**THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for our nonviolent direct action on Saturday, Oct. 29. Dakota Access pipeline construction accelerated rapidly on Shirley’s property after our #FarmerDefenseCamp was set up last week, and is now wrapping up. In accordance with Shirley’s wishes, we have broken down the campsite on her land, and thank her for graciously hosting us during the busy harvest time.
We will announce any upcoming direct actions via email to signers of the Bakken Pipeline Pledge of Resistance.**
WATCH: The Des Moines Register visits the #FarmersDefenseCamp:
WATCH: 8 Water Protectors and Pipeline Fighters arrested on Oct. 29 defending Shirley’s property taken by eminent domain during a nonviolent action to stop construction on Dakota Access:
At the invitation of a Calhoun County farmer whose land is being torn up to build the Dakota Access pipeline, Bold Iowa is setting up an encampment on her property to rally pipeline fighters to monitor and slow down construction, with some participants willing to risk arrest.
“My land was taken by eminent domain, which I totally object to,” said Shirley Gerjets, the farmer who is hosting the encampment. “Our options are zero. We’re down to protesting, and that’s all we can do. After Dakota Access was given the power of eminent domain and they took my property, I have no rights. They could kick me off my own land, even have me arrested for walking on my own land.”
Bold Iowa will post details about scheduled actions launched from the camp, and all will be welcome to join us on the property on during those actions.
Join us on Saturday, Oct. 29, for a nonviolence training and day of direct action to stop construction on Dakota Access.
- WHAT: Bold Iowa #FarmersResistanceCamp Nonviolence Training & Direct Action
- WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 29, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (approx.)
- 10:00 a.m: Nonviolence training* (*If you plan to risk arrest with us, you must attend this training)
- 11:30 a.m: Lunch and Direct Action planning
- 12:30 p.m: Depart for direct action location(s)
- WHERE: Farm of Shirley Gerjets
- 2923 270th St., Rockwell City, IA, 50579 (map)
- RSVP: Please RSVP on the form below so we know you’re coming.
**To respect the landowner’s wishes, we must limit overnight campers to 20 people total. Please RSVP on the form below to join us!**
WATCH: Iowa farmer Shirley Gerjets talks about Dakota Access taking her land via eminent domain.