Delta 5 Activists Go to Climate Trial Armed with Necessity Defense

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.

On Twitter
Look for tweets with hashtag #DELTA5 and retweet.  Here are a few to start with:

Facebook
Share some of the Facebook posts from the Climate Disobedience Center.

Read More
Learn more about the Delta 5 case on their website at delta5trial.org.

Lobster Boat Blockade Climate Trial Media

The day of the September 8, 2014 Lobster Boat Blockade “Climate Trial” of Jay O’Hara and Ken Ward  I volunteered to take photographs to share with the media.  Many of these photos have been picked up, the most widely circulated a photo featuring District Attorney Sam Sutter holding a Rolling Stone Magazine with Bill McKibben’s article “A Call to Arms.”

DA Sam Sutter holding Rolling Stone Magazine
DA Sam Sutter holding Rolling Stone Magazine

The following are some of the websites featuring these photos.   Photos may be used with photo credit “Peter Bowden” with link to my Twitter profile.  You may access full gallery  photos here.

Boston Globe: Bristol DA drops charges, says protesters were right
By David Abel | Globe Staff   September 08, 2014

DeSmogBlog: Massachusetts District Attorney Makes History: Recognizes Necessity of Defending Climate
By Ben Jervey | September 08, 2014

The Nation: Charges Were Just Dropped Against These Climate Activists in the Most Stunning Way
By Wen Stephenson | September 08, 2014

Crowd Gathers for Statements at Lobster Boat Blockade Climate Trial
Defense Attorney Makes Statement at Lobster Boat Blockade Climate Trial