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Archive for November 4, 2011

3 Easy Ways You Can Help Take Your Country Back This Weekend

1 – Participate in Bank Transfer Day Nov. 5

Saturday, November 5 · 9:00am – 5:00pm

Together we can ensure that these banking institutions will always remember the 5th of November. If we shift our funds from the for-profit banking institutions in favor of not-for-profit credit unions before this date, we will send a clear message that conscious consumers won’t support companies with unethical business practices. It’s time to invest in local community growth!

Occupy Des Moines
Saturday, November 5 · 9:30am – 12:30pm
International Day of Action this Saturday! Join us in Des Moines as we take on the big banks that crashed the economy! We won’t pay for their crisis! It’s time to make Wall Street pay!
We will meet at Western Gateway Park and march to Wells Fargo Bank (2840 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines) then march to Bank of America, (3422 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312). Both banks are open.

Occupy Dubuque
Occupy Dubuque on Facebook:
Saturday, November 5, 11 am-6 pm
We’ll be meeting from 11am-6pm at Washington Park (corner of 6th and Locust Streets) in Downtown Dubuque this Saturday.  Speak out!  Everyone is encouraged to speak to the group. Write a speech, write a poem, or write a song – anything that conveys your thoughts and feelings about the dire situation in our country. We’ll be providing a soapbox to stand on so you can share your ideas with the group at large.

Occupy Iowa City
Saturday November 5 2:00-5:00 pm

Winter Preparation Workday, College Green Park
If you are able to come out and lend a hand while occupiers get things cleaned up and prepared for winter weather, please come out.  If you can’t stick around to help clean dropping off some snacks or hot beverages for volunteers would be greatly appreciated. Come join the fun!

Occupy Cedar Rapids, IA (Official)
Friday Nov. 4th Noise maker workshop @ 2:00 pm in the Occupation site. [Note: Occupy CR wants to make sure you go to the OFFICIAL page – see link above]
Saturday Nov. 5th
Guy Fawkes Day march on the banks and account closings @ 11:00 am meeting in Green Square Park.  I really hope we see everyone there bodies for this event will be meaningful.

2 – Help elect Liz Mathis in SD 18 – Keep Republicans out of power in the Iowa Senate

It’s GOTV time. Help Liz Mathis help Democrats keep the majority in the Iowa Senate.

Next 4 Days This is what YOU can do :

Canvassing, phoning, food, money all are areas that YOU can help with. Headquarters: 1375 7th Ave., Marion, IA. Phone # 319-899-0628. Mail contributions to Mathis for Senate, 1725 MacKenzie Dr., Robins, IA 52411.

Find out where to vote here.

UNI-Students for Working Families
Monday, November 7 · 12:00pm – 8:00pm

This will be the 24th and final senate district 18 phone bank for Working Families Win and UNI-Students for Working Families, Seerley Hal Room 213, University of Northern Iowa

We all know whats on the line in this election, everything from health care and workers rights, to reproductive freedom and marriage equity.  There will be food, and door prizes, impromptu dance parties, lots of badass political SWAG!  We have already made over 9,000 phone calls into the district, but we are not going to stop until its over.  We don’t want any regrets folks, stop by anytime, even if you only have an hour.  We are going to make thousands of calls in this final marathon phone bank.

3 – Help Re-elect President Obama/Keep Republicans out of power
Join our “One Year Out” Weekend of Action
Saturday Nov. 5 from 10am-1pm, 1pm-5pm
Sunday, Nov. 6 12pm-4pm, 4pm-8pm

Become a part of the effort to show the nation that President Obama’s campaign is the most organized campaign one year out from 11/6/2012. We will be calling our friends and neighbors across Johnson County all weekend to promote the January 3 caucus. We will be phone banking Saturday from 10am-1pm, 1pm-5pm and Sunday, 12pm-4pm, 4pm-8pm. Please RSVP below:

RSVP for Saturday:

RSVP for Sunday:

Please come down to the Iowa City campaign office located at 321 E. Market Street and help us show the nation that Iowa is fired up and ready to go!

Benjamin M. Levine, Field Organizer
Organizing for America – Iowa


Walker And Cronies Forced To Listen To 99%

I watched this and thought about how often the 99% is forced to listen to the right-wing propaganda machine… Enjoy this powerful video of Walker and his rich pals having to endure the message of the 99%. If the 99% have anything to say about it the tables are going to be turned very soon.

Why Iowa Special Election Has National Implications

Liz Mathis

Thanks to C&L

On November 8, Iowa is holding a special election for a state senate race, something that wouldn’t usually have national implications. Usually. This time, a small election with candidates not known much outside the state could help decide not only the future of the state, but could be a sign of a larger trend.

The election begins with a dirty trick from Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, doing his best to follow in the steps of Wisconsin and Ohio:

The Republicans have mounted a sneak attack – trying to send Iowa down the same terrible road as Wisconsin and Ohio. Democrats were clinging to a 26-24 majority in the State Senate, but the Governor appointed a Democratic senator to a statewide board, just so he could call a special election that could allow Republicans to take control of the State Senate and the entire Iowa state government1.

The super-thin Dem majority in the State Senate is our only protection against all kinds of evil Republican schemes.

The Republican candidate is Cindy Golding, the co-chair of the Linn County Republican Party, and if you have any doubt about the importance of the election, the line-up of conservatives supporting her should put those doubts to rest. Pumping money into the race are Rick Santorum, the Team Iowa PAC, the Concordia Group, the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Leader (which is connected to the Family Research Council).  Watch her scary campaign video here.

Democrat Liz Mathis has outraised Golding in the short election cycle and Democrats have a 2-1 advantage in absentee ballot requests.  You can read her bio at her website to learn more.

If Golding wins, a host of important issues are in the balance, including marriage equality, collective bargaining, increasing use of nuclear power and numerous others. A conservative victory could boost fund raising and encourage conservatives in other states, widening the battlefield that has dominated a number of swing states this year. 

This weekend through Tuesday is GOTV time.   Help Liz Mathis help Democrats keep the majority in the Iowa Senate.