Progress Iowa today released a new video highlighting the need to enact common sense gun laws in Iowa. The advertisement, entitled Lockdown, shows a text message conversation between a parent and student during an active shooter threat, and closes by calling people to action by texting SAFEIOWA to 30644. Progress Iowa consulted Iowa students while developing the ad, as well as pulling from real-life examples from school shootings.
A report released today by the Center for American Progress and Progress Iowa offers new insights into the efforts to prevent gun violence in Iowa, and how those efforts are falling short. Despite strong state gun laws and among the lowest gun death rates in the nation, Iowa has begun to slide in its gun violence prevention work, its leaders systematically weakening the state’s gun laws and threatening to undo much of the progress previously made on the issue.
Voters in Iowa’s first congressional district disapprove of the Republican tax plan, Congressman Rod Blum, Speaker Paul Ryan, and President Donald Trump by wide margins, according to new polling released today.
Led by students, Iowans of all backgrounds will march together on Saturday at the state capitol and at locations across the state for an end to the epidemic of gun violence in our country. The March for Our Lives in Des Moines is being coordinated by Progress Iowa, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, and a planning committee of student and community leaders. The Des Moines march is being held in solidarity with marches taking place across the state of Iowa, and at more than 800 locations worldwide.
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!
Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement after the election of leadership in the Iowa Senate today:
“Whitver and Schneider were part of the Senate leadership team that fired an employee for reporting harassment, brought a $1.75 million judgment that Iowa taxpayers have to cover, and did all they could to ignore the issue after the fact. Now, they’re being promoted.”
Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic has joined 18 other progressive leaders across the country to implore the DNC to stand up for reproductive rights at a time when they are willing to compromise on them.
A new poll released today shows strong support for public services in Iowa and opposition to tax cuts and privatization, demonstrating a rejection of the extreme conservative agenda being promoted by Governor Reynolds and Republicans in the state legislature.
Iowans today called on Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Legislature to raise the minimum wage during the upcoming legislative session. The Iowa minimum wage was last raised in 2008, and has remained at $7.25 since that time. A petition contacting Iowa’s elected officials can be found by clicking here: http://progia.us/raisethewage