Emily Johnston

My Friends and I Are Willing to Spend Time in Jail Fighting for Environmental Justice

Two weeks ago, a jury in Skagit County, Washington refused to convict my friend Ken Ward of two felonies: burglary and sabotage.

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I May Be Facing Felony Charges for Shutting Off a Pipeline Valve, but the Real Radicals Are Running the Fossil Fuel Companies (Video)

I’ve been thinking a lot about risk lately—what we’re willing to risk, and why. I was one of five activists who turned off the major tar sands pipelines coming into the United States on Oct. 11, 2016. As a result, I’m risking prison time, ostensibly for property damage (we cut a few chains to access the valves), but really for being disobedient to business as usual. It's also possible they'll file a restitution suit, for temporarily disrupting a pipeline that’s highly profitable for some, at the expense of all others. 

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