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It’s Endorsement Week!

Our vision of changing business-as-usual politics starts and stops with people and our planet. Elections are a means to win action on issues that impact our lives. That’s what we mean when we say movement politics – we’re bringing real people, our stories and issues, and our solutions into the center of our political system. That’s why we’re excited to announce “endorsement week” here at CCI Action! Over the next three days, we will unveil CCI Action’s endorsements in key races across the state for the June 7 primary. CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR ENDORSEMENTS PHONE BANK FOR OUR CANDIDATES AND OUR ISSUES! CCI Action’s Phone Bank shifts leading up to the June 7th Primary will be held over zoom on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5pm-8pm. We’ll reach out to thousands of everyday Iowans to impact this race and our other endorsed movement candidates (more announcements this week!). You will need a phone, internet, and a computer or ipad to...

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2022 Legislative Forum Guide

Going to a local legislative forum in your area? Great! Legislators continue to tell us how important it is to hear from you – their constituents, the most powerful communication being in person or by phone. Most weekends, you can find an opportunity to engage your legislators at a local legislative forum – often called legislative coffees, or in some places ‘cracker barrels.’ These are great opportunities to talk with your legislator face to face, raise issues important to you and call on them to stand on the side of the people. Check your local paper to see when there is a legislative coffee or other event in your area. Or use the online lists below. Click here to see the legislative forum schedules: Forums and town halls (listed by date)House Republicans and Democrats (listed by date) Please report back to let us know how it goes or what you hear by calling the CCI headquarters at 515-282-0484 or cciaction @ cciaction.org. Legislative...

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CCI Action Lobby Day Feb. 9

Corporate power has high paid lobbyists… we have you! In addition to taking action from home by calling or emailing your legislators, or showing up to legislative forums in your area, we also take action together by showing up at the statehouse – the people’s house – to make our voice heard. We’re still in a pandemic, so we’re not planning a full day of lobbying nor trying to pack hundreds into the Capitol, but we’ll still make our presence known. When: Wednesday, February 9 from 1-4pm. What: For those who are comfortable and masked up, we’ll be at the People’s House lobbying legislators to take action to: make insulin more affordable and accessible (including a short press conference with legislators from both sides of the aisle),enact a moratorium on factory farms, protecting the social safety net, put our air, water, and quality of life before greenwashed climate solutions like pipelines and bio gas,and...

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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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