We’re Going to the Progress Iowa Corn Feed

Headed to the Progress Iowa Corn Feed in Cedar Rapids this Sunday, July 14? Iowa Citizen Action Network will be there highlighting our TAX MARCH IOWA project!

Doors open at noon at Newbo City Market, 1100 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401.

We’ll be hearing from Congresswoman Abby Finkenaur, State Auditor Rob Sand and many of the Democratic Presidential Candidates!

Lots of our friends and allies will be there with activities for all ages!

And the best part is… IT’S FREE!

Look for the gigantic Trump Chicken… that’s where you’ll find us!  We’ll have a photo area set up with lots of props and other fun “corny” games for the family!

Hope to see you there!

Sue Dinsdale // sdinsdale@iowacan.org

Tax the Rich Bus Tour

Tuesday, July 23, 2019–1pm to 4 pm

The Tax The Rich Tour is coming to Iowa to demand the rich pay their fair share, join us in demanding tax and economic justice!

For additional details stay tuned to the Events Section of our  facebook page.

  Hosted by Tax March and Tax March Iowa

ICAN 40th Anniversary

 

40th Anniversary Celebration

Embrace the Past… Celebrate the Present… Dream for the Future

Join us as we commemorate 40 years of activism with Iowa Citizen Action Network

May 30, 2019 5 pm Happy Hour 6 pm Program

Holiday Inn Downtown 1050 6th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50314

It’s our Ruby Anniversary!

Click here to get tickets or to be a sponsor

If you are an organization that needs reservations for a display table click here

Our Confirmed Guest Speakers include:

  • John “Skip” Laitner: Skip is a founding member of  Iowa Citizen-Labor Energy Coalition which became ICAN. He was a senior economist for the EPA, he now leads a sustainable energy policy team, Economic and Human Dimensions Research Associates, based in Tucson. He travels the globe speaking on energy and climate policy.
  • J.D. Scholten: J.D. is defined by his Iowa values. After nearly unseating Steve King in 2018, J.D. is now director of Working Hero Iowa, helping promote the Earned Income Tax Credit to assist low-income Iowans. He believes that hard work, civility and community are the values we should all aspire to, and he is committed to living those values
  • Heather Booth: Heather founded and was director of Citizen-Labor Energy Coalition. She is a civil rights activist, feminist, and strategist who has been involved in activism for progressive causes. She is featured in a documentary:  Heather Booth: Changing the World. (via video call)
  • Rob Sand: Rob was elected as Iowa’s State Auditor in 2018 where he serves as our “taxpayers watchdog.” He formerly was a part of the Area Prosecutions Division, becoming the first ever Assistant Attorney General focused on prosecuting financial crime. No one else has prosecuted more of Iowa’s public corruption or major financial crime over the last decade.
  • Maura Quint: Maura helped found and currently serves as the Executive Director of Tax March. An advocate for economic justice and a fair tax code, she works with activists across the country to help shape narratives and raise voices. She has appeared as a guest on shows including On the Media, MSNBC and Pitchfork Economics.

Featuring a special appearance by The Trump Chicken launching our program to secure the future: Tax March Iowa

 

 

How are you doing?

These are trying times for many of us. We get confusing messages, many of us are isolated in our homes, unable to be with our family and friends.  It’s not easy to get the things we need and, even if we could, we’re not sure we should go out. It can all be frightening.

So, how are YOU doing?  We really want to know.  At ICAN we’ve been privileged to get to know so many of you during our 40+ years.

We want to give you a chance to reach out.  Do you have a story to tell?  A fear to voice? Things you need?  Let us know and we’ll do our best to help.

Most of all, we want you to take care of yourself during this time.

There are some bright moments as well.  We are seeing Iowans rallying around small business owners, utilizing their carry-out services and trying to support them as best we can.

We see employers working with their employees to make this situation a little more bearable.

We see neighbors reaching out to help each other.

We see a huge number of our school districts honoring their employees by continuing to pay them through their contracts.

We see social media posts of pets, dinners, kids, projects, garden plans and other things to make us smile.

Thanks for your support and sticking with us through the years!

Have a Heart Senator Ernst

Lower Drug Prices Now – Iowa is calling on Senator Ernst to “have a heart” and keep her promises to Iowans.

We know that no matter where people live, what they look like or what’s in their wallets, at some point everyone is going to get sick and need prescription medicines. Whether it’s a sore throat, high blood pressure or cancer, everyone needs affordable medicine to lead healthy lives.

While the President and Senator Joni Ernst keep claiming to care about this issue, neither one has taken real action. Rather than supporting the Administration, Senator Ernst needs to support Iowans and call for a vote on the Lower Drug Costs Act (HR 3) that passed in the House in December.  This bill would finally empower the federal government to negotiate for lower prices in Medicare and apply those lower prices to private insurance too for hundreds of drugs.

We are collecting prescription drug pricing comments and putting them on hearts to deliver to the Senator’s office on Valentine’s Day.

Tell us what YOU think!

 

Tax March Iowa Platform Resolution!

In advance of the Monday, February 3rd Iowa Caucuses, Tax March Iowa is offering caucus-goers a resolution to submit  for their party’s platform. At your caucus you will have the chance to shape the party platform… to include issues that are important to you.

One issue is calling for the repeal of the Trump Tax (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act).

Click on Tax March Iowa Platform Resolution for a printable version!

Two years ago Congress passed and the President signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The bill showered huge tax breaks on corporations and wealthy individuals, while doing little for most working families.

Whether the focus is on all Iowans, or just retirees, or small business owners, or farmers, or working families,  the picture remains the same: It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican or Democrat, the wealthiest get most of the benefits, while the lower-income half of the population is left with little.

REMEMBER: The more people who submit the resolution, the higher chance it has of getting into the Party Platform!

For more information about your precinct, click on the appropriate party and you will be directed to the caucus website:  Republican Caucus Details  and Democrats Caucus Info

Did you submit your TMI Resolution??

Lower Drug Prices NOW

Whether we are in a rural community or in the suburbs of one of Iowa’s great cities, more and more of us are unable to afford the medicines we need to manage our health.

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst keeps claiming to care about the high cost of prescription drugs, saying she is fighting for Iowans, but the reality is she has failed to take real action.

Prescription drug corporations are making huge profits, getting massive tax breaks under the Trump tax law and spending record amounts on lobbying to stop real reform.

Here at Lower Drug Prices Now we are fighting back.

And we invite YOU to join us by clicking HERE to sign up!

No one has prospered more under President Trump’s policies than the massive prescription drug corporations who have been padding their profits for years at the expense of patients and are now reaping even bigger rewards for it.

The President, after praising the Medicare negotiations bill — the Lower Drug Costs Act (HR 3) that passed in the House in December has now withdrawn his support. Rather than working to pass a bill that would finally empower the federal government to negotiate for lower prices in Medicare and apply those lower prices to private insurance for hundreds of drugs, he is again ignoring the issue.

Senator Mitch McConnell has refused to even hear the bill, declaring it “dead on arrival” before any debate started. If Senator Ernst really wanted to do something to lower drug prices and help Iowans, she would stand up for us instead of caving to Senator McConnell.

She would urge him and the President to support the bill and pass it into law instead of obstructing negotiations and expansions to Medicare.

Let’s join together and tell Senator Ernst that we are struggling with wages, the rising cost of healthcare and drug corporation price-gouging and we expect her to actually represent US.

If you’re going to your precinct caucus on February 3rd, here is a resolution you can submit: LPDN Resolution

Hamburger and Fries

Check out the NEW report: Aggravating Inequality

Two years ago this month, Congress passed and the President signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The bill showered huge tax breaks on corporations and wealthy individuals, while doing little for most working families.

The bottom fifth of Iowa taxpayers gained on average about enough for a hamburger and fries once a month.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has been a major step backward, aggravating inequality rather than alleviating it. The law provides billions in tax cuts, heavily skewed to the richest Americans.

Whether the focus is on all Iowans, or just retirees, or small business owners, or farmers, or working families, the picture remains the same: The wealthiest get most of the benefits, while the lower-income half of the population is left with little.

Even the provision in the bill aimed at providing a boost to low-income neighborhoods will probably do little to help the poor while providing yet another way for those at the top to avoid taxes.

On this two-year anniversary of the bill, there is not much to celebrate for the majority of Iowans.

Do YOU want to send a message to Senator Ernst and other Members of Congress?

Go to: How’s That Tax Law Working for You!

Just fill out the form – we’ll do the rest!

 

Tax Cuts NOT Working for Iowans!

Tax March IOWA Week of Education | Digital Toolkit

December 16 – 20, 2019 

Ignoring overwhelming opposition from the American people, Congress passed the GOP Tax Scam — giving massive tax breaks to millionaires and wealthy corporations at the expense of middle-class families. This Christmas, Tax March Iowa will remind our elected officials that the GOPTaxScam is NO GIFT to Iowans! We are tired of a tax code that only benefits the wealthy and we’re sounding the alarm that after two years this law is still a failure.

Use this toolkit to spread the word about our actions, and help talk about how the GOP Tax Scam has prioritized corporate profits over the needs of everyday Americans.

Contents:

See Below or go to: DIGITAL TOOLKIT

Most Important to Know:

  • December 16th: Listing Session — Tax March Iowa will kick off the week with a listening session at the Des Moines Office of Junior Senator Joni Ernst. We’ll hear from spokespeople from all different jobs, regions, and walks of life who will remind Senator Ernst that the tax law does not work for them, and call on her to fix it.
    • Follow along with us on our Facebook and Twitter.
  • December 17th: Press Conference and Postcard Party — Join us at 12:30PM as we host a press conference at RAYGUN, 1028 3rd St SE, Ste 2, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401, near the Cedar Rapids Office of Junior Senator Joni Ernst, where we will hear from spokespeople from across the state to reiterate that we must repeal and replace the tax law. 
    • Over the past few weeks we have collected over 500 postcards from Iowans to Senator Ernst, relating their displeasure of the Trump Tax she defends.
    • We’ll have hot cocoa, cookies and a sing-a-long as well as dramatic readings from the postcards.
    • We plan to deliver the postcards to the Senator and talk about the negative impacts of the tax law. Merry Christmas!
  • The official hashtag will be#2YearTaxTerror with supporting hashtags being #GOPTaxScam and #TaxTheRich

Suggested Tweets

Copy and paste these posts to share on Twitter.

Tweet 1: 

JOIN US to remind our junior senator that we MUST repeal and replace the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This Christmas, this law is NO GIFT to Iowans. December 17th, RAYGUN, 12:30PM. #GOPTaxScam

Tweet 2

The #GOPTaxScam reduced the rate that corporations pay from 35% to 21% a 40% TAX CUT. Instead of investing this money in workers, corporations invested in stock buybacks at record numbers to make themselves richer.  #2YearTaxTerror

Tweet 3

Between passage of the law and April 2019, Fortune 500 companies spent $927 BILLION on stock buybacks to enrich THEMSELVES rather than investing in employees. #GOPTaxScam  #2YearTaxTerror

https://americansfortaxfairness.org/stock-buybacks/ 

Tweet 4

60 profitable Fortune 500 companies – the richest companies in the country – paid $0 in federal income taxes, thanks to the #GOPTaxScam. 

These companies made billions of dollars in profits yet most Americans paid MORE in federal income taxes in 2018. #TaxTheRich #2YearTaxTerror 

https://itep.org/notadime/ 

Tweet 5

Just a reminder that Amazon and Netflix paid less in federal income taxes than most Americans in 2018.

We need a fair tax code that works for the American people not just to make the rich richer. #GOPTaxScam #TaxTheRich  #2YearTaxTerror

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Tweet 6

The #GOPTaxScam was supposed to “create jobs” and yet in the 1st quarter of 2018 companies spent nearly THREE TIMES as much on stock buybacks as what was spent on investment in workers. #TaxTheRich #2YearTaxTerror

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Tweet 7

Companies like @Fedex are a clear example of what the #GOPTaxScam has done for our nation.

Reward the wealthy and corporations, while everyday Americans are left behind. #2YearTaxTerror

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/17/business/how-fedex-cut-its-tax-bill-to-0.html

Tweet 8

Instead of giving massive tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires and corporations we should be working to create a tax code that works for everyday Americans. #GOPTaxScam #TaxTheRich  #2YearTaxTerror

https://twitter.com/taxmarch/status/1001913112931512321

Tweet 9

WE WON’T FORGET in the first year of the #GOPTaxScam corporations got millions, sometimes BILLIONS, in tax cuts and STILL thousands of Americans were laid off.  #2YearTaxTerror

https://thinkprogress.org/since-pushing-corporate-tax-cuts-to-boost-jobs-half-of-the-rate-coalition-has-laid-o

Suggested Facebook Posts

Copy and paste these posts to share on Facebook.

 

Facebook Post 1

JOIN US to remind our junior senator that we MUST repeal and replace the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This Christmas, this law is NO GIFT to Iowans. December 17th, RAYGUN, 12:30PM. #GOPTaxScam

NO GIFT TO IOWANS

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Between passage of the law and April 2019, Fortune 500 companies spent $927 BILLION on stock buybacks to enrich THEMSELVES rather than investing in employees.  [INSERT GRAPHIC 2]

Facebook Post 3

Just a reminder that Amazon and Netflix paid less in federal income taxes than most Americans in 2018.

We need a fair tax code that works for the American people not just to make the rich richer. 

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Facebook Post 4

Companies like @Fedex are a clear example of what the GOP Tax Scam has done for our nation.

Reward the wealthy and corporations, while everyday Americans are left behind. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/17/business/how-fedex-cut-its-tax-bill-to-0.html

Facebook Post 5

WE WON’T FORGET in the first year of the #GOPTaxScam corporations got millions, sometimes BILLIONS, in tax cuts and STILL thousands of Americans were laid off. 

https://thinkprogress.org/since-pushing-corporate-tax-cuts-to-boost-jobs-half-of-the-rate-coalition-has-laid-o

Facebook Post 6

Companies like Delta Airlines make billions/million in profits and pay less in taxes than their employees, thanks to the GOP Tax Scam that’s far from a fair tax code. 

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Got Insulin?

We need voices that can help elevate the imperative that Big Pharma face their moral responsibility to lower the costs of insulin and other prescription medicines that millions of people depend on.

We need to tell Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley that they MUST pass comprehensive reforms that by-pass Big Pharma’s excuses for price-gouging and finally force the drug corporations to treat patients fairly. 

Have you been affected by the dramatic rise in insulin prices??

How’s that Tax Law Working for You?

Are you tired of the rich getting all the tax breaks?

If you fill out the form below, we’ll print it onto a postcard for you to be delivered later this year to Senator Ernst.

Here is the text of some of the postcards we’ve already collected:

  • You ran on a call for more fair taxes, but a big majority of the benefit of the tax law went to the top 1%. That’s not fair.
  • For the second straight year, the Treasury Department will have to borrow $1 trillion to pay for the government’s growing budget deficit, a consequence of juiced government spending and smaller revenues as a result of the late 2017 tax cuts (per Axios)
  • We want an economy that works for all of us not just the wealthy few.
  • We’re sick of giveaways to wealthy corporations that pass it on to their CEOs and shareholders instead of investing in their workforce.
  • Do you realize the average tax cut for an Iowa worker making $25,000 or less is just $80….
  • This Trump Tax scam is putting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security at risk while giving huge tax breaks to big pharma and wealthy corporations.
  • The middle class and working people are being left behind.
  • Do your job, represent Iowans not the super rich
  • The TrumpTax you said would be great for our economy has not helped most Iowans and in fact has increased inequality
  • The top 1 percent of elderly people will get a major tax cut, while the lowest and middle income elderly people will be paying the same in taxes that they pay now. The benefit from the bill all went to the wealthiest in the state.

A View from Iowa’s Main Streets and Rural Roads

Click HERE for a peek at our Main Street Alliance of Iowa Candidate Briefing book!

Small business owners and farmers know what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet.

They also vote.

Small businesses and family farms aren’t like big businesses.  To prosper, they need thriving communities and policies that support quality jobs.

They are rooted in their communities.

They can’t and won’t simply leave to seek higher profits, bigger tax breaks, cheaper labor or to avoid responsibility for environmental waste.

They reject the idea that Iowa will be safer or more prosperous by closing our communities to immigrants or mistreating people based on gender, sexual identity or religion.

They reject racism.

Instead, they know their bottom line depends on a strong social fabric with respect for all of the people who make Iowa home.

This MSA Iowa Briefing Book is a snapshot of values and policy priorities.

 

 

Economic Equality

2020 Candidates on Economic Inequality. The system has been rigged for too long for the wealthy in our country. We need leaders who are going to work to level the playing field and make sure the wealthy and big corporations are paying their fair share. https://politicalcharge.org/…/the-2020-candidates-on-econ…/…