Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission Monthly Meeting &
Community Potluck Dinner
Wednesday, June 19, 5:30-7:00 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids
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Meetings are free and open to the public. Any visually impaired or hearing impaired person needing assistance to participate in this meeting should contact Civil Rights at 319-286-5036 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.
What We Do
The Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission (CRCRC) is an Administrative Law Agency which exists to:
- provide education and outreach to the community on civil rights and fair housing issues;
- receive citizen inquiries alleging discrimination;
- determine jurisdiction under federal, state, and local civil rights laws.
If inquiries are jurisdictional, the CRCRC:
- assists in the processing, cross-filing, and investigation of complaints;
- assists in mediation/conciliation to resolve complaint allegations;
- recommends findings after a complaint is investigated;
- assists in the public hearing process.
If inquiries are not jurisdictional, the CRCRC:
- refers citizens to appropriate agencies for assistance.
Eleven volunteer members, who are appointed by the Mayor for three-year terms, comprise the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission. Each member may serve two consecutive three-year terms. This is a policy-making body which directs the Commission staff. Commissioners are also involved in revising the local civil rights ordinance and assist staff members in their efforts to enforce these laws. The Commission annually elects a Chair and a Vice-Chair. Regularly scheduled meetings take place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.