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

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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

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