For me, the week that Lyssa Wade and I spent at Standing Rock was a life-changing experience. If you missed any of my daily blog posts, you can read them here:
- Day 1: Our Arrival
- Day 2: Surviving the Blizzard
- Day 3: Building Standing Rock
- Day 4: Dakota Access’ Smiling Faces
- Day 5: Building Solar Barns
- Day 6: Water is Life
(Lyssa wrote a daily blog as well, and you can read those here.)
The other life-changing experience for me during this pipeline fight came last year, when I walked the pipeline route in Iowa. It wasn’t the walk that was transformative, it was meeting so many amazing farmers, landowners and others rooted in this beautiful land we call home. To read those blogs and hear the stories of some of the people I met, click here and Next–> to scroll.
All across the country, men and women of good faith continue to stand with our Native allies at Standing Rock. We must also continue to stand with the farmers and landowners who have fought this pipeline for over two years, often at great personal expense of time and money.
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: http://boldiowa.org/event/
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.