Spreading the Peaceful Uprising

Time flies.

It was a little over two and half years ago that our dear friend and comrade Tim DeChristopher went into a federal land auction and stopped an illegal sale of Utah wilderness to the oil and gas industry. He was subsequently charged with two felonies and convicted of them.

Next week, he’s set to be sentenced by a federal judge.

In the past six months, Tim’s voice calling for civil disobedience and a peaceful uprising against fossil fuel companies has become louder and louder. And it’s working.

In collaboration with grassroots activists all over the continent, direct action for climate justice is spreading and growing.

Next Tuesday, the group that Tim co-founded, Peaceful Uprising, is organizing actions at federal courthouses and federal buildings across the country in solidarity with the sentencing happening in Salt Lake City. The time for talk and compromise on vital issues like climate change and fossil fuel extraction is past. Now is the time to get involved, take risks and try to make a difference.

Here’s how you can plug in:

1.Solidarity Actions: We are calling on activists to demonstrate solidarity and show our rejection of a corrupt justice system, by staging actions at federal district courts around the nation. Help send the government a clear message of love and outrage: we will not be intimidated or deterred. Register here.

2. Letters to the Editor: Our goal is to flood the national press leading up to July 26th. You can use Peace Up’s letter to the editor template and their talking points as tools to buttress your own personal perspective, when you express to your local media what the climate crisis and Tim’s prosecution mean to you. Reach out to publications, community radio, and any local networks and help us make this happen.

Real change will come from the bottom, not from Presidents or Kings. Not from silver bullet events that awaken the world with an “a-ha,” but from long hard work on the ground building a movement.

16 Responses to “Spreading the Peaceful Uprising”

  1. 1 Rabble Rouser Jul 21st, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Not only do we need to keep spreading the Peaceful Uprising, but we also need to nourish each other for the work we are doing.
    It was an honor to MarchOnBlairMountain.org with the broadest coalition of people and some of the finest activists I have ever met.
    Let’s get together in Salt Lake City to continue the drumbeat for a livable future!

  2. 2 annastarrrose Jul 22nd, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Thanks Scott, great post and summary of inspiring recent US direct actions.

  3. 3 Kait Jul 22nd, 2011 at 2:02 am

    I was at Blair Mountain and will be at the Convergence in St Louis and possibly at the White House too. It’s a beautiful world we live in and, as Eli Wiesel said to me and so many others in May, “After all I have seen, I want you to know that I still think people are good.” It gives me such bliss every time I hear about people taking actions like those in Montana and West Virginia. Let’s keep that green-fire burning.

  4. 4 Robert Palmer, II Jul 22nd, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Thank you for helping to save Mother Earth. I was a sixties activist in California and am now a peace and social justice activist from Minnesota and am proud to have participated in a RainForest Action banner lay out at General Mills office near Minneapolis some months ago. Another event for people to know about will be on October 6, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Many beautiful peace and social justice people will be there. http://october2011.org/welcome

  5. 5 Robert Palmer, II Jul 22nd, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Just saw a message from peace activist Kevin Zeese titled “Tim DeChristopher’s Battle for Justice Is Our Battle” It is at http://october2011.org/node/460 peace and hugs

  6. 6 Jon Jul 22nd, 2011 at 5:16 pm
  7. 7 snidelywhiplash Jul 22nd, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Obomber could intervene, but he won’t…this kangaroo court will give him ten years, he will be free on appeal for a year, and then will serve at least 3… One rule in organizing against the beast of corporate communism- keep your passport handy and hike out if you cannot fly or drive!!

  8. 8 angelo festa Jul 27th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Looking down the long road I’ve travelled in my 74 years on earth, the people who are truly committed to real change for the better, are few and far between. Certainly Julian Assange is on that list, Sophia Scholl and her brother, paying for their opposition to Hitler with their lives, Pvt Manning, who is being tortured without charge, and many more. To that list, we must now add Tim DeChristopher, who will apparantly sacrifice 2 years of his life for doing the right thing. If I could serve that time for you, Tim, I would gladly do it, so that you could continue with your worthwhile and valuable activism.

  1. 1 Breaking: Tim DeChristopher sentenced to 2 years in prison, taken immediately into custody « It’s Getting Hot In Here Trackback on Jul 26th, 2011 at 7:36 pm
  2. 2 Breaking: Tim DeChristopher sentenced to 2 years in prison, taken immediately into custody « praxis makes perfect Trackback on Jul 26th, 2011 at 7:37 pm
  3. 3 Tim DeChristopher Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison « Earth First! Newswire Trackback on Jul 26th, 2011 at 10:09 pm
  4. 4 404 Not Found Trackback on Jul 27th, 2011 at 3:20 am
  5. 5 DeChristopher Yesterday « Reality Check Trackback on Jul 27th, 2011 at 9:06 am
  6. 6 Tim DeChristopher Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison « Southwest Earth First! Trackback on Jul 27th, 2011 at 10:13 am
  7. 7 Tim DeChristopher sentenced to 2 years in prison as an example — Transition Voice Trackback on Jul 28th, 2011 at 12:02 am
  8. 8 TRANSCEND MEDIA SERVICE » Tim DeChristopher Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison, Taken Immediately Into Custody Trackback on Aug 1st, 2011 at 7:00 am
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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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