While many of us are looking forward to putting 2016 behind us, we here at Bold are reflecting on what was an amazing year of growth for us — and gearing up for big battles to come in 2017.

In 2016, the Bold Alliance launched nationwide, expanding on Bold Nebraska’s successful organizing model of unlikely alliances protecting the land and water.

We grew our team from three to eight Bold staff members in Nebraska, Iowa, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

Bold worked with union and progressive partners to stop the TPP, a trade deal bad for family farmers and ranchers but great for Big Corporations.

We stood with Standing Rock to help stop the Dakota Access pipeline, building tiny solar-powered barns to shelter Water Protectors and delivering meat and supplies to the front lines. We organized nonviolent acts of civil disobedience to stop Dakota Access pipeline construction across Iowa and proudly stood with landowners as they fight to end eminent domain for private gain pipelines.

In Oklahoma, we raised awareness about the “frackquakes” caused by wastewater injection. And in Nebraska, landowners are still in court fighting the Keystone XL pipeline, as TransCanada refuses to follow a court order to pay all their legal fees for wrongly using eminent domain.

This year, Bold Louisiana organized with allies to halt new permits for oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. We also worked to strengthen front line support and collaboration with grassroots organizations across the United States, and launched an #ArcticToGulfSolidarity campaign to protect our regions from offshore drilling in public waters.

We provided direct support to communities affected by the Louisiana flood of 2016 — building materials, emergency supplies, family holiday support, and labor-intensive rebuilding efforts. Bold Louisiana also successfully petitioned the Administration to be more inclusive of rural communities in flood relief FEMA efforts.

Our “A Front Line Holiday” gift drive is right now generating donations of gifts for families across the country who are living in front-line communities affected by fossil fuel extraction and climate change. (There’s still time to buy a Front Line Holiday gift for a family from their Amazon wish list! Click here.)

Bold also helped further discussion and took action around just transition in the Gulf region in 2016, working with coalition partners to organize the “Another Gulf is Possible” week of action, and a Gulf regional Just Transition Solidarity Summit.

In 2017, Bold Louisiana will set its sights on stopping the proposed Bayou Bridge pipeline, providing support to landowners and fisher folk in the path and organizing for the upcoming public hearing in Baton Rouge on Jan. 12, 2017. We’ll also go on the offense to end new oil drilling and fracking in the Gulf of Mexico, and demand action to clean up the 27,000+ abandoned and leaking oil wells in our state and adjacent public waters.

Become a Bold sustaining donor today, and build a strong foundation for us to continue our work to protect our land, water and climate.

Your recurring monthly donation of $5, $8, $20 or more will empower us to expand the pace of our creative direct actions at the grassroots level. 

Click here to become a Bold sustaining donor (or, make a one-time donation)*.

*All donors will receive a limited edition sticker as a thank-you. Donors who give $100 or more from today through Jan. 3 will receive our new Bold t-shirt, which reads: “Water Protector. Land Defender. Pipeline Fighter.”

During the holidays, we will recharge and celebrate with family and friends.

But we are also making time to organize, and prepare to defend our victories to stop Keystone XL and Dakota Access from a Trump administration that has already indicated it will work to undo President Obama’s and Water Protectors’ efforts.

In fact, we are proud to announce the creation of three new Bold staff jobs — Pipeline Fighters who will be deployed to heated local fights in various regions throughout the country, to lift up the grassroots work and help organize landowners and Native allies. [1]

With Trump nominating Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson to be our Secretary of State; climate denier Pruitt to be head of the EPA; and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who’s on the board of the company building the Dakota Access pipeline, and promised to eliminate the Dept. of Energy, to head the Dept. of Energy — we have our work cut out for us in 2017 to defend our progress.

Become a Bold sustaining donor, an investment to grow our work to protect our land, water and climate.

Thanks for standing with us.

Jane Kleeb and the Bold Louisiana team

[1] “Bold Hiring for New Pipeline Fighter Staff Positions,” BoldAlliance.org, 12/20/16.