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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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Democracy Defenders sign on letter

October 27, 2020 Iowa Governor Kim ReynoldsIowa Secretary of State Paul PateIowa Attorney General Tom MillerIowa Auditor Rob SandIowa Speaker of the House Pat Grassley Iowa Senator Jack WhitverIowa County Auditors Elected officials of Iowa:Nationwide, voter suppression and intimidation, lack of polling locations and poll workers, and the public health threat caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic have all combined to create serious barriers to voting. President Trump himself has attacked the integrity of our election system, the U.S. Postal Service, absentee ballots, and voting by mail. As the elected leaders in our state, you have a sworn duty to uphold our democratic process, especially when our elections are threatened.  We, a growing statewide alliance of labor unions, community organizations, student groups, faith communities, and political leaders, call on you to fulfill this critical responsibility.American citizens have the right to vote and have their...

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Make calls to GOTV and beat fascism

This is a beautiful way to take action! Join a shift, be in community with other CCI Action members, and be part of the victory. Can you sign up for a shift (or two) today? Oct. 27 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM Oct. 28 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM Oct. 31 from 12:00 – 3:00 PM Nov. 1 from 12:00 – 3:00 PM Nov. 1 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM Nov. 2 from 12:00 – 3:00 PM Nov. 2 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM Nov. 3 from 9:30 – 12:30 PM Nov. 3 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM Nov. 3 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM We’ll meet on Zoom. It’s a great chance to be in community with CCI Action members and impact the election. Together, we get trained on the script and the tools, and then we jump on the phones. After we defeat Donald Trump and Joni Ernst, some groups and politicians are going to pack up and go home. Not us. We’ve been working to build a better Iowa for 45 years, and we’re going to keep working. Sign up to make calls with us! Let’s win...

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[TRANSMISSION FROM THE FUTURE: NOV 4, 2020]

They haven’t counted all the votes yet.  Election Day was yesterday. Iowa’s Senate race and the presidential election are still “too close to call.” This morning, CNN said that there won’t be a total ballot count for another two weeks. Trump is trying to say he won. So is Joni Ernst. But there are so many Iowa ballots left to be counted! That’s why I’m glad that, on October 20th, 2020, just two weeks before November 3rd, I joined CCI Action’s efforts to get out the vote. I know that I did everything I could to add to the vote tally, and now I have a team to work with. CCI Action is still fighting to make sure every vote counts and every vote is counted.  I joined the CCI Action phone bank because I knew we needed to win by a historic margin. I felt frustrated and afraid, and I needed to do something. (You still have 5 days to join CCI Action’s Get Out The Vote phone bank — sign up at this...

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Our early voting toolkit for talking with the people in your life

Our state and our country are places where every person should count. No matter what you look like, how much money you have, or where you come from, it is the right of every American to vote in fair and free elections and to have their votes counted. This resource provides tools for voting early and securely in Iowa, and encouraging your friends and family to vote. This toolkit includes: What you need to know to vote early and securely in Iowa.Talking points an use to call your family and friends about early votingA simple form to organize your family and friends’ early voting commitments.  By working together, we will ensure that every vote is counted and swear in a government elected by and for us. By joining together in record numbers, we will ensure a democracy where everyone counts, no exceptions – from Iowa to the White House. If you have questions about how to vote early, you can find information on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website. For...

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A “New Deal” for the caregiving workforce

As a CCI Action member and supporter, I remember feeling excited learning about Caring Across Generations at CCI Action’s Sept. 21, 2019 People’s Presidential Forum.  We heard stories of family members whose lives are put on hold as they care for older and very young family members. We learned about this multiracial, multi-generational movement to transform the way we care so that everyone providing and receiving care can do so with dignity. We put the presidential candidates on notice about what we wanted as an important plank in a people-and-planet-first platform. Well, even though Joe Biden did not attend that forum or speak at our convention, his campaign has released a plan that starts to address this critical issue. That is what our CCI Action movement politics does: it puts policies above the politician. Among the ripples we started, and the promises Joe’s opponents made on the stage last fall, I am sure our voices were heard and contributed to this plan. And...

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Sen. Ernst: COVID is real. We need real support.

Sen. Ernst has said she doubts COVID numbers and its affect on us. But we know COVID is real – and it’s really affecting us. We need real support. Call Sen. Joni Ernst at (202) 224-3254 and tell her: Our community, our healthcare workers, our families need real support. Interested in getting involved? Learn more about our upcoming actions, canvass calls, and teach-ins by signing up for weekly emails.

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