Author Archives: Samantha Kuhn

Heartland, Chronicled: A Political Journalist’s Reflections on Iowa, U.S.A.

The Washington Free Beacon:  None of the presidential candidates show up to the following morning’s Climate Crisis Parade, but the marchers don’t care. They came for one reason and one reason only: The media is also here. “Des Moines will be swarming with national and international media during the days leading up to the Caucuses on February 3, giving Iowans a unique opportunity to take our message about the urgency of climate change to the media and the general public,” announced prior to the march. Continue reading →

Climate Crisis Parade Highlights

On February 1, 2020, over 1,000 people marched through downtown Des Moines, from Cowles Commons to the Iowa Events Center, to bring media attention to the climate crisis. Over 70 organizations worked together to make this event happen. It was scheduled just before the Iowa Caucuses to take advantage of the national media gathered here. Various groups concentrated on different climate topics, including extinction, pipelines, natural disasters, and Indigenous rights. See below for media links, videos, and pictures of the parade. Climate Crisis Coverage starts Continue reading →

Indianola groups to participate in Climate Crisis Parade

Indianola Advocate Excerpt:  The Indianola Green Team plans to participate in the Climate Crisis Parade on Saturday, Feb. 1, at noon in Des Moines. The group will join more than 70 organizations who will meet at Cowles Commons at 4th and Locust parading to the Iowa Events Center. This is a record number of sponsors for any Iowa action, at least since Iowans marched in solidarity with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the civil rights movement more than 50 years ago.  Continue reading →

Des Moines protest: Climate Change Activists March through Des Moines

The Des Moines Register Excerpt: Hundreds of climate activists filled portions of downtown Des Moines on Saturday to address what they believe is a lack of media coverage of climate issues. ******* Link to original article: By Danielle Gehr, The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, February 1, 2020 Excerpt: Hundreds of climate activists filled portions of downtown Des Moines on Saturday to address what they believe is a lack of media coverage of climate issues. The “Climate Crisis Parade” began on Locust Street between Fifth and Fourth Continue reading →

Biden Tells Iowa Man to Vote for Someone Else Accusing him of Supporting Sanders–Man says he’s actually Supporting Steyer

In a startling turn of events, when a group of Bold Iowa bird dogs went to a Biden event at Urban Dreams, little did they know that their recorded efforts would go viral and their interactions with Biden would end up featured in the mainstream media, from the The Guardian to Newsweek, Fox News to GQ, along with every social media platform out there, especially Twitter.  Four days after Ed and Biden’s “discussion,” the video has reached over 2 million hits! Excerpt from Newsweek: While Continue reading →

Warren presents ambitious plans to voters in rapidly changing small-town Iowa

Bold Iowa bird dogs, Kathy Byrnes and Ed Fallon, were mentioned in an article in People’s World on Friday January 17th, after attending Warren’s Town Hall in Marshalltown. They were both asked who they will support in the Iowa Caucus and the following is an excerpt from that arrticle: Attending the rally were Kathy Burns and Ed Fallon of the environmental group Bold Iowa. Burns and Fallon, a former lawmaker and host of the Fallon Forum, have committed to Tom Steyer, who they think has Continue reading →

Coalition Plans Major Climate Action Before Iowa Caucuses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Samantha Kuhn at 847-682-2924 Contact: Steve Shivvers at 515-468-3923 Coalition plans major climate action before Iowa Caucuses Des Moines, Iowa – December 17, 2019 – A coalition of 38 environmental, civic, justice, and faith groups is organizing a Climate Crisis Parade two days before the Iowa Caucuses, challenging voters and the media to act with urgency on behalf of our climate. This event marks the first time these local, state, and national groups have worked together to spotlight the urgent need for all to act Continue reading →

Kat Taylor: Rural America can and should lead on climate

Kat Taylor Steyer wrote an op-ed piece for the Sioux Times regarding the issue of the Climate Crisis and the work she and her husband, presidential candidate Tom Steyer, have been doing on their ranch in Northern California.  She mentioned her tour of Birds and Bees Urban Farm with Kathy Byrnes and Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa’s fearless leaders, as part of her and her husband’s efforts to understand how climate change has affected Iowans and the particular environmental issues this region has been dealing with. Continue reading →