Monthly Archive for September, 2012

Dr. Song released from prison; the struggle continues

Gangjeong friends and supporters with Dr. Song in front of the Jeju Prison gate following his release today, after 181 days imprisonment.

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E-bulletin September 2012

the Nuclear Resister September, 2012 IN THIS E-BULLETIN:   1)  NUCLEAR RESISTANCE IN SOUTH INDIA 2)  MORE JEJU NAVAL BASE RESISTERS JAILED 3)  IRAQ WAR RESISTER KIMBERLY RIVERA DEPORTED FROM CANADA, ARRESTED & JAILED 4)  RISE UP SINGING ACTION AT SCOTLAND’S FASLANE TRIDENT BASE 5)  NUCLEAR POWER PROTESTERS OCCUPY CONFERENCE ROOM 6)  GREG BOERTJE-OBED RELEASED […]

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Rise Up Singing weekend at Faslane Trident base in Scotland

Singing “Aye But I Wull Sit Here” – an old song from the Holy Loch Protest in the 60’s

by Jane Tallents

After a busy day of workshops, singing practice, banner making and eating good food provided by Faslane Peace Camp on Saturday, September 15, we headed out to Faslane on Sunday morning to raise our voices in protest against Trident. Over 50 people spent the day singing peace songs old and new and enjoying soup, rolls and cake at the Jeely Peace cafe. The array of colourful banners on the fences couldn’t be missed by passing traffic. Two visitors from Bhopal told us of the campaign for justice for the survivors of the chemical disaster in 1984.

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Iraq war resister Kimberly Rivera deported, arrested and jailed

Kimberly Rivera at home. Army Times photo.

(adapted from War Resisters Support Campaign and news sources)

U.S. Iraq War resister Kimberly Rivera voluntarily presented herself at the U.S. border on the morning of September 20, after requests to have Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney process her humanitarian and compassionate application were denied. In August, the mother of four was ordered to leave Canada by September 20, 2012.  Speaking at a news conference following the dismissal of her final appeal, Rivera said, “My biggest fear is being separated from my children and having to sit in a prison for politically being against the war in Iraq.”

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More Jeju naval base resisters jailed

Another day of protest and nonviolent resistance at the site of navy base construction on Jeju Island. Photo via http://cafe.daum.net

In the last few weeks, four more men have been jailed for actions taken in opposition to the Korean navy base under construction at Gangjeong, on Jeju Island.

On September 6, as the controversial World Conservation Congress (WCC) convened nearby in Jungmun, five people climbed onto the Samsung-made caisson dock at Hwasoon port in protest of the naval base. Samsung is the prime contractor for the project, and also principle sponsor of the WCC. The WCC refused to condemn the on-going destruction of the Gureombi Rock coastline, a World Heritage site.

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Property damage charge dropped against Fr. Carl Kabat; trial set for October 12

Joshua Armfield and Fr. Carl Kabat after Carl’s July 4 action at the Kansas City nuclear weapons parts plant

by Jane Stoever

At a Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Court hearing Sept. 20, Oblate of Mary Immaculate Father Carl Kabat of St. Louis learned the prosecution had dropped the property damage charge against him. The court set the date of Oct. 12 for Kabat’s trial concerning his trespass July 4 on the site of KC’s new nuclear weapons parts plant, almost completely constructed. Kabat assured Judge Elena Franco he was pleading not guilty.

After the hearing, a supporter asked Kabat, “Why did they drop the property damage charge?”

“Ask them!” said Kabat. “They want a low profile.”  He pointed to his waist, saying that was how high he cut the chain-link fence with bolt-cutters to enter the site late July 3. He spent the night on the property, sleeping as he leaned against a utility pole, and then walked over the 178-acre site until a guard met him near the front entry.

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Members of Shut It Down arrested occupying conference room

Parading through a conference room: unidentified man, Paki Wieland, Frances Crowe, Ellen Graves, Susan Lantz and Hattie Nestel (in masks) – photo by Marcia Gagliardi

from Shut It Down Affinity Group

After a United States Chamber of Commerce announcement on September 11 that it had joined Entergy’s lawsuit to oppose State of Vermont legislation to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, the Shut It Down Affinity Group visited the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce on September 12 to determine its relationship with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  The Shut It Down group deplores U.S. Chamber support of Entergy.

Later, eleven Shut It Downers were arrested by Vernon police at the Entergy Vermont Yankee Governor Hunt House conference center in Vernon after the women entered through an unlocked door. They paraded silently in death masks through halls and a conference room where three men were meeting.

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Nuclear resistance escalates in South India

The Indian Coast Guard flew very low, threatening people who stood in the water in their struggle to stop a nuclear power plant in Koodankulam. Photo courtesy of Amirtharaj Stephen

by Jack Cohen-Joppa

published at Waging Nonviolence, September 15

Hundreds of people have been arrested, dozens remain in custody and three deaths have been reported as protests against the start-up of the nuclear power plant at Kudankulam, India, reached a crisis point this week. The government’s announcement that it would start loading nuclear fuel into one of the two Russian-built reactors beginning September 11 sparked a new round of mass resistance from villagers living along the coast of Tamil Nadu state at the southern tip of India.

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Greg Boertje-Obed released from jail

Michael Walli, Sr. Megan Rice, Greg Boertje-Obed

by Ralph Hutchison, OREPA

Greg Boertje-Obed was released from Blount County Detention Center at 8:30pm on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 to await trial, currently scheduled for February 26, 2013.

Greg’s release came as a result of his request for a detention hearing following the reset of the trial date from October to February. He had originally declined to seek release, but told the judge he was now prompted by the difficulty of trying to consult with co-defendants in preparing for trial and by family concerns.

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