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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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Nuclear Resister issue #181

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Twelve peace activists arrested outside “christening” of Zumwalt destroyer at Bath Iron Works, Maine

Photo by Regis Tremblay

Photo by Regis Tremblay

On June 18, the day of the “christening” of the $4 billion Zumwalt stealth destroyer, peace activists protested outside of Bath Iron Works in Maine. Twelve of them were arrested after shutting down the street in front of the shipyard just as the Navy crew was entering to attend the event. They told the media that they wanted to “interrupt the celebration of endless war and corporate profit” going on inside. The dozen men and women were charged with obstructing a public way, and will be arraigned in West Bath District Court on August 2.

A police officer told one of the arrestees, “You all are the conscience of the community.”

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Woman arrested after die-in at Kansas City nuclear weapons plant on Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2015

Memorial Day 2015

On May 30, more than 50 people took part in a Memorial Day peace walk from the old Kansas City nuclear weapons parts plant to the new one, about ten miles away. Surviving former employees of the old factory addressed the walkers about the legacy of their work.

“We are memorializing those who died and got sick because of the toxic chemicals used at the old plant to make parts for nuclear weapons” from 1949 to 2014, said Lu Mountenay, a minister in Independence, Missouri. “If it happened then, it will happen again at the new plant.”

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Three activists arrested in Ottawa while protesting arms trade show and Saudi arms deal

Photo by Murray Lumley

Photo by Murray Lumley

At the end of May, arms merchants visiting Ottawa for the Canadian Association of Defence and Security (CANSEC) industry trade show were greeted by “General Chaos” and the War Criminals Welcoming Walk, with a costumed commander and parading demonstrators from Homes not Bombs, Ottawa Raging Grannies, Christian Peacemaker Teams, and Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade visiting several downtown hotels. At each hotel, people who have lived and worked in war zones spoke out about the impact of the international arms trade for people on the ground. They also worked diligently (and ultimately successfully) to persuade the boisterous General Chaos to stop promoting war.

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

Photo of Colm (left) and Dave by Vicky Donnelly

Photo of Colm (left) and Dave by Vicky Donnelly

At 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 reading “U.S. Military and CIA out of Shannon Airport” 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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