Walk for Nuclear Disarmament: Peacemakers in a World Bound by War & Violence

Friends,

A spirited and united group of walkers and supporters  – with special thanks to Bill Joyce, Margo Shafer and the Aldridges for dedicated and comforting SAG wagon duties – successfully and with full awareness of the irony of it all, accompanied Susan Crane back into the arms of the Dublin (CA) Federal Correctional institution for 60 more days of incarceration for her part in the 2009 Disarm Now Plowshares action.

Susan in the lead (photo by Jim Haber)

On the last day, the group walked 3.5 miles through Pleasanton and were joined at the BART station by Catholic Workers from Alderson, WV who happen to be in the area. Leslie of the Oakland CW community joined the group on the last two days of the walk.  The Las Vegas house was represented by Jim Haber of Nevada Desert Experience.

Part of the circle during the prayer ceremony (photo by Jim Haber)

Before Susan walked into the prison the group gathered in a circle for a time of reflection, prayer and sharing of nonviolent spirit.  Mary Manning read a blessing from St. Leo Church in Tacoma, Washington:

Blessed are you God of mercy; through your Son, you have given us a marvelous example of your faithful kindness and the great commandment to love others, yes, even our enemies.  

Susan in custody (by Jim Haber)

You have told us what it is to be blessed: namely, to be meek & humble of heart; to show mercy to all; to hunger & thirst for justice; to be peacemakers in a world that is bound by war & violence.Send down your blessings on Susan Crane, as she continues to witness to our desire for peace, a peace only your Son can give.

Fill her heart with your Holy Spirit and give her a profound patience. As scripture says, “Let the watchmen wait for the dawn; as for us, we will wait on our God.”

Keep her safe and guard her health in body, mind, and spirit that, even in prison, her service of others may bear lasting fruit for eternal life.

Even as your Son, Jesus, labored for us in his Passion, so may the labor of your servant, bear the fruit of peace, in her own heart and in the heart of others.

We pray this blessing in the name of our only true Peace, Jesus Christ our Lord.

AMEN

With the spirit of Agape Love and the full knowledge of supportive community in her heart, Susan steadfastly walked into the Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin, fully prepared to continue in the spirit of resistance to which we are called by the God of Peace.

As soon as we have Susan’s accurate mailing address we will post it at the Contact page at Disarm Now Plowshares.

Click here to see a complete slideshow (courtesy of Jim Haber) of the Walk from start to finish.

May we continue on the journey as peacemakers (of humble hearts) in a world bound by war and violence, and may the fruit of our labors one day be the breaking of those cruel chains.

In Peace,

Leonard (Eiger) and Jim (Haber)

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  1. […] August, 2012 If you’d like a free issue of the new, comprehensive print edition of the Nuclear Resister,  send your mailing address to nukeresister@igc.org IN THIS E-BULLETIN:   1)  TRANSFORM NOW PLOWSHARES:  NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT ACTION AT Y-12 2)  SHAKIR HAMOODI BEGINS 3 YEAR SENTENCE FOR VIOLATING IRAQ SANCTIONS – Support Action Request 3)  JAILED NATO 5 DEFENDANT BEATEN BY SHERIFFS – Support Action Request 4)  SR. ANNE MONTGOMERY – PRESENTE! 5)  ARRESTS AT U.S. NUCLEAR-RELATED SITES MARK HIROSHIMA ANNIVERSARY 6)  SIX ARRESTED AT NEVADA TEST SITE ON NAGASAKI ANNIVERSARY 7)  BRADLEY MANNING SUPPORTERS ARRESTED OCCUPYING OBAMA HEADQUARTERS 8)  SUSAN CRANE GETS 2 MORE MONTHS FOR NONCOOPERATION WITH TERMS OF RELEASE 9)  WRITE A NOTE OF SUPPORT TO ANTI-NUCLEAR & ANTI-WAR PRISONERS 10)  UPCOMING NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTIONS Transform Now Plowshares:  Nuclear disarmament action at Y-12 Before dawn on July 28, 2012, Michael R. Walli (63), Megan Rice,  SHCJ (82), and Greg Boertje-Obed (57), carried out a disarmament action at the Oak Ridge Y-12 nuclear facility. Calling themselves Transform Now Plowshares, they hammered on the cornerstone of the newly built Highly-Enriched Uranium Manufacturing Facility (HEUMF), splashed human blood and left four spray painted tags on the recent construction which read: Woe to the empire of blood; The fruit of justice is peace; Work for peace not for war; and Plowshares please Isaiah. Under the cover of darkness they intermittently passed beyond four fences in a walk for over two hours through the fatal force zone. “We feel it was a miracle; we were led directly to where we wanted to go,” said Greg. Read more here.  Shakir Hamoodi begins 3 year sentence for violating Iraq sanctions – Support Action Request Iraqi-American Shakir Hamoodi will turn himself in to a federal prison on August 28 to serve a three year sentence for personal charity sent to family in Iraq in violation of the 1991-2003 sanctions on such trade. Family and friends of the Columbia, Missouri import grocer ask that supporters sign the petition for Presidential pardon, from the link at helphamoodi.org. Please see Inside & Out after August 29 for his prison address. Read more here. Jailed NATO 5 defendant beaten by sheriffs – Support Action Request On Thursday morning, August 23, attorneys for Mark Neiweem filed an emergency motion to preserve evidence related to a beating Neiweem sustained at the hands of Cook County sheriffs earlier in the week that sent him to the Cook County  Hospital. Neiweem is among a group of arrestees colloquially referred to as the NATO 5 – all of whom were arrested in the days preceding the NATO summit on “evidence” that defense attorneys contend is based on deeply problematic evidence provided by undercover police agents who aggressively made provocative statements to persons they were targeting for arrest. Read more here. Sr. Anne Montgomery – Presente! Prominent peace activist Anne Montgomery, RSCJ, died Monday, August 27 at Oakwood, the Society of the Sacred Heart’s elder care center in Atherton, California. Known around the world for her commitment to peace, Sister Montgomery was incarcerated many times after witnessing to peace and justice through acts of nonviolent civil disobedience, in protest of nuclear weapons. “Love is stronger than evil, hate, fear or war… So we can’t be afraid to do the right thing. Love is always stronger, and that gives me hope.” – Sr. Anne Montgomery Read more here. Arrests at U.S. nuclear-related sites mark Hiroshima anniversary The Pentagon, Lockheed Martin, Bangor Trident submarine base, Los Alamos, Vandenberg Air Force Base On August 6, the 67th anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombings of Hiroshima, and feast of the Transfiguration, members of the Atlantic Life Community (ALC) held nonviolent actions at the Pentagon and the Enola Gay war plane which is on display at the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum. Read more here. Six arrested at Nevada Test Site on Nagasaki anniversary from Nevada Desert Experience Culminating a week of peace events as part of Nevada Desert Experience’s August Desert Witness, six protesters were arrested at the Nevada Test Site (Nevada National Security Site) on Thursday morning, August 9th, in memory of the victims of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, 67 years ago. Read more here. Bradley Manning supporters arrested occupying Obama headquarters Veterans led the way as supporters of imprisoned army private and accused whistleblower Bradley Manning occupied several Obama presidential campaign offices on the west coast. The August 16 sit-ins led to arrests in Oakland, California and Portland, Oregon. Read more here. Susan Crane gets 2 more months for noncooperation with terms of release from Jim Haber and Leonard Eiger A spirited and united group of walkers and supporters successfully and with full awareness of the irony of it all, accompanied Susan Crane back into the arms of the Dublin (CA) Federal Correctional institution for 60 more days of incarceration for her part in the 2009 Disarm Now Plowshares action. Read more here. […]

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