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Dubuque Mayor releases statement on racism and racial equity

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) — The Dubuque City Council issued a resolution denouncing any kind of racism for its negative psychological, social, health, educational and economic effects. The Council has stated prioritizing racial equity advancement for their vision of an inclusive and equitable community.

July 27-28th the Council held almost eight hours of work sessions with different City staff and community partners. Dubuque City Council looked at the information showing continuing affects of racism on life opportunities for community members of color.

There have also been detailed discussions about advancing racial equity in multiple areas such as affordable housing, an equitable fine and fee strategy and the equitable poverty prevention plan. This includes racial equity action plans within departments.

One of the community partners is the Dubuque Dream Center that presented on July 27. The Center served 190 youth last year through out-of-school time programming. 73% of those students increased their reading scores and 88% increasing their math scores.

During the summer, youth in the Youth Career Development program helped package meals for families, increase facility sanitation measures (CDC recommendations), revamp the Multipurpose Room and academically tutor youth enrolled in the Center's Virtual Summer Program. These students graduated on August 7.

The City of Dubuque says that they are angered to learn that Dream Center staff received a racially charged voicemail. The message was "get out of town." The City Council says that they belong here in Dubuque and proudly, financially support the work the Dream Center is doing. The City is asking people to stand with the Dream Center.

If you have experienced incidents of discrimination/bias, the City of Dubuque Human Rights Department staff could help. They can be reached at 563-589-4190 or

KWWL also reported on what happened at Loras College in Dubuque.

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