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Reminder from Citizens For Community Improvement cci.org
The buzz is already building for our big “Money Out, People In” Kickoff at the Capitol next Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 9–4 pm.
Did you catch the great write up in the Des Moines Register?
It lays out our “Put People First” agenda and the labor allies who will be joining us for our big rally following Gov. Branstad’s Condition of the State address.
In addition to this powerful response to Branstad’s pro-corporate agenda, we’ve got a number of big meetings with key legislators and officials lined up, including meeting with:
- Rep. Jack Drake and Sen. Joe Seng, chairs of Senate and House Ag committees, on Iowa DNR and factory farm issues;
- Sen. Jack Hatch on Medicaid expansion;
- Sen. Jeff Danielson on stopping Voter ID and other voter suppression efforts;
- Sen. Herman Quirmbach on corporate tax transparency; and
- DNR Dir. Chuck Gipp and the Environmental Protection Commission on the Assoc. of Business and Industry’s bad “hands off environmental enforcement” rule.
To make your drive easier, we have busses coming from several areas of the state. http://cciaction.org/jan-15-get-on-the-bus/
Help us kick-off the 2013 legislative session right! Stand together with hundreds of like-minded Iowans to push for an Iowa that puts our communities before corporations and people before profits, politics and polluters.
See you next Tuesday,
P.S. There’s still time to register for the webinar “Fighting for Clean Water and Taking Power Away from Factory Farms” Thursday Jan. 10 at 7 pm and get the inside scoop on key statehouse issues.
There is an important role for our government to play and it needs to be funded (and allocated) fairly.
Join us Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 7:00 – 8:00 pm for this webinar opportunity with special guests David Osterberg & Peter Fisher from the Iowa Policy Project
Learn how progressives in Iowa – from labor and teachers to factory farm fighters and environmentalists – can flip the narrative and go on offense to ensure we have a state budget that fully supports our vision of a “People First” Iowa. And, a state budget that ensures giant corporations and the super wealthy pay their fair share.
During this webinar you’ll learn:
• What’s at stake when elected officials talk “budget” “government” and “spending”.
• Our state’s fiscal situation and how to debunk the myths of “out of control government” and “high taxes” in Iowa.
• How we can unify around a “People First” narrative that supports all of our issues.
Iowa CCI Action staff will also share the biggest challenges we’ll be up against at the statehouse and the exciting opportunities we have to work together to get action on our big vision this year.
Ready to help take on Branstad’s bad budget plan and corporate agenda?
Say what you will about CCI, there is no other grassroots group that we know of fighting factory farms in Iowa.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued a formal response yesterday to a July investigative report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that was highly critical of DNR’s factory farm enforcement program for:
- Failing to issue permits to factory farms when required,
- Not having an adequate factory farm inspection program,
- Frequently failing to act in response to manure spills and other environmental violations,
- Not assessing adequate fines and penalties when violations occur, and
- State setback distances for manure application not meeting federal requirements.
In their response, which you can read here, the DNR promised to:
- Initiate new rulemaking beginning November 1, 2012 to bring Iowa into compliance with the federal Clean Water Act
- Ask the state legislature for more funding to hire 13 new full-time field staff,
- Develop a plan to inspect every factory farm in the state of Iowa, and
- Change other protocols and procedures to bring Iowa’s program up to par with federal standards.
The DNR’s reply is a major victory for Iowa CCI members like you and our allies at the Environmental Integrity Project and the Iowa Sierra Club who have been pushing this issue for years. But the proof is going to be in the pudding.
The DNR is promising a lot of big things, but we know from past experience that the DNR only acts when they are forced to by outside pressure – by people like you.
And all the new rules in the world won’t mean much if the DNR lacks the will – and the money – to enforce the law.
For now, take stock in the fact that all your hard work is paying off. You are making a big difference on the issues that matter most. But we can’t afford to lay back on our laurels and wait for change to just come to us. We have to continue to be engaged in the public discussion moving forward if we want our vision of a more just and democratic Iowa that puts people first to be realized.
Here are three upcoming opportunities for you to take a stand for clean air and clean water:
Tuesday, September 18 – speakout at the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) against industry attempts to end a 5-year ban on spreading liquid manure on soybeans and reduce fees for groundwater permit applications by factory farms. 9am-noon. Meet at the CCI statewide headquarters, 2001 Forest Avenue, Des Moines at 9am and we will carpool to the EPC meeting at 10am. Public comment starts at 10:30am.
Tuesday, October 16 – speakout at the EPC meeting against attempts by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry to gut factory farm enforcement rules. 9am-noon.
Thursday, October 18 – CCI meeting with Karl Brooks, Region 7 Administrator, U.S. EPA. Iowa State Historical Society Museum, Des Moines. 6:30pm-9pm.
CCI members are standing with our Brothers & Sisters in Labor today to demand good paying jobs – not more cuts – from our elected officials. Today, November 17th is a national day of action. CCI members in Johnson County, Polk County, across the state, and even in Washington DC will be standing up to send a strong message that the 99% are demanding a fix to our crumbling infrastructure and a fix to the continued unemployment crisis, not more cuts for the 1%. We know cuts don’t create jobs.
Join us for this symbolic and important demonstration tomorrow!
7:30 am – Park Road Bridge in Iowa City. Corner of Dubuque and Park Road
(Meet in the Hancher Auditorium Parking Lot at 7:15 a.m.)
The Des Moines protest is being sponsored by the South Central Federation of Labor & MoveOn. It will be at 11AM at the East 14th St bridge over I-235
The formula is simple. By fixing our nation’s infrastructure, we will:
RAISE TAX REVENUE
LEAVE A BETTER COUNTRY FOR OUR KIDS
So join us as we stand with our friends in labor, with other concerned citizens, and for the 99%!
Let’s tell the politicians “We need Jobs, Not Cuts!”
I look forward to seeing you there!
State Policy Organizing Director
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
2001 Forest Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50311