Author Archives: Shari Hrdina

Sherrod Brown

Friday, February 1, 2019 Perry Bird Dogs: Vern Johnson, Keith Puntenney Boone County farmers Keith Puntenney and Vern Johnson live on the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline and have sued over the abuse of eminent domain. They questioned US Senator Sherrod Brown, candidate for president, about the pipeline, water quality, and climate change. Keith says, “Senator Brown didn’t respond to our concerns. He’s a warmed-over Hillary Clinton look-alike who came to Iowa for a photo-op and softball questions. He wasn’t really interested in getting Continue reading →

Cory Booker

Saturday, April 15, 2019 Sioux City Bird Dogs: Mark Leonard, Susan Leonard, Linda Santi Susan was first after his opening stump. She acknowledged his “love” approach and theme for his campaign, and asked, considering the existential threat of climate change, how can any other issues be a higher priority if we will not have a livable planet in the near future? Linda’s question to Booker was a long of lines of “Is climate change so inevitable now that we need to make tough decisions and Continue reading →

Michael Bloomberg

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Des Moines Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon Ed writes, “Protesters interrupted the start of the event, and while one of their concerns seemed to be Bloomberg’s support for fracking, it was a very confusing message. After the film, Paris to Pittsburgh, we talked with Mr. Bloomberg. The film is excellent, laying out the urgency of climate change and proposing solutions. After a few minutes of casual conversation, Kathy shared with Bloomberg our opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. He responded, ‘What’s Continue reading →

Joe Biden

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Des Moines Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Tory Church, Parker Creech, Randall Damon, Ed Fallon, Lysa Fisk, Lora Fraracci, Sheila Knoploh-Odole, Samantha Kuhn, Matthew Peirce, Todd Steichen, Russ Ver Ploeg At his first three stops — Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, and Iowa City — Biden barely mentioned climate change. “He made some basic statement about climate, but it wasn’t anything like we’d want to hear,” said Christine Lehman-Engledow, who attended Biden’s rally in Cedar Rapids. In Iowa City, Diane Lahr reports, “There was some Continue reading →

Climate Bird Dog FAQs

Q: How do I sign up? A: Go to this link and fill out the short form with your contact information. Someone with Bold Iowa will get in touch with you. (We promise never to share contact info with anyone else.) Since candidate events often pop-up on very short notice, you’ll get notification of opportunities to bird dog with either a phone call, email, or text message. Q: I’m new to this. Are any trainings or workshops planned? A: So glad you asked! We have almost Continue reading →

Climate Bird Dog Partners

Climate March The goal of Climate March is to build on the legacy of the Great March for Climate Action and its mission to change the heart and mind of the American people, our elected leaders, and people across the world to act now to address the climate crisis.   Seeding Sovereignty We are a multi-generational, youth-led model by and for indigenous and non-indigenous womxn based on mentoring relationships and principles of unity, solidarity, justice, sharing and respect. Our purpose is to seed paths of Continue reading →

Climate Bird Dogs

WANTED: CLIMATE PATRIOTS TO BIRD-DOG PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES We’re assembling a corps of 250 volunteers to persistently “bird-dog” presidential candidates on the climate crisis and related concerns. We ask candidates to: — Support the Green New Deal and a transition to 100% renewable-energy by 2030; — Oppose expanding oil pipelines, fracking, and other fossil-fuel projects; — Stand with Indigenous communities to defend sovereignty, land, and water; — Oppose the abuse of eminent domain for private gain. Because of the Iowa Caucuses, Iowans are uniquely situated to Continue reading →