Author Archives: Ed Fallon

Day of Direct Action Against DAPL

Dear Friends, As we claw our way through the gut-punch gauntlet of President Trump’s funhouse, it’s easy to want to just quit, give up, “crawl into solitude” as one dismayed friend told me this week. Don’t! That’s just what Trump wants. In David Frum’s excellent article for The Atlantic, “How to Build an Autocracy,” he writes: “Trump and his team count on one thing above all others: public indifference. . . . What happens in the next four years will depend heavily on whether Trump is right or wrong Continue reading →

PRESS RELEASE: Army Corps Pipeline Analysis Must Include Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Jan. 19 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa Director, (515) 238-6404 or ed@boldiowa.org Army Corps Pipeline Analysis Must Include Iowa Environmental Impact Statement Should Not Be Limited to North Dakota Des Moines — In response to the Army Corps of Engineers announcement of its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (IES) in connection with the Dakota Access pipeline, Bold Iowa called on Iowans to write the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that the Corps’ EIS consider the pipeline’s impact on Iowa’s land and Continue reading →

Florida Farmers Robbed Through Eminent Domain for Sabal Trail Pipeline

(Bold Iowa director Ed Fallon recently visited with water protectors, environmentalists and others fighting the Sabal Trail Pipeline in Florida.) “Water is Life!” A cry started in the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline has become a national rallying cry in the growing movement to beat-back Big Oil. Pipeline fights across the country have now brought the reality of the essential importance of water home to millions of Americans. More and more are jumping on board, working to protect water, land, property rights and our climate from the Continue reading →

Dec. 15 Court Hearing to Highlight Eminent Domain Issue for Dakota Access

The battle against the Dakota Access pipeline has morphed into a conflict bigger than anyone ever imagined. Sure, it’s a critical element of the growing movement to push back against climate change. But it also has become a pivotal issue on two related fronts: (1) The rights of Native communities, and (2) The rights of farmers and other property owners subject to the eminent domain. Thursday, December 15 marks a significant event in the struggle to protect Iowa landowner rights. It’s important for those of Continue reading →

Iowans Rally and March With Landowners Fighting Eminent Domain for Pipeline

Learn more about this Thursday’s action in today’s press release… FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 13, 2016 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, ed@boldiowa.org Jane Kleeb, Bold Alliance: 402-705-3622, jane@boldnebraska.org Pipeline Fighters to Rally and March After Court Hearing for Landowners Fighting Eminent Domain Des Moines — Bold Iowa and coalition partners will stand in court on Thursday in Des Moines alongside Iowa farmers and landowners still engaged in a legal fight challenging the granting of eminent domain authority to seize their land against their will for the Dakota Access pipeline. After the court Continue reading →

Week with Water Protectors at Standing Rock

Dear Friends, For me, the week that Lyssa Wade and I spent at Standing Rock was a life-changing experience. If you missed any of my daily blog posts, you can read them here: Day 1: Our Arrival Day 2: Surviving the Blizzard Day 3: Building Standing Rock Day 4: Dakota Access’ Smiling Faces Day 5: Building Solar Barns Day 6: Water is Life (Lyssa wrote a daily blog as well, and you can read those here.) The other life-changing experience for me during this pipeline Continue reading →

Week at Standing Rock Day 6: Water Is Life

Friday, December 2, 2016. Every morning, my wake-up call comes not from the alarm on my phone but from the voices of water protectors 200 yards away, across the Cannonball River chanting, “Mni Wiconi! Water is Life!” The words drift across the frozen river, where over 100 people gather at sunrise each day for a water ceremony. Campers on our side of the river stand in silent reverence, watching the ceremony, participating in their own quiet way. This prayerful start to the day is a Continue reading →

Week at Standing Rock Day 5: Building Tiny Solar Barns

Thursday, December 1, 2016. We spend an hour today visiting with Manape LaMere, one of the seven tribal leaders at Oceti Sakowin. We discuss what is likely to happen when the veterans arrive on Sunday, and I give him an update on the pipeline fight in Iowa. I share the sad news that Dakota Access today dragged pipe under the Des Moines River. There is also the positive news that pipeline fighters in Iowa continue to push back on every possible front. Manape is a Continue reading →

Week at Standing Rock Day 4: Dakota Access’ Smiling Faces

Wednesday, November 30, 2016. With the unexpected availability of a hotel room last night, Lyssa and I catch a much-needed break — both from the blizzard and from each other. Lyssa and I are good friends, and fellow travelers when it comes to our shared passion for sustainable food, clean water and climate justice. But sure, after living and working together 24-7 for four days straight, some space is needed. I plug away on my computer, working late and catching up on a chunk of Continue reading →

Week at Standing Rock Day 3: Building Standing Rock

Tuesday, November 29, 2016. On any given day, an estimated 10,000 people live at the Oceti Sakowin camps at Standing Rock. To put the enormity of this community into perspective, if this were a city in Iowa, Oceti Sakowin would rank 39th out of 950 — bigger than Fairfield, Grinnell or Mount Pleasant. The fact that so many passionate people have come together so quickly under such adverse conditions is almost hard to imagine. Even more impressive is that the infrastructure essential to a functioning Continue reading →