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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 peace activists arrested after entering BAE site in England, intending to disarm warplanes bound for Saudi Arabia

from Campaign Against Arms Trade, caat.org.uk

Early on the morning of January 29, Reverend Dan Woodhouse, a Methodist minister in Leeds, and Quaker activist Sam Walton entered BAE Systems’ Warton site in order to disarm warplanes bound for Saudi Arabia. Both have been arrested and are being held “on suspicion of criminal damage” in Blackpool.

Their actions are aimed at preventing BAE’s delivery of fighter jets to the Saudi government. The planes were due to be shipped from the base in the next few weeks. A Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out devastating airstrikes in Yemen since 2015, and international human rights organisations have condemned the bombings, with widespread allegations of war crimes.

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Obama administration denies clemency for Leonard Peltier

from the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

January 18, 2017, in a letter addressed to Leonard Peltier’s lawyer, the Obama administration formally denied the request to grant clemency to Peltier.

Leonard Peltier, a Native rights activist and member of the American Indian Movement, has been incarcerated since 1976 convicted of a crime he did not commit. Peltier’s struggle to gain freedom has crossed the globe and supporters include the likes of Mother Theresa and Desmond Tutu, whom have all called for his clemency.

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Chelsea Manning to be released early as Obama commutes sentence

From the New York Times

by Charlie Savage

January 17, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday commuted all but four months of the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army intelligence analyst convicted of a 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted Mr. Obama’s administration and brought global prominence to WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures.

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Pair arrested after labeling California drone base a “crime scene”

photo of Flora Rogers and Brian Terrell by Chris Nelson

from Occupy Beale Air Force Base

Occupy Beale started off a new presidential administration with a protest on Tuesday morning, January 25 at the Main Gate of California’s Beale Air Force Base, home of the Global Hawk drones. Before dawn, yellow “Crime Scene – Do not Cross” tape marked the Beale Air Force Base sign, which was also labeled with a poster stating that “Drone Warfare is a Crime.” Air Force police ignored this warning and once again arrested the wrong people, taking Flora Rogers and Brian Terrell into custody.

After a brief and cordial detention, they were released with federal trespass citations. “They say ‘if you see something, say something’ but they don’t like it when you do,” remarked Brian Terrell.

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Sixteen arrested in actions against torture, Trump’s cabinet nominees

Witness Against Torture photo

Witness Against Torture photo


from Witness Against Torture

Clad in orange jumpsuits and Shut Down Guantanamo t-shirts, activists with Witness Against Torture (WAT) took over the Hart Senate Building on January 11 with a message for Senators, staffers, and the general public. They marked the 15th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The message was “Shut Down Guantanamo,” “No Torture Cabinet” and “Hate Doesn’t Make U.S. Great.” These statements were painted on banners that activists dropped from a balcony and spread on the floor as 9 members of the group dressed in orange jumpsuits and black hoods held a die-in, mourning those Muslim men who died at Guantanamo without ever being charged with a crime. The nine, plus three others, were arrested by Capitol Police as supporters sang “Oh America, don’t believe their lies. Their politics of hate will destroy our children’s lives.” The balconies were crowded with onlookers as the action unfolded. One of the two who unfurled the “No Torture Cabinet” banner was also taken into custody.

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Sixteen activists carrying words and images of Daniel Berrigan SJ arrested at Pentagon witness

Photo by Lin Romano

Photo by Lin Romano

Report of Holy Innocents Retreat and Pentagon Witness in Honor of Dan Berrigan

by Art Laffin

On December 27 and 28, over 50 members from the Atlantic and Southern Life communities, and other peacemaking friends, gathered for a retreat at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church and a nonviolent witness at the Pentagon to commemorate the Massacre of the Holy Innocents – past and present. This year we honored in a special way, our friend and mentor, Dan Berrigan, SJ, who died on April 30, 2016.

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“Mary” and “Joseph” arrested enacting Nativity scene at Hancock drone base



from Update Drone Action

On December 23, as many throughout the world prepared to celebrate the birth in Palestine of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, four members of the grassroots group Upstate Drone Action were arrested at the main entrance of Hancock Reaper Drone Base on East Molloy Road in the town of DeWitt in upstate New York.

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Activists arrested during anti-nuclear power protest in India

CPI(M) leader Ch. Narasinga Rao being taken into custody at Kosta junction in Srikakulam district on Sunday.— Photo: Basheer

CPI(M) leader Ch. Narasinga Rao being taken into custody at Kosta junction in Srikakulam district — Photo: Basheer

Police foil CPI(M) protest against N-plant

from The Hindu

CPI(M) [Communist Party of India – Marxist] leaders and activists were arrested at the Kosta junction in Andhra Pradesh’s Srikakulam district on Sunday, November 13, when they tried to launch a padayatra [“(Hindi, lit. journey by foot) is a journey undertaken by a politicians or prominent citizens to interact more closely with different parts of society, educate about issues concerning them, and galvanize his or her supporters”] to register their protest against the proposed atomic power plant in Kovvada village.

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Anti-drone activists arrested while attempting citizen’s arrest of Creech AFB commander

img_0709from Code Pink, Veterans for Peace and Nevada Desert Experience

On Thursday morning, November 10, activists blocked the main gate to Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada, impeding early morning Air Force commute traffic. Activists called upon base personnel and Las Vegas police present to “stand down” or assist in the arrest of Commander Col. Case Cunningham for “Crimes Against Humanity.” Creech Air Force Base plays a central role in the U.S. drone targeted assassination program, where the U.S. uses remotely controlled unmanned planes from the desert of Nevada to kill suspects in many countries overseas. Thousands of civilians, including hundreds of children, have been killed according to independent researchers.

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Four protesters arrested blocking road into California drone base

Toby Blomé, Pamela Osgood, Shirley Osgood and Mauro Oliveira, just after being released.  Photo by Janie Kesselman

Toby Blomé, Pamela Osgood, Shirley Osgood and Mauro Oliveira, just after being released. Photo by Janie Kesselman

from Occupy Beale Air Force

In the rainy, dark early morning hours of October 25, nine Northern California activists stood with large banners and blocked the main gate at Beale Air Force Base (AFB) for over 30 minutes to protest the ongoing extrajudicial and secret U.S. drone killing program. Traffic was backed up for over a mile, while one activist approached the drivers, most of them airmen. Leaflets were handed to each driver, informing them about the horrible consequences of the drone program and the execution last month of 15 Afghan civilian men who were illegally killed by drone missiles last month in eastern Afghanistan while sleeping in their beds.

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