Award-Winning Documentary "Bidder 70"
KREX News Room
Date(s) & Time(s)::
June 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Location: Center for Independence
Saturday, June 15th at 7pm
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Stay to join the conversation following the showing. Snacks provided,
donations appreciated. Presented by Western Colorado Congress, Sierra Club, Uncompaghre Group, and Grand Valley Peace & Justice.
On December 19, in a dazzling act of civil disobedience, Tim De Christopher derailed President Bush’s last minute, widely protested, BLM oil and gas lease auction. As bidder number 70, DeChristopher bid 1.8 million dollars for 22,000 pristine acres surrounding Utah’s National Parks. He had no intention to drill. No property was damaged; no one was hurt. The new Obama administration agreed the land should be saved and invalidated the entire auction. Nevertheless, Tim was indicted on two federal felonies with penalties of up to ten years in prison.
Over the next two years and nine trial postponements, Tim evolved into a charismatic climate justice leader. Finally tried, DeChristopher was convicted of both felonies and sentenced to two years in federal prison. He began serving his sentence in July 2011. He was released on April 21, 2013, the day before Earth Day.
Bidder 70 questions whether peaceful civil disobedience is morally justified in our time of global climate chaos. It’s the story of one person, acting on his beliefs and willing to suffer the consequences. Bidder 70 embodies what Tim learned: sentiment aligned with action heals the soul, and it's contagious.
Center for Independence
740 Gunnison Ave, Grand Junction, CO