The Inside Line

~ from SCI Dallas (PA), by Norm Lowry

Posted on September 10, 2016

FREEDOM by Norman Lowry Our world cannot survive without a sense of meaning, in particular one that will lead us to the depths of love. —Unknown Freedom is the highest of my basic needs. I need freedom more than I need to breathe or to survive. Where most seem to see freedom as being a […]

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~ from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center, by Dennis Apel

Posted on August 29, 2016

[Dennis also wrote a Diary From Prison which was published online by the Santa Barbara Independent. You can read his entries here.] August 29, 2016 Dear Family and Friends, Today is Monday and as they say here, I’ve got “three days and a wake-up.” On Friday morning, September 2nd sometime around eleven o’clock in the […]

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~ from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center, by Jeff Dietrich

Posted on August 7, 2016

From the Los Angeles Catholic Worker August 5, 2016 Dear Community, “Dietrich, I’m gonna visit you some night.” Gabriel sits at the Latino table most evenings watching the Spanish-language TV. With a menacing look and numerous tattoos, he has the image of one who is familiar with both streets and jails. So, when he said […]

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~ from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center, by Dennis Apel

Posted on August 2, 2016

Monday, August 1, 2016 Dear Friends and Family, It’s been a little while since I have sent something out, so it’s time for a little update. On this past Friday I celebrated, here in prison, my 66th Birthday. It was a good day in that, although I was not able to be with my family […]

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~ from USP Coleman, by Leonard Peltier

Posted on August 2, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016 Sisters, brothers, friends and supporters: June 26th marks 41 years since the long summer day when three young men were killed at the home of the Jumping Bull family, near Oglala, during a firefight in which I and dozens of others participated. While I did not shoot (and therefore did not […]

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~ from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center, by David Omondi

Posted on May 23, 2016

May 14, 2016 Dear Friends, Love and Gratitude to all of you who continue to hold us in your hearts as we once again experience the unique blessing of incarceration. It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of Daniel Berrigan (Presente!) and so many others who have helped light the path of active […]

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~ from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center, by Dennis Apel

Posted on May 17, 2016

May 16, 2016 Dear Friends, Today marks one week (is that all?!!) since I arrived at MDC. It’s been quite a transition. Every time someone asks how long I’m in for and I respond, “four months” I get a reply something like, “Oh man! That’s nothing. That’s a breeze!” But THIS breeze is movin’ real […]

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~ from Ft. Leavenworth, by Chelsea Manning: Solitary confinement is “no touch” torture and it must be abolished

Posted on May 10, 2016

from The Guardian Solitary confinement is “no touch” torture, and it must be abolished by Chelsea E. Manning I spent about nine months in an isolated cell behind a one-way mirror. It was cruel, degrading and inhumane Shortly after arriving at a makeshift military jail, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in May 2010, I was placed […]

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~ from the Jamesville Correctional Facility, second jail letter by Mary Anne Grady Flores

Posted on March 1, 2016

On January 19, 2016 I was remanded after a county court decision upheld a lower court verdict that I was guilty of violating the terms of an order of protection while photographing 8 Catholic drone protestors at Hancock Air Force Base. Orders of protection were originally created to protect domestic violence victims and witnesses who […]

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~ from the Jamesville Correctional Facility, by Mary Anne Grady Flores

Posted on February 11, 2016

February 11, 2016 Greetings, Dear Friends — Joy swept through our cell block, Jamesville County Jail, Pod 4, Thursday, January 28. That evening some of the fifty-nine women in our Pod rushed up and knocked on my cell door. They reported the six o’clock news had shown twelve drone resisters handcuffed, sitting on a roadside […]

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~ from USP Coleman, by Leonard Peltier, on the 40th anniversary of his imprisonment

Posted on February 6, 2016

February 6, 2016 Greetings friends, supporters and all Native Peoples. What can I say that I have not said before? I guess I can start by saying see you later to all of those who have passed in the last year. We Natives don’t like to mention their names. We believe that if we speak […]

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~ from the Sarpy County Jail, by Jessica Reznicek: Why I Acted

Posted on January 16, 2016

Why I Acted by Jessica Reznicek Hammer of Justice statement from the Sarpy County Jail, Papillion, Nebraska, January 11, 2016 Hello, everyone! Thank you to all who are carrying me with them in heart and mind while I do this time here in Sarpy County Jail. It is felt deeply. My spirit is strong these […]

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~ from Ft. Leavenworth, by Chelsea Manning: Guardian Op-Ed reflecting on 5 years of military confinement

Posted on May 27, 2015

The years since I was jailed for releasing the ‘war diaries’ have been a rollercoaster from The Guardian by Chelsea Manning May 27, 2015 Today marks five years since I was ordered into military confinement while deployed to Iraq in 2010. I find it difficult to believe, at times, just how long I have been […]

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~ from FCI McKean, by Michael Walli, shortly before his sudden release from prison

Posted on May 25, 2015

On his last day alive, April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sent the title of his upcoming Sunday sermon to his church in Atlanta: “Why America May Go to Hell.” He had earlier said that “A nation that continues, year after year, to spend more money on military defense than on programs of […]

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My Time in Prison Reveals Caring Behind Bars, by Jack Gilroy

Posted on April 18, 2015

from the National Catholic Reporter by Jack Gilroy | Apr. 18, 2015 Jamesville Correction Facility is just a few miles from Syracuse, N.Y. Syracuse has its own jail, known as the Justice Center. After serving two months at the Jamesville Correction Facility (my crime was attempting to deliver a message to stop the killing from […]

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~ from FMC Lexington, by Kathy Kelly: The Storm is Over

Posted on April 16, 2015

The Storm Is Over by Kathy Kelly April 11, 2015 Lightning flashed across Kentucky skies a few nights ago. “I love storms,” said my roommate, Gypsi, her eyes bright with excitement. Thunder boomed over the Kentucky hills and Atwood Hall, here in Lexington, KY’s federal prison. I fell asleep thinking of the gentle, haunting song […]

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~ from MDC Brooklyn, by Sr. Megan Rice

Posted on April 7, 2015

Megan Rice 88101-020 MDC Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center P.O. Box 329002 Brooklyn, NY 11232 April, 2015 Dear friends, promoters of ways to make real the energies of the social gospel in our midst, helping fairness and justice flourish wherever you are and sharing your stories through your faithful letters to prisoners of conscience, Being a […]

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~ from FMC Lexington, by Kathy Kelly: Sing Another Song

Posted on April 3, 2015

Sing Another Song by Kathy Kelly April 2, 2015 Here in Lexington federal prison’s Atwood Hall, squinting through the front doorway, I spotted a rust-red horse swiftly cantering across a nearby field. The setting sun cast a glow across the grasses and trees as the horse sped past. “Reminds me of the Pope,” I murmured […]

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~ from FMC Lexington, by Kathy Kelly: Crosscurrents

Posted on March 19, 2015

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 […]

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~ from Ft. Leavenworth, by Chelsea Manning: Guardian Op-Ed on torture

Posted on March 19, 2015

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 […]

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~ from SCI Dallas (PA), by Norm Lowry: Resistance as Exile in Prison

Posted on March 19, 2015

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 […]

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~ from FMC Lexington, by Kathy Kelly: Possibility of Escape

Posted on March 19, 2015

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 […]

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~ from MDC Brooklyn, by Sr. Megan Rice

Posted on February 24, 2015

Megan Rice 88101-020 MDC Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center P.O. Box 329002 Brooklyn, NY 11232 February, 2015 Dear Sisters and Brothers in solidarity with our shared movement towards transforming our world into a nuclear-free world worthy of being passed on to the “seventh generation”, 2015 has begun with a plethora of gifts of the wisdom so […]

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~ from FMC Lexington, by Kathy Kelly: The Front Page Rule

Posted on February 19, 2015

The Front Page Rule by Kathy Kelly February 15, 2015 After a week here in FMC Lexington Satellite camp, a federal prison in Kentucky, I started catching up on national and international news via back issues of USA Today available in the prison library, and an “In Brief” item, on p. 2A of the Jan. […]

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~ from USP Coleman, by Leonard Peltier

Posted on February 17, 2015

February 2015 Update/Statement From Leonard Peltier Greetings My Friends, Relatives and Supporters: I know that many of you have concerns about the status of my situation and have been wanting an update about what is going on. A lot has been happening in the last few months and I am sorry I have not written […]

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~ from FMC Lexington, by Kathy Kelly

Posted on February 12, 2015

The Shift reprint of a letter from Kathy Kelly “We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person oriented society: when machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” – Martin […]

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A Future in Prison

Posted on January 23, 2015

by Kathy Kelly January 22, 2015 The Bureau of Prisons contacted me today, assigning me a prison number and a new address: for the next 90 days, beginning tomorrow, I’ll live at FMC Lexington, in the satellite prison camp for women, adjacent to Lexington’s federal medical center for men. Very early tomorrow morning, Buddy Bell, […]

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~ from MDC Brooklyn by Sr. Megan Rice, imprisoned nuclear disarmament activist

Posted on January 5, 2015

December 10, 2014 Dear Sisters and Brothers, Following Thanksgiving time, and preparing to celebrate the gifting time, I again find a shared response to all our faithful correspondents most appropriate. Once again, especially moved by a passage from Matthew 11, for today, speaking clearly of gifts treasured by prophets everywhere. I quote Jesus’ own in: […]

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~ from FCI McKean, by Michael Walli

Posted on December 9, 2014

Fighting the Dragon A poem by Michael Walli Part One – George 1. George fighteth the dragon 2. Whilst astride a high horse 3. From dizzying heights 4. With a 10’ pole 5.George hath 50 to take precedence over 6. He fiddleth with the monarchy 7. He stumbleth to an empty page

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~ from MDC Brooklyn by Sr. Megan Rice

Posted on November 3, 2014

Megan Rice 88101-020 MDC Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center P.O. Box 329002 Brooklyn, NY 11232 November 2, 2014 5th anniversary of the Disarm Now Plowshares action at Kitsap-Bangor Naval Base, homeport for eight Trident submarines which carry 192 multi-warhead nuclear ballistic missiles when deployed in the sacred waters of the Pacific, and stores 2,000 nuclear weapons. […]

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~ from MDC Brooklyn, by Sr. Megan Rice, with Greg Boertje-Obed and Michael Walli

Posted on September 7, 2014

September 7, 2014 Megan Rice 88101-020 MDC Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center P.O. Box 329002 Brooklyn, NY 11232   Dear Sisters and Brothers, friends in solidarity to transform new global policies in favor of life-enhancing alternatives to death dealing weapons and wars- by sustaining peaceful negotiations: Your outpouring of affection and concern in letters and action, […]

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~ from Pinckneyville Correctional Center, by Brian Church

Posted on July 28, 2014

To my dearest friends and comrades, I want to thank you all for your never ending love and support for the three of us as we continue to resist this system of state oppression. The last two years have been a long, hard fought struggle, but finally, with trial done and sentences handed out, we’re […]

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~ from USP Leavenworth, by Greg Boertje-Obed, with a reflection from his wife, Michele Naar-Obed

Posted on July 27, 2014

From Via Pacis, newsletter of the Des Moines Catholic Worker Greg Boertje-Obed and Michele Naar-Obed are not new to the Plowshares scene. They met and married while living at Jonah House and being a part of the Good News Plowshares. Their child Rachel was born at Jonah House. Greg has done a total of five […]

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~ from MDC Brooklyn, by Sr. Megan Rice

Posted on May 23, 2014

Megan Rice 88101-020 MDC Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center P.O. Box 329002 Brooklyn, NY 11232 May 7, 2014 Dear Friends of the Transform Now Plowshares (TNP), I open this letter for May, 2014 with a prayer for each of us sent to me by one of our 25 SOAW 1998 Prisoners of Conscience, Rita Lucey, who […]

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~ from MDC Brooklyn, by Sr. Megan Rice

Posted on April 17, 2014

April 6, 2014 Dear sisters and brothers, at-one-with us all in this Beloved Community of participants in support of disarming now, and transforming now, the nuclear-industrial complex, wherever it rears its rapacious heads! Greetings from the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn. I arrived about ten days ago, after a BOP transit tour, […]

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~ from Irwin County Detention Center, by Sr. Megan Rice

Posted on March 30, 2014

[Sr. Megan Rice has been transferred from the Irwin County Detention Center.  You can write to her at: Megan Rice 88101-020, Metropolitan Detention Center, P.O. Box 329002, Brooklyn, NY 11232.] March 2, 2014 Ocilla, GA Dear sisters and brothers, united as we are in efforts to transform weapons of war (alá Y-12, etc.) into projects […]

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~ from USP Coleman, Spring Statement by Leonard Peltier

Posted on March 28, 2014

Greetings my friends, relatives, supporters, and all those who support the cause of freedom, not only for Native Americans, but for all people. I know it’s sometimes not easy being involved and staying involved, so for all of you that have done just that, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart […]

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~ from SCI Dallas, by Norman Lowry

Posted on January 3, 2014

On the wall at the foot of my bed hangs a picture of a gateway through which lies the residue of life never fully realized.  At this site, eight years prior to my birth, the United States of America purposefully melted hundreds of thousands of people, with a fire hotter than the sun.  Next to […]

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~ from Jeju Prison, by Kim Young-Jae

Posted on January 3, 2014

August 1, 2013 Hello, My name is Kim Young-Jae, and I am currently incarcerated for trying to stop the construction of a U.S. Naval base in Jeju, Korea. I am very grateful to get the newspaper from the Nuclear Resister and the card of support you sent. I want to thank all of you who […]

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~ from the Irwin County Detention Center, by Michael Walli

Posted on August 16, 2013

ELEVATING THE HOST Four times our corners of ninety The circle of charity embracing all Is unbroken with 360 In leap year take a mind leap Make your election sure To the House of Bread Christmas comes full circle When our foursquare New Jerusalem comes down from Heaven Santa Maria sank at Christmas In the […]

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~ from Pontiac, Illinois by Mark Neiweem

Posted on July 13, 2013

OPEN COMMUNIQUÉ BY MIGS (MARK NEIWEEM), NATO 5 PRISONER July 1, 2013 Greetings of solidarity, comrades and friends. I sincerely hope this communiqué finds all of you in the very best of health and highest of revolutionary spirits. I am coming to all of you with all the love and admiration in my heart to […]

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~ from SCI Dallas (PA), by Norman Edgar Lowry, Jr.

Posted on July 3, 2013

Prisoner of Conscience:  Endure by Norman Lowry May 28, 2013 “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”  — Mohandas K. Gandhi In her autobiography FALLING LEAVES, author Adeline Yen Mah gifts us with the beauty of her Chinese heritage.  To her, the word “ren” (endure) represents […]

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~ from Jeju Prison, by Kim Young-Jae

Posted on May 17, 2013

Kim Young-Jae was arrested on April 12 while standing in front of a truck, on the road leading into the site of a naval base under construction on Jeju Island, South Korea.  Two days later, he was issued a warrant and taken to jail.  Here are translated excerpts from a letter he wrote on April […]

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~ Prison letter from Brian Terrell, from Yankton

Posted on April 23, 2013

Drones, Sanctions and the Prison Industrial Complex by Brian Terrell In the final weeks of a six month prison sentence for protesting remote control murder by drones, specifically from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, I can only reflect on my time of captivity in light of the crimes that brought me here.  In these […]

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~ Message from Yang Yoon-Mo, Jeju prison

Posted on April 9, 2013

 from Save Jeju Now UPDATE ON YANG YOON-MO ON HIS 68TH DAY IN PRISON Yang Yoon-Mo hit his 68th prison day on Monday, April 8. On April 10, he will hit his 70th prison day. On a sunny Monday, the way to the meeting room of the Jeju prison was filled with green trees and magnolia. […]

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Bradley Manning’s statement taking responsibility for releasing documents to WikiLeaks

Posted on March 7, 2013

from the Bradley Manning Support Network By Army PFC Bradley Manning Read to Judge Denise Lind, Fort Meade courtroom, February 28, 2013 Transcript by the Bradley Manning Support Network.  (Scroll down for acknowledgements.) I wrote this statement in confinement, so… The following facts are provided in support of the providence inquiry for my court martial, […]

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~ from FPC Yankton, by Brian Terrell

Posted on February 15, 2013

Dear Friends, Greetings from the Federal Prison Camp in Yankton, South Dakota! As of this writing, I am two months into a six month sentence imposed due to my protest of war crimes committed by remote control from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri against the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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~ Prison message from Leonard Peltier

Posted on November 23, 2012

Greeting my relatives, friends, and supporters, It is with great honor that I get a chance to speak with you even though it’s a written message that someone has to read. I’m saddened that we have to call this a Day of Mourning, but we must take every opportunity to remind this nation when it […]

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Jail reflection from Transform Now Plowshares activist Greg Boertje-Obed

Posted on September 2, 2012

(published in issue #167 of the Nuclear Resister newsletter) ~from Blount County The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. By the Lord has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes.   – Psalm 118.22-23 When Megan, Michael and I were preparing for the witness that became the Transform Now Plowshares, we […]

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~ Post prison reflection from Susan Crane

Posted on June 16, 2012

A Reflection on Coming Out of Prison: On Contradictions and Responsibility From the Disarm Now Plowshares website After the Disarm Now Plowshares action, trial and sentencing, I was in prison with a fifteen month sentence: an eye-blink in comparison to the sentences of most of the women I was with in FDC SeaTac and FCI […]

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~ Prison reflection from Lynne Stewart

Posted on June 16, 2012

We Must Raise The Level Of Our Resistance Excerpted from Lynne Stewart’s letter to the United National Anti-war Coalition (UNAC) conference that took place March 23-25, 2012 in Stamford, Connecticut. Too many wars, too much death and destruction on both sides… And our ever-present legacy of these wars? Go down to your local “shelter for […]

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~ Prison reflection from Steve Kelly, SJ

Posted on June 13, 2012

From issue #166 of the Nuclear Resister Unrecognized political prisoner: A Year’s Reflection Or as Steve Baggarly of the Norfolk Catholic Worker wrote in a letter from jail: “If the SHU fits…”   Many folks, mostly activists, write to us with this first thought: “Oh, I could never do what you are doing”, meaning either […]

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~ from FCI Dublin, by Susan Crane

Posted on April 11, 2012

Easter Greetings from Susan Crane from the Disarm Now Plowshares blog Dear Friends, Thanks for your prayers, letters, books and encouragement. Your support means so much to me. And thanks for your work that brings us all closer to the Beloved Community. I was walking back to the housing unit from dinner the other day, […]

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~ from Lancaster County Prison, by Norman Lowry, Jr.

Posted on March 28, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Dear Jack and Felice, Thanks for the great card from the Tucson Peace Fair.  These cards are always filled with grand encouragement, to be sure! After numerous delays, my trial took place yesterday.  Sentencing will take place after a presentencing investigation.  Had I chosen, after the many judicial conferences along the […]

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~ Prison reflection from William “Bix” Bichsel, SJ

Posted on March 1, 2012

A Lenten Call:  Give Up Our Violence! Note from Leonard Eiger, Disarm Now Plowshares: This is a reflection written over the course of two days by William “Bix” Bichsel, SJ during his 30-day stay in solitary confinement at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center. Bix began this reflection on Friday, February 3, 2012, the third day of his second (four day) […]

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~ From Morgantown FCI, by Steve Baggarly

Posted on December 8, 2011

The one thing which every jail and prison does more than anything else is counting people.  We’re counted five times a day here. Three times we’re returned to our housing units to stand by our bunks and be counted, and they come through twice at night after lights out. We’re counted to the extent that […]

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~ From the Irwin County Detention Center, by Steve Baggarly

Posted on September 5, 2011

Reprinted from the Catholic Agitator, newsletter of the Los Angeles  Catholic Worker. Steve Baggarly will be sentenced September 20 in  federal court in Knoxville, Tennessee, for trespass July 5, 2010 at the Y-12 nuclear weapons complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Last night as I prepared to turn in, at the foot of my upper bunk, […]

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~ From FMC Carswell, Max Unit, by Helen Woodson

Posted on September 5, 2011

Silo Pruning Hook activist Helen Woodson is due to be released September 9 after serving nearly 27 years in prison for that and subsequent actions against war and other assaults on human dignity, peace and the environment. July 23, 2011 Dear Jack & Felice, 48 days – and then I’ll emerge, Winkle-esque, into a very […]

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Jackie Hudson, Presente

Posted on August 15, 2011

TRIBUTE TO JACKIE HUDSON, OP from her sisters in prison Sister Jackie Hudson, OP – Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Michigan, missioned to Ground Zero near Bangor Trident Naval Base, faith-filled and faithful peacemaker and organizer, strong preacher of truth, gentle and nonviolent woman, teacher, musician, plowshare activist and resister, was called before her unconditionally […]

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~ From the Irwin County Detention Center, by Sr. Mary Dennis Lentsch

Posted on July 24, 2011

July 8, 2011 Dear Peacemaking Friends, With all the prayers and positive energy coming to me from so many directions, I feel I’m doing very well here at the Ocilla jail. This letter is being written to LaQuita with what the commissary calls a “ballpoint pen”. It is the skinny little filler for a pen so […]

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~ From the Irwin County Detention Center, by Michael Walli

Posted on July 1, 2011

A JOKE AND A LETTER The U.S. and Russia are supposedly allies in fighting Islamic terrorism.  But they do not trust one another – they spy upon one another.  The U.S. Navy Seals used trained porpoises to spy upon the Russian Navy in their naval warfare activities.  But the Russian sailors kidnapped the porpoises.  This […]

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~ From FCI Dublin, by Susan Crane

Posted on June 19, 2011

Thank you for your letters, your prayers, the books you have sent.  Thanks for maintaining contact with me. I arrived at the federal prison here in California, flown in with 29 other women from Pahrump, Nevada.  We had been woken up at midnight to get ready to leave, and had been in shackles and waistchain […]

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~ From the Irwin County Detention Center, Georgia, by Bonnie Urfer

Posted on June 18, 2011

TOILET PAPER by Bonnie Urfer I really want to complain about every woman in this jail receiving one roll of toilet paper to last for the whole week but I can’t because the for profit jail almost killed my friend Jackie in it’s “medical” unit. I really want to complain about the lack of toilet […]

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~ From the Blount County Correctional Facility, TN, by Carol Gilbert, O.P.

Posted on June 6, 2011

May 25, 2011 Dear Friends, Welcome to another of America’s gulags – this one in Eastern TN – the Blount County Correctional Facility in Maryville, TN! This is day number 15 and I want to begin the journey with a quote from Jarhead by Anthony Swofford and his experiences as a Marine in Operation Desert […]

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~ from Tacoma, Washington, by Lynne Greenwald

Posted on April 29, 2011

FDC SeaTac by Lynne Greenwald Concrete walls and locked doors cannot take away images of bright lights, fences and towers protecting tombs of unimaginable horrors. We remember fertile lands, natural forests, mollusk-rich beaches, early morning fog clinging to water and earth until the sun brightens the sky, exposing Olympian mountains. Trident IS Illegal and Immoral. […]

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~ A letter from Bix (written several days before beginning “diesel therapy” to Tennessee)

Posted on April 19, 2011

    After spending the first 2 1/2 weeks of his prison sentence for the Disarm Now Plowshares action at the SeaTac Federal Correction Facility, Jesuit priest Bill “Bix” Bichsel was taken out of his cell on April 18.  He is being transported several thousand miles across the U.S. to Tennessee, where he is scheduled […]

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~ from Lompoc, California, by Louis Vitale

Posted on March 24, 2011

Responding to the Message of Fukashima By Louie Vitale In “From Hiroshima to Fukushima,” an article published in The Nation on March 15 in the wake of the nuclear power disaster in Japan, historian Jonathan Schell once again hit the mark. The author of the ground-breaking book The Fate of the Earth published in the […]

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~ From Fr. Louis Vitale, written at the Irwin County Detention Center, Georgia

Posted on December 20, 2010

December 8, 2010 HERE WE ARE AGAIN by Fr. Louis Vitale Two weeks have passed since David Omondi and I began our sojourn here at Irwin County Detention Center in southern Georgia.  Some may say, “Vitale has protested himself back into the pokey below the Mason-Dixon line” and “He has been jailed again in an […]

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~ from Danville, Connecticut, by Nancy Gwin

Posted on September 29, 2010

Illegal Reentry by Nancy Gwin I.  In January I was found guilty in Federal Court in Columbus, Georgia of “Illegal Reentry onto a United States Military Reservation.” I have been incarcerated here at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution since March 8. The illegal reentry occurred last November when Fr. Louis Vitale, Ken Hayes, Michael Walli and […]

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~ from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, by Leonard Peltier

Posted on September 29, 2010

(from the Nuclear Resister #158/159, September 20, 2010) February 6, 2010 Greetings to everyone, Thirty-four years. It doesn’t even sound like a real number to me. Not when one really thinks about being in a jail cell for that long. All these years and I swear, I still think sometimes I’ll wake up from this […]

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~ from Skenäs Prison, Sweden, by Martin Smedjeback

Posted on August 2, 2010

SERVING TIME FOR PEACE IN SWEDEN 17th of June, 2010 I am led into the central office of the prison Skenäs outside of Norrköping. Two guards help me to carry my stuff.  “It looks like you are moving in here!” says one guard. “That’s exactly what I am doing, temporary anyway,” says I. “Do you […]

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~ from Lompoc, California, by Fr. Louie Vitale, OFM

Posted on June 5, 2010

(From the Nuclear Resister #157, June 1, 2010) February 25, 2010 How Can I Cope? Many people who write me – friends and supporters – ask about harsh treatment and brutality.  I do not deny that in many prisons and jails these conditions do exist.  One can even raise the charge of torture.  In regards […]

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~ from Vikbolandet, Sweden, by Martin Smedjeback

Posted on April 1, 2010

(From the Nuclear Resister #154, July 17, 2009) Strategy Behind Swedish Disarmament The network Ofog (meaning mischief in Swedish) started in 2002 as an anti-militarist network for a nuclear-free world. Inspired by the Trident Ploughshares campaign in Great Britain, we used mainly blockades in our actions but also other forms of direct action, like penetrating […]

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~ from Pekin, Illinois, by Kristin Holm

Posted on April 1, 2010

(From the Nuclear Resister #153, May 1, 2009, via lettersfromprison.com) March 22, 2009 (in the afternoon) I got my first visit yesterday – mom and dad. When I found out they were coming I was pleased, but markedly unemotional. It would be good to see them – I like my parents. But it was to […]

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~ from Norrköpping, Sweden by Annike Spalde

Posted on April 1, 2010

April 4, 2009 Ten years ago I was in jail in England, awaiting trial for an action within the Trident Ploughshares campaign. Now I’m on remand in Sweden, for a disarmament action against the fighter jet Gripen. It’s my first time locked up in Sweden. Compared with in England, one spends more time in the […]

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~ from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, by Leonard Peltier

Posted on April 1, 2010

(From the Nuclear Resister #152, February 24, 2009) February 6, 2009 Greetings my relatives, First of all, before anything else I want to thank all for the work that you’ve been doing because what you do for me, you do it for my people and all those that come after us. The enemy that we […]

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~ from Terre Haute, Indiana, by Rafil Dhafir

Posted on April 1, 2010

(From the Nuclear Resister #151, December 20, 2008) December 16, 2008 Two days ago, December 14, was my second anniversary here in CMU-Terre Haute, Indiana. Two years ago, with dozens of others, I was whisked here without explanation, to this place reserved for those on death row. The place was closed for years. It was […]

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