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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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Two activists arrested while protesting use of Ireland’s Shannon Airport by the U.S. military

13254429_1192518384114651_3692852310231174335_nAt approximately 6 a.m. on May 25, there was a faith-based action at Shannon Airport in response to Ireland’s continuing support of U.S. wars conducted in the Middle East. Dave Donnellan and Colm Roddy entered the airfield and sprayed the main runway with red crosses to represent all the innocent blood spilt by these wars. They carried a banner and an Irish flag, signifying the abuse of Irish sovereignty by U.S. military at Shannon Airport, while crossing two runways and walking over half a mile. Before entering the air field, they said some prayers for peace, for the victims of violence in the Middle East and for the suffering of refugees fleeing these wars being actively facilitated by the Irish Government, An Garda Siochana and the Shannon airport authority.

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Medical care withheld from imprisoned NATO protester, letters to warden needed

jay-solo-pic1from the Jay Chase Support Crew

Action alert for Jay Chase
May 25, 2015

Please accept our apologies for the sparse updates that have come out the last couple of months regarding Jay Chase.

As you may know, Jay received a one year sentence after pleading in Cook County to assault on a correctional officer. We support Jay in pleading out to one year versus rolling the dice and potentially getting 3-5 more years tacked on his sentence. His judge in that case was the same as in the original NATO 3 entrapment case and no one had any thoughts that this time, he would be fair, or cognizant of Jay’s terminal illness he struggles with daily (Huntington’s Disease).

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Hammering for Peace, by Kathy Kelly

Jessica Reznicek and supporters in front of the courthouse before start of trial, May 24, 2016

Jessica Reznicek and supporters in front of the courthouse before start of trial, May 24, 2016. Photo by Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs

In a Nebraska courtroom, a jury found Jessica Reznicek guilty of misdemeanor criminal mischief and criminal trespass on May 24. On May 25, District Judge Patricia Lamberti sentenced her to 72 days in jail, with credit for time already served (so no additional jail time) and just under $5000 in fines and restitution.

from Common Dreams

by Kathy Kelly

Last winter, at the Voices home/office in Chicago, we welcomed two friends who were in town for a Mennonite church gathering focused on the symbol of beating swords into plowshares. Their project embraces a vision from the biblical “Book of Isaiah” which longs for the day when “they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they study war anymore.” Our friends quite literally enact this vision. They use saws to cut guns and rifles in half and then hammer on the broken weapons, turning them into useful tools for gardening and light construction.

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My visit to a Las Vegas jail

800_sdcgate2zfrom Voices for Creative Nonviolence

by Brian Terrell

“What happened to us was a shakedown by gangsters wearing police uniforms and judges’ robes, not for the sake of justice, but to maintain the civic infrastructure behind the glittering façade of Las Vegas with dollars squeezed out of its poorest citizens.”

“The degree of civilization in a society,” wrote the Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky, “can be judged by entering its prisons.” As a frequent visitor to Nevada in recent years, I have often been surprised by the cultural diversity and spiritual richness that can be found in Las Vegas. Still, I think that Dostoyevsky was right. A more accurate assessment of the degree of civilization in Las Vegas and for the broader society that the city claims to be “The Entertainment Capital” of can be made by entering the cells of the Clark County Correctional Center than by going to the top of the Stratosphere, cruising the Strip or even by taking in a Cirque du Soleil show.

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Israel brings fresh charges against nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu

1239372052647-2from the Guardian

Former nuclear technician who revealed details of Israel’s nuclear programme is accused of breaching restraining orders

Israeli prosecutors charged nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu on Sunday, May 8 with violating the terms of his release, more than a decade after he completed an 18-year jail term.

Upon his release in 2004, Vanunu was slapped with a series of restraining orders, some of which he has violated in recent years, the justice ministry said.

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Three people arrested in Mother’s Day demonstration at Trident nuclear sub base at Bangor, WA

Photo by Leonard Eiger. Larry Kerschner (in red shirt), Br. Gilberto Perez, and Bernie Meyer (in blue shirt) blocking traffic onto the Bangor Trident base during their nonviolent direct action.

Photo by Leonard Eiger of three men blocking traffic onto the Bangor Trident base during their nonviolent direct action.

from Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

Thirty-five people were present on May 7 at the demonstration against Trident nuclear weapons at the Bangor submarine base. Five demonstrators attempted to block the main highway entrance into the base and three demonstrators were arrested.

At around 3:30 pm on Saturday, three demonstrators entered the main highway and briefly blocked traffic on the federal side of the Main gate at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. The three demonstrators carried an illustration of Fr. Daniel Berrigan, revered anti-war and anti-nuclear weapons priest, with a statement by Fr. Berrigan, “Know where you stand and stand there.” The three also carried a colorful banner with symbols linking nuclear weapons and climate change.

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Jeff Dietrich begins 4 month prison sentence today for anti-nuclear action; two other Catholic Workers soon to follow

Holding-Banner.6693from the Los Angeles Catholic Worker

Three Catholic Workers were sentenced to federal prison on April 21 for their nonviolent action at Vandenberg Air Force Base on August 8, 2015. Jeff Dietrich (Los Angeles Catholic Worker) and Dennis Apel (Guadalupe Catholic Worker) each received a four month sentence, and David Omondi (Los Angeles Catholic Worker) received a 2 month sentence. The men are required to self-surrender on different dates in early May.

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Daniel Berrigan SJ – nuclear and war resister, poet, priest, pacifist and prophet – dies at age 94

Berrigan1-1April 30, 2016

Daniel Berrigan, Uncle, Brother, Friend


A statement from the Family of Father Dan Berrigan, SJ

This afternoon around 2:30, a great soul left this earth. Close family missed the “time of death” by half an hour, but Dan was not alone, held and prayed out of this plane of existence by his friends. We – Liz McAlister, Kate, Jerry and Frida Berrigan, Carla and Marc Berrigan-Pittarelli—were blessed to be among friends—Patrick Walsh, Joe Cosgrove, Father Joe Towle and Maureen McCafferty—able to surround Daniel Berrigan’s body for the afternoon into the evening.

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Arms trade fair blockaders found NOT GUILTY by judge!

13007368_1197647756926118_2759780459247314753_nProtesters who blockaded London arms trade fair acquitted after judge sees evidence of illegal weapons on sale

The judge said there was compelling evidence that illegal arms were on sale at DSEI

from the Independent

by Jon Stone

There is compelling evidence that arms were illegally being sold at the world’s biggest arms fair which takes place in London, a judge has ruled.

Stratford Magistrates Court on Friday acquitted eight anti-arms trade protesters who tried to disrupt Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) last September.

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NATO 3 defendant Jared Chase gets more prison time

Jared Chase  photo by IDOC

Jared Chase
photo by IDOC

Nato protester’s prison term extended for throwing human waste at guard

Jared Chase, who was imprisoned on charges related to a Nato protest, has Huntington’s disease and experts say he deserves treatment not punishment
By Renée Feltz
for the Guardian Tuesday 12 April 2016

Editor’s note: Letters of support can be sent to Jared Chase at the address listed here, and updates are posted by his support group at freethenato3.wordpress.com.

A 30-year-old Illinois prisoner diagnosed with a degenerative disease that destroys higher brain functioning will spend at least two more years behind bars for conduct experts say deserves treatment instead of disciplinary action.

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