Response to DAPL Shutdown

"This ruling is a huge victory for the coalition of Indigenous communities, landowners, farmers, and environmentalists who have fought this pipeline for six yearsr. One of our primary goals now is to make sure that the Corps’ review is comprehensive and that it examines DAPL’s impact on water, land, property rights, Indigenous sovereignty, and most urgently on the worsening climate crisis.”

Climate Crisis Parade Announces Speakers

The four speakers include Tyler LaMere and Keely Driscoll. LaMere is a Winnebago activist from Nebraska. Driscoll is a member of the Meskwaki nation and a student of international studies at the University of Iowa. Isabelle Brace is co-state Iowa lead for Iowa Climate Strike, and Ako Abdul-Samad is the director of Creative Visions.

Coalition Plans Major Climate Action Before Iowa Caucuses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Samantha Kuhn at 847-682-2924 Contact: Steve Shivvers at 515-468-3923 Coalition plans major climate action before Iowa Caucuses Des Moines, Iowa – December 17, 2019 – A coalition of 38 environmental, civic, justice, and faith groups is organizing a Climate Crisis Parade two days before the Iowa Caucuses, challenging voters and the media to act with urgency on behalf of our climate. This event marks the first time these local, state, and national groups have worked together to spotlight the urgent need for all to act Continue reading →

Presidential candidates speak out about DAPL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, November 18, 2019, 9:00 a.m. CT Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or ed@boldiowa.com Website: www.boldiowa.com Presidential candidates speak out about DAPL Most Democratic candidates for president oppose doubling the oil through the Dakota Access Pipeline — but not Biden, Bloomberg, and Klobuchar. DES MOINES, IOWA — Over the past three months, Bold Iowa’s Climate Bird Dogs have asked all the major Democratic presidential candidates to say where they stand on Energy Transfer’s proposal to double the flow of oil through the Dakota Continue reading →

Guilty or Not Guilty: You Decide

Miriam Kashia of the Climate Defenders Five, wrote this statement to read in court Tuesday, November 12th. The prosecuting attorney objected to her reading a pre-written statement, a document which explains why Miriam was protesting at Trump’s Fundraiser and “trespassed” onto HyVee property. We have posted her statement below: GUILTY OR NOT-GUILTY: YOU DECIDE On November 12, I and four others were tried for a simple misdemeanor trespass. Our “crime” was for entering a privately owned parking lot while protesting for climate action at a Continue reading →

Climate Activists Go to Trial

“Women's right to vote. Civil rights. Stopping the Vietnam War. Environmental protections. The Women's Movement. LGBTQ rights and marriage equality. These and so many other significant social justice shifts were accomplished because ordinary citizens were willing to take to the streets, and in many cases, willing to commit civil disobedience,” said Kashia. "History tells us that this is what has turned the tide.”

Climate Activists’ Trial Again Delayed

The Iowa Climate Defenders Five (Todd Steichen, Martin Monroe, Miriam Kashia, Kathy Byrnes, and Ed Fallon) appeared before a judge today only to have the trial rescheduled for November 12 at 1:00 at the Polk County Justice Center, 222 5th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50309. Before the trial, the five held a press conference outside the building.

Iowa Climate Defenders Five go to trial

“Given the absolute urgency of the climate crisis and our concern about a million species that will soon be extinct if we don’t act to reverse this crisis immediately, we felt totally justified to be there and to confront Republican donors and the president himself to take action to address climate change, before it’s too late,” said Miriam Kashia of 100 Grannies for a Livable Future, one of the five arrested.

Trial date changed for Iowa climate activists

Polk County District Court officials have moved the trial date for the Climate Defenders Five (Todd Steichen, Martin Monroe, Miriam Kashia, Kathy Byrnes, and Ed Fallon). The trial had been scheduled for Thursday, September 5 at 2:00. The five are now scheduled to appear before a judge on Thursday, October 10 at 2:00 at the Polk County Justice Center, Courtroom #110, 222 5th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309. At 1:30, defendants will hold a press conference outside the building.

Iowa Climate Activists on Trial for Arrest at Trump Fundraiser

Thirty Bold Iowa supporters called out the president’s climate denial to the donors who came to support him. Protestors blocked one of the entrances to the facility’s parking lot. Later, five carrying a banner approached the building, hoping to enter and bring their urgent message to the attention of president and his supporters. At that point, they were arrested by West Des Moines police for simple misdemeanor trespass.