The Nuclear Resister
The 30th anniversary of the Nuclear Resister newsletter – the first issue
was published in October 1980!
IN THIS E-BULLETIN:
1) DISARM NOW PLOWSHARES ARRAIGNED, TRIAL ON DECEMBER 7
2) KANSAS CITY BOMB PLANT BLOCKADERS CONVICTED; TWO IMMEDIATELY ARRESTED AGAIN FOR DISRUPTING CITY HALL
3) UPHOLDING INTERNATIONAL LAW IN A MUDDY KANSAS CITY SOYBEAN FIELD
4) WRITE A NOTE OF SUPPORT TO ANTI-NUCLEAR & ANTI-WAR PRISONERS
5) UPCOMING NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTIONS
6) CELEBRATE THE NUCLEAR RESISTER’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY BY MAKING A DONATION NOW
Disarm Now Plowshares arraigned, trial on December 7
Five nuclear abolitionists who entered the U.S. Navy’s nuclear weapons storage depot in Washington State in November 2009 were arraigned Friday, October 8 in federal court in Tacoma, Washington.
Sr. Anne Montgomery, 83, of Redwood City, California; Fr. Bill “Bix” Bichsel, 82, of Tacoma, Washington; Susan Crane, 65, of Baltimore, Maryland; Lynne M. Greenwald, 61, of Tacoma, Washington; and Fr. Steve Kelly, 61, of Oakland, California, were each approved to represent themselves at trial on December 7, 2010. They face up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted on the government’s charges of “conspiracy, trespass, destruction of property on a naval installation, and depredation of government property.” The charges were handed down by a grand jury in early September 2010, ten months after their November 2009 Plowshares action.
For more information, visit disarmnowplowshares.wordpress.com
Kansas City Bomb Plant blockaders convicted; two immediately arrested again for disrupting City Hall
Fourteen people who blocked heavy machinery clearing the site for construction of a new nuclear weapons factory in Kansas City, Missouri, were convicted and sentenced to fines and community service.
Two of the defendants then disrupted a Kansas City council meeting, unfurling a banner and calling on the city to stop its investment in building for nuclear war. Frank Cordaro and Ed Bloomer were jailed overnight, then sentenced to time served.
Read the full story here.
Upholding International Law in a Muddy Kansas City Soybean Field
Published by CommonDreams.org
by Felice Cohen-Joppa
The judge found me guilty. Even after I’d testified under oath that I had committed no crime when standing in front of a bulldozer in a muddy soybean field being cleared for the new Kansas City Plant, arm in arm with 13 others. On August 16, we had tried to stop preparation of the site for the first U.S. nuclear weapons plant to be built in 32 years. That’s what brought us to Judge LaBella’s Kansas City courtroom on October 7.
Read the full story here.
Write a note of support to anti-nuclear and anti-war prisoners
They’re in there for us; we’re out here for them!
A regularly updated list of imprisoned military refusers, anti-nuclear and anti-war activists is available on the Nuclear Resister blog.
Upcoming nonviolent direct actions (click here).
Take part in a nonviolent civil disobedience/civil resistance action, play a role in supporting those who do, carry signs and banners… be part of the movement for a peaceful and nuclear-free future!
Celebrate the Nuclear Resister’s 30th anniversary by making a donation now
Over the last 30 years, the Nuclear Resister has reported on more than 100,000 anti-nuclear and anti-war arrests during thousands of actions in the United States and around the world, and encouraged support for at least 1,000 men and women imprisoned for these acts of conscience. Writings from many of these prisoners have been included in almost every issue of the newsletter published since October, 1980, along with information about direct actions against nuclear power, nuclear weapons, nuclear testing, uranium mining, war, military recruiting and torture.
Please help us continue this work! A donation of any amount you can share will be gratefully received – maybe $30, $1 for each year? We are a small-scale, bare bones operation and whether you can send $1 or $1000, it will be put to good use.
There are wars continuing in our name and with our tax dollars that need to be stopped, nuclear weapons that need to be disarmed, and an aggressive attempt to build more nuclear power reactors that needs to be turned back. This is no time to put nonviolent direct action on hold! These acts of conscience must continue – they are continuing – and we pledge that the Nuclear Resister will continue as a clearinghouse for this resistance, and a support network for the imprisoned activists.
We can’t do it without you.
Felice and Jack Cohen-Joppa, co-coordinators, the Nuclear Resister
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