The People’s Climate Movement is gaining momentum for what should be a landmark day of action on April 29, marking the 100th day of the Trump Presidency. The major event is in Washington, DC, billed as “a march for climate, justice and jobs,” but there also will be hundreds of related marches in cities across the U.S. and around the globe.
People’s Climate Movement Rally: April 29 in Des Moines
In Iowa, the People’s Climate Movement will rally at the Iowa State Capitol at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. A broad coalition of groups is working to make this a statewide event involving thousands of concerned Iowans representing a broad range of perspectives.
Climate Justice Unity March: April 22-29
To build momentum for the April 29 rally, Bold Iowa and partners including
– Indigenous Iowa
– Sage Sisters of Solidarity
– League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) – Council 307
– Creative Visions
– Iowa Farmers Union
– Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility
– Great March for Climate Action
– La Reina Radio 1260 AM
are announcing an eight-day, 85-mile Climate Justice Unity March, starting on April 22 (Earth Day) and arriving at the State Capitol for the April 29 People’s Climate Movement Rally.
Marchers will set out at 9:00 a.m. and walk roughly 10 – 12 miles per day. We are actively encouraging and inviting members of five key constituencies critical to the coalition needed to move us forward on climate, justice and jobs:
- Native Americans
- African Americans
- Farmers and rural landowners
Marchers will need to bring a tent, sleeping bag, air mattress and other personal gear. Bold will provide food, toilet facilities and showers for the marchers.
Bold will organize a community meeting in each town we plan to walk through, to provide an opportunity for representatives from the constituency groups on the march to share stories explaining their concerns about climate and other issues important to their communities.
Some of these conversations may be challenging. But, 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 critically important that we take time to hear each other and embrace our common ground.
The Iowa Climate Justice Unity March provides a unique opportunity to bring these voices together through the dignified, disciplined commitment of marching, and through peaceful, non-confrontational forums each day that will build momentum for April 29 and forge new relationships essential to the work we must do going forward.