Disarm Now Plowshares loses appeal (government loses moral values)

Hot off the presses from Courthouse News Service is news of today’s appelate court ruling on the Disarm Now Plowshares appeal of their conviction for the 2009 Plowshares action at the Bangor Trident submarine base. As usual, U.S. “law” (protecting government property) trumps the Hague Convention, Nuremberg Principles, the laws of war, every precept of international humanitarian law and pretty much every treaty to which the U.S. is a party. Why??? Because we say so!!!  Continue reading

Meet the Bangor 5

The following article was written by Helen Young, Documentary filmmaker and Emmy award winning writer and producer.  It was originally published in the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/helen-young/bangor-5_b_1346108.html?ref=impact&ir=Impact).  I know, I know; we all know them as Disarm Now Plowshares.  But dontcha think “Bangor 5” does have a catchy ring to it???  Helen is working hard to finish the documentary on Disarm Now Plowshares and get it distributed. Continue reading

Lynne Greenwald Free! Join us in celebration (of FREEDOM)!

Dear Friends

Lynne walked out of SeaTac Federal Detention center at 10 a.m. on
September 26 and (surprisingly enough) was not rearrested. In her own
words, Lynne is “free at last!” And who was walking into the federal
building as Lynne was walking out? Anne Montgomery – who was there to
have her ankle bracelet removed– free at last.

Each Wednesday, the women of Irma Gary House* cook the evening meal at
Guadalupe House. Together with the Tacoma Catholic Worker, IGH invites
you to a “reentry potluck” tomorrow evening. IGH (where Lynne is
resident manager) welcomed two new residents, Julia and Rhonda, to the
house during the last few weeks – free at last.

Please join us in celebration of Lynne, Anne, Julia, Rhonda, and
freedom in all its manifestations.

We will provide a large pot of stew as well as delectable desserts.
Everyone else is asked to bring a dish that contains either fresh
fruit or vegetables. Or just grab a cantaloupe or carrot and come on
by. Fresh fruits and vegetables are in short supply at SeaTac and this
is the food that Lynne most missed.

What: Welcome Back/Re-entry Potluck
When: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 @ 6:15
Where: Guadalupe House
           1418 S 15th Street
           Tacoma, WA 98405

More info: Theresa 253 617-1405

* Located in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood, New Connections’ Irma Gary
House provides a supportive, clean and sober home for women recently
released from correctional facilities in Washington state.

Lynne Greenwald is Home!


Lynne Greenwald is OUT of prison! 

She has done her time, and to quote lynne, “I’m home and all is good!”  She got out yesterday, and went directly to the Federal Building in Tacoma where she met with the folks in the Probation Department.  I understand that while there she met fellow ex-con and fellow Disarm Now Plowshares resister Sr. Anne Montgomery who was there with attorney Blake Kremer; a most pleasant surprise indeed (a small, small world).

Lynne says “Thanks to everyone for all the support.”

That’s three out and two to go – Susan Crane is still playing the clarinet (among other activities) at the Dublin Federal Correctional Institution, and Fr. Steve Kelly still resides deep in the belly (Special Handling Unit most likely) of the SeaTac Federal Detention Center.  Funny… I’ve never thought of Steve as someone needing “special handling.”

Susan and Steve still have a long way to go until they walk out of prison.  Each got 15 months, and won’t be out until roughly the end of June 2012.  Check out the Contact page for their current mailing addresses and drop them a line.



Prison reflections by Lynne Greenwald


As I was cleaning up my cluttered workspace this evening I discovered a letter from Lynne Greenwald from July.  It contained three reflections that she had written in June and July.  I’ve transcribed all three and posted them below; they provide a personal glimpse of life on the inside.  I’m sorry not to have done this much earlier. Continue reading

“a short note from Lynne”… Wrapping up the week

Update      September 17, 2011 [By Joe Power-Drutis]

Lynne Greenwald & Bix

We got a short note from Lynne, it did not say much; in fact by its
very absence of relevant information one might deduct the bullies at
SeaTac have demanded her silence. She now has a release date of Sept
26th, the original date set by the judge. Lynne stated upon her
release she wishes to leave the facility alone, bus to Tacoma and go
to the probation office to sign papers beginning a year of probation.
I am reminded of a conversation I had with an ACLU attorney in
Knoxville when Jackie was going through such unjust care and treatment
– “…….the inmate has so few civil rights, one could almost say they
are nonexistent – they certainly are not the same as for you and I” Continue reading

Lynne Greenwald (False) Freedom Day – Photos


I took some photos of Lynne Greenwald on the day she left SeaTac Federal Detention Center.  Here is a record of her brief time on the outside before been arrested for allegedly violating the terms of her probation.



Click this link for the slide show: Lynne Greenwald (False) Freedom Day

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.



Lynne is back in SeaTac

Update      September 14, 2011

[from Joe Power-Drutis]

Lynne has been returned to SeaTac Federal Prison; this much we know
but very little else. Continue reading

Tuesday – Lynne in limbo…plus Legal Terminology 101


As we await news of Lynne Greenwald’s fate at the hands of the fickle sticky-fingered srong arm of the law (and I use that term “law” loosely) I want to clarify one or two things.  In writing about Lynne’s situation I have found myself struggling to understand the legal machinations, implications, terminology and absurdity (in my mind) of the events still unfolding.

Just to clear the air – I referred to Lynne’s “release” from prison, and although in certain writings referred to the next two weeks of completing her six month sentence, I believe the term “release” is a misnomer.  Lynne has not really been “released” from her sentence until she serves (wherever that may be) the full term.  She has (as one of the Disarm Now Plowshares attorneys told me) been “transferred” from one form of incarceration to another.  The major difference is one of somewhat greater freedom, and not having to worry about getting thrown in the hole (Special Handling Unit) if you say something that rubs a guard the wrong way.  So the issue remains how they will interpret Lynne’s responsibility to go to directly or immediately to the facility that would be monitoring her the last two weeks of her sentence.

So that’s this morning’s legal lesson.  There will be a pop quiz when you least expect it, so pay attention!  And please rest easy knowing that REAL legal scholars are on the job working on Lynne’s behalf even as I write.



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