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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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Iowa Caucus: We The People Won Big

Three Iowa caucus goers hold signs for Bernie Sanders and a CCI petition

It’s been a frustrating 12 hours without caucus results, but I know we made history last night. In Iowa, we kicked off incredible momentum that will carry the groundswell of voters who want Medicare for All, Clean Water, the Green New Deal, and Free College for All into New Hampshire next week, and on to the rest of the country. We caucused for ourselves and our loved ones. We caucused for folks who came before us and for generations to follow. We caucused for the millions of people across the country – and the globe – who are ready to radically shift our political system away from greed to one that puts people and our planet first. We did that.  There’s a lot to critique about the Iowa caucus system. For every person we talked to who was excited to go, there were parents staying home with kids, people working second shift, or folks not able to attend due to accessibility issues.  But we used this “all eyes on Iowa”...

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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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Hundreds gather In Des Moines to demand Iowa moratorium on factory farms

Groups rally and lobby to protect Iowa’s water, rural communities, and independent family farmers Des Moines, IA – On Thursday, January 23, 2020, a large coalition of residents and public interest groups will lobby at the state legislature from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in support of a moratorium on new and expanding concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), or factory farms.  Des Moines, IA –  Moments ago, a coalition including Food & Water Action (FWA), Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action (CCI Action), and Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture (IARA) kicked off a lobby day with a rally at the state capitol in support of a moratorium on new and expanding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) known as factory farms.  This action comes 11 days before the 2020 Iowa caucuses and places a factory farm moratorium among the top issues voters care about. Seven presidential candidates have acknowledged the negative impacts of...

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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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