Thank you Minnesota

Our deepest thanks for all the local support.  It was our great privilege to meet so many wonderful people in Minnesota and gather an inkling of what life is like here. This Wednesday morning, after the surprise acquittal, we are scattering to the winds, taking our children back to school and returning home to the hard work of continued resistance to fossil fuels and working to speed up the shift to renewables in our home towns and states.  For an update, check out this morning's Democracy Now interview with Emily and Annette, and Dr. James Hansen.


Courtroom Decorum

We have a judge who has made it clear that decorum is very important in the courtroom and we want to respect the rules while we're in the court so that we have he best chance to win our case. So please, both inside and outside of the courtroom and courthouse, please do not bring or wear t-shirts or other signage with messaging. And please take the time to read the below. We really want to win this case and think it could make a big difference in setting precedent for other people who want to resist fossil fuel infrastructure. We want the best chance of being able to do that, and that means following the rules of the court.

  • No clothing with political slogans or symbols. Sober and respectful demeanor and attire - No message T-shirts, buttons, signs, etc.  No matter how peaceful the image, if you could refrain from wearing clothing with messaging, that is the defendants’ request.
  • No signs or banners in or out of the courthouse - these would be confiscated in court, and do not convey the kind of respect for the proceedings that we hope to convey.
  • No political discussions in or around the courtroom. And please refrain from discussing the case in public, in town, which is very small.
  • NO PHONES, CAMERAS, or LAPTOPS: All bags are searched upon entering the third floor, and if you have any of these devices with you, you will be turned away from the courtroom. Recordings of any kind are not allowed and will get us kicked out or worse. All electronic devices must be left elsewhere.
  • NO EXPRESSIONS OF AGREEMENT OR DISAGREEMENT with court proceedings.  We have reason to believe that anything except sober and attentive silence and is likely to interpreted as disrespect for the court.
  • NO TALKING OR WHISPERING IN THE COURTROOM, for the same reasons.
  • NEVER talk to a juror (or member of the jury pool before the jury is chosen) under any circumstance. If you find yourself on the sidewalk or in a restaurant or in the bathroom with a juror, you can smile and nod, but please refrain from conversation.
  • NEVER PHOTOGRAPH A JUROR (this includes members of the jury pool before the jury is chosen).
  • NO GOING IN AND OUT OF THE COURTROOM: We understand that this is not only disallowed, but will be taken as a sign of disrespect. If you must leave, please slip out quietly, and wait until a break to come back in.
  • No weapons - even tiny pocket knives will be turned away by the detectors at the courthouse entrance.
  • No hats in the courtroom - Even women, in most jurisdictions, the bailiff will ask you to remove your hat.

We know it’s a lot. But if this could help, it’s really worth it.

Thank you. Please reach out to Nicky Bradford at shutitdown.today@gmail.com if you have questions.


Events for #ClimateTrial

REMAINING EVENTS CANCELED

Our deepest thanks for all the local support.  It was our great privilege to meet so many wonderful people in Minnesota and gather an inkling of what life is like here. This Wednesday morning, after the surprise acquittal, we are scattering to the winds, taking our children back to school and returning home to the hard work of continued resistance to fossil fuels and working to speed up the shift to renewables in our home towns and states.  For an update, check out this morning's Democracy Now interview with Emily and Annette, and Dr. James Hansen.

Monday - Thursday, Oct 8-11, 8:30am: Circle up outside with defendants across the street from the courthouse on the Southeast side before we walk over to the courthouse each morning.

Monday, Oct 8th, 8:30am: MN #ClimateTrial begins. Leave your phones, laptops, and cameras in a secure place outside the courthouse and make sure you've read Courtroom Decorum before you dress for the day. The courtroom will be full of potential jurors, so please, find a place in the overflow room, and make sure not to talk to potential jurors; do not have political discussions or discuss the case anywhere where you could be overheard by potential jurors, or courthouse staff. Please restrict conversation to small talk and catch up about your families: resist the urge to talk about anything relevant to the case other than where you parked your car and where you will eat lunch.

6pm: Dinner in Bemidji Super 8 suite. Plan for take-out food.

Tuesday, Oct 9th, 9am: Court begins at 9am. Everyone should fit inside the courtroom this morning. We have room for 56. Leave your phones, laptops, and cameras in a secure place outside the courthouse and make sure you've read Courtroom Decorum before you dress for the day. Make sure not to talk to potential jurors; do not have political discussions or discuss the case anywhere where you could be overheard by potential jurors, or courthouse staff. Please restrict conversation to small talk and catch up about your families: resist the urge to talk about anything relevant to the case other than where you parked your car and where you will eat lunch.

Lunch: Frequent local businesses. Great cafes in walking distance from the Courthouse.

7pm: "Energy, Climate, & Health with Dr. James Hansen and Tara Houska"

American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University,1500 Birchmont Drive NE, Bemidji, MN 56601
Dr. Hansen will deliver a talk that cuts through the polarization of the talking heads and details the very real effect our energy use has on climate and health and both the burdens and opportunities that are created for young people. Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear the former Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, share his urgent message to today's youth.

9pm: after AIRC event, head over to Brigid's Cross for food and drink

 


Minnesota Travel Logistics

Dear Climate Direct Action Supporters!

Below you will find detail about how to plug in, travel, and support the Valve Turner trial taking place in Bagley, MN from October 8th to the 11th.

Whether or not you intend to be there, we’re grateful for your support. Many of you have expressed hope to attend the trial, but if the specifics do not work for you after all, take heart. As important as it is to show the court of Clearwater County that the Valve Turners stand with the strength of a people’s movement behind them, we don’t aim to overwhelm the town in a way that is antagonistic to the court. We come with our hands open and with the knowledge that it's an extraordinary privilege to be able to argue the climate necessity defense.

Ways to Support

  • Tell all the people. Share the FB Event. Email the RSVP to people who want to attend.
  • Particularly if you live nearby, come and support the Valve Turners at trial. Below you’ll find details about recommended places to lodge, and info for those travelling from afar.
  • Donate to the legal fund. There are a lot of costs in arranging for expert witnesses, defendants, and folks on the legal team to travel. All your donations go to support the operations costs of the trial and the legal work of our heroic attorneys Tim Phillips, Lauren Regan of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, and Kelsey Skaggs of the Climate Defense Project.

TRAVEL

Train: take the Empire Builder to Detroit Lakes, MN and take a Greyhound bus to Bemidji, MN. You can rent a car in Bemidji or pile into carpools that can be arranged here.

Bus: Greyhound Bus service goes to both Bagley and Bemidji, MN

Car: Sign up to carpool from Washington and Oregon. Or from Minneapolis for the week, or just for a day that works with your work schedule. Offer to drive or join a daily carpool from a Bemidji hotel to the courthouse in Bagley. We’ve got folks coming and going from a bunch of places intrastate and interstate. Let’s pile up! You can detail where you’ll be coming from and when on the carpool sign up.

Air: Bemidji Airport (BJI) is just thirty minutes from Bagley. The Grand Forks (GFK) and Fargo (FAR) Airports in North Dakota are 1.5 - 2 hours from Bagley. Minneapolis- St Paul Airport (MNP) is 3.75 hours from Bagley, and a lot less costly. A carpool arrangement or a bus from Minneapolis to Bemidji a more affordable option.

Rental Cars: If you are taking the train or Greyhound to Northern Minnesota but think best to have a rental car to get around once there, you’ll want to rent one at the airport in Bemidji.

LODGING Bagley and Bemidji Map

The defendants and the legal team have booked out the limited space available in Bagley, MN. Supporters, press, and others are staying nearby in Bemidji.

Recommended: The Super 8 is in Bemidji just twenty minutes from the courthouse in Bagley. Call (218) 308-9046 by October 1st to reserve a room at a reduced group rate. The rooms are blocked out under the name “Climate Direct Action.” Sign up for a daily carpool to the courthouse.

Other Options: There are a few cabins at Ruttger’s Lodge. Check out AirBNB options in the area. And find a slew of other options at varying price points in Bemidji.

*if you have ideas to add to this list, please share!

Help

  • Are you available to ferry folx to and from the airport in MSP, from the airport in Bemidji? To and from Bagley? Run an errand for the legal team? We will need some drivers dedicated to getting key people where they need to be. Email shutitdown.today@gmail.com to volunteer.
  • If you need talking through options, please don’t hesitate to call or email Nicky Bradford (206-380-2265) or email shutitdown.today@gmail.com



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