Tag Archives: Tim DeChristopher

Start planning now for Bidder 70’s Global Release Party

4 Mar
Tim speaks from the land threatened by oil and gas leases in Utah

“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…” Tim speaks from the land threatened by oil and gas leases in Utah

Message from Tim DeChristopher’s support crew, Peaceful Uprisings:
As you may have heard, Tim gets released from the prison system on April 21st, 2013 — one day before Earth Day. And we think it’s only appropriate to celebrate and welcome him home, with echoes of love resonating all over this land.
On Earth Day, PeaceUp is organizing a screening of Bidder70 in Salt Lake City: the first that Tim will be able to attend since the movie premiered last year! In conjunction with this event, the filmmakers (Beth & George Gage) have partnered with a film distributor, Gathr Films, to organize countrywide simultaneous theatrical screenings.

Ecoprisoner Tim DeChristopher moved to isolated confinement

28 Mar

Tim DeChristopher after bidding in the 2008 auction.

The following is a message from the group Peaceful Uprisings, who has coordinated much of the support for Tim DeChristopher who was arrested for disrupting a December 2008 oil and gas lease auction on public land in Utah, conducted by the Bureau of Land Management. In July 2011, Judge Benson sentenced DeChristopher to two years in prison:

“On the evening of Friday, March 9th, Tim was summarily removed from the Minimum Security Camp where he has been held since September 2011, and moved into the FCI Herlong’s Special Housing Unit (SHU). Tim was informed by Lieutenant Weirich that he was being moved to the SHU (also referred to as “the hole”) because an unidentified Congressman had called from Washington DC, complaining of an email that Tim had sent to a friend. Tim was inquiring about the reported business practices of one of his contributors, threatening to return the money if their values no longer aligned with his own. For some absurd reason, this warrants an investigation. Tim will be held in isolated confinement until the investigation is concluded. There is no definite timeline for inmates being held in the SHU, some waiting months for the conclusion of an investigation.


FCI Herlong, California, minimum security camp

In the SHU, Tim’s movements are severely restricted. In the past two weeks, he has been allowed out of his 8 X 10 cell (which he shares with another inmate) four times, each time for less than an hour. Tim is allowed one book in his cell, and four in his property locker.  His writing means are restricted to a thin ink cartridge which makes correspondence extremely difficult.   He can receive mail from the outside, but has no other form of communication other than 15 minutes of phone calls per month Continue reading

Don’t forget about Bidder 70 on his first birthday behind bars

29 Oct

Check out the latest poster for Political Prisoners’ Birthdays in November and December, from the folks at Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective. The full poster can be downloaded here for reproduction and distribution.

Take note that there are some new prisoners on the list, including oil & gas auction saboteur (Bidder 70), Tim DeChristopher and anti-war whistleblower Bradley Manning (pictured on the poster). Let them, and the others on this list, know they’re not forgotten.

Is there a prisoner letter-writing night in your community yet?

Can Deep Green Resistance bridge the gap between two political prisoners in Utah?

30 Aug

by Panagioti, co-editor of the Earth First! Journal

Tim DeChristopher, Utah's "Bidder 70"

The eco-resistance movement is in the midst of a growth spurt. Cases like that of Tim DeChristopher, known as Utah’s Bidder 70, represent a significant change in the battlefield between ecology and industrialism; they whisper to the potential of a broad, massive civil disobedience movement. One that might embrace tactics which have thus far been relegated to the fringes of environmentalism in the US, with the exception of a few instances, like the Redwood campaign in northern California in the 90s, or perhaps the anti-nuke fights of the 70s and 80s.

DeChristopher refused to apologize and is now serving a 2 year sentence for his actions. He called for more to join his style of defiance.

Another 26 people were arrested at the courthouse following his sentencing, and since that time another couple hundred have been arrested at the White House, and elsewhere, during civil disobedience actions to display their opposition to tar sands infrastructure.

Walter Bond, awaiting sentencing in Utah

Sharing the county corrections facility in Utah is another political prisoner. Or a prisoner of war, as Walter Bond prefers to be known. Before Bond was arrested, he was known as “Lonewolf.” He was arrested for sabotage against directed against animal abuse, and in his view, against the entire industrial society that is dependent on exploitative industries. See our earlier post on Bond, “Green is the New Rage”

Bond is less likely to attract as broad of a crowd at his sentencing on October 13 (although people are mobilizing to support him.) But his case represents another potential component of the eco-resistance movement’s growth spurt. And while neither of these prisoners’ support groups may express overt affinity for each other, there is a new network forming who seem to be making a case that these two prisoners could have a lot more in common than one might think.

No, we’re not talking about Earth First! (we said new network, EF! is over 30 now… that’s no spring chicken!) We’re talking about Deep Green Resistance (DGR). The recently established organizing effort based on the recent book of the same name, spawning from Derrick Jensen’s Endgame books. DGR embraces an explicit strategy of building mass aboveground support for an underground movement that can dismantle industrial infrastructure. Similar perhaps to the support role that Quakers played in aboveground organizing which complimented the militant underground abolitionist efforts of Harriet Tubman or John Brown and company.

While the actions that Walter Bond was charged for may not represent the ideal strategy of dismantling infrastructure as DGR favors, his incarceration does pose the question of how to relate between the aboveground and underground eco-resistance movements.

How the official DGR representatives handle this issue has yet to be seen. As for the Earth First! Journal, we will continue supporting both of these prisoners.

Addresses and updates on their cases can be found at their support websites: Support Walter.org    Bidder70.org  (as of this post, Tim is in transit to a federal facility)

Tim DeChristopher to appeal conviction

3 Aug

But in the meantime, keep sending letters.

Packages are not allowed, only letters in regular envelopes addressed to the following: 

                                                    Tim DeChristopher
                                                     #2011 – 06916
                                                     c/o Davis County Correctional Facility
                                                     PO Box 130
                                                     Farmington, UT 84025

Keep up with Tim’s case at Bidder70.org

Salt Lake City, UT—Attorneys for an environmental activist convicted of federal charges for derailing an oil and gas lease auction on public land are appealing his conviction and two-year prison sentence.

Tim DeChristopher’s attorneys filed a notice of appeal Monday in Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court. The document says an appeal will be filed with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. DeChristopher was convicted in March of two felony counts for interfering with and making false representations at a government auction.

He ran up $1.8 million in false bids on parcels near Utah’ Arches and Canyonlands national parks. DeChristopher maintains his bids were an act of civil disobedience. Last week, a federal judge sentenced him to two years prison, three years of probation and a $10,000 fine.  Source