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Weekly Update for March 29, 2019

It’s been a BIG WEEK! Monday, leaders from our Racial Justice team turned out more than 100 people to pack the Des Moines City Council meeting to keep pushing our ordinance to ban racial profiling by the DMPD. Wednesday, we sued the state of Iowa for failing to protect our rivers, lakes and streams from factory farms and corporate monopolies that run our food systems and continue to pollute our water. This week presidential hopefuls also weighed in on the future of agriculture, with Senator Warren setting forth a proposal to break up big ag and Senator Sanders publishing an op-ed promising to fight for farmers. Their announcements come in advance of Saturday’s presidential forum in Storm Lake (my hometown!). People’s voices – through the forum, Iowa’s role in the caucus, and your bird-dogging – are making these candidates speak about issues we care about. We need to continue to push all of the candidates to include a moratorium on factory...

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Show your support for SF2280 – make racial profiling illegal in Iowa

Show your support for SF2280 – make racial profiling illegal in Iowa

Horrific cases of racial profiling have made national news, and we’ve seen local cases in Iowa. It’s impossible to ignore that we need to do something so people of color can move safely about their lives. Sen. Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale) introduced an anti-racial profiling bill (SF2280, formerly SSB1177) this session. It passed the Senate Judiciary Committee (9-4 vote) on February 14. In a time where we’re seeing horrible legislation being introduced and passed, this is a good bill we can fight for. It’s going to take many lawmakers hearing from many of you to get this bill on the Senate floor. Our legislators need to hear that we want them to bring this bill up for a vote. Thirty states already have laws on the books – this legislation is long overdue in Iowa. TAKE ACTION NOW – Take a moment to write your legislator using this simple form. Some key elements to this bill include but are not limited to: Provides minimum course study and minimum basic training...

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Iowans Ready to Turn Political Revolution Into Reality

by Evan Burger, organizer for CCI Action

I was among the more than one thousand Iowans who recently packed into Des Moines’ HyVee Hall for “Revolution Iowa: From Protest to Power,” a day-long event organized by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI). State and national media were drawn by speculation keynote speaker Bernie Sanders might be there to lay groundwork for a 2020 presidential bid.

But the main event for me was to see so many Iowans, from so many walks of life, coming together around people-first issues that affect us all – from housing and racial discrimination to protecting clean water and family farms – and coming up with fresh strategies to address them.

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