Hound Politicians About $ in Politics this Election Season at Upcoming AFSC Events

With the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame and Family Leadership summit just around the corner, this is the perfect time to call on politicians to take a stand against money in politics. Are they willing to fight for reform? Or will they simply advance the status quo of unequal influence of big money interests in our political system?

American Friends Service Committee will be holding two  “Ask the Candidate” trainings in the coming days:

  1. Des Moines at 4211 Grand Avenue tomorrow (July 8th) at 7pm-8:30pm.
    FB invitation: https://www.facebook.com/events/916203908436208/
  2. Ames at the Quaker Meeting House on 121 South Maple Avenue on Monday (July 13th) at 6:30pm-8:30pm.
    FB invitation: https://www.facebook.com/events/1596537370612873/

For questions, contact Kevin Rutledge at KRutledge@afsc.org or his #: (515) 402-5992.

Check out this flyer for more info!

Mark your calendars and plan a fun trip to ‘Ask the Candidates’ at one of these upcoming events – email us at ia4democracy@gmail.com if you’re planning to attend an event!

The Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame Celebration will feature Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, Jim Webb, and Lincoln Chafee. It will take place on Friday, July 17, 2015 at 7:15pm at the Cedar Rapids Convention Complex.

The Family Leadership Summit will feature Dr. Ben Carson, Sen.Ted Cruz, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and former Sen. Rick Santorum, and Frank Luntz. It will take place on Saturday, July 18, 2015.

Victory in Cedar Rapids!

Tuesday at noon, Cedar Rapids City Council became the 9th Iowa locality to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and rein in corporate power in out democracy.

The former Republican Speaker of the Iowa Legislature, Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett voted “yes” with the rest of council, which further indicates that campaign finance reform should not be a partisan issue. The mayor also expressed interest in passing disclosure legislation for the city.

We only need 3 more localities to pass a resolution in order to meet our goal of 12 by July 4th. We need to make a huge push towards targeting as many towns as possible in the coming weeks, and this can only happen with your continued support and outreach. Remember to check out the Tools for Activists section for more information and pointers on how to work towards passing a resolution. Every town or county that passes grows the consensus that we need to get big money out of politics and we need to do it now. Given how big money is already shaping the 2016 elections, this issue is more important than ever.

Events in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines

The Cedar Rapids City Council will take up a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United in an aim to reduce the influence of big money in politics and return our democracy to the people.

When? Tuesday, June 9th at noon

Where? Council Chambers on the 3rd floor of Cedar Rapids City Hall (the former federal courthouse at 101 First Street SE).

Please RSVP to afarjallah@citizen.org if you intend to go.

 

Des Moines Move to Amend is also holding a meeting to discuss further developments in local resolutions around the rest of Iowa.

When?  Monday, June 8th at 7pm

Where?  Plymouth Congregational Church at 42st & Ingersoll

What room? 2nd floor in the “Waveland 4″ room

Please RSVP to afarjallah@citizen.org if you intend to go.

 

A Potluck in Des Moines will also be held to enjoy delicious food and drinks while learning how to practice the art of birddogging because it is time for candidates to hear the concerns of the people. What is birddogging you might ask? It is when someone walks with a person and goes where they go, asking a question and not leaving until the question in answered.

When? Wednesday, June 10th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Where? Friends House Law on 4211 Grand Avenue.

Please RSVP to hsalamanca@afsc.org if you intend to go or if you have any questions.

 

Victory in Johnson County!

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On May 7th, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution in support of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United to ensure that corporations don’t have the same rights as people. This makes Johnson County the 8th locality in the state of Iowa to pass a resolution calling for an amendment.

Congratulations to East Central Iowa Move to Amend, and thank you to all those who helped cultivate support in Johnson County to bring democracy back to the people.

Victory in Altoona!

Last night, Altoona became the 7th Iowa municipality to formally call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and rein in corporate power in our democracy!

The resolution passed unanimously 5-0 on Monday, April 20, 2015.

Thanks to Mayor Skip Conkling for championing the measure.  Big congratulations to Altoona leader Clare Smith-Larson for her tireless leadership.

Move To Amend Meeting Des Moines

What: Move To Amend Des Moines
Date: April 13th
Time:  7:00 PM
Where: Plymouth Place Apartments at 41st & Ingersoll, Des Moines (Ground Floor meeting room)
Contact for more info and RSVP: dm28amend@msn.com

We will be planning some awareness demonstrations for April and May 11th, during this meeting.
 
We are organizing for future ‘awareness campaigns’ and mobilizing more cities and counties to pass resolutions to end corporate personhood and eliminate money as “free speech”.  Come join the movement and let YOUR voice be heard! 

Victory in Lee County!

Congratulations to the activists in Lee County and thank you to the Lee County Board of Supervisors which unanimously passed a resolution that calls on Congress to overturn Citizens United.  We’d like to issue a special thank you to the  Lee County Working Iowa Neighbors Committee, which reached out to folks and built support for the resolution.

We are even making a buzz in the local media

So far,  two counties in Iowa and four towns and cities have passed resolutions calling for an amendment.  Word about the problem of money in politics is spreading quickly.  We are continuing to build momentum and support all over Iowa state.  Get involved and sign up to help your area!

Thanks again  to Supervisor Gary Folluo for introducing the resolution, and thanks to Supervisors Ron Fedlar, Rick Larkin, Matt Pflug, and Don Hunold for voting in support.

Sign Up to Help Pass Resolutions to Get Big Money Out of Politics in Your Area

Lee County Resolution Meeting

Lee County is going to join Blackhawk County and the city of Des Moines on our list of recent victories!

On Tuesday, April 7, the Lee County Supervisors in Iowa will be taking up a resolution very similar to the one passed in Blackhawk County.

The meeting is at 9am at the Sheriff’s Dept in Lee County:

2530 255th St, Montrose, IA

Show up and support the resolution calling for an amendment.  The more people we have in attendance, the louder we’ll be able to cheer when the resolution passes.

Victory & Upcoming Events!

UPCOMING MEETINGS TO PASS LOCAL RESOLUTIONS IN IOWA OVERTURNING CITIZENS UNITED

Des Moines is officially the 5th municipality to officially call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and rein in corporate power in our democracy. Congratulations to Des Moines Move to Amend which led this fight!

We’re not stopping there, several other municipalities are planning to take this up across the state – sign up for Iowa Resolutions Week – to get updates and/or attend an upcoming event to get involved. Democracy is for people, not corporations, so let your voice be heard!

Meetings include:

Des Moines

What: Fools NO More: Expose Corporate Corruption
Date: April 01, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Capitol Building, Des Moines, IA 50319
Contact for more info and RSVP: claresl90@gmail.com

Davenport

What: Sunlight on Democracy Rally
Date: April 02, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Federal Building 131 E 4th St, Davenport, IA 52801
Contact for more info and RSVP: Bob.Babcock.Now@gmail.com, 563-594-4480

 

Iowa City

What: Movie: Money Talks. Plus Campaign Transparency
Date: April 05, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM
Where: Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street Iowa City, IA 52240
Contact for more info and RSVP: dawnj@netins.net, 319-646-6712

 

Des Moines

What: Move to Amend Meeting
Date: April 13th, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Plymouth Place Apartments (Ground Floor meeting room,) 41st and Ingersoll, Des Moines IA 50312
Contact for more info and RSVP: dm28amend@msn.com

 

 

You may sign up to get active and help pass a resolution in your town. Sign Up!

 

Des Moines Residents! Call your council person now!

Call your council person and demand that they stand up for democracy.  Ask them to commit to voting YES and pass a vital resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

 

We have been close before, but this time momentum is in our favor and the city council will pass our resolution if we show our support for it.

 

You must ask your council person to vote YES:

If you live in Des Moines, call your council person this week (March 2-6th) and ask them to commit to voting YES:

West side (south of University):  Chris Hensley 255-4715 

West side(north of University):    Bill Gray  274-0077 

East side:  Bob Mahaffey 266-6825 

South side:  Joe Gatto 404-2626 

At Large:  Chris Coleman 276-7644 

       **Mayor Cownie & Council person, Skip Moore, will be voting “yes”.   

Make sure you ask them to COMMIT to voting yes.