Mass convergence in Salt Lake March 15-18 for Tim DeChristopher


February 17, 2010 by The Mormon Worker

Comrades (in Salt Lake and beyond!),

Please consider raising a fist and descending on Salt Lake to fight the corporate juggernaut that controls our governemnt, our legal system, and the future of the planet. As you probably know, one of ours–Tim DeChristopher–is facing ten years in jail for disrupting oil and gas drilling in Utah. He did it to stop catastrophic climate change, but in Corporate Occupied Territory that is illegal. What is legal is to rape and plunder.

I am helping to organize a massive convergence in Salt Lake from March 15-18 where we will take on the legal system and the polluters through direct action. We want activists from all over the country to come out in solidarity and step up the intensity of the climate justice movement.

Let me know if you can come or if you want to organize a solidarity action in your area. Remember, this is a political trial and the judge is conservative. Already there are rumors that he is trying to change the date to scuttle our organizing, so buy refundable tickets if you are flying or take amtrak/buses.

In the meantime, read this call-out of support by Naomi Klein, James Hansen, Bill McKibben and James Hansen. POST IT ON BLOGS AND FORWARD IT TO YOUR LISTS!

Also, go to to get involved, sign up for housing (or, if you are in Salt Lake, to offer it) and transportation.

Let the resistance begin!


9 thoughts on “Mass convergence in Salt Lake March 15-18 for Tim DeChristopher

  1. The Mike says:

    Thanks for posting this. I’m up north but doubt I’ll be able to make it. Keep up the good work.

  2. Joseph says:

    Well, whether it’s a hearing or a trial, I hope the protest in Salt Lake is successful and gets the message across that DeChristopher’s prosecution is going to be very unpopular. More importantly, I hope it gets the message across that our current approach to energy policy and the environment needs to change for the better.

  3. SUNNofaB.C.Rich says:

    “buy refundable tickets if you are flying or take amtrak/buses”

    Well, I would hope no one uses any form of transportation that uses…. OIL!

  4. Joseph says:

    Yes, son-of-a-bitch (let’s stop playing games and call a spade a spade, huh?) you are so smart to point out that all forms of transportation currently use oil and pollute. Oh my goodness, the whole infrastructure of what I believe in has just collapsed!

    Oh, wait a minute, maybe it could just be that what you have presented is an over-used straw-man? Could it be that most who care about the environment are not arguing for a total cessation of use of fossil fuels, but getting control of, reducing, and providing alternatives to those fossil fuels. And as it turns out, mass transportation is a method that could and should be used to reduce pollution and use of fossil fuels (as well as making roads much nicer and easier to maintain). It may be that we don’t need to live in abject poverty, but simply change our economy and the way we do things. Hmmm…So much thinking to do…Might require spending less time shooting down everyone else’s ideas and maybe come up with some of one’s own…

    If it helps, though, SUNNy, the fact there are as many jerks like you in the world does at least cause me to consider the idea that the only hope for planet earth is that the human race is wiped out. Didn’t want you to think there are too many of us who care about the earth who aren’t also potential eco-terrorists!

    Oh, and please realize that while I am a follower of the Mormon Worker and I am a member of the LDS Faith, you should certainly not take my reaction to your comments as in any way, shape, or form, representing the LDS Church. Many Inter-mountain West LDS members in fact share your cynical views, but beyond that, most are nice.

  5. Joseph says:

    I do feel a need to apologize for the tone of the above response. I was using the anonymity of the internet to let out aggression from a bad weekend and bad Monday morning. That’s what workouts are for, though. I don’t apologize for the content, just the delivery.

    • Stephen says:

      I’m just upset that my inappropriate but much funnier mocking of this stupid moniker was almost instantly moderated, while this one has stayed up for two days now.

      • SUNNofaB.C.Rich says:

        That is a shame… You know those commies, they hate anything clever or funny…

  6. SUNNofaB.C.Rich says:

    So Tim DeChristopher takes stupid, extra-legal action to prevent a distant, plausible future catastrophe… that’s nice but F’ him… If I did the same thing with one of my pet causes I’d probably get the electric chair. A bunch of dirty hippies and skinny dweebs with little square glasses riding mass transportation to SLC to protest isn’t going to change my mind. I guess I just feel like this weak type of “eco-terrorism” crap is a pet cause for jerkoffs.

    No need for a disclaimer on the religion stuff…

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