SATURDAY: 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 this 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.


 WHO: Hundreds of Iowans Attending!

WHAT: Iowa Working Families Summit

WHEN: Saturday, June 10th, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

WHERE: Scheman Bldg, 1805 Center Dr #102, Ames, IA 50011


 June 10, 2017

 9:00 Registration – first floor

Mobile Museum – north entrance

Music – Matthew Grimm

10:00 Welcome – Gary Kroeger  –

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

12:45 – 1:55    Turning issues into action: Break-out workshops

1)   Having deep issue conversations

2)   Joining the fight for affordable health care

3)   Organizing your community for public education: On-line and in person

4)   Planning local direct actions to raise wages

5)   Preparing to run for local office

6)   Organizing locally to defend water quality

7)   Winning progressive legislation: Pregnant workers’ rights

8)   Building intersectional coalitions

2:00 – 3:10     Break-out workshops round two (Same as the first round)

3:20 – 3:45     Group Discussion: What Next?

3:45                Keynote address: “Seizing the Moment” –

Larry Cohen, Our Revolution

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

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


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