This is an post with a lot of logistical information for folks who are in Fort Benton for Leonard Higgins’s Climate Trial. Please share with your friends who are in town and may not have seen this yet.
Making an Impression
Last night we popped out for a beer and ran into a potential juror. We have the opportunity to be the bearers of Leonard and the Valve Turner story and I trust that we will all do so with the same thoughtfulness and love that the action was performed in. Fort Benton has a population of 1200 and we will quickly make impressions. Let us be kind and courteous and tip well.
Talking to Jurors
If you unwittingly come across a juror as we did, please do not talk about the case. You might unwittingly invalidate that juror’s participation and that juror might have been the coolest climate fellow in the whole county.
Once trial is underway, please refrain from talking about the case in public. We will all have thoughts to process about the words or actions of the judge and lawyers, but doing so publicly is not good or helpful. It’s really hard to refrain, I know - but please don’t do it :)
Do not bring laptops or phones into the courtroom. This judge is stringent and someone was kicked out of Leonard’s hearing last year for bringing out a cell phone. Leonard’s lawyer Herman has said that if he sees you with a cell or laptop, he’ll kick you out himself. Also, please do not bring food or drink into the courtroom. You *might* be allowed a thermos with a lid but we’re not sure yet.
We are meeting at the Community Bible Church each morning. Pastor Joe Jordon, who goes by Joe, is so welcoming and gracious and has given us the use of the church and neighboring community center while we are here. Tuesday and Wednesday morning we’ll be meeting at 7:30am and Thursday we’ll be preparing food and eating together (times for that coming soon).
Our shared meals with supporters begin tomorrow, Tuesday 11-21. Please come to help cook, clean, and eat at the Franklin House: 1105 Franklin St. You can check out this map to get a sense of where things are. Some of y’all are signed up for shifts, but I’m sure there will be a need for others to cut onions. Don’t be a stranger :)
If you still need lodging, check out the Fort Motel $60 nightly
Fort Benton is truly Beautiful.