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Weekly Update for March 29, 2019

It’s been a BIG WEEK! Monday, leaders from our Racial Justice team turned out more than 100 people to pack the Des Moines City Council meeting to keep pushing our ordinance to ban racial profiling by the DMPD. Wednesday, we sued the state of Iowa for failing to protect our rivers, lakes and streams from factory farms and corporate monopolies that run our food systems and continue to pollute our water. This week presidential hopefuls also weighed in on the future of agriculture, with Senator Warren setting forth a proposal to break up big ag and Senator Sanders publishing an op-ed promising to fight for farmers. Their announcements come in advance of Saturday’s presidential forum in Storm Lake (my hometown!). People’s voices – through the forum, Iowa’s role in the caucus, and your bird-dogging – are making these candidates speak about issues we care about. We need to continue to push all of the candidates to include a moratorium on factory...

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Sample bird dogging questions for candidates

What is bird dogging? Presidential candidates are flocking to Iowa to court our vote. But where do they stand on our issues? Bird dogging candidates is an effective way to find out where they stand on the issues and shape the national debate. Read this guide and let the bird dogging begin! 1. Will you support the Green New Deal? Catastrophic climate change is rapidly destroying our climate, and the clock is ticking. With leading reports saying we have less than 12 years to address this global problem, the Green New Deal is a bold framework for us to start tackling the problem head on. We want a 100% just transition (100% renewable energy for 100% of the people), a jobs guarantee, and we want the Green New Deal to include rural communities and ag as part of the solution. 2. Will you support a moratorium on factory farms and stronger oversight of “big Ag” for clean water? Iowa is deep within a water crisis – we have 750 impaired waterways and many towns and...

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What is bird dogging?

Presidential candidates are flocking to Iowa to court our vote. But where do they stand on our issues? Bird dogging candidates is an effective way to find out where they stand on the issues and shape the national debate. Read this guide and let the bird dogging begin! When you’re ready, we have three starter bird dogging questions to take to your next event.      What is bird dogging? To bird dog something means to seek out, to follow and watch carefully. When used in the context of campaigning, it means to seek out and attend candidate events and ask them specific questions on key issues you care about.      The beauty of bird dogging: Imagine the impact we could have if candidates are hearing the same questions multiple times from hundreds of people. By raising the same issue at multiple campaign events, we can get candidates to address our issues. And, when candidates address our issues, it is more likely that media and other...

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Iowans Ready to Turn Political Revolution Into Reality

by Evan Burger, organizer for CCI Action

I was among the more than one thousand Iowans who recently packed into Des Moines’ HyVee Hall for “Revolution Iowa: From Protest to Power,” a day-long event organized by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI). State and national media were drawn by speculation keynote speaker Bernie Sanders might be there to lay groundwork for a 2020 presidential bid.

But the main event for me was to see so many Iowans, from so many walks of life, coming together around people-first issues that affect us all – from housing and racial discrimination to protecting clean water and family farms – and coming up with fresh strategies to address them.

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News roundup: Revolution Iowa in the press

On July 15, nearly 1,000 progressives and freedom fights cheered and chanted through a day of powerful speakers and action-oriented issue workshops. Plenty of press from across the state was on hand to see what movement politics will bring to Iowa. The headlines may focus on Bernie, but the content reflects the momentum of the movement.

We've selected links from a few sources to share...

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