Last week, a Polk County District judge ruled against the Climate Defenders Five, finding us guilty of misdemeanor trespass in our protest against President Trump's abject denial of climate science during the president's visit to West Des Moines in June. With all due respect, the Court completely failed to understand the growing urgency of the climate emergency, and thus the necessity justification of our defense. My fellow defendants, Channing Dutton (our attorney), and I feel pretty strongly that the Court erred. Will we be filing an appeal? Hell yes! Stay tuned.
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 →
We've got a quick update for you this week on some important developments. Please read and share. CLIMATE JUSTIFICATION TRIAL. DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE (DAPL). CLIMATE BIRD DOGS. IOWA'S ANTI-PROTEST LAW. JESSICA AND RUBY.
Miriam Kashia of 100 Grannies for a Livable Future, was a guest columnist for the Gazette and wrote an op-ed piece for their October 9 edition. Miriam and her group have worked repeatedly with Bold Iowa and she is one of the Iowa Climate Defenders Five who will stand trial for trespassing on Hy-Vee property during a Trump fundraiser. The op-ed piece she wrote discusses the climate strikers that the Grannies have been helping and how we cannot depend on our government (especially under this Continue reading →
Dear Friends, In terms of Iowa climate action, a whole lot is barreling down the pike. First up is the CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall scheduled for Wednesday, September 4 from 4:00 – 11:00 p.m. central time. Yeah, I know. Seven hours. Ouch! For those with the stomach (and backside) to persevere through the entire town hall, it should be worth the effort. This is the most in-depth exploration of ten of the Democratic presidential candidates’ positions on climate yet. While it’s not the climate debate Continue reading →