Put Trident On Trial!!!

Dear Friends,

Just one year ago today the five members of the Disarm Now Plowshares, along with their legal team and supporters, packed the courtroom in the Tacoma Union Station Federal Courthouse for their trial resulting from the 2009 Disarm Now Plowshares action.

As I sat through that trial with our courageous brothers and sisters who were (and still are) willing to risk everything for the sake of humanity I marvelled at who was on trial.  It was Trident, the most horrific, abominable, omnicidal weapon ever conceived – and also a weapon that our government refuses to give up –  that should have been on trial.

Early morning, December 8, 2010, at the Tacoma Federal Courthouse

Had our justice system been functioning as it should, the members of Disarm Now Plowshares would have been able to do just that – put Trident on trial.

The outcome of that December trial only strengthened our resolve to continue the struggle against the merchants of death and speak out for life.  Bix’s reflection today reminds us that “in the stillness and early shadows of Advent” we may find an opening.  May we be open to the Spirit, and walk in its “hope and light,” and may we continue the journey of resistance until one day these weapons are no more.

In Thanks, Peace and Hope,

Leonard

Affirmative Defenses Denied to Plowshares Activists, yet Government attorneys want to silence them even more!

What does it mean to have a trial?  Aren’t the jurors supposed to hear the truth and hear the story of what happened from the defendants? Aren’t the defendants supposed to be able to testify to the “whole truth?”  You may be surprised to read about what the government (the Assistant US Attorneys) want to exclude from the trial.

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