[[January 6th]]


Thursday, January 6, 2012 marks the end of eight long months of imprisonment for Steve Baggarly, Mike Walli and Bonnie Urfer who are scheduled to be released today from prisons in Lisbon, Ohio; Morgantown, West Virginia; and Lexington, Kentucky. We celebrate their faithful witness against the destructive power of thermonuclear weapons, expressed so courageously at the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in the July 5, 2010 resistance action. For each of them, the Y12 action was one of many compelling actions in which these resisters have stood to speak truth to power. Their odyssey through the legal system took them to jails and prisons in Knoxville, TN; Maryville, TN; Ocilla, GA; and Oklahoma City, OK in addition to the facilities from which they are released today.

Still in custody is Bill Bichsel, who we all know as Bix. At last report, Bix was scheduled to be transferred to a transitional facility later within the next few days to serve out the remained of his sentence; he entered SeaTac prison to serve three months for his Y12 action in November.

The last remaining Y12 resister from the July 2010 action to be sentenced is Dave Corcoran, who entered a plea of guilty in late December and will be sentenced on March 21, 2012.

In the words of Dennis DuVall, codefendant of all those named above: RESIST ALWAYS!

ralph [Hutchison]

ps. since the may 9 trial of the Y12 resisters, OREPA has marked their imprisonment each sunday evening at 6:00pm with the singing of “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize” at the conclusion of our weekly vigil at Y12, singing their names into the night air with great energy and hope. we continue to sing for bix and dave —

The only chain that we can stand
Is the chain of hand in hand
Keep your eyes on the prize—
Hold on!

Weekend Y-12 Update


I’ve gotten a bit behind, although Ralph Hutchison has been keeping us informed every step of the way with respect to the Y-12 gang.  Here’s a summary of what’s happened since October 13th (paraphrased from Ralph’s reports):

Mike Walli was initially moved from Blount County Jail to the luxurious Irwin County Detention Center on October 13th.  He was in the same cell block as Steve Baggarly.

Beth Rosdatter was released from federal custody Tuesday, October 18th from the US marshal’s office in the federal courthouse in Knoxville, TN at according to the marshals.  Beth was imprisoned for 30 days (ten days in the Knox County Detention Facility in Knoxville, TN and 20 days in Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, GA) for her nonviolent civil resistance action at the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, TN on July 5 2010.

Dennis Duvall was released October 19 from Blount County Jail and enjoyed time in the custody of friends in Knoxville before heading to NYC with Jake Weinstein to visit Occupy Wall Street. Friends got him a $5 jacket from goodwill (the weather turned in Knoxville).  They also had a little celebratory dinner on the evening of his release at king tut’s to see him off.

And this just in from Ralph: “thanks to a heads up from kim: the bureau of prisons shows mike walli and steve baggarly at the federal transfer center in oklahoma city. no indication that bonnie [Urfer] has moved; she is still listed ‘in transit.'”

And that’s the Y-12 news for the past couple weeks.  I spoke with Bix a week or so ago, and he had not yet heard about reporting to serve his sentence.

And don’t forget – We’re keeping Y-12 resisters’ prison mailing addresses updated at The Nuclear Abolitionist.

Stay tuned and, above all, keep resisting!



Y-12: Another sentencing… and a moment of silence for Jackie

Y12  Resisters’ Sentencing Report

[From Ralph Hutchison]

DAY FOUR • September 19, Mike Walli

Mike Walli appeared in federal court in Knoxville on Monday, September 19, 2011 to face sentencing for his May 2011 conviction on charges of trespass at the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, TN in July 2010. Mike has been in custody, held mostly in Ocilla, GA, since the trial in May. Continue reading

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