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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Three activists arrested on Memorial Day at Kansas City nuclear weapons parts plant

photo by Cody Boston

Sorrow and hope at the heart of annual Memorial Day remembrance

by Kristin Scheer

PeaceWorks Kansas City held its 13th annual Memorial Day event this year at the Kansas City National Security Campus (NSC), where parts for nuclear weapons are made and procured. That day, May 29, was warm and sunny, and 63 of us gathered to march, mourn, rally, and picnic to object to the work that happens there. At the end of the event, 14 persons crossed the purple line separating the NSC property from public property. Eleven of our 14 retreated when warned of arrests. Three remained; they were arrested, taken to a police station, processed, and soon released. Their Kansas City, Missouri Municipal Court hearing is June 28.

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Protest disrupts opening of North America’s largest weapons fair; one arrest

World BEYOND War photo

from World BEYOND War

OTTAWA — On May 31, over a hundred people have disrupted the opening of CANSEC, North America’s largest military weapons convention in Ottawa, where 10,000 attendees were expected to gather. 

Activists carrying 50 foot banners saying “Stop Profiting from War,” “Arms Dealers Not Welcome” and holding dozens of “War Crimes Start Here” signs blocked vehicle and pedestrian entrances as attendees attempted to register for and enter the convention centre, preventing attendees from getting in for Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand’s planned opening keynote address. In police efforts to remove the protesters, they grabbed banners, and handcuffed and arrested one protester, who was later released without charges.

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CODEPINK activists disrupt warhawk cabinet at budget hearing




On the afternoon of May 16, CODEPINK activists disrupted a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. featuring the Secretaries of Defense, Commerce, and State. The hearing, called “A Review of the President’s Fiscal Year 24 Budget Request: Investing in U.S. Security, Competitiveness, and the Path Ahead for the U.S.-China Relationship,” prioritized war preparations over de-escalation and cooperation. 

Three of the activists wore t-shirts saying “China is Not Our Enemy.” Wearing a shirt and holding a sign that both read “$$$ FOR THE POOR NOT WAR,” CODEPINK organizer Olivia DiNucci stood up and said, “We don’t need more money for the military industrial complex. We need money for the poor and the planet!”

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Activists blockade U.S. Navy’s west coast nuclear ballistic missile sub base before Mother’s Day

from the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

photo by Glen Milner

Activists blockaded the entrance to the U.S. Navy’s west coast nuclear submarine base, which is home to the largest operational concentration of deployed nuclear weapons, in a nonviolent direct action the day before Mother’s Day.

Eight peace activists from the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, holding banners reading “The Earth is Our Mother, Treat Her With Respect” and “Nuclear Weapons are Immoral to Use, Immoral to Have, Immoral to Make,” briefly blocked all incoming traffic at the Main Gate at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Silverdale, Washington as part of a May 13th Mother’s Day observance.

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Three activists detained protesting nuclear power plant opening in Turkey

Three temporarily detained in Mersin for protesting against nuclear power plant’s opening
The Turkish gendarmerie temporarily detained Workers’ Party of Turkey (TİP) parliamentary candidate Hakan Güneş and two anti-nuclear activists for protesting against the opening ceremony of the Mersin Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant.
The Turkish gendarmerie on April 27 temporarily detained two anti-nuclear activists and Workers’ Party of Turkey (TİP) parliamentary candidate Hakan Güneş as they reacted against the delivery of nuclear fuel to the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in the Mediterranean Mersin province. The three were later released.

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Seven German war resisters interrupt construction work at Büchel Air Base

From left to right: Inga Blum, Ernst-Ludwig Iseknius, Ria Makein, Johannes Willbold, Gerd Büntzly, Miriam Menzel-Krämer, Lies Welker, Christiane Danowski

On May 8, the day Germans commemorate the end of a fascist regime and the end of World War II, seven opponents of war entered the Büchel air base. They nonviolently disrupted the preparation for nuclear war by obstructing construction work for the new runway. The new runway is a prerequisite for the deployment of new nuclear weapons that will soon be stationed in Büchel. 

The participants from all over Germany, aged between 43 and 75, thus set a sign for life on the anniversary of the end of the war and demanded an end to the threat of mass destruction, which violates international law. They were arrested and taken to the police station in Cochem before being released.

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Pre-trial hearing for Nevada nuclear test site arrests

photo by Casey Carter


Many thanks for the prayers, messages of solidarity, concern and curiosity about Monday’s (April 10) pre-trial hearing in Beatty, answering to charges of trespass at the Nevada National “Security” Site, formerly the Nevada Test Site, back in October. We were good company with some of the holdovers from the Sacred Peace Walk that finished a few days before.

It was a strange morning in Beatty “Justice” Court. The only truths, even on the most mundane level, spoken there Monday morning were spoken by me and John. Likewise, while Deputy DA John Friel and Judge Gus Sullivan occasionally and vaguely referenced Nevada law, John and I seemed the only ones in the room actually familiar with or concerned about the statutes in question.

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Five anti-drone warfare activists arrested at Holloman Air Force Base

photo by Shirley Tung

from Shut Down Drone Warfare

Five Anti-Drone Warfare Activists – Including Three Veterans – Arrested Wednesday Morning at Main Gates of Holloman Air Force Base Drone Training Center Near Alamogordo, New Mexico

HOLLOMAN AFB, NM (Wednesday, April 19) – Five anti-drone warfare activists – including three military veterans – were arrested here shortly after dawn on Wednesday morning for allegedly blocking the entrance to the main gates of Holloman Air Force Base, site of the largest U.S. killer drone training program in the U.S. (700 killer drone pilots/operators graduate annually).

Toby Blomé, Ken Mayers, Elliot Adams, Michael Kerr and Richard Bishop were arrested by Otero County, New Mexico deputies, and charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a roadway. A trial was set for May 15 in Otero County, New Mexico.

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8 nuclear abolition activists arrested at Nevada test site on Good Friday 

photo by Theo Kayser

from Nevada Desert Experience

On Good Friday, April 7, participants in the Nevada Desert Experience’s Sacred Peace Walk engaged the Department of Energy and Nye County Sheriff’s department in dialogue and civil resistance at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS, formerly the Nevada Test Site). Eight peace walkers, calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons, were arrested, cited for trespass and released at the NNSS: Jacques Linder, Philadelphia, PA; Richard Bishop, Missoula, MT; Sylver Pondolfino, Staten Island, NY; Tessa Epstein, Salt Lake City, UT; Mark Babson, Salem, OR; George Killingsworth, Berkeley, CA; Theo Kayser, St. Louis, MO; and Catherine Hourcade, Stockton, CA. They have the option of paying a $620 fine or appearing in Justice Court in Beatty, Nevada to contest the charge.

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Four arrested after blockade of two gates at Trident nuclear base in Scotland

photo by Margaret Ferguson Burns

by Margaret Ferguson Burns

This morning, 5th April – an early start and a fine action.

Lying in a lock-on, enjoying the sounds of the gate sliding shut behind us, the warning klaxon overhead, high above the electrified, barbed wire topped main entrance to HMNB Clyde (home of the UK’s nuclear powered and armed submarines of mass destruction) – and the merry call of “Bandit Alarm; North Gate closed; traffic within the base divert to…” blaring out from the loudspeakers.

The heavy rain splashing chill on our faces in the dull coldness, and creeping through the many layers of clothing.

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