Why I’m marching: As a native to the “Heartland” of USA, I feel it important to do what I can to help restore and preserve the integrity of relationship to the water, land, air, and its communities. I feel strongly that the abuse of eminent domain must be stopped as not to further the destruction of those things we hold dear. In addition to spending quality time with our indigenous friends and meet more of my local Iowa neighbors, I look forward to having an all vegetarian / vegan diet prepared for me for an entire week!
About me: This is my third march now as a logistics director. First, with the Great March for Climate Action (LA-DC 2014), then for the Climate Justice Unity March (2017) and now for First Nation / Farmer Climate Unity March. Since relocating back to Iowa after a 35-year stretch of just visiting yearly, I have become deeply concerned about the exploitation of this great state. Being a responsible steward of the land, and to “leave things better than you found it” are important values instilled in me growing up on a farm in rural Iowa. At the age of 20 I became vegan and help start a community organic farm near Boone. In ’83, I moved to New Mexico to pursue my desire to study art, and eventually ended up spending a lot of time with the indigenous people in that area. One of the most memorable moments was being given 50-year-old blue corn seed by a Taos Pueblo elder to grow in order to help fortify a local seed bank. The planting directions were completely different from what I learned about growing corn in Iowa. Three spirals of blue corn were planted and harvested in New Mexico, Nebraska, and Iowa. My experience of this inspired me to write and illustrate a book with plans to be published by end of 2019. I am an advocate for organic farming, clean water, and pursuing the dream of growing organic hemp in the near future on the family farm.
Days Marching: September 1-8
Goal ($20 per day): $160