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Tar Sands Valve Turners: Shut It Down & Disrupt the System

  • Circle of Hope - 2007 Frankford Ave. 2007 Frankford Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States (map)

The tar sands Valve Turners will be making a Philadelphia appearance to share their stories & strategies behind their act of civil disobedience. Find out how impending climate catastrophe led them to use nonviolent direct action against the fossil fuel industry.

6-6:30 Meet&Greet w/refreshments
6:30-8:30 Panel & Discussion
We have the space until 9pm.

On October 11th 2016, these climate activists (in solidarity with resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline) 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 that shut down 15% of US crude oil imports for nearly a day.

Emily, Annette, Michael, Leonard and Ken (along with two supporters and one documentarian) have started their court proceedings fighting their felony charges where they will argue that their actions were not only morally necessary, but legally justified.

Join us for provocative discussion about what will be required of us if we are to maintain a livable planet for all. Find out how you can support the efforts of the Valve Turners who are fighting back against the fossil fuel industry and disrupting the system. 

Your $10 suggested donation goes towards Valve Turners' support fund and Pennsylvania resistance against the Sunoco/Energy Transfer Partners Mariner East 2 pipeline currently in construction.

In Pennsylvania (2nd largest natural gas producer behind Texas) we are already battling state government who are colluding with the industry - 10,000+ natural gas fracked wells, proposed cracker plants, fracking waste injection wells, proposed or in construction pipelines (including Mariner East 2, Atlantic Sunrise, PennEast, Northern Access, Constitution, Revolution, Falcon, Orion, Greater Philadelphia Extension), crude oil bomb trains into Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery, LNG export facilities like Marcus Hook and Septa's proposed fracked gas plants in Philadelphia.  

#shutitdown #defendwhatyoulove #peoplenotprofits#environmentaljustice #socialjustice

Light snacks and beverages provided. ADA accessible. Street parking. Public transportation from the Girard stop Market-Frankford line. Septa 5 bus. 

Hosted by EDGE350 PhiladelphiaResist Sunoco PA & Shut It Down - Climate Direct Action

Emily & Annette
Shut off Enbridge Line 4 & 67 Pipelines in Leonard, Minnesota
“For years we’ve tried the legal, incremental, reasonable methods, and they haven’t been anything like enough; without a radical shift in our relationship to this Earth, all that we love will disappear. My fear of that possibility is far greater than my fear of jail."
Emily Johnston
“Like mothers everywhere, I act from a deep love for my own children that extends out to all children and young people, and all living beings on this planet.”
Annette Klapstein

Shut off Transcanada's Keystone Pipeline in Walhalla, North Dakota
“I am here to generate action that wakes people up to the reality of what we are doing to life as we know it. All of our climate victories are meaningless if we don’t stop extracting oil, coal and gas now.”
Michael Foster

Shut off Kinder-Morgan's Trans-Mountain Pipeline in Anacortes, Washington
“Only if we are truly contesting the means of our own destruction - like wrestling a gun from the hands of a suicide - will we be able to use words like “hope” without cynicism or despair.”
Ken Ward

Shut off Spectra Energy's Express Pipeline in Coal Banks, Montana
"I am committed to the moral necessity of participating in nonviolent direct action to protect life."
Leonard Higgins

Earlier Event: May 27
Sweat weekend at the Stand!
Later Event: June 3
Lancaster Water Week