Saturday, February 25, 6:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, 2945 NW Circle Blvd.
On October 11, five climate activists shook the North American energy industry by closing the emergency shut off valves on all five pipelines bringing Canadian tar sands oil into the US. It was an unprecedented act of non-violent direct action that shut down 15% of US crude oil imports for nearly a day.
Now, the “Valve Turners” face felony charges with sentences of up to 90 years in prison and hundreds of thousand of dollars in fines and legal fees. Hear Emily, Michael, Annette, Leonard, and Ken discuss why they felt morally compelled to take this action and risk their freedom.
Former Corvallis resident and 350Corvallis member, Leonard Higgins was one of these brave individuals and will speak at this event along with the other 4 valve turners. Ken Ward willl also reflect on his recent trial and the testimony that led to a hung jury.
The valve turners will be interviewed by Kathleen Dean Moore, Corvallis philosopher, environmental advocate, and writer.
These climate heroes need our support as they argue the necessity of their actions in court. This event will be a fundraiser for their legal fees. Suggested donation $20, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Read more about the valve turners here:
Activists Who Closed the Emergency Shutoff Valves on Tar Sands Pipelines: “This Is an Emergency”