Iowans Risk Arrest to Stop Pipeline

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 30, 2016

Contact:
Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404ed@boldiowa.org
Adam Mason, Iowa CCI, (515) 314-2655adam@iowacci.org

Iowans Will Risk Arrest Wednesday to Protest Dakota Access Pipeline and Protect Our Water
First of series of actions planned by organizers of the “Bakken Pipeline Pledge of Resistance” 

Des Moines — A group of Iowans including several landowners living on the pipeline route will hold a rally and participate in a peaceful, nonviolent act of civil disobedience on Wednesday afternoon, to send the message to President Obama to revoke Army Corps permits and halt construction of the Dakota Access pipeline that would traverse the state of Iowa and threaten our land, water and climate.

Participants who have committed to risking arrest signed the “Bakken Pipeline Pledge of Resistance,” organized by Bold Iowa and partners Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (ICCI), CREDO Action, and 100 Grannies for a Livable Future.

On Monday, Dakota Access filed for a restraining order against Bold Iowa and director Ed Fallon, and Iowa CCI and state policy director Adam Mason, asking a judge to prevent our organizations from participating in First Amendment-protected speech and peaceful assembly, and nonviolent civil disobedience actions that are a time-honored American tradition for effecting social change.

(BREAKING: Federal Judge rules against Dakota Access request for a restraining order against Fallon and Mason.)

·       WHAT: Rally and Direct Action to Stop the Bakken Pipeline

·       WHERE: Pilot Mound Community Hall at 112 Pilot St., Pilot Mound, IA 50223

·       WHEN: Wednesday, August 31, with nonviolence training from 9:00-11:00and direct action nearby from 1:00-3:00 p.m. (approx.)

·       MEDIA: Members of the media are invited to the nonviolence training from 9:00-11:00 and from 12:00-1:00 at the Pilot Mound Community Hall to speak with pledge signers, and continue to (undisclosed) direct action location nearby.

“In the tradition of other great American struggles for freedom, from the Boston Tea Party to the March to Montgomery for Voting Rights, to the Farm Crisis when farmers stood with their neighbors to block foreclosure auctions, pipeline fighters are ready to block construction of this pipeline, which many of us believe is illegal,” said Bold Iowa state director Ed Fallon.

“Every day the resistance to these kinds of fossil fuel projects is growing – here in Iowa and across the country. We are committed to doing everything within our power to leave this oil in the ground and turn the corner for a 100% renewable future that sustains our people, our communities, and our planet,” said Adam Mason, State Policy Director at Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

“100 Grannies for a Livable Future are standing up for the rights of landowners, all Iowans, Tribal treaty rights, and the rights of nature. And, of course, we stand for the rights of all future generations of all species. As Ansel Adams said: ‘It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.’ “

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