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Who’s on the ballot in Iowa?

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Early voting began this week. You may have already received your absentee ballot.

But do you know who is on your ballot?

There’s more than the race for Governor. Or US Representative. Or state Representative.

This election, make sure you’re prepared by checking out our BallotReady site to find out all the races you’re voting on and assemble your ballot for election day!

We’ve partnered with BallotReady to help you make an informed decision when you vote. You’ll find all the races you’re voting on, as well as stances candidates have taken on key issues, as well as major endorsements they’ve received.

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Profits out – improved Medicare for All now!

Iowa’s Medicaid is still in crisis, but we’re building a movement to end our failed Medicaid privatization disaster—and guarantee healthcare for all. Join us for an organizing meeting!

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CCI endorses three movement candidates in North Central Iowa

Tracy Freese is a CCI Action member, a working mom, and a candidate for Senate District 25.

Brenda Brink is a former Iowa CCI board member who is running for House District 49.

Nick Schutt is a family farmer who currently sits on the Iowa CCI board and is running for Hardin County Supervisor.

As with all our endorsements, this decision was made by an endorsement committee made up of our leaders in the district who surveyed and interviewed the three candidates about issues and about how they’re doing politics differently. Read the candidates answers to the survey here.

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We’re hiring a Community Organizer!

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is looking to hire a Community Organizer to join our dedicated, fired-up staff team. The organizer’s primary focus will be to develop and execute grassroots organizing campaigns that build people-power, shift narrative, and directly confront corporate power to win concrete change that makes our communities more just and democratic – and makes life better for a lot more people.

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The Nine Questions Every Candidate Should Answer

Elections are a big opportunity for us to push our bold issue solutions and help shape the issue environment that our elected officials and candidates operate in.

Now is the time to ask targeted questions – beyond stump speeches – and challenge candidates to be bolder!  

Here are nine questions that come directly out of our organizing campaigns:

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Info to Know about Attending A Future Worth Fighting For

We’re excited that you and hundreds of other Iowans are joining us for our 2018 annual convention: A Future Worth Fighting For on Saturday, July 21. Together, we’ll turn the resistance of today into political power for the future we need. Here are your Saturday, July 21 “Details to know”: Registration opens at 8 am. The event kicks off at 9 am! At the registration table, you’ll receive your program packet, your t-shirt ticket, and your name badge. Please plan time to park, walk, and get through registration on time. > What to wear — all registrants get a FREE T-SHIRT:  We’re excited to have an event t-shirt for all registrants! T-shirts will be available at registration. Sizes will be first come, first serve. We’d love for you to wear the t-shirt at the event. What’s more powerful (and photogenic) than a room full of social justice fighters? Hundreds wearing the same shirt in solidarity, that’s what! Otherwise, we’re a fairly casual crowd, BUT we do...

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Agenda – A Future Worth Fighting For Annual Convention

8:00 am          Registration & Coffee Grand Concourse Coffee available in Grand Concourse Pie auction, photo booth, and action tables open 9:00 am         Opening Plenary Rooms 303-306 Welcome Cherie Mortice, member Nuestra Danza Sin Fronteras Barb Kalbach, CCI Action Board President Lori Young, member We Still Rise Cathy Glasson, member and movement candidate How we win: Aligning and Organizing across race, place, class, and gender  Favianna Rodriguez, CultureStrike Rashad Robinson, Color of Change George Goehl, People’s Action 10:30 am      Break 10:40 am      Workshops – Session 1                                                      Rooms 301-310 Organizing in Trump Country: Beating Back Corporate Ag’s Attack in Missouri (Room 301) **The Power of Art, Culture, and Storytelling in Social Justice Movements (Room 306) From Protest to Power: Movement Politics in Practice (Room 308) The...

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Keep ICE out of Iowa: Deportation Defense Discussions

For years, ICE has been terrorizing our communities with little to no accountability. From the recent raid in Mount Pleasant where workers were racially profiled, detained, and some even tazed or beaten by ICE agents to the consistent individual pick-ups across Iowa, it's clear that ICE has gone rogue.

Enough is enough.

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July 21 Workshop Lineup

What are you willing to fight for? The stakes are high in 2018! Almost all statewide offices are up for election, including the Governor’s seat. This election will shape Iowa for generations. We need to fight today for our shared future and be clear about what it should look like.

On July 21 we come together for our annual convention to plan the fight of our lives. Don't miss the chance to learn from and be inspired by these powerful movement leaders.

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For people who know something is very wrong but aren’t sure what to do

Are you following the recent news articles about ICE? We want to share a few links and resources here, largely informed by posts from Amanda Gelender and Guante, and partly by this quote from Mariame Kaba (@prisonculture on Twitter):

Questions I regularly ask myself when I'm outraged about injustice:
1. What resources exist so I can better educate myself?
2. Who's already doing work around this injustice?
3. Do I have the capacity to offer concrete support & help to them?
4. How can I be constructive?

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