The Reluctant Radical – Film Screening
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.
Please join us for a community screening of this film at 7 P.M. on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at
the Seattle Mennonite Church, 3120 NE 125th Street, Seattle. 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.
Admission is free, but there will be an opportunity to contribute to Climate Direct Action, which
helps fund legal defense costs for the Valve Turners and other climate activists. Emily Johnston
and Annette Klapstein go on trial in October in Minnesota where they turned off a tar sands
valve. Ken, Michael (who was released in July after six months in a North Dakota prison), and
Leonard Higgins still face legal costs.
This event is sponsored by University Unitarian Church, Seattle Mennonite Church, and Seattle
First Baptist Church.
More information can be found at https://www.thereluctantradicalmovie.com and http://