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Worst In 100 Years: The Condition of the State for Everyday Iowans

January 2021 report: After decades of disinvestment and de-regulation, working-class Iowans need a Billion Dollar Pandemic Relief Plan that puts people and the planet first The Condition of Everyday Iowans is the most precarious it has been in generations, the result of longstanding economic, environmental, and societal problems accelerated by the global Covid-19 pandemic and made worse by a state and federal government that prioritizes corporate profits over essential workers, immigrants, the sick, and the elderly.  Governor Reynolds and President Trump’s false dichotomy of either saving the economy or saving vulnerable lives is a lie that protects giant corporations at the expense of working-class families and the environment. Consumers’ fear of the virus and their subsequent change in purchasing behavior has negatively impacted the economy more than public health orders and closures. Most measures at the state and federal level have lacked the economic and...

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EXPOSED: State Senator obstructs Iowans’ first amendment rights for personal gain

Iowa CCI Action and Food & Water Action file ethics complaint against Senator Rozenboom for conflict of interest in the recent ag-gag legislation Des Moines, IA — Today, members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action) and Food & Water Action (FWA) filed an ethics complaint against Senator Ken Rozenboom (R-Oskaloosa) after the Senator abused his authority by sponsoring and strengthening support for an amendment to add ag-gag provisions to Senate File 2413, a COVID-19 response bill. The organizations’ virtual press conference can be found here. On June 5, in the midst of a global pandemic and nationwide protests against police violence, the Iowa Senate passed legislation, Senate File 2413, designed to address impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic but containing a buried provision that makes trespassing on a “food operation,” such as a factory farm, an aggravated misdemeanor. This will stifle the first amendment rights of...

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Get involved with upcoming election strategy in Iowa!

The stakes of the 2020 presidential election are huge. We all know that.  But the stakes of the 2022 elections in Iowa are going to be just as important – and may have even more effect on our every day lives. The way to build an Iowa beyond profits, pollution, and police violence is simple and CCI members have been doing it for decades: organize everyday people around real issues, and do it for the long haul. As our tables get longer and the bills pile up, our wages aren’t keeping up. As the pandemic rages on, as the economic crisis threatens our ability to afford rent, and police attacks on our communities continue, it has become clear that Gov. Reynolds’s profit-centric agenda is the foundation of the Iowa Republican party. This crisis has hit home for my family, too. Last week my mom went to the hospital for emergency surgery. She got two dozen staples in her stomach and is doing alot better now. While she’s recovering at the hospital,...

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Find a legislative forum in your area

Throughout the session, usually on Saturdays, state legislators hold short meetings (or “coffees”) with constituents in their home districts. This is an important space to engage with your legislator face-to-face, raise up issues important to you, and call on them to stand on the side of the people.

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Large Billboard Demands Rep. Fisher Protect Iowa’s Water

Iowa CCI Action and Food & Water Action put up billboard calling for end of factory farming For Immediate release: January 21, 2020 Contact: Ava Auen-Ryan, ava@iowacci.org (515) 282-0484Jackie Filson, jfilson@fwwatch.org, (202) 863-2538 Tama County, IA – A billboard went up yesterday on highway 30  heading east near Tama, IA, calling on Rep. Dean Fisher to protect Iowan’s right to clean water and an end to unsustainable and harmful factory farms. The billboard includes a link to a website created by Iowa CCI Action Fund that details the growing clean water and factory farm crisis in Iowa. Iowa contains over 10,000 factory farms and 767 impaired waterways. A moratorium is the first step toward creating a better food and farm system –one that works for everyone — farmers, workers, eaters and the environment. Last year, Rep. Dean Fisher (R-Montour), the chair of the Environmental Protection Committee, refused to assign HF 203, a bill...

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Hundreds gather In Des Moines to demand Iowa moratorium on factory farms

Groups rally and lobby to protect Iowa’s water, rural communities, and independent family farmers Des Moines, IA – On Thursday, January 23, 2020, a large coalition of residents and public interest groups will lobby at the state legislature from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in support of a moratorium on new and expanding concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), or factory farms.  Des Moines, IA –  Moments ago, a coalition including Food & Water Action (FWA), Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action (CCI Action), and Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture (IARA) kicked off a lobby day with a rally at the state capitol in support of a moratorium on new and expanding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) known as factory farms.  This action comes 11 days before the 2020 Iowa caucuses and places a factory farm moratorium among the top issues voters care about. Seven presidential candidates have acknowledged the negative impacts of...

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