Human Rights

It is our pleasure to provide you with insight into the city's efforts to address alleged discrimination issues facing our community. On our website, you will find a number of proven programs, activities, and practical applications that have worked to increase the awareness of Waterloo citizens. Many efforts have been made to recognize our emerging diversity as a positive community asset. Please feel free to call us with any suggestions, questions, or ideas that could help improve the quality of life for all Waterloo citizens.

Please visit the Do You Know Your Rights? website to learn more about your civil rights.

Current Events

People of all faiths who wish to act on their values.


With Keynote Address by David Liners

SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015, 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM

David Liners is the Executive Director of WISDOM, a Wisconsin network of faith based organizations, part of the international Gamaliel Foundation. Under his leadership, the statewide network has grown from three to eleven diverse, interfaith organizations in Wisconsin. He helps develop new models and strategies for a variety of projects. He holds a BA from Marquette University, a Masters of Divinity from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and a Doctor of Ministry from St. Mary of the Lake University. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


WISDOM aims to deepen relationships among faith based communities to empower people to address the root causes of social injustice. It encompasses 11 organizations across the state but maintains the grassroots basis for its decision-making. It is able to mobilize large numbers of people in a relatively short time around a defined and disciplined method. It has launched the 11x15 movement, which takes a comprehensive approach to reducing the prison population in Wisconsin through policy change.

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To Be Free At Last

A Human Rights Movement to end mass incarceration in the United States

We are asking all of community to join us in building a bold new movement to dismantle our nation's latest system of racial and social control and replace it with a broad-based commitment to basic human rights, compassion, and justice for all.

Join us, as we inspire a great awakening, bringing together and supporting all those who are committed to movement building, not just tinkering with the system as is. Join us, as we build a bold, courageous movement that will end not just mass incarceration, but forge a new moral consensus about how we, as a nation, ought to respond to poor people of color in the United States and embrace all of humanity.

“Bearing Witness Report: A Nation In Chains”

Contact Information
Waterloo Human Rights Commission
620 Mulberry Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
Phone:(319) 291-4441
Fax: (319) 291-4295
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm