It’s Time

Tomorrow, Tim DeChristopher will be sentenced by a Bush-appointed federal judge for interrupting an oil and gas auction to fight climate change.

I recently blogged about what it would take to really stop climate change and fight peak oil and the destruction of the planet. There were many answers. Mine was this: We need to follow Tim’s lead and engage in massive civil disobedience against the fossil fuel industry in all its forms. We need to break the laws that protect the plunderers and punish the innocent. And that means fighting tar sands, mountaintop removal, Rio Tinto, Massey Energy, Exxon, Chevron, and BP. It means seeing ourselves as citizens, as a political mass movement capable of creativity and courage and change.

On July 26th, we will demonstrate our outrage at the persecution of our friend and ally, and our commitment to the fight for a livable future. We will demand that the real criminals—the carbon crooks destroying our natural world and attacking our climate—be prosecuted, not peaceful activists.

You can start your fight tomorrow. If you live in Utah, come to the solidarity action in front of the courthouse (350 S. Main) from 12-4 pm. From 12-2 we will use Theater of the Oppressed techniques to get our community to decide what actions it wants to take to stop climate change. At 2, we will head to the courtroom to support Tim as he is sentenced. And then we will act.

If you don’t live in in Utah, check out our solidarity action map to see if something is happening near you.

Watch this video to learn more about Tim and why he did what he did.

Be there.

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3 responses to “It’s Time

  1. Karmen July 25, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    The SL Trib. has an article today titled “Should Tim DeChristopher get a harsh sentence on Tuesday?” Here is a quote from one of the comments: “There’s a difference between civil disobedience like our Founding Fathers did and Tim’s act. Consider that the founders of this country enacted a violent rebellion against political, moral and institutional tyranny while Tim staged a fraudulant bid at a land lease auction.”

    I say, (and I said in a reply to that comment) “Tim must consider his civil disobedience [to be] ‘rebellion against political, moral and institutional tyranny.’ It depends entirely on your perspective. [The acts by] the Founding Fathers that we now consider to be heroic were not uniformly accepted by either the ruling government or the citizens of the colonies nor were they unanimously considered to be acts of righteous morality. By many they were considered to be disruptive, disrespectful and even treasonous.” Can we afford to wait another two hundred years to find out whether Tim DeChristopher is a villain or a hero?”

    I don’t think so.

  2. Paul July 26, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Hmmm… aren’t we truly the villains? We are the ones who use electricity, vehicles, and other machines/tools that use the resources that these companies mine and supply. Maybe our first step is, rather than go after these large companies through civil disobedience, to lessen the demand on the natural resources that they mine. Otherwise, we are all just hypocrits.

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