Week of Action to Protest Trial of Bidder 70, Tim DeChristopher

Posted: January 25, 2011 by earthfirstdurango in direct action, fracking, oil & gas, resistance
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Bidder 70 Trial – the trial of Tim DeChristopher

In December 2008, Tim DeChristopher disrupted an oil and gas auction to allay further climate change. By registering as a bidder, Tim drove up prices on many parcels and eventually won over a million dollars worth of oil leases before federal agents removed him from the room. He faces 10 years in prison. Tim’s trial will be held in downtown Salt Lake City on February 28th, and we are organizing many opportunities for those who wish to defend a livable future to do so on a variety of levels. The Countdown to Uprising Empowerment Summit begins on February 25th and will include interactive workshops, concerts, art, demonstrations, speakers, wild street theater, nonviolent direct action trainings, and more. If you have any more ideas for creative actions, workshops, speakers, street theater or stunts, contact us at climatetrial@peacefuluprising.org and we’ll be in touch.

For those who can’t make it to Salt Lake City, there will also be solidarity actions held across the country.

Click here for more.

This kind of trial is nothing but intimidation– and the best answers to intimidation are joy and resolve. That’s what we’ll need in Utah.


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  1. Many Wolves says:

    Hey folks,

    Earth First! Durango is calling an open, public meeting regarding a
    solidarity action/protest/rally to coincide with the Tim DeChristopher
    trial in Salt Lake City, UT. Actions will be happening in SLC as well as
    around the nation and around the world. Let’s put Durango on the map!

    The meeting will be in the downstairs conference room at Durango Coffee
    Company from 5-7 PM on Sunday, February 13th.

    Please spread the word and join us to coordinate a solidarity action/demonstration here in Durango. See you there!

    ~ Earth First! Durango

  2. Many Wolves says:

    -PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!-

    Join Durango’s progressive environmental community in a solidarity &
    support rally for Tim DeChristopher at 4PM on Monday, February 28th on the
    corner of 11th Street & Main Avenue in Durango. Bring signs, banners,
    noise makers, plant & animal costumes (etc.), and your friends. Be
    creative! For more info or to get involved, contact
    earthfirstdurango@riseup.net or go to southwestearthfirst.wordpress.com

    In December 2008, Tim DeChristopher disrupted an oil and gas auction to
    allay further climate change. By registering as a bidder, Tim drove up
    prices on many parcels and eventually won over a million dollars worth of
    oil leases before federal agents removed him from the room. He faces 10
    years in prison. Tim’s trial will be held in downtown Salt Lake City on
    February 28th, and we are organizing many opportunities for those who wish
    to defend a livable future to do so on a variety of levels.

    The public land sale Tim disrupted was arranged in the final hours of the
    Bush administration as one more give-away to the oil and gas industry it
    supported during its reign. Everyone should remember that V.P. Cheney
    came from Halliburton, as well as Bush’s ties to that same industry. The
    proposed sale itself had the odor of a final payback for the oil and gas
    industry’s support of the outgoing republican administration. Tim
    DeChristopher understood all of this and given the opportunity tried to
    sabotage the give-away sale of these “our” public lands. After the new
    Obama administration came into office, new Secretary of the Interior
    Salazar found that the entire sale was illegal.

    Even though the entire sale was found to have been illegal, which was what
    Tim DeChristopher was protesting, the government is proceeding with trying
    to make his heroic action of protest worthy of jail time. Tim stood up for
    the protection of the commons, the publicly owned property that is there
    to serve us all. We should all find it easy to identify with him, and we
    should not sit idly by while our government tries to frame his defiance of
    an illegal government act as criminal, and as a way to intimidate others
    from taking a stand of conscience on behalf of the commons.

    The government is embarrassed by this very public trial, and wishes it
    would go away, but Tim has refused any kind of plea bargain because he
    thinks a jury of his peers should decide if he was justified in defying an
    unjust system that is dooming us to an unlivable future. It is this kind
    of peaceful, powerful, and courageous civil disobedience that is largely
    missing from the climate movement. An outbreak of jury trials (and
    willingness to serve time if necessary) could create a political
    atmosphere that allows a reasonable governmental response to climate
    change–while bringing the damaging injustices of our current system into
    the spotlight. People pay attention when others make sacrifices.

    Tim forced a trial so we would have a chance to show the world that if you
    stand up for a livable future, others will stand with you. Can you join
    us? For more info on Tim’s case and trial, as well as solidarity actions
    being organized around it, check out http://www.peacefuluprising.org and
    http://www.bidder70.org

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