Democracy Now: Tim DeChristopher and Abby Brockway on the Historic #Delta5 Climate Trial

This morning, before the start of today's historic Delta 5 trial, Tim DeChristopher and defendant Abby Brockway spoke with Democracy Now! about the significance of the case.  This is the first time a U.S. court has heard a ‘necessity defense’ in a case relating to climate action.

For full trial coverage visit the Climate Disobedience Center and Delta 5 trial websites. For Tim's live tweeting on the trial follow @DeChristopher.

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From the Climate Disobedience Center press release:

Lynnwood, WA - Five community members who blocked the path of an explosive oil train in Everett last year will finally go to trial in Snohomish County on Monday. In a surprise ruling Judge Anthony E. Howard has allowed the defendants to argue that their actions were justified by the threat of climate change. This is the first time a U.S. court has heard a ‘necessity defense’ in a case relating to climate action.

The defendants, known to supporters as the Delta 5, will call expert witnesses including a co-author of the UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change report and a rail safety expert, to convince the jury that the threat posed by climate change justifies their acts of civil disobedience. “There came a point where I could no longer sit back and wait for the politicians to act. I had to put my body on the line to demand not talk, but action on a massive scale to rapidly replace fossil fuels,” said Patrick Mazza, a member of the Delta 5 who has worked for years as an advocate for climate action.

Next week's trial was moved to the Lynnwood courtroom to accommodate a documentary crew and dozens of supporters who are expected to pack the courthouse. Some supporters have traveled across the country to attend, including Tim DeChristopher who gained national attention as ‘bidder 70’ after disrupting a 2008 Bureau of Land Management auction in Utah. DeChristopher spent two years in federal prison for his action.

Read full press release

Related Events

Tuesday, Jan 12th 6:30pm - An evening with Tim DeChristopher
Discussion, dinner and fundraiser supporting the Delta 5
Bring your questions about civil disobedience, the necessity defense or the delta 5 trial for Tim. Donations support Delta 5 legal expenses.
Woodland Park Presbyterian Church
225 N 70th St, Seattle, Washington 98103
Facebook event

Saturday, Jan 16th 7pm - The Power of Civil Disobedience: Awakening Our Spirits to the Challenge of the Climate Crisis
University Unitarian Church
6556 35th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Facebook Event
Event Details on Sustainable NE Seattle

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  • Mandy Sue
    commented 2016-01-13 21:37:28 -0500
    I’m so grateful to these brave activists and am honored to be in the courtroom to witness this historic proceeding. And it keeps getting better each day! Yesterday was such a bad day for the prosecution that the supervising persecutor — I mean prosecutor didn’t even show up today lol
  • Marilaine Savard
    commented 2016-01-13 15:07:14 -0500
    From the bottom of my heart, thank you!! You are such an inspiration to me.

    A Lac-Mégantic citizen.
  • Frederick Wolfe
    commented 2016-01-13 10:22:33 -0500
    Tim, glad you are on the front lines with this. The people of the US and the World need to know we can and must stand up to the fossil fuel industry and show their greed to be what it is, a death sentence for humankind. Fred