The Nuclear Resister
E-Bulletin, February, 2011
IN THIS E-BULLETIN:
1) ACTION AT NEVADA TEST SITE MARKS 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST ATOMIC BOMB TEST THERE
2) CREECH 14 FOUND GUILTY, SENTENCED TO TIME SERVED
3) LONGEST JAILED NUCLEAR RESISTER HELEN WOODSON NEEDS SUPPORT
4) REFLECTIONS ON THE ANZUS PLOWSHARES 20 YEARS LATER
5) WRITE A NOTE OF SUPPORT TO ANTI-NUCLEAR & ANTI-WAR PRISONERS
6) UPCOMING NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTIONS – Plan anti-nuclear actions and demonstrations now for Chernobyl anniversary
Action at Nevada Test Site marks 60th anniversary of first atomic bomb test there
Marking the 60th year since the first atomic bomb was tested on land belonging to the Western Shoshone National Council, near Indian Springs, Nevada, eight activists stepped onto the land on January 29 and were immediately arrested by Nye County sheriffs.
The Western Shoshone National Council had issued permits for the activists to enter their land. “You bless the land with each of your footsteps,” said Johnnie Bobb, a leader of the Western Shoshone Nation.
Read the full story here.
Creech 14 found guilty, sentenced to time served
On Thursday, January 27, activists charged with trespass, along with their supporters, filled Judge Jansen’s Las Vegas courtroom to hear his verdict regarding their April, 2009 protest at Creech Air Force Base. Crews at Creech control the drones used in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, killing civilians in remote controlled assassination attacks.
In a 20-page written decision, Judge William Jansen found the fourteen guilty of trespass as charged, ruling that their defense did not meet the legal requirement of imminence for acquittal based on necessity.
Read the full story here.
Longest jailed nuclear resister Helen Woodson needs support
Over the years we have spent time in prison and/or supported other activists who have been in prison for acts of conscience. We write to you now with a special request on behalf of Helen Woodson.
Back in November of 1984, Helen was part of the Silo Pruning Hooks action. She went to a Missouri nuclear missile silo along with Larry Cloud-Morgan, Fr. Carl Kabat OMI and Fr. Paul Kabat OMI. With sledgehammer and jackhammer, the group followed the biblical mandate of Isaiah to turn swords into plowshares. They were convicted and received a varied number of years of prison time for their action.
With the exception of a few days, Helen has been in prison ever since. (A couple of times in past years when released, she immediately engaged in an action that resulted in arrest and being returned directly to prison for violating parole.)
She is scheduled to be released in September of 2011 after 27 years behind bars.
Read more here.
Reflections on the ANZUS Plowshares 20 years later
Reflection by Sue Frankel-Streit in collaboration with Bill Frankel-Streit
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 immeasurable. 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.
Read more here.
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Plan now for Chernobyl anniversary anti-nuclear actions & demonstrations!
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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR A NUCLEAR-FREE FUTURE
April 26, 2011, 25th Chernobyl anniversary
It’s time for groups and activists all over the world to plan protests and actions to mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe.
Each year, the French anti-nuclear network Sortir du nucleaire has issued a call to action on Chernobyl Day. In support of this call, U.S. organizations Nukewatch and the Nuclear Resister invite you to organize public protest and/or nonviolent direct action/civil resistance in your area, or participate in other events or actions being planned on or around April 26. It will be a day to declare, together with millions of others around the world, NO to nuclear power, nuclear weapons, nuclear testing, uranium mining and radioactive waste and YES to a nuclear-free future!
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