Author Archives: Ed Fallon

“Sabotage” bill a Trojan Horse for eminent domain abuse

[By Ed Fallon] About twenty years ago, growth-management advocates across the US were shocked when the Tennessee General Assembly enacted one of the nation’s strongest anti-urban sprawl bills. At the time, I was working on similar legislation in Iowa, so I traveled to Nashville to learn more. Sitting in the office of a state lawmaker who helped champion the bill, I asked, “How did you make this happen?” “Mah friend,” drawled the lawmaker as he drew on his cigarette, “if you want to accomplish something Continue reading →

Des Moines “Here Comes the Sun” House Party

Come to a “Here Comes the Sun” House Party on Saturday, February 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 2809 Kingman Blvd in Des Moines. Learn about solar energy from one of Des Moines’ leading installers, Tim Kruse of Green Light Renewable Services. We’ll have hors d’oeuvres catered by Cyd Koehn, beverages, music and a lively discussion. Free will offering to support Bold Iowa’s work gratefully accepted. We’ll also get an update on the “Stop DAPL 2.0” campaign and the lawsuit filed by nine Iowa landowners and Continue reading →

U.S. Bank Protest in Minneapolis: Activists March Against Pipeline Funding

Link to original article: Coverage by, New York, NY, February 3, 2018 Excerpt: Activists Say U.S. Bank Is Still Funding Pipelines By Giving General Financing to ETP & Other Clients Some activists are saying that the bank is still financing the pipelines indirectly. And because of this, hundreds showed up for the protest in Minneapolis the day before the Super Bowl, shutting down an intersection in the city: Hundreds of water protectors just shut down this intersection in Minneapolis, protesting @usbank’s funding of Continue reading →


“STOP DAPL 2.0” TALKING POINTS The fight to stop the Dakota Access pipeline is again ramping up! A while back, there was this excellent piece by Carolyn Raffensperger, the story about pipeline sabotage legislation (click here to read Bold Iowa’s press release in response), and this story about US Bank and the divestment campaign. Good, but we need a lot more chatter and clamor — especially around the landowner/Sierra Cub lawsuit before the Iowa Supreme Court. Letters to the editor (LTE) and Op Eds in Continue reading →

Iowa Pipeline Fighters Head to Super Bowl to Pressure US Bank to Divest

Dear Friends, Go Tom Brady! Yeah, I just had to get that out of the way. Across the country, people are turning up the heat on politicians and corporations intent on destroying our water, land, and planet for satiate their lust for power and money. US Bank is one of them, and it’ll be in the spotlight on Super Sunday when the Pats and Eagles tangle at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The day before the Super Bowl — let’s call it Super Saturday — Continue reading →

RELEASE: Pipeline “Sabotage” Bill Called Legislative Extremism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, January 26, 2018 — 2:00 p.m. CT, Contact Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or Pipeline “Sabotage” Bill Called Legislative Extremism Proposed bill could render peaceful protest against oil pipeline impossible Bold Iowa today strongly criticized legislation that passed unanimously out of a Senate subcommittee on Thursday. The legislation — Senate Study Bill 3062 — defines “critical infrastructure sabotage” as an “unauthorized act that is intended to or does in fact cause a substantial interruption or impairment of service rendered to the public related to Continue reading →

Pipeline fight converges on US Bank, Super Bowl LII

On Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 12:30 – 3:30 at US Bank Headquarters, 800 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, Water Protectors from South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and beyond will demand that US Bank keep its promise to divest from oil and gas pipelines. That includes Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company responsible for the Dakota Access pipeline, and now the topic of a lawsuit filed by nine Iowa landowners and the Iowa Sierra Club.   Last month US Bank broke its promise to stop lending to oil Continue reading →

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 →