Tag Archives: Dakota Access Pipeline

Farewell, LaVerne Johnson

Dear Friends, Sadly, those of us fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) lost one of our strongest allies this week. LaVerne Johnson died suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday. My heart goes out to his wife, family, and closest friends — though he will be missed by more people than he would have imagined. I first met Vern four years ago this month, when I walked the proposed Iowa route of DAPL. Recalling my first conversation with Vern always brings back a smile. In the most Continue reading →

Changing the Conversation on Climate

Dear Friends, [SIGN UP HERE FOR BOLD’S CLIMATE BIRD DOG WORKSHOP, APRIL 25!] Our hearts and minds strain to process the flood of climate-enhanced destruction in Iowa, Nebraska, and eastern Africa. Yet in the broader fight against climate chaos, signs of encouragement are growing: There’s this story: Citing climate change, U.S. judge blocks oil and gas drilling in large swath of Wyoming. And this: Court upholds ruling that bars Keystone XL pipeline work. Hopefully, these rulings bode well for a favorable outcome in the landowner/Iowa Sierra Continue reading →

Another win in the courts

Dear Friends, Whew! Just when I was starting to fret about how we pipeline fighters were going to come up with $900 million, a federal judge swoops in and saves the day. Two years ago, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) sued a whole bunch of pipeline opponents, seeking nearly a billion dollars in damages! On Valentine’s Day (for what that’s worth), District Judge Billy Roy Wilson dismissed the lawsuit. This is a big deal and sends the message that big corporations with seemingly bottomless pockets shouldn’t Continue reading →

Be a Climate Bird Dog!

WANTED: Climate patriots to bird-dog presidential candidates. We’re assembling a squad of supporters to persistently “bird-dog” presidential candidates about Bold Iowa’s agenda. Voters have a right to know if candidates will: — Support the Green New Deal and transition to a renewable-energy economy by 2030; — Oppose the expansion of oil pipelines, fracking, and other destructive fossil-fuel projects; — Stand with Indigenous communities to defend their sovereignty, land, and water; and — Stop the abuse of eminent domain for private fossil-fuel companies. SIGN UP TO Continue reading →

First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March: Day 1

Dear Friends, After a stormy night, marchers carpooled to the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) for a press conference to announce the First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March. Though the IUB was closed, we know board members are paying attention. It’s important for them to hear that they made the wrong decision when granting the authority to use eminent domain to build the Dakota Access Pipeline. Most Iowans agree. Iowa law agrees. Soon, we’ll see whether the Iowa Supreme Court agrees. Blessings by Ako Abdul-Samad Continue reading →

Anti-DAPL protestors to march through Story, Boone counties next month

Link to original article: http://www.amestrib.com/news/20180823/anti-dapl-protestors-to-march-through-story-boone-counties-next-month Covered by Ames Tribune, Ames, Iowa, August 23, 2018 Excerpt: By Dan Mika, Staff Writer Climate activists announced a march from Des Moines to Fort Dodge next month to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline at Erickson Public Library Thursday morning. The weeklong march, organized by anti-Dakota Access activist group Bold Iowa, is scheduled to begin on Sept. 1 outside the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) office and will pass through Ankeny, Huxley, Ames and Boone to end Sept. 8 in Fort Dodge. Continue reading →

Use of eminent domain for pipeline still questioned

Link to original article: http://www.messengernews.net/news/local-news/2018/08/use-of-eminent-domain-for-pipeline-still-questioned/ Covered by The Messenger, Fort Dodge, Iowa, August 22, 2018 Excerpt: Landowners, environmentalists will march before Supreme Court hearing with stops in Pilot Mound, Dayton, Otho and Fort Dodge by Joe Sutter Landowners who tried unsuccessfully to keep an oil pipeline from being built through their land will get their day before the Iowa Supreme Court in September. Nine landowners are named in the suit, and claim eminent domain shouldn’t have been used to take their land for use by the Continue reading →

Raising awareness for effective action

Dear Friends, I’m a big believer in pacing oneself. We’ve got to take time to smell the roses even in the midst of intense struggle. Yet sometimes — often, in all honesty — the demands of fighting for justice require some pretty exhausting days. The First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March will be a string of such days. But the importance of this march — raising awareness about the historic lawsuit that could stop the flow of oil through the Dakota Access Pipeline — Continue reading →

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 →

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 →