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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 blog is the online companion to the quarterly Nuclear Resister newsletter, a more comprehensive chronicle.

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Help support imprisoned activists on Giving Tuesday and Prisoners for Peace Day!


photo of  Felice & Jack near the peas growing in their garden

photo of Felice & Jack near the peas growing in their garden



Hi, friends,

Prisoners for Peace Day was established over 60 years ago by War Resisters’ International, to encourage people to write to conscientious objectors and others who are imprisoned because of their actions for peace.

Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving, was more recently established as a day for people to give to the non-profits of their choice, after the consumer frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

So please consider:

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Sit-in outside conference in Brussels of arms merchants and European policymakers results in arrest of 27 activists

Vredesactie photo

Vredesactie photo

On Monday afternoon, November 16, European policymakers and arms merchants were meeting in private at the annual conference of the European Defence Agency (EDA) in Brussels. Soon after the Paris massacre, the war suppliers were primed to profit from the Agency’s mission that includes strengthening the European defense industry.

On the sidewalk just outside the barricaded, red carpet entrance to the meeting venue, about three dozen peace activists rolled out a red puddle of paint, disrupting the scene as they staged a bloody sit-in.

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New Zealand activists blockade conference site of weapons manufacturers, 28 arrested

photo by Nick Tapp

photo by Nick Tapp

from International Socialist Organisation of Aotearoa/New Zealand

Weapons Conference Warmongers Unwelcome

by Andrew Raba

At 8 a.m. on the morning of November 17, a group of around 150 people began blockading and protesting the annual New Zealand Defence Industry Association conference. The action was set to go on for as long as possible throughout the day. The action was organised by anti-war group Peace Action Wellington. Many Wellingtonians were there as were groups from across the left such as union activists, LGBT rights campaigners, anti-war activists, pro-Palestine activists, and more. Several activists travelled down from across the country to be part of the protest.

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Italian pacifist Turi Vaccaro slips into military base, hammers on MUOS radar dish

No MUOS photo

No MUOS photo

from LaSicilia.it (a translation from the original Italian)

The No MUOS Movement makes it clear: “The site is vulnerable ‘

November 15, 2015

PALERMO – The MUOS, located near Niscemi, “one of the most important strategic sites of the U.S. armed forces, is vulnerable” and therefore “dangerous”. So writes the website of the Sicilian movement “No MUOS, ” hailing the action of their activist Turi Vaccaro, who last Thursday, evading the strict surveillance of U.S. soldiers and the police, managed to penetrate the military base in the area of Ulmo, climb one of the three radar dishes of the disputed system of satellite telecommunications, and sabotage it with a hammer, causing damage of close to 800 thousand euro.

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Two military veterans and three other people arrested at Beale AFB protesting U.S. use of drones

Occupy Beale photo

Occupy Beale photo

Five activists, including two military veterans, were arrested at Beale Air Force Base in California early on the morning of Tuesday, October 20. They were protesting the use of drones by the U.S. around the world that are killing hundreds of civilians, including children. The base is home to surveillance drones which pick the targets for U.S. Predator drones.

The activists approached a main gate of the base to deliver a letter to the base commander calling for an end to the base’s involvement in drone warfare. The gate is the busiest entrance to Beale – protests in the past have backed up hundreds of cars miles outside the base.

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Anti-militarists in Spain obstructed a convoy headed to a NATO war exercise, blocking two Leopard battle tanks

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On October 16, a group of anti-militarist activists impeded and disrupted the departure of a military convoy from the port of Sagunto, Spain due to be deployed in war maneuvers in the next few days by army units of more than 30 countries as part of the NATO exercise “Trident Juncture 2015”. Dressed in white overalls and pink reflective vests, the activists assembled at the dockside, where a cargo vessel with vehicles and arms was being unloaded in preparation for the live fire stage of the NATO military maneuver in San Gregorio (Zaragoza), Spain. While two activists stood in front of two tanks, two more activists rapidly chained themselves with lock-on tubes to the vehicles and cut off the road leading from the port area. Another two activists unveiled banners that read “War Stops Here” and “Sorry for the Inconvenience: Obstructing War Preparations”.

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Thoughts on being alone in a cage

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from the Granny Peace Brigade

by Joan Pleune

I’ve been lucky. Every time I’ve been in a cage by myself, I’ve known that people are watching out for me, people on the outside and on the inside. I also know that my time in solitary won’t last very long.

Now, I need to convince my AUTONOMIC nervous system of that – you know, the part of the brain over which you have little control, the one responsible for fear, anxiety, and terror. The one where the best you can say to yourself is, “Breathe in, breathe out. Don’t start screaming or rattling the cage.”

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British war tax refuser jailed for six weeks

1504CCoverdale-630x394Chris Coverdale imprisoned for council tax resistance

from Peace News

A long-time anti-war activist has been jailed for six weeks for refusing to pay his council tax on the grounds that the UK government is engaged in terrorism.

On 7 October, Chris Coverdale of Rye, East Sussex, was imprisoned for 42 days by Hastings magistrate court, for refusing to pay over £1,800 in council tax to Rother district council.

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Margaret Flowers Arrested Protesting Afghan Hospital Bombing

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Dr. Flowers Calls For Independent Investigation Into Hospital Bombing in Kunduz, Afghanistan

by Alli McCracken, www.CODEPINK.org

Washington, D.C. –– Before the start of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about Afghanistan, Dr. Margaret Flowers was arrested on October 6 for speaking out against the recent U.S. bombing of a Doctors Without Border hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Dr. Flowers was holding a sign which read “BOMBING HOSPITALS = WAR CRIME”. In the attack on Kunduz, twelve staff members and at least seven patients, including three children, were killed; 37 people were injured, including 19 staff members.

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In solidarity with refugees fleeing wars, nine anti-drone protesters arrested at California air force base

photo by Chris Nelson

photo by Chris Nelson

from Occupy Beale Air Force Base

Nine anti-drone protesters from throughout Northern California – Redding to Stockton, Bay Area to Nevada City – were arrested in a nonviolent action at Beale Air Force Base on the morning of September 29. The group acted in solidarity with the refugees around the world who are fleeing their homes because of wars.

The peace and justice activists connected the tragic stories of the migrant crisis to U.S. policies that destabilize countries with ongoing bombing and violence and force the mass displacement and fleeing of millions of human beings. With their action, they wanted to draw attention to the serious global crisis, and demand that the U.S. government use peace and diplomacy to solve conflict. While at Beale, they publicly read some of the most recent horrifying migrant and refugee stories, detailing some of the thousands of lives lost while fleeing wars.

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