Rooted in Justice

CCI Action’s 2020 (virtual) Convention
Saturday, August 29 10:30 am – 12:15 pm

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Speaker Line Up

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Join us this Saturday, August 29 at 10:30 am!

The global pandemic and uprisings against police brutality are challenging us to think BIGGER and BOLDER about the scale of the solutions we should be fighting for. 

We know we need a decisively new world: one that is rooted in community care and that puts people and our planet before profits, politics, polluters, and police violence.

We also know we can bring about meaningful change – if we’re organized to make it happen.

Are you ready to make history with us?

On August 29, we’ll gather for CCI Action Fund’s first online convention. Young and old, Black and Brown, rural and urban, voters and the disenfranchised, newly-active and longtime justice fighters will gather to kick off Iowa’s election season united behind the core belief: People and Planet First! and Everybody In, Nobody Out!

Together, we’ll turn the spirit of today into a movement for the future – one that organizes for Medicare for All, racial justice, a food system that works for farmers, workers, eaters, and the environment, a fossil fuel free future by 2030, and more.

Rooted in Justice will feature:

  • Inspiring testimonies from movement doers and thinkers – from Iowa and across the country.
  • Live music performances, powerful art, and a celebration of joyous rebellion.
  • Ways to deepen your activism, plug into issue organizing and impact upcoming elections.
  • A vision of how our communities could work if we implemented People and Planet-First policies.

Our elected leaders are failing us time and again. We need public officials willing to go to bat for the people, not big money corporations. The time is now for transformative social change — for or us, our kids, and our grandkids. It’s up to us.

Are you in?

Register today – it’s free! Let’s build the movement we need and the future we deserve.

#RootedInJustice Speaker line up

These guest speakers are on the cutting edge of social change work today. They’ll connect the Covid-19 pandemic to the Movement for Black Lives, and to the future of our food and farm system. Of course, they’ll also talk about the urgency of our work here in Iowa – a battleground state – as we look ahead to the Nov. 3 election.  

These powerhouse changemakers will inspire and inform us about how we best work together for the transformative change we need in Iowa and across the globe.

Maurice Mitchell,
Movement for Black Lives / National Director, Working Families Party

Maurice Mitchell is a nationally-recognized social movement strategist and visionary leader in the Movement for Black Lives.

Born and raised in New York to Caribbean working-class parents, Maurice began organizing as a teenager—and never stopped. After the police murder of Michael Brown in 2014, he relocated to Ferguson, Missouri to support organizations on the ground responding to police violence and was a key organizer of the Movement for Black Lives convention in 2015.

In addition to his work with the Movement for Black Lives, Maurice is now the National Director of the Working Families Party, a grassroots, multiracial coalition of working people building independent political power in communities across the country through organizing and elections. 

Maurice is a fearless truth-teller, tireless justice-fighter, and innovative organizer in the global movement for racial, social, and economic justice, and we know that he’s going to bring that powerful energy to Rooted In Justice! 

Make sure you don’t miss out on Maurice’s powerful speech, register for the free virtual convention today!

Marisa Franco, Mijente

Marisa Franco is the visionary co-founder and director of Mijente, an organizing hub for Latinx and Chicanx activists – including women, gay, transgender, and other marginalized people who may feel unwelcome in traditional Latino and partisan organizations.

A lifelong organizer on housing, economic, and human rights issues, Franco led the national #Not1More campaign to protest deportations under Pres. Obama – which the National Organizing Institute recognized as Campaign of the Year in 2014.

Marisa will be speaking about how power or progressive-ism is not a given in the face of the coming election, the importance of organizing and building organizations, and Mijente’s work spearheading the #FueraTrump campaign.

Find her on Twitter @marisa_franco @Conmijente

Read her write-up in the New York Times Taking the Rights From New York to Arizona and her interview with The Feministing magazine.

Navina Khanna, HEAL Food Alliance

Navina Khanna is the director of the nationwide HEAL Food Alliance, who work to build collective power to create food and farm systems that are healthy for our families, accessible and affordable for all communities, and fair to the people who grow, distribute, prepare, and serve our food.

A first-generation South Asian American, Navina’s worldview is shaped by growing up and growing food in India and the US. In 2014, Navina received the James Beard Leadership Award for her work to create a more just and sustainable world.

She will be speaking about the intersections of Covid-19, climate, corporate power, and how we can take action.

Find Navina on Twitter @navinakhanna and check out HEAL @HEAL_Food

Read about Navina’s work in Food & Wine magazine Navina Khanna Unites Political Forces for Food, and this piece she penned on how climate is impacting our food and farming communities.

Misty Rebik, Bernie Sanders

Misty Rebik is the Executive Director of Friends of Bernie Sanders, Senator Sanders’ Senate Campaign Committee, and was previously the Iowa State Director and member of the national team for Senator Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign.

Born and raised in Iowa, Misty ran her first electoral campaign as Campaign Manager during the Iowa 2018 primary season for gubernatorial candidate and nurse, Cathy Glasson.

Misty will be drawing from her extensive experience organizing for reproductive justice, immigrant and worker rights, and grassroots issue-based and electoral organizing to speak about the importance of doing the work and funding the work ourselves.

Find Misty on Twitter @mistyrebik

Read about what drives Misty’s passion in the Des Moines Register piece The Women in Charge: Female Leaders Take On Greater Influence in Iowa Caucuses. And, check out The Political Party Live! a podcast she co-founded and co-hosts aimed at engaging millennials in politics through arts and culture and entertainment.

Shawn Sebastian, People’s Action

Shawn Sebastian is the Senior Strategist for Rural People and Planet First Campaigns at People’s Action. He has spent his career organizing for a better future for working class people of color with the Fed Up Campaign at the Center for Popular Democracy, and as the Iowa Organizing Director of the Working Families Party.

You may remember him as the guy who got hung up on while speaking to Wolf Blitzer after the Iowa Caucuses. Shawn is prolific on Twitter, helping shape how we make meaning out of major political events, and will be speaking about how to organize real, significant change out of crisis.

Find Shawn on Twitter @shawnsebastian and follow People’s Action @PplsAction

Read more of Shawn’s political analysis in this interview from Little Village Magazine, and how he and People’s Action are fighting for rural folks during this election cycle in this Politico article.

Chelsea Chism-Vargas and Cathy Glasson, Movement Politics Leaders

Chelsea Chism-Vargas challenged Des Moines City Council incumbent Joe Gatto in 2019. She is an organizer for racial justice, immigrant rights, and reproductive justice. Cathy Glasson ran for governor in 2018, and is a nurse at UIHC hospitals and the President of SEIU Local 199 in Iowa City.

Both women believe that in order to change the systems that influence our lives, we need to build a lot of power. We have to raise the money, we have to get the people on board – and we have to elect leaders who come from our movements.

Elections are just one tool in our toolbox, and we’re thrilled to have movement leaders Chelsea Chism-Vargas and Cathy Glasson in conversation about the importance of building a campaign that last for years – not just one election.

Find Chelsea on Twitter @ChismVargas

Read this Des Moines Register profile of Chelsea (she’s a 2020 Person to Watch!) here and this profile of Cathy here

At Rooted in Justice we’ll lift each other up and strategize about how we push for an Iowa where everyone is safe and healthy, no exceptions. 

We have to push back against fear, hate and racism.  And, we have to push forward for change that makes life a lot better for a lot more people.  

If you’re ready for live music, powerful art, and ways to deepen your activism, join us for Rooted in Justice 2020. Let’s lean on each other, build community, and work for the future we need.

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