Seven anti-nuclear activists with the Pacific Life Community arrested at Vandenberg Air Force Base

IMG_2720A Brief Account of Our Collective Arrest at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday, March 6

[On Sunday, March 6, as part of the Pacific Life Community’s action in front of California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, a number of PLC’ers were arrested for “crossing the line” onto Vandenberg Air Force Base. The following is a brief account of the action written by Elizabeth Murray, who was arrested on trespass charges along with Charley Smith, Ed Ehmke, Mary Jane Parrine, Jorge Manly-Gil, Karan Benton and Tom Webb.]

We walked together, arm in arm, as one line toward the row of soldiers barring our entrance to Vandenberg Base. A few yards from the soldiers lineup, we paused; Charlie, whom we had selected to be our representative, advanced alone right up to the troops to offer our letter to Col. Moss. He asked several times for someone to come forward to receive our letter to the base commander, but our request was met by stone-still silence.

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Reflections on joining the resistance to the naval base on Jeju Island

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by Chrissy Kirchhoefer

The word embodiment has been reverberating in my mind since arriving in Gangjeong village, a small fishing and agricultural community on Jeju, the Island of World Peace. There are opportunities throughout the day to place my body on the path between the war machine, well lubed by the US government, and the will of the people calling for peaceful coexistence with all creation. It is such a gift to clearly see where to place oneself to resist such destruction and to join in the celebration of life in the affirmation of peace in the 100 bows in the Buddhist tradition and Catholic mass concluded with joyful dancing.

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Two Voices for Creative Nonviolence activists arrested for entering drone base with loaf of bread

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Camp Douglas, WI — On February 23, two peace activists with Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Brian Terrell and Kathy Kelly, were arrested when they attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to drone operators at Volk Field, an Air National Guard Base in Wisconsin which trains pilots to operate Shadow Drones over other countries. Voices activists have lived alongside ordinary people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Gaza. People who can’t flee from drone surveillance and attacks have good reason to fear people from the U.S., but instead they have broken bread with Kelly and Terrell and have welcomed opportunities for deepened mutual understanding. Kelly and Terrell carried the loaf of bread to signify the worth of relying on words rather than weapons.

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Blockade by anti-nuclear Greenpeace activists in France, 13 arrests

photo by Nicolas Chauveau, Greenpeace

photo by Nicolas Chauveau, Greenpeace

On the morning of February 12, Greenpeace activists stopped a truck near Caen, France which carried the head of the vessel of the EPR nuclear reactor under construction at Flamanville (Manche).

Thirteen activists were arrested and held in custody for a few hours. They were charged with obstructing traffic.

The convoy left the Areva plant in Chalon-sur-Saône (Saône-et-Loire) on Monday morning, headed towards Normandy. Greenpeace members had arrived at around 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot where the truck was parked in the town of Evrecy, 20 km southwest of Caen.

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Nine arrested at a Lockheed Martin protest in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

imagesby Bob Smith

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, at Lockheed Martin in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania was cold, terribly cold. It was one for the Brandywine Peace Community record books. We thought that for anyone who could risk the cold, there needed to be something at the world’s chief war profiteer in honor of Dr. King’s message of nonviolent action and resistance for justice and peace. So as we have every year since 1977, we stood holding banners and signs for Dr. King and his message. About 20 people were there as the loudspeaker boomed the words of Dr. King. We had decided to cut our memorial with music and more in half.

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Jeju, Korea navy base resister picks jail over fine

Kim Guk-Nam photo by Yoonmadam 윤마담

Kim Guk-Nam photo by Yoonmadam 윤마담

On January 27, Mr. Kim Guk-Nam, a 50 year-old sea-diving activist living in Gangjeong village on Jeju, the Peace Island of Korea, turned himself in to jail after refusing to pay fines of 5 million KRW (about USD$5,000) for his protests against the navy base nearing completion there. At the rate of one day per 100,000 KRW, he will serve 50 days in prison.

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Jerry Berrigan Memorial Drone Blockade at Hancock Air Base, 12 arrested

IMG_8289 (1)Jerry Berrigan, Presente!

from The Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars

On Thursday morning, January 28, thirty life sized cutouts of Syracuse peacemaker Jerry Berrigan blockaded the main entrance of Hancock Air National Guard Base outside Syracuse, NY. The cutouts were accompanied by twelve nonviolent drone resisters, who were arrested after blockading for an hour and a half. See video (of the blockade and arrests).

Jerry Berrigan, who died on July 26, 2015 at the age of 95, dedicated his entire life – like his brothers Dan and Phil – to Jesus’ command to love one another, Jerry came to the base on a bi-weekly basis whenever he was able, in his words, “to remind the base commander of our government’s pledge under the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, a treaty to safeguard non-combatant’s well-being in any warzone in which U.S. forces are engaged in combat.” And further, “to register horror and indignation at reports of bombing missions by drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan which resulted in the deaths of many innocent civilians; men, women and children.”

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Last incarcerated member of “NATO 3” may die In prison

IL-DOC-1.22.2016-1.tiff[Editors’ note: Cards and letters of support may be sent to Jared Chase at the address found here.]

from Shadow Proof

by Kevin Gosztola

Jared Chase is the last member of the “NATO 3,” who remains in prison. Chase suffers from Huntington’s disease and faces additional charges for an alleged aggravated battery against a prison guard. He is set to go on trial in April. If convicted, there is a significant chance Chase could die in prison because of how his imprisonment has compounded the effects of this neurodegenerative disease.

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Five drone protesters arrested at Beale Air Force Base

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Persistence will help Peace Prevail One Day!

What is the REAL State of the Union?
Drone Murder, Wars for Profit, Jailing Whistleblowers, No Jobs, Police Terror and more!

After 10 defendants were denied the right to put drone killing on trial, and their arraignment and charges were dismissed, they still showed up at the Sacramento Federal Courthouse on Tuesday, January 12 with about 2 dozen supporters. A very dramatic mock drone attack was staged with sound effects and “body parts” flying. Several mourning mothers gathered to dramatize the post-strike trauma, and the truth about drone killing: 9 of 10 killed are “unintended targets.”

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Grandma drone protester remanded to jail for 6 months

berrigan_MAG_10540590_791276390912429_7269870194931434033_o.web_850_592Mary Anne Grady Flores to be taken into custody Tuesday, January 19

Ithaca, NY – On January 12, the National Day of Action to Stop Killer Drones, grandmother and drone resister Mary Anne Grady Flores learned that she is to go back to jail for six months starting Tuesday, January 19. She is to report to the Dewitt Town Court (5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse, NY) at 5 p.m. to be remanded to Jamesville Correctional Facility in East Syracuse, N.Y.

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