Please note:

The Marion Civil Rights Commission partners with the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission for the intake and investigation of complaints.  

In an effort to limit public interactions and gatherings, the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission office is CLOSED to walk-in traffic.

Services to the public are still available either online, via phone, or email.

HOW TO CONTACT US:

  • Contact us between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Via telephone at (319) 286-5036
  • Via email at civilrights@cedar-rapids.org
  • Via fax at (319) 343-1109
  • Via postal mail at 50 2nd Avenue Bridge, 7th Floor, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Information about your rights can be found at www.cedar-rapids.org/civilrights.  

HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT:

  • Civil Rights Complaints can be filed online in English here.
  • Civil Rights Complaints can be filed online in Spanish, Kirundi, Swahili, or French here:
  • If you need a physical copy of a civil rights complaint form, we can mail one to you. Please contact us via telephone or email.

The Civil Rights Commission is committed to serving your civil rights needs throughout this situation.


PURPOSE:

The purpose of the Marion Civil Rights Commission is to "To secure for all individuals within the City of Marion, freedom from discrimination because of age, color, creed, disability, familial status, gender identity, lawful source of income, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation."  To this end, the Commission will:

  • Administer Chapter 31 of the Municipal Code of the City of Marion, which covers the civil rights laws of the State of Iowa within the corporate limits of the City of Marion;
  • Initiate, receive, investigate, conciliate, and determine the merits of discrimination complaints;
  • Serve as a source of information relative to civil rights;
  • Report to the Mayor and City Council on work performed by the Commission.

By fulfilling this purpose, the Commission envisions a Marion community that is welcoming, inclusive, and preserves the personal dignity of all people, particularly in the areas of employment, housing, credit, public accommodations, and education. 

ABOUT THE COMMISSION:

The Commission shall consist of 11 members appointed by the Mayor with the approval of City Council.  Membership on the Commission shall be broadly representative of the City’s population and shall have diverse representation of the City’s population and its protected classes.  The term of office is three years and members shall continue to serve until reappointed or replaced.

STAFF LIAISON:

Amal Eltahir
Ph. 319-743-6357
Email Amal

MEMBERS:

MEMBER TERM EXPIRES
Selita Jansen
12-31-21
Danielle Brazant 12-31-21
Kent Jackson 12-31-21
Chris Stoner
12-31-21
Dave Baumler 12-31-19
Renae Forsyth-Christy 12-31-19
Bret Nilles 12-31-19
Jennifer Tibbetts
12-31-19
Kim Gordon 12-31-20
Fred Brown
12-31-20
Okpara Rice
12-31-20

 

If you are interested in applying to be on the Commission, you can find an application on the City's Board & Commission page

MEETINGS:

The Commission meets at the Marion City Hall the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

 

 

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