Monthly Archive for August, 2022

German court orders U.S. peace activist to jail for protests against U.S. nuclear weapons stationed in Germany

Marion Kuepker & John LaForge at the NPT Review Conference in NY on August 1

from Nukewatch

LUCK, Wisconsin – A U.S. peace activist from Luck, Wisconsin has been ordered by a German court to serve 50 days in jail there after he refused to pay 600 Euros in fines for two trespass convictions stemming from protests against the U.S. nuclear weapons stationed at Germany’s Büchel Air Base, 80 miles southeast of Cologne.

      John LaForge, 66, a Duluth native and long-time staff person of the anti-nuclear group Nukewatch, participated in two “go-in” actions at the German base in 2018. The first on July 15 involved eighteen people who gained entry to the base by clipping through the chain link fence on a Sunday morning in broad daylight. The second, on August 6, the anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima, saw LaForge and Susan Crane of Redwood City, California sneak inside the base and climb atop a bunker which likely housed some of the approximately twenty U.S. “B61” thermonuclear gravity bombs stationed there.*

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German nuclear abolitionist starts 30 day prison sentence for action at Büchel Air Base

from Büchel17 Press Releases
Incarcerated for action against nuclear weapons – “War Destroys Future”
On August 17, Holger Isabelle Jänicke, movement worker and head of the legal aid office in Hamburg, Germany, started a 30-day substitute prison sentence in the JVA Billwerder/Hamburg correctional facility. On April 30, 2019, seventeen peace activists from all over Germany broke through a double fence of NATO wire into the Bundeswehr Büchel Air Base premises with banners and posters, and prevented the daily launch of the military Tornadoes. On January 18 of this year, his 60th birthday, the district court of Koblenz sentenced Jänicke to a fine of 30 daily rates of €17 each for the 2019 action. Since he deliberately did not pay the fine, a summons to report to prison was sent.

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13 people cited at Trident nuclear submarine base at Bangor

photo by Karol Milner

from Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

Approximately 40 people were present on August 8th at a flash mob demonstration against Trident nuclear weapons at the Bangor submarine base. The demonstration was in the roadway, and blocked traffic entering the Main Gate of the Trident nuclear submarine base during rush hour traffic. Thirteen demonstrators were detained and cited by authorities.

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Fr. Carl Kabat, plowshares activist and priest, dies at age 88

Photo by Lu Mountenay

Roman Catholic priest and decades-long Plowshares activist and nuclear resister, Fr. Carl Kabat, OMI, died on August 4, 2022 at age 88.

We met Carl for the first time in 1983 while in line to be searched at the D.C. Jail to visit Helen Woodson – we were on our way in just as he was leaving after visiting with her. It was always good to see him over the years: in the visiting room of a Colorado prison where he was locked up; at the 30th anniversary gathering and action for the Plowshares Eight, Nukewatch and the Nuclear Resister in Tennessee; at an action at the Kansas City nuclear weapons plant; at the trial of the Transform Now Plowshares.

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Eleven nuclear disarmament activists arrested after sit-in at U.S. Mission to the U.N.

photo by Ellen Davidson

from Ed Hedemann
On August 2, for almost four hours on a sunny and rather hot Tuesday, the NYC War Resisters League along with several other peace, social justice and environmental organizations were part of a nonviolent sit-in at the U.S. Mission during the second day of the U.N.’s month-long Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference. About 100 participated in the demonstration, eleven of whom were eventually arrested while blocking the two doors to the U.S. Mission.

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