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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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I’m out of prison but I’m still not free: the continuing struggles of the Y-12 Three

Photo by Ralph Hutchison, August 7, 2015

Photo by Ralph Hutchison, August 7, 2015

From opendemocracy.net – Transformation: Where love meets social justice

by Michael Edwards

Three peace activists followed by openDemocracy have been released from jail, but their work against nuclear weapons goes on.

“Sabotage of the national defense.” That was Judge Amal Thapar’s ruling when three peace protestors entered the Y-12 nuclear weapons facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and daubed biblical slogans on the walls. Thapar handed down his judgment in May of 2013, and sentenced Greg Boertje-Obed, Sister Megan Rice and Michael Walli to prison terms of three to five years each.

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History of Nonviolent Resistance to Trident in the Pacific Northwest

big demo bangor tracksThanks to Leonard Eiger for sending these articles.

The following articles articulate the rich history of nonviolent resistance that took root in the Pacific Northwest beginning in the 1970s. The first two articles are by Matt Dundas, and were originally published in the Antiwar and Radical History Project-Pacific Northwest, based at the University of Washington, Seattle (http://depts.washington.edu/antiwar/nukes_dundas1.shtml). The other articles are by Terry Messman, and were published in Street Spirit, a publication of the American Friends Service Committee, San Francisco Bay Area (thestreetspirit.org). All articles were recently published together at the Satyagraha Foundation for Nonviolence Studies (satyagrahafoundation.org/). Here is a link to an additional article by Brian Casserly, “Confronting the U.S. Navy at Bangor, 1973-1982,” also published in the Antiwar and Radical History Project (http://depts.washington.edu/antiwar/nukes_casserly.shtml).

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Five supporters of the nuclear deal with Iran arrested at Albany federal building

Sue Clark being arrested at the Albany Federal Building.  Photo by Marcia Hopple

Sue Clark being arrested at the Albany Federal Building. Photo by Marcia Hopple

This is what Democracy looks like:  Albany rally and sit-in at the Federal Building to support the Nuclear Deal with Iran

from Waging Peace/Women Against War

by Mickie Lynn

On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, about 70 people gathered outside the Leo O’Brien Federal Building in Albany, New York as part of a nationwide series of vigils and rallies that happened at different times of that day in different cities. In most cases they were organized by a coalition of national groups (60 Days to End the War), supported by many members of local peace and justice groups.

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From the Bottom Up: A five-decade perspective on the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

FrankThe following text is excerpted and expanded from a workshop led by Frank Cordaro for 30 U.S. federal judges as part of the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference in Omaha, Nebraska in August of 2014.

I’d like to start of with two words that connect you with me: Scribes and Pharisees.

I was a Catholic priest for nineteen years. I consider the scriptures my point of reference for understanding what’s real and what’s not in the world we live in.

There are a lot of things we can say about Jesus but one of the things people don’t often say is there were some people Jesus really didn’t have a lot of good things to say about – the Scribes and the Pharisees of his day.

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Nine Peace Activists Arrested at Volk Field

VolkFieldSignby Joy First

Voices for Creative Nonviolence engaged with a number of Wisconsin peace groups to organize an 8-day 90-mile walk across southwest Wisconsin from August 18-25. The purpose of the walk was to call attention and make connections between the militarized police violence at home and the military using violence abroad through drone warfare and by other means. In both cases the victims are people of color, which forces us to reflect on the systemic racism of our society.

The walk began at the City/County/Jail complex in Madison on August 18. Dane County has one of the highest rates of racial disparity of any county in the country on many issues, including when it comes to incarceration – hence starting the walk at the jail. In fact, in order to make the prison population match the general population in Dane County, we would need to release 350 Black people. This is horrific, especially when we understand that so many people of color are in jail for nonviolent crimes and crimes of poverty that could better be solved by more positive interventions. It is up to all of us to stand up with our brothers and sisters and proclaim that “Black Lives Matter!”

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Resentencing of Transform Now Plowshares trio to happen by phone

photo by Ralph Hutchison 8/8/15

photo by Ralph Hutchison

from the Transform Now Plowshares

The September 15, 2015 resentencing of Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed on their remaining depredation conviction for their July 2012 Transform Now Plowshares action at the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, TN, will be held by teleconference, according to Judge Amul Thapar.

Attorney Bill Quigley sent an email to supporters on August 22 noting the prosecution has indicated it will NOT ask for more prison time. The three have already served more time than sentencing guidelines recommend for this offense. Quigley reported the prosecution does intend to ask for an extended period of probation, from one to three years.

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From John Dear, explaining why we need to nonviolently resist nuclear weapons

Fr. John Dear

Fr. John Dear

Bob Dylan and America’s 70-Year Nuclear Nightmare

from The World Post/Huffington Post

by John Dear

A few years ago, Bob Dylan gave a powerful interview to Rolling Stone. The editor asked about his recent music, but also about our political predicament and how we got into this global mess. Dylan seemed a bit cantankerous — forgive me, Bob! — and kept hemming and hawing.

“What gets in your blood?” the editor asked.

“The whole culture,” Dylan answered.

What do you mean? What are you saying? the editor asked. He kept pushing Dylan to explain where rock and roll came from.

Finally, when push came to shove, Bob Dylan gave the definitive answer.

Hiroshima.

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Nuclear disarmament activists arrested at the Pentagon, Lockheed Martin, Bangor Trident Base, Kansas City nuclear weapons plant, Livermore Lab and Vandenberg AFB, marking 70th anniversary of atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

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from Leonard Eiger

Twelve arrests at Trident nuclear submarine base marking the 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings

Fourteen peace activists risked arrest at a West Coast nuclear weapons base early Monday morning, August 10, in a nonviolent protest against the continued deployment and modernization of the Trident nuclear weapons system.

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Fr. Carl Kabat arrested after splashing paint on sign at new Kansas City nuclear weapons plant

imagesfrom Jane Stoever

On August 9, at about 7 a.m., Fr. Carl Kabat splashed red paint on a National Security Campus sign at the new Kansas City nuclear weapons plant.

“The deed is done,” Kabat told lawyer Henry Stoever in a call at 7:19 a.m. “I came to the back gate—there was a car (a guard’s car) at the main gate. Two guards are coming.” Kabat said something about splashing paint on a sign and then hung up, reported Stoever. “He sounded happy,” added Stoever.

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Three activists arrested after infiltrating a joint U.S./Australian military training exercise site

Peace Pilgrims Simon Reeves, Rev. Simon Moyle & Greg Rolles

Peace Pilgrims Simon Reeves, Rev. Simon Moyle & Greg Rolles

From the Morning Bulletin

Three men infiltrated a military training exercise at Shoalwater Bay in Australia on the morning of July 8.

Before dawn, three Christian peace pilgrims entered Shoalwater Bay live training area to disrupt the “Talisman Sabre” U.S.-Australian war “rehearsals” as “invaders” are parachuted in to begin the “games”.

Range Control for Talisman Sabre were notified that civilians were present in the training zone and were asked to call a ceasefire. Peace Convergence have been told by Range Control that the concern would be “passed on”.

About 9 a.m., police were advised by ADF Military Police that they had found three men trespassing in the area.

Pastor Simon Reeves, Quaker Greg Rolles and the Reverend Simon Moyle, all in their 30s, were detained by the military police and handed over to local police. They were then transported to the Rockhampton police station.

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