West Roxbury #ClimateTrial RSVP
NOTE: DUE TO PROSECUTION REDUCING CHARGES IN THE FINAL DAYS BEFORE TRIAL, WE WILL BE IN COURT ONLY ON TUESDAY MORNING, MARCH 27TH. YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US THEN AND ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 AT JP FORUM (IN-PERSON OR LIVESTREAM). THE WEBSITE LISTED BELOW WILL BE UPDATED, AND THOSE WHO RSVP HERE WILL RECEIVE FOLLOW-UP INFORMATION ABOUT LOGISTICS AND SCHEDULE)
March 27-30 we invite you to stand with 12 of the 198 amazing people who heeded the call to bold and determined climate action and blockaded construction on the West Roxbury Lateral high-pressure fracked gas pipeline. This will be the first climate necessity case in the United States in two years, and climate champions and experts, including Bill McKibben and Dr. James Hansen, are planning to testify to make the case that we are in an emergency, and emergency measures - even if they break existing law - are justified in order to prevent a greater harm.
Trials can be unpredictable, and we want to make sure you get updates about schedule changes, recaps of each day with a preview of the next, requests from the defendants, general logistics, and rules of this particular courthouse. If you hope to come in-person for one or more days (or if you hope to support actively from afar), please complete this form.
You will receive full logistical information after completing this form. The courthouse is located a block away from the Forest Hills Station on the Orange line at 445 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, Boston.
Check out the website (with defendant bios and more) at
Expected email frequency: 2-3 messages per week until trial, one or two per day during trial, and a final wrap-up email.
In case we need to update you about any last-minute changes on the day of the trial (dates extended, finished early, pushed back, etc.)
My plan to attend in support is
I can't be there in-person, but I'd like to get the updates and can share/watch on social media
Which days are you able to come to the West Roxbury District Court?
Trial begins with jury selection and procedural matters on Tuesday, March 27th. We may not be allowed into the courtroom during jury selection (space constraint). We hope a core of supporters will come to greet the defendants. Trial likely does not begin until after lunch on 3/27. If you are considering attending during any part of a listed block of time, please check that box.
Tuesday, March 27th, 8am-noon
Tuesday, March 27th, noon-5pm
Wednesday, March 28th, 8am-noon
Wednesday, March 28th, noon-5pm
Thursday, March 29th, 8am-noon
Thursday, March 29th, noon-5pm
Friday, March 30th, 8am-noon
Friday, March 30th, noon-5pm
Tentative Jamaica Plain Forum event on the evening of Wednesday, March 28th featuring defendants and expert witnesses. Location: First Church, Jamaica Plain (6 Eliot Street)
I cannot attend in-person, but I will follow and share on social media and email.
Where are you coming from?
Optional carpool information
Parking information will come with the other logistics after you complete the form. If you check any of these boxes, please make sure you gave us your location in the question above.
I'm driving and can offer rides
I'm looking for a carpool
Yes! I'd love to plug in to support the trial in some way!
please mark all that apply
I can be present at the courthouse some or all of the time
I can help recruit people
I can organize a group from my congregation
I would like to join the media/social media team
I can be a photographer
I'd like to help with logistics, welcoming, and creating an intentional space for supporting defendants and celebrating moral imagination.
Please let me know how to support from off-site.
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