Supporting the Y12 Resisters • Letters and more

[from Ralph Hutchison at OREPA]

Dozens of people have contacted us asking how to write the Y12 Resisters who are now in jail: Beth Rosdatter, Bonnie Urfer, Steve Baggarly, Mike Walli, and Dennis DuVall. Currently, they are in three different facilities in two counties in Tennessee.

Here is information on how to write to them at the moment.

Please note: We have no idea how long they will be at this location. For Beth and Dennis, with 30 day sentences, they may serve them all in Tennessee. They have requested locations close to home, but it is not unusual for the Bureau of Prisons to take more than 30 days to place an inmate in a specified institution; they wait for available space.

When inmates are transported, which is likely with Bonnie, Steve and Mike, they get no notice. They are just gone. We check the websites of the Knox and Blount County facilities each day—and when they aren’t there, we know they are gone. At that point, we wait for a call and we monitor the Bureau of Prisons website. Until they reach their destination, though, the BOP lists them “in transit,” even if they are parked at the transportation hub in Oklahoma City, and it is possible they might be there for weeks.

While we will continue to track them and write to them and support them and their families, once they leave Tennessee, but at that point, the nuclear resister website ( is probably the best place for up-to-date info. They’ll be posting the info now, too, if you want to get in the habit of looking there. We’ll update our web site ( and I imagine the Nukewatch web site will have info as well.

Until we get more detailed info on what can get in or not, the safest thing to do is mail letters (rather than postcards). Some places allow photos, some don’t. None allow staples. Magazines, newspaper and books usually have to come directly from a publisher or Amazon, but there is often a limit to how many a prisoner can have at one time, so check before you mail!

Always put your full return address, handwritten, on the outside envelope. No labels.


To write to Bonnie or Beth (they are in separate facilities, but all the mail goes through the Detention Center):

Paula Elizabeth Rosdatter 1170658
Knox County Detention Facility
5001 Maloneyville Rd
Knoxville, TN 37918

Bonnie Urfer 1169236
Knox County Detention Facility
5001 Maloneyville Rd
Knoxville, TN 37918

To write to Steve, Mike and Dennis, you only need the name and address:

Steve Baggarly
Michael Walli
Dennis DuVall
Blount County Adult Detention Center
920 E Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804-5002


If you want to contribute financial support to the defendants, you can mail donations to:

Sue Ablao
Ground Zero Center For Nonviolent Action,
16159 Clear Creek Road NW
Poulsbo,  WA  98370.

***Note [on your check that] it is for the Y12 Resisters [and please make checks out to the “Resisters’ and Prisoners’ Support Fund”]

You can support the ongoing work of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance by mail at: OREPA, PO Box 5743, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 or on-line at and click the red Donate Now button.

Thanks to all who are part of this great community of support!


One final note. The Y12 Resisters appreciate all the support they receive, but it is clear that each of them places the highest priority on the continuing work to stop nuclear weapons production in all the places it happens across the country, so we urge you to connect with groups working on these issues and dedicate a meaningful part of your time and resources to this work!

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