Release: IOWA ORG PROVIDES RELIEF/AID TO DERECHO IMPACTED RESIDENTS OF CEDAR RAPIDS
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA — Volunteers and leaders with NO JUSTICE NO PEACE PAC and NEW FRONTIER ACTION FUND left for Cedar Rapids, IA today to deliver supplies, materials, and equipment for relief efforts in Cedar Rapids. Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker and community agencies on the ground in Linn County are coordinating the collection of supplies and relief materials.
No Justice No Peace State Director Al Womble said, “This disaster demands a statewide response and Iowans are stepping up to help our neighbors – and that includes our organization, No Justice No Peace. We’re ready to get to work and glad that Stacey Walker has been helping coordinate responses from organizations and volunteers all over the state.”
Eddie Mauro, President of New Frontier Action, said, “We encourage people to donate what they can to the Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Derecho Relief Fund, the Des Moines Community Foundation, and other local community organizations. These groups will be able to get resources directly where they are needed and locally leverage donations and resources. That’s one of the best ways for people to get involved at this time.”
NO JUSTICE NO PEACE and NEW FRONTIER ACTION FUND are heading to Cedar Rapids, IA where tens of thousands lost power, had homes and businesses severely damaged, and have been left without critical resources for days. The storm’s impact has been particularly brutal on lower-income families and those who can’t find temporary shelter. Reports of price gouging in hotels and campgrounds are continuing to surface.
New Frontier Action Fund Director of Partnerships Rob Johnson said, “While Donald Trump focuses on his golf game, the residents of Cedar Rapids cry out for help. While Joni Ernst makes apologies for Donald Trump, her constituents are hurting. While Kim Reynolds sends teachers and students back to school during a pandemic, those same families have lost homes, businesses, and more.”
Johnson continued, “That’s why we are here. People are helping people. But we can’t do it alone. Iowans need a disaster declaration with individual assistance for homeowners and individuals – and we needed it five days ago. This failure of political leadership needs a political response. Vote. Organize. Engage.”
Former U.S. Senate Candidate Eddie Mauro formed NO JUSTICE NO PEACE PAC and NEW FRONTIER ACTION FUND with Des Moines Community Leader Rob Johnson, and Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party Black Caucus Al Womble. Their mission is to advance policy and action related to racial justice & equity, economic justice, climate change, and campaign finance reform. Both organizations provide direct services and coordinating support in communities across Iowa while advocating for policy that advances their goals. More information is available at NoJusticePAC.org and NewFrontierAction.com.