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Fifth member of Iowa City Truth and Reconciliation Commission resigns

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Raneem Hamad, center, addressing City Councilor John Thomas during a June 2020 protest.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - A fifth member of Iowa City's Ad Hoc Truth and Reconciliation Commission resigned Thursday; leaving 4/9 seats vacant on the commission.

The commission, which was formed to investigate claims of racism and help with reparations, was suspended by the City Council last Tuesday March 17. The decision was made because of infighting and a string of resignations.

Since March 8, four commissioners and facilitator Jesse Case have all resigned.

The most recent resignation was by Raneem Hamad, who was serving as a representative of protest group The Iowa Freedom Riders. In her resignation letter, Hamad was very frustrated with the council's decision to suspend the commission for one month.

"The sad but unavoidable fact is that the TRC is limited to telling truths that the Council wants to hear. These are not the truths that I and others from IFR wanted to focus on when we originally demanded a TRC in June 2020," Hamad wrote in her resignation letter.

City leaders still plan on the commission resuming its work in mid-April, after a joint meeting with councilors and hopefully filling the vacancies.

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Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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