CCI – Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement:
Over the last two weeks, we’ve been working with about 60 people in the area to stop a 5,000-head Cargill-backed hog factory. And, yesterday [Tuesday], a Dallas County Supervisor hand-delivered the official word to CCI members Rick & Stacy Hartmann’s home that the developer dropped his plans. (Read the letter here.)
This is a huge victory, and we won because members and others worked together, stayed hopeful, used a lot of creativity and refused to give up. They engaged the developer directly, got our message out to the public through the media and a very visible picket outside the developer’s business and even sent a Mother’s Day card to the developer’s wife asking her to consider the concerns of the other neighborhood mothers.
This news also means that CCI members, like you, have stopped four factory farms in the past two months thanks to tough organizing and putting pressure where it needs to be put. That’s no small accomplishment. You should be very proud.
Take three minutes to help us turn in 500 comments to the DNR:
Right now Iowans in twelve counties are fighting to stop more than 20 new or expanding hog factory sites. Why? In large part because the laws on the books put corporate ag polluters and their profits before the common good and our land.
No where is that more evident than in the bad rule the Iowa Association of Business and Industry is trying to pass right now. The ABI is trying to put force our Department of Natural Resources to take a “hands off” approach to factory farm enforcement which means more factory farms and more manure in our water. We need your help to stop it.
So far 254 Iowans have submitted comments to the DNR to help stop this ridiculously bad rule. We need you to take action, too.
We will hand deliver your comments to the DNR and the head of the Assoc. of Business and Industry June 5.