If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary? THE RELUCTANT RADICAL is an intimate portrait of climate activist Ken Ward. Ken breaks the law as a last resort and with great trepidation, to fulfill what he sees as his personal obligation to future generations. The film follows Ken through a series of civil disobedience direct actions, culminating with his participation in the coordinated action that shut down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines on October 11, 2016. Facing 20 years in prison for his actions, the film reveals both the personal costs and also the fulfillment that comes from following one’s moral calling. Link to film, trailer- https://www.thereluctantradicalmovie.
Doors open 6 PM; Eugene screening premiere of the documentary shows at 6:30 PM. Film Director/Producer Lindsey Grayzel and film subject/climate activist Ken Ward will be in attendance for post-film discussion. Lauren Regan of the Civil Liberties Defense Center will provide an update on the upcoming Valve Turners trial in Minnesota at which the Necessity Defense will be allowed. Suggested donation $10. All proceeds go toward the Valve Turners Necessity Defense.
“There are many fronts in the vast climate fight; this film highlights the personal struggles and victories of one daring path.” -Bill McKibben, Climate Advocate and Founder of 350.org
“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
Hosted by 350 Eugene, UUCE Justice Network and Interfaith EarthKeepers