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Once I realized that there was no hope in any sort of normal future, there’s no hope for me to have anything my parents or grandparents would have considered a normal future-of a career and a retirement and all that stuff-I realized that I absolutely nothing to lose by fighting back. Because it was all going to be lost anyways.
—  Tim DeChristopher What Love Looks Like: A conversation between Terry Tempest Williams and Tim DeChristopher. Orion Magazine, January/February 2012
Tim DeChristopher Backs Huntsman for President?

Climate advocate Tim DeChristopher (currently serving jail time for an act of civil disobedience) wrote an op-ed to Grist.org encouraging other environmentalists to “play dirty” and throw their support behind Jon Huntsman instead of Barack Obama. 

Seriously:

The climate movement could also rock the boat by campaigning for Jon Huntsman right now. Aside from playing dirty, I genuinely believe that Jon Huntsman would make a better president than Obama. While Huntsman was my governor, I saw him show integrity in the face of a Utah state legislature that makes the U.S. House look sane. Huntsman took very public steps to address climate change even while the legislature passed a bill that literally said the science of climate change was a U.N. conspiracy to limit human population. He has guts, which is more than anyone can say for Obama, who has demonstrated the wisdom of Edward Abbey’s words, “Without courage, all other virtues are worthless.” If Huntsman wanted an endorsement from a lefty activist felon in prison, he would have it.

I don’t think Huntsman particularly cares for DeChristoper’s endorsement, but this still brings up an interesting idea. Would the environmentalist movement really begin to gain some political clout if withdrawing their support for Obama causes him to lose the election? 

DeChristopher seems to think so:

Of course Huntsman can’t win his party’s batshit crazy primary. But building political power is all about looking beyond the next election. Very public support for Huntsman from the climate movement could create some interesting public discussion about how the Dems have failed to address the climate crisis. Campaigning for Huntsman might also scare Obama enough that he takes some steps over the next year to try to win us back..

But come 2012, the climate movement will still face that arrogant taunt, “Whaddaya gonna do? Let a Republican win?” If this movement is ever going to get serious political power, the answer needs to be yes. This is where things get dirty. Like any abusive relationship, this movement will always be taken for granted if it’s not willing to turn its back on Obama. He needs to lose, and everyone needs to know it was us.

Definitely an interesting tactic, although I don’t know how many participants of the climate movement would willingly abstain from supporting the Democratic presidential nominee to play dirty politics. 

Maybe Obama will get scared and do some last minute pandering to secure the environmentalist vote. Rolling Stone has already laid out 10 things Obama could do to help the environment without waiting for congress. (Coincidentally, one of them happens to be pardoning Tim DeChristopher for posing a bidder to prevent the federal auction of land in Utah’s national parks for oil drilling.)


We have much higher levels of consumption, and that’s how people have been oppressed in this country, through comfort. We’ve been oppressed by consumerism. By believing that we have so much to lose.
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Tim DeChristopher What Love Looks Like: A conversation between Terry Tempest Williams and Tim DeChristopher. Orion Magazine, January/February 2012

I think our economic model, in a big sense-our whole economic system-protects itself by making people dependent upon it. By making sure that any change, any departure from that system, is going to be hard. And it’s going to lead to hardship, both individually and on a large scale as well. We can’t change our economic system without it falling apart, without things crashing really hard. Just like as an individual you can’t let go of your job and all that stuff without crashing pretty hard.
—  Tim DeChristopher What Love Looks Like: A conversation between Terry Tempest Williams and Tim DeChristopher. Orion Magazine, January/February 2012
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Tim DeChristopher out-bidding the oil companies for pristine southern Utah. THAT was magic. He called the auctioneers on their theatre, and taught us all how naked the Emperor had become. His hex-prayer was to just recite higher and higher numbers of imaginary wealth. His jail time will have its magic too, and we will walk in the land he saved. Here is is ascending to Fabulous Sainthood on the Earthalujah altar…

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“Given the destruction of our democratic institutions that once gave citizens access to power, my future will likely involve civil disobedience. Nothing that happens here today will change that. I don’t mean that in any sort of disrespectful way at all, but you don’t have that authority. You have authority over my life, but not my principles. Those are mine alone.

I’m not saying any of this to ask you for mercy, but to ask you to join me. If you side with Mr Huber and believe that your role is to discourage citizens from holding their government accountable, then you should follow his recommendations and lock me away. I certainly don’t want that. I have no desire to go to prison, and any assertion that I want to be even a temporary martyr is false. I want you to join me in standing up for the right and responsibility of citizens to challenge their government. I want you to join me in valuing this country’s rich history of nonviolent civil disobedience. ”

—Tim DeChristopher
Activist was sentenced to 2 years in prison for stopping an illegal auction of federal lands to oil developers in 2008.

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Tim DeChristopher’s sentencing has been rescheduled for July 26 - possibly because such a large number of people were gathering for the previously scheduled sentencing today. In this time of corruption and compromise, Tim is a beacon of light that will lead the way! Here he is accepting Fabulous Sainthood at The Church of Earthalujah. Amen!

Tim DeChristopher Speaks About His Impending Prison Sentence

His trial, set for June 23rd, is mysteriously delayed

“Since he singlehandedly hijacked a government auction to lease oil and gas drilling rights on public lands next to the national parks in southern Utah, Tim DeChristopher has become one of the most electrifying figures in the environmental movement. His disruption of the auction — during which he grabbed a bidder’s paddle and claimed $1.79 million of leases without any intention of buying them — was brash and bold, a refreshingly unscripted act compared to the careful choreography of most political protests. His composure since he was charged with a pair of federal crimes has been a profile in courage. DeChristopher turned down a plea agreement with federal prosecutors then suffered through a number of unsympathetic rulings from a George W. Bush-appointed judge. On March 3, a jury of eight men and four women found him guilty of making false statements and violating the Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act.”

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Anonymous congressman’s complaint allegedly sends environmental activist to isolated confinement -

When I am more awake, I am going to have to figure out some way to express my anger over this…

If true, that a civil disobedient could be subjected to these conditions is bad enough, but the explanation DeChristopher’s allies have provided for his transfer from a minimum security camp is more disturbing. According to the statement,

Tim was informed by Lieutenant Weirich that he was being moved to [isolation confinement] because an unidentified congressman had called from Washington D.C., complaining of an e-mail that Tim had sent to a friend. Tim was inquiring about the reported business practices of one of his legal fund contributors, threatening to return the money if their values no longer aligned with his own.

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“Other people are going to have to fill that role while I’m in prison. Peaceful Uprising has been building and maturing over these last 2.5 years and I think has built some strong leaders.. And I think we’re going to see that, more and more around the country. If a movement’s dependent on one person, it’s going to fail.” The time is now. 


More generally, the question of whether civil disobedience is good for the public is a matter of perspective. Civil disobedience is inherently an attempt at change. Those in power, whom Mr Huber represents, are those for whom the status quo is working, so they always see civil disobedience as a bad thing. The decision you are making today, your honor, is what segment of the public you are meant to protect.
—  Tim DeChristopher, who was sentenced Tuesday to two years in federal prison and a $10,000 fine for ‘disrupting’ a Bureau of Land Management auction in 2008, had an opportunity to address the court and the judge immediately before his sentence was announced.
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MONKEYWRENCHER/ECO-WARRIOR  Tim DeChristopher, the college student who sabotaged an outgoing Bush administration Bureau of Land Management oil and gas management auction which was eventually found to be illegal, will be released from a halfway house today after spending 2 years incarcerated.  His bold and defiant act?  Bidding $1.8 million to save more than 22,000 acres of Utah’s red rock wilderness from the destructive hands of the oil and gas companies who are raping the planet.

Tomorrow, for Earth Day, a documentary about his remarkable story will be screened nationwide, followed by a live-streaming hour-long Q&A with Tim.   

“Those who are inspired to follow my actions are those who understand that we are on a path towards catastrophic consequences of climate change.  They know their future, and the future of their loved ones, is on the line.  And they know we are running out of time to turn things around.  The closer we get to that point where it’s too late, the less people have to lose by fighting back.  The power of the Justice Department is based on its ability to take things away from people.  The more that people feel that they have nothing to lose, the more that power begins to shrivel.  The people who are committed to fighting for a livable future will not be discouraged or intimidated by anything that happens here today.”  

“And neither will I.  I will continue to confront the system that threatens our future.  Given the destruction of our democratic institutions that once gave citizens access to power, my future will likely involve civil disobedience.  Nothing that happens here today will change that.  I don’t mean that in any sort of disrespectful way at all, but you don’t have that authority.  You have authority over my life, but not my principles.  Those are mine alone.”

“You can steer my commitment to a healthy and just world if you agree with it, but you can’t kill it.  This is not going away.  At this point of unimaginable threats on the horizon, this is what hope looks like.  In these times of a morally bankrupt government that has sold out its principles, this is what patriotism looks like.  With countless lives on the line, this is what love looks like, and it will only grow.”

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Scumbag Journalism, FBI Entrapment, Bradley Manning Unlawful Treatment

EPISODE BREAKDOWN [60]: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin highlights Tim DeChristopher, an environmental activist who was sentenced to 2 years in prison for his protesting of continued environmental degradation. Abby then calls out the New York Post for a recent photograph on their front page that’s only another example of their sensationalized journalism. Then Abby interviews RT Web Producer, Andrew Blake, about the recent entrapment case of Ahmed Ferhani, and other FBI entrapment cases that represent the way the US fights the ‘War on Terror’. Abby then speaks to Journalist and Legal Researcher, Alexa O'Brien, about the latest developments in the Bradley Manning trial. BTS wraps up the show with a look that the 'School to Prison Pipeline’ as a dangerous trend plaguing the US educational system.

Personally, I’m a big Alyona Minkovski fan and thought RT would suffer when she left. Wrong.