One Year Ago Today . . .

Dear Friends, One year ago today, Iowans rallied at the Polk County Courthouse to support landowners suing state government over the abuse of eminent domain to build the Dakota Access pipeline. That case now advances to the Iowa Supreme Court. Its ramifications for other eminent domain fights, climate change and water quality are significant. Today, one year later, Bold Iowa issued the following press release. Please take a few minutes to read and share it . . . and please make a donation to support Continue reading →

Gathering of Gratitude

You’re invited! We’re hosting an informal gathering of gratitude to thank all who’ve been active in the work of Bold Iowa this year. We also want to thank the many people who’ve worked with Ed, Maddie and Forrest to make the Fallon Forum a successful alternative to shock-jock radio. We’ll have hors d’oeuvres catered by Gateway Market and Cafe, beverages, and some music. At 6:30, we’ll have a short presentation to thank a few of the many bold Iowans who’ve made a difference in 2016 and Continue reading →

Vote Next Tuesday!

Dear Friends, Kirsten Anderson is my guest on Monday’s Fallon Forum at 11:30 a.m. Kirsten’s the former Iowa Senate Republican caucus staffer who received a $1.75 million settlement in the high-profile lawsuit that exposed the “boys’ club” environment beneath the golden dome, where rampant sexual harassment was ignored by Republican supervisors and lawmakers alike. Watch or listen to our conversation on Facebook, online, or at 1260 AM and 96.5 FM in the Des Moines metro. And on November 7, wherever you live, please vote! Local elections don’t get nearly the amount of coverage as, say, an unhinged Continue reading →

Wanted: Bold Iowans

Dear Friends, I’m writing with an urgent appeal. Since March of 2016, Bold Iowa has been a key leader on climate change and eminent domain. In fact, our work is recognized not just in Iowa but across the country. Yet for Bold Iowa to continue, we need your help NOW! We’ve built a powerful rural-urban network of environmentalists, farmers, Indigenous communities, landowners, and property-rights advocates. But our funding is perilously tight, and we truly need your support NOW! If even 10% of those receiving this message contribute $25, that would Continue reading →

“Here Comes The Sun” House Party

The first of six house parties organized by Climate March and Bold Iowa, and supported by a Polk County Community Betterment grant, brought together thirty people on October 18, 2017 for food, music and conversation about solar energy. Food was provided by Catering by Cyd. For details, contact Cyd Koehn at cydney@cateringbycyd.com. Music was provided by Dartanyan Brown, Zach Ide and Ed Fallon. The main event featured Tim Kruse of Green Light Renewable Services, discussing opportunities and challenges facing the rapidly-growing solar industry. For more information about Continue reading →

Sinking the Santa Maria

Dear Friends, [Please come to the trial for Emma Schmit and Mahmud Fitil, pipeline fighters arrested last fall for blocking construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline during Bold Iowa‘s Farmers Defense Camp. For more detail, check out this excellent video by Rodger Routh. We’ve been asked not to wear pipeline shirts in the courtroom.] I’ve never understood why Christopher Columbus was given a holiday. [Listen to Donnielle Wanatee on this week’s Forum.] I get why we celebrate the impressive lives of men (yeah, they’re all men, but 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 →

Illinois Supreme Court gets it right on eminent domain

Dear Friends, As the battle against the Dakota Access pipeline moves from countryside to courtroom, from protest to litigation, pipeline opponents in Iowa have yet another reason to be optimistic. Last week, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled against Rock Island Clean Line (RICL) — the Texas company proposing a 500-mile wind transmission line across Iowa and Illinois. The Court ruled unanimously that RICL is not a public utility and does not have the right to use eminent domain. Click here to read the entire ruling. Continue reading →

Fleeing Irma

Dear Friends, Sometimes I just wanna scream. (OK, sometimes I do, though never loud enough to wake the neighbors or chickens.) HOW MUCH MORE EVIDENCE DO WE NEED!!? (Caps, bold, italics and underline intended) Consistent with what climate scientists have forecast: * Storms are getting stronger — never before have two Category 4 hurricanes hit the U.S. in the same year. * Unprecedented wildfires continue to rage in ten Western states, with 21,000 firefighters working to contain them. * Heck, there was even a large wildfire 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 →