The Reluctant Radical–A benefit screening

Thursday, October 25, 7 p.m. at the Seattle Mennonite Church, 3120 NE 125th Street, Seattle

UUC’s Climate Action Team invites you to join us for a screening of Reluctant RadicalAdmission is free. There will be an opportunity to contribute to Climate Direct Action which helps fund legal defense costs for the Valve Turners.

On October 11, 2016, at 8:30 a.m., Ken Ward turned off the flow of oil from the Alberta tar sands into Washington state. The Reluctant Radical explores the path that led Ken from acting within environmental organizations to taking direct action civil disobedience instead despite the personal costs. He hopes to awaken people to the climate crisis caused by fossil fuel use.

Ken Ward and Michael Foster–two of the five Valve Turners who shut off all tar sands oil to the United States that day–will be present to discuss their actions and answer audience questions after the film.

The final trial of Valve Turners Emily Johnston and Annette Klapstein and supporter Ben Joldersma is taking place this month in Minnesota. Money is still needed for the legal costs of all the defendants.

This event is sponsored by University Unitarian Church, Seattle Mennonite Church, Seattle First Baptist Church, Congregation Beth Shalom, Richmond Beach Congregational Church, St. James Cathedral and Faith Action Climate Team (FACT).