On March 6, the Iowa City City Council voted unanimously to consider CCI members’ model zoning ordinance to crack down on predatory payday lending.

This is an important step in our campaign to win local policies that put people first, and it’s because of the hard work of members just like you who called and emailed your councilors, attended meetings and public forums, and stood up and spoke out for what’s right. Thank you!

The Planning and Zoning Commission will now take up our proposal, and in the coming days and weeks we’ll make plans to weigh-in with city staff and the zoning board so they have all the information they need to move forward with the strongest ordinance possible.

We’ll also be convening a community meeting in the next week or two so we can gather our members together, educate ourselves on the issues, and make plans to keep the fires of justice lit underneath the city. Stay tuned.

Thanks again for all your support and hard work. We are making a big difference in Iowa City for economic development and neighborhood revitalization that puts communities before corporations and people before profits.

If you are more interested in getting involved with this issue, contact Iowa City organizer David Goodner at 515.282.0484 or david[at]iowacci.org

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Last week, George Goehl of National People’s Action was in Des Moines to lay out a bold, nationwide campaign to confront corporate power and reclaim our democracy from the 1%.

Next week we are excited to host national labor and community organizer Stephen Lerner to continue to dig in on what you and I can do to make this campaign a success.

Can you join us next Wednesday, March 14 from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Iowa CCI headquarters? 

Lerner has decades of experience in the organizing field, most notably as the principal architect of the SEIU’s well known Justice for Janitors campaign.  This decades long campaign has engaged over 200,000 janitors who successfully organized for better wages, healthcare benefits and work skills across the country.

Stephen is a leading strategist on how to build robust, sustained organizing campaigns to win real change – not just your one day march or informational picket.

Please use our contact form or call our office at 515.255.0800 to let us know if you’ll be coming.

Hope to see you Wednesday!

WHEN:   April 14, 2012, 10 am-4 pm

WHERE: Des Moines Central Library

WHY:      Because we need a movement of fearless truth tellers

 

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Community, faith, and labor organizations from around the country are calling for a renewed movement of direct action targeting the nation’s most abusive corporations.

We’re calling it the 99% Spring.

The 99% Spring was launched Feb. 15 with this letter signed by over 40 movement leaders and organizations.

This movement will launch in Iowa on April 14. We will join 100,000 people who will gather together across the country that week for a series of trainings, teach-ins, and direct action.

In the spirit of the freedom schools of the civil rights movement and the roving lecturers of the populist movement, we will train ourselves in a new vision for our economy and in the practice of non-violent direct action as a means of realizing this vision.

There is no road to a fair economy and true democracy that does not include going toe-to-toe with abusive corporations.

RSVP online today or contact us at 515-255-0800.

**lunch will be available for $10/person**

 

These Iowans are ready for April 14. Are you?

 

“All social movements in history – from biblical times, to the suffragettes, to the labor movement, to the civil rights – have two things in common: everyday people taking big risks in their own lives and massive non-violent resistance.”

-Nationally-known labor organizer Stephen Lerner to the packed room of CCI members (left) March 14.

 

 

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Massive principal reduction beyond the scope of Miller’s settlement is needed

 

Iowa AG Tom Miller announced today the end of his investigation into the mortgage and foreclosure practices of the largest mortgage servicers. This settlement is the first step in what is shaping up to be a long fight to stabilize the economy through massive principal reduction.

While many are giving this settlement a glowing review, we know it is a drop in the bucket compared to the ongoing mortgage crisis – and is chump change compared to the excessive bonus pool of these same big banks.

Despite its flaws, the settlement announced today is stronger than it would have otherwise been thanks to direct pressure from grassroots groups across the country – like you.

Here’s our breakdown of the AG settlement, agreed to by 49 out of 50 state Attorneys General (Oklahoma being the only holdout):

The Good:

  • The settlement does not release the banks from criminal prosecution, and NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s investigation into financial fraud will be able to move forward. Iowa CCI and the New Bottom Line have been fighting to keep options for future investigations open for a long time.

The Bad:

  • Homeowners who were victims of wrongful foreclosures will receive just $2,000. Compared to what these families lost and continued to struggle with today, this really isn’t much.

The Ugly:

  • The principal reduction piece of this settlement is very, very small. The banks here have committed to just $17 billion in principal reduction. Compared to the $700 billion underwater mortgage problem, this is absolutely minuscule.

What comes next?

The housing market isn’t going to reset itself, and if the housing market isn’t reset we won’t see any real economic recovery for a long time.  We will continue to:

  • Be a part of the nationwide fight for massive principal reduction – at least $300 billion. Read our Iowa Underwater report to learn how principal reductions are a win/win for everyone.
  • Confront corporate power at the big banks’ shareholder meetings this spring.
  • Keep pressure on President Obama and AG Schneiderman’s investigation to make sure they do the right thing as well.

This is an important fight, and the future of homeownership in America and the stability of our local economies will depend on what happens in the next few months.

Be a part of the movement for an economy that works for all – join as an Iowa CCI member today!

Keep checking this website for more information, and click “Like” and “Tweet” below to spread our message far and wide!

 

A new and exciting campaign is being launched this week across the country.

It is no secret that the largest corporations in the country – the Wells Fargos, the Wal-Marts, and the Verizons – are undermining our democracy, poisoning our environment and widening the gap between rich and poor.

The question is, are you ready to do something more to confront corporate power? Something big. Something that will take all of us.

Iowa CCI is joining with thousands of workers, retirees, families fighting foreclosure, the unemployed, students, immigrants and environmentalists to confront abusive corporate power head on. This is an unprecedented group of national organizing networks coming together to demand corporate accountability at shareholder meetings this spring.

Our demands are precise and simple: corporations must pay their fair share of taxes, treat workers fairly, provide principal reduction to protect homeowners, pledge to keep money out of the election, and shift investments away from abusive private prisons and fossil fuels and into job creation and renewable energy.

Will you pledge to be a part of building this movement of and for the 99 percent?

This week is just the beginning. We have the rare opportunity to create a powerful shift in our country. It’s a “go big or go home” moment, and I say let’s go big together. There is a critical role for you to play in this movement to take our country back, whether you are at home, in the streets or in the boardroom. You are invited. You are needed.

Help us make sure that corrupt CEOs and Boards of Directors wake up every morning thinking about the 99%. Join us in the movement to confront corporate power.

You can stay up to date on this new movement by checking our calendar regularly for updates. In the meantime, click “Like” or “Tweet” below to spread this news far and wide:

But sweetheart AG settlement still a real possibility

 

Congratulations! President Obama has heard the calls of the 99% and announced a full, federal investigation into the fraudulent activities of big banks.

In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama said:

“We’ve put in place new rules to hold Wall Street accountable so crises like this never happen again … I intend to fight obstruction with action … And tonight, I am asking my Attorney General to create a special unit of federal prosecutors and leading state attorneys general to expand our investigations into the abusive lending and packaging of risky mortgages that led to the housing crisis. This new unit will hold accountable those who broke the law, speed assistance to homeowners, and help turn the page on an era of recklessness that hurt so many Americans.”

Congratulations to all of you who fought for and won this amazing victory. This wouldn’t have happened without you.

Now we need to make sure that this investigation has real teeth-that all administration resources go to uncovering the truth about the activities of the big banks.

And in order to provide real and meaningful relief to millions of homeowners, the end result must be at least $300 billion in principal reduction and restitution for those who have lost their homes, especially targeted to the most hard hit communities. This will reset the housing market and the economy.

In the meantime, there is still a sweetheart deal in the works between state Attorneys General and the big banks. We must continue to fight and make sure the banks are held accountable for their crimes and that any agreement will not interfere with President Obama’s promised comprehensive investigation.

If you haven’t yet called President Obama to tell him “no sweeheart deals – we need a full investigation,” please call him today!

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