"Throughout my incarceration I have witnessed the direct personal impacts of a legal system obsessed
with technicalities rather than justice. The prisons I have been in are filled with nonviolent inmates suffering from mandatory minimums and other policies which are completely detached from the best interests of the individual or society. The injustice on display in my case is truly systemic, and we will put our continuing efforts toward creating a system of genuine justice for all."
- Tim DeChristopher
Photo Credits: 1) Yes! Magazine --**Taken from Tim's response to the 10th District Court's decision to uphold Judge Benson's ruling. To read the entire statement, please visit: www.peacefuluprising.org/tim-dechristopher
By AMY GOODMAN
Tim DeChristopher is an economics student at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He had just finished his last final exam before winter...
Patagonia supports Tim DeChristopherLast Updated on 2011-08-11 00:00:00 *This was originally published at http://www.thecleanestline.com/2011/08/patagonia-supports-tim-dechristopher.html
Patagonia Supports Tim DeChristopher
“The epic fight to ward off global warming and transform the energy system that is at the core of our planet’s economy takes many forms: huge global days of action, giant international conferences, small gestures in the homes of countless people. But there are a few signal moments, and one came up when the federal government put Tim DeChristopher on trial in Salt Lake City.” – Bill McKibben
In December 2008, at a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) auction in Salt Lake City, Tim DeChristopher, a 27-year-old economics student at the University of Utah, bid for the oil and gas leases on several parcels of federal land even though he had no money to pay for them, thus upending the auction.
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"Act of Conscience" Could Earn 10-Year Prison TermLast Updated on 2011-03-24 00:00:00 A college student who derailed a federal auction of oil and gas leases to protest drilling near national parks in the western U.S. state of Utah, as well as the larger issue of reliance on fossil fuels, has reignited debate over the legitimacy of civil disobedience in addressing profound global problems like climate change.
In December 2008, the twilight of the George W. Bush administration, Tim DeChristopher attended the auction, held by the Bureau of Land Management, and bid 1.8 million dollars on parcels he never intended to actually buy. BLM agents caught on to the ruse fairly quickly, and DeChristopher was detained and then charged with making a false statement to the government and violating the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act.
The young activist, then an economics student at the University of Utah, organised a fundraising drive and "in less... More »