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Our plan to endorse a People & Planet candidate for governor of Iowa

Our plan to endorse a People & Planet candidate for governor of Iowa

The CCI Action board of directors sees Iowa's 2018 governor's race as an opportunity to inject our style of progressive populism into the race to do politics differently. I’m excited to announce that CCI Action has decided to start a formal endorsement process for the governor’s race.

    Specifically, we think our endorsement process is a way to:
  • Advance our organizing campaigns, by making candidates take a stand on our issues.
  • Build our people-power base, bringing like-minded Iowans into our work.
  • Train ourselves on doing electoral field work – knocking on doors, making calls, talking to voters, etc.
Ultimately, we want to lay the groundwork for a possible co-governing relationship – where elected officials govern hand-in-hand with movement organizations like CCI Action.

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News roundup: Revolution Iowa in the press

On July 15, nearly 1,000 progressives and freedom fights cheered and chanted through a day of powerful speakers and action-oriented issue workshops. Plenty of press from across the state was on hand to see what movement politics will bring to Iowa. The headlines may focus on Bernie, but the content reflects the momentum of the movement.

We've selected links from a few sources to share...

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Revolution Iowa Livestreams

On July 15, Uphill Media ran a hosted livestream of our entire convention. Whether you are here to relive your memories of the day, or you're here to see Alicia Garza speak for the first time, enjoy our archived video coverage.

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Op-Ed: We need Medicare for All, Not a Heartless Healthcare Bill

Op-Ed: We need Medicare for All, Not a Heartless Healthcare Bill

By Barb Kalbach, Iowa CCI Action Fund president

As a cardiac rehabilitation nurse in rural Iowa, I spent 10 years helping patients recover from procedures like valve replacements and heart bypasses. I saw patients survive against the odds, thanks to incredible health care provided in our state’s rural hospitals.

Now all of us in rural Iowa – including our hospitals – face a grave threat with the health care repeal passed by the House. The only way we’ll survive is by making sure our senators stop it.

That includes our Senators Grassley and Ernst, who will put a whole lot of our children, parents, and grandparents at risk if they vote for this terrible health repeal.

The Congressional Budget Office says the legislation will throw 23 million people off coverage – with 14 million tossed off Medicaid alone. An older person with limited income will be hit with premium hikes as high as 850 percent.

I won’t mince words. This legislation is heartless.

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Catch The People’s Summit vibe with our photo recap

Spoiler alert: Bernie closed out The People’s Summit with a new speech — and he’s returning to Iowa on July 15 as the keynote speaker at Revolution Iowa. Register now! [View the story “The People’s Summit Puts People and Planet First” on Storify]

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Four questions every gubernatorial candidate must answer

Four questions every gubernatorial candidate must answer

The Branstad era is over, but our work is just getting started!

We know that Reynolds represents a continuation of Branstad’s pro-corporate policies, and she’s made it clear that she’s planning on running for another term in 2018.

Now is the time to start asking ALL gubernatorial candidates where they stand on the issues that matter to Iowans. These are our top four:

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2017 CCI Action Legislative Reportcard

2017 CCI Action Legislative Reportcard

Find out how your legislators voted on key bills you lobbied on this session.

This will help you identify our allies, as well as legislators who advanced the agenda of corporate power.

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The legislative session is over. Our quick recap:

The legislative session is over. Our quick recap:

Lawmakers closed out what is easily the most anti-people, pro-big business agenda in our state's history.

Call it a corporate coup d'etat. Republicans worked double-time to put the agenda of big business corporations and special interests ahead of everyday Iowans. We saw an attack on our workers, our wages, our water, and the safety and well-being of thousands in our community.

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Bernie Sanders to Keynote CCI Action Convention

Bernie Sanders to Keynote CCI Action Convention

The July 15th event will be the first time that Senator Sanders has returned to Iowa since the 2016 election.

In addition to his keynote speech, the convention will feature issue-focused organizing workshops, speeches from other movement leaders, and celebrations of CCI Action victories from the past year.

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Pollution trading bill: A false fix for water crisis

Pollution trading bill: A false fix for water crisis

As Iowa’s water quality crisis continues to grow, the Iowa House Republicans and corporate ag are pushing through a cap-and-trade scheme, known as “pollution trading,” where corporations and cities with deep enough pockets can purchase the right to pollute.

Read more about the bill and how to take action.

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