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The Civil Rights Commission partners with the following organizations:

African-American Museum of Iowa

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The Council Bluffs Civil Rights Commission is proud to partner with the African-American Museum of Iowa, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  This Museum sponsors a number of state-wide educational programs for children and adults alike, many of which have reached audiences in Council Bluffs.  The Museum’s mission statement is:  "Preserve, exhibit, and teach the African American Heritage of Iowa".  Tamra L. W. Madsen, the Director of the Council Bluffs Civil Rights Commission, serves on the board of the Museum.  Attached is a photograph of the board members from the Spring 2012 Banquet.  More information can be found at

Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc. and the Fair Housing Center

Its motto is:  “Increasing Affordable Housing Opportunities for All”, and the director of the Council Bluffs Civil Rights Commission serves on its board of directors and as its vice-chair.  This non-profit organization’s goal is:  “To advance the prosperity of the community by education and empowering the people to obtain, maintain and retain housing, and reach financial security.”  These goals are more specifically delineated and met through: 

  • Preventing homelessness
  • Educating home owners
  • Providing foreclosure prevention options
  • Developing financially-wise consumers
  • Offering affordable mortgage lending products
  • Eliminating housing discrimination
  • Reducing poverty

This organization is celebrating its 45th year in 2013!  It exists to help people, and its services are available to all! 

More information may be found at: or by calling 402.934.7921

HUD Released Fair Housing App

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a housing discrimination mobile application (app) for iPhones and iPads. Developed by HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity and Hewlett Packard, the free app provides the public and the housing industry a quick and easy way to learn about their housing rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act. It also allows users to file housing discrimination complaints under the Act. The Fair Housing Act bans discrimination in housing on the basis of disability, as well as race, color, gender, and religion in the public and private sectors.
"Having this first fair housing mobile application equips people everywhere with the information they need to combat housing discrimination," said John Trasviña, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. "We are maximizing the latest technology to make the process for filing fair housing complaints faster and easier and arming our fair housing partners with the information they need to understand their fair housing rights and responsibilities."

In addition to facilitating real-time delivery of housing discrimination complaints to HUD, the app provides information about the fair housing complaint process and access to access HUD's toll-free discrimination hotline and fair housing website . The app is available free from the Apple App store.  

Great Plains ADA Center

Iowa Western Community College

Tri-Faith Initiative

This is a program which is unique in all the world, and is located in Omaha.  It is a collaboration of the three (3) Abrahamic faiths:  The Jewish Faith, the Islamic Faith, and the Christian Faith (through the Archdiocese of the Episcopal Church of Nebraska).  The group has purchased land at 132nd and Pacific Streets and seeks to build a Tri-Faith Campus with separate worship centers for each faith at the site, as well as a joint tri-faith center for activities in which the three (3) faiths will participate together to encourage understanding of one another.  The Tri-Faith Initiative’s Mission Statement is as follows: 

“To foster and build understanding, respect and trust is a challenging and urgent task in our increasingly complex and global society. Promoting peaceful co-existence is a global priority in a world where the focus is often on fear. Accepting each other’s religious expression brings us together as a community and creates a voice for a hopeful future.” 

More information may be found at