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Announcing the Iowa People’s Presidential Forum on September 21

The 2020 elections must respond to the needs of people, not big money and wealthy corporations – this election is happening from the grassroots up. It all starts with presidential candidate forums held by People’s Action in four states and anchored in Iowa by CCI Action. RSVP now to The Iowa People’s Presidential Forum on September 21 Multiracial, working class people are the stars of these fourms, and no bland stump speeches are allowed!  Candidates will be invited onstage for real conversations with everyday people about big solutions to the struggles facing the multiracial working class. What Are We Talking About? Improved Medicare for AllUnions for AllA Factory Farm MoratoriumA 100% Just Green New DealHomes GuaranteeFree College for All We’ll tell our stories and ask presidential candidates to commit to partnering with us to enact our platform if they are elected. You’ll hear from family farmers, first generation immigrants, and...

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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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Weekly Update for March 22, 2019

Ways to take action for clean water, climate action, and racial justice in Iowa Happy Spring! That means warmer weather, more rain (and flooding), and more debate at the Iowa Statehouse. Our hearts go out to communities reeling from the widespread flood devastation. It’s a reminder of the power of nature and, unfortunately, of what is becoming a new normal. Many Nebraska and Iowa farmers are already at a disadvantage because they’re close to the financial breaking point. The price tag for this catastrophic record flooding in the Midwest will likely be over $1 billion when agricultural losses are included, according to some experts.   And, things are made worse by the toxic combination of flood waters and factory farms. You’ve been sending and sharing images that show how this flooding future and factory farms don’t mix.    Members in Story Co. have images of flooded fields where a 5,000-head hog factory and manure pit...

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Weekly Update: March 8 – First Funnel!

The first funnel frenzy at the Iowa Statehouse has passed.Today marks the deadline when a bill must pass out of at least one committee to be eligible for further debate. That means many of our People and Planet First priorities are technically done for the session. But the week didn’t pass without some big push back.  A bill being backed by the Iowa Farm Bureau – House File 542 and Senate File 548 (formerly Senate Study Bill 1221) – met tough opposition when over 200 everyday folks turned out to pack sub-committee and committee hearings on the bill. These bills would end some of the critical programs that help individuals and local governments move land into conservation. Why is Iowa Farm Bureau pushing this? (Don’t they love tax breaks and voluntary incentives for programs?) The truth is Farm Bureau won’t be happy until every acre in Iowa is being mined for everything it can produce, and programs like these – that support conservation – are a threat...

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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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