Monthly Archive for August, 2019

France jails nuclear dump opponent after re-occupation of dump site

Opponents of France’s nuclear dump occupy a tree at the proposed site.

On July 18, opponents of the country’s planned underground nuclear waste dump announced that they had routed a small police presence from the contested site in northeast France.

Many people have moved into the place, on the ground as well as in the trees, to reaffirm their opposition to the Cigéo project for radioactive waste burial, to nuclear power and to the industrial, colonial, military world that goes with it. The police forces that occupied this strategic location until then … were forced to leave. From now on, we call for people to come here in Lejuc Forest, as well as in Bure and Mandres-en-Barrois, two villages located two kilometers from the forest.

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Federal judge hears Kings Bay Plowshares’ motion to dismiss charges under RFRA

2018 photo of the Kings Bay Plowshares

from the Kings Bay Plowshares

BRUNSWICK, GA – On August 7, the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 made oral arguments in federal court concerning the denial of the pre-trial motions to dismiss the charges against them.  Appearing for the first time before Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, who will be the trial judge, four of the pro-se defendants and two of the lawyers spoke about why they felt Magistrate Benjamin Cheesbro had improperly ruled against them after two days of hearings last November. The main focus of the August 7 hearing was the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which is being used for the first time in a case like this.

Defendants were only given 90 minutes for all arguments. The government used 30 minutes of its allotted time.  The courtroom was packed with more than 60 supporters inside, including actor and activist Martin Sheen, and 25 were kept outside for lack of space. It was the first time this year that the three defendants still incarcerated in the Glynn County Detention Center for 16 months – Mark Colville, Fr. Steve Kelly, SJ, and Elizabeth McAlister – saw their codefendants.  They have been prevented from in-person legal preparation since last November.

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Woman arrested after dousing herself in red paint in the road leading to Scotland’s Faslane Trident nuclear sub base

Faslane Peace Camp photo

from Faslane Peace Camp

“Never Again” (verb)

A 29-year-old woman was arrested on August 6 at the North gate of Faslane Naval Base, home to Trident, Britain’s nuclear arsenal of warheads and submarines. She was attending a vigil hosted by the Faslane Peace Camp, commemorating the lives lost as a result of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 74 years ago this week.

Bearing a placard reading “Never Again”, the protester doused herself in red paint, symbolic of the blood of the fallen, before lying in the road in front of the main gate, disrupting traffic as the base underwent its daily shift change. On refusing police’s requests to move, she was arrested at 4:15 p.m. for obstruction of the highway.

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Forty-two demonstrators arrested during Livermore Lab protest

The “Designing Armageddon at Livermore Lab” rally marked the 74th anniversary of the U.S. bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

by Toni McAllister

August 6, 2019

LIVERMORE, CA — A protest at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Tuesday to remember the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 74 years ago this week resulted in 42 arrests, according to a company spokesperson.

Those arrested were blocking LLNL’s West Gate, said Lynda Seaver, LLNC’s director of public affairs.

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Eleven people cited at Trident nuclear submarine base at Bangor, marking the 74th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing

from Ground Zero Center on Nonviolent Action

Sixty people were present on August 5th at a flash mob demonstration against Trident nuclear weapons at the Bangor submarine base.  The demonstration was in the roadway at the Main Gate of the Trident nuclear submarine base during rush hour traffic.  To see flash mob performance and related videos, please see https://www.facebook.com/groundzerocenter

At around 6:30 a.m. on Monday, over thirty flash mob dancers and supporters entered the roadway carrying peace flags and two large banners stating, “We can all live without Trident” and “Abolish Nuclear Weapons.”  While traffic into the base was blocked, dancers performed to a recording of War (What is it good for?) by Edwin Starr.  After the performance, dancers left the roadway and eleven demonstrators remained.  The eleven demonstrators were removed from the roadway by the Washington State Patrol and cited with RCW 46.61.250, Pedestrians on roadways.

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