Tim DeChristopher, as Bidder 70, disrupted an illegitimate BLM oil and gas auction in December of 2008, by outbidding oil companies for parcels around Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah. Tim subsequently founded Peaceful Uprising, a climate justice group working to build an uncompromising movement to defend a livable future. Tim’s actions earned him a national and international media presence, which he has used as a platform to spread the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for bold, confrontational action in order to create a just and healthy world.
Tim DeChristopher's Speech After Guilty Verdict for Climate Civil DisobedienceLast Updated on 2011-03-03 00:00:00On 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 »
DeChristopher loses again in preparing defenseLast Updated on 2010-03-16 00:00:00
Tim DeChristopher, indicted on two felonies for disrupting a 2008 federal oil and gas lease auction to protest Bush administration resource policies, has lost another round in court.
U.S. District Judge Dee Benson denied DeChristopher's attempt Monday to force federal prosecutors to release more evidence on bidders who may have cheated the government by not paying for parcels they won at other Bureau of Land Management auctions.
Benson's ruling comes after he rejected, in November, a lesser-evils, or necessity, defense, forbidding DeChristopher to argue he tried to sabotage the auction to combat global warming.
In his latest motion, DeChristopher sought evidence to prop up his claim he is being selectively prosecuted. But Benson, agreeing with the prosecutors, said the defense wouldn't fly and the U.S. Attorney for Utah's office shouldn't have to research or release any more than... More »
One Year UpdateLast Updated on 2010-01-04 00:00:00 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... More »
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