Ike Rayford


Today, we remember and honor the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. His legacy lives on with an annual concert tonight in Sioux City. The head of the local NAACP, Ike Rayford, will be taking part, and Siouxland Public Media had a chance to talk to him today about Dr. King’s legacy and how his words still ring true today.


Một đội đặc nhiệm mới đang được đưa ra để chống lại sự bất công chủng tộc và giúp phát triển cải cách cảnh sát ở Iowa.

Lực lượng đặc nhiệm (The Equity Task) bao gồm các đại diện từ khắp tiểu bang.

Các thành viên địa phương là Cảnh Sát Trưởng thành phố Sioux City Rex Mueller, Ike Rayford, thuộc NAACP địa phương và Unity trong Cộng Đồng Sáng Lập Monique Scarlett.

Seerri haaroyni hojii irra olfamuuf jalqabamaa jira, sababa miidha bifaafi eenyumaa isaanitin irra gahaa jiruuf poolisooni Iowa seera haarawa baafatan.

Hojiin walqixxumaa bakka bu’oota kutaa hundarraayu kan hammatu ta’a.

Miseensa naannawa itti gaafatamaa poolisa Sioux City Rex Mueller, Ike Rayford, NAACP kan naannawa fi Unity kan Community founder Monique Scarlett fa’a.

በአዮዋ ውስጥ የዘር ኢፍትሃዊነትን ለመዋጋት እና የፖሊስ ማሻሻያዎችን ለማጎልበት አዲስ ግብረ ኃይል እየተሰራ ይገኛል ፡፡

የእኩልነት ተግባር ሀይል ከመላው የክልሉ ተወካዮችን ያጠቃልላል ፡፡

የአከባቢው አባላት የSioux City ፖሊስ ሃላፊ ሬክስ ሙለር ፣ ኢካ ሬይፎርድ የአከባቢው NAACP እና የማህበረሰብ መስራች ሞኒኬክ እስክታርሌት ናቸው።

በሶዮuxland ዲስትሪክት ጤና በ Woodbury ካውንቲ ውስጥ COVID-19 ዘጠኝ አዲስ አዎንታዊ ጉዳዮችን ሪፖርት እንዳደረገ እና አዲስ ሞት እንደማይኖር አስታውቋል ፡፡የግዛት ኮሮናቫይረስ ድርጣቢያ በጠቅላላው ለ 43 እና ለ 3,100 ገደማ የሚሆኑ ጉዳዮችን በተመለከተ ተጨማሪ ሞት ያሳያል ፡፡በመላ አገሪቱ 690 ሰዎች አልቀዋል እናም ከ 26,600 በላይ የሚሆኑ አዎንታዊ ጉዳዮች አሉ ፡፡ይህ በ 24-ሰዓት ውስጥ ከ 250 በላይ ጭማሪ ነው።

Se está creando un nuevo grupo de trabajo para combatir la injusticia racial y ayudar a desarrollar la reforma policial en Iowa.

La Fuerza de Tarea de Equidad incluye representantes de todo el estado.

Los miembros locales son el jefe de policía de Sioux City, Rex Mueller, Ike Rayford, de la NAACP local y Monique Scarlett, fundadora de Unity in the Community . (Unidad en la Comunidad)


A new task force is being put in place to fight racial injustice and to help develop police reform in Iowa after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The Equity Task force will be a joint effort with law enforcement and the NAACP and includes representatives from across the state.

Local members are Sioux City Chief Rex Mueller, Ike Rayford of the President of the local NAACP and Unity in the Community Founder Monique Scarlett.

Coming up on the exchange, we have a wrap up of the 2020 legislative session with Republican Siouxland State Senator Jim Carlin and Siouxland Democratic State Represenative Chris Hall. Carlin and other Republicans voted for a budget that is basically status quo in the age of COVID 19.

However, Chris Hall says republicans basically handed over decisions about the 8 billion dollar state budget to the governor and her staff.  


A march of solidarity took place in Sioux City this afternoon.

“I can’t breath.”

It started at Cook Park with an estimated crowd of a few hundred.

The group then peacefully walked to Sioux City Police Headquarters.

They were joined by police chief Rex Mueller and leaders from local churches and NAACP.

The Bishop of the Catholic Dioceses of Sioux City released a statement today surrounding the death of George Floyd.

Shelby Pierce

Local NAACP President Ike Rayford and Shelby Pierce interview Sioux City Police Chief Rex Mueller and community activist Monique Scarlett in an open and honest conversation about the death of George Floyd, the state of policing, the use of excessive force in our community, and how we can find unity in the midst of anger and grief.  

There have been three nights of violence in Des Moines over the police murder of George Floyd of Minneapolis  At a news conference this afternoon, Gov. Reynolds also supported the decision to set a curfew of 9:00 p.m. for Polk County tonight said she wanted to work with advocates for social justice to prevent more tragic deaths.  

Reynolds today said she was working with the NAACP to change the criminal justice system to reduce racism and violence to African Americans. 

Betty Andrews is president of Iowa-Nebraska Branch of the NAACP.

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The investigation continues into deadly attack by a South Carolina man on his mother and sister at an apartment building near Morningside College on Tuesday night.  As Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reports, the murder victim is being remembered for her kindness.

“In spite of what we are all going through, this comes up and you are like wow, you are in a place of disbelief.” 

The head of the local NAACP, Ike Rayford, says he first met Lisa Belk 25-years ago at Mount Zion Church.

On this week's program, we will hear from the author of a new book that tells the wide-ranging history of the Lakota people, who have lived in Missouri River Valley for hundreds of years.

Also, we have an interview with presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Buttigieg spoke with the hosts of the podcast We Are Not A Monolith Ike Rayford and Shelby Pierce at the Siouxland Public Media studios last week.

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This week on The Exchange, are you a helicopter parent?  A new study says you are laying the groundwork for future success, but doesn’t work the same way for everyone.

Also, we hear from some legends of the civil rights movement. That’s coming up on The Exchange Wednesday at noon and Friday at 3:00 on SPM.


You’re listening to The Exchange on SPM; I’m Mary Hartnett.  Today we talk with a researcher who’s new study shows the individual benefits and perhaps the societal discrepancies involved with helicopter parenting.  But first, 

Guests include David Osterberg, former legislator and University of Iowa Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health who talks about the value of the Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture. Also, author Jordan Flaherty, who talks about his book No More Heroes. It's about the savior mentality and its limitations. We also have another segment of We Are Not A Monolith with Shelby Pierce and Ike Rayford. Mary Hartnett visits a Laura Ingalls Wilder conference in Sioux Falls, and remembers a Siouxland lawyer and poltician, Michael Myers.

This Sunday, the Blue Cafe will host author Jordan Flaherty for a discussion of his book No More Heroes, a critique of the savior mentality and helping people from different historical, cultural, and racial contexts. Shelby Pierce and Ike Rayford of We Are Not A Monolith joined Jordan via Skype to ask how he has come to speak on this topic and what he has to say.

(Find the longer version of the interview here).

Briar Cliff University

Tonight the Sanford Center will hold an event at the Orpheum Theatre featuring Mitch and Emily Martin, Play It Forward, Kevin Keane, and more. The Center itself has served the Siouxland Community since the 1930’s, beginning as a settlement house for African Americans migrating north. Over time, its role in the community has expanded: setting up affordable, educational daycare; going into schools to help students and diminish gang presence; feeding families. Much of this growth happened under the directorship of George Boykin.

Shelby and Ike discuss Jordan Peele's horror film Get Out on We Are Not A Monolith. Without spoilers, they talk about how Peele uses the genre to raise issues of race that elude films like Forgotten Figures

Keep an eye on We Are Not A Monolith as it develops into longer form interviews and features. It is Siouxland Public Media's new project that focuses on the issues facing and being discussed by the African American community in Siouxland. 

Jessica Wheeler

It was a busy week at the state capitol in Des Moines. Four hearings were held on issues including minimum wage and worker’s compensation, as well as a voter ID bill and a plan to do away with a local water authority in Des Moines.  Hundreds of constituents showed up the hearings, mostly to voice their opposition.

House File 516 would require Iowa voters to present ID’s at the polls. It would also change some of the voter registration requirements.