Given Recent Innovations, Maybe We Don’t Need To Eat Or Use Animals At All

By Matt Johnson, DesMoines Register. -

I’m currently facing a felony prosecution in Wright County after exposing Iowa Select Farms killing thousands of pigs via “ventilation shutdown," which involves shutting down a building’s vents [...]

Iowa Farm Bankruptcies Continue To Rise, Despite Aid

By Erin Jordan, The Gazette. -

There were 27 farm bankruptcies in Iowa in 2019 — more than double the 13 bankruptcies in 2018, the American Farm Bureau Federation reported. This was despite the $1.58 billion the federal [...]

Iowa Is What Happens When Government Does Nothing

By Elaine Godfrey, The Atlantic. -

Iowa City, IA — Nick Klein knew the man wasn’t going to make it through the night. So the 31-year-old nurse at the University of Iowa ICU put on his gown, his gloves, his mask, and his face [...]

Demonstrators Deliver 800 ‘Failing Report Cards’ To Iowa Governor

By Andrea May Sahouri, Des Moines Register. -

As confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to increase in Iowa, activists and community members sent Gov. Kim Reynolds nearly a thousand "failing report cards" during a Friday [...]

Iowa Nurses Win Fair Contract At MercyOne Hospital

By Mike Kuhlenbeck, Workers.org -

The union nurses of MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center ratified a new contract Jan. 29. After rejecting the hospital’s original offer and threatening to strike, they won a fair contract and scored [...]

Iowa Crops Look Like Food — But No One’s Eating

By Mark Bittman, Portside.org -

Iowa is unrecognizable from centuries ago, when Europeans took the land for themselves. What were prairie and wetlands are now neatly partitioned grids of intensely cultivated land: the model for [...]

Why I’m On Climate Strike In Iowa

By Massimo Paciotto Biggers, Smirkingchimp.com -

IOWA CITY — The flash flood alarm signaled again last night. This is the 9th week of my climate strike in Iowa City. That’s nine weeks of not going to school on Friday from 11:50-4:05. I have [...]

Resistance In The Heartland: Fighting ICE In Small-Town Iowa And Nebraska

By Paul Street and Chaumtoli Huq, Lawatthemargins.com -

“You have to leave the country now that Trump is president.” That’s what Latinx children heard from some white schoolmates in the small southeastern Iowa town of Mount Pleasant in the days after [...]

Landowners Oppose Oil Pipeline Before Iowa Supreme Court

By David Pitt, Apnews.com -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group of Iowa landowners and an environmental group asked the Iowa Supreme Court Wednesday to declare a crude oil pipeline permit illegal under the Iowa Constitution, a [...]

Crude Oil Leaks Into Floodwaters After Train Derails In Iowa

By Staff, Apnews.com -

DOON, Iowa (AP) — A freight train derailed in northwest Iowa on Friday, leaking crude oil from into flooded fields flanking the tracks and raising concerns about the possible contamination of [...]

Iowans Fight Back Against Factory Farms–So Can You

By Staff, Organicconsumers.org -

“We are pro agriculture. We support responsible, respectful and regenerative livestock production that poses no harm to communities and the environment. And we call for a moratorium on new and [...]

As Trump Unfurls Infrastructure Plan, Iowa Bill Seeks To Criminalize Pipeline Protests

By Steve Horn, Desmogblog.com -

The Iowa Senate has advanced a bill which critics say could lead to the criminalization of pipeline protests, which are being cast as “terrorist activities.” Dakota Access pipeline owner Energy [...]

Iowa Fast-Food, Hospital Workers Protest Gov. Reynolds

Gov. Reynolds and Republican state lawmakers have waged a string of attacks on workers’ unions in recent years. Last February, then-Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law a bill endorsed by then-Lt. [...]

In Chicago And Iowa, Contrasting Tales Of Building A Clean Energy Economy

By Yana Kunichoff, www.inthesetimes.com -

By Yana Kunichoff for Midwest Energy News - As former industrial communities seek to rebuild their economies around clean energy, two cities in the Midwest provide examples with starkly different [...]

4 Arrested Protesting Drones At Iowa Air National Guard

By Charly Haley, www.desmoinesregister.com -

By Charly Haley for The Des Moines Register - The Des Moines Fire Department had to cut the four protesters from their concrete barriers, said Brian O'Keefe, a spokesman for the department. [...]

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