February/March 2015 IN THIS E-BULLETIN THIRTY-FOUR DRONE PROTESTERS ARRESTED AT CREECH AIR BASE BLOCKADE SEVEN ACTIVISTS ARRESTED CLOSING HANCOCK DRONE BASE GATE WITH GIANT BOOKS SIX ARRESTED ON ASH WEDNESDAY AT BEALE AIR BASE KILLER DRONE PROTEST THREE TRIDENT PLOUGHSHARES ACTIVISTS ARRESTED AT FASLANE NAVAL BASE IN SCOTLAND TWELVE NUCLEAR ABOLITIONISTS ARRESTED AT LOCKHEED […]
Monthly Archive for March, 2015
Rest in peace, Juanita Nelson. Pacifist, farmer, civil rights activist, war tax resister, partner of Wally Nelson and co-founder of the Peacemakers group in 1948. Thank you, Juanita, for your shining example to us all in building a better world.
Juanita (Morrow) Nelson, 91, died peacefully following a period of declining health on Monday, March 9, 2015, at Poet’s Seat Health Care Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Heralded as a lifelong activist and pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement and the organic farming and simple living movements, Juanita was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 17, 1923, the daughter of Eula Jean (Middlebrooks) Morrow and Oscar Morrow, Sr.
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by Kathy Kelly March 15, 2015 By the time I leave Kentucky’s federal prison center, where I’m an inmate with a 3 month sentence, the world’s 12th-largest city may be without water. Estimates put the water reserve of Sao Paulo, a city of 20 million people, at sixty days. Sporadic outages have already begun, the […]
from The Guardian March 9, 2015 by Chelsea E Manning “The CIA’s torturers and the leaders who approved their actions must face the law.” Even the most junior level intelligence officers know that torture is both unethical and illegal. So why didn’t our political leaders? Successful intelligence gathering through interrogation and other forms of human […]
RESISTANCE AS EXILE IN PRISON by Norm Lowry February 24, 2015 “The old yellow pus of American cowardice is once again throbbing in the veins of this sorry country. How does it appear? In chauvinism that struts safely in its own land, away from danger. It is easy to talk ‘dangerously’ about knocking people down […]
by Kathy Kelly March 9, 2015 That is also us, the possibility of us, if the wonderful accident of our birth had taken place elsewhere: you could be the refugee, I could be the torturer. To face that truth is also our burden. After all, each of us has been the bystander, the reasonable person […]
At 9:15 a.m. on March 19, the 12th anniversary of the U.S.’ illegal invasion of Iraq, seven members of the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars shut the main gate of the Hancock Drone Base (near Syracuse, New York) with a giant copy of the U.N. Charter and three other giant books – Dirty Wars (Jeremy Scahill), Living Under Drones (NYU and Stanford Law Schools), and You Never Die Twice (Reprieve).
The nonviolent activists also held a banner quoting Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution, stating that every treaty signed becomes the supreme law of the land. They brought the books to Hancock to remind everyone at the base of the signed treaties that prohibit the killing of civilians and assassinations of human beings.
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by Ralph Hutchison, Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance
March 12, 1930, Ahmedabad, India. Mahatma Gandhi and a company of nonviolent satyagrahi set out from the Sabarmati ashram and began his march to Dandi where, twenty-four days later, he would take hold in his hands salt made from the ocean water and declare, “Here I ruin the British empire.”
It was an audacious faith in the power of nonviolence that carried Gandhi on that walk, and that powered him for another seventeen years before the miracle was realized and India was freed from British colonial rule.
Eighty-four years later, to the day, the power of nonviolence entered into the Potter Stewart federal courthouse in Cincinnati, Ohio, where three men sat in black robes to hear arguments challenging the sabotage convictions of Gregory Boertje-Obed, Megan Rice and Michael Walli in the Transform Now Plowshares action. Appellate arguments usually echo in a courtroom empty but for judges, a clerk and the lawyers. But on March 12, 2015, the pews began to fill at 8:30. By 9:00 there were more than forty people in the courtroom—three dozen Plowshares supporters and another dozen high school students on a field trip who were about to be educated about the legal process, and maybe be prompted to think about nuclear weapons and the power of nonviolent direct action in the process.
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Knowing that his life was drawing to an end, seventy friends of nuclear resister Fr. Bill “Bix” Bichsel sang one of his favorite songs at the beginning of the Pacific Life Community gathering in California on Friday evening. “Your face will shine through all our tears…. And when we sing another little victory song, precious friend you will be there.” He passed from this world less than 24 hours later, on Saturday evening, February 28. His life was a gift to many. Rest in peace, dear friend.
The Rev. Bill Bichsel, longtime weapons protester and Tacoma-born priest, dead at 86
by Steve Maynard
from The News Tribune
For nearly 40 years, the Rev. Bill Bichsel protested against U.S. military programs and weapons, resulting in dozens of arrests and making the Jesuit priest one of the most visible and admired protesters in the Pacific Northwest.
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A Reporter at Large, March 9, 2015 Issue of the New Yorker
by Eric Schlosser
The Y-12 National Security Complex sits in a narrow valley, surrounded by wooded hills, in the city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Y-12 and Oak Ridge were built secretly, within about two years, as part of the Manhattan Project, and their existence wasn’t publicly acknowledged until the end of the Second World War. By then, the secret city had a population of seventy-five thousand. Few of its residents had been allowed to know what was being done at the military site, which included one of the largest buildings in the world. Y-12 processed the uranium used in Little Boy, the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. Seven decades later, Y-12 is the only industrial complex in the United States devoted to the fabrication and storage of weapons-grade uranium. Every nuclear warhead and bomb in the American arsenal contains uranium from Y-12.
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