Bold Iowa assesses impact of oil spill

Link to original article: Covered by KSFY Television, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, July 17, 2018 Excerpt:   DOON, Iowa (KSFY) – A local environmental group is mobilizing to help landowners impacted by last month’s train derailment and oil spill in Doon, Iowa. Bold Iowa builds alliances to fight climate change and protect the state’s soil, air and water. Organizers met with landowners, engineers and county leaders Tuesday to get a better assessment of the situation and the environmental impacts. Bold Iowa director Ed Fallon saif they need Continue reading →

Meet the Marchers

Dear Friends, Just like planet Earth, preparations for the First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March are heating up. This past weekend, Sarah Spain and Chap Myers scouted the route between Des Moines and Fort Dodge. We’re now closing in on locating the seven campsites we’ll need for the September 1 – 8 march. Also, Sarah and her brother, Sean, are working on improvements to our “Mobile Bathroom” unit — a trailer that hauls both environmentally friendly commodes and solar showers. Besides the trailer’s functional Continue reading →

Fossil-fuel transport unsafe, whether by pipe or rail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Saturday, June 23, 2018 — 1:00 p.m. CDT Contact: Christine Nobiss at (319) 331-8034 or Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or Indigenous Iowa and Bold Iowa issue joint statement on oil spill Two organizations deride fossil-fuel transport as unsafe — whether by pipe or rail Leaders of Bold Iowa and Indigenous Iowa today expressed deep concern for the families, communities, land and water impacted by yesterday’s oil spill in Lyon County, Iowa. At the same time, the organizations’ leaders Continue reading →

Save the date to march with us

Dear Friends, Often when there’s a crisis, people respond by traveling great distances on foot. Marches often transform the participants, and have changed my life, too. (Stay tuned for the upcoming release of my first book, Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim.) Most important, marches change history. Consider: The Women’s Suffrage March Gandhi’s Salt March The 1965 March for Voting Rights The 1986 Great Peace March, which mobilized support for a nuclear test ban and citizen diplomacy between Americans and Russians From September 1 – 8, fifty people Continue reading →

Two tales of the pipeline

Link to original article: Covered by The Messenger, Fort Dodge, Iowa, May 23, 2018 Some of the landowners in this article have spoken or will speak at Bold Iowa’s “Stop Eminent Domain Abuse” Roadshow, which educates about the landowner lawsuit going to the Iowa Supreme Court. Excerpt: One negotiated a deal; another fought Dakota Access over right of way; their experiences could hardly be more different Some landowners along the route of an oil pipeline installed in 2016 claim the work left their soil compacted Continue reading →

Crowdfunding for Promotional Film

Click to donate between now and May 28! YOUR DONATION WILL SUPPORT… The creation of a short, snappy video by natnif explaining the Landowner / Sierra Club lawsuit against the Iowa Utilities Board, and promoting the First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March, September 1-8. The video will provide stories from farmers whose land has been damaged by the Dakota Access pipeline. It will be shown during Bold Iowa’s “Stop Eminent Domain Abuse” Roadshow and spread far and wide on social media. Additional donations Continue reading →

Of Mud and Oil: The Dakota Access Pipeline and the Struggle to Repair the Farmland

Link to original article: Covered by Iowa State Daily, Ames, Iowa, May 11, 2018 Some of the landowners in this article have spoken or will speak at Bold Iowa’s “Stop Eminent Domain Abuse” Roadshow.   Excerpt: LaVerne Johnson popped a Lifesaver mint into his mouth and motioned out in the direction of the field outside his house. “I want to tell you how brazen these people are,” he said. Johnson’s wrinkled face grew serious as he paused. “These sons-of-bitches don’t have any care at all. Continue reading →

Bold Iowa Launches “Stop Eminent Domain Abuse” Roadshow – Cedar Rapids

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, May 3, 2018 EVENT DATE / TIME: Tuesday, May 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sponsor: Green Iowa AmeriCorps / Second Tuesday Movie Night Location: Groundswell Gathering Space & Youth Arts Venue,       201 3rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or   Sarah Spain at (805) 857-3715 or 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 Continue reading →

Wells Fargo under fire

Dear Friends, Actions have consequences. That’s a lesson each of us learned as kids — hopefully. Now it’s Wells Fargo’s turn to learn about consequences for a string of transgressions that make anything most of us did as kids look, well, like child’s play. – Wells Fargo continues to finance the Dakota Access Pipeline and other Energy Transfer Partner fossil fuel projects. – Wells Fargo also finances private prisons, the NRA, and other industries coming under intense public scrutiny. – Wells Fargo has been “accused Continue reading →