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Transform Now Plowshares!
The July 28th Transform Now Plowshares action at the Y-12 facility has created quite a stir in the corporate press. We hope to change the dialogue from one of security of nuclear weapons facilities to one of how nuclear weapons make the world insecure. Click here to check out the Transform Now Plowshares Website.
Jinsung Kim, a student at the University of Washington, produced this video focusing on Washington State’s nuclear weapons legacy as a class project.
It begins with Dr. John Findlay, UW Dept. of HIstory professor discussing the history and impact of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and then moves on to the Trident ballistic missile submarines based at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Kitsap County. Interviews with Fr. Steve Kelly (of the Disarm Now Plowshares action) and Senji Kanaeda (a Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Monk) provide perspectives on Trident and nuclear weapons issues. There is also footage of the Pacific Life Community vigil and nonviolent direct action at the Main Gate of the Bangor submarine base on March 4, 2013.
Please note that there is at least one error in the video: Lynne Greenwald was unable to give an interview not because she was in prison – she was not in prison at the time the video was being made – but because of her work schedule.
Posted on February 10, 2013 by Subversive Peacemaker
Here is video from the November 10, 2011 prayer sendoff for Bix before he re-entered prison for his ongoing resistance to war-making and nuclear weapons. In this clip, Bix reflects on the rich blessings and strengths of COMMUNITY.
Posted on September 5, 2012 by Disarm Now Plowshares
Editor’s Note: The audio clips of Anne speaking were taken from various YouTube videos of events related to the 1980 Plowshares Eight. We are thankful to whomever converted so many 8 millimeter films to digital format and organized them into over 100 YouTube videos. Here is one of those from which we extracted audio of Anne: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJbpQTYQzZ4&feature=share&list=PLC9DDEA86AA1A4451
Posted on August 28, 2012 by Disarm Now Plowshares
Our dear friend and peacemaker Anne Montgomery was no stranger to the road less travelled, a road requiring great skills of spiritual navigation. On the other hand, that road less travelled is one that was blazed by some well-worn sandals roughly 2000 years ago. Anne locked on a true compass bearing that guided her well on her long, full life’s journey. (more…)
Susan Crane was in U.S. District Court, Tacoma, Washington on July 23, 2012 where she was given 60 additional days of prison time for her noncooperation with the conditions of supervised release. Here are some photos from the day along with music (The Ballad of Disarm Now Plowshares) by James Morgan. Judge Settle told Susan to report to prison when she is notified by the probation officer, which is likely to be some time in September.
Many thanks to Rodney Herold for this video of Fr. William ”Bix” Bichsel on the evening he received the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize on June 2, 2012 at the Scandinavian Cultural Center at Pacific Lutheran University.
Peace activist on a red tricycle disables a “Tiger” attack helicopter with a garden mattock. Now that’s some Ploughshares action!!!
Australia and the U.S. are inextricably linked militarily. Currently, the U.S. is building up an additional force of 2,500 Marines being deployed to Australia.
The attack helicopter in question was participating in “Operation Talisman Sabre” joint U.S./ Australian military exercises taking place near Rockhampton, central Queensland in July 2011. Operation Talisman Sabre exercises are geared around interventionary warfare scenarios.
Bryan Law is the tricycle jockey who disabled the nasty beast.
Said co-conspirator Graeme Dunstan of the Ploughshares action, “It (the helicopter) is a death machine which will otherwise be deployed to Afghanistan and used to kill some of the poorest people on earth who have dared to resist an invasion of the armies of some of the richest peoples on earth,”
A small band of the faithful gathered on a cold, rainy Palm Sunday at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center in Seattle, Washington. It was fitting that this year’s Palm Sunday fell on April Fools Day. On that day a little over two thousand years ago God’s Foolish One came riding into town on a donkey. Although there were no donkeys present at SeaTac on Sunday, followers of the nonviolent way converged on SeaTac Federal Detention Center, where Steve Kelly, SJ continues to dwell in his “solitary” monastery – the Special Handling Unit (SHU). (more…)
Steve Kelly is out of the hoosegow!!! He was released on May 24th.
Steve Kelly was arrested by Santa Clara Police in front of the Lockheed Martin missile plant during the recent Good Friday vigil there. He was held to be picked up by Federal Marshals to begin serving time for parole violation from his Disarm Now Plowshares sentence. He was transferred by federal marshals on April 16th to the Alameda County Jail in Oakland (aka the Glenn Dyer Detention Center).Steve then took the scenic route to the Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump, Nevada, and then to SeaTac Federal Detention Center. On May 20th Steve appeared before Judge Benjamin Settle, who gave him 60 days with time served. He served that time at SeaTac and was released on May 24th.
Updates on the whereabouts of other imprisoned anti-nuclear and anti-war resisters can be found at The Nuclear Resister