You’re Invited–Working Families Summit

You are invited to an exciting event which will bring dozens of progressive Iowa organizations together, at a Working Families Summit on Saturday, June 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Scheman Center on the Iowa State Campus  in Ames.

 CLICK HERE TO RSVP!

The event features speakers, a full day of action, break-out sessions, and discussion on issues like Building a movement, Raising Wages, Protecting Civil Rights, and Making Work Family Friendly.

 The event is FREE and open to the public. Lunch will be provided!

 We are asking that you bring a donation of: Crackers, soups, ramen noodles, rice, hamburger helper, toilet paper or hygiene products, that will be donated to a charity.

For many Iowans the recent legislative session was devastating. Economic recovery is still a distant dream. Minimum wage jobs taken away , student loan debt and rising health care costs are just a few of the everyday factors that keep families from getting ahead. Bringing a coalition of progressive organizations together for a day of discussion and action to work together to help strengthen working families, determine a road map to change, and work toward effective legislative remedies is a step in the right direction.

If you want to see change and a better future for the 90 percent of Iowans who are not positively affected by economic gains, come to the summit and find out how to make a difference.

Hope to see you June 10th!

We’re Hiring!

We are looking for comimmitted, enthusiastic people to join our organizing team!

Iowa Citizen Action Network

Job Announcement

Position Overview: Iowa Citizen Action Network  (501(c)(4)) and Iowa Citizen Action Network Education Fund (501(c)(3)) are seeking an Organizer to focus on grassroots organizing and leadership development, campaign management, partner and ally relationship building, as well as some fundraising to support building the Main Street Alliance Chapter in Iowa

About the Main Street Alliance:  Main Street Alliance (MSA) is a network of state-based small business coalitions working to elevate the voices of small business owners on issues that impact their businesses, their employees, and the communities that they serve.

The Main Street Alliance of Iowa (MSAIA), a partnership between the Main Street Alliance and Iowa Citizen Action Network (ICAN), is a state-wide small business coalition that conducts outreach, education and leadership development with small business owners and works to create opportunities for business owners to speak for themselves on key issues.  MSAIA works with small business owners on Main Streets, as well as with farmers, entrepreneurs and the self-employed.

Founded in 2008 to ensure that small business owners voices were heard in the campaign to win affordable health care, Main Street Alliance now works on a range of issues in cities and states across the country, our policy agenda includes tax and budget fairness, comprehensive immigration reform, money in politics issues and a variety of job quality issues.  We are led by a diverse group of small business owners at the state and national levels.

Job Responsibilities:

Grassroots Outreach & Leadership Development

  • Conduct small business recruitment drives in key areas around the state using direct canvass-based outreach to recruit small business members; recruit and train volunteers/interns to participate in small business outreach blitzes and other outreach/contact strategies.
  • Hold organizing meetings in key areas around the state to build local small business leadership teams, engage small business owners on a deeper level, and identify potential small business spokespeople and candidates for a coalition steering committee.
  • Identify and develop small business leadership/spokesperson teams for direct engagement with decision-makers, media opportunities, and peer outreach through one-on-ones, organizing meetings and small business leadership trainings.
  • Engage emerging small business leaders in peer outreach and research – collecting petitions and surveys – to develop leadership and build resources for research products.
  • Continue to build out and develop diverse statewide leadership circle and executive steering committee for the Main Street Alliance of Iowa.
  • Work with MSA staff and state level ally advisory committee to meet goals within the state fundraising plan.
  • Integrate ICAN staff, membership and affiliates in program, including presentations, preparing written materials for members and recruiting small business from ICAN membership and affiliates.
  • Play an active role in ICAN’s programs, events and projects including assisting with and attending ICAN events and meetings, preparing articles and presentations for ICAN members and affiliates, conducting briefings and trainings to ICAN staff and any other duties assigned by the Executive Director or her designee.

Campaign Management

  • Work with Main Street Alliance staff and local coalition allies to develop a coordinated small business outreach and organizing plan for the state, and participate in the development of the national Main Street Alliance network.
  • Organize statewide and local tactics, action steps and events in coordination with the national small business campaign plan – leverage the voices of small business owners to impact the public debate.

Desired Experience

  • Deep commitment to a vision of racial, social, and economic justice and to building the collective voice of small business owners in Iowa.
  • Strong commitment to organizing through relationship building.
  • At least 2 years experience in community/grassroots organizing, and/or political campaigns
  • Ability to communicate effectively and engage members of the business community at their level.
  • Strong written and verbal skills, and the ability to listen.
  • Ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience working with/within the Iowa business community, (current connections and relationships developed with high-profile locally owned and operated businesses a plus)
  • Experience working in or with the Legislature.
  • Experience with grassroots fundraising.
  • Willingness and ability to travel around the state on a regular basis and work flexible hours required.
  • Ability to work independently and strong time management skills.
  • Strong facilitation skills.
  • Computer skills (word processing, spreadsheet & database, Power Point, electronic communication).
  • Ability to speak Spanish or other languages a plus.
  • Experience with national campaigns or large municipal/state coalitions a plus.
  • Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license.
  • A passion for organizing and a sense of humor.

Salary & Benefits

This is full-time salaried position. The salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefit package is available

Application Process

To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resumé and references to: sdinsdale@iowacan.org with subject line: MSA Organizer

Main Street Alliance and Iowa Citizen Action Network are equal opportunity employers that do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or sexual identity. We are committed to equal opportunity, and urge people of color, and experienced organizers and activists of all backgrounds, to apply.

Legislative Forums!

Every weekend state legislators from around Iowa hold public forums of one kind or another.  We need to make our voices heard on the issues that are important to each and every one of us!

Our friends at the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO have an extensive list of these events that you can access by clicking:  Iowa Forums 2017And after you attend, let us know how it went!

We’ve heard from Republican legislators that the laws they are proposing… and passing… is what they heard from their constituents directly “at the door” while campaigning. We call FOUL.  This current political atmosphere reflects a worldview that simply has no room for the kinds of policies we want. It absolutely does not reflect our idea of the American Dream.

Let us know how your forum went!

TRUMPcare – What do YOU think?

You would think that after years of promising and posturing to “repeal and replace” ObamaCare and after two embarrassing failed attempts earlier this year, Republicans would have come up with a plan that works.

You would be wrong.

The TrumpCare Bill is nightmare. It harms the poor, children, women and families, persons with disabilities, immigrants, and even persons with employer-provided coverage. The only beneficiaries are the wealthy and corporations.

TrumpCare doesn’t “fix”  health care – it wrecks it.

Are you fed up?  Let’s send a message to Congress!

Comments will be forwarded to the Iowa Delegation in the House and Senate.

The fight has just begun!  There will be many opportunities to let your representative know how you feel, that it’s up to them to end this nightmare. 

I Support Our Public Workers!

And I’ll Sign The Letter to Prove It!

(Letter text is below the form)

Here’s the letter:

We work hard every day in our businesses, our houses of worship, and at our jobs to create a better life for our families and our community as a whole.  We understand the important role played by public employees serve in our cities, counties, and state to protect and improve our communities.  It’s all too easy to take for granted the nurses that risk infection to care for us when we are our most vulnerable, the fire fighters and public safety employees that risk their lives to keep us safe, the teachers who care for and educate our children, the snow-plow drivers, and garbage collectors that endure all types of weather to keep our neighborhoods functioning, connected and clean.  Public employees are the everyday heroes that keep our communities safe and strong.

Unfortunately, out-of-state special interests are attacking the freedom of our public employees to negotiate their work contracts as they see fit, in addition to standard pay and benefit negotiations that occur with all jobs.  These negotiations that include issues critical to how our communities function. Our public sector workers fight for their entire community when they negotiate their own employment contracts.

These negotiations have successfully been guided by Iowa’s Public Sector Collective Bargaining. This bi-partisan law, implemented by Republican Governor Robert Ray has done what it was intended to do: “promote harmonious and cooperative relationships.” Since its implementation, there have been no teachers strikes, no sanitation workers strikes, no firefighter strikes, no public sector strikes –no strikes in over 40 years.

Join Us At – Our Defending the American Dream

Reception and Fundraiser

Saturday, March 4, 20174:00 – 6:00 pm

(Program at 4:30 pm)

Johnston Lion’s Club

6401 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa

And Featuring Guest Speaker

Governor Martin O’Malley

Progressive Hero Awards to County Supervisors from Johnson, Linn, Polk and Wapello who increased the minimum wage in their respective counties

AND: Special Guest – Roxanne Conlin

Admission: Sponsorship levels or individual donations as listed below

any donation gratefully accepted

Sponsorship Levels*: Gold—$500        Silver—$250   Bronze—$135

*Sponsors will be recognized at the event

To make a secure contribution on-line, go to: http://iowacan.org/donate

Please RSVP by filling out the form below. 

Defending Health Care in 2017


What’s at Stake for Iowa

With a new president and Congress, the health care gains made throughout the last six years face their greatest threat yet.

We have been travelling around the state – hearing from everyday friends, neighbors, seniors, small business owners, doctors, advocates and others about what the ACA means to them. But that’s just the beginning. We need YOUR help to protect the gains we have made.

Please Sign our Petition and/or Share your Health Care Story!

Iowa Members of Congress: We ask you to consider the pain that repeal of the Affordable Care Act would cause your constituents.  We believe that not a single person need lose insurance coverage, have their benefits cut, or have their costs increase as a result of the actions legislators take. We ask you to help us uphold the gains of the ACA. The health and lives of millions are at stake.

Let’s Fight Back!

Congress has voted more than 60 times to roll back the historic progress that has been made to expand health coverage to millions of people in this country and to improve coverage for those who already had it. Republican leaders are headed for a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  These proposed changes will put the health—and lives—of countless Iowans at risk. Here’s what Iowa stands to lose if the new president and Congress move forward to upend our health care system:

Hundreds of thousands of Iowans stand to lose health coverage

Repeal will end Iowa’s Medicaid expansion and cause ripple effects across the state economy. The Medicaid expansion has extended health coverage to lower-income Iowans who hold down jobs that are the backbone of the state’s economy. Repeal will leave these hard-working Iowans out in the cold.

Iowa will lose millions in federal Medicaid funding.  The impact of that lost federal Medicaid funding will have a ripple effect throughout the state economy, affecting hospitals, other health care providers, and businesses.

Iowans with private health insurance will be stripped of vital protections against discrimination. Iowans with pre-existing conditions like asthma, diabetes, and cancer could once again be denied affordable, comprehensive coverage that actually covers their health care needs.

Women in Iowa will once again be charged more for health coverage just for being a woman. Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), women in Iowa were charged as much as 43 percent more than men for the same coverage.10

Iowans will once again face a world where insurance plans routinely cap the most they will pay for someone’s health care in a year and in their lifetime, effectively cutting off coverage for the sickest individuals when they most need it.

Insurance companies will no longer be required to put Iowans’ premiums toward care, not profits. Insurers will no longer be held accountable for using people’s premium dollars on care and quality improvement or paying back the difference.

The Medicare donut hole will re-open. This will leave Iowa’s seniors and people with disabilities with a gap in prescription drug coverage and forced to pay thousands of dollars more in drug costs.

Millions of Iowans will lose guaranteed coverage of free preventive services, like recommended cancer screenings and vaccines.

Thank you for adding your voice!

 

 

Senator Grassley… DO YOUR JOB

On Wednesday it will be 200 days since Justice Scalia passed away.

Two

Hundred

Days

And still our Senator Chuck Grassley is refusing to hold a hearing to fill a seat on the highest court in the land – the United States Supreme Court.

Historically it takes 67 days from nomination to confirmation for a Supreme Court Justice… on Wednesday it will be 168 days since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Will you join us on Wednesday, August 31 at 1 pm for a meeting with the Senator’s District Staff at the Federal Building in Des Moines?

We are continuing to call on Senator Grassley to DO YOUR JOB!

If you are not in the Des Moines area – we are happy to send you information to drop off at his other District Offices!

Small Business Owner? Farmer? Entrepreneur? Make YOUR Voice Heard!

By working together, we can bring small business values into the public dialogue to advance policies that are good for small businesses, our employees and the communities that sustain us.

Work with the Iowa Main Street Alliance to help get small business voices heard!

Who we are

Iowa Main Street Alliance is a project of Iowa Citizen Action Network.  Our members are small business owners/ entrepreneurs/ farmers from across the state who are dedicated to giving a voice to small business.

How we work

  • Too often, small businesses are “spoken for” by corporate lobbyists who claim to represent us but are really pushing a Big Business agenda.
  • We’re changing that by creating opportunities for small business owners to speak for ourselves – face to face with decision-makers, at public events and through the media.And we’re making an impact.

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied!

Grassley McConnell 2Our federal courts have long provided a level playing field in which regular Americans can stand up for their rights and be considered equal to powerful interests.  Increasingly, Americans are finding it harder to take their cases to court and have their voices heard.

Much is at stake in court for issues progressives have fought for, and courts are where Americans go to vindicate their most cherished constitutional rights. Put simply: Courts matter.

Right now, due to the large number of federal court vacancies and a Senate that continues to obstruct qualified nominees, there are not enough judges to hear important cases.

Courts matter for all Americans regardless of where they live, what issues they care about, and what their income is.

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Senator Charles Grassley was named Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in January of last year. As chair of the Judiciary Committee, Grassley wields enormous influence on the confirmation process. He sets the agenda for the committee, and is responsible for scheduling hearings and votes on pending nominees. Potential judges can’t proceed to a Senate floor vote until they’ve been vetted by the committee.

Unfortunately Senator Grassley is proceeding at a slow pace despite the fact that the number of judicial vacancies is on the rise. Of 874 seats on the federal bench, far too many are empty with several vacancies designated as “judicial emergencies,” courts that are understaffed and struggling to keep up with caseloads.

Tell Senator Grassley  –  DO YOUR JOB!    Contact Info: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/

Washington, D.C.

135 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3744   Fax: (202) 224-6020

Cedar Rapids

111 7th Ave SE, Box 13
Suite 6800
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
(319) 363-6832
Fax: (319) 363-7179

Council Bluffs

307 Federal Building
8 South 6th Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
(712) 322-7103
Fax: (712) 322-7196

Davenport

201 West 2nd Street
Suite 720
Davenport, IA 52801
(563) 322-4331
Fax: (563) 322-8552

Des Moines

721 Federal Building
210 Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 288-1145
Fax: (515) 288-5097

Sioux City

120 Federal Building
320 6th Street
Sioux City, IA 51101
(712) 233-1860
Fax: (712) 233-1634

Waterloo

210 Waterloo Building
531 Commercial Street
Waterloo, IA 50701
(319) 232-6657
Fax: (319) 232-9965