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Tim DeChristopher: An Act of Bravery. Your help is needed.

The whole world by now knows of Tim DeChristopher’s brave act of civil disobedience who won bids totaling about $1.5 million on more than 10 lease parcels in December in an attempt to disrupt a U.S. Bureau of Land Management lease auction of 149,000 acres of public land in scenic southern and southeastern Utah.

The entire story can be viewed at The Center for Water Advocacy, located in Moab, UT and also managed by Green Party of Utah‘s Co-Coordinator Harold Shepherd,  The Center for Water Advocacy is collecting funds to pay for Tim’s legal defense.  Tim is facing Federal Criminal Charges – which could result in Federal Prison time.

Please visit the above linked website and donate to Tim’s legal defense fund.  For the sake of Utah’s Canyonlands.  For the sake of future generations.  For the sake of all life on our planet.

The Sugarhouse Debacle

It’s been well over a year since Sugarhouse merchants were forced to move from their locations so that a rich developer could level the building and erect a newer high rise structure. Well, the building was leveled (nearly a year ago), but nothing else has happened.

Today’s Deseret news reports that developer Craig Mecham has been issued the directive by Salt Lake City to fill the “crater” that sits in the middle of the Sugarhouse buisness district.

Of course Mr. Mecham has complained to the city about the cost of leveling the old structure and blames the city’s plannign commission for not helping him move his project along more quickly and claims that he is not in a financial position to obtain financing and feels he is being singled out.

Give me a break.

Mecham should have put all his ducks in a row before he ever evicted the tenants that made Sugarhouse what is was. As it is now, the tenants are gone, many of them not yet able to open their businesses elsewhere and the heart of Sugarhouse is ruined, inlcuding the economical impact of Mecham’s irresponsible, greedy actions.

Property Manager in Salt Lake City attempting to oust residents, local business

The Artspace building has long been a place where artists have been able to reside and work in Salt Lake City on meager incomes. Housed in the building is the local coffee shop A Cup of Joe, which has been open to the artist and peace communities and other progressive groups, opening its doors to events for these groups at little or no cost.

Many of the tenants of Artspace including A Cup of Joe are facing extreme, intolerant and likely illegal action by the new management company Evergreen Management Company. Some section 8 tenants are being told they owe additional money because there is a “problem with their paperwork,” but are not being told what the problem is, or how they can resolve it. Others, including A Cup of Joe, who have had trouble making their rent are not being allowed, per the terms of their leases, to make payment plans. The management company is refusing to return calls from tenants, and summarily turning accounts over for legal action.

Not only is this creating additional financial burden for the tenants, it is emptying the building of artists who form the core of the avant-garde arts community of Salt Lake City. In addition, it is threatening the existence of A Cup of Joe, the anchor of the spoken word poetry community and Salt City Slam, and an important gathering place for progressive groups. Kristy Gonzalez, the current owner, has in particular, reached out to the community and provided a performance space for music and comedy groups, avant-garde theatre, the peace sign birthday party, a memorial service for Sister Maryam Mohammed who was an active artist and musician in our community. Kristy has encouraged the collaging of the tables by community groups, is a pickup point for a Community Sustainable Agriculture farm, a member of the People’s Market and Buy Local First Utah. She has provided space for People for Peace and Justice, local artists and musicians, Guardian Angels, Queer Spirit, the Nine Muses Project. While Joe’s has been near and dear to our hearts for years, Kristy has done so much in the year and a half she has owned Joe’s to make it truly a foundation of the community. We are in danger of losing Joe’s.

What can we do? There are legal costs to be met, and possibly a rent shortfall. Kristy and the other tenants have legal and publicity help at the moment. What Kristy needs is more customers, and community awareness of the problem of losing locally-owned, community-dedicated businesses. Here’s what we can do:

**Talk up Cup of Joe whenever you can.

**Eat and drink at Joe’s as often as you can. Highly recommended are the crepes and the ice cream.

**If you sponsor a community group that has benefited from Joe’s generosity in the past, consider a donation to help them out.

There will be a “marathon community gathering” on July 18 and 19 at Cup of Joe with poets, musicians, artists and local businesses. Details will be published here as soon as they are available.

A Cup of Joe is located at 353 West 200 South in Salt Lake City.


The Yes Men have been attacked.   There’s no hard proof that the attackers is EXXON – but make up your own mind:

Yes Men badly need sysadmin, server co-location

    Contact: mailto:people@theyesmen.org

One day after the Yes Men made a joke announcement that ExxonMobil plans to turn billions of climate-change victims into a brand-new fuel called Vivoleum, the Yes Men’s upstream internet service provider shut down Vivoleum.com, the Yes Men’s spoof website, and cut off the Yes Men’s email service, in reaction to a complaint whose source they will not identify. The provider, Broadview Networks, also made the Yes Men remove all mention of Exxon from TheYesMen.org before they’d restore the Yes Men’s email service.

The Yes Men assume the complainant was Exxon. “Since parody is protected under US law, Exxon must think that people seeing the site will think Vivoleum’s a real Exxon product, not just a parody,” said Yes Man Mike Bonanno. “Exxon’s policies do already contribute to 150,000 climate-change related deaths each year,” added Yes Man Andy Bichlbaum. “So maybe it really
is credible. What a resource!”

After receiving the complaint June 15, Broadview added a “filter”
that disabled the Vivoleum.com IP address (, and furthermore
prevented email from being sent from the Yes Men’s primary IP address
( Even after all Exxon logos were removed from both sites and
a disclaimer was placed on Vivoleum.com on Tuesday, Broadview would still
not remove the filter. (The disclaimer read: “Although Vivoleum is not a
real ExxonMobil program, it might as well be.”)

Broadview did restore both IPs on Wednesday, after the Vivoleum.com website
was completely disabled and all mention of Exxon was removed from

While this problem is temporarily resolved, the story is far from over.
Meanwhile, though, two bigger problems loom, for which we’re asking your


Broadview Networks provides internet connectivity to New York’s Thing.net
and the websites and servers it hosts, including the Yes Men’s server.
Thing.net has been a host for many years to numerous activist and artist
websites and servers.

At the end of July, Thing.net will terminate its contract with Broadview and
move its operations to Germany, where internet expression currently benefits
from a friendlier legal climate than in the US, and where baseless threats
by large corporations presumably have less weight with providers. At that
time, the Yes Men and two other organizations with servers “co-located” at
Thing.net will need a new home for those servers. Please write to us if you
can offer such help or know of someone who can.


The Yes Men are desperately in need of a sysadmin. The position is unpaid at
the moment, but it shouldn’t take much time for someone who knows Debian
Linux very well. It involves monitoring the server, keeping it up-to-date,
making sure email is working correctly, etc.
The person could also maintain the Yes Men’s website (which will be updated
next week), if she or he wants.

Thing.net also needs a sysadmin: someone living in New York who knows Linux
well. The Thing.net position involves some money and the rewards of working
for an organization that has consistently and at great personal risk
supported groups like the Yes Men over the years.


The Yes Men pose as Oil Execs at Conference in Canada

This is a stunning act of direct action – Yessssss to the Yes Men!


Imposters posing as ExxonMobil and National Petroleum Council (NPC) representatives delivered an outrageous keynote speech to 300 oilmen at GO-EXPO, Canada’s largest oil conference, held at Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta, today.

The speech was billed beforehand by the GO-EXPO organizers as the major highlight of this year’s conference, which had 20,000 attendees. In it, the “NPC rep” was expected to deliver the long-awaited conclusions of a study commissioned by US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman. The NPC is headed by former ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond, who is also the chair of the study. (See link at end.)

In the actual speech, the “NPC rep” announced that current U.S. and Canadian energy policies (notably the massive, carbon-intensive exploitation of Alberta’s oil sands, and the development of liquid

coal) are increasing the chances of huge global calamities. But he reassured the audience that in the worst case scenario, the oil industry could “keep fuel flowing” by transforming the billions of people who die into oil.

“We need something like whales, but infinitely more abundant,” said “NPC rep” “Shepard Wolff” (actually Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Men), before describing the technology used to render human flesh into a new Exxon oil product called Vivoleum. 3-D animations of the process brought it to life.

“Vivoleum works in perfect synergy with the continued expansion of fossil fuel production,” noted “Exxon rep” “Florian Osenberg” (Yes Man Mike Bonanno). “With more fossil fuels comes a greater chance of disaster, but that means more feedstock for Vivoleum. Fuel will continue to flow for those of us left.”

The oilmen listened to the lecture with attention, and then lit “commemorative candles” supposedly made of Vivoleum obtained from the flesh of an “Exxon janitor” who died as a result of cleaning up a toxic spill. The audience only reacted when the janitor, in a video tribute, announced that he wished to be transformed into candles after his death, and all became crystal-clear.

At that point, Simon Mellor, Commercial & Business Development Director for the company putting on the event, strode up and physically forced the Yes Men from the stage. As Mellor escorted Bonanno out the door, a dozen journalists surrounded Bichlbaum, who, still in character as “Shepard Wolff,” explained to them the rationale for Vivoleum.

“We’ve got to get ready. After all, fossil fuel development like that of my company is increasing the chances of catastrophic climate change, which could lead to massive calamities, causing migration and conflicts that would likely disable the pipelines and oil wells.

Without oil we could no longer produce or transport food, and most of humanity would starve. That would be a tragedy, but at least all those bodies could be turned into fuel for the rest of us.”

“We’re not talking about killing anyone,” added the “NPC rep.” “We’re talking about using them after nature has done the hard work. After all, 150,000 people already die from climate-change related effects every year. That’s only going to go up – maybe way, way up. Will it all go to waste? That would be cruel.”

Security guards then dragged Bichlbaum away from the reporters, and he and Bonanno were detained until Calgary Police Service officers could arrive. The policemen, determining that no major infractions had been committed, permitted the Yes Men to leave.

Canada’s oil sands, along with “liquid coal,” are keystones of Bush’s Energy Security plan. Mining the oil sands is one of the dirtiest forms of oil production and has turned Canada into one of the world’s worst carbon emitters. The production of “liquid coal” has twice the carbon footprint as that of ordinary gasoline. Such technologies increase the likelihood of massive climate catastrophes that will condemn to death untold millions of people, mainly poor.

“If our idea of energy security is to increase the chances of climate calamity, we have a very funny sense of what security really is,”

Bonanno said. “While ExxonMobil continues to post record profits, they use their money to persuade governments to do nothing about climate change. This is a crime against humanity.”

“Putting the former Exxon CEO in charge of the NPC, and soliciting his advice on our energy future, is like putting the wolf in charge of the flock,” said “Shepard Wolff” (Bichlbaum). “Exxon has done more damage to the environment and to our chances of survival than any other company on earth. Why should we let them determine our future?”

About the NPC and ExxonMobil: http://ga3.org/campaign/lee_raymond/explanation

About the Alberta oil sands: http://www.sierraclub.ca/prairie/tarnation.htm

About liquid coal: http://www.sierraclub.org/coal/liquidcoal/

Dumpster Diving

If you haven’t checked out the Dumpster Diving Community, you should.  Dumpster diving has been part of our lives always.  Tom is great at it and has been able to get tons of items from dumpsters that otherwise would end up in the landfill.

It’s amazing what people and businesses throw away.  Sadly, there are many greedy businesses who have the notion that if they can’t sell it, no one should have it, so they smash and break things on purpose so that dumpster divers won’t be able to get it. 

The dumpster diving community members have been having fun sharing their finds from dumpsters at colleges as classes are ending for the summer.