Author Archives: Ed Fallon

Peter Clay

Donate to Peter here. Why I’m marching: Living in community with one another is an essential part of healing our relationship with the Earth. Joining this march, I seek to be part of that great work by building relationships and sharing the joys and challenges of being part of a moving village. About me: I’m a retired zookeeper and African conservation practitioner who has spent much of my life working with great apes, both in captivity and in Africa. Now I am a steward of stolen land Continue reading →

Tim Dwight

Donate to Tim here. Why I’m marching: I’m marching because climate change is real and fossil fuels need to go away ASAP. Also, it’s time to stand with Native Americans to fight for their freedoms and rights — we are still doing to Indigenous people what we did to them 170 years ago, and it’s time to stop. Finally, I’m marching because Iowa can be a leader in these causes! About me: I’m an Iowa native, and All-American and All-Big-Ten Iowa Hawkeye football and track-and-field student athlete. Continue reading →

Samantha Kuhn

Donate to Samantha here. Why I’m marching: I decided to march as a way to familiarize myself with the different issues facing Iowans. What better way than to march (and camp!) across a part of Iowa with a group of environmentally and politically minded people while at the same time meeting and talking to others along the way with a variety of perspectives. Since I will soon be moving to Des Moines, I thought this would be a good way of jumping right in and learning Continue reading →

Gary Clague

Donate to Gary here. Why I’m marching: I’m marching because working factory hours made it hard to get involved in any activism at all. I always wanted to participate in events like this. As DAPL was being built across Iowa I was driving on gravel roads enjoying the views. When I came across the scars from the access roads and saw how much land the farmers were losing I nearly shed tears. About me: I’m Gary Clague. 62 years old and retired for almost 3 years after Continue reading →

Ninety-mile march to raise profile of DAPL lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m. CT Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or Contact: Christine Nobiss at (319) 499-8039 or Groups announce First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March Natives, farmers, environmentalists to walk 90 miles following DAPL route Indigenous Iowa and Bold Iowa today announced that thirty opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline will march ninety miles from Des Moines to Fort Dodge to raise awareness about the landowner/Sierra Club lawsuit, which will heard by the Iowa Supreme Court on Continue reading →

United, We Are Strong

Dear Friends, I’ve been an activist for 33 years and continue to learn something new every day. Often, I learn from my mistakes, so I’m hardly above criticism. In fact, I value it. With that in mind, I need to clarify some things I wrote last week. I first encountered M.K. Gandhi’s writings when I was 21. I knew immediately that I’d found a mentor who would inspire me the rest of my life — despite aspects of Gandhi’s character that are troubling and deeply Continue reading →

Tasida Barfoot

Donate to Tasida here. Why I’m marching: I’m marching because climate change is the existential problem of our day. Iowa can play a key role in mitigating climate change through sequestering carbon in our soil. Connected to that, we really need to reduce nitrogen run off from our farms into the water. About me: I grew up near the Iowa Great Lakes. In high school, I got an internship at Iowa Lakeside Lab, helping monitor water quality in the Lakes.  I received my undergraduate degree in biochemistry Continue reading →

Charles Goldman

Donate to Charles here. Why I’m marching: I’m marching to help make visible the hidden human and environmental costs of tar sands and shale oil. The burden of fossil-fuels is borne by those who rarely use the product, especially since a huge amount of the oil coming through Iowa is being exported. More and more, the Midwest, akin to the coal-industry-destroyed Appalachians, is being expected to bear the negative impacts of oil and gas production and transportation. About me: I’m a surgical oncologist and palliative care Continue reading →

Judge’s ruling against pipeline company bodes well for Bold Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2:00 p.m. CT, July 26, 2018 Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or BOLD IOWA RESPONDS TO JUDGE’S RULING ON “SLAPP” SUIT Judge’s decision on one plaintiff likely to vindicate Bold Iowa, others as well Des Moines, IA —  US District Judge Billy Roy Wilson today dismissed criminal racketeering claims levied against BankTrack in a lawsuit filed last August by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). BankTrack is a nonprofit that encourages people to divest from financial institutions that provided funds for ETP and the Continue reading →

Raising awareness for effective action

Dear Friends, I’m a big believer in pacing oneself. We’ve got to take time to smell the roses even in the midst of intense struggle. Yet sometimes — often, in all honesty — the demands of fighting for justice require some pretty exhausting days. The First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March will be a string of such days. But the importance of this march — raising awareness about the historic lawsuit that could stop the flow of oil through the Dakota Access Pipeline — Continue reading →