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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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Livermore lab security arrests 40 in annual Good Friday anti-nuke protest

Photo by Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group

Photo by Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group

by Jeremy Thomas, Contra Costa Times

LIVERMORE — A group of 40 anti-nuclear activists, including a Dominican nun, were peacefully arrested at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory at the conclusion of an annual Good Friday protest organized by local interfaith groups.

An estimated 115 protesters gathered at Vasco and Patterson Pass roads for a worship service and speeches on nuclear weapons, proceeding to the lab’s west gate at 8:30 a.m., where those who chose to do so were arrested by lab security. Those arrested were cited for obstructing a public roadway and released.

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Couple marries before crossing the line at the nuclear test site in Nevada; 20 arrested

Photo by Marcus Page-Collonge

Photo by Marcus Page-Collonge

On Good Friday, April 18, members of the 2014 Sacred Peace Walk took part in a ritual commemorating war victims and nuclear victims at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).  Afterwards, River Victor and Ming (Nevada Desert Experience Council members) were married by Western Shoshone Chief Johnnie Bobb.  They then joined 18 others in crossing the line onto the U.S. nuclear test site.  All 20 activists were processed and released.

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Eleven activists arrested on Good Friday at Beale Air Force Base

1485096_480773855389943_2038003444733438545_nOn April 18, internationally recognized peace activist Kathy Kelly was detained with ten other anti-drone demonstrators at Beale Air Force Base in California following a Good Friday prayer service.

Organizers said that they gathered at Beale, “in the shadow of killer drones, modern day equivalents of the cross, to pray, to act, and to build a community of peace.” There have been frequent anti-drone demonstrations at Beale, home of the Global Hawk Drone, a surveillance drone that assists in finding targets for armed Predator and Reaper drones.

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Good Friday prayer in front of Lockheed Martin in California results in 3 arrests

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photo by Susan Crane

From the Redwood City Catholic Worker website

About 50 people gathered at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, California to reflect and pray about the consequences of war and empire to the earth and all life on the earth.

Under the umbrella of the Pacific Life Community,  Catholic Workers, people in religious orders, students from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, and many, many friends gathered to remember those who suffer today.

Lockheed Martin is the world’s largest military contractor and a full-service weapons maker. Lockheed makes, among other things, missiles that carry Trident nuclear warheads, and hellfire missiles that are used by drones.

After the Stations of the Cross, three people walked up to the Lockheed Martin gates. When stopped by police, they knelt down in prayer.

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Nine anti-drone activists arrested at Creech Air Force Base

photo by John Amidon

photo by John Amidon

from Nevada Desert Experience

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at about 8:10 a.m., nine anti-war activists were arrested at Creech Air Force Base (AFB) when attempting to serve a War Crimes Indictment (see below) to  Creech AFB Commander Col. Jim Cluff.  The nine are part of the Nevada Desert Experience’s 2014 Sacred Peace Walk, which will end at the Nevada National Security Site/Nevada Test Site on April 18, 2014.

The illegality of  the CIA “secretive cluster of units within the wing call the 732nd Operations Group” can no longer be denied or covered up.  Hundreds of children have been murdered along with thousands of innocent men and women. The CIA is using Creech Air Force pilots to carry out drone strikes in Pakistan. The War Indictment could not be delivered  at a more timely moment.

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Woman arrested walking to use restroom at AFB Visitor’s Center during drone protest

photo by Mike Schilling

photo by Mike Schillingby

by Jane Stoever

Tamara Severns was arrested unexpectedly during an April 6 protest of drone warfare at Whiteman Air Force Base, near Knob Noster, Missouri. A member of the PeaceWorks, Kansas City Board of Directors and a Co-member of the Loretto Community, Tamara was walking toward the Visitors’ Center to use the bathroom. She and other resisters had used those facilities with no problem during about five earlier protests. On April 6, Tamara and several others had arrived at the base entry after authorities had warned the resisters not to step across the white line on the entry road. Unaware that “the rules” had changed, Tamara crossed the line to go toward the Visitors’ Center, was taken into custody with no warning, and was handcuffed, searched, and detained on the base about an hour.

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Four arrested blocking cement truck on Jeju Island, South Korea

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Photo by Romy 롱롱

by Paco Booyah

Today, April 7, 4 people total were arrested in Gangjeong. The police where very aggressive today and blocked us excessively. They even blocked the daily human chain and dancing time even when there were no cars. This made everyone very angry and frustrated and everyone began demanding an apology from the police. Of course the police didn’t apologize because the police never do that. In response, Father Kim Sung-Hwan began blocking a cement truck. The police came and threatened to arrest him but didn’t for a long time. Father Mun and two Sisters and once activist also came and sat with him. Finally the police arrested Father Kim but not the others. The others continued to block the trucks. The police threatened to arrest them many times but didn’t, but then finally they arrested Father Mun, the activist Lee Jong-Hwa, and Sister Rosalina.

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Two Veterans For Peace members arrested at Beale Air Force Base

Gilchrist on far left, Adams on crutches second to right. (Photo by Guarionex Delgado)

Gilchrist on far left, Adams on crutches second to right. (Photo by Guarionex Delgado)

Elliott Adams, past National President of Veterans For Peace and international peace activist, was arrested during a nonviolent anti-drone action at Beale Air Force Base on Tuesday, April 1. Adams lives in New York and is currently on a nationwide tour, speaking out about the importance of banning drone attacks, stopping war, and building a culture of peace. He has also been conducting Unarmed Peacekeeping Skills Training and Strategy Sessions around the country with the Meta Peace Team, whose goal is “pursuing peace through active nonviolence.”

Also arrested was Adam’s friend and fellow Veteran for Peace member Richard Gilchrist.  Gilchrist served in the army in Vietnam and has also traveled around the country speaking and taking action for peace.

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~ from Irwin County Detention Center, by Sr. Megan Rice

photo by Felice Cohen-Joppa

photo by Felice Cohen-Joppa

[Sr. Megan Rice has been transferred from the Irwin County Detention Center.  You can write to her at: Megan Rice 88101-020, Metropolitan Detention Center, P.O. Box 329002, Brooklyn, NY 11232.]

March 2, 2014
Ocilla, GA

Dear sisters and brothers, united as we are in efforts to transform weapons of war (alá Y-12, etc.) into projects fostering LIFE in all its fullness, restorative of justice, and healing for our planet and for the children…

Surely, our days since January 14, when we departed from Ocilla at 3:00 a.m. to arrive in the Knoxville office of the U.S. Marshall at 10:30 a.m., have been packed with learning experiences. These merit reflection. They even deserve to be communicated as events calling for our shared response.

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~ from USP Coleman, Spring Statement by Leonard Peltier

free-lp-1Greetings my friends, relatives, supporters, and all those who support the cause of freedom, not only for Native Americans, but for all people.

I know it’s sometimes not easy being involved and staying involved, so for all of you that have done just that, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart to the top of my soul.  We need more people all over the world who not only care about the freedom of others, but who care about our future generations and what kind of Earth we leave behind.

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