IOWANS TO DECLARE PEOPLE’S CONDITION OF STATE AT UPCOMING EVENTS

Iowans will join together to declare the ‘People’s Condition of the State’ at events in the coming days, in advance of the state’s legislative session. 

Working families, small business owners, and local elected officials will speak at events in seven locations to stand up for what Iowans need to take care of our communities, and to stand together in opposition to the corporate greed being prioritized by Governor Reynolds and the Republican-led legislature. 

People’s Condition of the State events will take place in six locations across Iowa. Host organizations for the People’s Condition of the State events include: AFSCME Council 61, Health Care for America Now Iowa, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, Iowa Citizen Action Network, Iowa Main Streets and Country Roads, Lower Drug Prices Now Iowa, Progress Iowa, and Tax March Iowa. 

Event Details:

Title of Event: Cedar Rapids People’s Condition of the State

Date of Event: January 10, 2022

Time of Event: 2:00 P.M.

Location: IBEW Hall

1211 Wiley Blvd. SW

Confirmed Speakers: Rick Moyle, Hawkeye Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Tamara Marcus, Co-Founder & Board President, Advocates for Social Justice

Ashley Vanorny, Cedar Rapids Councilmember, District 5


Title of Event: Council Bluffs People’s Condition of the State

Date of Event: Saturday, January 8, 2022

Time of Event: 2:00 PM

Location: Zoom

Confirmed Speakers: Jen Pellant, Field Coordinator, Western Iowa Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

Iowa Representative Charlie McConkey

Steve Gorman, Council Bluffs City Councilmember, Retired 30-year CB Firefighter, Member IAFF and Western Iowa Labor Federation

Jill Shudak, Council Bluffs Community School District Board Member

Shawna Anderson, Owner, Salon Extasy


Title of Event: Des Moines People’s Condition of the State

Date of Event: Friday, January 7, 2022

Time of Event: 6:00 P.M.

Location: Zoom

Confirmed Speakers: 

Iowa Representative Ras Smith

Iowa Representative Phyllis Thede

Iowa Representative Ross Wilburn

Al Womble, Political Director, Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO


Title of Event: Davenport People’s Condition of the State

Date of Event: January 7, 2022 

Time of Event: 4:00 P.M. 

Location: Zoom

Confirmed Speakers: Kay Pence, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans Vice President – Impact of COVID on Iowans, OSHA regulations & workplace safety regarding COVID

Glenda Guster, Community Activist – early childhood education and child care for families

Sue Dinsdale, Executive Director Iowa Citizen Action Network & Lower Drug Prices Now Iowa


Title of Event: Ottumwa People’s Condition of the State

Date of Event: January 8, 2022 

Time of Event: 11:00 A.M. 

Location: Zoom

Confirmed Speakers: Mary Stewart, Retired college administrator & activist

Francis Thicke, Iowa Farmer


Title of Event: Sioux City People’s Condition of the State

Date of Event: January 9, 2022

Time of Event: 3:00 P.M.

Location: Zoom

Confirmed Speakers: Iowa Senator Jackie Smith

Iowa Representative Chris Hall

Sioux City Councilmember Alex Watters

Jeremy Dumkrieger, Community Leader


Title of Event: Waterloo People’s Condition of the State

Date of Event: January 7, 2022 

Time of Event: 5:00 P.M.

Location: Zoom

Confirmed Speakers: Jerry Hageman, Black Hawk Labor Assembly President 

Ritchie Kurtenback, Business Representative for IBEW Local 288

Gwen Bramlet-Hecker, Program Director, Riverview Center

Lisa Munoz, Professor and Department Chair-Humanities, Social Sciences, and Wellness

Terrance Hollingsworth

Teresa Culpepper, Waterloo Human Rights Commissioner and Hawkeye Nursing Faculty

Kimberly Karol, President, Iowa American Postal Workers Union