The Delta 5's court trial ends tomorrow, and no matter the verdict we all owe a debt of gratitude to these climate champions. Click here to sign our card of support and we'll deliver it along with a plaque certifying their introduction into the Environmental Action "Defenders of Climate" Order.
On September 2, 2014, five concerned citizens decided to take a stand and defend their community, families and loved ones from the climate chaos in general and bomb trains specifically. Mike LaPointe, Patrick Mazza, Jackie Minchew, Liz Spoerri and Abby Brockway, known as the Delta 5, blocked a "bomb train" shipment of volatile bakken crude from departing a Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail yard in Everett, Washington, just north of Seattle.1
When it was all said and done, they successfully blocked the bomb train that would have traversed their communities and many others, putting them at risk of a fiery disaster and fueling climate change, for eight hours. While eight hours may not seem that long, their act of defiance is timeless as a symbol for civil disobedience against the dig, dump, burn economy that threatens us all.
The Delta 5 are currently on trial facing charges of trespassing and blocking a train -- if found guilty, they could face hefty fines as well as jail time. No matter the outcome of the trial, I think we should show our love, support and appreciation for these knights and defenders of the climate. Click here to show your love and sign our thank you card to the Delta 5.
I have been here in Seattle all week following the trial and spending time with these peaceful climate warriors. Last Sunday, before the trial, I had the honor of spending some time with Abby after seeing her address her church. Here's how she explained why she took part in the direct action:
"We did not do this to become the hero or to become the savior we did this because we saw trouble. We were compelled to move toward the trouble so that we could tell the truth. We felt we had to trespass on those who are trespassing against us because we saw no other thing we could do to stop what is happening to the generations that come after us. Each of us have come to points in our lives where we simply could not be complicit any longer."
When Abby met and blessed my 5-month-old son, she simply said, "I did this for him." She and her cohorts have demonstrated indisputable valor. They have risked their freedom, their economic stability and their very safety -- it's fair to say they have done their part and more. That's why we have decided to recognize the Delta 5 as Knights and Defenders of the Climate. This is the first time we have ever given an award like this, but because their action was so inspiring, it probably won't be the last.
Sign today, and this Sunday I will have the honor of presenting them with medals, plaques and a card signed by all of us. I want to make sure that we have as many signatures on that card as possible, to show gratitude, solidarity and love. Please click here and send a message of thanks to five of the bravest people I have ever met, the Delta 5.
Thanks for showing love and solidarity,
Anthony for Environmental Action
1. Rowell, Andy. History Will Be Made Today as the Delta 5 Head to Court. EcoWatch. January 11, 2016.