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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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Greenpeace activists arrested at French nuclear power plant action

Greenpeace France photo

Greenpeace activists enter French nuclear plant and set off fireworks near spent-fuel pool to show vulnerabilities
October 13, 2017

from The Japan Times
MOSELLE, FRANCE – Greenpeace activists set off fireworks inside a nuclear plant in eastern France early Thursday after breaking into the facility to underline its vulnerability to attack.

The anti-nuclear group, known for its daring and often spectacular publicity stunts, said the fireworks were set off at the foot of a spent-fuel pool — where nuclear plants store highly radioactive fuel rods that are removed from reactors after their use.

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Wrongful Rhetoric and Trump’s Strategy on Iran

Mordechai Vanunu

by Kathy Kelly

October 14, 2017

Mordechai Vanunu was imprisoned in Israel for eighteen years because he blew the whistle on Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program. He felt he had “an obligation to tell the people of Israel what was going on behind their backs”  at a supposed nuclear research facility which was actually producing plutonium for nuclear weapons. His punishment for breaking the silence about Israel’s capacity to manufacture nuclear weapons included eleven years of solitary confinement.   

Yesterday, reading about President Donald Trump’s new strategy on Iran, Vanunu’s long isolation and sacrificial commitment to truth-telling came to mind.

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Seven arrested at Hancock drone base

from Upstate Drone Action

photo by Heriberto Rodriguez

Hancock Reaper Drone Base Entrance Blocked by Huge Dollar Signs Dripping with Blood

7 Arrested Delivering War Crimes Indictment to Hancock Reaper Drone Base

At 9 a.m. on Monday, September 25, seven members of the grassroots group Upstate Drone Action once again were arrested as they delivered a citizen’s war crime indictment to the chain of command at Hancock Air Force Base in New York.  Upstate Drone Action also placed a huge dollar sign [$] dripping with “blood” in the main entrance way to the base. The six-foot-high dollar sign dramatizes what the group believes determines the many overseas wars the Pentagon/CIA engages in: corporate greed. 

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French police raided House of Resistance in Bure, arrested two

Early on the morning of September 20, at least 150 French police were involved in raids on the House of Resistance in the small village of Bure and other activists’ residences. Dozens of police broke through the door at the house of Resistance to enter, and also forced their way into camp trailers and vehicles parked on the property to gain entrance. Residents were held for up to ten hours in the rooms or camp trailer where they were found, many asleep at the time.

At the same hour, fifteen police raided and searched an old railway station in Lumeville occupied by dump opponents, while three homes of activists in nearby Commercy and Mandres were also searched. Police acted on a warrant related to vandalism last June at an affiliated hotel/restaurant at the research center outside Bure. The identities of all who police encountered were recorded, while the entire contents of the office in Bure were seized as evidence, including a copy machine, computers, hard drives, phones, papers, books and other property. Similar property seizures took place during the other four raids.  Two people in Bure were taken into custody and to separate local police stations, then released later in the day.

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Week of resistance, more than 100 arrests, disrupts London arms fair

by the Nuclear Resister

Over one hundred people were arrested during a week of nonviolent direct actions challenging the world’s largest arms trade fair, the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition held every two years in London.

Leading up to the arms bazaar opening on September 12, thousands of people joined in strategically coordinated actions that successfully disrupted the shipment of massive hardware and glitzy displays into the exhibition halls and pushed the set-up schedule back for days. Beginning September 4, each day of protest had a different theme, and campaigning groups across the broad Shut Down the Arms Fair coalition created actions to spotlight the connection between their work and the global arms trade. Daily blockades and multiple lock-downs at two gates created a logistical nightmare for delivery trucks while keeping teams of police occupied with cutting through metal and concrete locking devices or coaxing down banner-hangers dangling from an overpass. London police announced at least 102 arrests between September 4 and 11, and organizers report that protest continued through the duration of the exhibition and several more arrests were made. Most are charged with obstruction and summoned to court for first appearances in late September and early October.

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Clowns draw attention to French boycott of nuclear ban treaty

Clowns en marche for Nuclear France – photo by desobeir.net

On August 8, about fifteen “clowns-in-reverse” demonstrated in front of the headquarters of La République En Marche, the new political party of French President Macron. “We came to thank him, because the war is a lot better than the Treaty!” said the Chief of Staff of the Clown Armies. Under a super-sized inflated bomb, the clowns celebrated “Jupiterian France” for opposing with all its might the introduction of the international treaty to ban nuclear weapons. They were soon joined by some fifty men in blue who forcibly expelled the clowns from the building and detained them, recording their identities before they were released.

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Natick Peace Chain action opposes nuclear war with North Korea

Lewis Randa kneels before his arrest. Daily News and WickedLocal photo by Kathleen Culler

On Sunday, August 27, more than two dozen people formed a Peace Chain in Natick, Massachusetts. Carrying a length of heavy steel links, they walked from Natick Common to the entrance of the U.S. Army Natick Soldier System Center to call upon the military to refuse any order to launch a nuclear attack on North Korea. Hanging from the chain were 12 large tags explaining “why nuclear war is not an option for the holder of the nuclear codes, unless, however, the President is mentally disturbed.”

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Bill Doub, Presente!

Photo by Bob Thawley, taken in San Francisco, March 19, 2017

William Coligny Doub II

San Francisco, Spring 2017. Several years into worsening dementia, Bill listened to a recording of Pete Seeger singing Little Boxes. The lyrics include:

And the people in the houses all go to the university
And they all get put in boxes, little boxes all the same
And there’s doctors and there’s lawyers
And business executives
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same

After the song ended there was a pause.  Then Bill declared: “Not me, baby!”

Bill “Terry” Doub died peacefully in San Francisco the evening of August 3, 2017, with his daughter and her family singing a gentle chant of passage:  

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Four nuclear disarmament activists arrested at Lockheed Martin in Pennsylvania

Stand & Demand: Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Resist Lockheed Martin

On Saturday, August 5, in anticipation of the anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 6-9, 1945), people were back in front of Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest war profiteer and the U.S. chief nuclear weapons contractor. Members of the Brandywine Peace Community had a “meet-up” on the large grassy area in front of Lockheed Martin.
Colorful banners and signs surrounded the extremely well-traveled corner. A few bold banners – Hiroshima! We Shall Not Repeat the Sin – hung from the wall leading up to Lockheed Martin’s main entrance. 

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Activists blockade west coast nuclear base in plea to de-escalate nuclear crisis with North Korea

Photo by Leonard Eiger, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

from Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

Activists blockaded the West Coast nuclear submarine base that would likely carry out a nuclear strike against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) should President Donald Trump give the order.

Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, just 20 miles from Seattle, is home to the largest concentration of deployed nuclear weapons in the U.S. More than 1,300 nuclear warheads are deployed on Trident D-5 missiles on the eight ballistic missile submarines based at Bangor or stored at Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC) at the Bangor base.

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