It’s time for a people’s agenda: Convention 2014


Join us for the Iowa CCI/CCI Action 2014 Statewide Convention


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We are gathering Saturday, July 12 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Olmsted Center, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. Register now to stand up for a people’s agenda!





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If you’re going to do one thing this year to stand up for the Iowa you want to see, our 2014 Statewide Convention is it. This is one of the best events we do all year and a great way to jump in and be a part of a statewide movement to put people first. Come connect with like-minded Iowans, get informed and inspired in our workshops, and recommit to changing the way politics is done in Iowa.

Meet our Powerful Line Up

Join us for a dynamic keynote address and four inspiring workshops on building independent political power and winning big on the issues that you care about most!

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KEITH ELLISON, U.S. Representative

Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison is our keynote speaker! He is the first African-American to be elected to the House from Minnesota, the first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress, and the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.  He’s a leading people power voice, and is going to bring some inspiration to our Convention by talking about how progressives and legislative allies can work together to fight for justice and democracy.


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BETSY HODGES, Mayor of Minneapolis

Betsy won TakeAction MN’s endorsement for mayor and beat out 34 other candidates by pushing a bold progressive platform that emphasized economic, educational and racial equality for all. Her campaign teaches us important lessons about what progressives need to do to win at the ballot box and set the stage for bigger change once in office.

Shane LarsonSHANE LARSON, National Legislative Director of Communications Workers of America (CWA)

Shane brings a punchy populist fight back spirit to CWA’s 700,000 members and their legislative work across the country. He focuses on movement building by connecting labor and community groups around the country with the goal of more bold, grassroots action and a stronger ‘people first’ political force at the ballot box.


Sulma Arias-webSULMA ARIAS, Executive Director, Sunflower Community Action

 A native of El Salvador, Sulma brings over 15 years of organizing experience and a sharp political and social justice analysis to the field. Under her leadership, a coalition of organizations has made national headlines for pushing back against Kansas Secretary of State Kris “King of Hate” Kobach’s racist, anti-immigrant agenda.



David OsterbergDAVID OSTERBERG, Founding Director of Iowa Policy Project 

David, a former state legislator and long-time environmental justice fighter, has made Iowa Policy Project a key piece of Iowa’s progressive movement. Always a crowd favorite, he takes wonky policy issues and makes them exciting and understandable.


Executive Director of TakeAction Minnesota

 TakeAction is a progressive powerhouse. Under Dan’s leadership, they have helped elect a slate of progressive officials (including the MN Governor) and won big ticket policies like a minimum wage increase, healthcare for all and closing the racial jobs gap. Dan will share how CCI Action can be an even stronger political force in Iowa.




Member Appreciation Party

Don’t miss out! Join us Friday, July 11 at 6pm. Visit our statewide headquarters (2001 Forest Avenue) for dinner and drinks. Mingle with guest speakers, old friends and members from all across Iowa.


Action-Packed Agenda

8 AM: Registration

And social hour with coffee

9 AM: Kickoff Plenary

Celebrating another year of victories

10:10 AM: Workshops

You’ll pick two of four workshops with our dynamic speakers to get inspired on the issues you care about most

12:15 PM: Lunch

Included as part of your registration

1: 00 PM: Keynote Speaker

Dynamic remarks from Congressman Keith Ellison followed by Q & A with the audience

2: 00 PM: Call to Action!

Always the highlight of the day whether we are putting feet in the street or listening to surprise guest speakers – join us and find out

4: 00 PM: Closing Plenary

Setting the “People First” agenda for 2015





Or give us a ring! Call us at 515.255.0800

*Save $10 if you register by July 1! Bring a friend and save $5 – know someone with a like-minded vision for Iowa? Register with someone who isn’t a CCI member (yet) and you’ll receive $5 off your registration!

Want to check out what our annual convention looks like? Check out a play-by-play of the 2013 Convention!