DAVENPORT, IOWA (January 31, 2023) — Iowa state government is becoming increasingly reactionary on issues important to most Iowans — especially younger Iowans. One Human Family QCA (OHFQCA), together with the Coalition for a More Just Iowa, seeks to change that narrative by engaging more young people in the political process. To that end, OHFQCA is offering five $300 prizes for the best and most viewed short-form videos by Iowans 26-and-under highlighting one or more of the following progressive issues:

1. Increased Funding for Public Education       

2. Valuing Human Lives over Gun Rights 

3. Iowa Needs Immigrants/protecting the rights of refugees  

4. Women’s Reproductive Rights 

5. Support for LGBTQ Rights.

Videos must contain the hashtag #whatsupwithiowa and may be posted on TikTok, Youtube or other social media platform. A link to the short-form video must be sent to richdhendricks@msn.com to register. Rules for the contest are posted at onehumanfamilyqca.org.

“I think there are a lot of young Iowans out there who are passionate about these issues and who are extremely creative,” says OHFQCA Co-Chair, Reverend Rich Hendricks. “We would love for the contest to go viral and draw more attention to these important issues. Of course, everyone is welcome to make a video and use our hashtag – the more the merrier! The prizes, however, are only available to Iowa students/residents aged 26 and under.”

Co-Chair Rabbi Henry Karp says, “We can’t wait to see the amazing videos that young Iowans come up with.” The contest is made possible in part by a grant from The Puffin Foundation. Readers are invited to be creative and to share news of the contest with their peers.

A OHFQCA-created video promoting the contest is planned to be released soon.

Support the River Cities' Reader

Get 12 Reader issues mailed monthly for $48/year.

Old School Subscription for Your Support

Get the printed Reader edition mailed to you (or anyone you want) first-class for 12 months for $48.
$24 goes to postage and handling, $24 goes to keeping the doors open!

Click this link to Old School Subscribe now.

Help Keep the Reader Alive and Free Since '93!


"We're the River Cities' Reader, and we've kept the Quad Cities' only independently owned newspaper alive and free since 1993.

So please help the Reader keep going with your one-time, monthly, or annual support. With your financial support the Reader can continue providing uncensored, non-scripted, and independent journalism alongside the Quad Cities' area's most comprehensive cultural coverage." - Todd McGreevy, Publisher