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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-930-8697 with any questions about the prison support account.
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 (gzcenter.org), 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 (psnukefree.org). Endorse the Declaration and get involved!
You can also find many links to organizations and information resources on nuclear weapons at The Nuclear Abolitionist.