In March, a federal jury convicted environmental activist Tim DeChristopher of two felony counts for disrupting the auction of more than 100,000 acres of federal land for oil and gas drilling. Last weekend he spoke at the Power Shift 2011 conference and urged youth climate activists to make more sacrifices.Progressive author Chris Hedges appealed to us to get involved in Mr. DeChristopher's case in an article at TruthDig:
Tim DeChristopher was sentenced in a Salt Lake City courtroom by U.S. District Judge Dee Benson on July 26. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $750,000 fine for fraudulently bidding in December 2008 on parcels of land, including areas around eastern Utah’s national parks, which were being sold off by the Bush administration to the oil and natural gas industry. As Bidder No. 70, he drove up the prices of some of the bids and won more than a dozen other parcels for $1.8 million.Environmental lawyer and activist, Robert Kennedy, Jr. wondered in The Nation why DeChristopher was arrested but that Massey Energy earth hater, Don Blankenship has not been.
The film is expected to screen one day after DeChristopher's release.