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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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Five protesters arrested for painting nuclear abolition message on fence of Scotland’s Trident base

fence painting best picfrom Trident Ploughshares

Scrap Trident Message Painted on Faslane Fence

Five protesters from the campaign group Trident Ploughshares were arrested on December 17 after painting on the Faslane fence a demand for the abolition of all nuclear weapons and for the UK’s Trident sytem to be scrapped.

One of the protesters, Brian Quail said “Trident Ploughshares warmly welcomes Nicola Sturgeon’s pledge made yesterday with Leanne Wood of Plaid Cymru and Natalie Bennet of the Greens never to work with any Westminster party that supports Trident replacement and calls on the UK government to disarm its nuclear weapons without delay. ”

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Dr. Shakir Hamoodi, in prison for violating Iraq sanctions, released to halfway house

548bdddc04df9.imagefrom the Support Dr. Shakir Hamoodi Facebook community

Dr. Shakir Hamoodi was released from the Federal Prison Camp in Leavenworth, Kansas this week, and transferred to a halfway house in Columbia, Missouri. He will stay there for an undetermined time, then transfer to house arrest (in his home) until the end of his sentence. Although the halfway house is not ideal, this is one step closer to the time he completes his sentence – a sentence he is serving because he paid for food, medicines, clothing, and shelter for his own poor family members who were suffering under the brutal sanctions on Iraq from 1991-2003.   His final release date is April 7, 2015.

You can read background information here.

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Drones and Discrimination: Kick the Habit

kathy_kellyby Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence

On December 10, International Human Rights Day, federal Magistrate Matt Whitworth sentenced me to three months in prison for having crossed the line at a military base that wages drone warfare. The punishment for our attempt to speak on behalf of trapped and desperate people, abroad, will be an opportunity to speak with people trapped by prisons and impoverishment here in the U.S.

Our trial was based on a trespass charge incurred on June 1, 2014. Georgia Walker and I were immediately arrested when we stepped onto Missouri’s Whiteman Air Force where pilots fly weaponized drones over Afghanistan and other countries. We carried a loaf of bread and a letter for Brig Gen. Glen D. Van Herck.

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Kathy Kelly receives 3 month prison sentence for drone protest

Kathy and Georgia after court. Photo by Jane Stoever

Kathy and Georgia after court. Photo by Jane Stoever

Two peace activists sentenced for drone warfare protest at Whiteman Air Force Base

from Voices for Creative Nonviolence

On December 10, Human Rights Day, a federal magistrate found Georgia Walker of Kansas City, Missouri and Kathy Kelly of Chicago, Illinois guilty of criminal trespass to a military installation. On June 1, the women attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a citizens’ indictment of drone warfare to authorities at Whiteman Air Force Base. Judge Matt Whitworth sentenced Kelly to three months in prison and Walker to one year of supervised probation. Kelly will begin her prison sentence in January.

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Supporters celebrate when drone protester didn’t receive jail time at sentencing; a year or more was expected

Mark Colville with his family before sentencing.

Mark Colville with his family before sentencing.

Surprise Conditional Discharge for Hancock Drone Resister Mark Colville

Mark Colville, a Catholic Worker from New Haven, Connecticut, was sentenced on December 3 in DeWitt Town Court on 5 charges stemming from a protest at Hancock Air National Guard Base on December 9 of last year, when he and two Yale Divinity School students presented flowers and a People’s Order of Protection for the children of Afghanistan and their families at the guard gate. In a surprise decision, Judge Robert Jokl sentenced Colville to a 1 year Conditional Discharge and $1000 fine. He said that sending Colville to prison would not serve justice, nor would parole serve any good purpose, and he did not issue a permanent Order of Protection.

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Punish the Bearer of Bad News – a post-prison reflection from drone protester Jack Gilroy

15-JACK by Jack Gilroy

I just spent two months as a prisoner in Jamesville Penitentiary in Jamesville, NY.

I was jailed for my involvement in an April 28, 2013 solemn funeral procession at Hancock Air Force drone base in Syracuse, NY. I joined 30 others to carry the message to “stop the killing”. Hancock’s 174th Attack Wing of the New York State National Guard, flies missiles and drops bombs via satellite from drones thousands of miles from Syracuse. The targets are suspected “terrorists” somewhere in the Middle East.

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Two women arrested protesting drones at Beale Air Force Base

letter to base commander

letter to base commander

by Chris Nelson from her ANSWERING2LIFE blog

Last night, on November 25, I got to the Main Gate at Beale Air Force Base right before dusk and there were no other protestors there. One of the young men from the base walked out to tell me I couldn’t take photos toward the base as I was taking photos of horses and the sunset. Soon Shirley, Barry, Sharon and her husband came and we had a lovely little potluck. All were either gone, in their cars or in the case of Selkie and I, in our tents, by 8 p.m.

First thing in the morning we were out with our signs. I had decided to cross onto the base and give a handwritten letter I’d written (on the back of a commemorative photo of Michael demonstrating with Vets for Peace.)

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Please support imprisoned anti-nuclear and anti-war activists – we need YOU!

10364034_855760387797362_8415468940517338978_nThe Nuclear Resister is a bare bones operation that depends on grassroots support to chronicle anti-war and anti-war resistance, and support the women and men in prison for their acts of conscience. We need your help to continue this work – please read below!! Or go directly here to make a secure online donation. Thank you!

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Two peace activists arrested at annual vigil to close Ft. Benning’s School of the Americas

 

Photo by Anne Dowling

Photo by Anne Dowling

from SOA Watch

November Vigil Concludes with Solemn Funeral Procession to Fort Benning (home of the School of the Americas) & Two More Civil Disobedience Arrests

Mass Mobilization to Shut Down Latin American Security Forces Training School, For-Profit Immigrant Detention Center; Grassroots Mobilizations Connect Struggles against State Violence and Injustice

Columbus, Georgia – 2,500 human rights activists braved the rainstorms on Sunday, November 23 and converged at Fort Benning to call for an end to militarized state violence in the US and abroad. Featured presenters came from Mexico, Colombia, Honduras, Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Venezuela, and the US.

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Redefining “Imminent” – How the U.S. Department of Justice Makes Murder Respectable, Kills the Innocent and Jails their Defenders

April 2009 action at Creech Air Force Base.  Photo by Jeff Leys.

April 2009 action at Creech Air Force Base. Photo by Jeff Leys.

from Voice for Creative Nonviolence

by Brian Terrell

Political language can be used, George Orwell said in 1946, “to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” In order to justify its global assassination program, the Obama administration has had to stretch words beyond their natural breaking points. For instance, any male 14 years or older found dead in a drone strike zone is a “combatant” unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving him innocent. We are also informed that the constitutional guarantee of “due process” does not imply that the government must precede an execution with a trial. I think the one word most degraded and twisted these days, to the goriest ends, is the word “imminent.”

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