Memorial to Jackie Hudson at N-8 missile silo

Friends,

Mary Casper sends greetings from Colorado where yesterday an intrepid group of about 30 people gathered at the N-8 missile silo to honor Jackie Hudson.  It was rainy, windy and cold (in the high 30s).  Just watching the video of the event makes me want to put on my foul weather gear.

The Raging Grannies sang their own version of Down By The Riverside, called Out at the Missile Site, with special lyrics for this occasion.  Those gathered also read from remembrances by Susan Crane and Fr. Steve Kelly.

The N-8 missile silo is where Jackie, Carol and Ardeth took their stand for disarmament in the Sacred Earth and Space Plowshares II in 2002 when they symbolically disarmed a 300 kiloton Minuteman III nuclear missile hidden deep below a farmer’s field.

May thanks to the people of Pax Christi Denver for their continued witness and this tribute to Jackie.  May we all continue her good work.  JACKIE HUDSON PRESENTE!

Peace,

Leonard

Out at the Missile Site
(to tune of “Down by the Riverside”)

Gonna lay down my sword and shield
Down by the riverside,
Down by the riverside,
Down by the riverside.
Gonna lay down my sword and shield
Down by the riverside.
Ain’t gonna study war no more.
I ain’t gonna study war no more,
I ain’t gonna study war no more,
Ain’t gonna study war no more.

Sister Jackie’s work goes on
Out at the missile site,
Out at the missile site,
Out at the missile site.
Sister Jackie’s work goes on
Out at the missile site.
Ain’t gonna finance war no more.
I ain’t gonna finance war no more,
I ain’t gonna finance war no more,
Ain’t gonna finance war no more.

Gonna carry on for these brave nuns
No matter what it takes,
No matter what it takes,
No matter what it takes.
Gonna carry on for these brave nuns
No matter what it takes.
Ain’t gonna pay for no more nukes.

I’m gonna protest war each day,
I’m gonna protest war each day,
Gonna protest war each day.
I’m gonna protest war each day,
I’m gonna protest war each day,
Until all the nukes are gone.

New words by Judy Trompeter.
Sung by the Raging Grannies of Denver, Oct. 8, 2011 at N-8 Missile Site

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