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Let’s have fun

Next Monday, Nov. 29 – Friday, Dec. 3, members and staff will be working together to raise much needed funds for 2022, renew current CCI Action members, and ask new people to join. At CCI Action we do the work, we fund the work and — we have fun doing it. In that spirit, we invite you to join us for short 15-minute, fun, online events. Read more and RSVP below! PET PARTYMonday, Nov. 29 @ 6 pm Seeing people’s pets wander onto the screen has been a highlight of the recent Zoom times, are we right? We’re doing a quick 15-minute meet up to see our pets. Come prepared to introduce yourself and your furry friend(s), to grin at the screen, and help kick-off our campaign in a fun way.Can’t make it? We still want to see your friends anyway! Email a picture to cciaction @ cciaction.org RSVP today PUPPET SHOWTuesday, Nov. 30 @ 2 pm Our friends at May First Movement Technology are testing their privacy-focused web...

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We won!

Last night, CCI Action endorsed candidates Indira Sheumaker (Des Moines Ward 1) and Ross Grooters (Pleasant Hill At Large) both won their seats for city council. After three months of registering new voters and calling residents to turn out to the polls, CCI Action held 1,440 conversations with residents. Our ability to impact elections and lift up our issues is only possible through the resolute work of our volunteers – thank you! Our candidates’ campaigns and our conversations with voters centered on issues: Public safety and racial justice solutions that invests in our communities instead of police,The municipalization of utilities for a healthy environment and climate,Affordable housing for all, andA government and economy run by the people and our needs instead of corporate power. Last night affirms what we’ve known for a long time: when people with our vision and values run as candidates and we turn voters out to vote on our issues, we win. But we also...

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Phone bank with us to impact change in Des Moines

Join us on Zoom Mondays and Thursdays! (& election day) CCI Action members believe in doing politics differently. For us, that means bringing real people, our issues, and our solutions into the center of our political system and electing our people to office.We endorsed Des Moines City Council Ward 1 Candidate Indira Sheumaker because she is aligned with our vision for Des Moines and our belief of doing politics differently.The November 2nd local election provides us an opportunity to do just that in our capital city: prioritize people before the profits of big developers, polluters of our rivers, and police violence. To make that Des Moines a reality and inspire other communities, we have to reach out to more residents and move them to vote.  Join us for a phone bank shift to help us get out the vote and elect a movement candidate:  These calls make a critical difference! It’s important to connect, have an opportunity to let folks in our...

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CCI Action endorses Indira Sheumaker for Des Moines City Council Ward 1

Red square with a photo of Indira Sheumaker with the words iowa cci endorses indira sheumaker for des moines city council ward one

Our vision of changing business-as-usual politics starts and stops with people and our planet. That’s movement politics: bringing real people, our issues, and our solutions into the center of our political system. That’s why we’re excited to announce our endorsement of Indira Sheumaker for Des Moines City Council Ward 1. We believe that our health, water, and climate are too important to be compromised for profit. And, we’re ready for city councilors who believe the same to be in the fight with us. Over the last year, the Des Moines City Council continually protected police violence, MidAmerican Energy’s profits, & silenced residents. In recent years, the council chose not to support a Welcoming City ordinance to protect immigrant and refugee neighbors in the wake of Trump’s election, nor stand up for our water or have Des Moines Water Work CEO Bill Stowe’s back when he came under attack by corporate ag. CCI Action Fund Board president...

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To be powerful & strategic as possible, CCI Action needs you!

Many of us will be receiving a relief check as part of the American Rescue Plan. If you’re in a fortunate position to have a little to spare, consider reinvesting a portion of your relief check in Iowa CCI Action to keep fighting for a better Iowa and a better country for everyone, no exceptions. People need this relief and much more — including a $15 minimum wage, Green New Deal, and healthcare for all for starters — and CCI is going to organize until we get it. The next six months will see important policy fights for the health and safety of our people at every level. To win the major changes we need, CCI Action will continue to organize and reach out to people, across race and place, across age and gender, to build a true multiracial democracy. A democracy more powerful and far more just than anything this country has ever seen before. And CCI needs your help to do it. Donate today – your gift will be doubled....

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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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We’re raising $50K in 5 days – your gift will be DOUBLED!

The only way through this is forward, The only way forward is together. CCI Actions biggest fundraiser and membership drive of the year is Monday, November 30 – Friday, December 4. Donate or join today! Take a deep breath – We did it.    We made Donald Trump a one-term president.    This election was won by the people—people like you and me who are bonded not by candidate or party, but by a vision for a better future, a future where everyone counts, no exceptions.   CCI Action members and our allies across the country strategized and organized to vote Trump out—and that’s exactly what we did. We saw what is possible when Black, Indigenous, Latinx, working class white folks, students, and all kinds of people organize. We can take on the most powerful politicians and their corporate backers and win.  The end of the...

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Wondering what’s next?

While Iowa’s election results have us reeling this morning, we want to talk about the presidential race.  Joe Biden is ahead in total votes and is surging in key battleground states where ballots are being counted, right now, by local election workers.  These votes represent our voices. And our voices will be heard. Our work is clear: we have to come together to demand every vote is counted. If our democratic process is respected, the presidential race will be a resounding win for the people. We’re seeing a red-to-blue shift in presidential vote totals, and that’s what we expected: Joe Biden urged his supporters to vote early while Donald Trump cast doubts on the security of early and absentee ballots and promoted unsafe day-of voting crowds. That means that votes for Trump were tallied first, while many of the ballots being counted now are significantly shifting the total towards Biden.  Trump’s conspiracy theories, lies, and...

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Join us for election analysis and actions Nov. 3 – 7

Updated 11/6/2020 Together, we must demand that our election officials protect our sacred right to vote and take the time to count every ballot. We have to stick together to ensure that voters decide the winners of this election and no one else. Iowa CCI Action has joined Democracy Defenders Iowa—a broad coalition of groups committed to standing up, speaking out, and protecting our democracy ahead of, during, and after the election. The people can prevail, but it’s up to us. No system or process can save us. November 7 – Prepared to Mobilize – Voters Decide Rallies SAVE THIS DATE! In America, our elections are decided by voters, not by fiat or decree. Everyone’s vote must be counted. Attempts to selectively stop some votes from being counted is disgusting and unAmerican – and must be met with massive pushback. This isn’t a moment to “wait and see.” We have to raise our voices. We can’t let Trump cheat his way out of losing. We...

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Early and secure voting in Iowa: What you need to know

Election week is right around the corner and it’s an election like no other. Everything is on the line this year – the future of our economy, healthcare, schools, climate and clean water, and more will be decided by who we vote into office. 2020 has taught us that we can’t take anything for granted, especially our democracy. With so much at stake, it’s critical that every one of us makes a plan to vote early. Casting your vote before November 3 is simple and secure. Voting early helps people participate in our democracy by: Lightening the load on election day for poll workers and shortening the lines for those going to the polls. This is especially important given the pandemic.Evening out the load on the postal service. Mailing in your ballot as soon as possible spreads out the work for postal employees.Ensuring you and others won’t be kept from voting if the unexpected strikes on election day (COVID spike, natural disaster, accident, etc.). If...

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