The deadly consequences of climate change are all around us and happening faster than predicted.  Luckily, we already have everything we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and sequester enough carbon from the atmosphere to reverse global-warming.  The only thing in our way is the powerful influence that the wealthy few have on our political system to keep things the same, and time is running out.   

Iowa CCI has been building the movement to change that has joined over 250 organizations – including labor unions, student movements, Indigenous communities, and environmental & progressive organizations – to launch the THRIVE agenda, a push in Congress to begin the decade of the Green New Deal now. 

THRIVE (Transform, Heal, and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy) is a congressional resolution for a just recovery package that would mobilize the nation against climate change, racial injustice, and the economic crises.  It would create 16 million new jobs rebuilding our broken infrastructure, expanding clean renewable energy, investing in land restoration and regenerative agriculture, manufacturing clean technologies, and supporting the care economy as well as vital public services. 

These jobs would be union-eligible positions with respective wages and benefits and ensure everyone who wants a job can get one.  They would prioritize investments directly into Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. As well as those hardest hit by economic transition and environmental injustice. 

Out of the Great Depression came an unprecedented economic boom through New Deal policies and massive infrastructure projects, lifting millions of families out of poverty and creating the largest middle-class in American history.  We can do this again, right now, and ensure that everyone is included as we build a just society that finally puts People and the Planet first.

For more information about the THRIVE agenda, check out this website!

Check out this incredible video of farmers, Indigenous leaders, students, and union leaders visioning what Iowa could look like in the year 2030 if a Green New Deal is passed.

Ways To Take Action

Upcoming meetings, actions and other ways to take action will be posted here so stay tuned!

Interested in getting involved in our Climate Justice work? Contact us at iowacci@iowacci.org.

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.

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It’s been an exciting 24 hours.

Late yesterday afternoon we got news that Dakota Access was seeking a temporary restraining order against Iowa CCI and Bold Iowa to silence and shut down planned protests.

But we’ve got good news. Thanks to our fast-acting lawyers, we shut it down!

Moments ago, a federal judge denied Dakota Access’s motion for a temporary restraining order. That means those willing to take an arrest at tomorrow’s pipeline action may be ticketed for trespassing, but they will not be found in contempt of court. On Friday, we will meet Dakota Access in court for a hearing to decide the fate of future protest actions.

That means tomorrow’s #NoBakken pipeline protest will go on!

We expect over a dozen activists to take an arrest. This is the first major act of civil disobedience on this issue in Iowa. We are answering the call to act in solidarity with the Spirit Camp in North Dakota.

We need you with us. We need a big turnout to show decision makers and media that the pipeline resistance is strong and growing.

  • Meet us in Pilot Mound (Boone County) at 12:30 P.M. on Wednesday. RSVP and details here.
  • We’ve vowed to use all of the tools available in our fight, but, as you know, legal defense isn’t cheap. We expect legal fees to be between $5,000-10,000. Donate. Chip in today to stop Dakota Access from silencing your voice.

For our land, water and democracy,

 

Adam Mason
State Policy Director

 

P.S. As if we didn’t already know, Gov. Branstad proves once again he is willing to go out of his way to stand up for corporate power. He doesn’t want you speaking out against the pipeline either: Branstad OKs state trooper to protect pipeline construction. All the more reason to join us in Pilot Mound tomorrow. And, chip in here.

 

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