Mom says: ABOLISH NUKES NOW!

CLICK HERE to see the full day’s schedule.  Click here for directions to GZ.  Hope to see many of you local folks there on Saturday! 

Questions: Contact Anne Hall, annehall@familyhealing.com, 206-545-3462, or Sue Ablao, gznonviolencenews@yahoo.com, 360-930-8697.

Imprisonment, Confinement, Supervised Release, Restitution

Friends,

The cat’s outa the bag (as the saying goes)!  A couple of bloggers out there posted the government’s recommendations for sentencing of each of the Disarm Now Plowshares.  Bill Quigley, Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and one of the Disarm Now Plowshares legal support team, supplied the information:

Steve Kelly – 3 years in prison, plus 3 years supervised release – restitution of $7405*;

Susan Crane – 30 months imprisonment, plus 3 years supervised release – restitution of $7405*;

Anne Montgomery – 6 months imprisonment, plus 6 months home confinement as part of 3 years supervised release – restitution of $7405*;

Lynne Greenwald – 7 months imprisonment, plus 7 months home confinement as part of 3 years supervised release – restitution of $7405*;

Bill Bichsel – 6 months imprisonment, plus 6 months home confinement as part of 3 years supervised release – restitution of $7405*.

*since reduced to $5300

So now you know!  The government is seeking to punish people who attempted to stop our own government from continuing to commit crimes.  “Imprisonment”… “Confinement”…  “Supervise Release”…  “Restitution”…  Such words are meaningless in this context.  Who will provide restitution to the millions or perhaps billions of people who would be affected by nuclear war.

It would seem that we need to imprison, confine or supervise those who prepare for the use of weapons that can be called omnicidal.  Let us hope and pray that Judge Settle will not send the wrong people to jail.  Let us hope and pray for justice.

Peace,

Leonard

Still Unrepentant After All These Years

Friends,

Bix sat down with “The News Chick” – that’s what they call KIRO Radio’s Linda Thomas – for an interview the other day.  As usual Bix spoke truth, and she allowed him to pour it out.  At the end of the interview Linda asked Bix if he had any regrets or remorse for what he did (at Bangor), and whether he would do it again.  Bix replied, “You might say I’m unrepentant.”  Yes, one might say that about Bix!!!

Perhaps those who truly need to repent are the ones dutifully dismantling and re-assembling the W-76 nuclear warheads that, after being refurbished, will be returned to the Bangor base where they will be attached to their missiles and deployed on the Trident submarines.  Perhaps those who cruise silently beneath the sea, prepared to dutifully “press the buttons that will initiate the great festival of destruction…” (to quote Thomas Merton) need repentance.  And perhaps it is those who dutifully work in laboratories further developing and refining the technologies that prepare for the end of the world in dire need of repentance. Continue reading

Sending the Wrong People to Jail…

Friends,

In a little over a month from now (on March 28th) the five Disarm Now Plowshares co-defendants will walk into Judge Benjamin Settle’s courtroom for sentencing.

Sentencing can be defined as the punishment given to persons convicted of a crime.  One legal dictionary refers to the primary goals of sentencing as “punishment, deterrence, incapacitation, and rehabilitation.”  It is somewhat ironic that one of the goals of sentencing is “deterrence,” the same longstanding stated (and completely misguided) goal of U.S. nuclear weapons policy.  And I must admit that the last one, “rehabilitation” made me laugh as I thought of the idea of rehabilitating any of these fine people.  Perhaps it would be more appropriate to  prescribe rehabilitation for those people engaged in preparations for nuclear war, the ones Thomas Merton once described as:

“…the sane ones, the well-adapted ones, who can without qualms and without nausea aim the missiles and press the buttons that will initiate the great festival of destruction that they, the sane ones, have prepared.” Continue reading

Questions… (And New START)!

Friends,

Ever since the news media got wind of the jury’s verdict in the Disarm Now Plowshares trial there has been an onslaught of questions about the trial: What were the reasons for their Plowshares action?  Will they appeal?  Why did they choose to defend themselves?  What happens next?  What does this mean for the nuclear weapons abolition movement? Continue reading

An Invitation From Lynne

Dear Friends,

Last week was amazing and inspiring, leaving me humble in the face of a growing community. During our Disarm Now Plowshares trial, many participated in a variety of way – being in the courtroom, writing letters, preparing food, organizing vigils and programs, donations, hospitality and transportation, covering jobs leaving us free for court, prayers and good thoughts…. Now more than ever I am convinced that this is the community I want to remain a part of, and with whom to continue working towards the creation of a world without violence. This community embodies the world we previously dreamt and have had glimpses. Best of all, are the words from those who have already “stepped out of their comfort zone” to speak and to act for the end of nuclear weapons, and to continue connecting this work with any acts to address a variety of violence and injustices.

Inspired by Sr. Anne Montgomery’s closing statement, these are my closing words in court, and the end of our presentation Friday, December 10: ‎”I would like to believe that – if I had lived in that time and place – I would have had the courage to do the same thing to expose the reality of what was behind the fences of Auschwitz and other camps, where many were murdered, including my children’s relatives.”

And now – the challenge is to keep the momentum moving forward. I’m including some articles and summaries of last week. Please continue to check our blog for updates, reflections and how to support this trial and work. Regardless of the outcome, and the inability to speak truth in a courtroom, we have succeeded in planting seeds, of making Trident visible. Nonviolence is the pathway to this change, and we join the many people already acting in a variety of ways to stop nuclear madness. This is how social change happens.

Sincerely,

Lynne Greenwald
Disarm Now Plowshares

https://disarmnowplowshares.wordpress.com/

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/12/12/1461909/nuclear-weapons-are-unsafe-and.html

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/12/11-0

http://gzcenter.org/

Anne’s Closing: An Invitation

The Disarm Now Plowshares News Team (our motto: “We Never Sleep!”) is sitting in the café looking across the street at the Union Station Courthouse.

Anne Montgomery just completed her closing argument before the court.  Just as the prosecutor went through the indictment charge by charge, Anne also was very thorough in her closing. Continue reading

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