GOOD

Updated: Today's the Day: The Trial of "Bidder 70" Begins Updated: Tim DeChristopher, Bidder 70, Trial to Start Today

Here's how to show support for Tim DeChristopher, aka Bidder 70, as he goes on trial today for his powerful and urgen act of civil disobedience.



Updated: Today's the day that Tim DeChristopher, aka Bidder 70, goes on trial for disrupting a Bureau of Land Management land auction–one that was set to turn over hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands in southern Utah to oil and gas companies.

We've covered DeChristopher a whole bunch in the past couple years (including our interview last year), so we'll keep this brief. Basically, this quiet economics student decided to "be the carbon tax," and consciously performed a peaceful act of civil disobedience. He's now looking at potentially ten years in prison on federal felony charges.

Bryan Walsh has a good, timely summary at TIME, and the Salt Lake City Tribune has great op-ed from a fellow Utah activist that does a good job explaining the symbolic importance of this act of civil disobedience.

On the streets outside of the courthouse today, activists from Salt Lake City and around the country are gathering to show support. If you're in the area—or, heck, if you're following along from afar—check out Peaceful Uprising's site. They've got a map of the march route, tips for how to engage in civil disobedience (or how not to get arrested, if you'd like to keep the record clean), and other options for showing support and getting involved.

Here are other ways to get involved today, even if you're not in Salt Lake City, direct from Peaceful Uprising:

Share your comments supporting Tim and all the people standing in solidarity on the streets of SLC.

Connect on social media (Facebook, Twitter) and spread the word. Use the designated hashtag #bidder70.

Share your photos, videos, and more by emailing bidder70@peacefuluprising.org.

\n

Here's one image that just came in from the march, courtesy of losinghand on Twitter:


We too stand in solidarity with Bidder 70 today. And I personally will take a long hard look in the mirror today and ask myself what more I should be doing to help defend a livable, secure, healthy future for ours and future generations.

Update: Lots of info flying around from the event today. I'll keep updating below with anything else worth relaying.

    \n
  • First, if you want to donate money to DeChristopher's legal fund, you can do so here.
  • The Yes Men sent a note rallying for support for Bidder 70, saying that their pranks are "absolutely nothing compared to the courage and sheer brilliant chutzpah of our friend and comrade Tim DeChristopher, who made history two years ago in Utah, and who's going on trial TODAY for defending the planet against those who would drill, drill, and drill until there's nothing left of anything."
  • 350.org has the best collection on photos from the rally that I've yet found.
  • \n
Articles

Childbirth is the number one reason American women visit the hospital, and it ain't cheap. In fact, it's getting more and more expensive. A new study published in Health Affairs found that the cost of having a baby with employer-sponsored health insurance increased by almost 50% in the past seven years.

The study evaluated "trends in cost-sharing for maternity care for women with employer-based health insurance plans, before and after the Affordable Care Act," which was signed into law in 2010. The study looked at over 657,061 women enrolled in large employer-sponsored health insurance plans who delivered babies between 2008 and 2015, as these plans tend to cover more than plans purchased by small businesses or individuals.

Keep Reading

Cancer is still the second leading cause of death after heart disease for both men and women. The American Cancer Society predicts that 2020 will bring almost 1.8 million new cancer cases and 600,000 cancer deaths, but there's also some good news. The American Cancer Society recently published a report in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians stating the U.S. cancer death rates experienced the largest-single year decline ever reported.

Between 2016 and 2017, cancer death rates fell by 2.2%. While cancer death rates have been steadily falling over the past three decades, it's normally by 1.5% a year. Cancer death rates have dropped by 29% since 1991, which means that there have been 2.9 million fewer cancer deaths in the past three decades than there would have been if the mortality rate had remained constant.

Keep Reading
Health

In order to celebrate the New York Public Library's 125th anniversary, the library announced a list of the top 10 most checked out books in the library's history. The list, which took six months to compile, was determined by a team of experts who looked at the "historic checkout and circulation data" for all formats of the book. Ezra Jack Keats's "The Snow Day" tops the list, having been checked out 485,583 times through June 2019. While many children's books topped the top 10 list, the number one choice is significant because the main character of the story is black. "It's even more amazing that the top-ranked book is a book that has that element of diversity," New York Public Library President Anthony W. Marx said.

Keep Reading
Design