Pat Bowen op ed for CCI Sep 22 – 2015

Iowa CCI celebrates 40 years of putting people first

2015 marks Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement’s 40th birthday as a statewide, community-power, people- power organization that tackles tough issues and gets things done for everyday people.

There aren’t too many community organizations like CCI that have been around for 40 years, going on another 40!

So we’re celebrating with a big event Oct. 2-3 in Des Moines, and it’s open to the public.

We’re calling it our 40th Birthday Bash, and we’re making it a big deal, with big-name movement doers and thinkers standing shoulder- to- shoulder with rank-and-file CCI members.

We’re expecting more than 400 people to attend, many of them from different parts of the state and from various backgrounds, but all like-minded when it comes to working hard to make our communities more just, more democratic and fighting for: Government of, by and for the people, not just big-money corporations and an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few, the 1 percent.

We’ll be lifting up a broad set of economic, environmental and racial justice issues, all connected to the general theme of “Putting People and Planet First.” And, our 40th Birthday Bash will be held as Iowa Caucus season is in full swing, giving it added significance on the national stage. We want to leverage this national buzz to highlight game-changing strategies, elevate a bold progressive vision for our communities and the country, and move people to think beyond business-asusual politics. The convention will be inspiring, energizing, informative and action- packed — and help launch another 40 years of putting people first.

Please mark Oct. 2-3 on your calendars and tell your friends. We want you there!

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