Standing Together, Fighting Back: Iowans to Gather for Working Families Summit

Larry Cohen of Our Revolution to keynote second Iowa Working Families Summit
AMES, IOWA — Larry Cohen, former President of the Communication Workers of America and Labor Chair of Our Revolution will keynote the second Iowa Working Families Summit, which will take place on Saturday, June 10th in Ames, Iowa. The theme of this year’s summit is ‘Standing Together. Fighting Back’ and attendees will hear from everyday Iowans, learn from policy and advocacy experts, and be provided a number of opportunities to take action from the dozens of co-sponsoring organizations planning the Working Families Summit.


“The Working Families Summit is about bringing everyday Iowans together,” said Ken Sagar, President of the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. “Working families in our state are struggling to get by, and we need to find new ways to bring this country back to those that make it work.”

There will be a panel discussion “From the Ground Up: Growing Iowa’s Resistance” as well as classes on the future of health care, organizing to support public education, local actions on raising minimum wages, how to run for local office, defending water quality, pregnant worker’s rights and having deep issue conversations.

The event is free. Lunch will be provided. Folk singer Iris Dement will be performing at the event.

WHO: Hundreds of Iowans Attending!

WHAT: Iowa Working Families Summit

WHEN: Saturday, June 10th, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

WHERE: Scheman Bldg, 1805 Center Dr , Ames, IA 50011

A sold out crowd of nearly 500 attended the first-ever Iowa Working Families Summit in 2015, when former Labor Secretary Robert Reich delivered the keynote address. Organizers expect a similarly large crowd this year, and registration is required at

Working Families Summit


June 10, 2017

9:00                 Registration – first floor

Music – Iris Dement – auditorium

                        Mobile Museum – north entrance

10:00               Welcome – Gary Kroeger  – Logistics

10:15              Panel discussion: “From the Ground Up: Growing Iowa’s Resistance”

Moderator: Charlie Wishman, Secretary/Treasurer Iowa Federation of Labor


  • Megan Flynn, Iowa Women’s March
  • Dale Todd, father of son on Medicaid
  • Shane Peterson, West Lyons Education Association
  • Mazahir Salih, Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa

Noon               Lunch – Second floor (extra seating available in rooms 204-208; 299 & 275)

12:45 – 1:55    Turning issues into action: Break-out workshops (pick one of eight)

  • Having deep issue conversations (220)
  • Joining the fight for affordable health care (230)
  • Organizing your community for public education: On-line and in person (240)
  • Planning local direct actions to raise wages (260-262)
  • Preparing to run for local office (004)
  • Organizing locally to defend water quality (250/252)
  • Winning progressive legislation: Pregnant workers’ rights (150-154)
  • Building intersectional coalitions for racial, gender, LGBTQ and immigrant justice (167-179)

2:00 – 3:10      Break-out workshops round two (Pick a second workshop to attend)

3:10 – 3:20      Break / move back to Auditorium

3:20 – 3:45      Discussion: What Next?  Fill out surveys, post cards and open discussion. Kroeger

3:45                 Keynote address: “Seizing the Moment” – Larry Cohen, Our Revolution, introduced by Kay Pence, Communications Workers of America

Call to action –  Sue Dinsdale, ICAN, Iowa ARA and Main Street Alliance

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