The public debate over the authenticity of a Facebook group called Fed ^ North Iowa has led one of the group leaders to offer her motivation for getting involved. The group admits that the past of some of the group leaders is not sparkling, but they claim to have good intentions. You can read the public debate on the group here.
The group leaders seem undeterred by the criticism, and are moving forward with their plans to help diminish crime in North Iowa.
The following information is from Kellie Ann Clark, one of the four leaders of Fed ^ North Iowa :
I would like to share you with my own personal bio.
I grew up in Plymouth and I myself did not have a very good past. Mine is just not searchable online. I experienced 13 years of abuse and evil that others have nightmares about. As a young woman I got tired of reading and seeing about all these people with charges against them for assault and child endangerment. Of course many other things have wretched my heart.
What drives me to help with this group? Because what I have been through I will do whatever I can to protect my children from ever having to experience anything like that at all. Because I am tired of living in a community I am to nervous to let my kids play outside.
We are currently working with someone to pass a bill on bullying. This interests me highly. Growing up my school knew of my past and they tore me apart because of it. My whole childhood into my teen years I never had any friends and people tore me down and treated me horribly. So as an adult I stand firm against bullies and really cannot wait to find out the bill we are going to help pass.
This is the latest description of the group from its Facebook home:
Welcome to Fed^North Iowa!
There is a lot of controversy over what our group is and what we stand for. So to eliminate all confusion I am going to tell you who we are and what we are advocating for. We are just a group of people who are fed up with seeing crime rates as bad as they are, seeing people going without and in need with no solutions, and other problems people have nowhere to turn too. We are a beginning out on our own non-profit organization driven towards accomplishing a set of goals that we feel are important to our community. People want to know what some of our goals are. Let me start out by telling you we will be setting up a clothing drive, also a food drive to help hawkeye food bank, other projects include spending time cleaning up our city parks and parking lots. We are selling T-shirts to help already existing places like the women’s shelter and the youth center in Mason City. We have a lot of other ideas and are gladly taking any ideas from you the public! If you have any questions, concerns or you just have a suggestion please feel free to address one of us administrators, you can contact Deoshea Foster, Tara Mikkelsen, Kellie Clark and Kristy Winter. Thank you for your interest in our cause!