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Here’s the deal. The Green New Deal that introduced in Congress this month was only a resolution. It is not a full bill with detailed policies.

That’s the beautiful part. This resolution is a starting point. And that’s why we’re so excited about it. 

This is our chance to fight for the climate solutions we need to save the planet and save our communities.

Like all things with the potential to undermine corporate power, Republicans – and even some Democrats – are spreading misinformation to derail one of the most incredible organizing opportunities we’ve seen in our lifetime.

Take action now: join our letter campaign. Write Senator Ernst and your U.S. Representative telling them that you support the Green New Deal and they should, too.

This package is a chance to push for climate solutions we need – for us, our kids and our grandkids. Naomi Klein has a great new piece out in The Intercept called “The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn in the Green New Deal“. It’s about the GND, its relationship to the New Deal, and why we need to use it to grow the power of our movements, now. 

The article recalls that back in October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a landmark reportinforming us that global emissions need to be slashed in half in less than 12 years, or the planet faces dire consequences. 

That is why we have to start organizing now. Our current president is a climate change denier, but we may have a new administration ready to jump into action in January 2021.

If so, meeting the IPCC’s targets may be technically possible, but will be extraordinarily difficult.Losing another four years to a Republican or a corporate Democrat and starting to act on climate in 2026 would simply be a joke. 

That’s why it is so urgent to use the Green New Deal framework as a potent tool with the power to unite and dramatically expand movements. 

But in Iowa, none of our members of Congress have spoken out in support of the Green New Deal (and Joni Ernst is in deep denialabout climate change’s coming impact on our state.) 

We’ve got to start organizing. Today we’re asking you to join the growing call – from the youth to the grandparents – demanding our elected officials support the Green New Deal resolution. 

Take action now: join our letter campaign. Write Senator Ernst and your U.S. Representative telling them that you support the Green New Deal and they should, too.

Local, State and National Groups Unite in Support of Legislation Critical to Protecting Iowans from Factory Farm Pollution

DES MOINES, IA—Today, a coalition of 70 environmental, community and agricultural organizations called on Iowa’s General Assembly to advance a legislative proposal for a moratorium on new and expanding factory farms in the state. View the full sign onletter here. 

Currently, Iowa is home to over 10,000 factory farms, which produce more than 22 billion gallons of manure per year. The pollution generated by industrial animal operations has resulted in widespread water contamination and diminished quality of life throughout the state.

“Factory farms are expanding in Iowa at an alarming rate,” said Emma Schmit, Food & Water Watch’s Iowa Organizer. “We can no longer sit back and allow our water, our communities, and our independent family farms to be destroyed by factory farms. Iowa’s General Assembly must act now to address these concerns by enacting a moratorium on new and expanded factory farms.”  

A harsh, unhealthy and environmentally risky form of food production, factory farming employs an unsustainable method of raising food animals that packs together large numbers of animals into confined spaces. Among the destructive results is the production of massive amounts of animal waste, creating risks to the local environment, natural resource contamination, and the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria and public health hazards, including respiratory infections, asthma, skin rashes, nausea, and headaches.  

“It’s clear to Iowans that the factory farm industry is out of control. Just last year, they added over 400 new facilities, with local communities having no say over the matter,” said Barb Kalbach of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. “With nearly 25% of counties calling for stricter regulations on factory farms, and thousands of Iowans suffering daily from poor water quality, toxic air emissions, and a monopolized food industry the legislature must take action. The clock is ticking for the future of our state.”

A moratorium will allow legislators and regulators a chance to assess the public health, economic and societal impacts of factory farming. An unchecked rapid expansion of the industry is doing untold damage to our environment, our food, and our health. We must take meaningful action to fully understand the consequences of an industrial agriculture system.

On February 21st, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Food & Water Watch, and Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture members from across Iowa will be gathering at the State Capitol to pressure legislators to take bold action on factory farms.

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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.

She isn’t doing this because they are popular, as payday lenders are despised by Democratic and Republican voters alike. Payday lending costs Iowans millions of dollars per year, and the average payday loan-consumer in Iowa has taken out 20 or more, usually just to pay back their earlier debts.

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 proposal.

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.

The problems with our current healthcare system are clear: the insurance and pharmaceutical industries are designed to profit off our illnesses, the elderly, and the disabled.

This is wrong, it keeps us sick, and we demand a new system that is publicly-owned, equitably funded, and not-for-profit.

A solution: The Medicare for All Act of 2019 (HR 1384). This bill would replace the inadequate patchwork of private insurance, out-of-pocket payment, and public programs which currently subsidize our healthcare.

An expanded and improved Medicare program would ensure that every single person in our country has guaranteed access to comprehensive health services, including dental, vision, prescription drugs, reproductive health services, and long-term care.

Under this system, patients would not be saddled with out of pocket expenses, meaning the 80 million uninsured and underinsured Americans—who are disproportionately people of color, poor people, LGBTQ, elderly, or disabled—would no longer have to go without healthcare due to the burden of cost.

Put simply, improved Medicare for All would provide better, more comprehensive healthcare for less money than we are currently spending on healthcare.

It’s time for our elected officials to take action.

Call your Iowa Representative today and tell them to cosponsor HR 1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019:

  • Congressional District 1: Abby Finkenauer

Washington, DC office: (202) 225-2911

  • Congressional District 2: Dave Loebsack

Washington, DC office: (202) 225-6576

Iowa City office: (319) 351-0789

  • Congressional District 3: Cindy Axne

Washington, DC office: (202) 225-5476

Council Bluffs office: (712) 890-3117

  • Congressional District 4: Steve King

Washington, DC office: (202) 225-4426

Ames office: (515) 232-2885

After you make your call, please let us know how it went or what you heard. Contact us here. http://iowacci.org/contact-us/

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Do you care about clean water? Do you want to join the movement to create vibrant rural communities in Iowa? One way to do that is by meeting with your elected officials, and communicating the need for a moratorium on factory farms.

We’ve prepared a toolkit you can use when attending attending forums with your legislator. Forums are a great place for your voice to be heard and to raise your concerns with your elected officials. 

The session begins in January 2019, but you can begin reviewing the toolkit now

Iowa, we have a problem:

In Iowa,there are over 10,000 factory farms that produce more than 22 billion gallons of untreated manure which runs off our land and into our water.  In 2013, thanks to the de-delegation petition filed by Iowa CCI members, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)agreed that Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wasn’t enforcing the Clean Water Act for factory farms.

The DNR was given five years to come into compliance.  Their time is almost up, and soon, the DNR will submit a final report to EPA. DNR’s work may look good on paper but nothing has really changed in Iowa.

We still have manure spills, a record number of impaired water bodies and beach advisories, inadequate DNR staffing levels, and not enough data to know what’s really going on.

We deserve to have the Clean Water Act fully implemented in Iowa. 

Click here to download the full overview and timeline.