Stand in Court With Mahmud Fitil Pleading "Not Guilty"
Jun
30
9:00 am09:00

Stand in Court With Mahmud Fitil Pleading "Not Guilty"

  • Calhoun County Courthouse

•••By Order of Continuance - Jury Trial date has been rescheduled for 30.06.2017•••

Join us to stand in court alongside Water Protector Mahmud Fitil, who will plead "Not Guilty" to trespassing while participating in a Bold Iowa nonviolent action to stop construction on the Dakota Access pipeline.

More details here:
http://boldiowa.org/2016/11/07/climateemergency

Can't join us?
Chip in to help cover legal and court costs for Water Protectors risking arrest to stop Dakota Access: http://bit.ly/BakkenLegalFund

NoDAPL Rally, Concert and Call to Action
Jul
1
12:00 pm12:00

NoDAPL Rally, Concert and Call to Action

  • South side of the Iowa State Capitol

Mni Wiconi - Water Is Life descends on Des Moines, Iowa with music, rousing speeches, a touch of comedy, and a call to action!

Tell Gov. Reynolds to appoint someone to the Iowa Utilities Board who's not a pawn of the fossil-fuel industry. Gov. Branstad's recent appointment of Richard Lozier, an attorney working for the pipeline company, is a slap in the face.

Remind Iowans that if the Iowa Supreme Court rules against the Iowa Utilities Board’s abuse of eminent domain, Energy Transfer Partners could be required to stop flowing oil and dig-up the pipeline -- a potentially fatal blow to the black snake.

Emcee: JD Goodhouse "The Voice of Oceti"

Musicians: Gabriel Ayala, Tito Ybarra, Little Creek Camp Singers

Speakers: Christine Nobiss, Ed Fallon, Muriel Young Bear (more TBA)

Sponsors: Indigenous Iowa, Little Creek Camp, Bold Iowa, Climate March, Iowa HEMP Association (more TBA)

Independent Media: Activate Now, Midwest Telegraph, No Spiritual Surrender (more TBA)


Protect Our Rivers! Water Protector Day in Pilot Mound, IA
Jun
17
9:30 am09:30

Protect Our Rivers! Water Protector Day in Pilot Mound, IA

  • Pilot Mound, Iowa

On June 17th, we will return to the Des Moines River and Pilot Mound for a day of celebration along the river. Come celebrate, explore, and share stories on the Des Moines River!

First time or 1000th time on the river? All are welcome! This is a family-friendly event. There will be events available for non-paddlers, as well. Canoes and kayaks are available to rent ($10 suggested donation) or you may bring your own.

Please register by Saturday, June 3: https://goo.gl/forms/6agJvVFyNa2sN3Ip2

SCHEDULE
9:30-11 AM: Check in paddlers at Norton’s Ford Access along Des Moines River
11 AM: Orientation and enter river
12 Noon: River Ceremony at E18 Bridge
1-2 PM: Exit and Shuttle at North Fraser Ramp
2-7 PM: Meet at Pilot Mound Community Center (112 S. Pilot St. in Pilot Mound, IA) for food, music, and fellowship

Activities and organizational tables will be available at the Pilot Mound Community Center (112 S. Pilot St. in Pilot Mound, IA) beginning at 11 AM and throughout the day.

More information available on our website: http://nobakken.com/2017/05/19/june-17-protect-our-rivers-flotilla-in-pilot-mound-ia/

Local camping options: 
Don Williams County Park (10 min): http://www.co.boone.ia.us/index.aspx?page=296

Spring Lake State Park (25 min): http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/springbrook-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=IA&parkId=610116

Ledges State Park (30 min): http://iowastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/ledges-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=IA&parkId=610148

Celebrating the March, and Planning What's Next
May
17
7:30 pm19:30

Celebrating the March, and Planning What's Next

  • Fairfield Public Library

Now that many of us have attended the People's Climate Marches in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Des Moines, and Fairfield, it's time to celebrate and plan what's next. We'll share stories and discuss what's next for our local groups in our effort to mitigate climate change. Even if you were unable to attend a march but are committed to working for climate justice, you are most welcome to attend.

IUB Truth Forum
May
16
9:00 am09:00

IUB Truth Forum

  • 1375 East Court Avenue Des Moines, IA, 50319 United States

The Iowa Utilities Board has been taken to court over their abuse of eminent domain and mismanagement of the permit they authorised for Dakota Access Pipeline to construct an oil pipeline from the Northwest corner of Iowa to the Southeast corner and under the Mississippi River. The corruption in this department runs deep and it’s up to the people of Iowa to call this board out. Please join us at the monthly IUB meeting and take your two minutes to testify to this fact. We need to waken the masses and make sure that Iowans receive justice for the corruption that Branstad fostered during his time as governor. 

The Iowa Supreme Court is going to hear the case of both Iowa landowners and the Sierra Club. The two cases are asking for different things. The landowners are asking to have the decision about eminent domain reversed but are not challenging the IUB permit directly. The Sierra Club is challenging DAPL’s permit.

This is how we can intervention: 
A) Media. We want to shift the public opinion and the Supreme Court Justices’ opinion to see that the permit was granted on illegitimate grounds. We need letters to the editors, meetings with editorial boards and others. Several of us are working on talking points to share.
B) Amicus Briefs. We are trying to find organizations and individuals to file what are called Amicus Briefs or “Friend of the Court” Briefs. We can raise lots of other details in Amicus briefs that the Sierra Club and landowners can’t raise. Individuals can file their own and Wally and I are going to help draft a template so people can file these. We are also looking for some lawyers to help draft briefs for organizations.

The IUB has very little say over Dakota Access now except if DAPL violates any of the conditions of the permit.  
A. Insurance: We are following up on the fact that their insurance expired March 15th 2017. We believe that they have filed new insurance policies but demanded they keep them confidential. My understanding is that they are not entitled to keep the policies confidential except for the name of the company and the the cost of the policy.  
B. We need to begin a drumbeat of thinking that suggests the IUB could revoke the permit if there is a spill. This also requires a public media campaign. We don’t want them just cleaning up the mess, we want it revoked.
C.Parental guarantees: We have to stay on top of them filing irrevocable parental guarantees. We believe that they have not filed the new Marathon Enbridge papers.
D. We want to file a motion to compel DAPL to release actual numbers for how many people were hired in Iowa and what they were paid.

Stand in Court With Heather Pearson Pleading "Not Guilty"
Apr
26
9:00 am09:00

Stand in Court With Heather Pearson Pleading "Not Guilty"

  • Calhoun County Courthouse

Join us to stand in court alongside Water Protector Heather Pearson, who will plead "Not Guilty" to trespassing while participating in a Bold Iowa nonviolent action to stop construction on the Dakota Access pipeline.

More details here:
http://boldiowa.org/2016/11/07/climateemergency

Can't join us?
Chip in to help cover legal and court costs for Water Protectors risking arrest to stop Dakota Access: http://bit.ly/BakkenLegalFund

Indigenous Flood - United Nations : NYC - Come to New York!
Apr
24
May 5

Indigenous Flood - United Nations : NYC - Come to New York!

  • New York, NY

The Flood never came to Standing Rock, so let's bring the Flood to the United Nations. 

From April 24th to May 5th the United Nations in New York City is holding the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, also known as PFII. Typically, these forums lack Native American representation, and often have Non-Natives speaking on behalf of Natives and their issues. This ends now. 

For two weeks, we need to show New York, The UN, and the world that Indigenous People are here, and can speak for themselves. 

The world will not forget what happened at Standing Rock. The world will no longer ignore the conditions on reservations, and the issues effecting indigenous people around the globe. 3/4 of the world's population are indigenous, and it's time they stop forgetting that. 

There are multiple levels of events within this forum, some more exclusive than others. We want to come out in full force at every level. From top to bottom. From panels at the UN headquarters to flash mob round dances in Time Square, we are going to Flood New York City. 

Whether you are registered for the forum or not, we are asking for all indigenous people and allies to come to New York City and show your support. As the strongest of warriors take the United Nations to speak, they will have the support of their brothers and sisters outside, praying, singing, marching and standing in solidarity. 

Thousands came to Standing Rock. Thousands came to DC. And we can do the same in New York City. 

We are planning a plethora of events, from demonstrations, to speaking engagements, to gatherings and dances and celebrations. For two weeks, let's make New York City our new home. 

More details to come as this develops and grows. 

If you would like to register your own group for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) in New York City. http://bit.ly/PFIIRegistration

Deadline March 30th 2017


Inexpensive Bus resources : 
www.wanderu.com 
www.busbud.com

Climate Justice Unity March
Apr
22
Apr 29

Climate Justice Unity March

  • Little Creek Camp

The People's Climate Movement is gaining momentum for a landmark day of action with a march and rally for climate, justice and jobs in Washington, DC on April 29. Hundreds of related marches, rallies and events are planned in cities across the U.S. and around the globe that day.

In Iowa, the People's Climate Movement will rally at the Iowa State Capitol from 1:00-3:00 on Saturday, April 29. A broad coalition of groups is working to make this rally a statewide event involving thousands of Iowans concerned about a broad range of issues. 

To build momentum for April 29, Bold Iowa and its partners are organizing an eight-day, 80-mile Climate Justice Unity March. Marchers will set out from Indigenous Iowa's "Little Creek Camp" near Millersburg and arrive at the Iowa State Capitol for the April 29 rally.

Here's the route with overnight stops and mileage:
Friday, April 21, 5:00: Community Conversation in Deep River
Saturday, April 22: Little Creek Camp to Deep River (12)
Sunday, April 23: Deep River to Montezuma (8)
Monday, April 24: Montezuma to Searsboro (10)
Tuesday, April 25: Searsboro to Sully (8)
Wednesday, April 26: Sully to Reasnor (10)
Thursday, April 27: Reasnor to Prairie City (12)
Friday, April 28: Prairie City to Pleasant Hill (12)
Saturday, April 29: Pleasant Hill to Iowa State Capitol (8)

SIGN UP HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/r638T4XCIEoqfCDY2

Marchers will camp along the way. Each evening, we'll host a community conversation -- a forum with dinner and music -- in the overnight towns where we'll stay.

Marchers need to bring a tent, sleeping bag, air mattress and other personal gear. Bold Iowa will take care of food, toilet facilities and showers. We’re putting together a short video to let prospective marchers know what they should bring and how to prepare.

The evening community gathering is as important as the daily march. As we work to build the strongest possible alliance to push-back against the failed policies of status-quo politicians at both the state and federal level, it’s essential that we take time to listen to each other and embrace our common ground and destiny.

The Climate Justice Unity March provides a unique opportunity to bring these voices together through the dignified, disciplined commitment of marching, and through non-confrontational gatherings each evening that will build momentum for April 29 and forge new relationships essential to the work we must do going forward. 

Sign up here to join the march and to receive email updates with more details: https://goo.gl/forms/r638T4XCIEoqfCDY2

For further details, contact Ed Fallon at ed@boldiowa.org.

23rd Annual University of Iowa Powwow
Apr
15
11:00 am11:00

23rd Annual University of Iowa Powwow

  • Iowa Field House

23RD ANNUAL UNIVERSITY OF IOWA POWWOW
https://powwow.uiowa.edu/

APRIL 15, 2017
University of Iowa Field House
225 South Grand Avenue, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Doors open to the public at 11:00 a.m.
Grand Entry 1:00 and 7:00 p.m.

A celebration of American Indian song and dance, tradition and education hosted by the Native American Student Association.

HEAD STAFF

Master of Ceremonies
Terry Fiddler

Arena Director
Wayne Silas, Jr. 

Head Man
Triston Lasley

Head Woman
Cassie Hindsley

Host Drum
Meskwaki Nation

Invited Drum
Southern Elite

Color Guard
American Legion, Robert Morgan Post 701

Sound System
Hokah Sound

ADMISSION
Free admission & all are welcome!

PARKING
Parking will be available in public lots next to the UI Field House in the Field House Lot and South Quad Lot. Hourly parking rates apply.

SPECIALS
Committee Dance Specials TBA

HOST HOTELS
Heartland Inn
87 2nd Street
Coralville, IA 52241
319-351-8132
Ask for group code *UI Powwow* - $84/night

QUESTIONS
Please contact NASA at studorg-ui-nasa@uiowa.edu if you have any questions

MORE INFORMATION
https://powwow.uiowa.edu/

The Importance of Independent Media in the Fight Against Climate
Apr
13
5:30 pm17:30

The Importance of Independent Media in the Fight Against Climate

  • Iowa Memorial Union

Join us on Thursday, April 13th in the Illinois Room of the IMU for a presentation from The Young Turks’ field reporter, Jordan Chariton. Jordan will be speaking on the importance of new, independent media in the effective communication of climate change policy and sustainability efforts.

This event is co-sponsored by the Our Lives Online Theme Semester, a program of the Office of Outreach & Engagement. Participants are encouraged to take five minutes to complete the Our Lives Online Theme Semester Survey to become eligible to receive prize giveaways this semester.

Our Lives Online Theme Semester: https://theme.uiowa.edu/
Office of Outreach and Engagement: https://outreach.uiowa.edu/
Survey: https://theme.uiowa.edu/survey

Shout Out at the Iowa Utilities Board
Apr
6
1:30 pm13:30

Shout Out at the Iowa Utilities Board

  • 1375 East Court Avenue Des Moines, IA, 50319 United States

Join Indigenous Iowa and Bold Iowa for a rally outside the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) at 1375 E. Court Avenue in Des Moines this Thursday, April 6 from 1:30 - 3:00. In addition to comments by organizers and a chance for people to speak out, Native drummers and singers will perform outside, to call attention to the many ways in which the Dakota Access pipeline is an affront to Native communities in Iowa, North Dakota and across the U.S.

Recently, Geri Huser, chair of the IUB, was criticized in news stories across the country for doing paid legal work that potentially involves a serious conflict-of-interest with her full-time responsibilities with the IUB. As chair, Huser is paid $130,000 annually. Yet records show she may have earned as much as $200,000 in separate legal work over the past two years. This is only the latest problem to surface about conflicts-of-interest among IUB members, along with dozens of concerns over the Board’s handling of its decision to authorize eminent domain to build the Dakota Access pipeline.

It’s important to continue to raise public awareness about the myriad of concerns about the workings of the IUB, which remains the subject of a lawsuit filed by landowners alleging the illegal use of eminent domain.

Speak out! Come and air your grievances about the IUB’s lack of oversight concerning the Dakota Access pipeline. Iowans need to continue to challenge problems we’ve seen and concerns about the cozy, questionable relationship between the IUB's political supporters and Energy Transfer Partners. We need to be heard so the world can know what a government-backed oil conglomerate is able to get away with in this country. Let’s continue to speak up and demand that in decisions like this, power needs to be given back to the people.

Strategy Dinner
Mar
28
6:30 pm18:30

Strategy Dinner

  • Little Creek Camp

We are asking all leaders of social and environmental orgs to join us for a catered dinner to discuss strategy in Iowa concerning DAPL. We also want to convey the vision for this camp and get all Iowa orgs involved. Please join us to help build the network of resistors, innovators and healers.

Stand in Court With Heather Pearson Pleading "Not Guilty"
Mar
24
9:00 am09:00

Stand in Court With Heather Pearson Pleading "Not Guilty"

  • Calhoun County Courthouse

Join us to stand in court alongside Water Protector Heather Pearson, who will plead "Not Guilty" to trespassing while participating in a Bold Iowa nonviolent action to stop construction on the Dakota Access pipeline.

More details here:
http://boldiowa.org/2016/11/07/climateemergency

Can't join us?
Chip in to help cover legal and court costs for Water Protectors risking arrest to stop Dakota Access: http://bit.ly/BakkenLegalFund

Rise Up! Organize: A Gathering of Iowa Activists
Mar
18
2:00 pm14:00

Rise Up! Organize: A Gathering of Iowa Activists

  • Teamsters Union Hall

Come network with fellow left-leaning activists, learn about a variety of Iowa political/social action organizations, and explore ways to take the movement to the next level. 

INVIGORATE • COLLABORATE • ACCELERATE

Appetizers & live music to follow.

Childcare will be provided for ages 3–12 during the hours of 2–5 pm. Please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/cVEMjiG7BOEMPc1j2

This event is wheelchair accessible. To learn more, including information about available accommodations, contact sgriffin@iowalabor.com or 1.319.365.1461 x12.

Justice for Iowa Rally
Mar
16
11:00 am11:00

Justice for Iowa Rally

  • North Terrace, Iowa Supreme Courthouse, Judicial Branch Bldg

Join the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition on Thursday March 16 to support Landowners and Iowans fighting to protect our water and soil, to call on the Iowa State Supreme Court to put the public interest over a for-profit out-of-state oil company!

Standing Rock Fundraiser
Feb
25
9:00 pm21:00

Standing Rock Fundraiser

  • Wildwood Smokehouse & Saloon

Mni Wiconi (pronounced mini wichoni) • Water is Life Benefit

Mr. Blotto, Winterland and Tony Brown. Live music party to benefit Build With Standing Rock and Indigenous Iowa.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - Wildwood Saloon, Iowa City.

The Build with Standing Rock project is a 56 acre sustainable, indigenous eco-village and winter camp project that will be a multi-tribal cultural meeting place and teaching center for generations to come, an embassy for the more than 300 native nations that have gathered at Standing Rock. It will combine ancient indigenous wisdom with state-of-the-art clean energy technology from which the rest of the world can learn. It will include earth huts, teepees, solar power, wind turbines and permaculture.

Watch the video, view the initial drawings and read more regarding the Mni Wiconi Sustainable Indigenous Eco-Village at Standing rock: 

https://www.facebook.com/buildwithstandingrock/?fref=ts

Indigenous Iowa is doing inspirational work to raise awareness of social, environmental, and humanitarian issues facing Native People today. They are a leader in the movement to stop DAPL in Iowa which threatens waterways across the state.

We are proud to work with Build With Standing Rock and Indigenous Iowa to build community in order to protect water

Thank you.

AMES - Day of Direct Action against DAPL
Feb
22
7:00 am07:00

AMES - Day of Direct Action against DAPL

  • Run Weaver Run

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 the Day of Direct Action.

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.

THE PLAN:
* Take Wednesday the 22nd off from work (yes, we know not everyone can).
* Join a BAT -- we'll help connect you with folks in your area.
* Meet with your BAT of 5-10 people over coffee or lunch on the 22nd to study the message, discuss the code of nonviolence and plan details for the day's action(s).
* Invite local press to meet-up with your BAT 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 of the action.

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

Contact Ed Fallon at ed@boldiowa.org for questions.

Day of Direct Action Against DAPL
Feb
22
7:00 am07:00

Day of Direct Action Against DAPL

  • All Across Iowa

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 the Day of Direct Action.

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.

THE PLAN:
* Take Wednesday the 22nd off from work (yes, we know not everyone can).
* Join a BAT -- we'll help connect you with folks in your area.
* Meet with your BAT of 5-10 people over coffee or lunch on the 22nd to study the message, discuss the code of nonviolence and plan details for the day's action(s).
* Invite local press to meet-up with your BAT 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 of the action.

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

Contact Ed Fallon at ed@boldiowa.org for questions.