Washington State: The Nuclear State

Jinsung Kim, a student at the University of Washington, produced this video focusing on Washington State’s nuclear weapons legacy as a class project.

It begins with Dr. John Findlay, UW Dept. of HIstory professor discussing the history and impact of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and then moves on to the Trident ballistic missile submarines based at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Kitsap County.  Interviews with Fr. Steve Kelly (of the Disarm Now Plowshares action) and Senji Kanaeda (a Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Monk) provide perspectives on Trident and nuclear weapons issues.  There is also footage of the Pacific Life Community vigil and nonviolent direct action at the Main Gate of the Bangor submarine base on March 4, 2013.

Please note that there is at least one error in the video: Lynne Greenwald was unable to give an interview not because she was in prison – she was not in prison at the time the video was being made – but because of her work schedule.

Bix Reflects on COMMUNITY


Here is video from the November 10, 2011 prayer sendoff for Bix before he re-entered prison for his ongoing resistance to war-making and nuclear weapons. In this clip, Bix reflects on the rich blessings and strengths of COMMUNITY.



Photo Tribute to Anne Montgomery

Editor’s Note: The audio clips of Anne speaking were taken from various YouTube videos of events related to the 1980 Plowshares Eight.  We are thankful to whomever converted so many 8 millimeter films to digital format and organized them into over 100 YouTube videos.  Here is one of those from which we extracted audio of Anne:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJbpQTYQzZ4&feature=share&list=PLC9DDEA86AA1A4451

To Anne and the Road Less Travelled

Dear Friends,

Our dear friend and peacemaker Anne Montgomery was no stranger to the road less travelled, a road requiring great skills of spiritual navigation.  On the other hand, that road less travelled is one that was blazed by some well-worn sandals roughly 2000 years ago.  Anne locked on a true compass bearing that guided her well on her long, full life’s journey. Continue reading

On the Third Day They Kept Walking…

Here is a brief video from Jim Haber taken on the afternoon of the third day (Tuesday, August 21st) of the Walk for Nuclear Disarmament: From Lockheed to Lock-Up, as the walkers head for Pleasanton.

Susan’s July 23rd Hearing

Susan Crane was in U.S. District Court, Tacoma, Washington on July 23, 2012 where she was given 60 additional days of prison time for her noncooperation with the conditions of supervised release. Here are some photos from the day along with music (The Ballad of Disarm Now Plowshares) by James Morgan.  Judge Settle told Susan to report to prison when she is notified by the probation officer, which is likely to be some time in September.


Video of Bix receiving Greater Tacoma Peace Prize

Many thanks to Rodney Herold for this video of Fr. William “Bix” Bichsel on the evening he received the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize on June 2, 2012 at the Scandinavian Cultural Center at Pacific Lutheran University.

Click here for the previous post with more details about Bix’s recognition.


Peace activist on tricycle disables helicopter with garden mattock

Peace activist on a red tricycle disables a “Tiger” attack helicopter with a garden mattock.  Now that’s some Ploughshares action!!! 

Australia and the U.S. are inextricably linked militarily.  Currently, the U.S. is building up an additional force of 2,500 Marines being deployed to Australia.

The attack helicopter in question was participating in “Operation Talisman Sabre” joint U.S./ Australian military exercises taking place near Rockhampton, central Queensland in July 2011.  Operation Talisman Sabre exercises are geared around interventionary warfare scenarios.

Bryan Law is the tricycle jockey who disabled the nasty beast.

Said co-conspirator Graeme Dunstan of the Ploughshares action, “It (the helicopter) is a death machine which will otherwise be deployed to Afghanistan and used to kill some of the poorest people on earth who have dared to resist an invasion of the armies of some of the richest peoples on earth,”

Check out Rocky Tiger Ploughshares at http://tinyurl.com/dy2jyjf

Palm Sunday Vigil at SeaTac

A small band of the faithful gathered on a cold, rainy Palm Sunday at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center in Seattle, Washington.  It was fitting that this year’s Palm Sunday fell on April Fools Day.  On that day a little over two thousand years ago God’s Foolish One came riding into town on a donkey.  Although there were no donkeys present at SeaTac on Sunday, followers of the nonviolent way converged on SeaTac Federal Detention Center, where Steve Kelly, SJ continues to dwell in his “solitary” monastery – the Special Handling Unit (SHU). Continue reading

Video of Lynne’s welcome out of SeaTac


Rodney Herold put together a video of Lynne Greenwald’s brief taste of (relative) freedom just out of the SeaTac Federal Detention Center. It was a joyful, albeit brief, reunion with friends.



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