Our only hope is to step outside polite conversation and put our bodies and ourselves in the way.
When, why, and how does a person decide to break the laws of a system that protects those who profit by stealing our future? Ken Ward faced those questions head-on and was one of five activists who shut down all the major Tar Sands pipelines in the U.S. on October 11, 2016.
In honor of Global Climate Strike Week, OCA will screenThe Reluctant Radical, about Ken and his Valve Turner colleagues. The screening will feature a special appearance by Ken’s fellow Valve-Turner, Michael Foster, who received the longest prison sentence of the group when he turned off the main Tar Sands pipeline in North Dakota. For more information, see http://www.shutitdown.today/
The discussion with Michael will make the event very special and personal, so plan to stay for the discussion afterward!
Why: Every Friday from 1-2 a group, called Fridays for Future, of mostly youth Climate Strike in front of Seattle City Hall. They are asking extra people go out on 8/16 to show support for Zoe. Every week they use sidewalk chalk to show their message for climate action. This past week an adult handed Zoe a bottle of spray on chalk that turned out to be chalk paint. As soon as she realized they began making plans to clean it up, but the police intervened and took a 13 year old away in handcuffs.
Holy SHIT, @seattlePD. Making a 13-year old w/ sidewalk chalk cry, & cuffing her?
“You realize she’s 13 years old?”“That’s great, we’ll figure it out at the precinct. We’re not going to sit here while we’re surrounded by a bunch of people who want to make their opinions known.” pic.twitter.com/iCgPkktRF1
To help prepare for this major mobilization and to share skills, provide key tools and resources and the support of peer learning, we’ve put together a great training series of five webinars. All of the webinars will be on Wednesdays at 5 pm PT/ 8 pm ET. In order to build in enough time for discussion, we’re asking everyone to set aside 1.5 hours for each of the webinars, though some may be shorter.
August 14th: Centering Equity & Justice (including how to best support youth leadership) in Climate Strike Organizing
August 21st: Communications & Digital Tools for Climate Strike Organizing
August 28th: Utilizing the Strikes to Build Our Movement: Strategies for Leadership Development & Plugging People In Post-Sept 20th
September 4th: Know Your Rights to Stand Up for Climate Justice! (with the Civil Liberties Defense Center)
September 11th: Opportunities & Challenges: Bring your ideas and questions around Sept 20th-27th Organizing