Dear Friends of Plowshares,
Our Friends Megan Rice, Greg Boertje-Obed and Michael Walli (of the Transform Now Plowshares) will begin their trial next Tuesday, May 7th in US District Court, Knoxville, Tennessee for their July 28, 2012 Plowshares action at the Y-12 uranium facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
The Washington Post did a major feature article in last Sunday’s edition about Transform Now Plowshares. The article titled “The Prophets of Oak Ridge” is well worth reading. You can also view a Photo Gallery containing additional photos at The Washington Post.
National Public Radio also did a piece on today’s All Things Considered. Of course, just like most every other media outlet, they focused on the lax security at Y-12 rather than the issues raised by Transform Now Plowshares. Listen to Trial Begins For Protesters Who Broke Into Nuclear Complex.
Judge Amul Thapar issued a gag order ruling out using the necessity defense, any use of the Nuremberg principles, the first amendment, or any testimony about faith, religious or other good motives. Not much left, is there?!?!?! The judge will, however, allow the defendants to speak to their intent, which is good considering they have been charged under a little used sabotage law which includes, as an element of the charge, the intent to injure the national defense of the United States. Geeeez!!!!!
May we all be in solidarity with and pray for these brave souls as they attempt to put the real culprits on trial next week – NUCLEAR WEAPONS and the policies of the US Government that continues to threaten other nations with the use of nuclear weapons. May true justice be done.
The Fruit of Justice is Peace.