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“The Reluctant Radical” Film Benefit for Valve Turners

May 7 • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The Reluctant Radical documentary starring climate activist Ken Ward will premiere in Eugene on Monday, May 7 at 6:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1685 W. 13th Ave. Doors open at 6 pm. The film hosted by 350 Eugene, UUCE Justice Network and Interfaith EarthKeepers is a benefit for the Valve Turners Necessity Defense. Suggested donation is $10. Following the screening, Ken Ward and Director-Producer Lindsey Grayzel will participate in a discussion with the audience. Lauren Regan of the Civil Liberties Defense Center will give an update including the recent ruling that the Minnesota trial of two Valve Turners will be allowed to utilize the Necessity Defense.

If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary? The Reluctant Radical follows Ken Ward for a year and a half through a series of direct actions, culminating with his participation in the Valve Turners’ coordinated action to shut down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines on October 11, 2016. The film reveals both the personal costs and also the fulfillment that comes from following one’s moral calling- even if that means breaking the law. Ken Ward has no regrets, and his certainty leaves the audience to consider if he is out of touch with reality, or if it is the rest of society that is delusional for not acting when faced with the unsettling prospect that we are collectively destroying our world.

Director-Producer Lindsey Grayzel and Co-Producer Deia Schlosberg were two of four independentfilmmakers to be arrested and charged with crimes for filming the activists on Oct. 11, 2016. Their arrests contributed to the alarm that press freedom and First Amendment rights have increasingly come under attack as law enforcement and prosecutors favor corporate fossil fuelinterests over citizens’ rights. Lindsey’s and Deia’s charges have now been dropped, and theyhave joined forces to tell Ken’s story through this film.

“We need moral clarity and sides to be drawn. Either you’re for burning fossil fuels and ending the world, or you’re against it. Which is it?”- Ken Ward

 “He was told he was crazy, but crazy is sitting idly by as disaster for young people is knowingly locked in.” -Dr. James Hansen, Climate Scientist

$10 sug. don.


May 7
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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350 Eugene
UUCE Justice Network
Interfaith EarthKeepers


Unitarian Universalist Church of Eugene
1685 W 13th Ave
Eugene, OR 97402 United States
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