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 →

Week at Standing Rock Day 4: Dakota Access’ Smiling Faces

Wednesday, November 30, 2016. With the unexpected availability of a hotel room last night, Lyssa and I catch a much-needed break — both from the blizzard and from each other. Lyssa and I are good friends, and fellow travelers when it comes to our shared passion for sustainable food, clean water and climate justice. But sure, after living and working together 24-7 for four days straight, some space is needed. I plug away on my computer, working late and catching up on a chunk of Continue reading →

Week at Standing Rock Day 3: Building Standing Rock

Tuesday, November 29, 2016. On any given day, an estimated 10,000 people live at the Oceti Sakowin camps at Standing Rock. To put the enormity of this community into perspective, if this were a city in Iowa, Oceti Sakowin would rank 39th out of 950 — bigger than Fairfield, Grinnell or Mount Pleasant. The fact that so many passionate people have come together so quickly under such adverse conditions is almost hard to imagine. Even more impressive is that the infrastructure essential to a functioning Continue reading →

Week at Standing Rock Day 2: Surviving the Blizzard

Monday, November 28, 2016. I have a knack for timing: our first night in a tent at Standing Rock coincides with the first snowstorm of the season. It’s a soft, wet, gentle snow. Yet it clings to the walls of our tent, threatening to collapse the fragile structure. Repeatedly during the night, we pound on the tent walls to free them of snow. There’s little wind, so the sounds of camp nightlife are audible and drift towards us from all directions. The sounds are abundant Continue reading →

Week at Standing Rock Day 1: Our Arrival

Sunday, November 27, 2016. Nothing about Standing Rock is normal or predictable. As Lyssa and I approach the Oceti Sakowin camps just north of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, our GPS navigator announces, “In six miles, park your car and walk to your destination.” We ignore these instructions, as well as the sign telling us that the road ahead is closed. “Is this right,” asks Lyssa. “Shouldn’t we have taken that turn back there?” I confidently mutter a few words that belie my uncertainty. But we Continue reading →

PETITION to Pres. Obama: Declare a Standing Rock National Monument to stop Dakota Access

The Dakota Access pipeline would carry some of the dirtiest oil on the planet across four states, putting at risk farms, Native sacred places, critical water sources, and our fight against climate change. Law enforcement has already attacked the peaceful resistance at Standing Rock in North Dakota, and arrested journalists and water protectors in the path of the pipeline. Even though the Obama Administration put a temporary hold on construction on one section, the company building the Dakota Access pipeline will be aggressively moving to Continue reading →

Donate to Build Tiny Solar Barns to Stop Dakota Access

Winter is coming… and Bold Alliance is taking action to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and allies at the Oceti Sakowin camps that are holding the line to protect our land, water and climate from the Dakota Access Pipeline. Temperatures are already plummeting in North Dakota, and adequate housing is absolutely critical to shelter the Water Protectors through the winter. Bold is raising $35,000 to build 30 tiny solar-powered barns on the Standing Rock land set aside for winter camping.  Click here to make a Continue reading →

Vote for Bold to Get a Funding Boost From CREDO

Bold Alliance has been selected as one of three nonprofits to receive a grant from our friends at CREDO Mobile this month. CREDO Donations is giving away more than $150,000, but the amount that Bold receives depends on YOU. They divide up the money depending on the number of votes that Bold receives from our supporters like you. Click here to Vote for Bold! The money raised from CREDO will help fund Bold Alliance’s current organizing to stop the Dakota Access “Bakken” pipeline that is abusing Continue reading →