Author Archives: Shari Hrdina

Bold Iowa Launches “Stop Eminent Domain Abuse” Roadshow – Montezuma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, April 12, 2018 – 2pm CDT Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or [email protected] Sarah Spain at (805) 857-3715 or [email protected] Bold Iowa Launches “Stop Eminent Domain Abuse” Roadshow To highlight the historic eminent domain lawsuit before the Iowa Supreme Court filed by the Iowa Sierra Club and landowners living along the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline over the misuse of eminent domain, Bold Iowa announced a “Roadshow” of community forums for cities across Iowa. The first will be in Continue reading →

Protest at Wells Fargo’s Annual Shareholder Meeting

Tue, Apr 24 – Protest at Wells Fargo’s Annual Shareholder Meeting From 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at DMPL Central Libary, 1000 Grand Ave, Des Moines. Join Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement in protesting Wells Fargo profiting at the expense of all of our communities, including teach-in, march and demonstration.  Click here for details.  Click here to RSVP.

Supporting Landowners in Resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline

Bold Iowa and its partners have been supporting landowners.  Here are some of videos where we have been making their voices heard.  We reached out to them at their farms, organized to have petitions signed, held press conferences and rallied at the Iowa Utilities Board, led a campaign of civil disobedience, and educate others about the landowner/Sierra Club lawsuit. In March and April 2015, Ed Fallon walked from the southeast corner of Iowa to the northwest corner, talking to landowners along the Dakota Access Pipeline. Continue reading →

“Crossing the Divide” Documentary

A film crew captured this story from the 2017 Climate Justice Unity March. A reactionary Iowa farmer has a change of heart when climate activists march into his tiny town. Disrespect is poisoning American society, jeopardizing informed debate and destabilizing democracy. This is a story about how two groups on either side of the political divide get caught up in a firestorm of disrespect, sparked by a Confederate flag and an attack video funded by a pipeline company. Then, almost miraculously, they find common ground. Their Continue reading →

Pipeline protester convicted of trespassing

Land Protector Kriss Wells was arrested October 29, 2016 on Shirley Gerjets land at Bold Iowa’s Farmers Defense Camp in Calhoun county.  He pleaded not guilty, with the climate crisis and eminent domain as justification. Last Thursday he was found guilty by jury trial in Rockwell City. Erin Sommers from The Graphic-Advocate reports. Pipeline protester convicted of trespassing By Erin Sommers Graphic-Advocate Editor A second person who was arrested last fall for protesting the Dakota Access pipeline has been convicted of trespassing on the work Continue reading →

Delivery of Petition to Remove Lozier from the IUB

On Friday, September 8 at 11:00 a.m. at the Iowa State Capitol, Bold Iowa, Indigenous Iowa, Iowa CCI and Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition held a brief press conference then delivered a petition to Gov. Kim Reynold’s office calling on removal of Richard Lozier from the Iowa Utilities Board. The event was in conjunction with the national #StopETP Day of Action. The petition: We call on Governor Kim Reynolds and other members of the Executive Council of Iowa (Paul D. Pate, Secretary of State; Michael L. Fitzgerald, Treasurer Continue reading →

Iowa Regulators Approve Bakken Oil Pipeline Construction

Link to original story: Coverage by WHO TV, Des Moines, Iowa, June 6, 2016: DES MOINES, Iowa — Officials have given the green light for construction to begin on the Bakken oil pipeline through Iowa. The Iowa Utility Board votes 2-1 to approve Dakota Access to begin construction on the pipeline in approved areas. @WHOhd — Stephanie Moore (@StephMooreWHOHD) June 6, 2016 The Iowa Utilities Board initially voted in March to approve the pipeline but said all necessary paperwork needed to be turned in before Continue reading →