Resist. Persist. Repeat. 7 Ways to Fight Back.
Iowans have been speaking out, attending forums, town halls, and the capitol in record numbers this year. The legislative session has ended, but the fight to return Iowa to its progressive roots is just beginning. Bookmark this page > below are seven ways to stay involved for the remainder of 2017, and we will make updates as often as possible. If you have a tip for what should be included, click here to email us. Thank you!
Resist. Persist. Repeat. 7 ways to keep up the fight!
1. Keep showing up! Find legislative forums when available, and several legislative committees continue to meet even during the summer and fall. Their schedules will be posted on the Iowa Legislature’s website, and those meetings are open to the public. Also open to the public are city council, county board of supervisor, and local school board meetings. All make critical decisions for our communities! In addition, Congressional town hall meetings will take place throughout the year. Click here for the Senate recess schedule, and click here for the House calendar (the days in blue Congress is in session in Washington). And you can find even more resistance events in your community by clicking here.
2. Contact your elected officials! Find your legislators here, and stay in touch with them even when they’re not in session. They should be accessible to their constituents more when they are not in Des Moines, and building a relationship with them now will help facilitate communication during next year’s session. And save these numbers to make regular calls:
Gov. Terry Branstad & Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds: (515) 281-5211
Senator Chuck Grassley: (515) 288-1145
Senator Joni Ernst: (515) 284-4574
Congressman Rod Blum (1st District): (319) 364-2288
Congressman Dave Loebsack (2nd District): (563) 323-5988
Congressman David Young (3rd District): (515) 282-1909
Congressman Steve King (4th District): (712) 224-4692
3. Write a Letter! Your local paper wants to print letters to the editor, and it’s much easier to do than you think. Here are links to papers across the state. Don’t see yours? Email us and we’ll help you out!
Des Moines Register
Cedar Rapids Gazette
Quad City Times
Sioux City Journal
Dubuque Telegraph Herald
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
Mason City Globe Gazette
Iowa City Press-Citizen
Burlington Hawk Eye
Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil
4. Sign up! Join Progress Iowa by filling out the form on this page. You’ll be part of an online network of nearly 70,000, all fighting for progressive change.
5. Start a petition! Click here to start a local petition at ChangeIowa.org. Pick the issue that matters to you most, who you want to petition, then start contacting your friends and neighbors to join the effort. It takes less than five minutes, and is a great way to get organized and show support for your issue.
6. Learn more! Contact us if you want a training for your organization, in your neighborhood, etc. And you can download our advocacy training slideshow by clicking here.
7. Elections! Volunteer for a campaign, or run for office! Here’s the 2017 election calendar, as posted by the Iowa Secretary of State’s office.
|Election||Election Date||Candidate Filing Period||Voter Pre-Registration Deadline|
|School||September 12||July 10 – August 3||Friday, September 1|
|City Primary||October 10||August 14 – August 31
(for cities with primary provisions)
|Friday, September 29|
|Regular City||November 7||August 28 – September 21
(for all other cities)
|Friday, October 27|
|City Runoff||December 5||N/A||Monday, November 27
(Deadline moved to Monday due
to Thanksgiving holiday)