This we wholeheartedly agree: Immigrants make America great!

Iowa CCI and CCI Action are standing in solidarity with millions of Americans who reject President  Trump’s hateful and racist ban on Muslims, refugees and immigrants. CCI members pledge to fight back against any attack on our communities; an attack on one of us is an attack on ALL of us.

We’ve been getting a lot of calls from members all across the state asking how we can fight back against Trump’s executive ban on Muslims and attacks on immigrants. We’ve pulled together some information on actions happening all across the state to protect our immigrant communities.
Take a look at our guide below and let us know of actions near you that aren’t listed here!

Here are THREE WAYS you can take action and say #NoBanNoWall 


Thursday, thousands of Iowans across the state are hitting the streets in Des Moines, Ames and Iowa City to protest against Trump’s executive orders against our Muslim and immigrant brothers and sisters.

Ames: #HoodiesAndHijabs Solidarity March, Thursday, Feb 9th, 11 AM, Iowa State University, Memorial Union. Click here for more details.

Des Moines: DSM March Against Muslim Ban & Anti-Immigrant Orders, Thursday, Feb 2nd, 5-8 PM, State Capitol. Rally begins at 5 PM on Capitol steps. Click here for more details.

Iowa City: Solidarity Rally Against the Ban, Sunday, February 5th, 1 PM, downtown Iowa City Ped Mall, click here for more details.

Cedar Falls: Rally to protest executive orders banning refugees and building the wall, Sunday, February 5th, 2:30 PM- 3 PM, 515 Main Street, Cedar Falls. Hosted by Americans for Democratic Action/Iowa.


Des Moines: Forum on Protecting Communities & Responding to Hate Crimes, Wednesday, February 1st, 5:30-9 PM, Des Moines University (hosted by the Des Moines Civil Rights Commission). Click here for more details.

Des Moines: Faith Communities as Sanctuary exploratory meeting, Tuesday, February 7th, 4:30-6:30 PM, First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave. Click here for more details.

Des Moines : I am Iowa: Interfaith Community Gathering in Support of Refugees and Immigrants, Sunday, February 5th, North High School, 501 Holcomb Ave. Click here for more details.

Waterloo: Panel to discuss recent executive order ban on immigrants and refugees, Sunday, Feb 5th, noon – 2:00 PM, Hawkeye Community College, 1501 E Orange Rd, Tama Building, room 102.  Hosted by the Cedar Valley Interfaith Council and Masjid Al-Noor Islamic Center.

Members of the panel will include Miriram Amer, executive director of the Iowa branch of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, Gunda Brost of Brost Immigration Law firm, Ruth Ratliff of St. Luke Episcopal Church and Kamyar Enshayan, former Cedar Falls City Council member.

The program is free and open to the public.

3. By-stander intervention: What to do if you are witnessing Islamophbic or immigrant phobic harassment

Check out these great tips from French illustrator Maeril on how YOU can speak out and help a person who’s being targeted:

1.) Engage in conversation [with the person experiencing harassment, not their attacker]. Go to them, sit beside them and say hello. Try to appear calm, collected and welcoming. IGNORE THE ATTACKER.

2.) Pick a random subject and start discussing it. It can be anything: a movie you liked, the weather, saying you like something they wear and asking where they got it…

3.) Keep building the safe space. Keep eye contact with them and don’t acknowledge the attacker’s presence: the absence of response from you two will push them to leave the area shortly.

4.) Continue the conversation until the attacker leaves and escort them to a safe place if necessary. Bring them to a neutral area where they can recollect themselves; respect their wishes if they tell you they’re ok and just want to go.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

This morning, two boards of supervisors in north central Iowa voted to recommend denial of two huge factory farm applications.

In Mitchell County, supervisors voted 2-1 to deny an application for a 5,000-head Iowa Select contracted factory farm in Lincoln Township. In Cerro Gordo County, supervisors voted unanimously to deny an application of an existing factory farm in Union Township to expand from 1,864 total head to 9,154 total head. After community input and review, both boards deducted points from the Master Matrix and gave the applicants a failing grade.

“I’m happy with the decision my supervisors made today,” said Penney Morse, a resident of Mitchell County and a CCI member. “We need more leaders standing up to this industry that destroys our water, our air, and our quality of life.”

These factory farm denials add to a growing list of supervisors across Iowa who are taking a stand against factory farms in their communities. In recent months, Webster County and Pocahontas County wrote letters to legislators and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources calling for a moratorium on new and expanding factory farms. Cerro Gordo County also passed a resolution in January to send notification to neighbors within a one-mile radius of proposed factory farms.

“The Master Matrix is a flawed system. Where else can you score fifty percent and get a passing grade?” said Tom Willett of Mason City and a CCI member who also attended the meeting. “It doesn’t provide adequate protections for community members or the environment. What we really need is true local control so that the supervisors and the public get to decide what developments go into their community.”

Following the approval of the Prestage Farms mega-slaughterhouse in Wright County, north central Iowa has seen an influx of factory farm applications. The Globe Gazette reported in October 2016 that factory farm applications to the DNR field office in Mason City could triple by the end of 2016. This influx of applications is expected to continue growing, in spite of overwhelming community opposition and uncertain hog markets.

“The reason we fought so hard to keep Prestage out of Mason City was because we knew it would mean more factory farm pollution,” said Jan Wann of Mason City and a CCI member. “Now that it’s going to Wright County, we’re going to have to remain vigilant and do everything we can to stop this expansion. We’re need a moratorium on factory farms.”


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Today, CCI members celebrate as Black Hawk County becomes the 5th Iowa county taking proactive steps forwards in raising the wage across the state.

The Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors voted on January 31st  to establish a task force to look into raising the minimum wage. The measure was approved 4-1, with only Supervisor Linda Laylin voting against creating the task force. With this vote Black Hawk County has the potential to join Johnson, Linn, and Polk Counties in passing a county-wide minimum wage increase.

This vote by the Supervisors comes as some state legislators discuss introducing and passing a minimum wage preemption bill. A preemption bill would strip Iowa counties of local control of the minimum wage in their communities and lower wages in counties that have already passed ordinances back down to the state and federal level of $7.25/hr.

The Black Hawk County Supervisors are acting on the minimum wage issue for the same reason other counties across the state have – lack of initiative by the state legislature and growing poverty in their communities. “The simple fact of the matter is the federal and state governments haven’t acted since 2007, and we have folks living here with stagnant wages. Low wages keep Black Hawk County residents in poverty and out of home ownership, which lowers the property tax revenue for the county,” said Supervisor Schwartz.

Next steps

Each Supervisor will have the opportunity to appoint two members to the task force. A timeline for the task force has not been laid out yet, but some Supervisors on the board encouraged Supervisors to make their appointments within two weeks.

Congratulations to the residents of Black Hawk County on this first step towards a living wage! As the taskforce moves forward on raising the wage, we’ll continue to keep you updated on ways YOU can plug into this fight.

Learn more:

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The Master Matrix is one of the few ways counties and citizens can weigh in on factory farm construction in their communities. Without it, there is virtually no way for the county to provide input and say no. Without counties and citizens scrutinizing the Master Matrix, DNR approves nearly every factory farm application that meets the bare minimum requirements.

The Master Matrix isn’t perfect. The real solution is true local control and tougher environmental standards for factory farms. But for now, it’s the only thing giving communities a minimal level of protection against factory farms being built in their communities.

However, in order to use it, each county must opt in to the Master Matrix before January 31st every year.


Figure 1 (Updated 1/23/17)
Green highlights – Master Matrix Resolutions that have been received by the DNR as of 1/17/2017.
Yellow highlights – Counties that we’ve been told have passed the Master Matrix Resolution but have not been received by DNR as of 1/23/2017.
Pink highlights – Counties that have not yet passed the Master Matrix Resolution as of 1/23/2017.


Here are 3 simple steps to passing the Master Matrix in your county:

1) Call your county supervisors and ask them to put it on their next agenda if they haven’t already;

>>Click here for a copy of the resolution and more details<<

2) If your supervisors passed the Master Matrix, make sure they sent a copy to the DNR. They have to do this before January 31st or it doesn’t count.

Your County Supervisors should mail it to:

Gene Tinker, DNR, 502 East 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0034


Fax it to (515) 725 – 8202

3) Let us know how your conversations went.

We’ll be tracking this information county by county so we can identify areas where supervisors might
be friendly to passing a Moratorium Resolution or a Neighbor Notification Ordinance. You can reach
Jess or Erica at 515-282-0484,, or

Join the Clean Water Fight

Factory farm proposing to build near you? Have concerns about an existing facility? We can work with you and your community to fight back and stand up for clean air, clean water, and your quality of life.


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Thanks to our incredible members who boldly took action and stood up for what’s right all year!
Today, we celebrate you and the great work we’ve done to fight of the Iowa we want to see.
For another inspiring story, check out the work our sister org, Iowa CCI Action, did in 2016. Click here!
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To see how she will govern, just follow the money…

With the announcement of Governor Terry Branstad’s appointment as ambassador to China, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will be taking his place. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Board President Cherie Mortice released the following statement:

“We don’t need to wonder how Kim Reynolds will govern as Iowa’s incoming governor. All we need to do is follow the money.”

“We know she’s a pawn of business-as-usual corporate ag, since she and Branstad have taken campaign contributions of $248,298 from corporate ag kingpin Bruce Rastetter, $261,750 from meatpacking tycoon Eldon Roth, and over $88,000 from the Iowa Farm Bureau.

“We know where she stands on the Dakota Access Pipeline, since she took $2,500 from Energy Transfer Partners, and $31,000 from Wells Fargo, which is helping fund the pipeline.

“Big money is polluting Iowa politics and Kim Reynolds exemplifies that problem. All told, over the last ten years she has taken a total of $18 million in campaign contributions, primarily from big money donors and corporate PACs.

“Members of Iowa CCI across the state pledge to fight back against her corporate attacks, and instead promote our people and planet first vision for Iowa.”