Tag Archives: Bold Iowa

Meet the Marchers

Dear Friends, Just like planet Earth, preparations for the First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March are heating up. This past weekend, Sarah Spain and Chap Myers scouted the route between Des Moines and Fort Dodge. We’re now closing in on locating the seven campsites we’ll need for the September 1 – 8 march. Also, Sarah and her brother, Sean, are working on improvements to our “Mobile Bathroom” unit — a trailer that hauls both environmentally friendly commodes and solar showers. Besides the trailer’s functional Continue reading →

Fossil-fuel transport unsafe, whether by pipe or rail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Saturday, June 23, 2018 — 1:00 p.m. CDT Contact: Christine Nobiss at (319) 331-8034 or cnobiss@gmail.com Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or ed@boldiowa.com Indigenous Iowa and Bold Iowa issue joint statement on oil spill Two organizations deride fossil-fuel transport as unsafe — whether by pipe or rail Leaders of Bold Iowa and Indigenous Iowa today expressed deep concern for the families, communities, land and water impacted by yesterday’s oil spill in Lyon County, Iowa. At the same time, the organizations’ leaders Continue reading →

Save the date to march with us

Dear Friends, Often when there’s a crisis, people respond by traveling great distances on foot. Marches often transform the participants, and have changed my life, too. (Stay tuned for the upcoming release of my first book, Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim.) Most important, marches change history. Consider: The Women’s Suffrage March Gandhi’s Salt March The 1965 March for Voting Rights The 1986 Great Peace March, which mobilized support for a nuclear test ban and citizen diplomacy between Americans and Russians From September 1 – 8, fifty people Continue reading →

Industry’s New Colonial Outpost: Rural Iowa

Ed Fallon’s Weekly Blog: Two things before I explain why Iowa is becoming a colonial outpost: First, I’m sad to say that the pro-DAPL bill (SF 2235) passed this week despite hundreds of Iowans contacting their lawmakers. Visit the Fallon Forum and Bold Iowa websites for news coverage and to learn how your senator and representative voted. The silver lining is that Bold Iowa’s coalition of environmentalists, landowners, farmers and Native allies worked with labor unions on a common cause. Let’s build on that! Second, Continue reading →

“STOP DAPL 2.0” TALKING POINTS

“STOP DAPL 2.0” TALKING POINTS The fight to stop the Dakota Access pipeline is again ramping up! Recently, there was this excellent piece by Carolyn Raffensperger, the story about pipeline sabotage legislation (click here to read Bold Iowa’s press release in response), and this story about US Bank and the divestment campaign. Good, but we need a lot more chatter and clamor — especially around the Landowner/Sierra Cub lawsuit before the Iowa Supreme Court. Letters to the editor (LTE) and Op Eds in newspapers across Continue reading →

Iowa Pipeline Fighters Head to Super Bowl to Pressure US Bank to Divest

Dear Friends, Go Tom Brady! Yeah, I just had to get that out of the way. Across the country, people are turning up the heat on politicians and corporations intent on destroying our water, land, and planet for satiate their lust for power and money. US Bank is one of them, and it’ll be in the spotlight on Super Sunday when the Pats and Eagles tangle at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The day before the Super Bowl — let’s call it Super Saturday — Continue reading →

Sierra Club, Bold, vandals all named in ETP lawsuit

Link to original article: www.messengernews.net/news/local-news/2017/08/sierra-club-bold-vandals-all-named-in-etp-lawsuit/ Coverage by The Fort Dodge Messenger, Fort Dodge, Iowa, August 23, 2017 The Sierra Club is one of several environmental groups named in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by Energy Transfer Partners, the firm that developed the Dakota Access pipeline that crosses Iowa. However, while the club is listed as part of an alleged “criminal enterprise” ETP says worked against it, it’s not named as a defendant in the suit. “Sierra Club is not named as a party defendant, just as Continue reading →

Iowa protest groups accused in federal lawsuit by Dakota Access pipeline developer

Link to original article: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2017/08/22/dakota-access-pipeline-federal-lawsuit-iowa-groups/590538001/ Coverage by The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, August 22, 2017 The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline has filed a sweeping federal lawsuit that includes allegations of participation in a criminal enterprise against three Iowa activist groups, including the Sierra Club, Bold Iowa, and Mississippi Stand. Energy Transfer Partners of Dallas, Texas, listed the lawsuit’s defendants as Greenpeace International, Earth First!, BankTrack, and other organizations and individuals. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in North Dakota and seeks damages of not less than $1 billion. Continue reading →

Spies Validate Our Success

If you spend 20 minutes reading anything this week, let it be this incredible story by The Intercept. In an age when independent investigative journalism is rare and threats against our liberty are growing, this is a must read. The story reveals how a “shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism measures”. Spying and infiltration focused on pipeline opponents mostly in North Dakota and Iowa. The story exposes how “TigerSwan spearheaded a multifaceted private security operation Continue reading →

June 30: Jury Trial for Iowa Woman Arrested in Dakota Access Protest on Farmer’s Land

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2017 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, ed@boldiowa.org Jessica Fears, Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition, 515-450-9627, fearsj@gmail.com Iowa Woman Arrested Stopping Dakota Access Construction on Iowa Landowner’s Property Taken by Eminent Domain to Plead “Not Guilty,” Citing “Climate Emergency” Justification for Trespassing Bold Iowa’s “Farmer Defense Camp” was established with permission on eminent domain holdout landowner Shirley Gerjets’ property, a first of its kind in Dakota Access pipeline fight Rockwell City, IA — Heather Pearson, a resident of Logan, Iowa and Continue reading →