A Busy Summer
We have spent the past few months meeting with Iowans, hearing heart-wrenching stories from crime victims, gaining new supporters and volunteers and visiting small towns and cities across the state.
We wrapped up a busy summer of county fairs at the biggest one of all — the Iowa State Fair — where we had thousands of Iowans stop by our booth to play games, learn more about Marsy’s Law, meet our staff and lend their voice to this important effort.
(It was a beautiful day at the Iowa State Fair to be in a booth under the sky gliders)
Nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair and for the Marsy’s Law for Iowa team, being a part of the fun was surely one of the highlights of the summer.
More than 1,300 Iowans signed the Marsy’s Law for Iowa petition in one day at the Fair. In the conversations our team had that day and throughout the summer, Iowans were shocked that our state doesn’t already have Marsy’s Law. We were frequently asked why anyone could possibly oppose enforceable rights for victims in our constitution.
That is one question we have a tough time answering.
(Our hardworking volunteers stop at nothing to secure constitutional rights for crime victims)
(Iowans making their voices heard)
We know survivors of crime in Iowa deserve Marsy’s Law. They deserve to the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect, the right to be notified, be present and be heard at court proceedings, the right to reasonable protection from the accused, the right to notification of the release or escape of the accused, the right to restitution and the right to enforce these rights in the criminal justice process.
(We felt honored to be near the Veterans Day at the Fair events. It gave us the opportunity to personally thank our country’s bravest.)
As we assess our next steps, we will continue visiting with Iowans, sharing the Marsy’s Law message far and wide. If you would like to help in our efforts, you can contact us at [email protected]