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Des Moines election results

a close up of a clipboard holding campaign literature for Chelsea Chism-Vargas

Tuesday night was a historic election for us. It was the first time CCI Action members voted to endorse candidates in the Des Moines City Council race. Endorsing Jack Hatch for Mayor and Chelsea Chism-Vargas for City Council in Ward 4 came as the next step in our work to change the way politics are done in Iowa. We are running candidates who are aligned with our movements, turning out our people power to get them elected, and setting up co-governing relationships with the candidates who win.  And our issues showed up strong for the first time ever in Des Moines municipal elections. Because we knocked doors, we heard people’s experiences being racially profiled by the Des Moines police. Because we phone banked, we heard about people’s worries for our safe, clean drinking water. This was, and is, huge.   Last night we gathered together to watch the returns roll in, until the results were clear: Chelsea Chism-Vargas lost her bid for Joe Gatto’s seat on the...

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CCI Action Fund endorses Chelsea Chism-Vargas, Jack Hatch in Des Moines races

Two months ago, CCI Action members in Des Moines sent out a questionnaire to 16 candidates running for city council and mayor.  Six of those candidates were invited for screenings based on their responses and after a lot of discussion and careful consideration from our endorsement team, recommendations were made to endorse the candidates that best aligned with CCI Action Fund’s issues. Now, we are prepping to get our feet in the street to support the movement candidates endorsed by CCI Action Fund! In the Des Moines Ward 4 race, CCI Action Fund is endorsing Chelsea Chism-Vargas over incumbent Joe Gatto (who did not return the questionnaire). Chelsea is a proud lifelong Southsider and CCI Action member who has been taking on racial and immigrant issues (amongst other issues), and knows what it will take to challenge corporate power in Des Moines.  In the race for Mayor of Des Moines, CCI Action Fund is proud to endorse Jack Hatch over incumbent Frank...

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Ai-jen Poo and Mary Kay Henry to speak at Iowa People’s Presidential Forum

By Iris Olivares Right now, Iowans have an enormous amount of power to shape the direction of the future. A lot of people are depending on us Iowans to push the political field to meet the urgency of the moment, including immigrants, young people, workers, women, and people of color. I belong to all of those categories. My undocumented parents brought me to the US when I was eight months old, and Iowa is the only home that I’ve known. I applied to DACA when I was 16, and that’s why I was able to get a job providing long term care to clients in need.My goal was to go to school and become a nurse, but I couldn’t accept the grants I got to go to college because of my legal status. I was caught in a low-paying job that was high stress for me and for my clients and their families who struggled to pay for care. That’s why I’m so excited to announce that two of the country’s most important movement leaders, Mary Kay Henry, the President of SEIU, the largest...

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Our current healthcare system vs. Medicare for All

Michael McKinley, CCI Action and Our Revolution member The current state of American health care is one of pure, unmitigated fear. Most of us live in a constant panic, afraid we and our family will get sick—not so much for having access to good care, as for not being able to afford it. The privately-owned, for-profit health insurance industry is a predatory protection racket, and it is no exaggeration to say it is bankrupting and killing us. Ralph Nader calls the immensely profitable Big Insurance, Big Pharma, and Big Hospital monopolies the “Pay Up or Die” industry. Their purpose is to make money. They do this by taking in as much money from you as they can, while paying out as little as possible for your health care, shifting its high cost onto you. They reduce their payout by restricting the amount of care available to you, by erecting barriers to you seeking and receiving care when you need it, and by making you pay as much for it as possible if you succeed in...

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Leading presidential candidates reveal new insights on positions into top caucus issues in CCI Action’s questionnaire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Contact: Adam Kruggel, a.kruggel@peoplesaction.org, cell: (510) 982 – 9131 Leading Presidential Candidates Answer Questions from Largest Progressive Organization in Iowa, Revealing New Insights into Positions on Top Caucus Issues Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg responded in depth to Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund’s questions on Agriculture, Racial Justice, and Healthcare ahead of their September 21st Presidential Forum Des Moines, IA – The top-polling presidential candidates’ answers to questions posed by the largest progressive organization in Iowa, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action) were publicly released today on cciactioniowa2020.org. The answers to the questionnaire provide the most comprehensive issue guide yet from and for Iowa voters, revealing new information on the candidates’ positions on the topics that...

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Take Action for Clean Water!

Sign our clean water petition! Back in March we sued the State of Iowa for their inaction to protect Iowans water from factory farm pollution. We know that Iowans across party lines care about clean, safe water. That’s why we are launching our clean water petition. Sign and share the petition here! Knock Down the House – film screening Thursday August 15, 2019 6PM – 8PM A young bartender in the Bronx, a coal miner’s daughter in West Virginia, a grieving mother in Nevada, and a registered nurse in Missouri build a movement of insurgent candidates to challenge powerful incumbents in Congress. One of their races will become the most shocking political upsets in recent American history. Join us at the CCI office to watch together and discuss after! RSVP at the Facebook event here. Environmental Protection Commission Mtg. Tuesday August 20, 2019 9AM – 12PM The Environmental Protection Commission is the oversight board for the...

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