That may soon be the fate of Tim DeChristopher. By peacefully participating in civil disobedience, Tim DeChristopher now awaits his sentence.
Peaceful Uprising: Defending a Liveable Future Through Empowering Non-Violent Action is asking folks to Show your Support, Speak your Truth, and Take a Stand!
On July 26th 2011, climate activist Tim DeChristopher will be sentenced at the Salt Lake City federal courthouse. On March 3rd, Tim was found guilty of two felony counts for participating in a peaceful act of civil disobedience. He could face up to ten years in federal prison, along with a $750,000 fine, for outbidding coal, gas, and oil companies as they attempted illegally purchase thousands of acres from the public.
First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City is standing in solidarity with Tim DeChristopher as he awaits his sentence. Through their outreach work, First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, has engaged other UU congregations (including):
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, WI
Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford, MA
Newark, New Jersey, Unitarian Universalists
UU Peace Fellowship in Raleigh, NC
Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, PA
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northwest Tuscon, AZ
Prairie Circle Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Grayslake,IL
and Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth (UUMFE, Facebook page)
in standing in solidarity with Tim DeChristopher.
Today, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA) has shared information about this debacle through the use of UUA social media.
How is it that participating in the American tradition of peaceful civil disobedience, a historical tool for social change, a crime?
Peaceful Uprising asks folks to stand in solidarity with Tim DeChristopher and send the message loud and clear that:
“We will not be intimidated. We will not sit idly by as our government uses Tim DeChristopher as an example to deter other activists. We will not compromise when it comes to defending our right to a healthy and just world.”