6 ways to plug into the movement right now

Another year is here, another world is possible.

We’re set on making 2018 a People & Planet First movement building year – starting with the legislative session and going through the November elections (and beyond).  Are you in?

Quick 2017 legislative session reflections:
Republicans swept the 2016 elections and we faced unprecedented legislative attacks on wages, water, and the safety and well being of thousands in our communities. We called it a “corporate coup d’état,” our friends at the Iowa Policy Project called it a “Session of Suppression.”

Regardless, you fought back. You stood strong and stood with others, you resisted and persisted. In spite of tough odds, we claimed small victories. Last year you:

  • stopped attempts by corporate agribusiness to dismantle the Des Moines Water Works in retaliation for DMWW’s clean water lawsuit, and stopped attempts to rob-peter-to-pay-paul on water quality funding (for now);
  • stopped attacks on our immigrant neighbors (for now); and,
  • mobilized thousands around the state to pack legislative town halls in their communities; blanketed the media with Letters-to-the-Editor; and took the fight-back directly to legislators at the capitol.

Our 2018 legislative session forecast:
It’s the second year of the two-year session and it’s an election year, meaning we expect a short, packed session. Here are the big issues we’ll weigh in on:

  • BUDGET: There’s a lot of debate among Iowa legislators on how to address the continued decline in our state’s revenues. Many will call for even more cuts to the current and future budgets, which will threaten funding for education, human services, our environment and more.  OUR TAKE: This is a revenue crisis, not a budget or spending crisis. Corporations need to pay their fair share.


  • WATER QUALITY: State leaders are feeling the heat from Iowans over hog factory expansions and the record number of impaired waterways, closed beaches, and no-drink advisories. Instead of addressing the problem, the legislative debate will center around how to fund Iowa’s failed [voluntary] Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Gov. Reynolds has even said a water quality funding bill is her top priority. OUR TAKE: Agri-business giants get the profits, we get the pollution. They need to pay their fair share of cleaning up Iowa’s water crisis. And, we need mandatory rules and regulations, paired with tough enforcement, to stop pollution where it starts and clean up our water.


  • MEDICAID/HEALTHCARE: Reynolds’s privatized Medicaid mess is failing our families. Countless stories of inadequate care, systematic denials of services, and a lack of affordable options show we must act now. OUR TAKE: We need to get profits out of healthcare. We need to guarantee quality healthcare for all, and Gov. Reynolds can start us down that path single-handedly by un-privatizing our Medicaid!


  • IMMIGRATION: A few legislators, emboldened by the national political climate, are pushing an extreme agenda to grease the wheels for Trump’s anti-immigrant measures. A bill that takes away local control of law enforcement is still in play. OUR TAKE: We’ll work to stop any bill forcing our community police to work as immigration officers.

Showing up strong on our People & Planet First solutions:
While we’ll work to stop bad policies, we’ll also work to build power around our People & Planet First solutions at the statehouse, at the Feb. 5 caucuses, and across the state.

At the Statehouse:

  1. Sign up to attend an issue-specific lobby day. See our Facebook page to see a list of upcoming events.
  2. Be a part of our rapid response team. There will no doubt be times when we need to pack the Capitol to stop bad bills — from putting a real face on issues in sub-committee meetings to sending a strong, powerful message at public hearings. Can you come to Des Moines during the session? Contact Jess at jess@iowacci.org for more information or be added to the team.

From your home/home district:

  1. Sign up for our emails and follow us on Facebook at CCI Action and on Twitter @cciactionThings happen fast during the session. Email and social media are the quickest way to communicate. We’ll let you know when your call, email, or attendance can have the biggest impact. Know any friends or family who’d like our updates, too? Forward our emails to them and ask them to subscribe.
  2. Show up at your local legislative forums. Throughout the session, usually on Saturdays, legislators hold short meetings with constituents in their home districts. This is an important space to engage your legislators and fellow Iowans. Ask them where they stand on key issues – like clean water, healthcare for all, and a welcoming state – and pressure them to put People & Planet First. They need to hear from you!
    If you hear of upcoming coffees in your area, let us know. We’ll help spread the word. Contact us for a list of key questions to ask, and please let us know how your conversations go!
  3. Join our Letters to the Editor Team. Letters to the Editor are a free, easy, and effective way to keep our message hot in the media — plus, they put added pressure on legislators when published in their district. There will be a lot of bad bills this session, so it’s important to challenge them and lift up our vision for Iowa.
  4. Let’s make the Feb. 5 caucuses the people’s caucuses! The caucuses are a big chance to show up for our issues of clean water, healthcare for all, a living wage – by supporting a champion like Cathy Glasson for Governor, who has stood with us on these fights. Let’s make the caucuses the People’s Caucuses! Are you with Cathy & the movement? Let us know, we’ll help you organize others in your area.

Email us at iowacci@iowacci.org or call 515-282-0484 to plug in to the action.

Put these important legislative dates in your calendar today!

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