On December 19, 2008 parcels of Utah's Red Rock public land were put up for auction for oil and gas leasing. Tim DeChristopher, a 27-year-old college student, took what he considered to be an ethical, necessary, and nonviolent action in defense of the planet and the American people -- he peacefully disrupted the auction by placing false bids.

Because of his actions that day, 22,000 acres of wild and pristine public Utah land were saved from private fossil fuel leasing. Months later, a judge ruled that the auction was corrupt and illegal. Regardless, Tim now faces charges that could put him in jail for 10 years and $750,000 in fines. And if he knew in advance the extent of the controversy and consequences his action would create for him personally...he would still do it again.


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