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:  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:  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.


Get Tickets and Reserve Display Tables

It’s our Ruby Anniversary!

Join us on May 30,2019 for our 40th Anniversary

Click Here for additional details and tickets

 Organizations Click Here for display table reservations

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



Tax Justice: Everyone should pay Taxes including the Wealthy

New Polling Shows 75% of Americans Support Taxing the Rich, Including 70% of Independents and 60% of Republicans

Not since the era immediately before the Great Depression has the difference between the haves and the have-nots been as great as it is today: The 400 richest Americans own more wealth than 150 million low- and middle-income adults. But economists know that taxing the wealthy will help distribute income more equitably. That’s why ICAN is working with a network of partners and organizers across the country to show policymakers that the American people want the highest income earners and the wealthiest individuals to pay their fair share in taxes.

Listen to Congress member and 2020 U.S. Presidential candidate, John Delaney and entrepreneur and 2020 U.S. Presidential candidate Andrew Yang, as they present their ideas about the ways to increase economic opportunity for all, prepare workers for the future, and help hardworking Americans get ahead.

*These events are not in support of any one candidate, and are meant to highlight the important issues facing working families.


A Tax Day Message from Bernie Sanders


Dear Sue and the Iowa Citizen Action Network,

We would like to be there with you tonight but we’re campaigning in Pennsylvania today. We’ll be back in Iowa very soon. Thank you for hosting this Tax Day event. You are raising some very important issues about how our tax dollars are being spent and how they are collected.

At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, we need a progressive tax system in this country that is based on the ability to pay. It is unacceptable that major corporations have paid nothing in federal income taxes, and that corporate CEOs in this country often enjoy an effective tax rate that is lower than their staff. And we must have a government that invests in people and public services, not war, fossil fuels, and mass incarceration.

Question 1: ​War and military action have led to gigantic military expenditures and huge obligations in future budgets to service debt and provide crucial care for our veterans. Do you support reducing U.S. military spending and increasing spending for urgent social and human needs? What spending cuts or tax increases do you propose to accomplish this change in priorities?

Response: ​Yes. We will reduce military spending and increase spending for urgent social and human needs. That’s what this campaign is about. Today, the military-industrial-complex spends $700 billion a year on the military, more than the next ten nations combined. That is not right. We’re going to invest in affordable housing, we’re going to invest in public education, we’re going to invest in rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. We’re not going to invest in never-ending wars.

When we are in the White House, we will:

  • Implement a foreign policy which focuses on democracy, human rights, diplomacy and peace, and economic fairness.
  • End U.S. support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, which has created the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe.
  • American troops have been in Afghanistan for nearly 18 years, the longest war in American history. Our troops have been in Iraq since 2003, and in Syria since 2015, and many other places. It is long past time for Congress to reassert its Constitutional authority over the use of force, to responsibly end these interventions and bring ourtroops home.

● Audit and drastically cut out-of-control pentagon spending.

Question 2:​ In light of recurring environmental disasters, like the floods currently being experienced in Iowa and Nebraska, how do we better use our tax dollars to prevent and mitigate the effects of the climate crisis?

Response:​ Climate change is the single greatest threat facing our planet. Yet the giant, multi-national fossil fuel corporations have spent hundreds of millions of dollars furthering their greed and protecting their profits at the expense of our climate and our future.

The recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has made it clear that if we fail to substantially cut the amount of carbon in our atmosphere in under 11 years, the human, environmental, and economic costs will be severe and irreversible.

Climate change is not a problem we will have to worry about 50 years from now. Iowa, you know this already. Just look at the recent flooding along the Missouri, Mississippi, and other rivers in the state this spring. Climate change is already negatively impacting real estate values due to sea level​ rise and global​ agriculture and food security​ through changing water availability, flooding, and drought. These trends will only continue as global temperatures and sea levels continue to rise.

When we are in the White House, we will:

  • Pass a Green New Deal to save American families money and generate millions of jobs by transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels to 100% energy efficiency and sustainable energy.
  • Invest in infrastructure and programs to protect the frontline communities most vulnerable to extreme climate impacts like wildfires, sea level rise, drought, floods, and extreme weather like hurricanes.
  • Reduce carbon pollution emissions from our transportation system by building out high-speed passenger rail, electric vehicles, and public transit.
  • Ban fracking and new fossil fuel infrastructure and keep oil, gas and coal in the ground by banning fossil fuel leases on public lands. End exports of coal, natural gas and crude oil.

Question 3: ​In the United States, income and wealth inequality of greatly increased over the past 50 years, while money in politics has led to greatly diminished tax burden on the wealthy. Do you agree that this is a priority to be addressed in federal tax policy? What specific tax changes would you propose to address the problem?

Response:​ Yes. Income inequality must be addressed if we plan on tackling any of the issues facing everyday Americans.

We can no longer accept 46 percent of all new income going to the top 1 percent, while millions of Americans are forced to work 2 or 3 jobs just to survive and over half of our people live paycheck to paycheck. We will no longer accept a situation in which, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, our younger generation will have a lower standard of living than their parents.

If we are serious about reforming the tax code and rebuilding the middle class, we have got to demand that the wealthiest Americans, large corporations and Wall Street pays their fair share in taxes.

When we are in the White House, we will:

  • Pass the For the 99.8 Percent Act to establish a progressive estate tax on multi-millionaire and billionaire inheritances.
  • Eliminate offshore tax scams through the Corporate Tax Dodging Prevention Act.
  • Tax Wall Street speculators through the Inclusive Prosperity Act.
  • Scrap the income cap on Social Security payroll taxes through the Social Security Expansion Act so that millionaires and billionaires pay more into the system.
  • End special tax breaks on capital gains and dividends for the top 1 percent.
  • Substantially increase the top marginal tax rate on income above $10 million.

Close tax loopholes that benefit the wealthy and large corporations.

In conclusion, we have an enormous amount of work in front of us. I believe that if we stand together, if we don’t allow Trump and his friends to divide us up; we will win.

If we stand together as black and white, Latino, Asian American and Native American; we will win. If we stand together as gay and straight, native born and immigrant; we will win. If we stand together as rural and urban – north, south, east and west; we will win.

If we stand together, this country has an extraordinary future. Let’s make it happen.

For the Political Revolution,
Senator Bernie Sanders

Here We Go Again!

It’s baaaack… Senator Joni Ernst, along with Mike Lee of Utah, are rebooting her idea to raid Social Security to pay for parental leave.

At first glance, this might seem like a good idea, but experts agree that it is a very bad one. Even though it would not require new taxes, parents who use it would have their Social Security benefits delayed when they retire to offset the costs. It would undermine Social Security and force seniors to work longer. In fact, diverting Social Security to cover nonretirement needs could significantly erode retirement security.

Even Ernst and Lee acknowledge that every week of paid family leave would require two weeks’ delay in taking Social Security benefits at retirement.  In other words taking the full 12 weeks would mean a deferral of nearly six months in retirement benefits.

According to the Urban Institute, delaying Social Security translates into a real financial loss; its report reckoned that parents who took a single 12-week leave would lose about 3% of their future retirement benefits, and those who took four leaves would lose 10%.

There is a plan out there, the Family and Medical Leave Act, that would help not only new parents, but workers facing serious medical conditions of their own who need to care for a family member. 

The FAMILY Act is an affordable and responsible way for small businesses to support and retain employees. It would be is funded by small employee and employer payroll contributions of two tenths of 1 percent each (two cents per $10 in wages), or less than $1.50 per week for a typical employer and employee.  Less than a cup of coffee per week.

It’s hard to believe that Ernst is serious about providing paid parental leave when she voted for tax cuts that benefit the wealthiest and now is coming up with a plan for families to raid their own future retirement resources.

Presidential Campaign Events

Along with a coalition of progressive organizations, Iowa Citizen Action Network is partnering with Now This News, to put on a series of events with Presidential candidates*.

Our goal is to make sure that family economic issues are front and center in Iowa and during the campaign.

Each event will feature a Presidential candidate speaking with a small group of Iowans who have been laid off, downsized, or not received adequate paid family leave from their employer.

We are trying to identify about 20 people who fit that description.

If you are interested in participating in this or future events, please fill out this form:

Now This will broadcast the events online, and we will help amplify that broadcast as much as possible.

*These events are not in support of any one candidate, and are meant to highlight the important issues facing working families.

Shop Your Values

Shop Your Values is a campaign run by the Main Street Alliance to support small businesses that are active community members advocating for progressive values.

By shopping at a business that has signed onto the Shop Your Values campaign, you are directly supporting employers and community leaders who promote economic and social justice across the country.

To add your business or alert us to a business we should reach out to you can contact Sue Dinsdale at 515-480-3240 or

To sign up or for more information, go to: SHOP YOUR VALUES!

Good businesses have a powerful role to play in helping build equitable, sustainable, and prosperous economies.   But for too long, the conversation about “what is good for business” has been dominated by large corporations and trade associations that pursue race-to-the-bottom business practices to ensure their short-term profit goals.

Our vision for the economy prioritizes investment in our businesses, our employees, our customers and our communities. Good business requires us to look beyond short-term profits and exploitative business practices and instead focus on making investments in our employees, our communities, and practices that create a sustainable environment and prosperous economies.

We recognize the mutual interests and values shared by business owners, workers, and customers: we are united not only through our economic transactions but also by our commitment to the communities that sustain our businesses and enrich our lives.

Main Street Alliance members believe:

  • A thriving economy depends on thriving communities. Strong businesses value our customers and strive to provide them quality goods and services. For us to prosper, our customers must also prosper. Independent small businesses and local economies are the backbones of a thriving community.
  • Good government plays a critical role in nurturing business and community. It should equitably invest in, create, and enforce effective policies and systems to sustain independent business for the public good. Public investment is a critical component to create and sustain prosperous equitable economies and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Strong businesses view success as a shared enterprise. We recognize that treating all employees with dignity, a livable wage, and good working conditions lead to a better community for all. We take an active approach to building relationships with our customers and giving back to the communities where we live and work.

Active civic participation of all in our community is essential to the growth and success of our businesses, communities and country as a whole. We push for policy participation and engagement of our local elected officials to provide a prosperous and sustainable small business community.