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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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Nine arrested at a Lockheed Martin protest in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

imagesby Bob Smith

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, at Lockheed Martin in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania was cold, terribly cold. It was one for the Brandywine Peace Community record books. We thought that for anyone who could risk the cold, there needed to be something at the world’s chief war profiteer in honor of Dr. King’s message of nonviolent action and resistance for justice and peace. So as we have every year since 1977, we stood holding banners and signs for Dr. King and his message. About 20 people were there as the loudspeaker boomed the words of Dr. King. We had decided to cut our memorial with music and more in half.

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Jeju, Korea navy base resister picks jail over fine

Kim Guk-Nam photo by Yoonmadam 윤마담

Kim Guk-Nam photo by Yoonmadam 윤마담

On January 27, Mr. Kim Guk-Nam, a 50 year-old sea-diving activist living in Gangjeong village on Jeju, the Peace Island of Korea, turned himself in to jail after refusing to pay fines of 5 million KRW (about USD$5,000) for his protests against the navy base nearing completion there. At the rate of one day per 100,000 KRW, he will serve 50 days in prison.

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Jerry Berrigan Memorial Drone Blockade at Hancock Air Base, 12 arrested

IMG_8289 (1)Jerry Berrigan, Presente!

from The Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars

On Thursday morning, January 28, thirty life sized cutouts of Syracuse peacemaker Jerry Berrigan blockaded the main entrance of Hancock Air National Guard Base outside Syracuse, NY. The cutouts were accompanied by twelve nonviolent drone resisters, who were arrested after blockading for an hour and a half. See video (of the blockade and arrests).

Jerry Berrigan, who died on July 26, 2015 at the age of 95, dedicated his entire life – like his brothers Dan and Phil – to Jesus’ command to love one another, Jerry came to the base on a bi-weekly basis whenever he was able, in his words, “to remind the base commander of our government’s pledge under the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, a treaty to safeguard non-combatant’s well-being in any warzone in which U.S. forces are engaged in combat.” And further, “to register horror and indignation at reports of bombing missions by drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan which resulted in the deaths of many innocent civilians; men, women and children.”

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Last incarcerated member of “NATO 3” may die In prison

IL-DOC-1.22.2016-1.tiff[Editors’ note: Cards and letters of support may be sent to Jared Chase at the address found here.]

from Shadow Proof

by Kevin Gosztola

Jared Chase is the last member of the “NATO 3,” who remains in prison. Chase suffers from Huntington’s disease and faces additional charges for an alleged aggravated battery against a prison guard. He is set to go on trial in April. If convicted, there is a significant chance Chase could die in prison because of how his imprisonment has compounded the effects of this neurodegenerative disease.

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Five drone protesters arrested at Beale Air Force Base

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Persistence will help Peace Prevail One Day!

What is the REAL State of the Union?
Drone Murder, Wars for Profit, Jailing Whistleblowers, No Jobs, Police Terror and more!

After 10 defendants were denied the right to put drone killing on trial, and their arraignment and charges were dismissed, they still showed up at the Sacramento Federal Courthouse on Tuesday, January 12 with about 2 dozen supporters. A very dramatic mock drone attack was staged with sound effects and “body parts” flying. Several mourning mothers gathered to dramatize the post-strike trauma, and the truth about drone killing: 9 of 10 killed are “unintended targets.”

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Grandma drone protester remanded to jail for 6 months

berrigan_MAG_10540590_791276390912429_7269870194931434033_o.web_850_592Mary Anne Grady Flores to be taken into custody Tuesday, January 19

Ithaca, NY – On January 12, the National Day of Action to Stop Killer Drones, grandmother and drone resister Mary Anne Grady Flores learned that she is to go back to jail for six months starting Tuesday, January 19. She is to report to the Dewitt Town Court (5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse, NY) at 5 p.m. to be remanded to Jamesville Correctional Facility in East Syracuse, N.Y.

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Thirteen activists arrested on U.S. Capitol steps before State of the Union speech

Photo by Bill Ofenloch

Photo by Bill Ofenloch


from National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance

On the afternoon of January 12, 2016, with President Obama’s last State of the Union address scheduled that evening, members and associates of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to express their vision for a just society.

A delegation asked a Capitol Police representative if their petition and a list of alleged U.S. war crimes could be delivered to the office of the Vice-President. The representative denied the request, but indicated he would grant a permit to demonstrate in an area away from the Capitol steps. He was informed that the demonstration was completed, and now the group wanted the petition to be delivered. Because the activists were being denied their First Amendment rights, they gathered on the lower steps holding a banner which read “STOP THE WAR MACHINE – EXPORT PEACE” and sang “WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED.” Thirteen of them were then arrested and charged with “incommoding and obstructing.”

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Four peace activists arrested after causing damage to Northrop Grumman building in Nebraska

1239393_1229627583719579_6778930359101993071_nfrom Frank Cordaro, on December 30

Just got back to Des Moines late last night.

First the good news:

Jessica Reznicek, former Des Moines Catholic Worker, full time peace activist and friend and companion of the poor, did a direct disarmament action Witness for Peace at the Northrop Grumman building in Bellevue, Nebraska. She took a sledge hammer and baseball bat to front windows and door of the Northrop Grumman building on Sunday night, December 27, 2015.

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Seven peace activists arrested at Pentagon in Holy Innocents witness

IMG_20151228_121747_181 (1)Report of the December 28th Holy Innocents Pentagon Witness

by Art Laffin

On December 28th, 50 people from the Atlantic and Southern Life Communities held a nonviolent witness at the Pentagon to commemorate the feast of the Massacre of the Holy Innocents. The noon-time witness began with a procession in which participants carried banners and signs from Army-Navy Drive to the police designated “protest” area located near the Pentagon south metro entrance. Recently, the Pentagon Police, citing security concerns, moved our vigil site down the sidewalk, away from the metro entrance and in the direction of the south parking lot.

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Eight anti-drone, climate activists arrested at Beale Air Force Base

Occupy Beale AFB photo

Occupy Beale AFB photo, of Monday arrest

from Occupy Beale Air Force Base

Dozens of Anti-Drone, Climate Activists Try to Deliver Letter to Base Commander

BEALE AFB (Marysville, CA) – Eight peace advocates opposed to U.S. drone killing were arrested about 3:45 p.m. on Monday, December 14 as they walked onto Beale Air Force Base/Wheatland Gate to deliver a letter to the base commander calling for an end to drone warfare, and explaining how the military contributes to climate change. (see letter below)

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