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Disrupting the System - the Valve-turner Direct Action Panel

  • First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist Jamaica 6 Eliot St, Plain, Massachusetts 02130 (map)

Gracing the JP Forum are the heroic Valve Turners on:

Sunday, June 4th at 7pm

On October 11, 2016, 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. Come hear three of the "Valve Turners" -former JP resident Ken Ward, Annette Klapstein, and Emily Johnston discuss why they felt morally compelled to take this action and risk their freedom. 

Also joining us, from Climate Disobediance is Marla Marcum and Jay O'Hara. We will hear from them on the crucial and intricate role that organizing and continuing to educate the public plays in the fight for environmental justice. 

Our collective commitment to nonviolent civil disobedience is the most powerful force on the planet.