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Iowa CCI Action Endorses Bernie Sanders in the 2020 race

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. We believe that our health, our water, and our climate are too important to be compromised for profit. We’re ready for a candidate who believes the same to be in the fight with us. Recently we’ve seen more and more candidates from the local to national level who challenge the political and economic establishment and support bold progressive solutions to the issues we face every day. Some 2020 Presidential candidates have been embracing or acknowledging movement politics. But only one of them has been doing it for decades, just like Iowa CCI Action and our sister organization Iowa CCI. That’s why Iowa CCI Action is endorsing Bernie Sanders. We’re standing with Bernie because Bernie stands with us. This wasn’t a decision...

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Today’s the day!

Hello Friends, Today is a big day for us. We’re kicking off our annual 5-day team fundraising campaign! We’re asking you to join us as we build people-fueled political power in Iowa.  I think you’ll agree—2020 is going to be an important year for the future of Iowa…and nationally. That’s why I’m asking you to dig really deep this year to support CCI Action! Our goal: raise $45,000 in the next 5 daysDonors want to start things off BIG. We’ve got a $5,000 match! Donate today—it’s like giving twice!  Big social change has always come from the ground up, not the top down.  That’s why our work together – on the ground, in Iowa, 365 days a year, year after year – is so important!  We’re fighting for clean water, healthcare for all, racial justice, and clean energy.  We’re determined to take our country back from corporations...

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This is a big week for us!

We’re kicking off our annual 5-day team fundraising campaign!We’re asking you to join us as we build people-fueled political power in Iowa.  2020 has the potential to be a momentous year –for all of us. Why? Because we have so many opportunities next year at the local, state, and national level –to move the needle for clean water, for our health, for our public safety, and for climate action. We can’t let up! We need to give it everything we’ve got next year to ensure a better future – for all of us! Together we’re speaking out and building grassroots people-power like never before around bold solutions like Medicare for All, a moratorium on factory farms, a ban on racial profiling by police, and a Green New Deal. We’re uniting and energizing people, and WE WILL WIN! Four years ago, these policies were called “pie in the sky.” The establishment brushed us off. Now our solutions are taking center stage in local and national debates....

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Des Moines election results

a close up of a clipboard holding campaign literature for Chelsea Chism-Vargas

Tuesday night was a historic election for us. It was the first time CCI Action members voted to endorse candidates in the Des Moines City Council race. Endorsing Jack Hatch for Mayor and Chelsea Chism-Vargas for City Council in Ward 4 came as the next step in our work to change the way politics are done in Iowa. We are running candidates who are aligned with our movements, turning out our people power to get them elected, and setting up co-governing relationships with the candidates who win.  And our issues showed up strong for the first time ever in Des Moines municipal elections. Because we knocked doors, we heard people’s experiences being racially profiled by the Des Moines police. Because we phone banked, we heard about people’s worries for our safe, clean drinking water. This was, and is, huge.   Last night we gathered together to watch the returns roll in, until the results were clear: Chelsea Chism-Vargas lost her bid for Joe Gatto’s seat on the...

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CCI Action Fund endorses Chelsea Chism-Vargas, Jack Hatch in Des Moines races

Two months ago, CCI Action members in Des Moines sent out a questionnaire to 16 candidates running for city council and mayor.  Six of those candidates were invited for screenings based on their responses and after a lot of discussion and careful consideration from our endorsement team, recommendations were made to endorse the candidates that best aligned with CCI Action Fund’s issues. Now, we are prepping to get our feet in the street to support the movement candidates endorsed by CCI Action Fund! In the Des Moines Ward 4 race, CCI Action Fund is endorsing Chelsea Chism-Vargas over incumbent Joe Gatto (who did not return the questionnaire). Chelsea is a proud lifelong Southsider and CCI Action member who has been taking on racial and immigrant issues (amongst other issues), and knows what it will take to challenge corporate power in Des Moines.  In the race for Mayor of Des Moines, CCI Action Fund is proud to endorse Jack Hatch over incumbent Frank...

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Ai-jen Poo and Mary Kay Henry to speak at Iowa People’s Presidential Forum

By Iris Olivares Right now, Iowans have an enormous amount of power to shape the direction of the future. A lot of people are depending on us Iowans to push the political field to meet the urgency of the moment, including immigrants, young people, workers, women, and people of color. I belong to all of those categories. My undocumented parents brought me to the US when I was eight months old, and Iowa is the only home that I’ve known. I applied to DACA when I was 16, and that’s why I was able to get a job providing long term care to clients in need.My goal was to go to school and become a nurse, but I couldn’t accept the grants I got to go to college because of my legal status. I was caught in a low-paying job that was high stress for me and for my clients and their families who struggled to pay for care. That’s why I’m so excited to announce that two of the country’s most important movement leaders, Mary Kay Henry, the President of SEIU, the largest...

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Our current healthcare system vs. Medicare for All

Michael McKinley, CCI Action and Our Revolution member The current state of American health care is one of pure, unmitigated fear. Most of us live in a constant panic, afraid we and our family will get sick—not so much for having access to good care, as for not being able to afford it. The privately-owned, for-profit health insurance industry is a predatory protection racket, and it is no exaggeration to say it is bankrupting and killing us. Ralph Nader calls the immensely profitable Big Insurance, Big Pharma, and Big Hospital monopolies the “Pay Up or Die” industry. Their purpose is to make money. They do this by taking in as much money from you as they can, while paying out as little as possible for your health care, shifting its high cost onto you. They reduce their payout by restricting the amount of care available to you, by erecting barriers to you seeking and receiving care when you need it, and by making you pay as much for it as possible if you succeed in...

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Leading presidential candidates reveal new insights on positions into top caucus issues in CCI Action’s questionnaire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Contact: Adam Kruggel, a.kruggel@peoplesaction.org, cell: (510) 982 – 9131 Leading Presidential Candidates Answer Questions from Largest Progressive Organization in Iowa, Revealing New Insights into Positions on Top Caucus Issues Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg responded in depth to Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund’s questions on Agriculture, Racial Justice, and Healthcare ahead of their September 21st Presidential Forum Des Moines, IA – The top-polling presidential candidates’ answers to questions posed by the largest progressive organization in Iowa, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action) were publicly released today on cciactioniowa2020.org. The answers to the questionnaire provide the most comprehensive issue guide yet from and for Iowa voters, revealing new information on the candidates’ positions on the topics that...

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Take Action for Clean Water!

Sign our clean water petition! Back in March we sued the State of Iowa for their inaction to protect Iowans water from factory farm pollution. We know that Iowans across party lines care about clean, safe water. That’s why we are launching our clean water petition. Sign and share the petition here! Knock Down the House – film screening Thursday August 15, 2019 6PM – 8PM A young bartender in the Bronx, a coal miner’s daughter in West Virginia, a grieving mother in Nevada, and a registered nurse in Missouri build a movement of insurgent candidates to challenge powerful incumbents in Congress. One of their races will become the most shocking political upsets in recent American history. Join us at the CCI office to watch together and discuss after! RSVP at the Facebook event here. Environmental Protection Commission Mtg. Tuesday August 20, 2019 9AM – 12PM The Environmental Protection Commission is the oversight board for the...

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The People’s Voice: The convention is over but our activism is not.

From left to right: Shundrea Trotty, Patty Lovera, Varshini Prakash, and Sarita Gupta discuss the importance of grassroots politics and their optimism for the future. DES MOINES, IA – Hundreds of members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI) gathered downtown on Saturday to participate in CCI’s 2019 annual convention, The People’s Voice. The convention brought together existing and new members to hear from an all-female panel discussion. Leaders in caregiving, anti-factory farms, climate, and racial justice discussed the importance of these issues and offered ways people can take action and deepen our grassroots activism. “We must rely on people, not politicians and corporations, to make a positive change,” said Varshini Prakash, co-founder of the Sunrise Movement. “During the Great Depression one year saw two million people protest and 400,000 workers strike for a day or more. We need that kind of social...

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