Activist found guilty

Posted by Christine, March 8, 2011

Climate activist Tim DeChristopher, who was put on trial in Salt Lake City, Utah, this week for his interference with an oil and gas auction held at the end of the Bush administration, on Thursday was found guilty by a jury. He faces a sentence of up to 10 years, to be determined by a judge.

Bill McKibben writes:

Let’s consider for a moment the targets the federal government chooses to make an example of. So far, no bankers have been charged, despite the unmitigated greed that nearly brought the world economy down. No coal or oil execs have been charged, despite fouling the entire atmosphere and putting civilization as we know it at risk. 

He joins with Phil Radford of Greenpeace USA and Becky Tarbotton Rainforest Action Network in calling for more resistance:

If the federal government thinks that it’s intimidating people into silence with this kind of prosecution, think again. This is precisely the sort of event that reminds us why we need creative, nonviolent protests and mass mobilizations.

In another instance of protest, Wendell Berry sat-in at the Kentucky governor’s office to protest mountain-top removal mining.