The Trial of Bidder 70

“At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoroeau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour.”

-Edward Abbey

In Dec. 2008, college student Tim DeChristopher (aka “Bidder 70″) entered into a Bureau of Land Management auction and bid on millions of dollars in oil and gas leases. Tim’s action monkey-wrenched the plans of oilmen and the Bush Administration to develop those leases for profit in the last days of their regime.

Subsequently, Tim was charged with two felonies and after a long legal process finally has a court date on Feb. 28. The federal government (yeah, that’s Obama) has made it clear that they are using Tim’s case to intimidate any activists effectively fight back against the destruction of the climate, the earth and the people living on it.

While Tim is inside facing down the federal government, many others will be outside in solidarity. If you’re able to make it to Salt Lake City, the last weekend of February, please join Peaceful Uprising (the group Tim co-founded) as we call out the wanton destruction of the planet at the hands of corporations and the system that puts us on trial for resisting it.

Tim has put much on the line with his action, how many of us are willing to risk our freedom with such an action to save the planet?

Here’s a recent video shot of Tim in the RAN offices:

6 Responses to “The Trial of Bidder 70”

  1. 1 Jamie Goodman Jan 23rd, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    What can we do to help if we cannot make it to Salt Lake?

  2. 2 Jamie Goodman Jan 23rd, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    What can we do to help if we cannot make it to Salt Lake? Is there someone we could email to show our support? Thanks for standing up, Tim!

  3. 3 Anna Haynes Jan 23rd, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Isn’t the court date Feb 28? (not Feb 8)

  4. 4 Anna Haynes Jan 23rd, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    (looks like an 8 next to a parenthesis gets interpreted as an emoticon)

  5. 5 J Jan 24th, 2011 at 1:17 am

    The correct court date is Monday, February 28, 2011.

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Scott Parkin is a Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network and organizes with Rising Tide North America. He has worked on a variety of campaigns around climate change, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, labor issues and anti-corporate globalization. Originally from Texas, he now lives in San Francisco.

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