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Video: Bidder 70 Guilty, Watch His Rousing Speech from the Courthouse Steps Tim DeChristopher, Bidder 70, Found Guilty

Looking at ten years in federal prison for blocking bogus oil lease auctions, Tim DeChristopher gives a rousing speech on the steps of the courthouse.

Tim DeChristopher, aka Bidder 70 (intro here, all our past coverage here), the brave, inspiring young climate leader, was found guilty yesterday afternoon. Facing possibly ten years in federal prison, DeChristopher stopped and gave a rousing speech on the steps of the courthouse.


We stand with Tim DeChristopher. And if the government thinks that this sort of intimidation will silence those of us who fear the dire impacts of climate change more than anything else, they are sorely wrong. More voices will rise up. There will be more Bidder 70s. We need a whole movement of Bidder 70s.

In his comments to the press, DeChristopher said:

We know that now I’ll have to go to prison. If we’re going to achieve our vision, many after me will have to join me as well.


The emphasis is mine. Here's a transcript of DeChristopher's remarks, courtesy of our friend Jamie Henn at

What the world wanted to see was how you would react. And you have reacted with joy and resolve. You’ve shown that your power will not be intimidated by any power that they have, and that’s the most important thing that’s happened here this week.

Because everything that happened inside that building tried to convince me that I was alone and that I was weak. They tried to convince me that I was like a little finger out there on my own that could easily be broken. And all of you out here were the reminder for all of us that I wasn’t just a finger all alone in there, but that I was connected to hand with many fingers that could be united together as one fist, and that that fist could not be broken by the power that they have in there.

That fist is not a symbol of violence. That fist is a symbol that we will not be mislead into thinking that we are alone. We will not be lied to and told that we are weak. We will not be divided and we will not back down. That fist is a symbol that we are connected and that we are powerful. It’s a symbol that we hold true to our vision of a healthy and just world and that we are building the self empowering movement to make it happen. All those authorities in there wanted me to think like a finger but are children are calling to us to think like a fist.

And we know that now I’ll have to go prison, we know that now that is the reality. But that’s just the job that I have to do. That’s the role that I face. Many before me have gone to jail for justice and if we are going to achieve our vision many after me will have to join me as well.

No one ever told us that this battle would be easy. No one ever told us that we wouldn’t have to make sacrifices. We knew that when we started this fight.

Every wave on the ocean that has ever risen up and refused to lay back down has been dashed on the shore, but it is the very purpose of a wave to rise up, because once it rises up above the horizon it finally has the perspective to see that it’s not just a wave, that it’s a part of a mighty ocean. And the sharpest rock on the wildest shore can never break that ocean apart, they can never wear that ocean down, because it’s the ocean that shapes the shore.

That’s what we’re starting to do here today. That’s what we’re starting to do here this week. With wave after wave after wave crashing against that shore, we shape it to our vision. Thank you all for being a part of that.

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