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Democracy Defenders sign on letter

October 27, 2020 Iowa Governor Kim ReynoldsIowa Secretary of State Paul PateIowa Attorney General Tom MillerIowa Auditor Rob SandIowa Speaker of the House Pat Grassley Iowa Senator Jack WhitverIowa County Auditors Elected officials of Iowa:Nationwide, voter suppression and intimidation, lack of polling locations and poll workers, and the public health threat caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic have all combined to create serious barriers to voting. President Trump himself has attacked the integrity of our election system, the U.S. Postal Service, absentee ballots, and voting by mail. As the elected leaders in our state, you have a sworn duty to uphold our democratic process, especially when our elections are threatened.  We, a growing statewide alliance of labor unions, community organizations, student groups, faith communities, and political leaders, call on you to fulfill this critical responsibility.American citizens have the right to vote and have their...

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Election 2020: Our endorsements and preferences

We have big plans for Iowa. This year, we need to make Joni Ernst a one-term senator and Donald Trump a one-term president.  But we also need so much more than that. Over the next two years, we need to build statewide people power to defeat Kim Reynolds in 2022 and build sustainable, transformative alternatives to her corporate politics. That’s why, today, we’re excited to announce the candidates that CCI Action members have selected as our endorsed and preferred choices for the 2020 elections.  Right now, Kim Reynolds and her cronies co-govern with corporations and the rich. We need to build long-term political power so the elected officials we replace them with will co-govern with the people. That’s how we build the future we deserve. Imagine an Iowa where: Our elected officials come from our movements, and they fight for the interests of our communities, not corporations.When considering...

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Find a legislative forum in your area

Throughout the session, usually on Saturdays, state legislators hold short meetings (or “coffees”) with constituents in their home districts. This is an important space to engage with your legislator face-to-face, raise up issues important to you, and call on them to stand on the side of the people.

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Des Moines election results

a close up of a clipboard holding campaign literature for Chelsea Chism-Vargas

Tuesday night was a historic election for us. It was the first time CCI Action members voted to endorse candidates in the Des Moines City Council race. Endorsing Jack Hatch for Mayor and Chelsea Chism-Vargas for City Council in Ward 4 came as the next step in our work to change the way politics are done in Iowa. We are running candidates who are aligned with our movements, turning out our people power to get them elected, and setting up co-governing relationships with the candidates who win.  And our issues showed up strong for the first time ever in Des Moines municipal elections. Because we knocked doors, we heard people’s experiences being racially profiled by the Des Moines police. Because we phone banked, we heard about people’s worries for our safe, clean drinking water. This was, and is, huge.   Last night we gathered together to watch the returns roll in, until the results were clear: Chelsea Chism-Vargas lost her bid for Joe Gatto’s seat on the...

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CCI Action Fund endorses Chelsea Chism-Vargas, Jack Hatch in Des Moines races

Two months ago, CCI Action members in Des Moines sent out a questionnaire to 16 candidates running for city council and mayor.  Six of those candidates were invited for screenings based on their responses and after a lot of discussion and careful consideration from our endorsement team, recommendations were made to endorse the candidates that best aligned with CCI Action Fund’s issues. Now, we are prepping to get our feet in the street to support the movement candidates endorsed by CCI Action Fund! In the Des Moines Ward 4 race, CCI Action Fund is endorsing Chelsea Chism-Vargas over incumbent Joe Gatto (who did not return the questionnaire). Chelsea is a proud lifelong Southsider and CCI Action member who has been taking on racial and immigrant issues (amongst other issues), and knows what it will take to challenge corporate power in Des Moines.  In the race for Mayor of Des Moines, CCI Action Fund is proud to endorse Jack Hatch over incumbent Frank...

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