CLDC: “Necessity: Part II” Documentary Benefit

CLDC: “Necessity: Part II” Documentary Benefit

October 18, 2020

Join The Civil Liberties Defense Center and filmmakers October 18th for a preview and panel discussion for “Necessity: Part II.”

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This event will feature an exclusive sneak preview of a documentary film currently in production featuring the legal work of CLDC founder Lauren Regan and activists in Oregon fighting fossil fuel infrastructure and transport. The film offers an urgent assessment of the immense threats to the planet that are now inescapable with fires engulfing much of the Pacific. But it also tells a powerful story of grit, determination, and creative possibilities as communities come together in a larger fight to save the planet.

Learn more about this three-part documentary project and how they can support both the legal work of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, featured in the film, and the documentary itself. To learn more about “Necessity: Oil, Water, and Climate Resistance, Part I,” go to


Lauren Regan is founder of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, and currently its Executive Director and senior staff attorney.

Stephanie Tidwell is Deputy Director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, and a former Executive Director of the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center.

Cathy Sampson-Kruse is an elder of the Waluulapum Band, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and a member of the CLDC advisory board

Haunani Kalama is founder of Kulama, a strategy & development consultancy, and Associate Producer, “Necessity”

Jan Haaken, Director of “Necessity,” is professor emeritus of psychology at Portland State University, a clinical psychologist, and documentary filmmaker.


The “Necessity” series educates and inspires viewers as it follows its subjects on a daunting journey through contested lands and waterways. As states move to intensify criminal charges for interfering with fossil fuel infrastructure, activists make the case that the polluters are the true criminals, which is why they are increasingly taking to the streets and to the courts for justice. Each 55-minute part of the series is structured around settings–places, characters and actions where the drama centers on tactics of resistance, from petitioning and protesting at hearings, lockdowns at banks or pipeline construction sites, to interfering with the actual transport of oil. Each part explains a form of fossil fuel and probes questions about their transport and features Indigenous leaders, treaties and community alliances in fights against different forms of fossil fuel–what one scientist describes as “flavors of the same poison.” Part I (in festivals and impact campaign) follows resistance to Canadian tar sands oil and pipelines in the Midwest, and Part II (in post-production) centers on towns along the Columbia River in Oregon fighting oil-by-rail.


The event ticket will also give attendees a link in advance to watch, at their leisure, “Necessity: Part I,” also screening at the Eugene Environmental Film Festival in early October, and to participate in the live event on Thursday, October 18th that includes a 10-minute sneak preview of Part II.

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