An error of judgement

Dear Friends, This past weekend, Bold Iowa held an action intended to dramatize the severity of the climate crisis. Our inspiration came from students in Germany, who stood on melting blocks of ice in a gallows with nooses around their necks. Our message — As the Arctic melts, the climate noose tightens — was well received by many. Yet we inadvertently hurt some individuals whom we had hoped to inspire, either because the image of the noose raised the specter of lynchings or because it kindled sadness over a Continue reading →

Bold Climate Penguins in The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal Excerpt: During Mr. Biden’s event at a Des Moines brewery Wednesday evening, a half-dozen demonstrators wore penguin masks near the stage as Mr. Biden spoke. They held signs that read, “Climate is a Crisis.” Mr. Biden told them he would address climate change, saying, “By the way, I got there before any of the other candidates did, I might add.” He later noted that he had authored a Senate bill to address climate change in the mid-1980s. “You’re preaching to the Continue reading → Continue reading →

Penguins plus presidential candidate Andrew Yang equals climate change talk

Iowa City Press-Citizen Excerpt: But half a dozen people dressed as penguins to ask Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang about climate change Sunday in Des Moines at a Franklin Junior High town hall event. … The penguin outfits were a response to a Yang quote from another campaign event where he said “people with financial struggles have the attitude that the penguins can wait in line.” Activists asked Yang to make climate change his top priority. Continue reading →

Employee / Volunteer Policies

Bold Iowa WORKPLACE VIOLENCE PREVENTION Policy Statement Bold Iowa does not tolerate any type of workplace violence from any person involved in Bold Iowa operations, including, but not limited to employees, volunteers, contractors, and visitors. Acts or threats of physical violence – whether express or implied – that involve or affect Bold Iowa, its personnel or property, or which occur on company property, will not be tolerated. Purpose The purpose of this policy is to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all employees and Continue reading →

Featured Bird Dog Content

Featured Content: 1. Letter to Greta Thunberg 2. Video of Bird dogs at Polk County Steak Fry ******* Dear Greta — I write to invite you to visit Iowa, where the presidential campaign is in full force. Since January, over 250 Bold Iowa supporters have lobbied presidential candidates on the climate crisis. Sometimes we ask questions, listen, and display our signs. Sometimes we dress as penguins, in response to the tragic collapse of the second largest colony of Emperor Penguins earlier this year. Once, we Continue reading →

Andrew Yang

Thursday, July 18, 2019 Des Moines Bird Dogs: Samantha Kuhn, Valerie Madison, Shaun Ahern, Ed Fallon [CLICK ON PHOTO TO WATCH VIDEO] Sam thanked Andrew Yang for saying “climate is existential threat #1,” and asked if he would launch a climate mobilization as his first act as president. Yang insisted that passing the “Freedom Dividend” should come first. After that, he would work on infrastructure, climate change, and other priorities. To us, his claim that climate is existential threat #1 rings hollow when it’s buried Continue reading →

Marianne Williamson

Saturday, October 19, 2019 Grinnell Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon In the first video, Marianne Williamson says that the climate crisis demands a WWII-scale emergency mobilization. In the second video, Kathy asks what Williamson how Grinnell College and Grinnell High School students can be more involved in efforts to fight climate change. ******* Monday, September 30, 2019 Des Moines Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon, Shari Hrdina Marianne Williamson was live on the Fallon Forum in an interview with host Ed Fallon After the program, Continue reading →

Bill Weld

Sunday, February 2, 2020 Des Moines Bird Dogs: Shaun Ahern, Samantha Kuhn The day before the caucuses, bird dogs Shaun Ahern and Samantha Kuhn went to check out one of the Republican primary candidates, Bill Weld, former governor of Massachusetts.  They asked him if he would oppose doubling the amount of oil in DAPL to which he said yes (unlike a couple of democratic candidates we know!) and Sam asked him how he would get Republicans to believe in the Climate Crisis.  See his reaction Continue reading →

Elizabeth Warren

Sunday, January 12th, 2020 Marshalltown Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes and Ed Fallon Climate bird dogs went to see Elizabeth Warren (and new sidekick, Julian Castro) in Marshalltown, won the question raffle and got interviewed by People’s World, who later mentioned and quoted them in an article. It was a busy event! Read the article at the following link: https://peoplesworld.org/article/warren-presents-ambitious-plans-to-voters-in-rapidly-changing-small-town-iowa/ Watch Kathy ask Warren about declaring a climate emergency Day One in the Oval office: Warren Talk Climate in Marshalltown What do you think of Elizabeth Continue reading →