image
image
29 January, 2023

Use geo-targeting to organize food-stamp users who’d be denied meat under Republican proposal

icon food stamp,Iowa,SNAP
Use Geotargeting to organize the foodstamp users would be denied meat under Republican proposal

"Iowa Republicans want to ban food-stamp users from buying meat" - CBS News

Iowa last year had a state budget surplus of $2 billion, and the state cut its corporate tax rate from 9.8% to 8.4%, according to the Iowa Gazette. In September, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said "our fiscal health is strong" in touting the state's budget surplus.

Why are Republicans cutting food benefits for the needy while giving the wealthy more tax cuts in a state with a budget surplus? Which counties would suffer the most? What can the people who would go hungry do? Which areas should organizers target to reach victims of Republican pandering to the rich Geo target. This map combines the Iowa counties that have the highest concentration of:

  • Food-stamp (SNAP) beneficiaries
  • Voters who are unaffiliated to a political party
  • Residents who do not typically vote

This blog explains how to geo target using over 200 factors including age, gender, education, disability, party affiliation, propensity to vote and more. The map lets voters easily contact their reps to protest.

Hold them accountable

Hold the Iowa Republicans who would deny meat to food stamp users accountable for their votes.
Share this map freely with this link

Iowa Republicans want to ban food-stamp users from buying meat and flour

A fight over food-stamps is brewing in Iowa, where Republican lawmakers have proposed a bill that would bar people who receive government nutrition benefits from using them to buy a wide variety of foods, including fresh meat, butter and flour. The bill, called House File 3, was introduced earlier this month by Iowa State House Speaker Pat Grassley. The lawmaker, whose grandfather is Sen. Chuck Grassley, told CBS2Iowa that the bill is needed to trim spending the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, to free up funding for other priorities.

SNAP is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a federal agency, although states bear some administrative costs for running the program for qualifying residents. The Iowa measure comes as the food-stamp rolls around the U.S. have swelled during the pandemic, with 42 million people receiving food stamps as of October— an increase of about 14% from prior to the health crisis, according to the most recent data available. - CBS News

Republicans cut benefits for  SNAP and food stamp users while giving tax cuts to the rich.

"Harmful proposals"

Anti-hunger advocates in Iowa are pushing back against the SNAP proposal, saying it would increase hunger and hardship among the state's residents. "SNAP recipients could no longer purchase meat, other than certain varieties of canned tuna and salmon," the Iowa Hunger Coalition said in a statement criticizing the bill. The group said people on food stamps spend about $1 of every $5 on meat, poultry and seafood, making it the top food category purchased by SNAP recipients.

Other foods that would no longer qualify for food-stamp purchases include: butter, flour, white rice, white bread, sliced cheese, cooking oil, herbs, spices, and coffee and tea, among other items, the Iowa Hunger Coalition said. - CBS News

How to use geo targeting to campaign better

Geo targeting enables organizers to make better use of their limited resources by focussing on the areas with their most likely supporters. This map was created in two hours using publicly available data. We filtered it to identify the counties with the most SNAP users, unaffiliated voters and those who do not regularly vote. These would be the most likely victims of this Republican bill and have a reason to vote. The map was overlaid with another data layer that shows who is the State House Rep that represents them and how to call them with one click. Outrage is a terrible thing to waste! Learn more here.

Use geo targeting to campaign better
Geotarget to campaign better

TakeAway: Use geo-targeting to organize the victims of Republican pandering to their wealthy donors while cutting benefits to those in need.

Deepak
DemLabs

DISCLAIMER: ALTHOUGH THE DATA FOUND IN THIS BLOG AND INFOGRAPHIC HAS BEEN PRODUCED AND PROCESSED FROM SOURCES BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, NO WARRANTY EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED CAN BE MADE REGARDING THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, LEGALITY OR RELIABILITY OF ANY SUCH INFORMATION. THIS DISCLAIMER APPLIES TO ANY USES OF THE INFORMATION WHETHER ISOLATED OR AGGREGATE USES THEREOF.

Republicans cut benefits for the needy as they pander to their wealthy donors
case study image
20 Jun’ 2024

The moment you realize Affordable Healthcare really is a life or death issue

Your life and health is worth more than the MAGA agenda. "President Biden is fighting for families who are struggling with health care costs and pharmaceutical...

case study image
19 Jun’ 2024

President Biden’s Action To Protect Undocumented Spouses: Mapping the impact

President Biden announces new policy shielding undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens from deportation. - NBC The new policy is one of the most significant actions to...

case study image
15 Jun’ 2024

Don’t Become A MAGA Handmaid In The Republican War On Women

Raped by a man in position of power, Handmaids have no access to an abortion. The Handmaid's Tale is a fictional story about Gilead a Christian...

case study image
15 Jun’ 2024

MAGA ‘Dog Whistle’ Decoder

"Trump Pushes Racist Dog Whistle in Hush-Money Election Interference Trial" “The judge hates Donald Trump,” Trump said, creepily referring to himself in the third person. “Just...

case study image
14 Jun’ 2024

Stop the Sale of Bump Stocks: Sign this Sandy Hook Promise Petition

When a bump stock is added to a certain semiautomatic rifle, the weapon can fire multiple shots with the single pull of a trigger – allowing...

case study image
14 Jun’ 2024

MAGA Justices ban abortions but approve machine guns? We map the potential carnage.

"Supreme Court just effectively legalized machine guns" "MAGA Justices on the Supreme Court approve bump stocks that allow semiautomatic rifles to fire hundreds of bullets a...