Today is the nonviolent civil disobedience training and action that will occur at Pilot Mound, near Boone, Iowa. Quakers from Bear Creek and Des Moines Valley Friends meeting plan to attend. The pipeline company, Dakota Access, sought an injunction against the protest, but a Federal judge denied the injunction. Please send prayers their way today.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 30, 2016
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.
In Indianapolis our group of Dakota Access Pipeline resisters has a website up with information about donations and upcoming activities. My Keystone Pledge of Resistance colleagues and I are discussing civil disobedience training sessions and plans for rallies and marches.
Below is information on ways to provide support: