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CCI Action members take DeJear on factory farm tour

Leaders from CCI Action spent more than two hours speaking with DeJear and educating her on the issues brought by factory farms. CCI Action members met with gubernatorial candidate Deidre DeJear in Poweshiek County on Saturday. Members took DeJear on a bus tour of a factory farm and shared personal stories about the impacts that CO2 pipelines and factory farms have on Iowa communities. Members shared stories of how CAFOs have impacted their lives. Joyce Otto of Poweshiek County described a day when it was particularly difficult to endure the smell. “I was running late and I had my children and work equipment, finally rushing out the front door,” Otto said. “It was like a wall, I didn’t want to breathe, I was holding my breathe. It was so bad that my kids were crying.” Otto went on to describe how after awhile it felt like she and her family had lost their freedom to enjoy their own backyard. Members explained how the foul air has caused health problems in...

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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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Take Action for Clean Water!

Sign our clean water petition! Back in March we sued the State of Iowa for their inaction to protect Iowans water from factory farm pollution. We know that Iowans across party lines care about clean, safe water. That’s why we are launching our clean water petition. Sign and share the petition here! Knock Down the House – film screening Thursday August 15, 2019 6PM – 8PM A young bartender in the Bronx, a coal miner’s daughter in West Virginia, a grieving mother in Nevada, and a registered nurse in Missouri build a movement of insurgent candidates to challenge powerful incumbents in Congress. One of their races will become the most shocking political upsets in recent American history. Join us at the CCI office to watch together and discuss after! RSVP at the Facebook event here. Environmental Protection Commission Mtg. Tuesday August 20, 2019 9AM – 12PM The Environmental Protection Commission is the oversight board for the...

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Weekly updated for July 8, 2019

In last Monday’s email, we asked you to spend time reflecting on why you do the movement work you do. I had some time to do that myself and was reminded that there are two sides to every coin.As we celebrated independence, we also must recognize the land we live on is stolen land, unceded by indigenous people. As many of us enjoyed a little extra time off for the 4th of July, many more people did not. We recognize this country was built on slavery and exploitation of immigrant labor, and that a handful of very wealthy individuals continues to profit off the labor of poor and working class people. And even as we celebrate the US Women’s Soccer victory, we also must recognize the gender-based systemic oppressions that show up in their story and in the stories of other women and gender nonconforming people, including pay inequity, and unpaid labor.So we are called to this work for many reasons and we recognize that all our struggles are linked. We take...

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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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