Feb. 22: DAPL Day of Direct Action

  On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Bold Action Teams (BATs) will mobilize for direct action across Iowa, targeting officials and businesses that have aided and abetted construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. WHY: The Dakota Access pipeline isn’t finished. Politicians, public officials and businesses who’ve supported it need to hear that the pipeline is wrong for Iowa and wrong for our planet. THE PLAN: * Take Wednesday the 22nd off from work (yes, we know not everyone can). * Sign up on the form below to Continue reading →

Tell the U.S. Army Corps: Conduct a Full Environmental Review of Dakota Access That Includes Iowa

On Jan. 18, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will conduct a limited Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the section of the Dakota Access pipeline near Lake Oahe and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s land and reservation in North Dakota. [1] While we are thrilled that President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers are listening to Indigenous nations and Americans across the country who have raised concerns about the Dakota Access pipeline — it’s not enough simply to examine the pipeline’s Continue reading →

Florida Farmers Robbed Through Eminent Domain for Sabal Trail Pipeline

(Bold Iowa director Ed Fallon recently visited with water protectors, environmentalists and others fighting the Sabal Trail Pipeline in Florida.) “Water is Life!” A cry started in the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline has become a national rallying cry in the growing movement to beat-back Big Oil. Pipeline fights across the country have now brought the reality of the essential importance of water home to millions of Americans. More and more are jumping on board, working to protect water, land, property rights and our climate from the Continue reading →

Support Bold action to stop Trump, Keystone XL and Dakota Access

While many of us are looking forward to putting 2016 behind us, we here at Bold are reflecting on what was an amazing year of growth for us — and gearing up for big battles to come in 2017. In 2016, the Bold Alliance launched nationwide, expanding on Bold Nebraska’s successful organizing model of unlikely alliances protecting the land and water. We grew our team from three to eight Bold staff members in Nebraska, Iowa, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Bold worked with union and progressive partners Continue reading →

Dec. 15 Court Hearing to Highlight Eminent Domain Issue for Dakota Access

The battle against the Dakota Access pipeline has morphed into a conflict bigger than anyone ever imagined. Sure, it’s a critical element of the growing movement to push back against climate change. But it also has become a pivotal issue on two related fronts: (1) The rights of Native communities, and (2) The rights of farmers and other property owners subject to the eminent domain. Thursday, December 15 marks a significant event in the struggle to protect Iowa landowner rights. It’s important for those of Continue reading →

Week with Water Protectors at Standing Rock

Dear Friends, For me, the week that Lyssa Wade and I spent at Standing Rock was a life-changing experience. If you missed any of my daily blog posts, you can read them here: Day 1: Our Arrival Day 2: Surviving the Blizzard Day 3: Building Standing Rock Day 4: Dakota Access’ Smiling Faces Day 5: Building Solar Barns Day 6: Water is Life (Lyssa wrote a daily blog as well, and you can read those here.) The other life-changing experience for me during this pipeline Continue reading →

Sign the Petition: Stop Eminent Domain Abuse

Many Iowa farmers and landowners in the path of the Dakota Access “Bakken” Pipeline have been forced to surrender their land against their will for the pipeline, because of the abuse of “eminent domain” law by the state of Iowa. The law of eminent domain was originally intended to enable the construction of large projects that promote the “public good” — think interstate highways, railroads, and schools. But now eminent domain is being abused for corporate greed by Big Oil in Iowa and across the Continue reading →

Dec. 10: DAPL + Eminent Domain Community Meetings in Newton, Storm Lake & Grinnell

Bold Iowa to Host Community Meetings on Dakota Access Pipeline in Advance of Dec. 15 Landowners’ Hearing on Eminent Domain  Dec. 10 meetings in Grinnell, Newton and Storm Lake will update supporters on Iowa farmers fighting eminent domain seizure of their land for private profit pipeline Des Moines — Bold Iowa will host a series of community meetings on Dec. 10 to provide an update on the Iowa farmers and landowners still engaged in a legal fight challenging the granting of eminent domain authority to Continue reading →

Week at Standing Rock Day 6: Water Is Life

Friday, December 2, 2016. Every morning, my wake-up call comes not from the alarm on my phone but from the voices of water protectors 200 yards away, across the Cannonball River chanting, “Mni Wiconi! Water is Life!” The words drift across the frozen river, where over 100 people gather at sunrise each day for a water ceremony. Campers on our side of the river stand in silent reverence, watching the ceremony, participating in their own quiet way. This prayerful start to the day is a Continue reading →

Week at Standing Rock Day 5: Building Tiny Solar Barns

Thursday, December 1, 2016. We spend an hour today visiting with Manape LaMere, one of the seven tribal leaders at Oceti Sakowin. We discuss what is likely to happen when the veterans arrive on Sunday, and I give him an update on the pipeline fight in Iowa. I share the sad news that Dakota Access today dragged pipe under the Des Moines River. There is also the positive news that pipeline fighters in Iowa continue to push back on every possible front. Manape is a Continue reading →