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Civil Disobedience

History and tales of Civil Disobedience here and across the globe and Why it Matters!

  • Does Civil Disobedience Make Some... Featured Blog Post Does Civil Disobedience Make Some... Does Civil Disobedience Make Some...

    Three days after Tim's spontaneous and genuis decision disrupt the land auction, Rachel Maddow almost had Tim on, but then instead, interviewed Trip Nolen whose EarthJustice has... More »

  • 'Direct action gets the goods' Featured Article 'Direct action gets the goods' 'Direct action gets the goods'

    By AMY GOODMAN SYNDICATED COLUMNIST 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... More »

  • Together We Stand Featured Article Together We Stand Together We Stand

    I thought I was acting alone. I thought what I did last Friday at the BLM oil and gas auction was just an individual act of civil disobedience against a fraudulent auction... More »

  • Tim Goes to Auction Featured Photo Gallery Tim Goes to Auction Tim Goes to Auction

    27 year old University of Utah student Tim Dechristopher monkey wrenched BLM lease sales to the oil and gas industry December 19th, 2008 in Salt Lake City, UT. Photo is of Tim... More »

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Arnie the eco-warrior Last Updated on 2011-03-23 00:00:00 Arnold “I’ll be back” Schwarzenegger has been inciting Americans to rise up in revolt to overthrow the dirty industry that is holding back a clean, renewable energy future. And no, I’m not talking about his latest Hollywood blockbuster.   After expressing his admiration for the popular rebellions against dictators in North Africa and the Middle East at a recent US Department of Energy summit, the former Governator of California encouraged similar actions against American oil and gas barons: “we want to overturn the old energy order”. Given the very broad definition of what qualifies as eco-terrorism under legislation like the US Patriot Act and given that the FBI has identified greens as the “number one domestic terror threat”, you’d think that Arnie would, at the very least, have been subjected to some form of official... More »
Arnie the eco-warrior Last Updated on 2011-03-23 00:00:00 Arnold “I’ll be back” Schwarzenegger has been inciting Americans to rise up in revolt to overthrow the dirty industry that is holding back a clean, renewable energy future. And no, I’m not talking about his latest Hollywood blockbuster.   After expressing his admiration for the popular rebellions against dictators in North Africa and the Middle East at a recent US Department of Energy summit, the former Governator of California encouraged similar actions against American oil and gas barons: “we want to overturn the old energy order”. Given the very broad definition of what qualifies as eco-terrorism under legislation like the US Patriot Act and given that the FBI has identified greens as the “number one domestic terror threat”, you’d think that Arnie would, at the very least, have been subjected to some form of official... More »
Supporters outside of courthouse Last Updated on 2011-03-10 07:26:35 Peaceful Uprising singing their support after guilty verdict. More »
Tim DeChristopher's Speech After Guilty Verdict for Climate Civil Disobedience Last Updated on 2011-03-03 00:00:00 On Thursday, a jury in Salt Lake City declared climate activist Tim DeChristopher guilty for his interference with an oil and gas auction held at the end of the Bush administration. He faces a sentence of up to 10 years, to be determined by a judge. The following is a transcript and video of Tim's speech outside of the courthouse after the guilty verdict was handed down. Tim's words are reminiscent of the heroes of other social movements that used civil disobedience to achieve their ends. And they're a challenge to all of us working to solve the climate crisis to consider our own willingness to go to jail for our beliefs (in fact, a website, Climate Direct Action, has been set up for people to sign up to learn more about how to take part in civil disobedience for the climate). Here is Tim's speech: What the world wanted to see was how you would react. And you have reacted... More »
Tim DeChristopher Trial Begins in Utah Last Updated on 2011-02-28 00:00:00 SALT LAKE CITY — Hundreds of activists marched to the federal courthouse Monday to support a man who became an environmental folk hero by faking the purchase of $1.7 million of federal oil-and-gas drilling leases in an act of civil disobedience. Tim DeChristopher, 29, has pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court to felony counts of interfering with and making false representations at a government auction. DeChristopher's fate will be in the hands of a jury – eight men and four women – once opening statements are made in the case on Tuesday. The trial is expected to last until Friday. The possibility of just one juror sympathetic to environmental causes could keep DeChristopher from a conviction, although a hung jury could result in him being retried. Prosecutors have offered DeChristopher multiple plea deals over the past two years, but he rejected... More »