Author Archives: Ed Fallon

Climate Justice Unity March: Day 3

Monday, April 24, 2017 – Montezuma to Searsboro (9.5 miles) Searsboro is one of those small, forgotten Iowa towns bypassed by the main highway. It’s a sprawling community of 142 people, built on hillocks tucked away in a valley along English Creek. I’ve driven by Searsboro dozens of times, wondering what it was like but never bothering to stop. From the highway you see only a few of Searsboro’s houses. Today, as our march winds its final mile over and around several steep, rolling hills, Continue reading →

Climate Justice Unity March: Day 2

Sunday, April 23, 2017 – Deep River to Montezuma (10 miles) As we circle up this morning and prepare to leave Deep River, a man driving an ATV pulls up. He introduces himself as Darrin Ehret — the guy next door who put up the Confederate flag yesterday. He was surprised at how quiet and respectful we were last night, and that inspired him to come over. Based on the things he’d heard on Facebook, he was expecting all kinds of noise and bad behavior. Continue reading →

Climate Justice Unity March: Day 1

Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Little Creek Camp to Deep River (12.8 miles) Today saw three notable “firsts,” none of them good. Our troupe of 25-30 marchers were flipped off three times by passing drivers. I’ve walked 700 miles along Iowa’s highways and gravel roads and never had someone do that to me. Also today, as we were taking a break on a gravel road, I walked a short distance across a field to talk with a young farmer who was watching us. I introduced myself, explained Continue reading →

Toilet paper provided; bring your own towel

Q: What’s more challenging than marching ten miles a day for eight days? A: Organizing the logistics to make such a march possible. Seriously. Shari Hrdina, Sarah Spain and I have done this before, organizing the coast-to-coast Great March for Climate Action in 2014. Did we learn our lesson? Apparently not. Here we are again, organizing the Climate Justice Unity March reminded on a daily basis just how complex are the logistics of a march of 25 people. One example: Check out these pictures of our Enviro-Commode/Solar Continue reading →

Climate Justice Unity March: Wish List

Many camping items are needed for the Climate Justice Unity March. If have any of these items to loan to us for the duration of April 21-29, please contact Industrial Shelving for the gear truck (already have) 3 Large Coolers for perishable food items Two-Burner Cook Stove Smaller Cook Stove Propane Tanks Storage Containers with lids for dry goods storage 2 Large Water Coolers (have one) 2 Coffee Makers, 12-cup size at least (have one) 2 Tea Pots that can go on cook stoves Continue reading →

Climate Justice Unity March: Packing List

Sign up to join the April 22-29 Climate Justice Unity March. Everything you bring must fit into only two duffel bags or suitcases, and one small backpack to carry while you walk. Please label your bags and all individual items.  Leave valuables at home. Personal Identification Credit card or ATM card Sunscreen Lip balm with sunscreen Bug spray or wipes Bandanas Travel towel (quick dry) Hand towel (quick dry) Body wipes (only compostable) Hand sanitizer Deodorant Ear plugs Ziploc bags First aid kit Prescription medications Tylenol/ibuprofen Continue reading →

Iowans to Embark on Eight-Day, Eighty-Mile March for Unity on Climate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2017 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, Iowans to Embark on Eight-Day, Eighty-Mile March for Unity on Climate Twenty-five marchers of diverse backgrounds to depart from Little Creek Camp on Earth Day (April 22), arrive in Des Moines on April 29 for People’s Climate Rally at State Capitol Des Moines — A group of Iowans of diverse backgrounds will embark on an eight-day, eighty-mile Climate Justice Unity March later this month to help build a broader coalition organizing for action Continue reading →

Climate Justice Unity March: FAQ

FAQ: Climate Justice Unity March Q: What does a typical day on the March look like? A: Marchers wake-up around 7:00 a.m., eat breakfast, make their lunch, pack up camp and circle up for announcements at 8:30 a.m. Marchers then depart together by 9:00 a.m. Each day’s mileage is between 8 and 12 miles. There will be a break about every 3-4 miles to recharge, take a bathroom break and to have lunch or a snack. Upon getting to camp, marchers will set up their Continue reading →

Pipeline Fighters Challenge Utilities Board Conflicts, Decisions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 5, 2017 Contact: Christine Nobiss, 319-331-8034, Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, Native Drummers, Singers to Rally at IUB to Challenge Dakota Access Pipeline Approval New concerns raised after IUB chair’s employment conflict unveiled Des Moines — Recently, Geri Huser, chair of the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB), was criticized in news stories across the country for doing paid legal work that potentially involves a serious conflict-of-interest with her full-time responsibilities with the IUB. As chair of the IUB, Huser is paid $130,000 annually. Yet Continue reading →

Iowa Climate Justice Unity March: April 22-29

The People’s Climate Movement is gaining momentum for what should be a landmark day of action on April 29, marking the 100th day of the Trump Presidency. The major event is in Washington, DC, billed as “a march for climate, justice and jobs,” but there also will be hundreds of related marches in cities across the U.S. and around the globe. People’s Climate Movement Rally: April 29 in Des Moines In Iowa, the People’s Climate Movement will rally at the Iowa State Capitol at 1:00 Continue reading →