The Road to a Green New Deal Tour, a star-studded 9-city tour across the US talking about climate change and good jobs, is coming to Des Moines, IA on Monday, April 22, 2019.
At this event, hundreds of attendees will be treated to a multimedia experience and an emotional journey through the pain of the climate crisis and pollution to the hope of the Green New Deal. The stop in Des Moines will highlight, among other issues, how a better farm and food system can address climate change. The tour will also include over 200 town hall events in churches, classrooms, and union halls across the country.
Speakers for the Des Moines, IA tour stop include:
Leading climate luminaries Bill McKibben & Naomi Klein live by video;
Rural community leaders Kim Stephens from Nevada, IA & Nick Schutt from Alden, IA;
Native & Indigenous leaders Lakasha Yooxot Likipt, Touches Lightning – an enrolled Cayuse member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation & Trisha Etringer, Cax-Sep-Gu-Wiga, Eagle-That-Returns – of the Ho-Chunk Nation;
Youth leaders Hannah Dorf from Grinnell College & Shantal Hernandez from Ankeny High School; and
Executive Director of the Sunrise Movement Varshini Prakash.
On Monday April 22nd, hundreds of Iowans will gather in Des Moines to listen to stories of loss to climate change and hope that can be found in the Green New Deal. The truth is that most Americans want changes such as clean air and water, jobs in renewable energy, and preparing our infrastructure for the changing planet. As part of a greater American tour, this event in Des Moines will inspire and equip attendees to truly be the change that is necessary to move the Green New Deal forward.
WHAT: A multimedia event featuring political and community leaders discussing the promise of the Green New Deal for Iowa and the Heartland
WHEN: Monday, April 22nd at program at 7:00 pm CT, doors at 6:15 pm
WHERE: Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Ave. Des Moines, IA 50311. Tickets are $5 and available at sunrisemovement.org/tour.
WHO: This event is organized by Sunrise Movement and Iowa CCI. We expect hundreds of Iowans to attend to learn more about the Green New Deal and get the tools and resources they need to pressure their policymakers to get behind it.
WHY: In 2018, young people put the Green New Deal on the national agenda and permanently changed the conversation on climate policy in this country. The movement backing the Green New Deal has exploded since. The proposal has the backing of 91 members of the House, 13 Senators, as well as the support of 14 of 19 of the declared 2020 presidential candidates. A recent poll from Business Insider showed 66% of Americans say that each and every component of the plan was somewhat, very, or extremely important. And in Iowa,polling shows 91% of caucus-goers support the Green New Deal.
The numerous bills that state Senate Republicans are
proposing to impose even stricter requirements on Iowans receiving
Medicaid or food stamps concern and disappoint me.
I work with some of the people that these lawmakers are targeting with
these punitive proposals. They are good people, have families, and
contribute to our communities in ways both seen and unseen.
Additional work requirements (because there are already pretty stringent
work and income requirements to receive SNAP and Medicaid) would do
nothing more than put extra burden on people already struggling.
Doesn’t our state Legislature have anything better to do? If their goal
is to get people off of Medicaid and food assistance, the best solution
would be to raise the minimum wage to a living wage.
Last December, Senators Grassley and Ernst had
a chance to stand against predatory payday lenders and stand with hardworking
Iowans. Instead, Grassley and Ernst voted to confirm Kathy Kraninger to run the
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the federal regulator charged with
policing Wall Street and predatory lenders.
After just two months on the job Kraninger is proposing to gut consumer protections against payday lending which Richard Cordray’s CFPB spent 5 years working to craft. Kraninger wants to eliminate a requirement that payday lenders confirm that a borrower can repay a loan while managing other expenses as well. The CFPB’s own research found that 80 percent of payday loans are taken out to pay back earlier payday loans.
If there was ever a time for Grassley and
Ernst to stand up for working Iowans, it was in December when considering who
would head the CFPB. And now that Kraninger is pushing to let payday lenders
operate like it’s the Wild West, Grassley and Ernst could speak out against the
But so far not a peep. Thankfully we have a
chance to weigh in, as the CFPB has a comment period before they make a final
decision. Please submit a comment. And then,
let Grassley and Ernst know that they missed a
chance to stand with everyday Iowans by confirming someone who would rather
protect predatory loan sharks than their victims.
Or, as Saqib Bhatti, director of the Refund America Project, reminds us: Wells Fargo was “one of the leading banks when it came to mortgage discrimination, really targeting communities of color with predatory mortgages. In fact, workers from within the bank have come forth and said that within Wells Fargo, they referred to subprime mortgages as “ghetto loans,” and said that they were intended for “mud people.” This is a type of culture that you had within Wells Fargo. […] What we found is, time and again, it’s black and Latino communities that are targeted for the worst of Wells Fargo’s racist practices.”
Wells Fargo rakes in profits while our communities suffer.
You must bring a photo ID, if your photo ID does not reflect your current 1st District address, please bring a utility bill or statement reflecting your current 1st District address along with your photo ID.
Information listed on ID must match the information provided on RSVP.
Children under 16 will be admitted without ID but still require RSVP.
Doors will open 60 minutes prior to events
No backpacks, signs, banners, or artificial noisemakers will be allowed into the event.
Attend a town hall and ask a question about issues you care about the most!
>>Also, we’ve heard that Medicaid and SNAP benefits (also known as food stamps) could be on the chopping block during this Congress.
If you’re able to meet Rep. Blum’s stringent requirements to exercise democracy, ask if he stands with his constituents or big money corporations that prioritize profits over our health and safety.
For more information or to run a question past us just shoot us an email or give us a call the office at 515-282-0484!
President Donald Trump is violating our country’s basic democratic principle of transparency — and Rep. David Young is helping him get away with it.
During a February town hall, Rep. Young told us that when “you run for president, you’re president, you should release your tax returns. It’s a distraction and I think the American people should know.” Yet just a few days later, Rep. Young went back to Washington and voted against a resolution that would force Trump to release his tax returns from the past 10 years.
Rep. Young’s two-faced position on Trump’s tax returns is cynical even for a politician — and dangerous for our democracy. One of the most important constitutional responsibilities of Congress is to serve as a check on the president. Yet, despite the fact that the FBI is investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, Rep. Young won’t stand up and ensure that the American people have a full understanding of their president’s potential conflicts of interest.
The American people need a full and complete picture of Trump’s income and investments to know all the possible ways he could make money off the presidency. That’s why I’ll be joining the Des Moines Tax March on Saturday, April 15. Our leaders — starting with Trump and Rep. Young — are accountable to the American people. Instead of hiding the truth and working in the shadows, Rep. Young should stand with his constituents and demand that Trump immediately release his tax returns.
— Adam Mason, State Policy Organizing Director at Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement