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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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Weekly Update: March 8 – First Funnel!

The first funnel frenzy at the Iowa Statehouse has passed.Today marks the deadline when a bill must pass out of at least one committee to be eligible for further debate. That means many of our People and Planet First priorities are technically done for the session. But the week didn’t pass without some big push back.  A bill being backed by the Iowa Farm Bureau – House File 542 and Senate File 548 (formerly Senate Study Bill 1221) – met tough opposition when over 200 everyday folks turned out to pack sub-committee and committee hearings on the bill. These bills would end some of the critical programs that help individuals and local governments move land into conservation. Why is Iowa Farm Bureau pushing this? (Don’t they love tax breaks and voluntary incentives for programs?) The truth is Farm Bureau won’t be happy until every acre in Iowa is being mined for everything it can produce, and programs like these – that support conservation – are a threat...

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1 quick action to show your support for Iowans with disabilities

1 quick action to show your support for Iowans with disabilities

Iowans deserve a healthcare system that puts people before corporate profits, and a recent poll shows that residents support doing just that – with increased wages for home healthcare workers and providing payment for family caregivers. That’s why we’ve created a petition calling on our next governor to create a Caregivers Advisory Caucus. The Caucus would be made up of a mixture of Iowans who receive home care, those who directly provide that care, and those that direct the way care is delivered. Add your name: Sign the petition calling for a Caregivers Advisory Caucus The new Caregivers Advisory Caucus will shape the future of healthcare policy in Iowa, with an emphasis on long term care for seniors and people with disabilities. And the people of Iowa agere with us. A poll released last week by Iowa CCI and Caring Across Generations found that Iowans support increasing homecare worker wages and providing payment for family caregivers.  Additionally, a majority of...

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Profits out – improved Medicare for All now!

Profits out – improved Medicare for All now!

Iowa’s Medicaid is still in crisis, but we’re building a movement to end our failed Medicaid privatization disaster—and guarantee healthcare for all. Join us for an organizing meeting!

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The Nine Questions Every Candidate Should Answer

Elections are a big opportunity for us to push our bold issue solutions and help shape the issue environment that our elected officials and candidates operate in.

Now is the time to ask targeted questions – beyond stump speeches – and challenge candidates to be bolder!  

Here are nine questions that come directly out of our organizing campaigns:

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