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Oil, Water, and Climate Resistance


TRAILER Necessity: OIl, Water, and Climate Resistance
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Join us for a screening and fundraiser to support NECESSITY--a documentary film and proposed docu-series on climate resistance.

Date: October 27, 3:30pm – 6:00pm 
(Doors open at 3:30. Program begins at 4:00.)

First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist 
6 Eliot Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

About the Film

In a climate emergency, is civil disobedience a necessity?

Grounded in people and places at the heart of the climate crisis, "Necessity" traces the fight in Minnesota against the expansion of pipelines carrying toxic tar sands oil through North America. The story unfolds in a setting where indigenous activists and non-indigenous allies make use of the necessity defense in making a moral case for acts of civil disobedience. Many of these activists were part of the Standing Rock resistance in North Dakota and carry into this site of struggle their knowledge of resistance strategies, as well as their experiences of loss and trauma.

Movement lawyers defending activists in court must prove that the threat of the climate emergency justified acts of civil disobedience and that there were no legal alternatives. Water Protector Debra Topping guides us through areas where pipelines cross tribal lands and where native resistance is mounting. Tribal attorney Tara Houska shows how the destructive path of these pipelines endanger indigenous communities most directly. The film calls into question whether legal strategies are sufficient in responding to the scale of the global climate crisis. Directed by Jan Haaken and Samantha Praus.

Discussion Panelists

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Jan Haaken  is the Director of NECESSITY: OIL, WATER, AND CLIMATE RESISTANCE,  Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Portland State University, a clinical psychologist, and documentary filmmaker.  From abortion clinics, refugee camps, war zones and mental hospitals to drag bars, dairy farms and hip-hop clubs, Jan Haaken’s films focus on people and places on the social margins and in liminal spaces. As Director of OUR BODIES OUR DOCTORS, her previous film, Haaken received the Lena Sharpe Persistence of Vision audience award at the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival. 


Jean-Luc Pierite is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and now resides in Jamaica Plain. Jean-Luc currently serves as the President of the North American Indian Center of Boston and Co-convener on the Advisory Circle for The Institute on Collaborative Language Research, "CoLang." Jean-Luc volunteers with the Tunica-Biloxi Language and Culture Revitalization Program which is a collaboration with Tulane University in New Orleans. Jean-Luc further promotes indigenous self-determination, traditional ecological knowledge, and sustainable development through his work with The Fab Foundation.


Tim DeChristopher is a climate activist and a co-founder of the Climate Disobedience Center. In 2008 he disrupted a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction by registering as a bidder and outbidding oil companies for land outside of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah. After serving two years in prison for that action, Tim continued to engage in civil disobedience against the fossil fuel industry and was one of the West Roxbury pipeline defendants acquitted by reason of necessity. 


The Rev. Anne Bancroft serves as minister of Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Rev. Bancroft was one of the first three people arrested in a multi-year effort to stop construction of Spectra Energy’s (now Enbridge) Metering and Regulating Station, where pipelines carry 750 lbs/square inch of fracked gas into the Boston area. She also helped organize and participated in multi-faith actions of resistance. Weekly trainings on civil disobedience were held at Theodore Parker Church during the entirety of the effort to stop construction.  

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