June & July 2016 IN THIS E-BULLETIN MONTH OF BLOCKADES AT BURGHFIELD NUCLEAR WEAPONS FACTORY TWELVE PEACE ACTIVISTS ARRESTED OUTSIDE “CHRISTENING” OF ZUMWALT DESTROYER AT BATH IRON WORKS CATHOLIC PRIEST SPLASHES RED PAINT ON DOORS AT KANSAS CITY NUCLEAR WEAPONS PLANT ACTIVISTS AT BEALE AFB ARRESTED AFTER CROSSING THE LINE PLEASE SUPPORT IMPRISONED ANTI-NUCLEAR AND […]
Monthly Archive for July, 2016
A month of coordinated blockades of England’s AWE Burghfield nuclear weapons factory in June got an unexpected boost when bobbies opted to avoid arresting nonviolent campaigners who had locked themselves together to block the gates.
About 50 people joined the protest on Monday morning, June 6 when a colorful cloth “red line” banner was used to block the main gate and lock-downs halted traffic on two roads leading to the construction gate. The organizing group, Trident Ploughshares, had asked police not to interfere with their intervention against weapons of mass destruction but were surprised by the lack of police response. By that evening, the demonstration evolved into a single blockade, closer to the construction gate. A core group of about 20 people settled in for the night.
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REPORT BACK: OCCUPY BEALE AFB, June 27 & 28, 2016
by Toby Blomé
On June 28 seven northern California peace activists crossed the military base boundary line, one after the other, in an extended interruption of “business as usual” at Beale Air Force Base near Marysville, Calif., to continue their monthly resistance to the illegal U.S. targeted killing policies. Just prior to the arrests, activists had hung a yellow Crime Scene tape across the roadway leading into the base. The Global Hawk surveillance drone is actively involved in the drone assassination program, used as a tool to identify and track potential targets.
Arrestees include: Chris Nelson (Chico), Mauro Oliveira (Montgomery Creek), Shirley Osgood (Grass Valley), Chris Knudson (Paso Robles), Flora Rogers (Marysville), Michael Kerr (Bay Pt.) and Toby Blomé (El Cerrito).
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Fr. Carl Kabat, 82, early in the morning on July 4, 2016, splashed red paint on the doors of the Administration Building at the National Security Campus (NSC) in Kansas City, Missouri. The facility makes, orders and assembles 85 percent of the non-nuclear parts for U.S. nuclear weapons. Asked why he defaced the doors, Kabat replied, “That place is bloody, and it was red paint—bright red paint.”
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