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CCI Action members take DeJear on factory farm tour

Leaders from CCI Action spent more than two hours speaking with DeJear and educating her on the issues brought by factory farms. CCI Action members met with gubernatorial candidate Deidre DeJear in Poweshiek County on Saturday. Members took DeJear on a bus tour of a factory farm and shared personal stories about the impacts that CO2 pipelines and factory farms have on Iowa communities. Members shared stories of how CAFOs have impacted their lives. Joyce Otto of Poweshiek County described a day when it was particularly difficult to endure the smell. “I was running late and I had my children and work equipment, finally rushing out the front door,” Otto said. “It was like a wall, I didn’t want to breathe, I was holding my breathe. It was so bad that my kids were crying.” Otto went on to describe how after awhile it felt like she and her family had lost their freedom to enjoy their own backyard. Members explained how the foul air has caused health problems in...

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The election results are in

A note from CCI Action’s Movement Politics Organizer after the June 7 primary: The election results are in, and one thing is clear – our people power movement is getting stronger. Not every candidate we endorsed won, but we won big on the issues. Jaylen Cavil (Des Moines House District 36) came in a strong second in a six candidate primary, Austin Frerick (Linn County Senate District 37) came within 148 votes of winning against a two-term incumbent, and Glenn Hurst (Iowa Senate) made issues like Medicare for All a top-tier issue in the race. These movement candidates knew it would be an uphill battle, but that our fight for racial justice, healthcare justice, and environmental justice was worth it. And racial justice won big in Polk County with Kimberly Graham winning the Democratic nomination for County Attorney. This came on the heels of over four years of our organizing for police accountability, criminal justice reform, and racial justice....

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CCI Action endorses in Johnson County Supervisors race

Our vision of changing business-as-usual politics starts and stops with prioritizing people and our planet. And that elections are a means to advance our issue organizing campaigns. That’s what we call movement politics – bringing real people, our stories and issues, and our solutions into the center of our political system. After careful review and discussion, CCI Action Fund is excited to announce our endorsements of Jon Green and V Fixmer-Oraiz for Johnson County Supervisor. We stand with Jon Green and V Fixmer-Oraiz because they each stand with us on the issues – racial justice, environmental justice, economic justice, and co-governing. They understand, like we do, that the issues we face are all connected, and that change always comes from the bottom up. “Jon Green and V Fixmer-Oraiz are both grassroots candidates who understand the importance of listening to everyday people. Jon has proven over and again during his time in office that he is willing to fight...

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How to vote in June 7 primary

Let’s get out the vote for our endorsed candidates! To vote in this spring’s primary elections you must be an Iowan who is registered to vote. And, in the State of Iowa, primaries are closed which means a voter will need to declare a party (Democrat or Republican) in order to participate in the primary. Primary winners will move on to the November 8, 2022 General Election. There are three ways to vote: Vote by mail!Request your vote by mail ballot here. Last day to request a ballot is May 23. Absentee ballots MUST be received at your auditor’s office or ballot drop box by the close of polls on election day.Early voting in personBegins May 18 – June 6. You can vote in person at your County Auditor’s office Monday through Friday 8 am – 5 pm. Find your county auditor’s office here. On Election Day: Tuesday, June 7Find your polling place here. Polling places will be open on election day from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Find out if...

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It’s #M4A May!

That’s right, we’re announcing “Medicare for All (M4A) May” here at CCI Action. I’m excited, and hope you’ll take action with us at some point (or several!) throughout the month. Why May and why now? Well, next Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders is reintroducing Medicare for All in the U.S. Senate. And as we still deal with the lingering effects of a global pandemic, it’s never been more clear that the health of ourselves and loved ones is dependent upon the health of our neighbors, communities, and country. So over the month of May we’re taking action to challenge the insurance and pharmaceutical industries and other corporate interests that profit from our current, broken healthcare system. We’re picking strategic fights to move us closer to Medicare for All. You’ll hear more over the next several weeks of how you can plug in, but to kick us off, I hope you’ll be able to: Join us for our Medicare for All...

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CCI Action endorses Glenn Hurst for Iowa’s U.S. Senate seat

Elections are a means to advance our organizing campaigns. And when it comes to getting profits out of healthcare, we need elected officials who will go toe-to-toe with health insurance greed and Big Pharma. That’s why we’re excited to endorse Glenn Hurst for U.S. Senate. From Iowa’s privatized Medicaid to private insurance denying Iowans the care they need, it’s clear we need a healthcare system that puts patients before profits and care before corporate greed. As a small town rural doctor in western Iowa, Dr. Glenn Hurst knows this as well and is committed to the fight for Medicare for All. But don’t just take my word for it:  “Glenn Hurst is a person who actually ‘walks the talk’ and shows that he can play a vital role in solving the problems our planet faces. Glenn has a firm grasp on the issues facing rural and urban Iowans – healthcare, water quality and industrial agriculture monopolies, and how to revitalize rural Iowa. And he knows...

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CCI Action endorses Kimberly Graham for Polk County Attorney

Elections are a means to advance our organizing campaigns. And when it comes to racial justice and policing, we need elected officials who will work *with* us to ensure police accountability and prosecute police misconduct. 📣That’s why we’re excited to endorse Kimberly Graham for Polk County Attorney We believe that in our communities – no matter our race, neighborhood, background, ability, or genders – everyone deserves to feel safe in their homes and community, and free to exist without the threat of discrimination or violence. Yet in the wake of the social justice protests following the death of George Floyd, we’ve witnessed the Polk County Attorney’s office that target protesters over police brutality. Electing Kimberly as county attorney is a clear path to advance our fight for racial justice and ending police violence. “Kimberly Graham is a passionate fighter for equitable and racial justice. She would bring needed change to an office...

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CCI Action endorses Jaylen Cavil for HD36

Elections are a means to advance our organizing campaigns. And when it comes to racial justice and policing, we need elected officials who will ban racial profiling and ensure police accountability *with* us. That’s why we’re excited to endorse Jaylen Cavil in House District 36, which covered downtown and parts of Des Moines west and south sides. We believe that in our communities – no matter our race, neighborhood, background, ability, or genders – everyone deserves to feel safe in their homes and community, and free to exist without the threat of discrimination or violence. Yet in the wake of the social justice protests following the death of George Floyd, we’ve witnessed the state legislature move to criminalize dissent and offer police immunity. Electing Jaylen to the statehouse is a clear path to advance our fight for racial justice and ending police violence. “Jaylen is a candidate who understands the importance of people-powered movements to...

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CCI Action endorsement for SD 37

Elections are a means to advance our organizing campaigns. And when it comes to clean water and factory farms, we need elected officials who will take on corporate agriculture with us. That’s why we’re excited to announce our of Austin Frerick for state Senate District 37, which covers Marion and northeast Cedar Rapids! For too long, factory farms have run roughshod over our rural communities, our water, and our land. We know we need a factory farm moratorium and we need to hold polluters accountable if we’re going to have a food and farm system that works for farmers, workers, eaters, and the environment. Austin knows this, too. But don’t just take it from us: We’re endorsing Austin because he’s with us on the issues and on challenging business-as-usual politics and the status quo. He shares our belief that real change comes from the ground up, and he has a plan to win and can excite a grassroots base to turn out to the polls on June...

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CCI Action’s 2022 Primary Endorsements

OUR ENDORSEMENT PROCESS PHONE CANVASS WITH US Elections are a means to advance our organizing campaigns and make life better for our community. And when it comes to: clean water and stopping factory farms, we need elected officials who will take on corporate agriculture with us, racial justice and police accountability, we need elected officials who will ban racial profiling and prosecute police misconduct, getting profits out of healthcare, we need elected officials who will go toe-to-toe with health insurance greed and Big Pharma, andour other people and planet first issues, we need elected officials that take bold action for bold climate now, who welcome immigrants to our communities, and get big money out of politics. That’s why we’re excited to announce our slate of endorsements for the June 7 primary: Click to learn more about Austin’s endorsement Click to learn more about Jaylen’s endorsement Click here to learn more...

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