Author Archives: Ed Fallon

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Dear Friends, This weekend, an estimated five million people turned out for 673 Women’s March events across the U.S. and around the globe. I attended the Des Moines rally where an estimated 6,000 people showed up at the Iowa State Capitol. The organizing team — including former congressional candidate Kim Weaver, West Des Moines City Councilwoman Renee Hardman (at right) — did an incredible job in a short span of time. I was encouraged to see the voices of Indigenous women featured prominently in rallies Continue reading →

Huxley “Here Comes the Sun” Party

Please come to a “Here Comes the Sun” Party on Friday, January 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Victor’s Mexican Restaurant, 602 US 69 in Huxley. Come patronize a wonderful local business as Lee Tesdell, Ed Fallon and others lead a discussion about solar energy. Lee lives nearby in Polk County and has done great things with solar energy on his farm. Even if you’re not ready to pull the switch and let the sun power your home, business or farm, this is an important opportunity Continue reading →

A New Year, A New Bold

Dear Friends, Things may appear the same on the surface, but Bold Iowa is a markedly different organization than it was last year. Regrettably, the story is filled with broken promises. Bold Iowa’s supporters deserve to know what happened. So here goes. In 2014, Bold Nebraska’s Jane Kleeb and I worked together when the Great March for Climate Action crossed Nebraska. In 2015, Jane joined me for a portion of the Pipeline Walk across Iowa. She approached me about expanding Bold here, and in March Continue reading →

Bold’s Gathering of Gratitude Holiday Party

Thanks to all who came last night to Bold Iowa’s Gathering of Gratitude Holiday Party. Great conversation about solar energy, too.   Thanks to Dave Brotherson for bringing his electric car and to all who persevere in the fight for our land, water, climate and liberty. (And thanks to Heather Pearson for these pics.)        

One Year Ago Today . . .

Dear Friends, One year ago today, Iowans rallied at the Polk County Courthouse to support landowners suing state government over the abuse of eminent domain to build the Dakota Access pipeline. That case now advances to the Iowa Supreme Court. Its ramifications for other eminent domain fights, climate change and water quality are significant. Today, one year later, Bold Iowa issued the following press release. Please take a few minutes to read and share it . . . and please make a donation to support Continue reading →

Gathering of Gratitude

You’re invited! We’re hosting an informal gathering of gratitude to thank all who’ve been active in the work of Bold Iowa this year. We also want to thank the many people who’ve worked with Ed, Maddie and Forrest to make the Fallon Forum a successful alternative to shock-jock radio. We’ll have hors d’oeuvres catered by Gateway Market and Cafe, beverages, and some music. At 6:30, we’ll have a short presentation to thank a few of the many bold Iowans who’ve made a difference in 2016 and Continue reading →

Vote Next Tuesday!

Dear Friends, Kirsten Anderson is my guest on Monday’s Fallon Forum at 11:30 a.m. Kirsten’s the former Iowa Senate Republican caucus staffer who received a $1.75 million settlement in the high-profile lawsuit that exposed the “boys’ club” environment beneath the golden dome, where rampant sexual harassment was ignored by Republican supervisors and lawmakers alike. Watch or listen to our conversation on Facebook, online, or at 1260 AM and 96.5 FM in the Des Moines metro. And on November 7, wherever you live, please vote! Local elections don’t get nearly the amount of coverage as, say, an unhinged Continue reading →

Wanted: Bold Iowans

Dear Friends, I’m writing with an urgent appeal. Since March of 2016, Bold Iowa has been a key leader on climate change and eminent domain. In fact, our work is recognized not just in Iowa but across the country. Yet for Bold Iowa to continue, we need your help NOW! We’ve built a powerful rural-urban network of environmentalists, farmers, Indigenous communities, landowners, and property-rights advocates. But our funding is perilously tight, and we truly need your support NOW! If even 10% of those receiving this message contribute $25, that would Continue reading →

“Here Comes The Sun” House Party

The first of six house parties organized by Climate March and Bold Iowa, and supported by a Polk County Community Betterment grant, brought together thirty people on October 18, 2017 for food, music and conversation about solar energy. Food was provided by Catering by Cyd. For details, contact Cyd Koehn at cydney@cateringbycyd.com. Music was provided by Dartanyan Brown, Zach Ide and Ed Fallon. The main event featured Tim Kruse of Green Light Renewable Services, discussing opportunities and challenges facing the rapidly-growing solar industry. For more information about Continue reading →

Sinking the Santa Maria

Dear Friends, [Please come to the trial for Emma Schmit and Mahmud Fitil, pipeline fighters arrested last fall for blocking construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline during Bold Iowa‘s Farmers Defense Camp. For more detail, check out this excellent video by Rodger Routh. We’ve been asked not to wear pipeline shirts in the courtroom.] I’ve never understood why Christopher Columbus was given a holiday. [Listen to Donnielle Wanatee on this week’s Forum.] I get why we celebrate the impressive lives of men (yeah, they’re all men, but Continue reading →