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Financial Support

There were some trial-related expenses, including transportation and housing for expert witnesses. There are also ongoing expenses for prison support. Living on the inside is costly; phone time, toothpaste and other basic needs are only available through the prison commisary. Prisoners maintain a prison account for any expenses they incur.

We are also helping provide financial support for the Y-12 prisoners of conscience.

If you would like to make a financial contribution to Disarm Now Plowshares and/or Y-12, please make checks out to the “Resisters’ and Prisoners’ Support Fund” and write “Disarm Now”, “Y-12” or “General Prison Support” on the memo line.

The mailing address for contributions is:

Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, 16159 Clear Creek Road NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370

You can contact Sue at or 360-930-8697 with any questions about the prison support account.


Prison Support

A HUGE THANKS to all who wrote to Judge Benjamin Settle on behalf of Anne, Bix, Lynne, Steve and Susan.  It was so important for Judge Settle to hear our voices supporting those who call on our government to uphold the law when the government is so clearly in contravention of so many.

The trial is over, the sentencing done, and while some of Disarm Now Plowshares five have finished their prison time, Steve and Susan are doing time in Washington and TCalifornia.  We are monitoring their status and are keeping the  Contact page regularly updated with up-to-date contact information.

At the Contact page you will find mailing addresses along with guidelines for what you may send (Bureau of Prisons has lots of stuffy rules).  You can never get too many letters when you’re on the inside.  They will greatly appreciate your letters!  Please don’t even think of sending packages!

Visitation varies depending on the prison and individual circumstances.  For those who can have visitors other than family and lawyers, they have to put potential visitors on their visitor list, and there is a limit to the number of visitors on each person’s list.  Potential visitors also have to fill out a form and be checked out by the Bureau of Prisons before being allowed to visit.   If you want to visit any of the Disarm Now Plowshares your should send a letter to that person with your request.

Besides our letters and good wishes, we can support Disarm Now Plowshares by continuing our work to abolish Trident and all nuclear weapons.  There are plenty of organizations working to do just that.

For those of you living in and around Puget Sound, you can get involved with Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action (, which has resisted Trident for over 33 years.  You can also keep up with (and get involved in) local campaigns at the new Puget Sound Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Website and blog (  Endorse the Declaration and get involved! 

You can also find many links to organizations and information resources on nuclear weapons at The Nuclear Abolitionist. 

328 Responses

  1. please add my name to your list of supporters

    • You are all in my prayers for the Jan. 6 arraignment. You have my full support & admiration. Morgan

    • Catholic Workers in Christchurch, New Zealand, join in praising your significant action in seeking to disarm the Trident fleet. Its very existence is an abomidation in a world where 30 000 die from hunger and associated diseases every day of every year. We totally support your non-violent witness to justice and peace in the midst of this nuclear madness.

    • Yes, you have your priorities right. On behalf of myself and my grandchildren, I thank you!

      Peace and joy! – Ralph Madsen

      P.S. I was an SOA Watch codefendant with Fr. Jerry Zawada in 2002. He’s a great guy who spends about half of his life in federal prisons. If you haven’t run into him at a Plowshares protest you may see him in prison.

    • Thank you for all you have done to bring the illegality and immorality of U.S. nuclear weapons to public awareness. You are true heroes and heroines of nonviolence!

    • We thank our brothers and sisters for their personal sacrifice on the behalf of the world. We demand a nuclear-free world now.

    • Promoting Enduring Peace

      Trident Conversion Campaign

      • Aside from the horrendously anti-life nature of the things, which is obvious–so obvious that the people who deal with them can;t call them “atomic bombs” but must refer to them as “assets”–I don’t think that most Amereicans really understand that THEY ARE ILLEGAL! Article VI Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution states that “This Constitution and all treaties made pursuant to it SHALL BE THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND”.

        The US pretty much wrote the Nuremburg Principles.

        It’s time we set ourselves down and found other employment for our brothers and sisters who are working on the Base, on the boats–

        Joy Goldstein
        Vashon Washington

    • I support you all 100 per cent and am so grateful for the action.

    • Right On! Go for it!

    • We want to be free from terror of nuclear weapons.

      Worldwide disarmament NOW.

      Now More Than Ever!

    • This disarmament action is one more chapter of bringing nuclear weapons out of the darkness and into the light. We must all be involved in the next step, getting rid of these city killer bombs.

    • what a commendably brave — and inspiring — thing you’ve done. all of society is strengthened by the actions of few, such as yourselves, who rise above the daily commotion to bring us back to larger issues.

    • Please add my name to the list of supporters

    • I support the efforts of the Ploughshares to stop the madness of nuclear weapons in our midst and the fear that it instills in other nations, resulting in further deployment of more nuclear weapons. We must stop this cycle of violence!

    • Please add my name to your list of supporters.
      Many military generals promoting war on the major media networks have investments in private military contractors. For example, Gen. Barry McCaffrey is on the board of directors of Dyncorp, which makes 53% of its $3.1 billion annual revenue in Afghanistan. —Denver Media Service
      This is bound to escalate if we don’t disarm now.

    • Well done, it appears you have the Government in agreement with you that they are storing nuclear weapons illegally ?
      Many thanks and happy new year.

    • Offering my complete support to Bill Bischel, Susan Crane, Lynne Greenwald, Steve Kelly, Anne Montgomery. Much love to you all!

    • Dear Susan and all,
      You have my strongest support.
      – Dave –

    • War. Huh. What is it good for? (absolutely nothing)

    • By confronting destructive behaviors you make change possible. Thanks for standing up. You have my support throughout the arraignment and trial. – Jim

    • Thank you brothers and sisters for your witness!

    • Please ad my name to the list.
      Thank you for all your efforts- Rock on Bill!

    • It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

    • I pray in support of your courageous and prophetic efforts to help bring about peace in our world at this critical time in our history.

    • Please add my name to your list of supporters. Peace.

    • I fully support immediate disarmament of nuclear weapons, and have for thirty years. My full support is with the Plowshares movement, and I deeply appreciate the dedication of this organization, each individual taking action to stop the endless threats to our security posed by these horrific weapons.

    • Hi,
      We would like to add our names to your support list.
      Thank you for what you do.
      Joe Heeren Mueller, Katy Heeren Mueller, Dan Thalen, Sue Troyano, Paul Troyano
      NOLA Catholic Worker

    • The nuclear holocaust that awaits us is avoidable. Remove these weapons from existence and use the influential powers we, as a nation possess, to encourage disarmament globally. I am honored to be associated with the work of Plowshares and my uncle, Fr. Bix.

    • Thank you so much for voicing the thoughts and feelings of those of us who are unable to be physically active in such a noble cause.

    • For your unwavering commitment to peace, I give my thanks


    • I stand with Bill Bischel, Susan Crane, Lynne Greenwald, Steve Kelly, and Anne Montgomery.
      Thank you!

    • I hold you in the Light as you face your trial, and pray that the truth will prevail.
      Be of good courage, for the Lord is with you.
      In peace and Friendship
      Caroline Westgate
      (Hexham, UK)

    • On this 30th anniversary of the deaths of Maura Clark, Ita Ford, Dorothy Kazel and Jean Donovan, just one month after the 30th anniversary of the first Plowshares action I offer my support, admiration and prayer as you face trial and its possible consequences. Your faith in the possibility of a nuclear-free world and willingness to give your lives that this might happen is an inspiration and a prod. Courage and confidence!

    • Thank you , Thank you , Thank you !

  2. Sign me on for support!

  3. Trident Information Network
    New Haven, CT

  4. Ak Malten, director of the Pro Peaceful Energy Use organization
    in the Netherlands, would like to sign this letter of support.

  5. Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter Veterans for Peace

    Thank you wonderful friends for your courageous action.

  6. Melissa Hansell, Kelly Avenue Catholic Worker of Half Moon Bay. CA 94019

    I support this plowshare action. Thanks for the good work that you do!
    Peace, Melissa

  7. Evanston, IL

    (signing as an individual, not as a member of any group)

    • Hi, Rosalie,
      I was present for the weekend–vigiling, praying, etc and the sentencing. Much more later. Big hugs,

  8. Sebastian Dahlgren

  9. I want to express my support and solidarity especially with my Jesuit brothers but of course also with my other friends who did the action.

  10. I want to express my support and solidarity especially with my Jesuit brothers but of course also with my other friends who did the action.
    From our viewpoint here in Nicaragua, the poorest country in Latin America, spending on nuclear arms is clearly a sin and a theft from the poor as well as a threat to world survival.
    Joe Mulligan, SJ
    Christian Base Communities of Nicaragua

  11. From Whitefeather Peace House in Portland, Oregon, we thank our siblings in the direct disarmament movement for their bold actions. When the government fails long enough, citizens with backbone need to do the job themselves. Making the peace is crucial and, as we see in the successful cases around the world, disarmament is the FIRST step, not the last.

  12. I fully support the Disarm Now actions and applaud that you are willing to nonviolently resist the US war machine.

    Martin Smedjeback, Mjölby, Sweden
    Peace activist and nonviolence trainer

  13. I support the nonviolent disarmament action that took place in the U.S. on November 2, 2009 at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor where Trident nuclear weapons are stored or deployed on Trident submarines.

    Yours sincerely,

    R. Hugh Drummond.

  14. Thank you for your witness.
    Kate Chatfield and Peter Stiehler
    San Bruno Catholic Worker

  15. I feel such pride knowing that there are folks like you who put their bodies & treasure & precious time on the line to say to those in power: Enough!

  16. Thank you to all for struggle for peace and disarmament. Although I could not go with this group, it makes me happy to see that in a country that “rules the world by force” that there are citizens acting directly to stop this crime that kills children and families and deprives the world of basic needs.

  17. Dear Lynne, Bix, Susan, Ann and Steve,
    Your actions stir our consciences like snowflakes across our computer screens, visible in the periphery, irritating, and a reminder that real life has its intrusions.
    There is no way we will eliminate nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction without pissing off some very powerful people. The great non-violent visionaries Jesus, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr were all assassinated.
    Thank you for your vision of peace, for your courage to take on the monster at the center of our American lives, and for your cheerfulness in doing so.

  18. I am happy to support the action of these wonderful people. They not only showed how weakly protected these evil sites are but they risked almost certain jail terms, once again. I’m horrified at the U.S. and other “civilized” countries who spend such an obscene amount of money on killing and so little on humanity, both within the U.S. and outside of it.

  19. Massive armament systems are needed to defend the unequal wealth of imperialistic nations. The U.S.A. is doing what the British Empire did in the 19th century.
    Only when there is a just system – international socialism? – will there be no need for big expensive ‘defence’ systems. Justice is the obverse side of peace- you cannot have one without the other.
    The most war-torn parts of Africa are those areas where greedy exploiters seek the treasures of oil, gold, coltan, etc.

  20. The witness of these people is so needed in these days when words are so easily bandied about by Presidents and military leaders. We are blessed that we have such witnesses. Why are authorities so afraid of peaceful protest?

  21. A Nobel Peace Prize was given to a person who believes that War is the Answer. How about a Peace Prize for those who place their bodies on the line by engaging in nonviolent nuclear disarmament?

  22. We are both delighted and sad to have to support such action(s)….delighted to be associated with committed Jesuits like Bichsel, Kelly and Dear, and others like Anne, Lynne and Susan, who chose to put their lives on the line in support of disarmament, and sad that our country requires the nonviolent actions of its citizens to force our country to live up to its ideals.
    Dave and Mary Ann Van Etten
    Former Jesuit and Sister of Loretto
    San Jose, CA

  23. A mother of 3 wonderful children, I am beholden to the Disarm Now Plowshares activists who took action that as a single mother I feel unable to take now in my life, but know needs to be accomplished. When governments will not disarm, indeed continue to fund and build weapons of war, threaten to use them, and do use them, we all are diminished. My children, beloved, are no more important than any mother¹s beloved children. I am grateful to those who make the world safer for all by dismantling weapons built to kill innocents around the world.

  24. It is a great sign of hope that this action occurred and that the friends were willing to risk their selves in this act of attempting to disarm their hearts and components of the nuclear weapon system. May their action be a seed that will bear the fruit of a disarmed world.

  25. Your plowshare action is like the star coming into the darkness from the East. Thank you for lighting the way….”God is light.” Love and kisses.Larry Purcell

  26. Thank you for your recent Plowshares action.

  27. Thank you for giving us all hope for a better and more sane future. I love you all! from Amsterdam, Netherlands

  28. “A voice of one crying out in the desert:
    ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
    make straight God’s paths.’ “

    Thank you for preparing the way, for your voices crying out to us all. You strengthen me in my own desire to make the rough ways smooth. I wholeheartedly support your action.

    Chrissy Nesbitt
    Baltimore, MD

  29. The bravery of these six people who wished to show the horror all humans feel about nuclear warfare, and the need to disarm all nations, especially those who have the power to use nuclear weapons, is a valid and legal statement to make. They must not be punished, if indeed our image as a nation allowing free speech and the right to demonstrate peacefully, for peace, is to have any credibility overseas. No harm was done to any human person. The fence can be repaired, but not the damage done by condemning free speech — especially when the message is about peace and disarmament.

  30. I fully support these courageous people in their non-violent anti-nuclear actions and thank them whole-heartedly. The price of nuclear weaponry weighs heavily on the shoulders of American people as well as the people of the world.

  31. List me as a support person and use my name in anyway you see fit…

    Frank Cordaro Des Moines Catholic Worker
    Phil Berrigan CW House
    713 Indiana Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314
    (515) 282-4781

  32. God bless you all for standing up for your beliefs in this way. Oh, that we all should be willing to put our life on the line.

    June Eisley
    Pacem in Terris
    Wilmington, DE

  33. Thanks for doing what we all ought to be doing. May the force be with you.

  34. Thank you!

  35. I wholeheartedly support the members of Disarmnowplowshares for their courageous action to get our country to eliminate nuclear weapons. They deserve to be praised rather than condemned.

  36. Dearest Susan and plowshares folks,

    I often speak of what you do and I am grateful for the risks and discomfort which you take on.

    The other day one of my friends looked at me and said, earnestly “Does it do any good?”

    I am shocked and wonder how to respond. Finally I say, “Well what she does affects me a lot..It tells me there are peole who care. It gives me hope,”

    But on the other hand, I know what my friend is getting at: How can a handful of people ever hope to change the course of history or change the thinking of the great numbers of people?

    Most people are barely getting by from day to day. They don’t have time to think about anything else. They support the world as it is, and don’t know and probably don’t care about activists like Susan who risk their lives to make a point, to protest against the weapons that sit in our midst, ready to incinerate the world at the push of a button

    So I mumble, “I know what you mean,” and start to walk away. But then, fighting back tears, I turn around and blurt out: “Did it do any good to burn draft records in the 60s? Only a few actually did that, but those actions changed a lot of minds.”

    My friend is quiet. I wave goodbye. ‘See ya later.” I say..

    * * * * *

    Thanks Susan and all your Plowshare’s comrades. You are so important to all of us who love this world,

    King Collins

  37. I support the nonviolent actions of the Disarm Now Plowshares.

  38. Thank you.

  39. Anne and Company, thanks for your witness. Bob

  40. My prayers are with each of you as you work to create a more peaceful world!

    God Speed my friends,
    Michael Gayman
    Oakland Catholic Worker

  41. God bless you all for your outstanding witness against the abomination of nuclear weapons!

  42. On behalf of the Catholic Peace Ministry, we support your action and ask you to use our name and contact information (4211 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312 (telephone 515-255-8114) in any way that you choose……

  43. On behalf of the Catholic Peace Ministry we support your action. Please use our name in any way that you deem appropriate.

  44. Please use the support of ‘The Catholic peace Ministry’ of Des Moines, IA in any way that you deem appropriate.

  45. My children and grandchildren deserve a world without nuclear weapons that can only be used for war. I support nuclear disarmament now and I support the actions of the Disarm Now Plowshares. May we live in a world of peace and nonviolence.

  46. you have my support!

  47. thanks for your witness. in today’s broken world, a world addicted to violence, the disarm now plowshares action brings me hope, and i support you all. from isaiah 55:
    So shall my word be
    That goes forth from my mouth;
    It shall not return to me empty,
    But shall do my will,
    Achieving the end for which I sent it.
    I have no doubt that the seeds that you sowed in your witness will bring forth fruit (and maybe even a few sunflowers!). Even in what may seem like a barren and desolate place

  48. Dear Bill, Steve, Anne, Lynne and Susan;

    A huge THANK YOU for your “Disarm Now Plowshares” action. There is a great need for brave people like you to speak the truth about nuclear arms, weapons of mass destruction.

    Here in Aotearoa New Zealand we do not have any… even nuclear power stations. Nor do we allow ships that might carry them to enter our ports. We know well that they threaten civilization and the entire planet, so keep on speaking out!

    With two friends I am facing trial for a similar – if less dangerous – ploughshares action on April 30 2008. (Yes, we spell thing different here!) We entered a spy base run by your too-inquisitive National Security Agency and deflated a great dome hiding a satellite-watching antenna… we go before a jury on 8 March 2010, so we know a little of how you feel.

    We were protesting against spying via “signals intelligence” that leads to torture, even of the innocent, and helps with the invasion that has destroyed Iraq and will likewise destroy Afghanistan.

    May your witness awaken many people to the horrors of violence, in which one person or nation is prepared to destroy another for reasons of greed, and calls it “security”.

    Peace and Advent blessings to you, especially to my unmet Jesuit brothers.
    Peter Murnane (Dominican friar)

  49. As I reflect on the dark times in which we live, I am heartened by your light. Thank you for your witness, I am inspired by you.
    Blessings all, Paki Wieland

  50. Walking with you all the way!

    Leonard Eiger
    North Bend, Washington
    Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

  51. You have held a light in the darkest of places to show the world what evil lives there. Your courage and willingness to sacrifice your freedom and if necessary your lives to do so are an inspiration and a call to action. You not only have my support but my deepest respect.

  52. DISARM yesterday.

  53. Thank you for the work you do !

    Ming Lai
    Council member of Nevada Desert Experience

  54. You are all in my prayers for the January 6th arraignment. You have my support and deepest respect. John

  55. If you are taking non-Catholics as signers of the support
    letter, do add me, as one less courageous than this
    brave group but in full support.

    David McReynolds

  56. We in The Fig Tree – A Jona House resistance community in Gothenburg, Sweden, supports your excellent plowshares action. We will try to get together a few hammers and resisters and continue the disarmament here in Europe.

  57. Wish you all the best!

  58. Full support and gratitude to each of you for witnessing and creating a future that is sustainable for all of us. I am in Auroville, India, presently on a project to make building blocks out of garbage. You can use the name of this organization: Cinema Verite International, if it is of any use for your work.

    Blessings, Peace, and Joy


  59. Thanks for taking this stand.
    David Mackenzie

  60. I fully support any non-violent action required to make the planet safer by the removal of weaponry.

  61. Trident Ploughshares, Belgium

  62. Your action and vibrancy gives a great sense of hope.I will hold you in the Light.
    Friend from Sweden

  63. Dear Bix and all,
    Thank you for your action – you’re in our thoughts and prayers!

    Sabine and Bernd Buescher and all at the Dortmund Kana CW Community

  64. = + =
    Blessed are the peacemakers. (Matthew 5:9)
    God is love. (1 John 4:8)

    Kevin Hall
    Senior Researcher

    Please support:
    = + =

  65. From Tim Musser: Pax Christi Cleveland Ohio

    Thank you for your courageous witness…we are with you in prayer and heart and gratitude. You are helping to fix a sorley broken world. Best to you all.

  66. we support your courageous non-violent activities. as the nuclear threat is worldwide we in Europe are as well concernde about this and resist against any kind of such deadly technologies.

    Matthias Reichl
    Center for Encounters and Active Non-Violence, Austria

  67. God bless all the Plowshares heros that take great personal risk to call attention to the horrors that lurk in silos and bunkers around the world.

  68. On behalf of the Fr. Charlie Mulholland Catholic Worker, we support you and are proud of your sacrifice for peace.

  69. Please add my name to the support letter. And, thank you for the great blessing of this witness.

    Mona Shaw, Des Moines Catholic Worker, Des Moines, IA

  70. Many thanks. A telling of history – one that matters – continues. We continue to stand (and often knell or sit) at the King of Prussia site (in 1980, General Electric) now Lockheed Martin, where the first Plowshares action took place on September 9, 1980. Thank you for the act of peace. Love, bob smith, brandywine peace community

  71. You have our full support — thanks for your efforts up there in the northwest.

    Los Alamos Study Group
    Albuquerque, NM

  72. Thank you for your courage and your sacrifice. May all our children grow up in a safer world without these horrific weapons, and may none of our children ever be a witness to their use.

    Peace be with you.

    Terri Shofner
    Peaceforce Oregon
    Portland, OR

  73. Rachael Hoffman
    Holy Family Catholic Worker Community
    Kansas City, MO 64109

  74. You show more true leadership than all the governments put together over this issue.

  75. Thank you for your courageous act of holy obedience. We must cry spread the word that war does not bring peace, but only suffering. Peace will come when we have justice.

  76. Splendid symbolic action, carefully discerned, after ample time for preparation, research and growth in wisdom, age and grace undeniably, A model for each of us wherever nuclear weapons are designed, tested, or stored , or any part there off developed, Blessings on all of our shared creativities and co=responsibilities!

    Sr. Megan Rice shcj
    Nevada Desert Experience for interfaith based resistance to nuclear weapons and war.

  77. As a mother of Very Seriously Injured veteran of the Iraq war, I give thanks to God for your witness, your courage, your teaching through your Plowshare action. We must assign war to the dustbin of history. In the name of God, Jesus of Peace we must say no to war.

  78. I want to add my personal signature to this letter of support. Additionally, I add the support of Nevada Desert Experience to the list (in concert with Megan Rice’s similar sentiments offered earlier today).
    -Jim Haber
    NDE Coordinator

  79. The Peace Resource Center of San Diego supports you!

  80. I want to add my signature of support .
    Alice Slater
    Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, NY

  81. I support you and the use of non-violent action to call for the abolition of dangerous nuclear weapons.

    Peace on earth,

    Christine Dolph
    Minneapolis, MN

  82. Thank you for a great action. Count me in for support!

  83. Please add my name as a supporter.

  84. Thank you. I support the Disarm Now Plowshares,



  85. War is not the Answer

  86. These are the steps that will be looked back on from a successful future.

    Bo Jacobs
    Hiroshima Peace Institute

  87. Please add us to your letter of support:

    Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic peace movement

    Thanks so much for your witness!

    In peace,
    Johnny Zokovitch, Director of Communications

  88. It is amazing to read these messages of support that come from all parts of the planet–a global community of peace activists–a network of concern.

  89. Matthew Ochalek, Mary the Apostle Catholic Worker, Erie, PA

  90. Thank you for continuing to shed light on this critical issue.
    Kristen Kosidowski, Seattle, WA

  91. Please add my name to your list of supporters. “Where there is no vision the people perish” — beating swords into plowshares is a profound metaphor for our moment in time. Thanks you for your witness!

  92. I support the efforts to change weapons into schools, seeds and instruments of work and construction. I add my name to this letter. I am so thankful for people like these activists willing to risk for the benefit of all. They should be named heroes, not prosecuted by the law.

  93. I add my voice to this cause.

  94. Thank you for your witness for world peace.
    “History swings on the hinge of ethics.”
    Pentland Iona Community Family Group,
    Edinburgh, Scotland.

  95. I fully support your courageous actions to forward the cause of nuclear disarmament.

    Jenny Maxwell
    West Midlands Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
    Birmingham UK

  96. I fully support your non-violent action to resist war and nuclear weapons
    Jo Frew, London, UK

  97. I support disarm now ploughshares.

  98. You have much support already; here’s just a little bit more.


  99. ‘Killing can not be with God’

    As part of the human family im sick to the bones that theese warmakers can even get away with including themselves in this group…..
    Paul o Toole

  100. Thank you for your brave commitment to non violence and nuclear disarmament. Your examples inspire me! Kathleen Sullivan, Brooklyn, NY

  101. War is never the answer….as Auden said: “We must love each other, or die.” If we love each other, we cannot kill each other. Persevere in this essential work….Peace, Emilie Marlinghaus, with WAND, Code Pink, from Bend OR

  102. Thank you for all hat you are doing. You are both an inspiration and a challenge. Pax vobiscum, Kevin Cahalan, New Orleans

  103. i support you and thank you for putting your lives on the line for all of us.


  104. You have my support.

  105. Joining you and all dedicated to cherishing the world and all that is in it — and resisting all efforts to kill & damage through nuclear means.

  106. Thanks again So many of us from Ground Zero Center for Non-Violence, on the other side of the Bangor, WA Trident Base fence, were and are with all of you in Spirit!!! Peace;, Shirley Morrison

  107. All of you have my prayers and blessings for having the courage to do what you are doing. Many thanks to all. Peace for the world should be our mantra at all levels of conscience. Where are the consciences of our leaders?

  108. Let’s all disarm the nuclear weapons and use the funds for peaceful endeavors worldwide.
    Think peace,
    Sing peace,
    Share your personal thoughts for peace at this time.
    We all have different ways to share as we are all individuals.
    Create your own way.

  109. Thank God all y’all are offering nonviolent resistance to the unspeakably evil instruments of war and destruction. Each of you remains in our prayers, especially this coming Ephiphany Day.

    Lynn Goodman-Strauss
    Mary House Catholic Worker
    Austin, TX

  110. I support you and thank you for all that you do.

  111. For my children and grandchildren and all the children of the world, I thank you for the wonderful action.

  112. I will not live in a world where people profit on the poverty, pain, suffering, ignorance and fears of other people. You have my support.

  113. Your commitment to peace and your courage is profoundly inspirational. Thank you.

  114. Thank you for your courageous actions and commitment.

  115. Love to you brothers and sisters for peace.

  116. You certainly have my support. for your commitment to peace.

  117. You have my support for trying to make the world safer without nuclear weapons.

  118. The five of you have accomplished what was previously thought to be impossible (to be physically present in the nuclear bunker area at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor). Specifically named by the military as the MLA (Main Limited Area) where “items and assets” are located. Thanks for your courage and tenacity. Blessings and ongoing support, Jackie Hudson, OP

  119. I am in full support of the Disarm Now Plowshares action.

  120. Be assured of our prayers, thoughts and actions as these heroes face arraignment January.
    Peace and good wishes

    Father Claude Mostowik msc
    Director, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Justice and Peace Centre
    Erskineville, Australia

    National President, Pax Christi Australia
    Sydney South, Australia

  121. I support this effort! Nuclear weapons are unconscionable.

  122. Thank you for directing our attention to the abomination that are nuclear weapons. My prayers and support always.

  123. I support Disarm Now Plowshares and I affirm their purpose and action. I pray for the elimination of nuclear weapons, and I add my voice to this call for the U.S. to join those nations who lead the way to peace.

  124. Thank you for rocking our violent ship of state.

  125. Thankyou for being there for us.
    Someone is counting. God bless you.
    Kay McPadden rsj

  126. Way to go.

  127. Thank you for your courageous action in the public interest of us all to tell the US government that weapons of mass destruction are against the common good and that we want nothing to do with them for our defense.
    Joe Fortier

  128. Our community stands in full support of your action and witnessing. May the Spirit speak clearly through you.

  129. Thank you for your prophetic words made flesh. Blessings to you all.
    Mary J. Novak, J.D.
    Washington, D.C.

  130. Thank you for your courage. You all inspire me.
    Peace, love, and light,
    Baltimore, MD

  131. I offer my endorsement and enccouragement to the efforts of Plowshares. I long and pray for the day when our tax dollars will go to education and healthcare rather than to weapons of mass destruction. The splitting of the atom in the service of military power has been a pandora’s box of enormous proportions. May we learn soon how to live without them.

  132. Thank you for your public witness. I am encouraged by your action. Let more of us come together and show the world there is a different way.

  133. What a blessed gift for the world, in these days when we all speak of peace. Thank you, every one of you…Jean Chapman

  134. Thank you all!
    much love from oakland.

  135. friends, our hats are off to you !
    with deep respect,
    ann and ed

  136. Dear peacemakers,
    The wild hope of peace lives in the hearts of many. Public deeds for peace are few. Thanks for yours.

  137. Thanks for your action calling attention to nuclear weapons. Thanks for all you do for peace.

  138. Thank you for your witness and call for peace.

  139. Freedom is never a given. It has a high price which is truth, resonsibility, knowledge and commitment to it’s life. How many peole do we see with these values much less working on them.

    You’re a witness for me of people who have these values and the commitment to keeping them alive.

    God be with you.

  140. Thank you to all envolved in the Disarm Now Plowshare action. It is fitting that in this winter season your light shines as a ray of hope in our darkness. Peace be with you and thank you for the encouragement to work a little harder at peace and justice for all people.

  141. Sending gratitude and support for the work of peace making in our world. How desperately we need that kind of commitment.

  142. Thank you for your work of peacemaking in our world. We desperately need that kind of commitment.

  143. “COURAGE is the price that life exacts for granting peace.” (Amelia Earhart) Thank you for yours’ .

  144. May you draw courage from Justin and pass it on to the rest of us:
    “We ourselves were well conversant with war, murder and everything evil, but all of us throughout the whole wide earth have traded in our weapons of war. We have exchanged our swords for plowshares, our spears for farm tools … now we cultivate the fear of God, justice, kindness, faith, and the expectation of the future given us through the crucified one … the more we are persecuted and martyred, the more do others in ever increasing numbers become believers.” –Justin, martyred in 165 AD

  145. Thank you for your courageous, loving, and prophetic witness.

  146. Good work, folks.

  147. Thank you for your courageous and selfless witness. You inspire us. We are so proud of you.

  148. There is no path to peace, peace is the path


  149. Aloha and thank you! We support you and are inspired by your courageous and prophetic action!

  150. Thanks for your action. Throughout the world, juries are refusing to convict plowshares activists. I’m looking forward to a similar result in the united states.

    may peace prevail on earth

  151. Please acquit Susan Crane, Bill Bichsel, Steve Kelly, Anne Montgomery, and Lynne Greenwald. They were protesting nonviolently, it is an issue that still needs to be made public.

    My name is Jessica Suguitan I live in Queens, NY

  152. I fully support the Plowshares activists.

  153. Please add our names to the list — Bryce Brown and Alice Zillah. Thank you for your example.

  154. I have always supported the Plowshares ! I am vehemently opposed to war!

    At this time I am concentrated on Emmanuel – God is with us! The final verse of the hymn is an appropriate one for our times:

    “O come Desire of Nations, bind in one the hearts of humankind. O bid our sad divisions cease and be for us our PRINCE OF PEACE!”

  155. I have known my uncle Bill Bichsel all my life. And am his nephew, and I believe in and support the Plowshares. This should open up the American peoples eyes. We stand beside the courageous 5, and will fight to the end side by side. Peace and Love to all that stand for Abolitio.

    Thank You
    John C. Twohy

  156. The Plowshares and specifically the 5 activists have my full admiration and support in their non-violent action against the illegality of the nuclear weapons.

  157. Bless you and thanks for all you do. You are all in our prayers and thoughts.

  158. Blessings to you for this courageous action. You are in our thoughts and prayers in solidarity. May God’s justice and peace kiss the earth during this Holy Season of the Incarnation.

  159. We support you completely and applaud your actions. You are in our prayers now and on Jan. 6

  160. We support your heroic effort to eliminate war and its devastating consequences! We keep you in our prayers!

  161. My husband, John, and I are in Cambodia and we see the results of war, devastation and violence every day. It takes extreme measures to be a witness the madness of war, first strike and utter devastation of our planet and her peoples. We are grateful beyond measure for the actions of the Disarm Now Plowshares movement and brave, faithful people.

  162. One of the men who had the bravest heart to do this … is my dad’s best friend. Bix :D. Bill Bichsel. While I only have a couple memories of meeting him as a child and a teenager … he is a hero to me. And I feel like I know him so well through all the stories my dad tells us, again and again. My father (David Freitag, turning 85 years this February), would probably have been there right by Bix’s side if he wasn’t a husband and father. It brings tears to my eyes (good tears), to see that JESUS’ work and SPIRIT is ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I support the Plowshares, and am very grateful for their sacrifices. I only hope that one day (soon isn’t soon enough) I might be able to do something more to stand for the most important thing in our lives. Actually, I now PRAY, Jesus, my Lord and Savior, we praise You and we thank You, please give us (me, my son, my friends, I hope everyone!!!) the strength and courage to show the world that You are the Light, the Truth and the Way. We WILL fight with LOVE, TRUTH, and sometimes hammers of peace and blood, to change the world. God Bless.

  163. Thank you for your powerful witness to this evil so
    inbred in our culture. Every day I ask how to make
    the reality of Trident apparent to Americans and I
    am so grateful for the risks you have taken to expose this hidden monster lurking in our Salish Sea and oceans worldwide.
    We plan to see you in court.
    Kim and Bill Wahl

  164. Thank you for keeping on. i

  165. I wholeheartedly support our efforts to disarm both nuclear and convetional weapons ,which are an abomination to all concerned with our moral behavior.

  166. I totally support the Disarm Now Plowshares!

    In Peace,

    Martin Sheen

  167. To the Disarm Now Plowshares:

    I totally support your courage and thank you for taking action.

    Peace in 2010

    Valerie Sklarevsky

  168. I support Disarm Now Plowshares

  169. You are courageous souls. You have my prayers, support and profound admiration. Bix, you have long been my inspiration. What prophets all five of you are!!! John

  170. I admire your courage and support your actions in trying to bring peace to this world.

  171. Please add my name as Director of Grandmothers Against the War to your list of supporters.

  172. Blessings on you for this clear action and the example for all of us. And thank you for reminding us that we all need to be working for the future of our children and earth. Susan

  173. We support you all the way. Thank you so much for your couragous action.

  174. Thank you for blending courage, wisdom and love, –all the while teaching us about the way to peace.

  175. I totally support the effort of these folks. I wish more ‘Christians’ would be more like them in spme way. As for Fr. Steve -way to go bro.

  176. Thanks for your courage and steadfastness. Know of my support. Kathleen Desautels

  177. Thank you for your courage and powerful witness. Please add my name to your list of supporters.

  178. Thank you for speaking the truth to power, for your courageous action, and for your willingness to be physically confined. Our love and prayers are with you.

    John Oliver, Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter of Veterans for Peace

  179. Disarm Now!
    Work to Demilitarize our Society and our educational system

  180. Please add my name to the list of signers. When it becomes criminal to practice free speech, peace, and justice, then it becomes patriotic.
    Michael Murphy

  181. For the Disarm Now Plowshares, my deep gratitude for your courage and your message that these weapons are illegal!

  182. Thank you. So much.


    Geov Parrish
    Executive Director
    Peace Action of Washington

  183. Please add my name! Peace be the journey.

  184. Dear friends, our greetings, support and admiration from your friends in Pax Christi UK. Please add our name.


  185. The Norfolk Catholic Worker (VA) sends whole hearted support

  186. No one needs Nuclear weapons!

  187. I support what you are doing,.

  188. I don’t have a computer or an email, but I wish to have my name listed as a full support for this action. God Bless you all, and thank-you Bix, for being an immensely wonderful part of my life. Your friendship and example has been pivotal in my own journey of faith. See you soon … in Christ,
    David Freitag

  189. Thank you.

    Meagan Doty
    Chicago, IL

  190. I fully support Disarm Now Plowshares. Thank you for your diligence.

  191. Please add my name to the list of signers, I support this action.

  192. I support the actions of Disarm Now Plowshares and all others in the efforts toward a truly peaceful future. To incarcerate those “Prisoners of Conscience” (Thank you, Kenneth Kennon) is to turn our back on peace, freedom, and human decency. Thank you Bix and all involved for standing up for all of our rights!

  193. I believe and know that God blesses everything in this Plowshares action. On behalf of the Xaverian Brothers I support these God inspired people.

  194. Please add me to the list of your supporters. My understanding of democracy is that it relies on citizens to be engaged and take action when government fails or endangers them.

  195. We are all benefitting from the actions of the few and the brave

  196. proudly supporting this courageous action

    Sara Koopman
    Bellingham, Washington

  197. “…Every act of war directed to the indiscriminate destruction of whole cities or vast areas with their inhabitants is a crime against God and humanity, which merits firm and unequivocal condemnation.” -Gaudium et Spes.

    I thank you for seeking a more just and humane world for all of us. Please add my name to the list of supporters

  198. Dear Bix, Susan, Anne,Steve and Lynne,
    Thank you for your courageous and inspiring action at Bangor and for all the hardships you’ve endured afterwards. My hope and prayer is that
    the example you give to me and to thousands of others will draw attention to the absolute necessity we have as residents of this planets to take risks in drawing a close to all warfare and especially the nuclear threat which promises to obliterate every vestige of life on earth. It’s my hope and dream to follow the path you have so generously chosen.
    I pray also that the next part of your journey of court appearances and possible incarceration will treat you well, even as we treasure the meaningfulness of what you continue to accept. May thousands follow the lead you have given. Solidarity and thanks to each of you!
    Jerry Zawada

  199. We fully support Swords into Plowshares in their nonviolent actions against Trident.
    Thank you for your courage and for your witness to authentic justice and lasting peace.

  200. With support and admiration,


  201. Thank you for your courage in witnessing to the truth. You are all in our prayers.

  202. The Swords into Plowshares are our nation’s conscience. This is a time to put down murderous weaponry and embrace our Divine Unity, love for and at-one-ment with all peoples.

  203. Dear Bix and all,
    I am so very proud of you and I wholeheartedly support your actions at Bangor. I pray that your bravery will help to put an end to this culture of violence that breeds more violence and more violence, Thank you for your courage and your endless commitment to Peace.

  204. The darker the darkness gets, the less light it takes to crack that darkness. Thank you for being a spark of light and truth. Larry Purcell

  205. Thank you for your persistence and for the risks you are willing to take in response to the risk in which we have all been placed.

  206. I think of the future of my children and grandchildren and the madness of this age we are now living in.
    It reminds me of the words of a woman named Sharon Salzburg “The division between self and other is the degradation of our highest human potential: the liberation of the mind that is love.”

  207. I drinking green Tea now. Then I’ll going to Kinder garden for pik up friend of kid. Just like peacefull today.
    Japan TV news show today telling as,
    Mr. Yamaguti 93 years old who pass-away today had Atomic boms twice at Hirosima & nagasaki.
    Peacefull today are containd passed & now.

  208. Please add my name to your list of supporters. Thank you, Bix, for your faithful and faith-filled witness.

  209. I support you wholeheartedly. Thank you.

  210. I support your efforts and hold you in prayer.

  211. We give our love, support and anything that we possess to help sustain your courageous efforts. Know that we add our prayers and voices with the chorus of many others to help shed light on the struggle confronted at Bangor.

  212. thank you for all you do for all of us…you have my complete support and gratitude.

  213. I totally support Disarm Now Plowshares efforts in disarming the world of nuclear weapons that cause mass destruction. In Peace.

  214. With much gratitude for the action you’ve take, you have my support and you are in my prayers.

  215. We are called to be peacemakers and stewards for all creation. Your prophetic words and actions to disarm our world and our beautiful Puget Sound of nuclear weapons are vital to our survival. Thank you.

  216. God bless you – Susan, Steve, Anne, Lynn and Bix – for this major committment of your time and energy to shine the light of love in the dark corners of the Trident base and of our country.

  217. Thank you for your courage and your example!
    from here in the Arizona borderlands,
    ricardo elford

  218. I support the Disarm Now Plowshares. I appreciate all that you do for the greater good of the world. Bless everyone involved.

  219. We support the five that stood up to protest the nuclear threat in this country,

  220. god bless you for all your efforts.

  221. Please add my name to the supporters list.

    Ellen E Barfield, founder Baltimore Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter Veterans for Peace, Baltimore, MD

  222. The voice of the prophet continues to be heard in the land…may our ears be opened to hear the call of peace-making in our daily lives.

  223. Please add my name as a supporter of the Disarm Now Plowshares and endorser of the letter.

    Thank you.

    Lloyd Fillion

  224. May there be peace on earth. I support the work and courage of Disarm Now Plowshares to help bring the light to the darkness of war.

  225. I support the Plowshares activists who are NONVIOLENTLY resisting the VIOLENCE of nuclear weapons. Our planet’s future depends upon — indeed, REQUIRES — such courageous people and their courageous nonviolent actions.

  226. Please add my name as a supporter of the Disarm Now Plowshares letter. I do not believe in using violence to further my aims, nor do I support others using violence in my name. I don’t know how to solve the world’s problems, but this much I am aware of, violence begets more violence, terrorism begets more terrorism, humiliation begets humiliation. I believe, as Henry David Thoreau did, that it is more criminal to pay taxes than it is to withhold them for peaceful purposes. I believe we must not only protest and condemn weapons of mass destruction, we must work to stop paying for them with our taxes. I urge you to support the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act before Congress.

  227. Satyagraha!

    Solidarity and greetings from Germany.

  228. Please add my name in support of the use of non-violent action to call for the abolition of dangerous nuclear weapons. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

  229. I support the nuclear arms resistance of the Disarm Now Plowshares group.

    Leah Coakley
    Tacoma, Cascadia

  230. Please add my name in support.

    Maree Cho-Ness
    Seattle, WA

  231. Congratulations. Thank you

    Glen Milner
    Seattle, WA

  232. My prayers are with you. Keep up the exceedingly necessary actions.

  233. Thank you for speaking out against the Powers That Be.

  234. Thank you for speaking out.

  235. I am returning from a journey, where I shared the story on numerous occasion. My name represents many, many more who are in community with you from the corners of the earth.

    No violence, ever…anywhere…in hand, heart nor mind. In institutions nor family rooms nor jail cells…in Sanctuary pulpits nor bishops quarters. In military bases or classroom lesson plans. Peace is possible. Adelante!

  236. Thanks for taking the risks many more of us must take for real peace.

  237. Nuclear weapons are an enormous threat to human life and to the environment that supports it.

  238. Southend Neighbors for Peace & Justice

  239. Thank you to the five and to all who work to make the world nuclear weapons free.

  240. Michigan

  241. Your courage and faith give hope to the rest of us.

  242. CodePink Wa and CodePink National endorse
    Disarm Now Ploughshares

  243. Change will not be implemented by politicans. It will be brought about by people nonviolently following God’s will to turn swords into ploughshares. Thank you for your work.

  244. Thank you all so much for your witness and updates.
    Peace and blessings to you all.

  245. PLEASE ADD MY NAME TO THE LIST. May God bless you all for your courage.

  246. In deep gratitude to those plowshare activists for their courage, insight, and determination to face violence with compassion and non-violence, I add my name to the many who express their thoughts here. Rather than trial and recrimination, these activists with their selfless acts of resistance decrying the use of weapons of mass murder should be celebrated as the heroes/heroines that they are. I send a prayer of support and thanks to those beacons of light who have chosen the difficult path of illuminating the dark recesses of the violent and self-righteous world of nuclear proliferation

  247. I send you my gratitude and my love for all you have done to bring an end to nuclear weapons and to make this a peaceful world.

    My prayers are wilh you during this latest trial.+

  248. “Information Bureau for Peace Work” / Germany ,
    which I have founded in 1978,
    endorses Disarm Now Plowshares
    since 1980.
    Thanks for your courage!

  249. Olympia, Washington

  250. I understand that this mission is part of future action to ban nuclear weapons worldwide, and is of urgent importance. I fully support the action, and am hopeful for an eventual end result of a treaty to ban nuclear weapons worldwide. I wish you all the best.

  251. God bless your commitment to nonviolence and your courage in action. We support you Five and keep praying for you.
    Thank you for your good example for us, too.

  252. These resisters are the true citizens of America. They are the real heroes and heroines of our age. They should be commended rather than persecuted. May God give them strength to continue their witness. (From a former Trident design engineer.)

  253. Thank you for your work, anchored in faith and done with courage.

  254. As a long-time member of United for Peace of Pierce County as well as an associate member of Veterans for Peace I extend full support of the Disarm Now Ploughshares action and suggest their exoneration on all charges. Would that there were thousands with such courage in order to clog the judicial system in the name of the international safety of humanity.

  255. Please know i support you and admire your efforts. Good luck with this latest “trial”.

  256. Thank you for what you are doing to assure a safe future for our planet and its creatures. Your courage, strength and vision inspire the rest of us to do more.
    I gratefully support your efforts and the message you
    are carrying to more and more people.

  257. The Disarm Now Plowshares defendants should be thanked , not persecuted, .for their selfless actions at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor where Trident nuclear weapons are stored or deployed on Trident submarines.

    As a member of Veterans for Peace, I request their acquittal on all charges.

  258. Although we face risks when we take direct action in the UK, we learn from you that these risks do not compare with those you face in the US. I commend your courage and wish you the very best possible outcome in the court case.

  259. Kudos and good luck to the Disarm Now Plowshares defendants

  260. Thank you all… and the best of luck. Sanity will prevail one day.

  261. With hope that one day swords will finally be beaten into plowshares to nonviolently till our earth and n thanksgiving for all that you do.

  262. Thank you! I suppor the disarmnow plowshares

  263. Taking a walk down memory lane, reading about all this. You walk and stand with God. Thanks xxoxoxo

  264. Thank you for your inspiring action. Please add my name to the list of supporters.

    New School for Social Research
    New York, NY

  265. Hi guys!
    We are thinking of you all and love you very much. Thanks again for your action–you did it for all of us.
    Love, Eden, Gary and Noah

  266. Please add my name to the list of supporters. I’ll be at Bangor Jan. 16th.!!!!

  267. Bless you for your witness!
    Please add my name to your list of supporters.

  268. Dear Friends in Peace,

    You have been most courageous. It is both sad and potentially criminal that politicians and their legal advisors have not found similar courage. Despite the recent verdict, I hope that time will come, and the US and my own country, the UK, will lead the world against rather than towards war crimes.

    And when that time does come, it will be in no small measure due to the courage of people like the Plowshares activists. Thank you.

    Mike Winstanley

  269. […] CLICK HERE for information on writing pre-sentencing letters of support to Judge Settle.  It will tell you everything you need to know, including where to send your letters: […]

  270. Thank you for your courageous action of Nov 2009; and for sharing about it last month with St. Patrick’s faith community. I’ve been somewhat aware of Bangor, but had little idea of current moves to increase warheads. Are young people engaged in opposition to this build-up? With all the talk of economic cost cutting, who is questioning how our government resources go to this useless endeavor?
    As you followed the leading of Spirit by entering the base, may She continue to surround and support you through these next steps in your journey of witness.
    ~Elaine Clark, Seattle

  271. Thank you so much for your action, and for the inspiration it gives me to act.

  272. I fully support and admire the “Plowshares” for their courageus action and hope that justice will prevail.

  273. Bix and have my full appreciation for the work and witness you have offered to the world. I stand along with te project that I hold dear (The Micah Project) and pray for all. May the world be closer to peace because of your stand! Peace Mike Collier

  274. I just checked and my name is not yet on the list! Please add me too! Tpd

  275. Put me on the list as well.

  276. We support the Disarm Now Plowshares Five and have written to Judge Settle and sent a contribution to Sue Ablao. Especially in light of what’s happening now in Japan, you Five should be treated as heroes.
    Please put us on the list.

  277. Bix and all, thank you for your ongoing witness to truth, and for helping all of us to work for peace.

  278. Thanks for your incredible witness to the Prince of Peace. A group of us in New Haven, CT just gathered with Liz McAlister and heard some of your story.
    Peace, hope, and love of Christ,

  279. Thanks for trying to slow down the war machine. He who puts his hand to the plow…..

  280. I pray the blessings of God for each of you. You are in my prayers every day.

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  282. […] website–basically the support is going through the Catholic Worker in Washington DC . The Disarm Now Plowshares maintain a permanent site for support for all Plowshares […]

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