The People’s Climate Movement is gaining momentum for what should be a landmark day of action on April 29, marking the 100th day of the Trump Presidency. The major event is in Washington, DC — a march for climate, justice and jobs. Hundreds of related marches, rallies and events are planned in cities across the U.S. and around the globe.
In Iowa, the People’s Climate Movement will rally at the Iowa State Capitol from 1:00-3:00 on Saturday, April 29. A broad coalition of groups is working to make this rally a statewide event involving thousands of Iowans concerned about a broad range of issues.
To build momentum for April 29, Bold Iowa and its partners are organizing an eight-day, 80-mile Climate Justice Unity March. Marchers will set out from Indigenous Iowa’s Little Creek Camp near Millersburg and arrive at the Iowa State Capitol for the rally.
Partnering with Bold on the March are Indigenous Iowa, Sage Sisters of Solidarity, League of United Latin American Citizens (Council 307), Creative Visions, Iowa Farmers Union, Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Great March for Climate Action.
Each day’s march will be 8 – 12 miles, with overnight stops in Deep River, Montezuma, Searsboro, Sully, Reasnor, Prairie City and Pleasant Hill.
Marchers will camp along the way and will hold a forum and potluck in each of the towns and cities they walk through. The evening forum and potluck is as important as marching. As we work to build the strongest possible alliance to push-back against the failed policies of status-quo politicians at both the state and federal level, it’s essential we take time to listen to each other and embrace our common ground and shared destiny.
The Climate Justice Unity March provides a unique opportunity to bring these voices together through the dignified, disciplined commitment of marching, and through non-confrontational gatherings each evening that will build momentum for April 29 and forge new relationships essential to the work we must do going forward.
Here’s the link to the Peoples Climate Rally to be held on March 29th at the Iowa State Capitol.
by Ed Fallon