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’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…/…

Tax March Iowa!

We’re excited to be the Tax March Iowa Chapter!

Tax March started as an actual march and is now a movement working to show lawmakers and presidential candidates that we want the wealthy to pay their fair share.

We know that our tax code is wildly unbalanced. We’re determined to show policymakers that taxing the rich is good policy and good politics.

Thank you for joining with us as we work for everyday Iowans and Americans, not the top 1%!

Surprises from your insurance company?

It can be shocking.  You go to the doctor or you’re in the hospital and you assume that the health coverage you have been paying for will cover whatever needs you have.  Then wham, you receive a notice from your insurance company that they are denying your claim.

Has this happened to you?  We want to hear about it!

We’re Hiring!!

Iowa Citizen Action Network Job Announcement

Part-Time Temporary Statewide Organizer (primary focus Tax March Iowa)

Click on TM Job Post for a PDF of the posting

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

Position Overview: Iowa Citizen Action Network (501(c)(4)) and Iowa Citizen Action Network Education Fund (501(c)(3)) are seeking an Organizer with a primary focus on Tax March Iowa campaign focusing on the fight for a fair economy that works for all of us.  The organizer will be responsible for on-the-ground organizing state-wide. The Tax the Rich organizer will work to educate and advocate that the wealthiest individuals and corporations pay their fair share.  The ideal candidate shares a commitment to economic justice and the driving desire to make our economy work for all Americans, not just the 1%.

Tactics include: representation in Presidential appearances, amplification of the Tax March message on social media and in the press, building organizational capacity, leadership development and partner and ally engagement, attending/planning rallies, press conferences, social events and participation in nationally coordinated days of action throughout the year

Primary Position Duties to include:

  • Building a Tax March Iowa Response Team: The goal is to amass a list of interested persons/activists who are willing to be contacted for various activities, including: submitting a letter to the editor, attending an event, hosting an event, speaking with the media, signing a petition, meeting with Presidential candidates and/or their staff, etc. Organizers are encouraged to work with persons in their community that they are familiar with.
  • Identify, recruit and activate volunteers and members to join a Tax March Response Team by building a strong volunteer infrastructure to amplify the Tax March Iowa message.
  • Attend or schedule volunteers to attend Presidential Candidate Events with the goal asking Tax March questions and collecting video responses.
  • Build an earned media team able to respond quickly and appropriately to messaging by candidates and others.
  • Mobilize supporters and activists to show their support/opposition during key moments.
  • Plan and attend events to recruit new members to the team and engage existing volunteers.
  • Letter writing parties
  • Informational “coffees”
  • Trainings (Examples: how to birddog; how to write a letter to the editor, how to approach a candidate or their staff)
  • Attend existing events to engage others in the messaging (Examples: Political meetings and events; allies and other organization’s meetings and events.)
  • Identify, track and organize for attendance at Presidential candidate events.
  • Assist in creating content and updating information on social media accounts
  • Be recognized as the go-to representative of this effort on the ground.

Program Management:

  • Track and report Presidential candidate events and other appropriate events and meetings.
  • Plan and report on your activities, report, track, and record real time data.
  • Participate in pre-determined team calls.
  • Identify lessons learned and best practices.
  • Fully integrate ICAN staff, membership and affiliates in program, including presentations, preparing written materials for members and recruiting volunteers from ICAN membership and affiliates.
  • Assist with and attend ICAN events and meetings and any other duties assigned by the Executive Director or her designee.

Required for this position:

  • Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license.
  • Willingness and ability to travel around the state on a regular basis and work flexible hours.
  • Fearless: comfortable in a group and asking questions and/or enlisting others to do the same/at ease just showing up to a meeting or event and building relationships.
  • Energetic with the ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently and strong time management skills.
  • Computer skills.

Beneficial for this position:

  • Experience organizing in Iowa or another early voting state/some experience in community/ grassroots organizing, and/or political campaigns.
  • A passion for organizing and a strong commitment to organizing through relationship building.
  • Deep commitment to a vision of racial, social, and economic justice and to building a progressive worldview.
  • Ability to speak Spanish or other languages a plus.

Salary & Benefits

This is part-time, temporary position with the possibility of becoming permanent. The salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience.  Excellent pro-rated benefit package is available. Consideration would also be given to a contract employee.

Application Process

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

We are looking for committed, enthusiastic people to join our organizing team! Iowa Citizen Action Network is committed to equal opportunity, and is considering applicants of all races, gender, ages, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religion, and abilities. We urge people of color, and experienced organizers and activists of all backgrounds, to apply. ICAN is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or sexual identity.


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