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Caucus prep: Find your caucus, canvass the crowd, bring resolutions

Do you know your caucus location? Find it here: https://iwillvote.com/ The Iowa caucus engages lots of people in the political process, but it doesn’t keep them engaged in the long term. This year we’re lucky to have two candidates, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who are inspiring Iowans to stand for big, bold progressive change. Help us connect those people to the year round work on Medicare for All, Clean Water, and a Green New Deal! Connecting with as many progressive Iowans as we can is important because we know big change happens from the bottom up — and we need a whole lot of people to make that happen here in Iowa! That’s why we’re gathering signatures on our “Get Big Money Out of Politics” petition at the caucus. Can you be part of the process of bringing more people into the long-term movement here in Iowa? Watch the training and download a script to talk to people. Then you can get their signatures on this...

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Large Billboard Demands Rep. Fisher Protect Iowa’s Water

Iowa CCI Action and Food & Water Action put up billboard calling for end of factory farming For Immediate release: January 21, 2020 Contact: Ava Auen-Ryan, ava@iowacci.org (515) 282-0484Jackie Filson, jfilson@fwwatch.org, (202) 863-2538 Tama County, IA – A billboard went up yesterday on highway 30  heading east near Tama, IA, calling on Rep. Dean Fisher to protect Iowan’s right to clean water and an end to unsustainable and harmful factory farms. The billboard includes a link to a website created by Iowa CCI Action Fund that details the growing clean water and factory farm crisis in Iowa. Iowa contains over 10,000 factory farms and 767 impaired waterways. A moratorium is the first step toward creating a better food and farm system –one that works for everyone — farmers, workers, eaters and the environment. Last year, Rep. Dean Fisher (R-Montour), the chair of the Environmental Protection Committee, refused to assign HF 203, a bill...

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Hundreds gather In Des Moines to demand Iowa moratorium on factory farms

Groups rally and lobby to protect Iowa’s water, rural communities, and independent family farmers Des Moines, IA – On Thursday, January 23, 2020, a large coalition of residents and public interest groups will lobby at the state legislature from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in support of a moratorium on new and expanding concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), or factory farms.  Des Moines, IA –  Moments ago, a coalition including Food & Water Action (FWA), Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action (CCI Action), and Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture (IARA) kicked off a lobby day with a rally at the state capitol in support of a moratorium on new and expanding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) known as factory farms.  This action comes 11 days before the 2020 Iowa caucuses and places a factory farm moratorium among the top issues voters care about. Seven presidential candidates have acknowledged the negative impacts of...

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“Public Option” doesn’t guarantee healthcare for all

Cherie Mortice, CCI Action Fund Board President. Originally appeared in the Cedar Rapids Gazette. What’s our biggest health care issue? Cost. Many of us worry whether we can afford to go to the doctor we like or get the care we need. And there’s numerous proposals by current Democratic candidates for President aimed at addressing that concern, but only one that truly gets to the heart of the problem. Proposed solutions like John Delaney’s “BetterCare,” or Pete Buttigieg’s “Medicare for All Who Want It,” or introducing a new public insurance plan alongside the for-profit insurers (the “public option”) may sound nice, but do not control costs. And it leaves open the door for private insurers to game the system by offering bare-bones plans to healthy individuals, further burdening our public system. Only an all-in system will truly control costs and address the insecurity we feel within our current system. In the name of political expediency, these...

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Take action for the climate and clean energy in Iowa!

The 2020 Iowa legislative session convenes this coming Monday and there is a dangerous bill from last year’s session that will be alive and eligible for debate. Last year, Iowa’s largest utility company, MidAmerican Energy, lobbied for Senate File 583 in the Iowa legislature. SF 583 would impose huge fees on locally-owned renewable energy projects like rooftop and community solar in order to keep more customers buying power from MidAmerican Energy. MidAmerican even formed the REAL Coalition, a secret front group that spent more than a million dollars on ads promoting the bill. While we helped stop SF 583 from passing last year, the legislation will be alive again when the Iowa legislative session starts next week. It’s time for MidAmerican to put people and planet before profit. The privately-owned utility makes more than a half a billion dollars in profit in Iowa every year. We are in a climate emergency, and locally-owned renewable energy...

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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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