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Iowa Citizens For Community Improvement Action Fund

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Causes: Food

Mission: The organization primarily focuses on issues around farming and the environment, fair lending and a fair economy, state budget issues, and immigration and worker justice issues.

Programs: Education - the organization uses community organizing techniques to engage iowans and raise awareness within the general public on the key social, economic, and environmental justice issues mentioned above, and conduct issue education campaigns for the general public. The organization intends to build a grassroots power base and build grassroots leadership to bring about effective change on their key issues. The educational activities will include local meetings, media, outreach, and disseminating information on key issues and their work.

grassroots lobbying - the organization will engage iowans in lobbying activities and hold 1-3 rally and lobby days at the state capitol to attain their policy goals and build grassroots democracy. They will prepare and distribute information to iowans about their key issues, propose legislative solutions to these issues and distribute information about state and federal legislative activity related to these issues.

direct lobbying - the organization will engage in direct lobbying activities, such as meetings with elected and appointed officials, working to get legislators to introduce and support key legislation, opposing legislation that is contrary to the issue positions and staying in regular contact with key elected officials on their issues.

electoral work - during the election season, when such activities will further the organization's purpose and goals, the organization will conduct voter education and registration efforts, such as a door to door canvass and phone canvass to educate voters on key issues, get out the vote and raise support for their work. The organization will conduct activities to engage candidates and encourage them to address these key issues. From time to time they will intervene in candidate elections also where it helps them further their goals and only to the extent allowable by law.

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