July 26th: Tim DeChristopher’s Sentencing, Salt Lake City


On July 26th, climate activist Tim DeChristopher will be sentenced at the Salt Lake City federal courthouse – after being found guilty of 2 federal felonies for peacefully disrupting an oil and gas lease auction. By raising his bidder paddle that day, Tim actually shed light on the illegality of a rushed auction, clearly a parting gift from the Bush administration to the fossil fuel industry. Yet during his trial, Tim was was never allowed to tell the jury about the illegitimacy of the auction or about his attempts to raise the funds to pay for the land he had won. Furthermore, he was strictly forbidden from even mentioning climate change and the moral imperatives motivating his action!

On Tuesday, we will stand behind Tim – for his courageous act, for his convictions and for his uncompromising stance in our quest for Climate Justice. We will continue to call out our Justice Department for the unjust nature of this trial. Our movement will not stop there, because the real carbon criminals are still running free. And our communities are ready to take a stand against the oppressive fossil fuel industry. Will you join our efforts, as we stand in solidarity with Tim and demand the healthy and just world that we all deserve?

In Salt Lake City, on the 26th, we will be rallying at noon at Exchange Place Plaza – right across the street from the federal courthouse. And the next day, we will continue the community audits that we began in June.

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12-2pm. Street Theatre

Come discover the wonders of engaged theatre, following in the footsteps of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. How will we empower ourselves as a community to hold the real carbon criminals accountable? What does our fight for a healthy and just world look like? How do we become the powerful agents of change we’re meant to be?

2-3 pm. Songs and Speakers

3pm. Tim’s Sentencing

Continued solidarity and more: song & solidarity with Peter Yarrow, the PeaceUp band and official statement from Peaceful Uprising.

7pm. Gathering at the Unitarian Church (569 S 1300 E)


We know by observing history that nonviolent movements are more effective than destructive ones. Remember, we are dismantling a system that is loyal to greed and fueled by fear. We will not change that through fighting with the police or destroying property. We will defeat these things by using outrage as fuel for our courage, generosity, and resolve.

On July 26th, show the world that we will not be intimidated; that it is our right to challenge the status quo; that we embrace peaceful civil disobedience as a tradition and as a vital tactic. If you can come to Salt Lake City, we welcome you with open arms. If you cannot, join or start a solidarity action near you. Demonstrate. Stand in joy and resolve. Show your outrage that one of our brothers could face the most severe sentences in history for a nonviolent direct action against the fossil fuel industry.

Reclaim your voice. Because you are not alone. The entire climate justice movement is standing behind you.

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11am. Community Audits. Meet at International Peace Gardens (1000 S 900 W)

Targeting “hot spots” and supporting “cool spots” in our community

7pm. “Shaping the Shore” Fundraiser for Our Future. Unite at the Peaceful Uprising warehouse (1361 S Main St)

Live Music with Alex Ebert (of Edward Sharped & The Magnetic Zeroes) and Silent Auction. Food and Drinks. $20 suggested donation at the door.

Bidder 70 PaddlesOur Standards for Demonstration:

  • We will promote a tone of respect, honesty, transparency, and accountability in our actions.
  • We will use no violence (physical or verbal) towards any person.
  • We will not destroy or damage property.
  • We will not carry anything that can be construed as a weapon, nor possess (or consume) any alcohol or drugs.
  • We will all hold each other accountable to respecting these agreements.