Led by farmers, landowners, tribal communities, environmentalists and a dedicated legal team, we have so far prevented billionaire Kelcy Warren and Energy Transfer Partners from tearing through the heart of the best farmland in the world to build a pipeline that threatens to cause so much harm.
In a couple days, Bold Iowa and its allies will announce a powerful action after Independence Day — one we hope will ignite a prairiefire to inspire new allies in the battle to stop the Bakken Pipeline.
For now, there is one thing I ask you to do: Sign the PLEDGE OF RESISTANCE and grow our ranks to one-thousand strong by Independence Day.
Sign the Pledge if you ever said, “I wish I could’ve stood with Martin Luther King, Jr. and other freedom fighters who went to jail during the civil rights struggle.”
Sign the Pledge if you ever thought, “If I’d been around 100 years ago, what an honor it would have been to be arrested with the brave women fighting for the right to vote.”
Sign the Pledge if you would have stood with these Nebraska ranchers arrested for opposing the Keystone Pipeline.
All across America, the linked battles of climate action and the abuse of eminent domain are at the point where civil disobedience is needed.
If you haven’t already signed the Pledge of Resistance, please take a few minutes to read it over and consider in your heart if you want to look back at this epic moment in history and realize that you could have but didn’t stand with those of us risking arrest in this cause.
If you have signed the Pledge of Resistance, please take a few minutes to personally invite friends, family and others to sign as well.
Below is the press release we sent out this morning, with the exciting news that CREDO Action has signed on as a partner with Bold Iowa and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. CREDO’s network has more than doubled the number of Pledge signers. Help us push the number to over 1,000 by Independence Day.
Over 800 Sign Direct-Action Pledge Against Pipeline
CREDO Action joins mobilization for to stop Bakken pipeline
Des Moines, IA – An online Pledge of Resistance against the Bakken Pipeline that saw 430 people sign-up during the first two weeks has swelled to over 800 since last Wednesday, when CREDO Action joined the effort.
Bold Iowa director Ed Fallon sees the Bakken Pipeline as, “an assault on our land, water, liberty, property rights and planet.”
The Pledge reads, “I pledge, if necessary, to join others somewhere along the route of the Bakken Pipeline to engage in acts of dignified, peaceful civil disobedience that could result in my arrest in order to send the message to stop construction of the pipeline.”
Signers are given two options:
1. Come to one or more designated locations and risk arrest to physically stop pipeline construction, or
2. Join with others who are supporting those risking arrest by volunteering or donating to assist with these actions, and amplifying their message by sharing them with your own personal networks.”
Of the over 800 signers, 225 have indicated they are willing to risk arrest, “if work begins in earnest on the Bakken Pipeline across Iowa.”
“CREDO Action has a vast network,” said Fallon. “With their help and the help of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, we’re preparing to mobilize one of the largest-ever campaigns of non-violent civil disobedience in Iowa, should Dakota Access begin construction of this pipeline.”
“Time and again, we’ve seen the power of ordinary people stepping up to take extraordinary action,” said Elijah Zarlin, Director of Climate Campaigns at CREDO. “Committed grassroots activists are winning big victories against fossil fuel bullies around the country, and we’re proud that CREDO activists are mobilizing to protect the Heartland from the dangerous Bakken pipeline.”
Bold Iowa is part of the national Bold Alliance, now in five states and building unlikely alliances to fight fossil-fuel infrastructure expansion projects and promote renewable energy. Visit www.boldnebraska.org/tag/bold-alliance.
CREDO Action, part of CREDO Mobile, is a social change network of 4 million activists, sending millions of petition signatures and more than 100,000 phone calls to decision-makers each year. CREDO Action members also participate in meetings, protests and other direct action for progressive change.
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is a statewide, grassroots people’s-action group that uses community organizing to win public policy that puts communities before corporations and people before profits, politics and polluters. CCI has fought to put people first for 40 years. Visit www.iowacci.org.
Listen to the Fallon Forum:
– Live Mondays, 11:00-12:00 noon CT on La Reina KDLF 1260 AM (Des Moines, IA)
– Outside of central Iowa, listen live here: FALLON FORUM LIVE-STREAM
– KHOI 89.1 FM (Ames, IA)
– KICI.LP 105.3 FM (Iowa City, IA)
– WHIV 102.3 FM (New Orleans, LA)
– KPIP-LP, 94.7 FM (Fayette, MO)