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Weekly Action: April 23, 2017

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Federal Actions

  1. Fill out the following form to nominate El Cheeto’s trips to Mar-A-Lago for one of Joni’s “Make ‘Em Squeal” Awards. We need EVERY. SINGLE. INDIVISIBLE MEMBER. to do this to make a real impact. It’s easy: Sign the petition here.
  2. THE BUDGET. The Federal Government is facing a shutdown if Congress cannot pass a budget, or if Congress does not include some egregious “must pass” policies as riders to the budget (including “The Wall” and TrumpCare). Please contact ALL your Members of Congress to let them know you:
    1. oppose funding a border wall and providing additional funds for a “Deportation Force”;
    2. you oppose any attempts to strip access to affordable healthcare that covers pre-existing conditions and essential health benefits such as mental health care and pre- and post-natal care; and
    3. You oppose defunding the EPA, NIH, and CDC.

State Actions

  1. Coordinate with other Indivisible groups in your area. An upcoming Regional get together is this Saturday, April 29, at Lake Darling. More details are available at the following link, and more events are being planned for other Iowa Senate District groups. The events are free and open to all. https://www.facebook.com/events/163076914216079/
  2. Now that the state legislative session has ended, consider the following ideas:
    1. Write a thank you note to some deserving state senators and reps.
    2. Gather with some Indivisible Iowa and like-minded friends to celebrate all your hard work over the past several months and invite someone new to the group!
    3. Start a conversation in your senate district (SD) group about managing an Indivisible Iowa booth at a local farmer’s market, fair, or other community event this spring/summer. The booth can be used to recruit members, but more importantly register voters and educate voters on the changes that will likely take place when the new voter I.D. bill is signed by the governor.
    4. Start a conversation in your SD group about targeting districts in the 2018 election by looking at the district map (see link), then deciding if you will need assistance or will give assistance. Start strategizing and contacting partnering districts this spring/summer. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2_LGZciNVGpMk12d0FzcnBLeDA/view?usp=sharing

Save the Date: Regional Conferences for Iowa Progressive Activists

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Indivisible Iowa and TeamCan are co-hosting regional conferences for Iowa progressive activists over the next month. There will be a total of six conferences in various parts of the state. More details will be released as the events get closer. Keep an eye on our events page for more information about upcoming events in your area.

Do you live in Region 4? See details and RSVP for your event next week.

A Letter from Indivisible Iowa to its Members

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Dear Indivisible Iowa,

First, and foremost, THANK YOU. Thank you for all your work these past several months. It is amazing what we accomplished since the start of Indivisible Iowa in early January. From the volunteers that stepped up to lead to every one of you that joined all 50 Iowa senate district groups — we see you and appreciate all your efforts to resist and recruit additional members.

Just a few of the things we accomplished in such a short time include:

  • Organizing and attending marches, vigils, protests, Joni Ernst retirement and postcard parties, and most importantly state legislative forums and federal town halls. Town hall attendance was unlike any before and we made our voices heard!
  • Filling our legislators’ inboxes with thousands of letters, emails, and phone calls — SO MANY phone calls!!
  • Raising money for partner organizations, donating time and money to those in need, and stepping up in unimaginable and necessary ways.

Thank you for remaining hopeful and forging ahead when discouraged — so very discouraged. Every one of you kept going. You kept going when you thought it wasn’t making a difference, when people didn’t agree with you and were less than kind about it, and when you were just plain exhausted in every way possible. You kept going and you will keep going because if not you, who?

Remember, we are playing the long game. Remember, we did not lose our state and country overnight and we will not win it back overnight. Do not lose sight of all the good we accomplished TOGETHER, all the amazing people you met, all the ways you stepped up and out of your comfort zone, all you learned, and all you will do and become in the coming months and years as an important force in this movement.

Tuesday, April 18, marks the last day of the Iowa state legislative session and our leadership team agrees that it is time to take a moment to celebrate our accomplishments, then redirect our focus and energy toward the 2018 elections. Hopefully it will be invigorating to start something new, take a little break from making quite so many phone calls, and perhaps take your activism outside the house and into the sunshine!

Indivisible Iowa is a grassroots organization not lead from the top down, but by each of you. Although the focus of the state is shifting for a few months, it’s up to you and your senate district group leaders how you want to get involved at the local level.

Thank you all again for all your hard work. You are doing a good job, and you are making a difference!

Sincerely,
Anna and the Indivisible Iowa Leadership Team

Speak Up This Week to Stop More Harm to Iowans (Updated)

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In a circulating email, Iowa Senate Democratic Leader Rob Hogg asks Iowans—particularly those in rural areas—to help stop a dozen bills (“The Dirty Dozen”) from advancing out of committee this week. We’ve shared his message in full below, with any additional emphasis and formatting (bolding, italics) added by Indivisible Iowa. We’ll be updating this post throughout the week as changes are made to bills each day.

Today, I am writing to ask you to help us stop a dozen bad bills from advancing out of committee this week. Friday marks the “first funnel” under legislative rules, which is a first procedural hurdle that will stop some legislative proposals for the year. If we can stop these bills this week, it will reduce the damage that could be done later.

The new Republican majority has already done a lot of damage to Iowans, including:

  • Major mid-year budget cuts (SF130) that closed correctional facilities and laid off correctional workers, forced court closures, and led the University of Iowa to renege on promised scholarships.
  • The third lowest school funding level (1.11%) (SF166) in the history of the school finance formula, after the worst six-year funding stretch in our state’s history.
  • An attack on our teachers’ and public workers’ rights to organize and negotiate for fair wages, benefits, and other working conditions (HF291).

Now, there is even more harm coming to Iowans under Republican proposals pending in committee. With your help, we can stop at least some of these proposals in committee this week, and take them off the table for the rest of 2017.

Please speak up with Republican legislators this week on one or more of the following issues by emailing them or calling them at their preferred contact information (available at www.legis.iowa.gov). You can also call and leave messages at the House switchboard (515-281-3221) or the Senate switchboard (515-281-3371).

“The Dirty Dozen” – Help Us Stop These Bad Bills In Committee

  1. Prohibit Local “Pre-Qualification” for Bidding (SSB1145)
    This bill would prohibit local governments from using “project labor agreements” or other “pre-qualification” for bidders on building projects, taking away the ability of local government to ensure timely, quality construction. Speak up for qualified workers and local control.Who to contact: Republican members on the Senate Labor Committee: Jason Schultz (chair), Brad Zaun, Mike Breitbach, Waylon Brown, Jake Chapman, Mark Costello, and Dennis Guth.
  2. End Licensing For Occupations (HSB138)
    This bill would end licensing for many professional occupations including social workers, mental health counselors, massage therapists, dieticians, funeral home directors, respiratory therapists, and athletic trainers. Speak up for these professionals and the protection of consumers, public health, and public safety.
    Who to contact: Republican members of the House State Government Committee: Ken Rizer (chair), Kevin Koester, Rob Bacon, Chip Baltimore, Michael Bergan, Peter Cownie, Lee Hein, Jake Highfill, Bobby Kaufmann, Tom Moore, Dawn Pettengill, Mike Sexton, Ralph Watts, and Louie Zumbach.

    Update: HSB138 is officially dead (Bobby Kaufmann finally did something we agree with), but word is that Governor Branstad is introducing a new version.

  3. Government Barriers to Voting (HSB93/SSB1163)
    This bill would create new government barriers to voting including photo identification requirements where only few forms of identification would qualify. Speak up for Iowans who do not have the specified forms of identification and should not have to face more government barriers to voting.Who to contact: Republican members of the House State Government Committee (see HSB138 above) and Republican members of the Senate State Government Committee: Roby Smith (chair), Jake Chapman, Bill Anderson, Waylon Brown, Dan Dawson, Randy Feenstra, Charles Schneider, Jason Schultz, and Brad Zaun.
  4. So-Called “Personhood” Bill (SF253)
    This bill would ban all abortions and many common forms of birth control. Speak up for individual rights to make personal health decisions and access to birth control to prevent abortion.Who to contact: Republican members on the Senate Judiciary Committee: Brad Zaun (chair), Dan Dawson, Jeff Edler, Julian Garrett, Charles Schneider, Jason Schultz, Tom Shipley, and Amy Sinclair.

    Update: This bill advanced in the Iowa Senate on 2/27 and was recommended for passage.

  5. Partisan Take-Over Of Judicial Nominations (SF327)
    This bill would remove attorneys from the judicial nomination process and replace them with all gubernatorial appointments, politicizing the judicial selection process.Who to contact: Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (see SF253 above).
  6. Reinstate Death Penalty (SF335/SF336)
    These bills would reinstate the death penalty in Iowa for the first time since 1965. Iowa doesn’t need the death penalty. We have life in prison without the possibility of parole. Encourage legislators to do more instead to resolve unsolved murders (“cold cases”).Who to contact: Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (see SF253 above).
  7. Eliminate Permits to Acquire Firearms (HSB133)
    This bill, which has 40 sections over 25 pages, would eliminate the annual permit to acquire a pistol or revolver among many other provisions. Speak up for annual permits, criminal background checks, and public safety.Who to contact: Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee: Chip Baltimore (chair), Jim Carlin, Stan Gustafson, Greg Heartsill, Lee Hein, Ashley Hinson, Megan Jones, Kevin Koester, Andy McKean, Zach Nunn, Ross Paustian, Ken Rizer, and Matt Windschitl.
  8. Allowing Firearms on Campus (SF256)
    This bill would prohibit our community colleges and universities from limiting the carrying of firearms. Speak up to keep firearms off campus.Who to contact: Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (see SF253 above).
  9. Required Video Cameras in Classrooms (SF294)
    This bill would require schools to install video cameras in every classroom, cafeteria, library, and other “student use area” of a school. Speak up against wasteful spending and excessive surveillance.Who to contact: Republican members on the Senate Education Committee: Amy Sinclair (chair), Jeff Edler, Jerry Behn, Mark Chelgren, Tom Greene, Craig Johnson, Tim Kraayenbrink, Mark Lofgren, & Ken Rozenboom.
  10. Political Test for University Faculty (SF288)
    This bill would subject current and future university faculty to a political test for employment to achieve “political balance.” Speak up against this infringement on personal liberty and in favor of merit-based hiring.Who to contact: Republican members on the Senate Education Committee (see SF294 above).
  11. Take Away Local Control Of Water Supply (SSB1146)
    This bill would take away local control over water supply and impose regional and state control. Speak up for local control and against political retribution for clean water advocacy.Who to contact: Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee: Dan Zumbach (chair), Waylon Brown, Mark Costello, Jeff Edler, Tim Kapucian, Ken Rozenboom, Mark Segebart, and Tom Shipley.
  12. Restrict Property Right To Bring Nuisance Lawsuit (SSB1144)
    This bill would restrict a property owner’s right to bring a nuisance lawsuit against livestock producers. Speak up for property rights, including the right to be free of nuisances.Who to contact: Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee (see SSB1146 above).

Call to Action: February 27, 2017

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Since it’s funnel week, we’ll have a statewide call to action every day. Buckle up!

(1)
Follow up TODAY with your Senator and House Rep concerning:
(a) VOTER ID, and
(b) School choice/vouchers/ESAs

SAMPLE SCRIPT:
My name is ____________ and I am a constituent living in _________. I recently contacted you concerning my opposition to any proposals making voter registration more difficult or requiring voter ID. I still oppose any such measures and urge you to keep our elections easily accessible to anyone wishing to vote.

My name is ___________ and I am a constituent living in ___________. I recently contacted you concerning my opposition to any proposals for school choice, vouchers, or education savings accounts/grants that would divert funds away from our public schools. I still oppose any such measures, as they would be most harmful to our rural communities, and I urge you to support public education for all.

(2)
Call Gov. Branstad’s office opposing House Study Bill 138, which would remove the licensing requirement for a number of professions, including massage therapists, athletic trainers, mental health counselors, social workers, dieticians, and respiratory care workers.

SAMPLE SCRIPT:
My name is ____________ and I am a constituent living in _________. I oppose HSB138. Licensure assures employers and consumers alike of the quality of services provided by practitioners. Please stop this bill from advancing in the legislature. Thank you.

Weekly Action: February 19, 2017

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STATE ACTION

(1) Contact your Iowa State Senator telling them you oppose SF29, the proposal for education savings grants (a.k.a., VOUCHERS).

Sample Script:
My name is ________. I am a constituent living in __________. I am calling to voice my opposition to SF 29. Taxpayer dollars are for public schools where 93% of Iowa’s children are educated. We must fully fund Iowa’s public schools, not ESAs/vouchers.

(2) Contact Joni Ernst and nominate 45’s weekly trips to Mar-a-Lago for a squeal award. These trips cost taxpayers $3 million EACH WEEK.

(3) Attend one of the Grassley or Ernst public events this week during the congressional recess. Check out our calendar for locations and times.

 

Weekly Action: February 5, 2017

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STATE ACTION: OPPOSE PROPOSED VOTER ID BILL

What to do: Contact your State Senator and House Rep as well as Secretary Pate (515-281-5204; sos@sos.iowa.gov).

Sample script/text:
My name is ____________. I live in _______. I oppose Paul Pate’s proposed bill, or any bill, that will make voting in Iowa more confusing and burdensome through implementation an expensive new voter ID requirement.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has stated that Iowa holds among the most honest, well-run elections in the country. I view this bill, and any other bill like it, as a frivolous and unnecessary misuse of my tax payer dollars. Please vote NO on this measure.

NATIONAL ACTION: OPPOSE THE MUSLIM REFUGEE BAN

What to do: Contact Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst

Sample script/text:
Good morning/afternoon. My name is ____________. I live in _______. I was deeply disappointed to hear Senator Grassley/Ernst defend President Trump’s Executive Order halting refugee admissions and banning muslims.

This ban is a violation of our fundamental American values and everything that our nation stands for. This ban will tear families apart and hurt the most vulnerable people in the world. And it will also be a huge loss to America, which has always benefited from diversity and immigration. I hope Senator Grassley/Ernst will reconsider his/her opinion.

(Don’t forget to list your name and zip code for your call to be tallied!)