The Reluctant Radical


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The Reluctant Radical

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a screening of The Reluctant Radical at St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church. This event is free and open to the public.

Both Ken Ward, the Reluctant Radical himself, and the film Director Lindsey Grayzel will join us for a discussion following the film.

RSVP on Facebook (not required, just come!)

THE RELUCTANT RADICAL features activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change. After twenty years leading environmental organizations, Ken becomes increasingly alarmed by both the scientific evidence of climate change and the repercussions for civilization as we know it. Ken pushes for a crisis level response and when his efforts fail, he embraces direct action civil disobedience as the most effective political tool to deal with catastrophic circumstances. Ken breaks the law as a last resort and with great trepidation, to fulfill what he sees as his personal obligation to future generations.

THE RELUCTANT RADICAL follows Ken for a year and a half through a series of direct actions, culminating with his participation in the coordinated action to shut down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines on October 11, 2016. The film reveals both the personal costs and also the fulfillment that comes from following one’s moral calling- even if that means breaking the law. Ken Ward has no regrets, and his certainty leaves the audience to consider if he is out of touch with reality, or if it is the rest of society that is delusional for not acting when faced with the unsettling prospect that we are collectively destroying our world.


March 13
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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St. Philip the Deacon


St. Philip the Deacon, Portland
120 NE Knott Street
Portland, OR 97212 United States
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