A full year after I disrupted the BLM oil and gas auction, I still have no regrets for my actions. The legal case against me continues, and thanks to your support, my legal team and I will make a strong defense when the trial begins on March 15th. Even as it looks more likely that I will be serving time, those consequences are as worth it as they have ever been.
While I’ve certainly been encouraged by the reversal of the leases, the most important thing that justifies any consequences is the development of Peaceful Uprising. Over the past year, Peaceful Uprising has become a powerful force in the fight against catastrophic climate change. We have developed an extremely talented and committed group of people who defend a livable future through empowering nonviolent action.
Over the past year we have been experimenting with exactly what the role of Peaceful Uprising should be. We launched the group by taking 30 students to
During this time, the true roles for Peaceful Uprising became clear. At the dozens of speeches and public events I’ve done this year, countless people have expressed that they respect what I did and see the need for similar actions, but don’t feel empowered to take those actions themselves. Creating that sense of empowerment is the most important role of Peaceful Uprising. We do this first through our actions that demonstrate that ordinary people can be bold and effective agents of change. We are also committed to walking people through that personal transformation necessary to realize their potential. We help people find where they fit into the movement and see that they are more courageous, creative and beautiful than they ever knew.
The other role of Peaceful Uprising is to take the actions that other environmental groups are not willing to take. Some of our mainstream environmental groups are opposed to the owner of our local Snowbird Ski Resort, Dick Bass, developing a massive coal strip mine on
Now that the
Many people from around the country supported me when I took a risky move. PeaceUp will make sure that actions like mine will continue to happen often enough to defend a livable future. Please help support Peaceful Uprising so that my action is never thought of as a single feat but as just one act in a bold movement. Your donation can make a huge difference to our success in rising to the greatest challenge we have ever faced. Can you donate $20 to help defend a livable future? We run a lean and mean operation, so even a few dollars helps. Click here to donate now.
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