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,, 206-545-3462, or Sue Ablao,, 360-930-8697.

Walking the Road to Conversion

Reflection by Susan Crane

As the sentencing date approaches, I’m thinking about our walk onto the US Naval Base Bangor, and thinking about the nuclear weapons  at the Strategic Weapons Facility, Pacific.  Where do these warheads and missiles come from? Where are they made?

We know that the secondaries for the nuclear warheads are made at the Y-12 plant in Tennessee, and locally, both Bix and Jackie Hudson are both awaiting trial for walking onto the Y-12 property.

We know, from the discovery papers that the government gave us before the trial, that Lockheed Martin maintains the Reentry Bodies that carry the warheads from the D-5 missile to their target.  The day we walked into SWFPAC, Lockheed Martin said that they couldn’t work on the re-entry bodies  (RB lockheed martin)  and the cost impact was $40,000 dollars that day. Continue reading

Following a nonviolent Jesus while living in a warmaking state

Susan Crane, Tacoma WA  January 4, 2011

During the trial of the  Disarm Now Plowshares, Arlen Storm, the US attorney, said something to the effect that all of us in this courtroom want a world without nuclear weapons.  There is general agreement on that, and the question is, “How do we get there?” The US attorney was objecting to our tactics. And he’s not the only one objecting. Stephen Kent (Catholic News Services) wrote: “Granted, the tactics of the Disarm Now Plowshares were wrong, but not so the philosophy and theology at the root of their action.”

What is the value of a philosophy or theology, if it isn’t practiced?
Or, what does it mean to follow a nonviolent Jesus while living in a warmaking state?

From the Gospels we read that Jesus was a teacher of nonviolence and often broke the laws in order to obey God. This tradition of embracing God’s will can be found throughout the Hebrew Scriptures.

Shiphrah and Puah, Hebrew midwives

At the beginning of Exodus, we read that Shiphrah and Puah, the Hebrew midwifes, were ordered by the Pharaoh to kill the boys that were born to the Hebrew women. In between the lines, we can imagine that the midwives prayed, talked with each other and with their families, and made a decision based on their faith. The decided to disobey the Pharaoh, and not kill the boys. This is perhaps the first story in the scriptures where people deliberately, in a knowing and careful way, make a decision to obey God instead of Empire (the king or human laws). (Exodus 1:8-17) Continue reading

Summary of the Disarm Now Plowshares Trial. This can not be! Not now! Now What?

By Anabel Dwyer

Anabel Dwyer speaks to those gathered at the Disarm Now Plowshares trial events

Anabel Dwyer speaks about the Disarm Now Trial

Pray! Mourn! Organize!
This we still refuse to learn:
Our legal system “protects”
with useless fences
non-existent, classified “property”
belonging to US
“missioned” for genocide
from a Sister, two Fathers and
two Grandmas
who walk with and in love and beauty.

Disarm Now Plowshares and their banner “Trident: Illegal and Immoral” say it all. Stunning whistleblowers:  Sr. Anne Montgomery, 84;  Fr. William Bischel, 81;  Susan S. Crane, 65; Lynne Greenwald, 60 and Fr. Steven Kelly, 60, pointed out, with boundless kindly courage, the grotesque Trident plans and preparations for nuclear extermination that clearly violate peremptory rules and principles of humanitarian law, U.S war crimes (18 USC 2441) and Genocide (18 USC 1091) statutes and military law.

At trial, the Disarm Now Plowshares were not permitted to corroborate their legal and moral convictions and knowledge which formed the basis for their action.  Instead the court directed the jury to convict them for conspiracy, trespass, destruction and depredation of property knowing that this malicious and misplaced prosecution was fraudulently based on intentional misrepresentation of the purpose and function of the Kitsap-Bangor Naval Base. Continue reading

Just a Thought on This Night Before Court

One Family Celebrating Life

I can’t help but search for a pleasant image after viewing the hooded, handcuffed friends inside SWFPAC last November. We seem so vulnerable, but I felt so much at peace.  It was the right thing to do. The frightening thing is the fact that there is so much potential to destroy all life and that such weapons are sheltered on the Bangor Trident Base.  It was good to pray there, carrying the belief that Love and Truth will prevail. And so for my children and grandchild, and all the children of this world, today and in the future, I pray on forbidden ground. 

 – Lynne Greenwald

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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Disarm Now Plowshares – on the State of the World…


The Disarm Now Plowshares five were honored at the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility Annual Meeting on November 14, 2010. Between the formal proceedings each of the Disarm Now five was asked to comment on the “state of the world”.  Here is a video with those reflections.  Many thanks to Todd Boyle for providing this brief, but powerful connection to each of these dedicated peacemakers.

Click on the link or scroll down to watch: Plowshares Five “Disarm Now” interviews from toddboyle on Vimeo.

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Planting Seeds of Peace at Bangor

Susan Crane

In the fall of 2009, when the Disarm Now Plowshares activists went for a walk on Naval  Base Kitsap/Bangor, they carried with them the hope for nuclear abolition and hundreds of sunflower seeds to sow on the base.

Sunflowers are the international symbol of nuclear disarmament.

The sunflower plants are able to extract pollutants, including radioactive metal contaminants,  through their roots and store them in the stems and leaves.  This process is called phytoremediation.

After the Chernobyl nuclear accident in the Ukraine in 1986, rafts with sunflowers growing on them floated on a small pond. The plants were used to  clean the pond; their roots dangled in the water to suck up the radionuclides cesium 137 and strontium 90. The Chernobyl sunflower project began in 1994. The plants  absorb cesium and strontium and then after they have been about three weeks in the water, the plants  are disposed of as radioactive waste. Continue reading

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