Need some Joy and Resolve? Discover Peaceful Uprising: Idle No More, Tar Sands, Library Intel, Volunteers, Moccasins in Action.

Public service announcement for peace lovers everywhere. News from Peaceful Uprising out of Utah.  Invitations to solidarity, Tar Sands action, volunteer and share joy.  One of these days I’ll get the shortlink thing down. Not today.   For now,  joy and resolve all around. Imagining and building a better world is possible.
All following content from Peaceful Uprising news:
IDLE NO MORE

Monday, September 9 4 to 7 p.m. U of U Union Patio

Want to learn more about indigenous struggles that continue across North America and beyond? And show solidarity with all indigenous peoples fighting for their lives? Students at the U of U and others who have been active with the Idle No More movement are hosting this event, which will teach people about the struggles of the Lakota people of Pine Ridge who are fighting the Keystone XL pipeline and the liquid genocide of their people. If you’re an ally, this is a great chance to deepen your understanding of climate justice!  https://www.facebook.com/events/175001062682627/

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TAR SANDS AND CLIMATE JUSTICE: PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION NIGHT

Chapman Library: Monday, September 16

577 S 900 W
Day-Riverside Library: Monday, September 30 1000 N 1575 W

Our campaign to block tar sands development is about climate justice. We’re fighting for the survival of people down the Colorado River, from ourselves to the delta communities. This presentation will deepen your understanding of how defeating tar sands, oil shale, and other forms of extreme extraction are integral to the cause of furthering climate justice.

This holds particular relevance to residents of the Wasatch Front. Tar sands refining has begun in North Salt Lake, and it could scale up dramatically in the coming years if the mining proceeds in Utah.

We’ll create a space for sharing fears, concerns, and ideas. You’ll learn what PeaceUp has been doing to protect our shared resources. You’ll also get connected with people who are working on projects you might want to get involved with!

Please RSVP on the Facebook event, or just show up!

Children explore abandoned mine site
Want to help us organize a presentation for your PTA, congregation, community group, or neighborhood? Email Melanie@PeacefulUprising.org to set one up!
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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

Volunteer opportunities abound! We need your help now more than ever, to defeat tar sands and forge a livable future. We’re calling on everyone in our beloved community to ask themselves if they have any time to give to further the cause of climate justice this month. Every hour helps, and there are boatloads of ways to get involved.

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

We’re now recruiting for a robust list of volunteer positions! They’ll provide you with excellent organizing experience, a deeper understanding of climate justice, and the satisfaction of serving a vital role in a campaign that’s protecting our future. These are just a few of the positions we’re recruiting for!

  • Community Events Coordinator Plan a fun monthly community event for the broader PeaceUp community each month, and spread the word!  
  • Bold School Publicist Promote the PeaceUp Bold School by arranging radio spots, writing press releases, and making short presentations to various groups.   
  • Research Specialist Enhance our existing knowledge of tar sands and oil shale, and related governmental processes, by conducting research on these issues.
Click here to learn about more open positions!

CANVASSING AND POTLUCK!

Tuesday, September 17 AND Tuesday, September 24

Meet at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education in Rose Park, at 1400 Goodwin Ave.

Come canvassing in the Rose Park community to let them know about an upcoming presentation on tar sands and climate justice at the local library! Invite them to get involved with the campaign or just attend, learn, and share.

These TWO canvassing opportunities will give us a chance to meet lots of community members living near refineries, who could be affected most directly by the impacts of tar sands on air quality. Afterward, we’ll meet up for a potluck!

RSVP on the Facebook event, or just show up!

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MOCCASINS ON THE GROUND, AND DIRECT ACTION AT WHITE CLAY

Folks from Peaceful Uprising and allies recently traveled to the Moccasins on the Ground nonviolent direct action training camp in eastern Montana. Here, they shared skills and built alliances with an indigenous community working to halt coal extraction on their land. Numerous Moccasins on the Ground training camps have been happening since last winter, and by serving as an important resource for these camps, PeaceUp is building strong alliances with indigenous groups throughout the region. Together, we’re standing strong against all forms of extreme extraction and living our belief in climate justice.

The group also traveled to the Pine Ridge Reservation in the territory known as South Dakota to help Lakota allies blockade liquor stores and deliveries in the “town” of White Clay, which exists just outside of the reservation, has 14 residents, and exists solely to profit from the continued liquid genocide of the Lakota people. These continued actions have been having a significant impact on beer deliveries to White Clay.

Watch video of the action here! http://vimeo.com/73831842

Core Principles of Peaceful Uprising

  • We refuse to be obedient to injustice.
  • Our human stories are extremely powerful, and genuine sacrifice has the ability to awaken and inspire others.
  • We are connected to something much greater than ourselves, which has an incredible power to change the world.
  • We are steadfast in our commitment to the truth.
  • Our allies and strategies align with and create the healthy and just world we want to see.
  • A powerful movement originates with personal transformation and a commitment to being an agent of change.
  • Creating a better world is not only necessary, but makes us authentically happy people.
  • We are committed to building a supportive community that empowers our members to realize their potential.
  • The best response to intimidation is joy and resolve.
  • We recognize a nonviolent movement as the most effective means of creating a just and healthy world.
  • We respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person*.
  • Protecting Peaceful Uprising as an institution will never take precedent over our commitment to the fight for a healthy and just world.

Explore Peaceful Uprising –>>> http://www.peacefuluprising.org/

Why does a US congressman have access to Tim DeChristopher’s emails? Who really wants Bidder 70 in solitary confinement? Why?

It’s been a strange morning here where spring has apparently sprung right into summer: herons nesting in residential area, magnolia blooms come and gone, rose bushes budding and balmy warm winds.  It seems things are just a wee bit out of sync in the natural scheme of things.  But one early morning email made it even stranger because of the news it carried regarding environmental activist Tim DeChristopher being placed in solitary confinement via the demand of an unidentifed US congressman.  Apparently one of DeChristopher’s emails disturbed the mental health of some congressman because of content regarding some financial matters discussed regarding a contributor to his own legal fund.  Now why does a US congressman get to request the solitary confinement of a political prisoner in a minimum security prison based on the content of their email concerning the business practices of a contributor to his defence fund?  Why has this elected US congressman remained unidentified? Who is this person? What right do they have to dictate the practices of a prison in California regarding a low risk prisoner? Why does Tim DeChristopher’s concerns about who funds his legal defence concern any US congressman?  Who gave any congressman the right to wield political influence in such a manner? Whose money is behind this harassment of DeChristopher? What is the incognito congressperson soo threatened by in Tim DeChristopher’s email? Personally I have no specific answers. But–as this seems to center on a discussion of business practices, values, a legal defence and the only thing respected in the USA aka MONEY– my imagination is having a free-for-all this morning with this news.  Btw, this little chess move on the prison political game board was covered by Democracy Now! in headlines for March 28, 2012. I suspect the alternative press  may begin racketballing the item as soon as they get their heads out of their symbolic hoodies over the senseless murder of young Trayvon Martin in Florida.
Now, since I’ve been following Tim DeChristopher’s journey ever since learning about his gig as Bidder 70 at an illegal land auction of oil and gas leases—wait–there’s that special special word ‘oil’–oops—yes, DeChristopher upset the oil carts of some oil people by throwing a monkey wrench in their plans to acquire public lands on the cheap during an illegal federal auction. Do I really need to write anything more? Hmm? Do I?

Yes I do. I need to share the request of Peaceful Uprising asking for support for Tim DeChristopher to be removed from solitary confinement.  What is going on in America?  For more information about Tim DeChrisptopher aka Bidder 70 http://www.peacefuluprising.org/tim-dechristopher

and Peaceful Uprising visit http://www.peacefuluprising.org/

Also see Democracy Now!’s coverage of DeChristopher  www.democracynow.org

President Obama is earnestly ignoring number 9 on Jeff Goodell’s Rolling Stone list of “10 things to do for the environment”–“pardon Tim DeChristopher.”

Apparently putting Tim DeChrisptoher in prison for protecting America’s environment from illegal oil development leases is not enough for some people. They want in him in solitary confinement to further restrict his communication with the rest of the world beyond Herlong Prison. Why?

Oh the tea kettle is whistling–time for a chat with George Orwell.

The following is copied directly from Peaceful Uprising:

In response to Tim’s transfer into isolated confinement, we’re asking you to please take a few moments to call the following contacts (or whomever you have time to call from this list) and ask that:

“Tim DeChristopher inmate #16156-081 be immediately removed from the Special Housing Unit (SHU) and placed back in the Minimum Security Camp at FCI Herlong.”

If you’d like to say more, here are a few key talking points we suggest:

  • Moving Tim DeChristopher to SHU based on the complaint of an unidentified Congressman doesn’t make sense. Why is Congress intervening in one inmates detention status, anyway?
  • Keeping inmates in isolated confinement for an indefinite amount of time awaiting a hearing is not humane and is not acceptable.
  • *FOR CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS* If they are your congressperson, tell them about the situation, [read here] and ask them if they know who ordered the transfer, and that you’d like them to take a look into it and get back to you promptly. Ask them why Congress is taking such an interest in the emails of one inmate. Tell them that Tim is a nonviolent offender who was wrongly charged and convicted to begin with, and was placed in a minimum security camp because he posed no threat to anyone. If you have time, mention that an oil and gas company owned by William Koch was recently found to have conspired to defeat a BLM oil and gas lease auction, but was merely fined, while Tim sits in isolated confinement after being charged with two felonies. If you call Jason Chaffetz, ask him to launch an investigation in his oversight committee.

FCI Herlong

530-827-8000

Richard B. Ives, WARDEN

 Eloisa DeBruler, Public Information Officer

BOP Central Office

202-307-3198
Director Charles E. Samuels, Jr.

United States House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and

Homeland Security Congressional Members:

PRIORITY CONGRESSIONAL CALLS:

Jim Sensenbrenner, WI, Chairman of Subcommittee
(202) 225-5101
Louie Gohmert, TX, Vice Chairman of Subcommittee
(202) 225-3035
Jason Chaffetz, UT
(202) 225-7751
(801) 851-2500

OTHER MEMBERS:

Bob Goodlatte, VA
(202) 225-5431
Sandy Adams, FL
(202) 225-2706
Dan Lundgren, CA
(202) 225-5716
Mark Amodei, NV
(202) 225-6155
Randy Forbes, VA
(202) 225 – 6365
Bobbi Scott, VA
(202) 225-8351
Ted Poe, TX
(202) 225-6565
Steve Cohen, TN
(202) 225-3265
Timothy Griffin, AK
(202) 225-2506
Hank Johnson, GA
(202) 225-1605
Tom Marino, PA
(202) 225-3731
Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico
(202) 225-2615
Trey Gowdy, SC
(202) 225-6030
Judi Chu, CA
(202) 225-5464
Ted Deutch, FL
(202) 225-3001
Shelia Jackson Lee, TX
(202) 225-3816
Michael Quigley, IL
(202) 225-4061

Are you worried yet?  I am.

Bidder 70 Single-handedly Foiled Gas & Oil Exploitation in Utah–Thank you, Tim DeChristopher.

In a very real sense Bidder 70,  Tim DeChristopher, has been found guilty of a lack of premeditation in regard to his effort to save public lands in Utah from gas and oil company exploitation via illegal land sales.  Yes, illegal even according to Interior Secretary Salazar.  Having watched way too much crime drama on the idiot box, I find it strange that a judge would not allow DeChristophers’s MOTIVE for his actions be part of his defense. What was Tim DeChristopher’s motive? To save public lands from illegal land sales to gas and oil companies.  Huh, and that’s a ‘bad’ thing? It’s a motive the judge clearly didn’t want spread about in the media. Such a motive might give people ideas, raise some serious questions, and might incite a huge public uproar? If you haven’t heard of Bidder 70, ask yourself why not? Seriously–ask why information about Tim DeChristopher’s spontaneous action in 2008 has not reached your over stimulated eyes and ears.  Believe me, Obama and friends are very well aware of DeChristopher and his rescue of public land from the shady fun and games of the Bush playbook. Why isn’t all of America debating the issues that Bidder 70’s Trial raise? Why aren’t we all talking about a young man who has NO regrets for doing what he did and is willing to pay the legal price because he knows he did what needed to be done? Why aren’t we all questioning how our public lands are under threat by companies which are responsible for the destruction of our environment–the very environment that supports our ability to LIVE? Guess what America, it’s illegal to engage in ethical, moral, just action to save the Earth.  Would you do what Tim DeChristopher did when he entered that auction and began bidding? Interesting to also note that the judge would NOT allow the fact that DeChristopher actually raised the money to buy the lands he bid on to be part of his legal defence. Yes, Bidder 70 actually was going to play the rules of the game and PAY for the lands he won through bidding at an auction. But the jury was not allowed to know this information.  What’s that tell you?

For more about Bidder 70, Tim DeChristoper, his trial and Peaceful Uprising visit:  

http://www.peacefuluprising.org/

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There’s also coverage of DeChristopher on www.democracynow.org  -Wed. March 9 broadcast. Democracy Now! has followed Bidder 70 ever since DeChristopher’s action became “news.”

AND

On the ongoing Peaceful Uprising in Mad-City–there’s a “rumor” that Dennis Kucinich will speak at the rally on Saturday. I suspect this rumor is true. 

Btw, it’s also tractor rally time in Madison this Saturday as the Farmers protest the “Repair” bill’s cutting consequences for their Badger Care.

Some WI links of possible information interest: 

PRwatch, Center for Media and Democracy

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/03/9944/live-reporting-wisconsin-protests

Wisconsin State Journal

http://host.madison.com/wsj/

Scott Walker Watch

http://scottwalkerwatch.com/?p=1385#hide

Recall the 8 WI Rep.

http://www.recalltherepublican8.com/

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