Des Moines Register

Juvenile Justice, Restorative Justice Circles, School Police, Liz Hall

AMOS Juvenile Justice Strategy Reduces Arrests and Expulsions

Monday, July 18, 2016
Des Moines Register

Thanks to persistent intervention by AMOS leaders, Polk County school officials and law enforcement appear to be keeping more children and older minors out of court. Read more about AMOS Juvenile Justice Strategy Reduces Arrests and Expulsions

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Racial Profiling, #Blacklivesmatter, Iowa IAF, community organizing in Des Moines

Black Iowans Feel Profiled by the Police

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Des Moines Register

In the Des Moines area, members of the nonprofit community organization AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy) have spent the past year recording the stories of black Iowans who believe they have been unfairly singled out because of their race by store clerks, security guards, police and others.

Retired Des Moines attorney Harvey Harrison, 71, said what he has heard through that process "proves racial profiling is still a problem, and it has to be dealt with to help this country." Read more about Black Iowans Feel Profiled by the Police

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Developing Brain, Developing Accountability, Iowa IAF, Organizing in the Midwest, Paul Turner

AMOS Conference Targets Causes of Neurological Damage to Children

Monday, September 29, 2014
Des Moines Register

Building on a public conversation about juvenile criminal justice, initiated last year by AMOS, almost 800 people gathered at Iowa Events Center to hear the latest findings on the developing brains of children and youth.  Dr. Dipesh Navsaria explained that... Read more about AMOS Conference Targets Causes of Neurological Damage to Children

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Restorative Justice, Juvenile Justice, Organizing in the Midwest, AMOS, Paul Turner

AMOS' Restorative Justice Efforts Yield Initial Results

Monday, November 4, 2013
Des Moines Register

The night before finals week of his junior year of high school, Alec Neumann wasn’t home studying, and he wasn’t at the church group meeting where he told his parents he would be. Instead, he was sitting on a curb in Waukee, trying to process the fact that he’d just been apprehended for shoplifting... Read more about AMOS' Restorative Justice Efforts Yield Initial Results

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Juvenile Justice, Racial Justice, Organizing in the Mid-West, Paul Turner, Restorative Justice

AMOS Backs Polk Courthouse Renovations

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Des Moines Register

A community organization of faith and advocacy groups has endorsed Polk County’s proposed $81 million courthouse renovation.  A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy, or AMOS, announced its support Saturday. The three-phase plan to expand the courthouse space ...presented at AMOS’s restorative justice conference by former Polk County Supervisor Martha Willits, includes a number of recommendations AMOS made for the design. Read more about AMOS Backs Polk Courthouse Renovations

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Organizing in the Midwest, Juvenile Justice, Prisons, Hyper-Incarceration, Racial Justice

AMOS Heats Up Debate Over Race & Juvenile Justice in Iowa

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Des Moines Register

Citing concerns about an exponential rise in juvenile filings and detention holds, clergy leaders of A Mid Iowa Strategy (AMOS) are calling on their County Supervisors to voteagainst increase Read more about AMOS Heats Up Debate Over Race & Juvenile Justice in Iowa

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Workforce Development, living wages, Labor Market Intermediaries, Organizing in Iowa

Project IOWA Celebrates One Year of Success

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Des Moines Register

Douglas Wells’ path to a well-paying job with potential for advancement had a few bumps, but the 27-year-old credits perseverance and a publicly and privately funded training and mentoring program with helping him reach his goal.... Read more about Project IOWA Celebrates One Year of Success

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Restorative Justice, Juvenile Justice, Youth Intervention

AMOS Helps Keep Youth Out of the Court System

Sunday, March 24, 2013
Des Moines Register

“Cy was a choir director, community leader and maker of fine clocks. When I knew him, he was 80 years old and lay leader of the church I served.  One snowy morning, he came to my office and simply said, ‘We have to go to Albert Lea.’  I said, ‘That is in Minnesota, and they have lots of snow.’ Read more about AMOS Helps Keep Youth Out of the Court System

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Economic Development, Workforce Development, community organizing in the Midwest, Labor Market Intermediaries

Project Iowa Gives Workers Stability and Dignity

Friday, April 5, 2013
Des Moines Register

 “Jalissa Daniels wrote dark poetry as an early adolescent…She became pregnant at 15, graduated from Scavo Alternative High School and worked at convenient stores and temp agencies. Even though these jobs helped pay the bills, they were not fulfilling…Finding full-time work with benefits was looking grim…  The[n] Rev. Read more about Project Iowa Gives Workers Stability and Dignity

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