BREAKING : According to my colleague, climate activist Tim DeChristopher, the judge in the Delta 5 case is allowing the use of the Necessity Defense. This is the legal defense which DeChristopher was denied in his prominent trial for disrupting an illegitimate Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction in December of 2008. DeChristopher served 20 months for his act of civil disobedience. Updated 1/8/16
Next week, on January 11th, the activists known as the Delta 5 are going to trail for their civil disobedience. A year ago, in September 2014, they blocked a train used to transport oil at the Delta rail yard in Everett, WA.
This is yet another instance of average citizens people like you and me putting their bodies in the way of business as usual for the fossil fuel industry. Perhaps something we all need to be doing as the fossil fuel industry seems “hell bent on killing the planet” to quote Bill McKibben.
In this video the Delta 5 — that’s Abby Brockway, Mike Lapointe, Patrick Mazza, Jackie Minchew, and Liz Spoerri — explain why they took this action.
My colleagues at the new Climate Disobedience Center are supporting the Delta 5 through this trial. See related Detla 5 posts on the center’s website:
Wherever you are, you can help these activists by following the trial, sharing related news, and if you can, support their legal fund.
Look for tweets with hashtag #DELTA5 and retweet. Here are a few to start with:
Share some of the Facebook posts from the Climate Disobedience Center.
Learn more about the Delta 5 case on their website at delta5trial.org.