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“This is an all hands on deck moment for our climate, when we have to stand up and do what’s right. Tar sands extraction is devastating and wrong. Shutting it down is right. We all have to find ways to show the fossil fuel industry that we do not consent to their reckless destruction of our futures. The valve turners found one. Peaceful resistance and direct action are the only things that might save us.” — John Sellers, Other98

Michael Foster began his year long sentence for shutting down the Keystone Pipeline on February 6, 2018. There will be many actions that we can take to let Michael know that his sacrifice is connected to a larger movement of people who act to prevent climate catastrophe. Sign here to stay updated.

Be part of the team who supported Ken through two hung juries, who supported in person and from afar the trials in North Dakota and Montana, and who will be standing strong with Emily and Annette when they present the necessity defense in Minnesota, and for the first time let a jury decide whether shutting down 15% of US oil supply was not only morally necessary, but also legally justified. In this time of emergency, it will take all of our hands working in concert.

The Legal Arguments

Our legal team, which includes the Climate Defense Project and the Civil Liberties Defense Center in collaboration with the Climate Disobedience Center, is preparing a full fledged necessity defense, bringing high-profile expert witnesses on climate change and social change to make the case that the valve turners actions are legally justifiable. 

“We are now fully immersed in the climate crisis, with the earth’s ice melting and its oceans turning ever more acid. Hence it is reasonable and necessary that people take nonviolent but increasingly firm action to try and address this emergency. Those who have acted will be considered great heroes by future citizens.”–Bill McKibben

Stay tuned to this page for updates on how you can get engaged in the final trial once it is scheduled.


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