What is our Cornerstone???

(Jail reflection from Transform Now Plowshares activist Greg Boertje-Obed, originally published in issue #167 of the Nuclear Resister newsletter)

~from Blount County

The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
By the Lord has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes. 
– Psalm 118.22-23 Continue reading

(Peace) Walking, filled with the Light…

Mary Jane Parrine, who participated in the Walk for Nuclear Disarmament, shared her reflection of time spent with the Dominican Sisters in Fremont on Monday evening and Tuesday morning.  The time with the Dominican’s was one of many blessings experienced throughout the walk (from start to finish).  For Mary Jane, the actual blessing bestowed on the walkers the morning before leaving was particularly moving. Continue reading

Anti-nuclear weapons activist returns to prison

By Marilyn Bechtel, Originally published August 24, 2012 at Peoples World, http://peoplesworld.org/anti-nuclear-weapons-activist-returns-to-prison/

Photo: Marilyn Bechtel/PW

DUBLIN, Calif. – With prayer and song, dozens of supporters saw anti-nuclear weapons campaigner Susan Crane back to prison Aug. 22, as she prepared to serve an additional 60-day sentence at the federal women’s prison here. The new sentence came on top of 15 months she had already served after participating in a 2009 Disarm Now Plowshares nonviolent direct action at a Washington state naval facility where nuclear-armed Trident submarines are based.Crane, a 68-year-old retired teacher and member of the Catholic Worker movement, was joined by supporters in a four-day, 40-mile peace walk to the prison gates from a Lockheed-Martin facility that makes the nuclear warhead-carrying Trident II D-5 missile the Trident submarines carry. Continue reading

Walk for Nuclear Disarmament in the News

Friends, Susan Crane and others gathered this morning outside the Federal Correctional Institution at Dublin at the end of their 40 mile peace walk that started at Lockheed-Martin in Sunnyvale. KPFA 94.1 FM in Berkeley, California, covered today’s gathering and ran the story on this evening’s The Pacifica Evening News at 6:00. The story begins just before the 36 minute mark.  If the fancy link below doesn’t work for you, you can click here to listen.

The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays – August 22, 2012 at 6:00pm

Click to listen (or download)

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. Continue reading

Helen Young interviewed about the Elder “Commandos” of Disarm Now Plowshares

Friends,

Robbin Shannon recently interviewed Helen Young on Fordham Conversations at WFUV.org, 90.7 FM about the Disarm Now Plowshares.  Helen is Emmy Award winning writer, producer and film maker, currently working on a documentary called “The Bangor 5.”

Listen to the audio interview at WFUV.org.  The interview with Helen begins just after 4 minutes, 30 seconds into the program.

The interview is a great way to familiarize yourself with work of the Disarm Now Plowshares.  Here’s the description from the WFUV Website:

Five Senior Citizens’ Break into a Military Base

A discussion with Emmy Award winning filmmaker Helen Young who’s producing a documentary called “The Bangor 5.” It follows the case of five unlikely commandos, all over the age of 60, who executed a bold break-in at a military bases near Seattle that stockpiled nuclear weapons.

Peace,

Leonard

Living In an Urban Village

Living In an Urban Village

by Lynne Greenwald

written for the Tacoma Catholic Worker newsletter

One of my favorite activities is showing visitors around our community.  Guests are often surprised at the number of houses, gardens and services offered.  By providing housing, showers, meals, clean socks and countless opportunities to just listen, provide a smile and a sign of respect, many of the people that live in this 4-block area share a vision of another way of living with others. Continue reading

Fr. Kabat says to “De-Fence” is better than “Defense”

Dear Friends,

Our dear colleague in holy mischief, Fr. Carl Kabat, continues following God’s Foolish One down the path of nonviolence while continuing to throw wrenches into the gears of the empire’s machinery of death.  Here is a update on Fr. Carl’s early morning antics this Interdependence Day.  Following the update you can read Fr. Carl’s witness statement on today’s action at the new (and I’m sure greatly improved) Kansas City nuclear weapons plant (that produces approximately 85% of the non-nuclear components for our nations nuclear weapons). Continue reading

Steve’s Pending Release: Rendering nothing unto Caesar

Friends,

In just a few days, sometime on June 21st, Steve kelly will – quite literally, for the first time in fifteen months – walk out of SeaTac Federal Detention Center into the light of day.  I visualize Steve closing his eyes and lifting his face toward Heaven and feeling the warmth of the Sun (should our Northwest weather oblige) on his skin.

Steve on the day of the Disarm Now Plowshares motions hearing, November 2010

This faithful servant of the nonviolent Jesus has done his time at Caesar’s decree.  That same decree continues to demand the proverbial pound of flesh, which Steve has steadfastly refused to give, and continues in faithful refusal.  Steve’s noncooperation with the edicts of the state while in SeaTac prison slowly but surely chipped away at the walls of the solitary cell (and the very system) in which he was held for so many months.

(this from Steve) Steve felt with care such as he received from you as individuals and groups that he could be sustainfully supported these 15 months.  His exit on Solstice/Summer is a singular, Discreet one.  He pleads to go incognito, not draw any attention or knowledge of his whereabouts.  He’s refusing, as Judge Settle was told, to comply with supervised release. 

Essentially, Steve wishes to walk out of SeaTac with no fanfare, and make his own way to where it is he wishes to go.

May we celebrate the spirit that moves people of such deep faith to follow the path of nonviolence with such unwavering devotion.  And may each of us find our path…

In Peace,

Leonard

Plowshares Appeal: A Photo Finish

Friends,

Here’s a photo of the legal team, defendants and supporters taken March 8th in the courtroom where the case for the Disarm Now Plowshares appeal was argued.

(left to right) Tom Campbell, Fr. Bix, Oratai Tresl, Dale Kremer, Lisa Kremer, unnamed future Plowshares legal counsel, Albert P. Linnell, Ann Linnell, Jerome Kuh, Paula Olson and Roger Hunko.

As for the court’s decision, here’s what Blake Kremer had to say: “The court ruled for the government, finding that international law was not an issue before the trial court, and that the government had adequately established that Sister Anne, Father Steve, Father Bix, Susan and Lynne were malicious.  Onward and forward.”

So there you have it – “MALICIOUS”!!!  I’m sure we are all eternally grateful to the judges on the appellate (KANGAROO) court for confirming the malicious intent of these devoted priests, nun and lay people.  Knowing them as I do I would never have known that any of them have a malicious bone in their bodies.  Well, now that the court has cleared up that little misunderstanding we can move on to other, more important issues, right???  Right???

And of course, President Obama must be relieved to know that yet another precedent has been established in yet another U.S. court that international law is “not an issue” in matters relating to the National Security State.

Click the links below to read the previous posts about the appeal:

Disarm Now Plowshares Appeal: “an exciting morning…”

Disarm Now Plowshares loses appeal (government loses moral values)

With great thanks to all of the attorneys who have supported the Disarm Now Plowshares from pre-trial, through trial and sentencing, and now through the appeals process! 

Peace,

Leonard

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