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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

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By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

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By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

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By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

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Black Teen Summit to Promote Awareness, Action

By Dana Boone | 06.27.08 | 7:00 am

How the media portrays African-American youth and the importance of civic participation are among the topics that will be discussed at Friday’s second annual State of Black Youth in Iowa Summit in Des Moines. “The number one reason to come out to the summit is just to develop a greater knowledge base and increase your [...]

State’s Oldest Black Newspaper Urges Firing of Commission Official

By Dana Boone | 06.24.08 | 7:00 am

An Iowa Bystander commentary has called for the ouster of the top official at the Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans, citing concerns with his leadership and role in the commission spending $75,000 on a disparity study in Davenport. The commentary’s headline read “Time for a change: Fire Abraham Funchess.” It slammed the [...]

Today’s Juneteenth Events Mark Slavery’s End, Promote Unity

By Dana Boone | 06.21.08 | 11:12 am

Juneteenth, a state holiday in Iowa and 28 states, marks the day when the last slaves in Texas learned that slavery had been abolished on June 19, 1865 – more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Many black communities across country mark the holiday with educational events and [...]

Q&A: Education Brain Trust Works to Reform Parents, Des Moines School District

By Dana Boone | 06.18.08 | 4:03 pm

Earlier this year, Paulette Wiley revived the Education Brain Trust, a group founded in 1982 by African-American educators and activists in Des Moines. The group — then and now — had grave concerns about the education of black students in the Des Moines School District, particularly the disproportionate number of blacks who are suspended, expelled [...]

Pastors Sound Off on Obama’s Former Pastor, Ponder Politics and the Pulpit

By Dana Boone | 06.15.08 | 11:57 pm

A panel of predominantly African-American pastors agreed that the controversial remarks made by Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s former pastor were inappropriate and poorly timed. “I think there are some things that we can think, but not necessarily should be said,” said Rev. Curtis De Vance of Burns United Methodist Church. “While some of the [...]

Des Moines Flooding Forces Cancellation of Meetings about ‘Disturbing Plight’ of Black Youths

By Dana Boone | 06.13.08 | 8:24 pm

Meetings next week to brainstorm ways to improve the lives of Des Moines’ black youths will be rescheduled to allow residents time to cope with the flood conditions gripping parts of the city. The community meetings will cover the racial disparities present in the school, juvenile justice and foster care systems and solicit community input. [...]

Des Moines’ Birdland Marina

By Dana Boone | 06.13.08 | 7:13 pm

Flood water. Evacuations – voluntary and forced. Worry. Amid city-wide woes in Des Moines about rising flood waters, a young boy fished from the sidewalk Friday evening along Pennsylvania Avenue near Birdland Marina.

From ‘Talk to Action,’ Community Meetings Tackle ‘Disturbing Plight’ of Black Youths

By Dana Boone | 06.12.08 | 12:00 am

When Jamel Kirby moved back to Des Moines in 2004 to take care of his ailing mother, he disliked what he saw happening. The self-described “citizen carrying a heavy burden” found long-standing problems worsening — poor academic achievement and a disparate number of blacks in juvenile and foster care systems.

Panel of Clergy Confronts Issues of Race, Obama and Rev. Wright at Iowa Juneteenth Celebration

By Dana Boone | 06.10.08 | 12:15 am

A panel of clergy will discuss issues of race and the controversy sparked by Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama’s former minister, during an upcoming Juneteenth panel discussion in Des Moines.  “There is no one standard of what the church is in the African-American community. The variety or diversity of religion, even [...]

Commission on Status of African Americans Forges Ahead with Plan Amid Criticism

By Dana Boone | 06.08.08 | 11:57 pm

The publisher of the state’s oldest African-American newspaper expressed concerns in a recent Iowa Bystander issue about the Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans’ Ongoing Covenant with Black Iowa. Jerald Brantley, in a May 19 column titled “From the pen of JB,” wrote: “Let’s talk about gatekeepers and their negative effect on our [...]

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