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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and City Dogs at Twilight

Tonight, Salt Lake City is honored to host Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes at the always-free Twilight Concert Series, and City Dogs will be there once again.

As usual, we’ll have the best deal at Twilight, the Five Dollar Rockstar Deal–which is a Rockstar energy drink and a hotdog for only $5. We’ll also be serving beer brats, Italian Sausages, cream-filled dessert cake Dillos from SLC’s Cakewalk Baking and vegan, organic, raw chocolate ice cream from SLC’s Chocolate Conspiracy.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes’ biggest hit was the theme to Where the Wild Things Are, called “Home.”

We want to highlight another song, however, called “Let’s Win,” by Alexander Ebert, the band leader of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.  The video was shot here in beautiful Salt Lake City in February when band was in town to support environmental activist Tim DeChristopher during his trial. If you missed the rallies and marches, here’s a good chance to get a taste. Keeping up the radically good vibes, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes played an intimate show at the Peaceful Uprising warehouse last night as a fundraiser–it was tons of fun.

So, we’ll see you tonight (we’re in the northwest corner of Pioneer Park, around 400 West 300 South!). Here’s “Let’s Win.”

Let’s Win! from Alexander on Vimeo.

The Tim DeChristopher Deal–a civilly disobedient free offer

Famed and heroic climate activist Tim DeChristopher of Salt Lake City has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for making bogus bids in a government lease auction sponsored by the corrupt George W. Bush administration in the last days of his administration. DeChristopher posed as an oil company agent in 2008, bidding on publicly-owned lands near Utah’s national parks that other oil companies wanted to rip open for fossil fuels. But those lands are untouched today, due in no small part to the attention DeChristopher brought to the auction, which the Obama administration later nullified, agreeing with environmentalists that the auction was inappropriate. The Obama Justice Department, however, never thanked DeChristopher, instead choosing to imprison him.

After the sentencing, activists tied themselves to the court house doors to express their dismay at the injustice committed by the U.S. Government against a man of conscience who did a good thing for the Earth. Twenty-six people went to jail.

You can put me in prison but it will not deter my future of civil disobedience and it won’t deter others who are willing to fight to defend a livable future. – Tim DeChristopher

Anyone who was tied to the federal courthouse yesterday gets free lunch on City Dogs. If you weren’t at the court house yesterday, commit your own act of civil disobedience on behalf of climate justice or any other type of justice, document it with pictures, and you too get free lunch from City Dogs–today or any day. That’s a standing offer.

If you need some help with ideas for civil disobedience, the good folks at Peaceful Uprising can give you some tips.  Check ‘em out: http://peacefuluprising.org/

 

Update 1: Thanks to the Salt Lake Tribune’s Sean Means for blogging about the Tim DeChristopher deal. Means writes, “The downside of civil disobedience: the threat of jail time. The upside to civil disobedience: free hot dogs!”  Read more

Update 2: Civil disobedience is usually understood to involve illegal activity, i.e., the activist civilly disobeys the law and law enforcement officers in the process of political speech. However, there are other rules and regulations in our lives that one may disobey to make a political point. For example, one of City Dogs’ big pet peeves is workplaces, housing developments, schools, churches and other places that still, in 2011, do not provide recycling services. To make a positive change, one could start a pile of recyclable materials next to the garbage can–and rally others to do the same–until the powers that be agree to provide a recycle bin. It’s civilly disobedient, but well below the threshold of illegal activity. Get creative. 

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