laurie laurie, September 12, 2017

Break Free Pacific Northwest Update:

Breakfree on tracks

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.

Update: Several Break Free  trials have been held this past year. The next trial is on September 14 and 15th, 2017. This is a re-trial of the previous group that had resulted in a hung jury. Leonard Higgins and Christa Knittle are scheduled to have their trial on October 19th and 20th. All the trials begin in the Skagit County District Court building at 600 S 3rd in Mt. Vernon. They take place in the Superior Court building at 205 W Kincaid.
For more information:
Facebook page for Sept 14-15 trial:
Two jurors refused to convict the group of criminal trespass 2nd degree. Here is one juror’s quote:
Karen Swan “I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your stand and your risk, I’m honored to have been a juror in your case,” Swan said, in a statement to the defendants. “I can very much relate to you in regards to the emotional pain I feel about our world and the destruction of people and the environment.”
Click here to support the Civil Liberties Defense Center, representing several the Break Free Activists in court:

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.

Click here to support the Valve Turners legal defense: