Events: “Necessity” the Movie; Native Land Return in Minnesota; and More

In this blog:

  • “Necessity: Oil, Water and Climate Resistance”: A Documentary on the Necessity Defense
  • Free Meal and Talk on Native Land Return in Minnesota
  • Free Meal and Screening of “Dodging Bullets,” a Film on Historical Trauma
  • Annual Holiday Art Market at All Nations Indian Church

“Necessity: Oil, Water and Climate Resistance”: A Documentary on the Necessity Defense

A documentary film on the Necessity Defense is in post-production and looking for financial support for distribution. Here is a link to the 5-minute trailer.  Here’s the description:

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. The film is structured around two stories of activists engaged in civil disobedience and using the necessity defense. One case centers on activists locking down a local Wells Fargo, a major investor in the pipelines. The other centers on climate activists as they prepare for a landmark jury trial after temporarily shutting down the flow of tar sands oil as part of a multi-state coordinated action. 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.

Free Meal and Talk on Native Land Return in Minnesota

John Stoesz, a Healing Minnesota Stories friend, will speak this Thursday on Native Land Return in Minnesota as part of the “Discussions That Encounter” Series. It will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Olaf Catholic Church, 215 South 8th Street, Minneapolis.

Through presentation and discussion John will explore four topics: Historical – the Doctrine of Discovery and land theft. Personal – family histories. Theoretical – reasons to return land. Practical – ways white Minnesotans are returning land. John spent thirty years working in program and executive director roles for faith-based peace and justice organizations. He is a member of the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition – a nationwide network of people of faith working to undo this horrible injustice.

A free supper and social time begins at 6:30 p.m., with the program starting at 6:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Free Meal and Screening of “Dodging Bullets,” a Film on Historical Trauma

Another event this Thursday is a free screening of Dodging Bullets at Hennepin County Central Library, 2nd Floor, Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. Film starts at 6 p.m. A discussion on mental health follows at 8 p.m.

Here’s a link to the trailer for Dodging Bullets. Here’s a brief description:

Dodging Bullets confronts Historical Trauma head-on through interviews and discussions with young Native Americans whose lives are stricken the effects of Historical Trauma. The film explores research by professionals whose work helps develop a better understanding of Trauma, how it relates to Native Americans specifically and provides insight into ways we can improve the outcomes of Native people dealing with these challenges.

Annual Holiday Art Market at All Nations Indian Church

All Nations Indian Church, 1515 E. 23rd St., Minneapolis, is hosting its annual Holiday Art Market, spanning four days, Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays Dec. 9 and 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. Indigenous artisans will be selling blankets, art, jewelry, apparel, and gifts, along with food, including fry bread.

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