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15 Reasons to Support $15

$15 will create jobs! Consumer demand is what drives job creation, not super profits and poverty wages. With more money in our pockets, workers will spend more boosting our local economy and creating new jobs.Don’t let them scare you. Every time there is a proposal for the minimum wage, opponents say it will kill jobs and wreck the economy, but it never does. This is the argument every time wages are raised – and they have been raised many times throughout the years without crashing the economy. They said the same thing about the smoking ban!Thousands of people will be lifted out of poverty. Let’s take a look at where economists and researchers investigating the minimum wage agree: They all tend to think that raising the minimum wage would reduce poverty. $15 is the minimum. That’s what a minimum wage means. Any counting of tips, healthcare, or other benefits as part of $15 is a way of legalizing wage theft. All workers need $15.Whether you work for a huge corporation or a...

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Announcing the Iowa People’s Presidential Forum on September 21

The 2020 elections must respond to the needs of people, not big money and wealthy corporations – this election is happening from the grassroots up. It all starts with presidential candidate forums held by People’s Action in four states and anchored in Iowa by CCI Action. RSVP now to The Iowa People’s Presidential Forum on September 21 Multiracial, working class people are the stars of these fourms, and no bland stump speeches are allowed!  Candidates will be invited onstage for real conversations with everyday people about big solutions to the struggles facing the multiracial working class. What Are We Talking About? Improved Medicare for AllUnions for AllA Factory Farm MoratoriumA 100% Just Green New DealHomes GuaranteeFree College for All We’ll tell our stories and ask presidential candidates to commit to partnering with us to enact our platform if they are elected. You’ll hear from family farmers, first generation immigrants, and...

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Register NOW for The People’s Voice: Iowa CCI Action’s 2019 Convention

Are you ready to make your voice heard? We believe in an Iowa where every person lives a joyful, healthy, fulfilling life—regardless of where they live, what they look like, or what their background is. But, we know our communities are under constant pressure and attack from climate change, factory farms, over policing, and lack of healthcare. We’re tired of hearing that our health, our water, and our lives must be compromised or balanced with the industries willing to trade those things for profit. We’re ready to tell a new story and write a new future. Are you? Use code EARLYBIRD to save $15 Join us Saturday, July 27 The CCI Action Convention is an energizing, inspiring, and powerful day. It’s a place of hope and action. At this event we’ll learn how we use our voices and build our collective power to turn things around – for us, our kids, and our grandkids. The day will feature: Powerful keynote, panel, and workshop sessions where...

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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 for March 22, 2019

Ways to take action for clean water, climate action, and racial justice in Iowa Happy Spring! That means warmer weather, more rain (and flooding), and more debate at the Iowa Statehouse. Our hearts go out to communities reeling from the widespread flood devastation. It’s a reminder of the power of nature and, unfortunately, of what is becoming a new normal. Many Nebraska and Iowa farmers are already at a disadvantage because they’re close to the financial breaking point. The price tag for this catastrophic record flooding in the Midwest will likely be over $1 billion when agricultural losses are included, according to some experts.   And, things are made worse by the toxic combination of flood waters and factory farms. You’ve been sending and sharing images that show how this flooding future and factory farms don’t mix.    Members in Story Co. have images of flooded fields where a 5,000-head hog factory and manure pit...

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How did your legislator vote on the new Ag-gag bill?

Take a look at the voting records from the House and the Senate:

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How can we use the caucuses to push for what we need?

We’re getting a bad case of caucus fever! Here’s why: we as Iowans have more power than anyone in the country to make bold policy solutions politically possible. For the next year, the eyes of the nation will be on our state. Candidates will be angling for our support, the press will be tracking every local story, and voters across the country will hear about our interactions with candidates. That’s why we see it as our duty to seize the amazing opportunity of the 2020 caucuses to push for the policies we need, like: The Green New Deal Medicare for AllA Factory Farm Moratorium But we need your help to think through how exactly we make the most of this opportunity. That’s why we’re holding meetings with CCI Action members around the state, including in your community!  All the details are below. Please RSVP here to let us know you can make it! 2020 Caucus Strategy Session6:30pm-8pm, Tuesday, March...

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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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Legislative Update for February 22, 2019

Things are picking up at the Iowa Statehouse. Bills are being introduced (over 100 on Thursday alone), sub-committees and committees are starting to meet, discuss, and debate, and groups are holding their lobby days (see our “Attend an Event” section below). Our bill establishing a single-payer healthcare system for Iowa was introduced (House File 96)! Here are a few more GOOD bills that caught our eye this week: Establishing a “Crude-Oil Fee” on pipelines (like DAPL) to help cover the costs of future spills (House File 44);Establishing Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for food (House File 58);Getting rid of Iowa’s (Steve King’s) “English Only” law (House File 70) and introducing an Iowa Dream Act (House File 101);Several bills expanding voting (electronic registration, automatic registration, vote-by-mail, and restoring voting rights);Repealing Iowa’s pre-emption of local wage and worker ordinances...

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Weekly Update: Feb. 22, 2019

What a week! Yesterday, I got to spend the day with 75 clean water fighters at the Capitol. It was great to stand beside so many people, from across the state, to lobby for our shared future.  Our big push of the day was lobbying for House File 203, our factory farm moratorium bill. Together we lobbied over 15 key legislators and held a press rally with two of our bill sponsors and Des Moines Water Works’ Bill Stowe. And, over 100 of you weighed in from home by calling Rep. Dean Fisher (R- Tama Co) asking him to assign HF 203 to a sub-committee. Thank you!  Tuesday was a big day for members in Story County. In the afternoon, we supported Story Co. Supervisor’s appeal of a factory farm permit before the DNR’s Environmental Protection Commission (EPC). In the evening, 150 of you turned out to a meeting where the Board of Supervisors voted to become the 25th county in the state to pass a resolution calling for changes to how Iowa issues...

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