Yesterday, Iowa Congressman Steve King mocked me on Twitter.
He poked back at my tweet with a racial insult because I’m an immigrant.
I was shaken and very angry. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from CCI it’s this: when everyday people are under attack – we stand up and fight back!
I was in Washington DC with a team of CCI members for the People’s Action #RiseUp2017 conference. We had meetings scheduled with aides from most of Iowa’s Congressional delegation. King’s staffers did not to show up – so we went to King’s office … and we Facebook Lived it.
We told King’s staff that his toxic tweets are dehumanizing and that his harassment of immigrants in our community has got to stop. It does not represent Iowa values.
I chose to move here five years ago because Iowa has a history of welcoming immigrants and refugees. I love it here. I met my husband here. I started my interpretation business here. And, I have my CCI family!
Our video confronting King’s staff has gone viral.
As of noon today (4/16) it has over 38,330 views on our Facebook page and hundreds of shares and comments. The story is being picked up by several major news outlets.
This is who we are. CCI is tough and tenacious whereever we go! The important work we do together continues.
Whether it be for a living wage, clean water, or to stop racial profiling — Iowa CCI members and staff are there fighting tooth and nail for the people, the planet, and the country we love. There really aren’t too many organizations that go to bat for everyday folks in this way.
The outpouring of support has been heartwarming, thank you.
BUT, I’d be remiss as a proud Iowa CCI board member if I did not ask you to help this organization I love!
Will you join me and donate $25 (or more if possible) today?
Your support feuls the much needed fight back and organizing ahead.
Iowa CCI Board Member
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