Monthly Archive for May, 2017

Arrests delay start of NATO Summit

Photo by JC Guillaume via

A broad international coalition of peace activists, environmentalists, anti-globalists, and more were involved in a month of preparation and action for the NATO summit in Brussels at the end of May.

A week of training sessions in early May prepared hundreds of people for demonstrations and mass nonviolent action. Many of those who were trained joined the peace camp in a nearby park that served as an activity hub from May 21 – 26.

Four activists arrested at California drone base; truck stops just a foot and a half from one protester’s legs during die-in

Occupy Beale Photo

Thanks to Barry Binks for his report on the action.

On May 22 and 23, peace activists gathered at Beale Air Force Base for their monthly anti-drone warfare protest. On the morning of the 23rd, Air Force police had placed traffic cones in the entry road to separate traffic into 3 lanes – one lane to exit, one lane for the military entering the base and another for contractors and civilians going in. Just before 7 a.m., Elliott Adams, Shirley Osgood, Mauro Oliveira and Michael Kerr moved the cones so that they blocked the roadway, and then laid down across the road.

The contractors began to try to drive around the die-in blockade, and the activists moved their bodies and the cones closer to maintain the blockade. One big 18 wheeler drove down the shoulder of the road past all of the stopped traffic. When the angry driver came to the gate, he stopped just a foot and a half from Elliott Adams’ legs. Several protesters ran in front of the truck, yelling and trying to stop the driver from running over Adams. The driver started screaming and swearing, revving his motor, honking his horn and threatening to drive over Elliott’s legs. Finally, one of the Air Force police spoke to the driver.

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Protesters arrested several weeks in a row at Des Moines Drone Command Center

On Saturday, May 20, the 9th day of a continuous vigil and picket line at the entrance of the Iowa Air National Guard 132nd Drone Command Center in Des Moines, the Des Moines Catholic Workers and the Bill Basinger Des Moines Chapter of Veterans for Peace hosted the “Honor the Dead – Stop the Killing Arms Forces Day” Ezekiel 33 Watchman’s Witness.

Twelve protesters were present. The Iowa National Guard security and Des Moines police were ready for more, and the National Guard security had already closed down the main gate. This allowed the activists to set up on the drive in front of the closed Command Center entrance gate. Some of them shared reflections, including Gil Landolt and Ed Bloomer.

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Chelsea’s free!!!

Chelsea Manning‏ @xychelsea
Here’s to freedom and a new beginning. … #chelseaisfree

from The Guardian

Chelsea Manning released from military prison

American army private is free after serving seven years of 35-year sentence for leaking classified documents and videos downloaded to WikiLeaks

Chelsea Manning, the army private who released a vast trove of US state secrets and was punished by the US military for months in penal conditions denounced by the UN as torture, has been released from a military prison in Kansas after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence.

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German nuclear resister jailed for 2012 train blockade

Photo by Julia Moras

In Germany, where nonviolent political blockades have been mostly decriminalized, an anti-nuclear activist who refused to pay a record €1650 fine has gone to jail instead.

In 2012, Hanna Poddig and others blocked a uranium transport train. The action was part of an international campaign targeting the production of uranium reactor fuel that involves several facilities across Europe. The train was forced to return to the fuel fabrication plant in Gronau. The Gronau plant has supplied fuel rods for a tritium production reactor in South Carolina, a direct link between civilian and military nuclear programs.

On May 11, Hanna Poddig turned herself in to the jail at Hildesheim, where she could serve up to 110 days in lieu of the fine.

UPDATE, June 2, 2017: Hanna Poddig was released from prison after the balance of her fine was paid.

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Fourteen arrested at Mother’s Day anti-nuclear weapons demonstration

photo by Karol Milner

from the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

Fifty-five people were present on May 13, the day before Mother’s Day, at the demonstration against Trident nuclear weapons at the Bangor submarine base.  Fourteen demonstrators attempted to block the main highway entrance into the base and were cited by the Washington State Patrol.

At around 3:30 p.m., six demonstrators entered the highway carrying a large banner stating, “THE EARTH IS OUR MOTHER—TREAT HER WITH RESPECT”, and briefly blocked traffic at the Main Gate at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.  They were removed from the highway by the Washington State Patrol.

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Nuclear Resister E-Bulletin April 2017

April 2017   IN THIS E-BULLETIN GOOD FRIDAY ACTIONS FOR A PEACEFUL, NUCLEAR-FREE FUTURE at the Pentagon, Livermore Lab, Hancock Air Base, Lockheed Martin, Nevada nuclear test site SACRED PEACE WALK ARRESTS IN NEVADA SHUT DOWN CREECH ARRESTS PLEASE SUPPORT IMPRISONED ANTI-NUCLEAR AND ANTI-WAR ACTIVISTS – THE NUCLEAR RESISTER NEEDS YOU! ______________________________________________________ Good Friday actions […]

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