In The News

Reynolds misses the mark by a country mile

I just finished watching Gov. Kim Reynolds deliver her second Condition of the State address.Here’s our take: She missed the truth by a country mile with an address filled with falsehoods and half-truths that paint a rosy picture of what it’s like for folks across Iowa, especially in rural areas.What we hear from people across the state paints a much different story.In her address, Reynolds highlighted (amongst other issues): Achievements last year in funding water quality,Efforts to expand healthcare access around the state,Balancing the state budget, andRestoring felon voting rights. CCI Action members want to call out the truth: Factory Farms and Water Quality: Her “funding” for water quality efforts was simply shifted around from existing state revenues that are already stretched thin. And that money is being dumped into Iowa’s failed voluntary Nutrient Reduction Strategy faster than the factory farm manure entering Iowa’s waterways, as...

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2019 Iowa Legislative Preview

On Monday, 150 state legislators descend on Des Moines for the 2019 legislative session. And over the next 110 days they will introduce, consider, debate, and pass policies that impact us all in every aspect of our lives: policies on factory farms and clean water, healthcare, education, working conditions, our state budget, and more.We’ll be your eyes and ears at the Capitol tracking bills – good and bad – to let you know when your calls, emails, or weekend visits with your legislator can have a big impact.To help you get ready, here is our take on what we can expect going into this year’s General Assembly. Who’s at the table Kim Reynolds will be inaugurated as Governor next week. We’ll know more about her priorities after Tuesday’s State of the State address, but we’ve heard she is prioritizing cutting even more taxes in spite of tight revenues – which forced cuts over the previous two years.Republicans control the Statehouse. They will (largely) call...

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BREAKING: Ag Gag law found unconstitutional!

We just heard from our attorneys at the ACLU and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) that a federal judge ruled in our favor – declaring Iowa’s Ag Gag Law unconstitutional! That’s right: the Ag Gag law in Iowa struck down by federal judge. You may remember the two-year campaign we waged against Ag Gag at Iowa’s Statehouse back in 2011-2012. This industry-written bill aimed to silence our voice by: Preventing everyday folks from documenting manure spills, piles of dead hogs, and other possible violations at factory farms via photo and video,Preventing undercover style videos documenting animal abuse in factory farms, andPreventing whistleblowers from exposing unsafe working conditions or other workplace violations at animal ag facilities. The law passed after a GOP House and Democratic Senate compromised. But, thanks to your pressure we gutted much of it including the language outlawing photo and video in...

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Weekly Update: January 4, 2019

First and foremost, happy 2019! I hope you rang it in safely, and are as ready as I am for all of the organizing opportunities in front of us this year.We’re back in the office this week and hitting the ground running – at least those of us not battling bugs we picked up over the break (I’m pointing my finger at my nieces and nephew). Next week we’ll send you our 2019 Iowa Legislative Session primer, but this week we’re picking up right where we left off: on some organizing campaigns and taking a look at the new US House Democratic Majority and their plans (both the good and the bad).If you get a chance, let me know what you are excited about headed into 2019: the influx of presidential candidates, the historic representation of women in Congress, the Iowa legislative session, the Green New Deal, Healthcare for All, or something we might not be following yet. News and Updates Story County factory farm fight still going strong In just under a month, we...

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68,212 thank yous!

Holy cow – we did it!

678 of you chipped in $68,212 to fund the important work we do together. Thank you!

This year-end campaign never fails to leave me I awe. Though I shouldn’t be surprised – CCI Action members are THE BEST!

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We’re raising $55K in 5 days

This week is the biggest fundraiser and friendraiser we do all year. We’re asking you to join us as we build people-fueled political power in Iowa.

At CCI Action, we're fighting for clean water, healthcare, clean energy, racial justice.

We’re fighting against the destruction we witness every day to people and issues we care about.

We need everybody in. We need you!

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What does the election mean for our moratorium on factory farms?

Nothing – not even a Republican-controlled legislature and Kim Reynolds in the Governor's seat – can stop our movement for a moratorium on factory farms.

We never thought winning a moratorium would be easy.  We’ve known all along that it’s going to take a lot of work and involvement from CCI members like you.  When CCI members encounter a hurdle, we strategize and jump over it.  We know our longterm strategy works – here’s a list of signs that our movement is growing:

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Exciting referendum vote to watch in Maine

While a lot of folks are watching exciting races around the country, there's a referendum battle going on in Maine to watch.

Maine could be the first state in the country to give seniors and Mainers with disabilities the freedom to live at home with dignity and independence. Read how they're doing it.

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VIDEO: member confronts Steve King with his own white supremacist quote

If you missed it: Kaleb, a CCI member and ISU student, attended an event where Congressman Steve King took questions. He quoted Steve King’s words and tried to ask King a question.

The Congressman exploded. He had Kaleb removed from the room.

Key to the story is the question Kaleb asked.

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Greater Des Moines Partnership: #DropKingNow

Seventy-five Iowans delivered a letter to Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, demanding he to cancel their event with Congressman Steve King.

Days before the Nov. 6 election, this was far from a political protest.

A clear moral call drew families from Des Moines and Iowa’s fourth congressional district which King represents. The speak out called attention to the fact that the Tree of Life shooter and Congressman Steve King share the same worldview.

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