• Happy Thanksgiving

    Most City offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving. This includes all Des Moines Public Library locations. The libraries will be open again on Saturday. There will be a delay in solid waste collection on Thursday. We wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.


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  • Welcome to the City of Des Moines

    A major center for insurance, financial services and publishing, Des Moines has a lot to offer, such as affordable housing, short commute times, a diverse population, and was also recently named one of the best places to live on the Silicon Prairie.


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  • Spotlight on Des Moines

    Gray's Lake Park features the 1,400 foot-long Kruidenier Trail pedestrian bridge and a 1.9 mile trail around the lake. "...Residents can walk, bike, boat or fish -- right in the very heart of downtown," said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.


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  • Iowa State Capitol

    The Iowa State Capitol is among the most beautiful state capitols in the country with its 275-foot, 23-karat gold leafed dome anchoring the east end of downtown Des Moines.


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  • East Village

    Historic East Village is an eclectic neighborhood of restored historic properties, beautiful streetscapes, and urban living at the foot of the State Capitol.


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  • World Food Prize

    Des Moines is home to the World Food Prize the foremost international award recognizing the achievements in advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.


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29th Annual Symposium of the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission: America Where Are We Now?

When:  Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 8:00am - 4:00pm

Where:  Des Moines University's Student Education Center, 3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines (link to campus map)

Cost:  There is no charge and lunch is provided!

Registration:    Online registration is closed.  

Program:  View the detailed program HERE.

Continuing Education Units:  4.00 recertification hours are available toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR. 

Some of the sessions included: 

  • Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Civil and Human Rights Issues of the Day
  • Immigration
  • Racism
  • Human Trafficking
  • Racial Profiling

If you have questions about upcoming symposiums:  Email Us.  

Presenting Sponsors of the 29th Annual Symposium include:
  • Central Iowa Society for Human Resource Management
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Des Moines Area Association of Realtors
  • Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission
  • Des Moines University
  • Greater Des Moines Friends of Human Rights, Inc.
  • Iowa Realty


  • City of Windsor Heights
  • Des Moines Branch NAACP
  • Des Moines Urban Experience
  • Andy Burton
  • Mikel Johnson
  • Margo Jones
  • Veola Perry
  • Rudy Simms
  • Jerry Tormey
  • West Des Moines Human Rights Commission 


 Planning Committee
  • Jerry Tormey, Co-Chair
  • Rudy Simms, Co-Chair
  • Anne Bickell
  • J.C. Bickell
  • Gloria Cano
  • Kim Cheeks
  • Chris Fultz
  • Dan Garza
  • Robin Jenkins
  • Lata D'Mello
  • Rich Martel
  • Veola Perry
  • Chris Robinson
  • Claire Rudison
  • Arnold Woods
  • Steve Zimmerman