May 27, 2015
The Southwest Environmental Center is pleased to announce a special screening of Bidder 70, a documentary centering on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. This one-night only, special event will take place on June 9th at 7:00pm at SWEC’s downtown Las Cruces location, 275 N. Main St.
In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice. DeChristopher disrupted a highly disputed Utah BLM Oil and Gas lease auction, effectively safeguarding thousands of acres of pristine Utah land that were slated for oil and gas leases.
Not content to merely protest outside, DeChristopher entered the auction hall and registered as bidder #70. He outbid industry giants on land parcels (which, starting at $2 an acre, were adjacent to national treasures like Canyonlands National Park), winning leases on 22,000 acres of land worth $1.7 million before the auction was halted. No property was destroyed and no one was hurt, and yet, DeChristopher was sentenced to two years in federal prison. Now out of prison, DeChristopher has become a leader in the fight to save our planet from climate change caused by fossil fuel use.
The film showing is free and open to the public. For more information, call (575) 522-5552.
Established in 1992, the Southwest Environmental Center works to protect and restore native wildlife and their habitats in the southwestern borderlands. Visit wildmesquite.org to learn more.