DES MOINES – IDP Women’s Caucus Chair, Melinda Jones issued the following statement in recognition of International Women’s Day:
“Today, we celebrate International Women’s Day to commemorate the accomplishments, innovations, and contributions of the brave and talented women who came before us. In Iowa, we are proud of our rich history as a pioneer for women’s rights that includes the first female to practice law and the first state university to admit women as students.
“We remember the brave men and women who fought and died for women’s suffrage and equal rights. We pledge to boldly carry on their legacy of resistance, persistence, and determination. We must encourage all women to carry on the torch from our successes and work to implement the change that is necessary across the globe to see that all women’s rights are recognized and respected.
“As we celebrate our accomplishments and progress, we realize that the fight is far from over as women continue to be undervalued, demeaned and denigrated in every corner of the world. In Iowa and across the United States, women still struggle against misogyny and gender discrimination that often results in sexual, emotional and physical abuse. We must strive on this day and every day to be bold advocates and leaders for change and fight back against institutional sexism and gender inequality.”
DES MOINES–Iowa Democratic Party Chair, Derek Eadon, issued the following statement in response to pro-Trump, “Spirit of America”, rallies held in Iowa today :
“President Donald Trump turned his back on Iowa and the entire farming community this week with an executive order that guts the Renewable Fuels Standard and threatens the livelihood of thousands of Iowa farmers. Reports outlined President Trump’s plans to eliminate a quota during the refinery process. This is a direct attack on Iowa’s agricultural community. Iowa Democrats believe that “The Spirit of America” includes the hardworking farmers who help feed America and fuel our vehicles. When Iowa farmers start to see a decrease in profits and less money in their bank accounts, they’ll have President Trump to thank and the Iowa Republicans who defended him to blame.
DES MOINES–Iowa Democratic Party Chair, Derek Eadon, issued the following statement in preparation for President Trump’s address to the Joint Session of Congress this evening:
“No matter what President Trump says at tonight’s address, today is a day where Donald Trump took steps to destroy Iowa’s rural economy as we learned of an executive order that will directly impact Iowa farmers. While campaigning, Trump made a promise to Iowa’s agriculture community that he would protect the Renewable Fuels Standard that supports thousands of Iowa families. It appears that President Trump is poised to break his promise to Iowa farmers with an executive order that guts the Renewable Fuels Standard and stabs Iowa farmers in the back.”
DES MOINES- IDP Chair Derek Eadon issued the following statement on today’s DNC elections in Atlanta:
“We would like to congratulate former Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez, on his victory today. Tom Perez is a fighter and he is prepared to fight for the Democratic Party against President Donald Trump and every Republican lawmaker who runs roughshod over the will of the American people. Tom Perez has the skills, experience and qualifications to lead Democrats to victory in the 2017 and 2018 elections. Throughout his career, Perez has been a strong advocate for collective bargaining, fighting for worker’s rights and job creation. As the son of immigrants, Perez understands that everyone deserves a fair shot to achieve the American dream.