Stop Eminent Domain Abuse Roadshow Starts in Montezuma

Bold Iowa and its partners are bringing a community forum to many towns across Iowa this summer.  The first event was held in Montezuma, Iowa, on April 21, at the Montezuma Public Library. The community forum highlights two items. First, educational insight about the historic eminent domain lawsuit before the Iowa Supreme Court, filed by landowners along the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Iowa Sierra Club. For detail on the case, see Supreme Court No. 17-0423. Second, view “Crossing the Divide”, a documentary Continue reading →

Gov. Kim Reynolds signs “sabotage” bill into law

Link to original article: www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/gov-kim-reynolds-signs-sabotage-bill-into-law-20180417 Coverage by The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 17, 2018 Any person who intentionally damages or tries to damage infrastructure deemed critical to the safety and economic well-being of Iowans could face a criminal charge carrying a 25-year prison term and a fine of up to $100,000effective July 1 under legislation signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Kim Reynolds. The bill, Senate File 2235, which was among 11 measures that won gubernatorial approval, would pertain to acts of sabotage committed Continue reading →

Stop Eminent Domain Abuse Roadshow

(Ed Fallon’s Weekly Blog) Every time someone says to me, “Too bad we weren’t able to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline,” I say, “Not so fast!” This week, federal judge James Boasberg ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers’ authorization of the pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation “did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice.” (Check out the story here.) This is significant. The federal court is expected to rule soon whether oil will continue to Continue reading →

Bold Iowa Launches “Stop Eminent Domain Abuse” Roadshow – Montezuma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, April 12, 2018 – 2pm CDT Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or ed@boldiowa.com Sarah Spain at (805) 857-3715 or sarah@climatemarch.org Bold Iowa Launches “Stop Eminent Domain Abuse” Roadshow To highlight the historic eminent domain lawsuit before the Iowa Supreme Court filed by the Iowa Sierra Club and landowners living along the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline over the misuse of eminent domain, Bold Iowa announced a “Roadshow” of community forums for cities across Iowa. The first will be in Continue reading →

Earth Day Celebration

Help us celebrate Earth Day in style! Join us on Friday, April 20, from 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Newton Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 3000 N 4th Ave E. Celebrate while supporting Project Awake/Newton Arboretum and Bold Iowa. The day includes art by Cat Rickers for purchase, food by Bistro on Broad, live music by Central Iowa’s Aaron Earl Short with Mattingly & Robinson, and comments by Bold Iowa’s Ed Fallon.  Click here for details and schedule. Order of Events: 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Gathering music and Conversation 6:00 p.m. – Unveiling Continue reading →

Protest at Wells Fargo’s Annual Shareholder Meeting

Tue, Apr 24 – Protest at Wells Fargo’s Annual Shareholder Meeting From 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at DMPL Central Libary, 1000 Grand Ave, Des Moines. Join Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement in protesting Wells Fargo profiting at the expense of all of our communities, including teach-in, march and demonstration.  Click here for details.  Click here to RSVP.

Industry’s New Colonial Outpost: Rural Iowa

Ed Fallon’s Weekly Blog: Two things before I explain why Iowa is becoming a colonial outpost: First, I’m sad to say that the pro-DAPL bill (SF 2235) passed this week despite hundreds of Iowans contacting their lawmakers. Visit the Fallon Forum and Bold Iowa websites for news coverage and to learn how your senator and representative voted. The silver lining is that Bold Iowa’s coalition of environmentalists, landowners, farmers and Native allies worked with labor unions on a common cause. Let’s build on that! Second, Continue reading →

Supporting Landowners in Resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline

Bold Iowa and its partners have been supporting landowners.  Here are some of videos where we have been making their voices heard.  We reached out to them at their farms, organized to have petitions signed, held press conferences and rallied at the Iowa Utilities Board, led a campaign of civil disobedience, and educate others about the landowner/Sierra Club lawsuit. In March and April 2015, Ed Fallon walked from the southeast corner of Iowa to the northwest corner, talking to landowners along the Dakota Access Pipeline. Continue reading →

Pipeline bill passes despite strong grassroots opposition

Check out coverage of SF 2235’s passage and write a letter-to-the-editor in response. Contact Ed Fallon if you need to know more about what’s involved with submitting your letter. If you know of other news outlets that picked up the story, let us know. As of April 5, here’s the coverage we’ve seen so far: Cedar Rapids Gazette Des Moines Register Mason City Globe Gazette Quad-City Times Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier To see how your State Senator voted, scroll down to page 852 of the Senate Continue reading →

Infrastructure “sabotage” bill to governor

Link to article: www.qctimes.com/news/state-and-regional/infrastructure-sabotage-bill-to-governor/article_d94ca722-62b4-5df6-b261-4057c22b4ca9.html Coverage by The Quad-City Times, Davenport, Iowa, April 3, 2018 Those who intentionally damage or try to damage infrastructure deemed critical to the safety and economic well-being of Iowans could face a criminal charge carrying a 25-year prison term and a fine of up to $100,000 under a bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday and sent to Gov. Kim Reynolds. Senate File 2235, which passed 35-13, would pertain to acts of sabotage committed against critical infrastructure or facilities related to Continue reading →