Anti-DAPL protestors to march through Story, Boone counties next month

Link to original article: http://www.amestrib.com/news/20180823/anti-dapl-protestors-to-march-through-story-boone-counties-next-month Covered by Ames Tribune, Ames, Iowa, August 23, 2018 Excerpt: By Dan Mika, Staff Writer Climate activists announced a march from Des Moines to Fort Dodge next month to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline at Erickson Public Library Thursday morning. The weeklong march, organized by anti-Dakota Access activist group Bold Iowa, is scheduled to begin on Sept. 1 outside the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) office and will pass through Ankeny, Huxley, Ames and Boone to end Sept. 8 in Fort Dodge. Continue reading →

Use of eminent domain for pipeline still questioned

Link to original article: http://www.messengernews.net/news/local-news/2018/08/use-of-eminent-domain-for-pipeline-still-questioned/ Covered by The Messenger, Fort Dodge, Iowa, August 22, 2018 Excerpt: Landowners, environmentalists will march before Supreme Court hearing with stops in Pilot Mound, Dayton, Otho and Fort Dodge by Joe Sutter Landowners who tried unsuccessfully to keep an oil pipeline from being built through their land will get their day before the Iowa Supreme Court in September. Nine landowners are named in the suit, and claim eminent domain shouldn’t have been used to take their land for use by the Continue reading →

Campsites and Daily Community Forums

Community Forums for the First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March will be held at the campsites every evening from September 1 to 7, starting at 5:30 p.m. Bring your own tableware and join us for dinner (dinner is on us) and a community forum. A Celebration of March will be held on September 8 at 1:30 p.m. Aug 31 – Union Park, close to 2100 Saylor Rd, Des Moines.  Just north of the Carousel and Rocketship Slide. Parking is just south of Guthrie Ave Continue reading →

Unity Through Seed Saving

Dear Friends, Twenty years ago, I began saving seeds from my garden. I now save about fifty heirloom varieties annually. It’s encouraging to see more people understanding the importance of seed preservation, because as our Earth plunges deeper into the New Climate Era, saving heirloom seeds is likely to play a key role in humanity’s ability to adapt and survive. One of my most treasured seeds is the Scarlet Runner Bean, with its purple-and-black beans and beautiful red flowers. I’ve meticulously kept a line of Scarlet Continue reading →

Ninety-mile march to raise profile of DAPL lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m. CT Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or ed@boldiowa.com Contact: Christine Nobiss at (319) 499-8039 or cnobiss@gmail.com Groups announce First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March Natives, farmers, environmentalists to walk 90 miles following DAPL route Indigenous Iowa and Bold Iowa today announced that thirty opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline will march ninety miles from Des Moines to Fort Dodge to raise awareness about the landowner/Sierra Club lawsuit, which will heard by the Iowa Supreme Court on Continue reading →

United, We Are Strong

Dear Friends, I’ve been an activist for 33 years and continue to learn something new every day. Often, I learn from my mistakes, so I’m hardly above criticism. In fact, I value it. With that in mind, I need to clarify some things I wrote last week. I first encountered M.K. Gandhi’s writings when I was 21. I knew immediately that I’d found a mentor who would inspire me the rest of my life — despite aspects of Gandhi’s character that are troubling and deeply Continue reading →

Judge’s ruling against pipeline company bodes well for Bold Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2:00 p.m. CT, July 26, 2018 Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or ed@boldiowa.com BOLD IOWA RESPONDS TO JUDGE’S RULING ON “SLAPP” SUIT Judge’s decision on one plaintiff likely to vindicate Bold Iowa, others as well Des Moines, IA —  US District Judge Billy Roy Wilson today dismissed criminal racketeering claims levied against BankTrack in a lawsuit filed last August by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). BankTrack is a nonprofit that encourages people to divest from financial institutions that provided funds for ETP and the Continue reading →

Raising awareness for effective action

Dear Friends, I’m a big believer in pacing oneself. We’ve got to take time to smell the roses even in the midst of intense struggle. Yet sometimes — often, in all honesty — the demands of fighting for justice require some pretty exhausting days. The First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March will be a string of such days. But the importance of this march — raising awareness about the historic lawsuit that could stop the flow of oil through the Dakota Access Pipeline — Continue reading →

A year later, still no federal charges against ‘saboteurs’ of Dakota Access Pipeline. Why?

Link to original article: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2018/07/23/dakota-access-pipeline-iowa-sabotage-no-federal-charges-jessica-reznicek-ruby-montoya/801287002/ Covered by The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, July 23, 2018 Excerpt: by William Petroski It’s been one year since two Iowa environmental activists claimed responsibility for deliberately causing millions of dollars in damage to the Dakota Access Pipeline project, but federal prosecutors haven’t filed charges against them. The activists — Jessica Reznicek, 36, and Ruby Montoya, 28 — have gone into hiding. The lack of federal prosecution has some Iowans wondering whether charges will ever be filed. “As Continue reading →

Penalties increased for future pipeline ‘sabotage’ in Iowa

Link to original article: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2018/07/23/iowa-lawmakers-enact-tough-penalties-future-pipeline-sabotage-access-pipeline-standing-rock-native/805866002/ Covered by The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, July 23, 2018 Excerpt: by William Petroski Criminal sabotage of Iowa pipelines, telecommunications facilities, water treatment plants and other critical infrastructure could result in long prison sentences and large fines under a new state law approved by the Iowa Legislature in its 2018 session. The measure was drafted by state homeland security officials in the wake of millions of dollars in damage that protesters inflicted on Iowa sections of the Dakota Access Continue reading →