Break Free Pacific Northwest Update:
Background: The Break Free PNW protest was one of several held throughout the world during one week in May of 2016. The goal of the protests was to raise awareness of the environmental impacts of burning fossil fuels and to encourage a transition to clean energy. The Break Free PNW protest was held in Skagit County because of the Shell and Tesoro oil refineries at March Point near Anacortes, and because of trains that deliver crude oil to those refineries from North Dakota’s Bakken region. They were among 52 protestors arrested on May 15, among them several from 350 Eugene.
Valve Turner Webinar:
Background (from Shut It Down Today)
On October 11, 2016, five brave climate activists, determined to act commensurately with the truth of unfolding climate cataclysm in the face of the failure of adequate policy, closed safety valves on the 5 pipelines carrying tar sands crude oil into the United States.
This act of climate disobedience shut down 15% of US crude oil imports for nearly a day – a display of the sorts of shifts that are necessary to avoid complete cataclysm. In this light, the five valve-turners are standing by their actions, saying that they are not only necessary, but morally and legally justified to avoid the catastrophic harm caused to humanity by unprecedented climactic disruption.
Webinar: Watch this this Valve Turners webinar (held Sept 7, 2017) facilitated by author Wen Stephenson as they discuss climate direct action in this time of both monumental hope and profound doom. We’ll also be following up with the valve turners about recent legal proceedings.
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