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Des Moines, Iowa – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will return to Iowa on Saturday for the first time since the 2016 election. He will deliver the keynote speech at the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action) convention “Revolution Iowa – From Protest to Power.”

“Bernie mobilized tens of thousands of Iowans around a strong economic justice message and emphasized the importance of building a people’s movement to challenge and change big money, business-as-usual politics,” said Barb Kalbach, president of the CCI Action board of directors. “We are very excited to have him back in Iowa this Saturday to discuss how we can continue the political revolution here in the pivotal state of Iowa.”

Follow the livestream throughout the day here. The hashtag for the event is #RevIA.

In addition to Sanders, the all-day conference will feature Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza; issue-focused organizing workshops lead by Tom Philpott (Mother Jones magazine), Bree Carlson (People’s Action), Judith Le Blanc (Native Organizers Alliance) and many others.

People’s Action is co-sponsoring the convention. People’s Action is a national network of organizations in 29 states and more than a million people. “Revolution Iowa” is one of many “Protest to Power” events being organized from coast to coast.

“What’s happening in Iowa and across the country is more than a resistance. It’s an insistence that now is the time for a movement politics that goes beyond defense, and instead organizes tens of thousands of people to run for office,” said George Goehl, co-director of People’s Action.

“These are candidates running on an agenda that puts people and the planet before abusive corporations and their bought and paid for politicians,” said Goehl.

Members of the media can register to cover the event in Des Moines, Iowa here The public can register for the event at


  • Revolution Iowa: From Protest to Power
  • CCI Action 2017 Convention
  • Saturday, July 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Iowa Events Center
  • 730 3rd Street
  • Des Moines, IA

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund is a 501c4 non-profit organization dedicated to building social, economic, and environmental justice through community organizing, education, and advocacy.

People’s Action was formed last year with the merger of five national organizations, each with decades of organizing and activism history, creating one of the largest and fastest growing grassroots networks in the country. People’s action is more than a million people across 29 states working for economic, racial, gender and climate justice – and to ensure everyone a voice in our political system.

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About People’s Action

People’s Action is a national network of 38 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. Our organization recently released a vision for a national Homes Guarantee that has already prompted major legislation from champions including U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib. We operate the largest progressive rural organizing project in the country. Prior to endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, we completed a national forum series that The Nation called “the most in-depth, people-powered forum” of the 2020 cycle.”