Fifty-two arrested protesting nuclear weapons plant

Photo by Joshua McElwee, Staff Writer for the National Catholic Reporter

[Blog editor’s note: the final arrest tally was 53, not 52 people.]

by Joshua McElwee

National Catholic Reporter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fifty-two peace activists, most connected to Catholic Worker houses throughout the nation, were arrested here May 2 after blocking the gate to the construction site of what will be the nation’s first nuclear weapons production facility to be built in 33 years.

The acts of civil disobedience came 78 years and one day from the founding of the first Catholic Worker community by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, and were the culmination of a three-day “faith and resistance” retreat hosted by two Catholic Worker communities, which drew some 150 to this city.

Read the full story at the National Catholic Reporter website here.

UPDATE: All of those arrested were released from custody by the next morning, pending court dates.