The Four Necessity Valve Turners and some of their support team, gathering for the anniversary of the action. From left to right: Diane Leutgeb Munson, Brenna Cussen Anglada, Daniel Yildirim, Eric Anglada, Allyson Polman, Greg Obed, Michele Naar Obed, Maria Bergh

Hi friends, it's been a little while. We are so grateful for your support and care over the last year. On February 4th, we were again together praying and thinking about the trial coming up on June 2nd in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, northwest of Duluth. We made an altar in our space to remember and re-ground ourselves in the action we took, and the journey we've been on together since. Every day, the news confirms our conviction that there must be urgent action taken.

Preparation for trial is different, but no less elaborate, than preparation for civil disobedience. The court room we have been meeting in has no windows, which at times seems metaphorical for the lack of concern the law has for the impact of fossil fuels on the climate and our future. But not only the climate has changed in this past year. We, also, have undergone a transformation through this process. And so we ask your prayers as we discern how we want to mark the time from now until the trial, and from the trial to the sentencing. Particularly, how shall we celebrate with you all the time we have left? And how can we support you in this moment of climate catastrophe?

Two things we do know, right now: you are so very welcome to join us in June, and the world desperately needs you.

So please plan to join us in Northeastern Minnesota. There will be free and public events, but these do cost money for us to host. We are so grateful for the support you've shared so far, which powers this website, our legal team, and other necessary expenses. We are hopeful that some will feel called to support these events to allow us to share experience, food, and fellowship as we prepare for court. Our donate page has the latest details on how we can receive donations.

Panel Discussion with the Valve Turners

6:30 - 9:00 pm Friday, May 30th, 2020

Peace Church, Duluth, MN

Welcome Table with the Valve Turners

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Monday, June 1st, 2020

TBD Grand Rapids, MN

Evening Prayer & Song

8:00 - 9:00 pm Monday, June 1st, 2020

Camp Hiawatha, Deer River Township, MN

Trial Begins

8:30 am Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

Itasca County Court House, Grand Rapids, MN

(court scheduled Tuesday through Friday, but may adjourn before then)

The Four Necessity Valve Turners, Brenna Cussen-Anglada, Michele Naar-Obed, Allyson Polman, and Daniel Yildirim, appeared at the Itasca County Courthouse in Grand Rapids MN on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 before Judge Chandler to confirm their plea of 'Not Guilty” to Count 1 felony: Aiding and abetting attempted damage to pipeline property, and Count 2 misdemeanor: Aiding and abetting criminal damage to property. The group also confirmed a joint trial, and waived their rights to a speedy trial (this was necessary in order to obtain a fixed trial date to facilitate the travel plans of out-of-town counsel).

With that, a trial date with jury is now set for Tuesday, June 2, 2020 beginning at 8:30am. The group expects a 3 day trial.

The Four Necessity Valve Turners will be preparing pretrial events and are available for speaking engagements. Even though the Necessity Defense will not be formally allowed in the trial, the group will engage with expert witnesses in the climate crisis to educate, raise awareness, and develop solutions in the months leading up to the trial.

Financial contributions are still needed for covering costs for pretrial events. Donations can be sent through PayPal, or checks made out to St. Isidore Catholic Worker Farm with Four Necessity in the memo line can be sent to:

St. Isidore Catholic Worker Farm,

2752 Clay Hollow Road

Cuba City WI 53807

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Friday was a global climate strike. Did you take action? There's still time, all this week and into the future.

Many of us did, each according to their own ability. Carly Ann and Lydia (pictured above), Four Necessity support team members living in Chicago, spoke and sang as a part of the Chicago action against Chase Bank. Diane and Mike, support team members from Winona, attended a Climate Strike event in their area. Michele supported the climate strike efforts in downtown Duluth. Many of us continued the daily rhythm of regenerative agriculture that we are committed to, seeking to reduce the harm caused by climate change in every aspect of our lives. We'll share out more images and reflections of over the next weeks.

In this moment we also want to highlight the role of media and privilege in this work. There are many amazing youth activists that are not white. Many of them are putting their lives and freedom on the line in order to make change so their families and culture will survive. They are not well-funded, they are not making international news. They won't show up on your newsfeed several times everyday, they aren't quoted on the side of the UN building in New York City. There will be representatives of the coal industry speaking at the UN today, talking about how much has already been done to minimize the damage of climate change, promoting the idea that we can only go so far. The people whose voices are elevated by the media have consolidated power and privilege behind them.

Let us listen closely to those most directly effected by climate change and pipeline spills. Let us take inspiration, but not limited. Let us look to indigenous teens on the equator, tribal youth in regions criscrossed by leaking pipelines, those who see their culture and their family's lives diminished right now by pollution and climate change. Let us listen to our elders, talk with our farmers. Let us consult the immigrants on our borders who are driven from home by poverty and famine, the people of Puerto Rico still waiting for sufficient relief from tropical storms and hurricanes. Let us not stigmatize those willing to risk everything for their future, because they are already living the reality that has yet to reach our latitudes. Let us learn from them, elevate them, amplify them. Let us act with great urgency, for our own children's sakes.

As we prepare for our October 8th hearing, we'd love to hear from you how you are resisting climate change and fossil fuels. This hearing is mostly procedural, but one outcome may be learning the date of the final trial. We will share any updates with you as soon as we hear them.