Diane Leutgeb Munson
On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at the Itasca County Courthouse (123 NE 4th St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744), The Four Necessity Valve Turners will be tried by a jury. They are charged with aiding and abetting criminal damage to property in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. The defendants are Michele Naar-Obed (Duluth, MN), Brenna Cussen Anglada (Cuba City, WI), Allyson Polman (Champaign, Il), and Daniel Yildirim (Viroqua, WI).
On February 4, 2019, citing the imminent and irreversible damage being done to the climate,
The Four Necessity Valve Turners took necessary, nonviolent action by turning off the valves to Enbridge Energy oil pipelines. The defendants acknowledge and support the daily activities of all those who have opposed the unnecessary and destructive construction of Line 3.
They echo all Water Protectors in demanding adherence to Indigeneous Treaty Rights by governments and corporations.
The group will host an event called “We Are Stronger Together” at Gunn Park (4680 State Highway 38, Grand Rapids, MN 55744) at 4pm on Monday, July 5. The evening will include a potluck, song sharing and discussion with the defendants.
Media inquiries should be directed to Diane Leutgeb Munson at the information provided above. For more information on The Four Necessity Valve Turners, including their Statement of Purpose and Intent please see the following: