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Say what you will about CCI… do you know anyone else trying to keep the state of Iowa from being overrun by gigantic factory farms? Surely anyone can support that. We can. Thanks, CCI.
Linn County Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) to Meet with Top DNR Officials Tuesday in Center Point
Meeting will focus on community, legal objections to proposed Maschhoff Pork factory farm
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI) members from Linn County will meet with top officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Center Point Tuesday night to press their demands that a construction permit for a giant factory farm near Center Point be denied.
The meeting will be held at the Center Point Public Library at 7pm Tuesday night.
“Matt Ditch and Maschhoff Pork’s proposal does not meet the legal requirements for a construction permit and the DNR must stand up, do their job to protect the environment from factory farm polluters, and deny the construction permit for this bad proposal,” said Regina Behmlander, a CCI member from Center Point who has helped galvanize community opposition to the proposal.
Dept. of Natural Resources factory farm hearings, Des Moines and Iowa City
Last Thursday, we scored a victory when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that our Iowa DNR is lacking in enforcement and regulation of factory farms and must make improvements. Now’s the time to deliver that message to the DNR and tell them to crack down on factory farms.
Tuesday, July 17 9 am, Des Moines – Help us tell the Environmental Protection Commission to stop a Poweshiek Co. factory farm expansion permit. Meet at the Iowa CCI office, we’ll carpool together.
Wednesday, July 18 1 pm, Iowa City – Tell the DNR to dump the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) attempt at watering down important water quality protections. Kirkwood Community College, 1816 Lower Muscatine Road, Iowa City.
“Fire Rastetter” meetings in Ames, Cedar Falls and Iowa City
Tuesday, July 17 7 pm, Cedar Falls – Cedar Falls Rec. Center, 110 E. 13th St
Wednesday, July 18 7 pm, Iowa City – Old Brick, 26 E. Market St
Thursday, July 19 7 pm, Ames – Unitarian Fellowship, 1015 N. Hyland
We’ll discuss AgriSol Energy’s Tanzania project, Iowa State’s involvement in the project, Regent Bruce Rastetter’s conflict of interest, and the next big steps in getting Rastetter off the Board of Regents.
And, we’ll be joined by our friends from Food and Water Watch, who recently released a report titled “Public Research, Private Gain”. They will talk about how the AgriSol Tanzania project figures into the larger picture of increasing corporate control of our land grant universities.
Payday loan ordinance hearing, Iowa City
The Iowa City Zoning and Planning Commission will vote on the tough new local ordinance we’ve been pushing to crack down on predatory payday lending. Thursday, July 19 6:30 pm Iowa City City Hall, 410 E Washington.
As you can see it’s a busy week ahead. I hope you can join us. For more information or to let us know you’ll be at one of the events above please reply to this email or give us a call at 515-282-0484.
Thanks again for a memorable weekend and for all you do,
CCI – Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement:
Over the last two weeks, we’ve been working with about 60 people in the area to stop a 5,000-head Cargill-backed hog factory. And, yesterday [Tuesday], a Dallas County Supervisor hand-delivered the official word to CCI members Rick & Stacy Hartmann’s home that the developer dropped his plans. (Read the letter here.)
This is a huge victory, and we won because members and others worked together, stayed hopeful, used a lot of creativity and refused to give up. They engaged the developer directly, got our message out to the public through the media and a very visible picket outside the developer’s business and even sent a Mother’s Day card to the developer’s wife asking her to consider the concerns of the other neighborhood mothers.
This news also means that CCI members, like you, have stopped four factory farms in the past two months thanks to tough organizing and putting pressure where it needs to be put. That’s no small accomplishment. You should be very proud.
Take three minutes to help us turn in 500 comments to the DNR:
Right now Iowans in twelve counties are fighting to stop more than 20 new or expanding hog factory sites. Why? In large part because the laws on the books put corporate ag polluters and their profits before the common good and our land.
No where is that more evident than in the bad rule the Iowa Association of Business and Industry is trying to pass right now. The ABI is trying to put force our Department of Natural Resources to take a “hands off” approach to factory farm enforcement which means more factory farms and more manure in our water. We need your help to stop it.
So far 254 Iowans have submitted comments to the DNR to help stop this ridiculously bad rule. We need you to take action, too.
We will hand deliver your comments to the DNR and the head of the Assoc. of Business and Industry June 5.