“Here Comes The Sun” House Party

The first of six house parties organized by Climate March and Bold Iowa, and supported by a Polk County Community Betterment grant, brought together thirty people on October 18, 2017 for food, music and conversation about solar energy. Food was provided by Catering by Cyd. For details, contact Cyd Koehn at cydney@cateringbycyd.com. Music was provided by Dartanyan Brown, Zach Ide and Ed Fallon. The main event featured Tim Kruse of Green Light Renewable Services, discussing opportunities and challenges facing the rapidly-growing solar industry. For more information about Continue reading →

Pipeline protester convicted of trespassing

Land Protector Kriss Wells was arrested October 29, 2016 on Shirley Gerjets land at Bold Iowa’s Farmers Defense Camp in Calhoun county.  He pleaded not guilty, with the climate crisis and eminent domain as justification. Last Thursday he was found guilty by jury trial in Rockwell City. Erin Sommers from The Graphic-Advocate reports. Pipeline protester convicted of trespassing By Erin Sommers Graphic-Advocate Editor A second person who was arrested last fall for protesting the Dakota Access pipeline has been convicted of trespassing on the work Continue reading →

Delivery of Petition to Remove Lozier from the IUB

On Friday, September 8 at 11:00 a.m. at the Iowa State Capitol, Bold Iowa, Indigenous Iowa, Iowa CCI and Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition held a brief press conference then delivered a petition to Gov. Kim Reynold’s office calling on removal of Richard Lozier from the Iowa Utilities Board. The event was in conjunction with the national #StopETP Day of Action. The petition: We call on Governor Kim Reynolds and other members of the Executive Council of Iowa (Paul D. Pate, Secretary of State; Michael L. Fitzgerald, Treasurer Continue reading →

Petition to Remove Richard W. Lozier, Jr., from the Iowa Utilities Board

Click here to sign petition. Petition Delivery on Friday, September 8 at 11:00 a.m. Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E Grand Avenue, Des Moines Join Bold Iowa, Indigenous Iowa, Iowa CCI and Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition on the west steps of the Iowa State Capitol building for a brief press conference. Then we’ll visit the Governor’s office. Click here for Facebook event. We call on Governor Kim Reynolds and other members of the Executive Council of Iowa (Paul D. Pate, Secretary of State; Michael L. Fitzgerald, Continue reading →

Stand in Court with #NoDAPL Land Protector Emma Schmit and Mahmud Fitil Pleading “Not Guilty”

Friday, October 13 at 9:00 a.m. Calhoun County Court House, 416 4th St, Rockwell City, Iowa Date is subject to change. Check back closer to date to confirm. Land Protector Emma Schmit and Mahmud Fitil will appear in court in to plead “Not Guilty” to trespassing charges while participating in a Bold Iowa nonviolent action to stop Dakota Access construction. Pipeline Fighters are invited to show up in court and stand in solidarity. Click here for details.

Demand Politicians, Not Taxpayers, Pay Lawsuit Settlement

Click here to sign petition. We call on Iowa Senate Republicans to pay the $2.2 million tab to settle Kirsten Anderson’s sexual harassment lawsuit. On July 18, a Polk County jury rightfully ruled in Kirsten’s favor. But taxpayers shouldn’t pay for the sexually inappropriate and demeaning behavior of a handful of politicians and their staff. Demand that Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix (R-Shell Rock) and the Iowa Republican Party pay the settlement fee.

Pipeline Fighter to File Appeal

Late yesterday afternoon, Heather Pearson was found guilty of trespass for her brave stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline last fall. Among the many hats she wears, Heather is Bold Iowa’s Director of Rabble Rousing and is never shy about leading songs or chants during rallies and marches. Yesterday, seated with her attorney, Channing Dutton, in a courtroom in Rockwell City, Heather comported herself with dignity and clarity on the witness stand and talking with reporters after the verdict was read. Here’s the press release Continue reading →

NoDAPL Rally, Concert and Call to Action: Pictures and Video

Indigenous Iowa and Bold Iowa organized a NoDAPL Rally, Concert and Call to Action on the south steps of the Iowa Capitol on July 1, 2017. Many powerful Native and non-Native speakers shared words of inspiration and music, including classical guitarist, Gabriel Ayala. Click here for NoDAPL Rally, Concert and Call to Action Photo Album   Bold Iowa and Indigenous Iowa Still #NoDapl Summary Video by Rodger Routh Click on the links below to view additional video excerpts… Gabriel Ayala speaks and plays at NoDAPL rally Gabriel Continue reading →

Climate Justice Unity March: Day 8

Saturday, April 29, 2017 – Pleasant Hill to Iowa State Capitol (7 miles) It’s just under a seven-mile march from our church lodging in Pleasant Hill to the Iowa State Capitol for the People’s Climate Movement Rally. We set out on schedule and arrive at Sleepy Hollow for our break, just as it’s starting to rain. We know we won’t stay dry for long, but take this opportunity to sit under the facility’s patio roof for our half-hour break. There’s a car out front, suggesting staff Continue reading →

Climate Justice Unity March: Day 7

Friday, April 28, 2017 – Prairie City to Pleasant Hill (14 miles) Today promises to be the most difficult of the March: 14 miles in cold, rainy weather along a busy four-lane highway. We’re soaked both from above and below, as trucks barreling along spray us when they pass. It’s a testament to the commitment and perseverance of our group that ten marchers make it every step of the way in such conditions. At our rest stop at the 5.2 mile mark, we decide to break into two groups — one Continue reading →