Celebrate 200 Issues of the Nuclear Resister on December 3 – Register now!

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On Saturday, December 3 there will be a Zoom program to celebrate 200 issues and 42 years of the Nuclear Resister, with music, stories, songs and more! Stories will span several generations of anti-nuclear and anti-war resisters, from Catholic Worker Theo Kayser to Plowshares activist Elizabeth McAlister…

Have a glass or mug of a favorite beverage at hand – we’re going to have a toast! Hope to see you there!

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What We’re About

The Nuclear Resister networks the anti-nuclear and anti-war resistance movement while acting as a clearinghouse for information about contemporary nonviolent resistance to war and the nuclear threat. Our emphasis is on support for the women and men jailed for these actions.  This website is the online companion to the quarterly Nuclear Resister newsletter, a more comprehensive chronicle.

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EarthCare, Not Warfare – Australians disrupt Land Forces 2022 arms expo

Police move in to arrest Ash and Claudia, who had occupied a small robot tank being towed into the exhibition centre – photo by WagePeace

by Jack Cohen-Joppa, from reports by WagePeace

A broad spectrum of Australian activists returned to Meanjin (Brisbane) during the first week of October for a Festival of Resistance and nonviolent actions to disrupt Land Forces 2022, the largest weapons expo in the Southern Hemisphere at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCC). As they had last year, organizers welcomed many diverse constituencies – radical youth, Quaker grannies, Aboriginal leaders, refugees, climate activists, veterans, a clown army, musicians and more – into the action planning.

It was a festival of ideas, story telling and culture with the voices of First Nations and West Papuan people central. The stated goal was to “disrupt, interrupt, and obfuscate [the arms dealers’] efforts to generate conflict as the by-product of profit”, the organizers invited all who shared that goal to participate and plan Festival events according to just two rules:

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Russia prosecutes activist for citing IAEA report

from the Ukraine War Environmental Consequences Work Group 

By Aleksei Ovchinnikov

Translated by Jennifer Castner

Expert anti-nuclear Russian campaigner and public figure Andrey Ozharovsky was accused in August 2022 of discrediting Russia’s state atomic energy corporation, RosAtom. An administrative legal case is being filed against him. In the meantime, Ozharovsky has repeatedly made public statements and continues to serve as a regular expert guest in mass media, including on official Russian channels.

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Three women arrested at Creech drone base 

Photo by Chris Knudson

Killer Drone Base Blockaded to Oppose Remote-Controlled Killing of Humans

from Shut Down Creech

Anti-drone activists, in Nevada for a week-long protest at a U.S. assassin drone base north of Las Vegas, continued their resistance on Wednesday morning, October 19 with a nonviolent blockade of the entrance road into Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs. After nearly 30 minutes, three protesters were arrested.

Dozens – maybe hundreds – of vehicles were stalled on the highway trying to enter the base. Protesters hope to motivate Air Force personnel involved in the U.S. drone program to follow their conscience and no longer participate.

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Three nuclear abolition activists arrested at Nevada nuclear test site

Photo by Chris Knudson

Excerpts from Nevada Desert Experience website

Nevada Desert Experience (NDE) held their Justice For Our Desert event on October 14, 15 and 16, which included peaceful witness at both Creech Air Force Base and the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS, formerly the Nevada Test Site). Creech and the NNSS are desecrations of the land, its people and other creatures in Nevada and represent a threat to all life on the planet.

Justice For Our Desert began in Las Vegas on Friday evening, October 14 with a concert, art and refreshments. On the afternoon of October 15, participants protested at the gate of Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, holding signs and banners as drone operators left the base after their shift. Creech AFB is the center of drone warfare and assassination for the U.S. military and the CIA. NDE began protesting there in 2009. 

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German court orders U.S. peace activist to jail for protests against U.S. nuclear weapons stationed in Germany

Marion Kuepker & John LaForge at the NPT Review Conference in NY on August 1

from Nukewatch

LUCK, Wisconsin – A U.S. peace activist from Luck, Wisconsin has been ordered by a German court to serve 50 days in jail there after he refused to pay 600 Euros in fines for two trespass convictions stemming from protests against the U.S. nuclear weapons stationed at Germany’s Büchel Air Base, 80 miles southeast of Cologne.

      John LaForge, 66, a Duluth native and long-time staff person of the anti-nuclear group Nukewatch, participated in two “go-in” actions at the German base in 2018. The first on July 15 involved eighteen people who gained entry to the base by clipping through the chain link fence on a Sunday morning in broad daylight. The second, on August 6, the anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima, saw LaForge and Susan Crane of Redwood City, California sneak inside the base and climb atop a bunker which likely housed some of the approximately twenty U.S. “B61” thermonuclear gravity bombs stationed there.*

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German nuclear abolitionist starts 30 day prison sentence for action at Büchel Air Base

from Büchel17 Press Releases
Incarcerated for action against nuclear weapons – “War Destroys Future”
On August 17, Holger Isabelle Jänicke, movement worker and head of the legal aid office in Hamburg, Germany, started a 30-day substitute prison sentence in the JVA Billwerder/Hamburg correctional facility. On April 30, 2019, seventeen peace activists from all over Germany broke through a double fence of NATO wire into the Bundeswehr Büchel Air Base premises with banners and posters, and prevented the daily launch of the military Tornadoes. On January 18 of this year, his 60th birthday, the district court of Koblenz sentenced Jänicke to a fine of 30 daily rates of €17 each for the 2019 action. Since he deliberately did not pay the fine, a summons to report to prison was sent.

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13 people cited at Trident nuclear submarine base at Bangor

photo by Karol Milner

from Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

Approximately 40 people were present on August 8th at a flash mob demonstration against Trident nuclear weapons at the Bangor submarine base. The demonstration was in the roadway, and blocked traffic entering the Main Gate of the Trident nuclear submarine base during rush hour traffic. Thirteen demonstrators were detained and cited by authorities.

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Fr. Carl Kabat, plowshares activist and priest, dies at age 88

Photo by Lu Mountenay

Roman Catholic priest and decades-long Plowshares activist and nuclear resister, Fr. Carl Kabat, OMI, died on August 4, 2022 at age 88.

We met Carl for the first time in 1983 while in line to be searched at the D.C. Jail to visit Helen Woodson – we were on our way in just as he was leaving after visiting with her. It was always good to see him over the years: in the visiting room of a Colorado prison where he was locked up; at the 30th anniversary gathering and action for the Plowshares Eight, Nukewatch and the Nuclear Resister in Tennessee; at an action at the Kansas City nuclear weapons plant; at the trial of the Transform Now Plowshares.

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Eleven nuclear disarmament activists arrested after sit-in at U.S. Mission to the U.N.

photo by Ellen Davidson

from Ed Hedemann
On August 2, for almost four hours on a sunny and rather hot Tuesday, the NYC War Resisters League along with several other peace, social justice and environmental organizations were part of a nonviolent sit-in at the U.S. Mission during the second day of the U.N.’s month-long Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference. About 100 participated in the demonstration, eleven of whom were eventually arrested while blocking the two doors to the U.S. Mission.

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