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Public Affairs Forum: If We Don’t, Who Will? Valve Turners on Actions that Matter

December 17, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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December 17, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Who's Hosting This Event?

Public Affairs Forum, Green Sanctuary Committee
Who We Are:
(512) 288-4080

From the First Unitarian Universalist Church –

On October 11, 2016, five brave climate activists shook the North American energy industry when they closed safety valves on the 5 pipelines carrying tar sands crude oil into the United States. This was the biggest coordinated move on energy infrastructure ever taken by environmental activists. They were responding to the call for International Days of Action and Prayer for solidarity with standing rock. The five activists and four support people involved were charged with a combined 27 felony and 15 misdemeanor charges.

The five valve-turners are standing by their actions, saying that they are not only necessary, but morally and legally justified to avoid the catastrophic harm caused to humanity by unprecedented climactic disruption.

Speaker Bio- Mike Foster is a former mental health therapist and father, who grew up in the shadow of Texan oil refineries, and quit his job in order to promote environmental activism.

About the Public Affairs Forum

The Public Affairs Forum is held at 12 noon on most Sundays in the Sanctuary at First UU, sponsor of the forum. The church is located at 4700 Grover. These one-hour forums are open to the public and admission is free.

Forums include lectures by prominent speakers on a wide variety of topics – social equity, politics, environmental issues, science, community action initiatives, and others. Most forum events allow time for the audience to ask questions of the speaker. The presentation is videotaped, edited and broadcast on ChannelAustin TV cable channel 10 at 6 p.m. on Sundays.


First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Avenue
Austin, TX 78759 United States
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(512) 288-4080