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CCI Action on Gov. Reynold’s speech

Statement from Cherie Mortice, Iowa CCI Action Fund Board President, in response to Governor Reynolds’ Condition of the State address: “What was notable about the Governor’s Condition of the State address was not what she said, but what she didn’t say. On education, what we needed to hear was a call for accurate, honest, and fully-funded public education that enables every child – no matter their zip code, race, or background – to learn from the mistakes of our racist past in order to make a better future for all. And, ensuring schools have the funds and technology to support in-person and online learning to protect the most vulnerable. On our workforce, we needed to hear that Iowa will ensure working people can make ends meet. Iowa is long overdue to raise the state minimum wage, stuck at $7.25/hr for nearly 15 years now to a livable wage, and workers deserve better working conditions. On taxes, we needed to hear that revenue matters and we will...

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2022 State Legislative Session – are you ready?

The 2022 state legislative session starts January 10th. This is the second year of a two-year legislative session, and especially with the new legislative districts, we expect lawmakers will want to wrap up business quickly so they can start campaigning for the 2022 elections. BUT, that doesn’t mean there won’t be hot-button issues, tax fights, and more in addition to pushing for bills that put people and our planet first. That’s why I’m asking you to attend one – or two! -events we have on Saturday, January 8 to get ready for the session: Legislative Session Preview on ZoomSaturday, Jan. 8 @ 10:30am Join CCI Action members and allies to equip yourself with information you need to know about the upcoming legislative session! We’ll review key dates to know, what issues are likely to be debated, and what Iowa’s new legislative districts mean for our work throughout the session and leading up to the November 2022...

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92,826 thank yous

Update: 12/18/21 THANK YOU!! OUR MEMBERS make CCI Action a superpowered people’s organization! Donations from 568 people helped send us soaring past our goal, raising a grand total of $92,826 to fund the important work we do together. Really incredible. CCI Action’s five-day fundraising and membership drive! Monday, Nov. 29 – Friday, Dec. 3, CCI Action 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. This is an organization-wide, all-in effort to build our people, political, and money power for the work ahead. We need wins for our water, our families, and our future. Our eyes are on pivotal elections in 2022 and beyond. That’s why we’re asking you to dig deep this year to support the critical work we do together.   Our goal: Raise $60,000 in the next 5 days.  To help start things off BIG, a few members have stepped...

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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...

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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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