Following is from a press release from Bold Iowa. Ed Fallon says “Proposed bill could render peaceful protest against oil pipeline impossible”. Felony charges were brought against water protectors at Standing Rock, and other environmental protestors across the country.
If you are like me you are weary from trying to get your legislators’ attention. But I would strongly encourage you to speak out against Senate Study Bill 3062 intended to stifle peaceful protests in Iowa. https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/find
According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) “In response to epic protests around the country, state legislators in nearly 20 states proposed bills in 2017 that would restrict people’s right to protest.” They have an interactive map at this link displaying the status of these bills that is current as of June, 2017, so this new proposed legislation in Iowa is not reflected there.
Bold Iowa press release
Bold Iowa today strongly criticized legislation that passed unanimously out of a Senate subcommittee on Thursday. The legislation — Senate Study Bill 3062 — defines “critical infrastructure sabotage” as an “unauthorized act that is intended to or does in fact cause a substantial interruption or impairment of service rendered to the public related to critical infrastructure property. The bill provides that a person who commits critical infrastructure sabotage commits a class B felony.” Such an offense would come with a fine of $100,000 and a prison sentence of up to 25 years. The parent company of the Dakota Access pipeline — Energy Transfer — is listed in support of the bill.
“This latest attempt by Big Oil to silence dissent is no surprise,” said Ed Fallon, a former lawmaker who now directs Bold Iowa. “This is legislative extremism at its worst. The bill’s backers want you to believe this is about cracking down on arson and vandalism. But the hundreds of pipeline protests who were peaceful, nonviolent and didn’t engage in property destruction could be accused of interrupting service under this bill and subject to insane consequences.” http://boldiowa.com/release-pipeline-sabotage-bill-called-legislative-extremism/
Unfree: My battle against Texas Oil & Gas
“I now know what it feels like to be “unfree.” My husband Mark was arrested last Friday morning, Jan 19th, and incarcerated overnight in Marfa, TX, for an expired license plate. The same weekend felony charges against Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protester Red Fawn Fallis were rendered.
That night alone with my children, I locked my doors. Where I live, we don’t lock our doors. Would my outcry on Facebook about police harassment be construed as a violation of probation? At any moment blue and red lights could be flashing outside my door. Paranoia? Maybe. But, in December the local police were driving up and down my quiet dead end road twice daily. When out walking, I was stopped by Border Patrol. Is this what it feels like to live in a fascist police state? Is this what it is to lose your freedom?
Last January 14, 2017, I locked-down to a bulldozer in peaceful protest of the construction of an Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) 42 inch gas export pipeline, the Trans-Pecos Pipeline (TPPL) in Far West Texas. ETP, the company who abused Water Protectors at Standing Rock, had destroyed 148 miles of our pristine Chihuahuan Desert and violated our community and private property rights.
I was charged with a felony.”
from http://stopetp.org/ blog by Lori Glover of the Big Bend Defense Coalition, Unfree: My battle against Texas Oil & Gas, January 27, 2018.