Saturdays in the spring can be busy so we wanted you to know what’s happening on May 13:

On October 11, 2016, Leonard Higgins and four other brave climate activists closed valves on the five pipelines carrying tar sands crude oil into the United States. Leonard, near Coal Banks Landing, Montana, cut the lock on a valve enclosure on Spectra Energy’s Express Pipeline and closed the valve. He then waited. Soon the Chouteau County Sheriff arrived and he arrested him.

Leonard and the others are facing felony charges with potential sentences of decades in prison and tens of thousands of dollars in fines, but the valve turners remain resolute:

“It was the right thing to do, because the consequences of inaction and climate cataclysm far and away outweigh the personal consequences.”

What: A Fund-Raiser for Leonard Higgins with live music, barbecue, and lots of fun

When: May 13, 2017, 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: Dave Harmon’s Ranch, 3500 Duncan Drive, Missoula What: A fun event to raise serious money for Leonard’s legal fees

Save the date.


Jeff Smith, co-chair, 350 Montana