Iowans Rally and March With Landowners Fighting Eminent Domain for Pipeline

Learn more about this Thursday’s action in today’s press release… FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 13, 2016 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, ed@boldiowa.org Jane Kleeb, Bold Alliance: 402-705-3622, jane@boldnebraska.org Pipeline Fighters to Rally and March After Court Hearing for Landowners Fighting Eminent Domain Des Moines — Bold Iowa and coalition partners will stand in court on Thursday in Des Moines alongside Iowa farmers and landowners still engaged in a legal fight challenging the granting of eminent domain authority to seize their land against their will for the Dakota Access pipeline. After the court Continue reading →

Week with Water Protectors at Standing Rock

Dear Friends, For me, the week that Lyssa Wade and I spent at Standing Rock was a life-changing experience. If you missed any of my daily blog posts, you can read them here: Day 1: Our Arrival Day 2: Surviving the Blizzard Day 3: Building Standing Rock Day 4: Dakota Access’ Smiling Faces Day 5: Building Solar Barns Day 6: Water is Life (Lyssa wrote a daily blog as well, and you can read those here.) The other life-changing experience for me during this pipeline Continue reading →

Sign the Petition: Stop Eminent Domain Abuse

Many Iowa farmers and landowners in the path of the Dakota Access “Bakken” Pipeline have been forced to surrender their land against their will for the pipeline, because of the abuse of “eminent domain” law by the state of Iowa. The law of eminent domain was originally intended to enable the construction of large projects that promote the “public good” — think interstate highways, railroads, and schools. But now eminent domain is being abused for corporate greed by Big Oil in Iowa and across the Continue reading →

Iowa oil pipeline protesters energized by North Dakota victory

Link to original article: http://whotv.com/2016/12/05/iowa-oil-pipeline-protestors-energized-by-north-dakota-victory/ Coverage by WHO, Des Moines, Iowa, December 5, 2016 Crews have already laid the groundwork for the nearly 350 mile oil pipeline across Iowa. The route runs right across Chris Merten’s farmland in rural Jasper County. “It looks just as good, some places better than it did before,” said Merten. Merten believes the federal government decision to deny a permit to build part of the pipeline near Native American lands in North Dakota might delay the project, but it won’t Continue reading →

Bold Iowa to Host Community Meetings on Dakota Access Pipeline in Advance of Dec. 15 Landowners’ Hearing on Eminent Domain

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 6, 2016 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, ed@boldiowa.org Bold Iowa to Host Community Meetings on Dakota Access Pipeline in Advance of Dec. 15 Landowners’ Hearing on Eminent Domain  Dec. 10 meetings in Grinnell, Newton and Storm Lake will update supporters on Iowa farmers fighting eminent domain seizure of their land for private profit pipeline Des Moines — Bold Iowa will host a series of community meetings on Dec. 10 to provide an update on the Iowa farmers and landowners still Continue reading →

Dec. 10: DAPL + Eminent Domain Community Meetings in Newton, Storm Lake & Grinnell

Bold Iowa to Host Community Meetings on Dakota Access Pipeline in Advance of Dec. 15 Landowners’ Hearing on Eminent Domain  Dec. 10 meetings in Grinnell, Newton and Storm Lake will update supporters on Iowa farmers fighting eminent domain seizure of their land for private profit pipeline Des Moines — Bold Iowa will host a series of community meetings on Dec. 10 to provide an update on the Iowa farmers and landowners still engaged in a legal fight challenging the granting of eminent domain authority to Continue reading →

Week at Standing Rock Day 6: Water Is Life

Friday, December 2, 2016. Every morning, my wake-up call comes not from the alarm on my phone but from the voices of water protectors 200 yards away, across the Cannonball River chanting, “Mni Wiconi! Water is Life!” The words drift across the frozen river, where over 100 people gather at sunrise each day for a water ceremony. Campers on our side of the river stand in silent reverence, watching the ceremony, participating in their own quiet way. This prayerful start to the day is a Continue reading →

Week at Standing Rock Day 5: Building Tiny Solar Barns

Thursday, December 1, 2016. We spend an hour today visiting with Manape LaMere, one of the seven tribal leaders at Oceti Sakowin. We discuss what is likely to happen when the veterans arrive on Sunday, and I give him an update on the pipeline fight in Iowa. I share the sad news that Dakota Access today dragged pipe under the Des Moines River. There is also the positive news that pipeline fighters in Iowa continue to push back on every possible front. Manape is a Continue reading →

Week at Standing Rock Day 4: Dakota Access’ Smiling Faces

Wednesday, November 30, 2016. With the unexpected availability of a hotel room last night, Lyssa and I catch a much-needed break — both from the blizzard and from each other. Lyssa and I are good friends, and fellow travelers when it comes to our shared passion for sustainable food, clean water and climate justice. But sure, after living and working together 24-7 for four days straight, some space is needed. I plug away on my computer, working late and catching up on a chunk of Continue reading →

Week at Standing Rock Day 3: Building Standing Rock

Tuesday, November 29, 2016. On any given day, an estimated 10,000 people live at the Oceti Sakowin camps at Standing Rock. To put the enormity of this community into perspective, if this were a city in Iowa, Oceti Sakowin would rank 39th out of 950 — bigger than Fairfield, Grinnell or Mount Pleasant. The fact that so many passionate people have come together so quickly under such adverse conditions is almost hard to imagine. Even more impressive is that the infrastructure essential to a functioning Continue reading →