URGENT: Calls need on so-called “sabotage” bill

Hi Folks – I apologize for writing more than once this week, but this is urgent. Just today, Rep Rick Olson has filed amendments to SF 2235 (HF 2394) — the “critical infrastructure sabotage” bill — and we need to turn up the heat to encourage lawmakers to support them. As written the bill does two really bad things: 1. It could make peaceful, non-violence protest a Class B felony — with a possible fine of $100,000 and a 25-year prison sentence! 2. It could Continue reading →

Des Moines “Here Comes the Sun” House Party

Come to a “Here Comes the Sun” House Party on Saturday, February 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 2809 Kingman Blvd in Des Moines. Learn about solar energy from one of Des Moines’ leading installers, Tim Kruse of Green Light Renewable Services. We’ll have hors d’oeuvres catered by Cyd Koehn, beverages, music and a lively discussion. Free will offering to support Bold Iowa’s work gratefully accepted. We’ll also get an update on the “Stop DAPL 2.0” campaign and the lawsuit filed by nine Iowa landowners and Continue reading →

Pipeline fight converges on US Bank, Super Bowl LII

On Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 12:30 – 3:30 at US Bank Headquarters, 800 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, Water Protectors from South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and beyond will demand that US Bank keep its promise to divest from oil and gas pipelines. That includes Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company responsible for the Dakota Access pipeline, and now the topic of a lawsuit filed by nine Iowa landowners and the Iowa Sierra Club.   Last month US Bank broke its promise to stop lending to oil Continue reading →

Huxley “Here Comes the Sun” Party

Please come to a “Here Comes the Sun” Party on Friday, January 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Victor’s Mexican Restaurant, 602 US 69 in Huxley. Come patronize a wonderful local business as Lee Tesdell, Ed Fallon and others lead a discussion about solar energy. Lee lives nearby in Polk County and has done great things with solar energy on his farm. Even if you’re not ready to pull the switch and let the sun power your home, business or farm, this is an important opportunity Continue reading →

Bold’s Gathering of Gratitude Holiday Party

Thanks to all who came last night to Bold Iowa’s Gathering of Gratitude Holiday Party. Great conversation about solar energy, too.   Thanks to Dave Brotherson for bringing his electric car and to all who persevere in the fight for our land, water, climate and liberty. (And thanks to Heather Pearson for these pics.)        

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 →

“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 →

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 →