Time to Support Climate Justice
We talk about what should be done in the face of climate change. Tim DeChristopher talked and then walked–all the way to a BLM oil and gas auction, where he posed as a bidder to save thousands of acres of wilderness land from drilling. He didn’t just do it for the land, though: he did it to figth for a livable future. For this ‘crime,’ he was convicted of two felonies and faces years in prison. His sentencing was supposed to be June 23rd, but the judge–fearing the solidarity actions planned around the trial–changed the date to July 26th. This makes the ninth time the trial has been delayed, often at the last minute. So much for a fair and speedy trial. Meanwhile, CEOs let millions of gallons of oil spill into whole oceans and barely get a slap on the wrist. Meanwhile, the climate warms. A judge can delay a trial, but climate justice cannot be delayed. In that spirit, we are continuing with our actions on the 23rd and building up for July 26th. Please come and support a brave man and a crucial movement! If you are not in Salt Lake, Find (or create) a solidarity action in your area.
In Salt Lake City:
1. June 23rd: We will have workshops and teach-ins at Exchange Place Plaza, from 9am to 2.30pm. The topics include the history, role and relevance of civil disobedience in social movement, power dynamics and structures, what justice restoration looks like, Street Theater 101, Revolution Song Workshop with Reverend Billy from Earthalujah, a workshop with The Yes Lab, and more. We will be writing a play, composing new revolution songs, and defining our revolution. Tim will then give a culminating speech at 2:30 when he was originally scheduled to start sentencing.
For those outside of Utah, we want your help in creating national narrative and showing people across the country stand in solidarity with Tim. For more information, read the Plan for National Solidarity Actions on June 23rd.
2. June 24th: Boot camp BBQ. We’ll immediately begin the work of reclaiming our communities. On June 24th, we will host an open, day-long gathering at the northeast corner of Liberty Park. For the first part of the day, we will conduct mass-trainings in nonviolent action and action planning techniques; then we’ll break out to put them to use, planning community-wide actions for the following day. As twilight falls, with full bellies and the satisfaction of creating a great plan, we’ll listen to live music and dance.
3. June 25th: Community Audit Action: During the boot camp BBQ, we will choose “hot and cool spots” in Salt Lake Valley. We will use a shotgun approach to visit each of these. Hot spots are places where unchecked greed threatens our collective future, poisons our environment, and marginalizes our neighbors.Cool spots are places where organizations are already at work creating the world we want to see. Together, we will show the hot spots just how we feel about their destructive agenda, and honor the cool spots for their integrity and praxis.
Hope to see you all there!