Backbone Campaign

Jeanne — Backbone Meaningful Movies presents a free documentary film screening of Necessity: Climate Justice and The Thin Green Line, followed by a Panel Discussion facilitated by Backbone ED Bill Moyer.

Thursday, May 5

  • Community Virtual Screening: 4pm Pacific / 7pm eastern (NOTE: when you register you will also receive a link to watch the film in advance, on your own device.)
  • Panel Discussion: 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern – with guests Cathy Sampson-Kruse, Dan Serres, and Lauren Regan
  • No charge, but donations accepted

Register HERE

About Necessity: Climate Justice & The Thin Green Line:

The documentary is set along the rivers of Oregon and follows activists as they enlist the necessity defense in a jury trial after being arrested for a direct action at Zenith Energy in Portland. This story of climate resistance in the Pacific Northwest brings into view a historical landscape of tribal leaders, Indigenous activists and white allies as they resist oil trains and trucks carrying these highly inflammable products through treaty lands. In following the path of oil-by-rail and oil resistance along the Columbia, we revisit lessons of the New Deal era of building massive dams and what climate activists take from that era in thinking about a Green New Deal.


About our Panelists:

Cathy Sampson-Kruse (Waluulapum Band, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation) is an elder champion of the Thin Green Line movement opposing fossil fuel export along the Columbia River and from other Pacific Northwest ports. A retired social worker (PSU & WWU) a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother; she makes her home between the Yakama Valley, the Blue Mountains, and the Portland area. Cathy has delivered eloquent testimony at dozens of public events opposing expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in the Columbia Basin and installation of small modular nuclear reactors at the Hanford Reservation. “Fracked gas and coal are deep in the Earth and bear memories of the past,” she told the Oregon Public Utilities Commission in 2017. “They need to stay there, instead of destroying our land, air, and precious water.”

Dan Serres (he/him) is the Conservation Director for Columbia Riverkeeper. Since 2004, Dan has organized opposition to major new fossil fuel terminals, pipelines, refineries, and fracked gas power plants in the Pacific Northwest. Born and raised in Oregon, Dan helped to raise awareness about proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and related pipelines in rural and urban areas. Dan also played a role in the successful efforts to halt new coal export and oil-by-rail terminals. Dan served on the Hanford Advisory Board, and continues to engage in issues related to the Hanford Nuclear Site, the most contaminated site in the Western Hemisphere. Dan‘s educational background is in Earth Systems science.


Lauren Regan, after five years of public interest environmental law, went on to create the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) and is currently the executive director and senior staff attorney. Over the past 18 years, Lauren and CLDC have defended over 4,000 activists from around the country for free. Lauren is a national expert in the defense of political activists, particularly those engaged in the climate, environmental, indigenous and animal rights movements. She is a trial lawyer who handles state and federal criminal defense, SLAPP defense, grand jury resistance, and federal civil rights litigation against police and government agencies for violating the rights of activists and organizations. Lauren and CLDC provide over 100 Know Your Rights trainings a year to activists, immigrants, and other at risk groups. Lauren is also an Oregon State Bar leadership fellow, a volunteer Teen Court judge, and has been given dozens of public interest attorney awards over more than two decades of activist lawyering. She is always mentoring law students and new attorneys, and trains and co-counsels others lawyers to use their legal skills to support lefty causes.

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