Category Archives: Local Control

Act Now To Stop Proposed 7,499 Hog CAFO In Allamakee County

*Note from BFIA: This petition is not available online. To sign a hard copy of this petition, see instructions below. Action alert from Allamakee County Protectors: Allamakee County is faced with another challenge! There is a large confined animal feed … Continue reading

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The Facts About CAFOs Speak For Themselves

CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) proliferation is ruining Iowa. Jefferson County Farmers and Neighbors are fighting hard to save what we have left. Please share this article and help them get the facts out about CAFOs. jfaniowa.org Letter to Editor … Continue reading

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Free Public Workshop On Corporate vs. Community Rights

We the People Are More Powerful Than We Dare Believe: A Community Rights Workshop with Paul Cienfuegos 100Grannies For A Livable Future and local coalition Environmental Advocates present a FREE and public introductory workshop with National Community Rights Educator Paul … Continue reading

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UAW, VW And The Southern Man

Southern change gonna Come at last Now your crosses Are burning fast – Neil Young On February 12-14, the men and women who assemble the Volkswagen Passat at a plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will get to vote on whether or … Continue reading

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North Liberty Seeks Urban Chickens

It is with a bit of trepidation that I venture into an expository piece about urban chickens. As people continue to move from rural areas to cities, attracted by jobs, apartments, and a type of society reliant upon the aggregation … Continue reading

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Is Your Community About To Be Corporate Factory-Farmed? Find Out About “Rights-Based” Organizing

If your community is going to be “hydro-fracked, factory-farmed, used as a dumping ground for sewage sludge, drilled for corporate water withdrawals, used as a laboratory for genetically modified seeds; used for a transmission line, pipeline, or other energy project … Continue reading

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The Courtney Report: The Fight For Education Pays Off

Iowa families will continue to have easy access to high-quality, free preschools for four-year-olds. Governor Branstad has announced he now supports the popular statewide preschool initiative that has made Iowa the envy of the nation in recent years. This victory … Continue reading

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Living in Iowa

Living in Iowa by Paul Deaton[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared February 9, 2011 on Big Grove Garden.]If we examine an economic atlas of Iowa from the 1960s, it is no surprise that Iowa has high densities of production of … Continue reading

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On the Lande Appointment to Iowa DNR

On the Lande Appointment to Iowa DNR by Paul Deaton When Governor-elect Branstad appointed Muscatine attorney Roger Lande to become the next Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, progressives viewed the appointment with skepticism. Simply put, he lacks … Continue reading

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Iowa State Capitol News – Weekend Recap

Iowa State Capitol News – Weekend Recap Iowa State Capitol News – Weekend Recap by Paul Deaton [Editors' Note: With the transition in the Governor's office and legislature, a lot of news is expected from the Iowa Capitol. Following is … Continue reading

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