[[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!

Steve Baggarly’s Y-12 Sentencing Statement

Steve Baggarly Sept 19, 2011 Pre-sentence Statement – Y-12 Trials

The y-12 plant in Oak Ridge enriched the uranium that is
contained in every nuclear warhead in the United States’ arsenal. It
first produced weapons-grade uranium for the atomic bomb dropped on
 Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. Kozo Itagaki was one mile from
ground zero on that day:

“Victims of the blast seemed like ghosts, without a vestige of
clothing on their sore and burned bodies and it was hard to
distinguish their sex if you didn’t take a close look. They were
tottering toward the park, avoiding people who had sunk to the ground.
They were asking for help and water in a faint voice, with their arms
held out, with their skin peeled and hung down like potato skins.
Supposedly they thought there must be some remedy if they could reach
the top of the hill. But the next morning those who finally reached
the top were dead, falling one upon another without being able to get
medical treatment.

Together with some relatively healthy soldiers I spent days
relieving injured people in the city, collecting corpses, burying and
incinerating them, putting ashes in order, and so on. At around noon
four days after the incident, when we were at rest, a boy (he looked
like a third grader) came up with tottering steps and said, “Soldier,
please give me water.” I looked at him and saw that the boy had a sign
of jaundice. He also showed signs of dehydration. His hair had partly
fallen out. Everyone there agreed that if he drank water he would die.
I said I would bring him some a little later, and told him to lie down
under the tree for a while. And we proceeded with our conversation.
Suddenly I noticed the boy drinking sewage with his head down deep in
the gutter nearby. He soon died.”

Now I am a parent of a child and whenever I recall the happenings
I imagine how hard the boy was crying for Father and Mother in his
heart, or if the parents had been on the spot how much they would have
felt frantic; and I regret that I didn’t let him drink water there and

In Hiroshima, 100,000 people were killed instantly and another
100,000 died painful deaths within the next few months. Just the US
nuclear weapons ready for launching right now have over 55,000 times
the explosive power of that first bomb, and there are more in reserve.
As it is, the government is building three new nuclear bomb plants,
 including one at Oak Ridge, and is in the process of rehabbing and
upgrading every weapon in its stockpile to make them even more
powerful and to ensure they last into the next century. Through Y-12
nuclear weapons complex the Department of Energy, the US military,
Congress, the Federal Courts, the White House and the American people
conspire daily in preparation and rehearsal for the end of the world.

If the nation doesn’t repent of its nuclear idolatry, we won’t
even have the luxury of feeling regret should anything like the
following words of Jimmy Carter come to be:

“In an all-out nuclear war, more destructive power than all of
World War II would be unleashed every second during the long afternoon
it would take for the missiles and bombs to fall. A World War II every
second—more people killed in the first hours than all the wars in
history put together. The survivors, if any, would live in despair
amid the ruins of a civilization that had committed suicide.”

That such a possibility exists in a world filled with children is
unspeakable evil. The United States, as inventor of nuclear weapons,
the only nation ever to use them on human beings, and as perpetual
leader in the nuclear arms race, bears the greatest responsibility to
ensure such mass suicide never happens. At this critical time in
history, if there is to be any hope for stopping the proliferation of
nuclear weapons and moving toward a nuclear weapons-free world, the
United States must make good on international commitments to disarm.
It must act in spite of fear. With Manhattan Project-like
relentlessness, we must lead the world in a nuclear DIS-armament race.

If we as a people stop putting our faith in gods of metal, our
trust in superior firepower, seeking salvation in the DEATH OF
EVERYTHING… If we depart from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue
it, I believe we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the

Y-12 sentencings: Steve Baggarly – “depart from the Gods of metal”

Y12 Resisters’ Sentencing Report [by Ralph Hutchison]

DAY FIVE, PART I • 20 September 2011, Steve Baggarly

The purpose of the hearing was to sentence Steve Baggarly for his July 2010 trespass at the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex, but when the Judge turned to ask Steve if he had anything to say, Steve delivered a message that was part indictment of the bomb plant and part map of the path to hope.

He began with the simple fact that Y12 enriched the uranium for the Little Boy bomb and produced the thermonuclear secondary for every nuclear weapon in the US arsenal. He illustrated the true nature of the bomb with a recollection of the story of a Hiroshima survivor, Kozu Itagaki, who reported: “Victims of the blast seemed like ghosts, without a vestige of clothing, their sex unclear, tottering toward the park, their skin hanging down like potato skins. They climbed toward the top of the hill, supposing they would find relief, but the next morning they were found dead at the top of the hill.” Itagaki-san spent the next days collecting corpses, interrupted in that work by a young boy who approached begging for water. “We saw the signs of jaundice, dehydration, his hair falling out. We agreed that if we gave him water, he would die. We told him to sit under the tree, and we would bring him water later. When we looked over, we saw that he had put his head into sewage and drank there and died. Now that I am a parent, I realize how hard he was crying in his heart for his mother and his father, and I regret that I did not give him water to drink.”

The weapons being produced by the United States today have the power of thousands of Hiroshima bombs, Steve said, and he cited the Congress, the White House, the courts and the American people for a conspiracy and daily rehearsal of the end of the world. “If we do not repent of this idolatry,” Steve said, “we will not even have a chance to regret it.” He quoted Jimmy Carter’s assessment that a nuclear exchange would unleash the entire firepower of World War 2 every second. “Survivors,” Carter said, and Steve repeated,”will live in despair, in a world that has committed suicide.”

Steve(right) & friends dancing on a B-52

“To require children to live in a world threatened by nuclear weapons is an unspeakable evil,” Steve told the court, “and the United States has a moral responsibility to make sure it never happens. If we have any hope for a nuclear weapons free future, the United States must lead, acting with the relentlessness of the Manhattan Project, a nuclear disarmament race.

“We must depart from the Gods of metal,” Steve said, “Depart from evil and seek good, and only then will we see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

The Judge read the formalities, noting Steve’s several convictions, most recently in March 2010, making him a Category 4 offender, in the 6-12 month range according to the sentencing guidelines. He then sentenced Steve to 8 months in federal prison—he has served four months already. The judge did not levy a fine, and declined to order probation following his release.

Court adjourned, and we bid Steve blessings of peace as he was led in shackles out of the courtroom. Moments later, we enlisted the help of the US Assistant District Attorney to amend the Judge’s order to recommend Steve’s assignment to the federal prison in Petersburg, Virginia.

Steve will be held in Blount County jail where he is cell mates with Mike Walli. It is not clear how long they will be in Tennessee or where they will be moved to when they are moved, but we have scheduled visitation for Saturday morning.

Brad Lyttle will face Judge Guyton for sentencing this afternoon, at 1:30pm.

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