The proposed Bakken Pipeline will cut our state in half, running south of Iowa City through Keokuk, Jefferson, Van Buren and Lee Counties — this contentious project that threatens eminent domain and land rights of Iowans, threatens our water and other natural resources and threatens the homes and sacred spaces of our First Nations tribes has caught the attention of a nation, but where do eastern Iowans stand on the issue? There are plenty of opportunities to get involved this weekend as three different groups are organizing at least two Bakken resistance events in Iowa this Saturday, Sept. 10.
A direct action in Pilot Mound aims to counter Dakota Access’ movement of heavy machinery to bore under the Des Moines River. Protestors will meet at the Pilot Mound Community Center in Pilot Mound, IA at 10 a.m. for an informational meeting. The community center is attached to the fire station, directions are available here. The group will then caravan to the E18 bridge and nearby construction sites. The protest is set to begin at 1 p.m.
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI) and Bold Iowa, the groups who organized the Boone County protest last weekend which resulted in 30 arrests, are teaming up this Saturday as well. The groups recommend that participants attend a nonviolent resistance training Saturday morning from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Mickle Center in Des Moines. Protestors who have received training should meet Iowa CCI and Bold Iowa members at the protest location — to be revealed Saturday morning but will most likely be the same as the Boone County protest location — at about 1 or 2 p.m. Both groups plan to leave Des Moines for the protest by noon.
Keokuk-Fort Madison area
March for the Mississippi River will convene at the Sandusky, IA cemetery at 10 a.m. Protestors will march along the Mississippi River Road to join activist Jessica Reznicek, who has been arrested twice since she began camping out at this site in protest of the pipeline.