New Film Documents Iowa’s Battle with Factory Farms and Toothless Legislation Wednesday, May 29 at 7:00 pm; Doors open at 6:30 pm
Iowa State Historical Building Theatre
600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines
$5 admission benefits Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture

Right to Harm is a national exposé on the public health, environmental, and lifestyle impacts of factory farms. Award-winning filmmakers Matt Wechsler and Annie Speicher (SUSTAINABLE) document the ongoing battle with factory farms in Iowa as well as in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Arizona, and Delmarva.

Watch the trailer here.               

Each of Iowa’s 13,000 factory farms are built in communities of neighbors who have few protections and little ability to have a meaningful say a confinement’s location. Right to Harm addresses the devastating ramifications that many families in Iowa and across the US experience from these inadequately regulated livestock factories.
 
Wechsler and Speicher address the “human welfare” impacts of factory farms, revealing the social injustice of this industrial system that is largely unknown to a broad swath of US consumers.
 
The film also exposes the failures of state agencies to adequately regulate industrial agriculture and chronicles actions taken by disenfranchised citizens demanding justice from their legislators.
 
Iowa’s Fight Featured in Right to Harm: The Iowa segment examines the plight of an Iowa County resident who was confronted with two 1200-head CAFOs built across from his family’s 145-year old farm shortly after he retired there. It also features the efforts of many Iowans coming together to protect their communities. 

A panel discussion follows the film.
 
The screening is sponsored by Hourglass Films, Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture, Iowa Farmers Union, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Women International League for Peace and Freedom, and Iowa Sierra Club.
 
Purchase tickets ahead of time.
 
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through the Iowa Farmers Union website. The screening is also a fundraiser for the Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture (IARA), a coalition of 31 community, state, and national organizations. Additional donations are warmly welcome and support IARA’s efforts in advocating for a factory farm moratorium in Iowa. 
 
Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Free parking is available at the Capitol Complex Parking garage on E. Grand Avenue, right across the street from the Iowa State Historical Building.
 
Buy your tickets here.

Watch the trailer here.

Right to Harm Poster

Mark your calendar for January 16. The 2018 Iowa Legislative Session begins next week, and Senator David Johnson (I-Ocheydan) will introduce 15 factory farm bills designed to close up many regulatory loopholes.

One of those bills calls for a factory farm moratorium until there are less than 100 water impairments AND the Master Matrix is overhauled!

IARA will hold a Press Conference and Lobby Day on Tuesday, January 16 at the Iowa State Capitol to announce the bills and advocate for these important changes. We’d like you to join us!

Here’s the schedule:*

10:00 am sharp – Press Conference on the west side of the Rotunda (Arrive at 9:30 am)

10:45 am – 12:00 noon – Lobby Day Training Session at the Wallace Building Auditorium. Get talking points on Senator Johnson’s bills and learn the basics of lobbying from Jana Linderman, VP of the Iowa Farmers Union. (We’ll lobby in small groups.)

12:00 – 1:15 pm – Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:30 pm – Meet at the Rotunda to form groups to lobby your elected officials.

Email us at info@cleaniowanow.org to let us know you will be attending. Or just meet us at the State House on January 16. Let’s show up in force to let our elected officials know we want BIG changes for Iowa!

Don’t miss this opportunity on January 16 to send an important message to the Iowa State Legislature: Iowans need better CAFO regulations – and a factory farm moratorium until there are less than 100 water impairments in the state.

*Some Important Details

Why We Need a CAFO Moratorium – Info on the moratorium bill.

Legislative Bills Introduced by Senator David Johnson

Iowa State Capital address: 1007 E. Grand Avenue, Des Moines

Wallace Building Auditorium address: 502 E. Ninth Street (across the street from the State Capitol)

Parking map here.

Lunch can be purchased at the State Capitol cafeteria and several area restaurants

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