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 →

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 →

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.

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 →

Keep the pressure on at the Statehouse!

Our calls to lawmakers are working!  ETP’s bill has stalled, but could come again at any time. Let’s keep the pressure on. There’s another reason to stop this bill. It’s impossible to say for sure, but I’ll bet anyone a dozen cage-free eggs that another oil pipeline through Iowa is under consideration. The mere threat of another round of condemnation for a new pipeline underscores why it’s so important to call, write or visit your state representative and senator again and immediately! Remind them to vote Continue reading →

Call to Action – Pipeline Sabotage Bill

Over the past two weeks, calls, emails and meetings with lawmakers have made a huge difference in the debate about SF 2235 / HF 2394 — the pipeline bill backed by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). SF 2235 passed the Senate in February but HF 2394 has stalled in the House. Now some Senators who supported SF 2235 are having second thoughts. We’re making progress! ETP hopes SF 2235 / HF 2394 will legitimize the Dakota Access Pipeline as “critical infrastructure” because, if the bill passes, Continue reading →

Lobby at Home for Energy Efficiency

SF2311, also known as the Energy Efficiency bill, is still up for debate in the Iowa House. We need your help standing up to this bad bill. From removing energy efficiency rebates to reducing the IUB’s oversight of energy utility monopolies, we know SF2311 will hurt everyday Iowans while creating massive profit for utility companies like MidAmerican and Alliant. It is up to use to kill the bill. Please contact your state Representative and urge them to vote NO on SF2311. You can read the Continue reading →

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 →