Black Lives Matter Protest

Des Moines Black Lives Matter members were in Ackley, protesting a visit to the community by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. Those taking part said the protest was to push Reynolds into signing an executive order which would restore the voting rights of convicted felons.

A group of individuals belonging to Des Moines Black Lives Matter stood together in front of an Ackley business, Family Traditions Meat Company, to protest Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ visit. Indira Sheumaker and Kirk Johnson, both of Des Moines, made the trek, following Reynolds who held a press conference at Pine Lake Processors in Steamboat Rock before visiting the Ackley business.

The group of 20 to 25 individuals, stood at the entrance to the business, chanting and singing, with Sheumaker explaining the group was present to “hold Gov. Reynolds accountable” for an executive order that would restore voting rights to convicted felons. Currently, the Iowa Constitution states anyone convicted of a felony permanently loses their right to vote or hold public office. Iowa is, the last state in the country to strip all felons of voting rights for life.

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