Monthly Archive for May, 2012

Three arrested during Pentecost service at SAAB Microwave in Sweden

from Per Herngren

The three, active in the Covenant Church, vine and fig tree planters and plowshares, were arrested in the midst of a Pentecost service at the military company SAAB Microwave, Sweden, on the 27th of May 2012. They were released after 45 min, 7.15-8  pm.

The Holy Communion service took place at SAAB Microwaves (Mölndal, Sweden), a company that makes radar for military use. A Swedish vine was planted as part of the service. Three persons were taken into custody as they climbed the fence. The three were Pastor Leif Herngren, (Covenant Church Björkö), Claesgöran Johnson, (Rosa Huset Lövgärdets Covenant Church) and the usher for the Pentecost service, Per Herngren.

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E-bulletin May 2012

The Nuclear Resister May, 2012 IN THIS E-BULLETIN:  IN THIS E-BULLETIN: 1)  NORM LOWRY GETS 1-7 YEAR SENTENCE FOR 3RD MILITARY RECRUITING OFFICE PROTEST 2)  ARRESTS AT NATO SUMMIT IN CHICAGO 3)  MOTHER’S DAY ACTION AT BANGOR TRIDENT SUB BASE 4)  FOURTEEN ACTIVISTS ARRESTED AT PILGRIM NUCLEAR POWER PLANT 5)  WRITE A NOTE OF SUPPORT […]

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Undercover cops instigate clashes and conspiracy arrests at NATO summit

"Die-in" outside Boeing's headquarters, Chicago on May 21 (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The demonstrations during NATO’s summit in Chicago were overwhelmingly peaceful, punctuated only by the predictable clashes when overwhelming numbers of hyper-militarized police meet a relative handful of demonstrators who are willing to push back when provoked. Such situations led to the majority of more than 100 arrests reported over a week of protest, most for misdemeanors or infractions. More than a dozen people face more serious charges including felony assaults on police as a result of these incidents, and three remain jailed on high bail.

Additionally, the use of undercover informants who supplied verbal encouragement, alcohol, access to equipment and expertise is alleged to be the common link behind at least five pre-emptive arrests on conspiracy and explosives charges of young men protesting NATO. The five also remain behind bars on bail ranging from $500,000 to $1.5 million.

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Norman Lowry receives a 1 to 7 year sentence for his third military recruiting office protest

 A Pennsylvania man will spend seven years in state prison unless he promises never to block the entrance of any military recruiting office in the future.

On May 21, Lancaster County Judge Louis Farina told Norman Edgar Lowry, Jr. that unless he would forswear his nonviolent protest, the court would be obliged to impose the maximum sentence for Lowry’s third consecutive arrest at an Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Lancaster.

If only he would make such a promise, the judge implied, his sentence would be much lighter. Did he understand?, the court asked. Yes, Lowry answered. Will you make the pledge? No.

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Fourteen anti-nuclear activists arrested for trespassing at the Pilgrim nuclear power plant

photo by Trisha McNeilly

by Trisha McNeilly

Three Plymouth police cars, Entergy’s security team, and a closed gate didn’t stop a group of 35 protesters from marching to the entrance of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant on May 20 to deliver a letter addressed to Entergy’s Site Vice President, demanding that Entergy  include Cape Cod in the emergency planning zone, withdraw their license renewal application, and immediately shut down the plant because of public safety concerns.

But Entergy refused to let anyone on their property, which didn’t stop Cape Coders Diane Turco and David Agnew from leading some of the anti-nuclear protesters beyond the entrance gate to personally deliver the letter.

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Catholic Workers arrested at Obama’s campaign headquarters

photo by Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune, May 14, 2012

By Andy Grimm, Chicago Tribune
May 14, 2012

Dozens of demonstrators dashed into the Loop building housing President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters this morning, slipping past security guards and running up escalators as they kicked off what they called a “Week Without Capitalism.”

Eight protesters were led out in handcuffs about half an hour later after they refused to clear the lobby. They were cheered by other demonstrators who began dancing and singing folk and gospel songs.

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Moms Against Bombs make statement at nuke base

photo by Leonard Eiger

by Leonard Eiger, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

On May 12, activists blocked entry to the main gate at the Navy’s West coast Trident nuclear submarine base in an act of civil resistance to nuclear weapons.

Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action (Ground Zero) held a peaceful vigil and nonviolent direct action at the main gate to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Silverdale, Washington.  They protested the U.S. government’s continued deployment and upgrading of the Trident nuclear weapons system.

On Saturday afternoon the group maintained a peaceful vigil on the roadside outside the base entrance.  Four protesters walked onto the roadway and unfurled a banner stretching across all entrance lanes.  The banner read, “Give PEACE a chance. No, seriously.”

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