laurie laurie, February 20, 2017
Meet the 5 Valve Turners — who stopped the five pipelines between the US and Canada — in Eugene! Hear their story and donate to support their legal defense fund. The event is this Friday, February 24 at the First United Methodist Church -1376 Olive St.  Doors open at 6:30 pm with live jazz, then the Valve Turners will join us from 7:00-8:30 pm for an evening of discussion, enlightenment and inspiration.
Background information:
October 11th 2016, 5 brave climate organizers turned emergency shut-off valves on the 5 pipelines that carry oil from the Canadian tar sands into the United States. It was an unprecedented act of non-violent direct action that shut down 15% of US crude oil imports for nearly a day. To ensure that the pipelines would be safely shut down, a call was placed to each company fifteen minutes before valve turners entered the sites, giving them ample time to shut each pipeline down.
The five valve-turners say their actions are not only necessary, but morally and legally justified, to avoid the catastrophic harm caused to humanity by unprecedented climatic disruption. Now, the “Valve Turners” face Felony charges with sentences of up to 95 years in prison. Hear Emily, Michael, Annette, Leonard, and Ken discuss why they felt morally compelled to take this action. In the very first trial, a hung jury failed to convict Ken Ward (Feb 1 – read more)!

Donation collection: All proceeds go to Valve Turners’ legal fund. If you can’t be there, please donate online. Suggested donation $20 per person, but no one will be turned away.

From left to right, Emily Johnston, Annette Klapstein, Leonard Higgins, Ken Ward, Michael Foster

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