address one or more of the broad range of topics included within the rubric of human rights
  2. Making recommendations to the City Council for such further legislation concerning discrimination as it may deem necessary and desirable
  3. Cooperating within the limits of any appropriations made for its operation with other agencies or organizations both public and private whose purposes are not inconsistent with those of Title 2 of the City Code (Human Rights Ordinance)
  4. Planning programs and activities designed to eliminate racial, religious, cultural and other intergroup tensions including but not limited to sex, color, creed, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age and national origin.

Iowa-Nebraska NAACP

The Iowa-Nebraska State Area Conference of Branches NAACP was founded in 1939. The state conference is comprised of over 30 adult branches, college chapters and youth chapters from throughout both states.

League of United Latin American Citizens, (LULAC) is the largest and oldest Hispanic Organization in the United States. The mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States. In addition to fulfilling the mission of the national office, LULAC Iowa and Council 307 was formed in 2011 in order to provide a unified voice in addressing issues that affect Latinos in central Iowa.

IC SURJ is a local chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. While IC SURJ is based in Iowa City, it encompasses surrounding municipalities in Johnson and Linn counties, including Coralville, North Liberty, and Cedar Rapids.

Formed in the summer of 2016, the Iowa City SURJ chapter aims to encourage and support white people to act with passion and accountability as part of a multi-racial majority for justice. We endeavor to do this work through community organizing, mobilization, education, and partnerships with other racial justice groups locally and nationally.