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Posts Tagged ‘#NoDAPL Iowa’

Day Of Action Against DAPL


Action alert from Bold Iowa –

Day of Direct Action Against DAPL — February 22, 2017

WHAT: Bold Action Teams (BATs) will mobilize for direct action across Iowa, targeting officials and businesses that have aided and abetted construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 22 during “business” hours. Commit for the entire day or for a minimum of 3 hours.

WHERE: In or near your community, at a government office, bank or other place that has supported construction of the pipeline. We’ll have a comprehensive list of targets available shortly before February 22.

WHY: The Dakota Access pipeline isn’t finished. Politicians, public officials and businesses who’ve supported it need to hear that the pipeline is wrong for Iowa and wrong for our planet. Because when we do nothing, when we crawl into our solitude, the forces of greed and injustice win.


* Take Wednesday, February 22 off from work (yes, I know not everyone can, but if you can, it’s important).

Sign-up for a BAT — we’ll help connect you with folks in your area.

* Meet with your BAT of 5-10 people over coffee on the 22nd to study the message, discuss the code of nonviolence and plan details for the action(s).

* Invite local press to meet your team and travel with you to the action.

* Each team will be led by an experienced leader, someone well-versed in non-violence and capable of effectively directing the action.

ACTION: BATs will occupy the targeted space and read statements, press releases, articles and other material explaining why this pipeline is wrong. One or two members of each BAT will take photos and video. BATs either stay until arrested or until security threatens to arrest them. If BATs choose not to risk arrest, they then either disperse or travel to another site for a second action.

FOLLOW-UP: We’ll have a “hotline” — a BAT-line! — for teams to send photos, video and a brief summary immediately after the action.

Let’s make this big! We need 100 BATs. Sign up here to participate, and include a message indicating your preferred role(s) (i.e., team leader, risk arrest, spokesperson, photographer, videographer, driver).

Onward, through the gauntlet and beyond! – Ed Fallon

What Gets Joni Ernst Excited?

Returning some money on the Koch investment?

Oil pipelines!   U.S. Senator Joni Ernst says she is “thrilled” with Donald Trump’s action to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Well, good for her.  Looks like Iowa sent her to Washington to represent herself.

Ernst, who was an original cosponsor to the bipartisan Keystone XL Pipeline Act, says the Obama administration acted above the law and she believes, “The United States can responsibly take advantage of its abundant natural resources while also emphasizing conservation.” She added that the pipelines will create middle-class jobs and bring America one step closer to energy independence.
The Keystone XL pipeline would carry an estimated 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta, Canada to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The 1,172 mile Dakota Access pipeline will carry approximately 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota across South Dakota and Iowa to southern Illinois.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump took executive action in the first step to move the stalled projects towards continued construction. – See more at:

Jane Fonda At DeFund DAPL Rally

Stop watching TrumpTV.  Watch something real for a change. These people are fighting for their sacred land and our water. Bear witness. It’s the least we can do.

Jane Fonda informed Wells Fargo that she was withdrawing her money and read a statement at the rally.

They wouldn’t let us in but we can still take our money out…As a customer of your bank I reject the notion of my money supporting your investment in the Dakota Access pipeline..gross corporate irresponsibility and hypocrisy..worst oil spill record in the United States.. contaminated ground water in multiple states…”


This Week: Pipeline Activist Trainings in Des Moines, Grinnell, Storm Lake

Action alert from Bold Iowa

In case you missed it, on Thursday the nine farmers and landowners suing the Iowa Utilities Board for eminent domain abuse over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline had their court hearing in the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines.

Pipeline Fighters from all reaches of Iowa and beyond joined in solidarity with those arguing that a fossil fuel project benefiting a private corporation is not for the “public good.”

With a crowd that filled the courtroom and spilled into the hallways, we made a huge statement. After the hearing finished, supporters marched in the bitter cold to Cowles Common for a rally, where we heard from farmers, landowners, and Native American allies about why they will continue to fight the pipeline.

Thank you to everybody who came from far and wide to stand with Iowa farmers and landowners in court, and braved the cold to rally together against eminent domain abuse!

Between hearing attendance, and the march and rally, over 200 people participated in the day’s actions, which were covered by The Des Moines Register, Iowa Public Radio, the Associated Press and others.

Let’s keep this momentum going as we continue pushing back against eminent domain abuse in Iowa!

Bold Iowa will host a series of Activist Workshops around the state this week to talk more about next steps and teach essential skills for continuing this fight.

Come join us to expand your ability to make change and to connect with others who feel passionately about the eminent domain issue. We’ll run trainings on setting goals, strategies and tactics, and how to recruit others to join our movement.

Join us this week to find out more about how you can take action in 2017 to prevent eminent domain abuse in Iowa!

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735 19th ST., Des Moines, IA 50314

Stand With Iowa Landowners Against Pipeline

nodaplAction alert from Ed Fallon

Please join us on Thursday, December 15 for what is shaping up to be a big event. There is growing national interest, too. (Check out the interview I did with Ed Schultz.)

Here’s the detail:

WHAT: Stand in Court with Iowa Landowners vs. Dakota Access
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 15, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Polk County Courthouse, Des Moines
HEARING: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Come early!)
MARCH: 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. (led by tractors)
RALLY: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Cowles Commons

Click here to RSVP and to receive updates on #NoDAPL actions in Iowa:

I want to thank the organizations partnering with Bold Iowa on this important action, including the Sierra Club Iowa Chapter, Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition, and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

In addition to hearing from the attorney representing farmers and landowners, the court will also hear from the Sierra Club, Iowa Chapter. The Sierra Club has challenged the Iowa Utilities Board’s decision to issue a permit for Dakota Access to construct a hazardous liquid pipeline across Iowa. They cite concerns about the alleged necessity of the pipeline, potential impacts to the environment from oil spills and the impacts of climate change.

Needless to say, dress warm. Join us as we stand united to stop the Dakota Access pipeline that is trampling sovereign rights, abusing eminent domain for private gain, and threatening our land, water and climate.

Listen to the Fallon Forum:

– Live Mondays, 11:00-12:00 noon CT on La Reina KDLF 1260 AM (Des Moines, IA)
– Outside of central Iowa, listen live here: FALLON FORUM LIVE-STREAM
– KHOI 89.1 FM (Ames, IA)
– KICI.LP 105.3 FM (Iowa City, IA)
– WHIV 102.3 FM (New Orleans, LA)
– KPIP-LP, 94.7 FM (Fayette, MO)


Help Stop Eminent Domain Abuse In Iowa


Action Alert from Bold Iowa:

Dakota Access came to our state two years ago and began trying to buy off landowners and farmers to get permission to run a pipeline roughshod through their property.

Those who resisted were subjected to eminent domain law, which says that the state has the right to take their land — even against their will — for projects that benefit the “public good.”

But our government officials are far overreaching their authority in order to help their rich and powerful friends. A pipeline that benefits a private company and would transport oil mostly for export is not for the “public good.”

Now, nine Iowa landowners who continue to resist construction of the pipeline on their land are suing the state and Dakota Access to stop this abuse of eminent domain law.

Sign the petition to the Iowa Legislature: I stand with Iowa landowners against eminent domain for private gain

The outcome of this lawsuit will affect whether the pipeline construction moves forward, and whether eminent domain can be abused in the future in this state. Iowa should be a place where families who’ve lived here for generations are respected and have the right to decide what to do with their private land.

What’s more, the Dakota Access pipeline would be a disaster for our land and water. It disrupts precious soil that’s been farmed by our families for generations, and a leak would threaten over 200 waterways, poisoning the water we drink and that farmers use to grow our food. Bakken oil also contains cancer-causing chemicals that are a direct threat to human health.

The pipeline construction is almost finished, and the pivotal court hearing is in just three weeks. Stand in court with landowners at the Dec. 15 hearing. Click here for details and share on Facebook.

Your support is crucial right now.

Tell the Iowa Legislature: Stop eminent domain abuse. Click here to sign the petition.

Thanks for standing with Iowa’s farmers.

Ed Fallon and the Bold Iowa team

P.S. Tomorrow, Dec. 29 is Giving Tuesday! Click here to contribute to Bold Iowa’s work to protect our land, water and climate`

Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Events In Des Moines, Omaha, Iowa City