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Honored to Present the 10th Annual Iowa Summit on Justice & Disparities


Calling for attendees and central Iowans in general to remain committed to racial equity, civic engagement, and supportive policies and institutions for all marginalized people, the NAACP Des Moines is honored to be the presenting sponsor of the 10th Annual Iowa Summit on Justice & Disparities.


The Iowa Summit on Justice & Disparities has uniquely positioned itself at the intersection of two key issues for the NAACP; Race & Justice and Advocacy & Litigation.


Structural discrimination and unjust policing, prosecution, and incarceration practices unfairly and disproportionally affect black communities. The path to justice requires that we first challenge our own biases and then those systemically embedded in policies, statutes, local, state and federal laws. To do so will ensure equal protection for ALL citizens to recognize equity and justice in their every day lives.


The Des Moines Branch hopes that conference attendees find inspiration, community, an opportunity to contribute to the greater good, tools to do that work and a renewed thirst for justice and freedom through their participation in this event.


2022 Summit Keynote Speakers Louis L Reed, Kemba Smith, and Richard Mendal from the The Sentencing Project.


About NAACP Des Moines


Founded in 1915, The mission of the Des Moines Branch of the NAACP is to achieve equity and social inclusion by advancing policies and practices to expand human and civil rights, eliminate discrimination and accelerate the well-being, education, and economic security of all persons of color in central Iowa.


NAACP DSM believes that our criminal justice system has been shaped by biased policing and unfair judicial precedents, rooted in anti-Blackness and racial disparity. The emotional, mental, physical, and financial impact on our communities is a tangible experience for millions of Black people in the U.S. The cost of an unjust justice system is high.


Contact: Victoria Henderson Weber

Des Moines Branch, President

prez@naacpdesmoines.org

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