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David Letterman, Meet Tim DeChristopher

Posted by T. Resnikoff // June 28th 2013 // Featured Young Adults, Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments


Lifting Up Activism on Climate Change… and consequences of Mass Incarceration

Tim DeChristopher recently appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman to talk about the documentary Bidder 70the story of DeChristopher’s civil disobedience disrupting a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) auction of mineral rights on protected Federal land.

In the interview, DeChristopher explains why he chose a confrontational approach to creating awareness of the dangers of climate change, and the opportunity it presents for an educated activist citizenry to promote positive change in society.

Letterman asks how DeChristopher feels about the consequences of his act and is surprised when DeChristopher says the 21 months he spent in a federal jail were not as bad as expected. Letterman exclaims, “Now that can’t possibly be true”, and DeChristopher replies, “…a consequence of (the policy of) mass incarceration is that our prisons are filled with really normal people.”

Obviously respectful, Letterman thanks DeChristopher for his activism at the end of the 12-minute interview.

Watch the interview here.

Learn more about Tim DeChristopher here.

Learn about the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth (UUFME) here.

Learn more about mass incarceration and the response of the UUA here.



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Ted Resnikoff is the Digital Communications Editor at the Unitarian Universalist Association.
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