Heartland, Chronicled: A Political Journalist’s Reflections on Iowa, U.S.A.

The Washington Free Beacon:  None of the presidential candidates show up to the following morning’s Climate Crisis Parade, but the marchers don’t care. They came for one reason and one reason only: The media is also here. “Des Moines will be swarming with national and international media during the days leading up to the Caucuses on February 3, giving Iowans a unique opportunity to take our message about the urgency of climate change to the media and the general public,” announced prior to the march. Continue reading →

Climate Crisis Parade Highlights

On February 1, 2020, over 1,000 people marched through downtown Des Moines, from Cowles Commons to the Iowa Events Center, to bring media attention to the climate crisis. Over 70 organizations worked together to make this event happen. It was scheduled just before the Iowa Caucuses to take advantage of the national media gathered here. Various groups concentrated on different climate topics, including extinction, pipelines, natural disasters, and Indigenous rights. See below for media links, videos, and pictures of the parade. Climate Crisis Coverage starts Continue reading →

Indianola groups to participate in Climate Crisis Parade

Indianola Advocate Excerpt:  The Indianola Green Team plans to participate in the Climate Crisis Parade on Saturday, Feb. 1, at noon in Des Moines. The group will join more than 70 organizations who will meet at Cowles Commons at 4th and Locust parading to the Iowa Events Center. This is a record number of sponsors for any Iowa action, at least since Iowans marched in solidarity with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the civil rights movement more than 50 years ago.  Continue reading →

Climate Crisis Parade draws 1,000 people!

Dear Friends, The Climate Crisis Parade was truly a powerful experience. A thousand people participated, and who knows how many more thousands joined us online. One notable absence: The Mainstream Media (MSM) — though we learned later that Telemundo did a wonderful story on the Parade, and they are the largest Spanish-language media outlet in the country, reaching tens of millions. Most of the MSM were a no-show, despite: — Five press releases sent to over 400 outlets; — Numerous targeted calls and emails to Continue reading →

Biden Tells Iowa Man to Vote for Someone Else Accusing him of Supporting Sanders–Man says he’s actually Supporting Steyer

In a startling turn of events, when a group of Bold Iowa bird dogs went to a Biden event at Urban Dreams, little did they know that their recorded efforts would go viral and their interactions with Biden would end up featured in the mainstream media, from the The Guardian to Newsweek, Fox News to GQ, along with every social media platform out there, especially Twitter.  Four days after Ed and Biden’s “discussion,” the video has reached over 2 million hits! Excerpt from Newsweek: While Continue reading →

You don’t want to miss Saturday’s parade!

Dear Friends, Saturday’s Climate Crisis Parade — challenging the media to cover climate — just keeps getting bigger. There are now seventy co-sponsors, and we’re expecting around a thousand participants! Indigenous communities will lead the parade, pulling a covered wagon symbolizing colonialism as one of the root causes of the climate crisis. Other parade entries include: — A 5-foot diameter globe marked with places already impacted by climate change; — Animals threatened with extinction, including a waddle of penguins, a polar bear, and (for fun) a Big Foot (if Continue reading →

Biden didn’t need to do this to me

Even for those of us who've decided who we're going to support, there's value in attending other candidates' events to further elevate the climate conversation. That was my intent at Joe Biden's "block party" on Sunday. After long answers to a handful of pre-arranged questions, Biden invited attendees to come up front for a photo and a brief question. Sam Kuhn, Shaun Ahern, Kathy Byrnes, and I accepted his offer. I wanted to ask Biden about his stated opposition to new pipelines even as he supports replacing older existing pipelines. Those two positions are incompatible, and I wanted to know where he really stood. Click on the image to check out our interaction, which is disturbing on a number of levels. Biden doesn't even attempt to address my concern. All he says is that serious climate action by 2030 isn't realistic.

Climate Crisis Parade Announces Speakers

The four speakers include Tyler LaMere and Keely Driscoll. LaMere is a Winnebago activist from Nebraska. Driscoll is a member of the Meskwaki nation and a student of international studies at the University of Iowa. Isabelle Brace is co-state Iowa lead for Iowa Climate Strike, and Ako Abdul-Samad is the director of Creative Visions.