Monthly Archive for January, 2011

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Three arrested at Davis-Monthan AFB during Tucson anti-war protest honoring Dr. King’s birthday

Civilians John Heid, Jean Boucher and Dennis DuVall converse with military police. Photo by Bob Carney.

Following Tucson’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march on Monday, January 17, 10 people carried Dr. King’s message to nearby Davis–Monthan Air Force Base for a peace vigil to honor his legacy twenty years after the United States began its war against Iraq.

Three men – Dennis DuVall, John Heid, and Jean Boucher – walked into the base with messages for base personnel opposing depleted uranium munitions and armed drones.

They were stopped at the gate by military police who repeatedly asked the men to turn around and leave. When each of them declined, Tucson police were summoned.  Duvall, Heid, and Boucher were arrested, taken into custody, and later released on their own recognizance from the Pima County Jail.  They have March court dates.

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Letters Needed: Demand Peltier’s Immediate Transfer to the Mayo Clinic

Leonard Peltier. AP photo.

UPDATE January 12, from the LPDOC:

Greetings, Supporters.
Thank you so much for taking immediate action on Leonard’s behalf.  The prison authorities have received the message.  Please stop contacting the prison at Lewisburg now.  Instead, redirect all efforts with regard to Leonard’s health concerns to the White House.  Call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111.

(Note from the editors:  we have removed the prison contact details originally posted below)

From the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee:

The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee urgently calls upon all supporters to consistently and constantly contact USP Lewisburg to demand Leonard Peltier be immediately transferred to the Mayo Clinic for a full medical evaluation and appropriate treatment. As many of you know, Leonard has exhibited symptoms of prostate cancer for over a year.  After months of pressure by attorneys, Leonard underwent blood tests in June of 2010. Those results were not made available until early November 2010. A biopsy was indicated which was ordered by a physician and approved by the prison.  However, the biopsy has not been performed.  The delay in testing, diagnosis, and treatment is unacceptable and constitutes medical neglect.

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Justice Denied: Activists Imprisoned, SOA Remains Open

Federal Judge sentences SOA Watch activists to six months in prison

from School of the Americas Watch

Chris Spicer and Nancy Smith.

Once again, the justice system’s complicity with the abuses taught at the School of the Americas was exposed on January 5 at the trial of anti-militarization activists Nancy Smith and Chris Spicer. Nancy, from New York, changed her plea to no contest and was immediately sentenced to 6 months in prison by Magistrate Judge Stephen Hyles. In the SOA Watch tradition of using the court to put a spotlight on the SOA/WHINSEC, Nancy affirmed that she “felt a strong moral imperative” to carry out her nonviolent act of civil disobedience “on behalf of those who have suffered so terribly”.

Chris, from Illinois, plead not guilty but was declared guilty by Judge Hyles and sentenced likewise to 6 months. In his closing statement before sentencing, Chris addressed the ongoing human rights abuses in Latin America carried out by graduates of the School of the Americas, and his need to confront the “paralysis of fear” that has gripped the country in recent times.

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Failure to obey a lawful order

Published on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 by

by Leah Bolger

Imagine you are taking a walk in a park and you witness a mugging.  What would you do?  Would you look the other way or would you try to stop it?   If you are one who would try to stop it, then what would you do when it is your government that is committing the crime?  As citizens we are told that we should call our Congressman or write a letter to the editor when we are dissatisfied with our government.  But writing a letter to the editor is no more effective at stopping the crimes of our government than it is at stopping a mugging.

On December 16th, 2010, I participated in an act of civil resistance in an attempt to stop my government from continuing to commit crimes—namely the ongoing wars of aggression in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  In the middle of a heavy snowstorm, I was arrested along with 130 other people in front of the White House who refused to move off the sidewalk when ordered to by the police.  We were not violent, we carried no weapons, and we damaged no property.  We were, however, willing to disobey the police as an act of resistance to our government; as a way of saying “No” to the senseless slaughter of innocent people; “No” to outrageous war profiteering, “No” to our government’s flagrant disregard of international law, ”No” to the squandering of hundreds of billions of dollars.  

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Shut It Down rings in New Year with solar for Vermont

Martha Hennessy and Paki Wieland

VERNON, Vermont — Ringing in the new year Saturday (January 1) by bringing solar panels to replace nuclear energy at Entergy’s Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant here, nine women of the Shut It Down Affinity Group faced charges of unlawful trespass when town and state police arrested them just before two in the afternoon for blocking Entergy’s driveway.

Police booked the women and released them pending a February 28 court appearance in Windham County District Court in Brattleboro. It was Shut It Down’s eleventh witness against nuclear power at Vermont Yankee since the women began appearing there in December, 2005. Despite the women’s repeated insistence that they would appreciate follow-through on a court date, the state’s attorney has dropped all previous charges.

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Reflections on the ANZUS Plowshares 20 years later

Reflection by Sue Frankel-Streit in collaboration with Bill Frankel-Streit

New Year’s Day 2011,

Little Flower Catholic Worker Farm, Virginia, USA

I don’t know what effect hammering on a B-52 bomber actually had on the first Gulf War (other than that particular bomber not bombing). But I know that the effect that action had on me was immense; likely immeasureable. I don’t think about the ANZUS Plowshares action that often. I don’t speak about it unless someone asks. It was 20 years ago, after all. There have been so many creative, risky, beautiful acts of resistance before and since,  that I don’t dwell often on that one.

Still, though, those few solid thwacks of my hammer on that huge plane in the early hours of the New Year 1991, and all the preparation leading up to them, and all the court time and, most especially, all the jail time that followed, have pretty much informed every aspect of my life since.

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