“The Reluctant Radical” film, Q&A with valve turner Ken Ward


July 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Bobby Bowens Progressive Center, 2540 Macdonald Ave, Richmond Thursday; Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck, Oakland Friday

Join a live Q&A via Skype with Ken Ward, one of the valve turners who shut off oil pipelines in October 2016. This discussion of the valve turners’ multi-state civil disobedience action will follow a screening of the documentary film “The Reluctant Radical.” The film follows Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change.

Join Sunflower Alliance for two fundraisers for the valve turners’ legal defense fund.


Richmond: https://bpt.me/3483033;
Oakland: https://bpt.me/3489485

Check out “The Reluctant Radical” trailer here

A climate change film like no other, THE RELUCTANT RADICAL is an intimate character portrait of valve turner Ken Ward, who puts everything on the line in his fight to stave off climate change. Using cinéma vérité storytelling, the film reveals both the personal costs and also the fulfillment that comes from following ones moral callingeven if that means breaking the law.

The film follows Ken for a year and a half, culminating with his participation in the coordinated action that shut down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines on October 11, 2016 and the ensuing trial that threatened to put him behind bars for twenty years.

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


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