Choose Joy

Role Models

Written by Zach Pflederer from Illinois, and posted on his blog,  Choose Joy

Today I read the following:

On December 13, a Tacoma-based jury declared five Disarm Trident Now Plowshares activists “guilty” of trespass, felony damage to federal property, felony injury to property, and felony conspiracy to damage property. The charges against the Disarm Now Trident activists resulted from their November 2, 2009 Plowshares action at the Kitsap-Bangor Naval Base, which is located just outside of Bremerton, Washington. The activists, who will be sentenced on March 28, 2011, each face a potential prison sentence of 10 years. Continue reading

Disarm Now Activists Demonstrate What it Means to ‘Pay the Price’ for Peace

101230-plowsharesOn December 13, a Tacoma-based jury declared five Disarm Trident Now Plowshares activists “guilty” of trespass, felony damage to federal property, felony injury to property, and felony conspiracy to damage property. The charges against the Disarm Now Trident activists resulted from their November 2, 2009 Plowshares action at the Kitsap-Bangor Naval Base, which is located just outside of Bremerton, Washington. The activists, who will be sentenced on March 28, 2011, each face a potential prison sentence of 10 years. Continue reading

An Invitation: Remember the Children/Abolish Nuclear Weapons/End War

Greetings:

May the birth of Jesus nourish hope in us for the lives of all children,

and strengthen us in resistance to those forces that will kill them.

The hope and love of Christmas be with you.

Please join our community at the Federal Courthouse on Tuesday Dec. 28, to remember the Feast of the Holy Innocents.
Herod slaughtered innocent children looking for the Christ child, and today as our country uses drones, wars and nuclear threats, children are killed and the massacre continues. Continue reading

Meet the (Disarm Now) Press

Friends,

Many of you have thanked me for keeping you up-to-date with all the news that’s fit to print, and then some.  Well, it’s time to clear the air; I don’t do this alone!  It requires a community to support Disarm Now Plowshares, and within that community is the Disarm Now Plowshares Media Team. Continue reading

Photos: Trial Week, Dec. 6th-13th

Now that the hustle and bustle of daily trial updates is over, Leonard has been able to turn his attention to organizing photos from the week.  Below is a wonderful array of slideshows — one for every day of Disarm Now Plowshares events, from December 6th – 13th. Continue reading

Intimidation doesn’t bring peace – it only brings fear

Friends,

The [Tacoma] News Tribune ran an editorial on December 15th titled Who’s guarding the nukes at Kitsap-Bangor? that minimized the value of Plowshares while reminding us that “in the real world – as opposed to the wishful-thinking world – intimidation is sometimes the only means of maintaining peace.” 

We must cut the editorial staff at The News Tribune some slack, along with much of the citizenry, since they take their example from our nations leaders (along with their accomplices the Military-Industrial Complex) who utilize “intimidation” nearly across the board as an instrument of foreign policy.  And – Nuclear weapons are the ultimate form of “intimidation!”

Fr. Bill “Bix” Bichsel, one of the Disarm Now Plowshares activists responded to the editorial and the paper published Bix’s response today.  You can read it below. Continue reading

Summary of the Disarm Now Plowshares Trial. This can not be! Not now! Now What?

By Anabel Dwyer

Anabel Dwyer speaks to those gathered at the Disarm Now Plowshares trial events

Anabel Dwyer speaks about the Disarm Now Trial

Pray! Mourn! Organize!
“Woo???!!!”
This we still refuse to learn:
Our legal system “protects”
with useless fences
non-existent, classified “property”
belonging to US
“missioned” for genocide
from a Sister, two Fathers and
two Grandmas
who walk with and in love and beauty.

Disarm Now Plowshares and their banner “Trident: Illegal and Immoral” say it all. Stunning whistleblowers:  Sr. Anne Montgomery, 84;  Fr. William Bischel, 81;  Susan S. Crane, 65; Lynne Greenwald, 60 and Fr. Steven Kelly, 60, pointed out, with boundless kindly courage, the grotesque Trident plans and preparations for nuclear extermination that clearly violate peremptory rules and principles of humanitarian law, U.S war crimes (18 USC 2441) and Genocide (18 USC 1091) statutes and military law.

At trial, the Disarm Now Plowshares were not permitted to corroborate their legal and moral convictions and knowledge which formed the basis for their action.  Instead the court directed the jury to convict them for conspiracy, trespass, destruction and depredation of property knowing that this malicious and misplaced prosecution was fraudulently based on intentional misrepresentation of the purpose and function of the Kitsap-Bangor Naval Base. Continue reading

A Festival of Hope

Friends,

I’ve finally started going through all my photos from the Disarm Now Plowshares trial week.  I have decided to put them together in slide shows going day by day.  I hope they convey the energy and spirit that was present throughout the trial.  Here is the first one of the Festival of Hope on December 6, on the eve of the trial.  I’ll post the others as soon as they are done.

Click on the image below to view the photos.

Disarm Now Plowshares Festival of Hope

Peace,

Leonard

Billions For Life, Not Billions For Death!!!

Friends,

Soon the New Year will be upon us and we’ll have to make New Year’s resolutions.  On the heels of the Disarm Now Plowshares trial, don’t you think a good resolution would be to bring out hundreds of people to block the Bangor gate?

Well, here’s your chance.  Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday vigil and nonviolent action on Saturday, January 15, 2011, and YOU are invited.  It will be a great day of nonviolence training, preparation culminating with a vigil and nonviolent action at the Bangor gate in the afternoon.  We will also vigil and leaflet in the morning at the Target store at Silverdale Mall.

The Seattle Raging Grannies have been busy planning for the event, and have come up with the perfect theme:  BILLIONS FOR LIFE, NOT BILLIONS FOR DEATH.

The day will include nonviolence training, preparation and a vigil and nonviolent action at the Bangor gate.  Plan to join us on the 15th as we continue to resist Trident.  Bring your nonviolent spirit and something to share for the potluck lunch.
 
If you haven’t joined us before, come on out and find out what it’s all about.  Click here to watch a slideshow of last year’s MLK day event.

Click here to see the full day’s schedule.  Click here to download the flyer, suitable for posting and handing out anywhere you can think of.

Questions?  Contact Jackie Hudson or Sue Ablao at 360-930-8697 or gznonviolencenews@yahoo.com.

To Life,

Leonard

Questions… (And New START)!

Friends,

Ever since the news media got wind of the jury’s verdict in the Disarm Now Plowshares trial there has been an onslaught of questions about the trial: What were the reasons for their Plowshares action?  Will they appeal?  Why did they choose to defend themselves?  What happens next?  What does this mean for the nuclear weapons abolition movement? Continue reading

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