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Tim DeChristopher gets two years and a $10,000 fine

Posted in Activism with tags , , , , , , , on July 28, 2011 by Weary Hobo

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26th July, 2011 outside the Federal Courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah. 26 people arrested in support of Tim DeChristopher, Climate Activist.

This was the trial where Tim DeChristopher was sentenced to two years imprisonment  and a $10,000 fine. This was for his non-violent civil disobedience action in 2008 at the end of the Bush Administration. Tim disrupted a federal oil and gas auction of $1.8mil worth of leases which would have been mined for oil, gas and coal.

Before his sentencing, Tim noted the squalor of his childhood home state, West Virginia, where he said his mother worked through the legal channels to fight mountaintop-removal coal mining, but to no avail.

In good news, Mantle Mining has abandoned plans to explore for brown coal in South West Victoria after a campaign by residents. Yeew!

W. H.

Who’s got a padlock and chain?

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2011 by Weary Hobo

Dearest Lurkers,

What does it take to fix a problem like climate change? Maybe just a padlock and chain.

Breaking News! Download the single ‘Who’s Got a Padlock and Chain?‘ from our new album free online now at www.triplejunearthed.com/thelurkers – Listen! Download! Review and help us get the song played on triple J!

The Story

Last year at Climate Camp I took part in non-violent direct action to against burning coal and polluting more carbon. With seventy others, I locked myself on to the coal train line and was arrested and charged. The scariest thing about this was not the doing of locking-on but anxiety about going before a court.

A co-arrestee Justin told me that East Maitland Court used to sentence people to be hanged.

Today our story played out in East Maitland Court where I dressed my finest and arrived early with references signed and in hand. My boss Sarah, a family friend Jan, a person I worked with at Uni Belinda and my friend Kirsty gave me references for the Judge.  We sat in the Court and listened to the Judge as he stated what we had done and how he made his decision about whether we should be convicted. He said we were ‘impressive and remarkable individuals.’

For all of us all it was a big sigh of relief.

We celebrated with drinks and lunch across the train line after Court and the locals congratulated us for what we did. Thanks to the Environmental Defender’s Office especially Sue Higgenson for amazing legal support.

The Crooked Fiddle Band have released their latest ‘Overgrown Tales’ and you can listen to it free online here. Thanks to the band for mentioning us in their liner notes. They’re a gorgeous band and this album is phenomenal. My favourite track is number 7, ‘Over hill and Under Hill.

Don’t forget: www.triplejunearthed.com/thelurkers
Stay Lurky!
Weary H.