Walk for Nuclear Disarmament: From Lockheed to Lock-Up

(News Release sent out August 14th)

Members of the Pacific Life Community, along with other peace activists, will accompany a Plowshares activist on a peace walk from a major nuclear weapons system maker to the Federal prison where she has been ordered to return.

Susan Crane, one of the five plowshares activists who entered the U.S. Navy’s nuclear weapons storage bunker area at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor (NBKB) in Washington State in November 2009 has been ordered to report to the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI), Dublin to serve an additional two months.

Crane has already served 15 months in prison for her role in the Disarm Now Plowshares action. The government revoked Crane’s current additional one year term of supervised release based on her noncompliance with some of the terms of her supervised release.

Crane, a mother of two grown children, and a grandmother, maintains now, as she did throughout her trial, that the five came to the Navy base to peaceably state the truth “Disarm Now: Trident Illegal and Immoral.”   “The real crimes are being committed by our government through the continued threat of use of nuclear weapons,” said Crane.

Crane, accompanied by fellow peace activists, will walk to prison from the Lockheed-Martin facility in Sunnyvale, California where the Trident II D-5 missiles are manufactured.

The Pacific Life Community (PLC) is sponsoring the “Walk for Nuclear Disarmament: From Lockheed to Lock-Up.”  The PLC is committed to ending nuclear weapons and warmaking through nonviolent direct action.

The peace walk will begin at Lockheed-Martin’s Sunnyvale facility on August 19th and end at the FCI Dublin on August 22nd, a distance of nearly 40 miles.

The D-5 missile, built by Lockheed-Martin, is armed with up to 8 independently targetable nuclear warheads.  Each nuclear warhead has an explosive force of between 100 and 475 kilotons (up to 30 times the force of the Hiroshima bomb). The D-5 is deployed on OHIO class (Trident) ballistic submarines as a nuclear first strike weapons system.

Lockheed-Martin is the primary weapons contractor for the Trident II D-5, and manufactures the missile at its Sunnyvale plant.  Lockheed-Martin also supplies the D-5 to Great Britain for deployment on its Trident ballistic missile submarines.

Crane said, “The eight Trident submarines deployed from NBKB constantly threaten to unleash nuclear holocaust. Each of the 800 nuclear weapons there is an instrument of mass murder.  It’s unlawful and against the law of Naval operations to prepare, threaten or use such weapons because they indiscriminately kill civilians, cause radiation burns, poison the environment and create sickness and genetic damage for generations to come.”
After a vigil and ceremony at Lockheed-Martin, the walkers will proceed to the East side of San Francisco Bay and then North toward Dublin.

The walk is intended to increase public awareness of not only the dangers of nuclear weapons and the need to abolish them, but also of the Federal court system in this country that protects them.  Fumiaki Tosu, who will participate in the walk, and whose father is a Hibakusha (survivor of the atomic bombing) of Hiroshima, said “… I am so moved by Susan’s witness – she opposes not only nuclear weapons, but the entire system of violence and coercion by which our society is governed, including our courts and criminal justice system.  She helps me to imagine a world where love, nonviolence, and vulnerability are the source of our security, not fear, violence, and domination.

Another peace walk; participants in the Interfaith Peace Walk for a Nuclear Free Future in 2010 walking along the border of the Bangor Trident nuclear submarine base.

Others will join Crane in the peace walk, demonstrating their support for the abolition of nuclear weapons.  Jim Haber, Coordinator of Nevada Desert Experience, said of his participation, “I can’t do her time, but walking together, I hope to lessen Susan’s burden and the feelings of isolation and hopelessness that unjust or unfairly applied laws and prison try to instill in us all.  Susan shouldn’t be imprisoned; if anyone, the bomb-makers should.”

The peace walkers will hold a ceremony after arriving at FCI Dublin on August 22nd before Crane reports to prison.

Contacts during the walk: Jim Haber, 415-828-2506;  Ed Ehmke, 650-326-7988

Additional press contacts: Bob and Janet Aldridge, 408-248-1815, jan47bob@comcast.net

Up to date information on the Walk for Nuclear Disarmament at https://disarmnowplowshares.wordpress.com/events/.

Background on Disarm Now Plowshares at https://disarmnowplowshares.wordpress.com/.

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