• Protect Iowa Courts from Politics
    The Iowa legislature is back in session, and there are already attempts being made to attack our fair and impartial courts. Representative Skyler Wheeler and Senator Mark Chelgren have introduced a number of bills targeting the judiciary, simply because they don't agree with their past decisions. Their legislation would do the following: 1. Slash salaries for justices 2. Shorten the terms for justices 3. Abolish Iowa's retention elections for Supreme Court Justices 4. Force judges to personally pay for security at courthouses Iowa has a strong tradition of fair and impartial courts, and our judges and justices should never feel like they're looking over their shoulder, wondering whether our state's politicians agree with their decisions. Our courts should remain independent, and be focused on delivering justice - not on politics. That's why we need your help today. Add your name to our petition, and stand up for Iowa's courts!
    219 of 300 Signatures
    Created by Justice Not Politics
  • Raise Iowa's Minimum Wage!
    The Iowa minimum wage was last raised in 2008, and has remained at $7.25 since that time. On January 1st, the minimum wage increased in 18 states across the country, while Iowans continued to wait. And since 2008, the federal minimum wage was increased to $7.25 in 2009, 5 of Iowa’s 6 neighboring states have increased their minimum wage, and several counties in Iowa passed minimum wage increases before they were pre-empted by the 2017 legislature.
    248 of 300 Signatures
    Created by Matt Sinovic
  • Tell Congressman Blum: Stop Sabotaging Our Health Care
    On May 4th Iowans watched as Congressman Rod Blum voted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. To add insult to injury, Congressman Blum stood behind President Trump in a Rose Garden ceremony and smiled and celebrated while 200,000 Iowans feared losing their health care. And since then, Blum and the Trump administration have been actively working to sabotage the ACA, harming Iowans who are covered by the program. Blum stated, “The AHCA will stabilize the market, lower premiums for Iowans, increase choices, reduce taxes, and protect people who have pre-existing conditions,” Blum said in a statement. “After years of higher costs, fewer choices and broken promises under Obamacare, it's time to enact a better system that actually works for Americans.” This simply isn’t true. Blum’s views are a step backward for Iowans. The ill and the elderly would see their premium prices soar. According to the AARP, elderly Iowans could be charged as much as five times more for their insurance. Those with pre-existing conditions would see a sharp rise in premiums and out of pocket expenses. We would actually see the number of uninsured Iowans rise. Blum voted on a tax break for the wealthiest of Americans while making health insurance unaffordable for those with low or modest incomes. The US Census reports that the uninsured rate of Iowans in 2013 was 8.1% compared to 4.3% in 2016. And recently the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that premiums will increase by 15% due to the reduction in spending on advertising and outreach to promote enrollment in health coverage. This intentional sabotaging of Iowans’ health care is unacceptable.
    336 of 400 Signatures
    Created by Amy Adams
  • Fight Against the License to Discriminate!
    Tomorrow (May 4th,2017) President Donald Trump is reportedly set to sign an executive order establishing “religious exemptions” which will actively allow open discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) people. Iowa Safe Schools Executive Director, Nate Monson, who is available for interviews, released the following statement. “This executive order looks every LGBTQ child in the face and says you’re not equal and you are worth less. This EO does not protect religious freedoms, instead it promotes hate and fear fueled rhetoric to openly enter our workplaces, schools, and communities. Promoting discrimination against the LGBTQ community, women, and other groups is not only wrong, but is regressive and repulsive.” “This executive order directly contradicts the unwavering rule of law and core value of equal protection—also known as freedom. It undermines crucial safeguards against discrimination that creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to survive and succeed. If consistent with past draft orders, Trump’s Executive Order could allow school counselors to deny LGBTQ youth life-saving services, school administrators to forbid interracial couples at school functions, and LGBTQ educators could lose their jobs simply because of who they love.” “This is executive order is a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, women, Muslims, people of color, and other marginalized groups. We call on President Trump to renew his commitment to the LGBTQ community and protect LGBTQ youth by not signing this executive order.”
    176 of 200 Signatures
    Created by Scott Heldt
  • Prioritize Working Families, Not Corporate Tax Cuts
    Iowa's working families need strong public services, well funded public schools, and clean drinking water, all of which have been de-funded and de-prioritized by Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds, and the Republican legislature in favor of massive tax breaks for the wealthy. In fact, 67 tax breaks will cost our state budget $1 billion this year alone. Our state doesn't have a revenue problem. Republicans have a priorities problem.
    774 of 800 Signatures
    Created by Matt Sinovic
  • Oppose Corporate Judge Gorsuch!
    President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Gorsuch, has a record of record of siding with big money, and if confirmed, everyday Iowans will have a harder time being heard. Gorsuch has consistently ruled on the side of wealthy, corporate interests, and against women, workers, and immigrants. His track record shows that he would not be a mainstream Supreme Court justice.
    1,778 of 2,000 Signatures
    Created by Matt Sinovic
  • Ban Conversion Therapy in Iowa!
    All people deserve the right and liberty to be who they want to be. In Iowa, there are medical practitioners who do not share this belief and still practice an outdated and prehistoric treatment harmful to our youth. One of the most dangerous medical therapies practiced against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community is conversion, or reparative, therapy. This therapy is an outdated exercise that subjects individuals to abuse in an effort to change sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The manipulation includes institutionalization, castration, physical and sexual abuse, and electroconvulsive shock therapy. All of the nation's leading medical and mental health associations have long rejected the practice and said it is ineffective and dangerous, including the American Medical Association, American Counseling Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is estimated that one in three LGBTQ people have been subjected to conversion therapy. Many are forced into it by their families who do not accept or understand their LGBTQ identity. According to a 2009 report by the American Psychological Association, results of this abusive therapy include depression, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, shame, social withdrawal, substance abuse, stress, self-hatred, and a dramatic increase in suicide risk. Individuals who have been subjected to conversion therapy and do not commit suicide are called survivors. In a highly publicized case from the early 1970s, psychologist George Rekers treated a 5-year-old boy named Kirk Murphy, who had exhibited stereotypically feminine behavior such as a preference for girls' toys. Rekers instructed Murphy's parents to reward him for exhibiting "masculine" behavior and to punish him (by ignoring or even spanking him) when he displayed "feminine" behavior. Rekers claimed this treatment would prevent Murphy from "becoming gay." Later, Rekers published an article citing his treatment as a success. Even though Murphy came out years later, Rekers and other proponents of conversion therapy continue to use Murphy in an effort to deceive families and entrap clients struggling with the stigma and discrimination faced by the LGBTQ community. Murphy struggled with the severe psychological distress caused by Rekers's "treatments" throughout his life. He attempted to take his own life in his teens and at age 38 committed suicide.
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    Created by Nate Monson
  • Save Iowa Workers
    Iowa workers are under attack. We call on Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds, and the Iowa Legislature to reject any changes to public sector collective bargaining, or the rights of Iowa workers.
    3 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Matt Sinovic
  • Raise the Minimum Wage!
    Iowans deserve a raise!
    5 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Change Iowa