“YOU CAN JAIL THE RESISTERS BUT NOT THE RESISTANCE.”

Yesterday’s sentencing of Greg, Megan and Michael, the three members of Transform Now Plowshares, was the culmination of the government’s collusion with the Nuclear Industrial Complex.  It is collusion in the sense that the government is breaking many laws, including international humanitarian law, in its continuing pursuit of nuclear weapons, and the courts cannot help but see and uphold established precedents, including the Nuremberg Principles. Supposed justice was “blind” to the wrong things in this case, and essentially every other case of this kind.

There is no lack of irony in the timing of yesterday’s sentencing. Seventy-one years ago on February 18, 1943 Sophie Scholl and other members of The White Rose were arrested at the University of Munich for dropping leaflets protesting the evils of the Third Reich.  Click here for an article on this piece of history.  Sophie, her brother, and the other members of The White Rose clearly understood the consequences of their actions, should they be caught.

tnp three sentenced

Greg, Megan and Michael also understood the probable consequences of their actions, and took their action with joyful hearts and fully prepared to accept those consequences. Judge Thapar gave all three significant prison time – Megan 35 months, and Greg and Michael each received 62-month sentences.  The judge’s intention by giving such long prison terms was to dissuade others to engage in such actions and instead to pursue “legal” means.

Of course, those of us pursuing nuclear abolition clearly understand the futility of legal means, which we have all tried over and over. As Felice and Jack of The Nuclear Resister said in a recent post about the Transform Now Plowshares sentencing: “YOU CAN JAIL THE RESISTERS BUT NOT THE RESISTANCE.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our brothers and sister in resistance on the next stage of their journey.

 

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Transform Now Plowshares: Let the trial begin!!!

Dear Friends,

As I write this our dear friends Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed of the Transform Now Plowshares are in the thick of the second day of their trial in Federal District Court in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Yesterday was jury selection. Today they get down to the real business at hand.

Bix travelled back to Knoxville to be with them, and based on the photo I saw of him whooping it up with Sr. Megan during yesterday’s street celebration, it should be quite a week.

This trial is NOT – although one might not know it from nearly any of the media coverage – about lax security at a major nuclear weapons production facility (although one might ask questions about that).

  • It is about the total lack of security provided by the continued pursuit of nuclear weapons.
  • It is about the fundamental immorality of weapons that kill indiscriminately and on a massive scale, and leave a continuous trail of death far into subsequent generations.
  • It is about the fact that it is impossible for nuclear weapons and true human security to co-exist.  Nuclear weapons are against all that is human, and do not fit within any moral framework.
  • It is about why the United States continues to consider itself above our own laws, international humanitarian law and treaty obligations.
  • It is about asking questions such as how does the continuing buildup (by the US) of its nuclear weapons infrastructure along with the production of new weapons systems (example: the new generation of ballistic missile submarines in research and development) move us towards a nuclear weapons free world???
  • It is about whether we will we choose to base our nation (and our world) on a culture of peace or a culture of violence?  And nuclear weapons are truly the taproot of violence.

The Transform Now Plowshares has a website/blog where you can keep up with trial developments on a daily basis.  While you’re at the  blog you can sign up (see the upper right hand column) to get updates by email.

Let’s hold Greg, Megan and Michael and all who support them through their trial in our thoughts and prayers this week and beyond.

In Peace,

Leonard

Transform Now Plowshares URL: http://transformnowplowshares.wordpress.com/

Transform Now Plowshares Trial: An Invitation

Dear Friends

In only a few weeks (May 7th) our friends from the Transform Now Plowshares community will begin trial before Federal District Judge Amul Thapar in Knoxville TN.

Since last year their disarmament action has kept the government and its contractors hopping as they have sought to downplay the significance of this witness and kept the focus off the dangerous criminality of the nuclear arsenal itself and the role of the Oak Ridge Y12 plant in that continuing threat to creation.  For their truthfulness on July 28th and subsequently, Greg Bortje-Obed, Megan Rice and Michael Walli are facing three felony charges, including a charge under the Sabotage Act, and risking 35 years in prison.

Michael Walli, Sr. Megan Rice, and Greg Boerje-Obed

Michael Walli, Sr. Megan Rice, and Greg Boerje-Obed

We are encouraging supporters who can join us in Knoxville the week of the trial to make plans as early as possible and to let our host activists in Tennessee know as soon as possible, so they can plan hospitality accordingly.  In addition to the trial there will be activities over the weekend leading up to and each day surrounding the trial. Click here for more information if you will be joining us in Knoxville.

On Sunday May 5, in preparation for trial, there will be a Vigil at Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Plant — 5 p.m. at Y12 in Oak Ridge, followed by a Potluck and Festival of Hope — 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Savior UCC, 934 Weisgarber Road, Knoxville.

For those of you who will not be able to come to Knoxville, please consider public witness in solidarity with the trial in your locality and please consider sending on financial support for the witness. The legal effort itself entails bringing several expert witnesses and other legal resource people to Knoxville and the additional support needed to stand with Greg, Megan and Michael and their peace witness during their trial will also be significant .  

If you can provide financial assistance, you can contribute via the website https://www.wepay.com/donations/transform-now-plowshares or mail your contribution to Catholic Worker, PO Box 29179, Washington DC 20017 and designate it for “Transform Now Plowshares”.

We look forward to embodying a community of peace and justice with you in Knoxville in May

For the Transformation of our World,

The TNP Support Crew

Updates on Jackie & Bix

Joe Power-Drutis Update, June 14, 2011

Jackie Hudson 

Jackie is out of the hospital but the healing process continues. Sue Ablao has been at her bedside day and night since noon time on Friday June 10th. Yesterday, June 13th her doctor at the University of Tennessee Medical Center cleared Jackie to leave the hospital and return to the Northwest and continue medical treatment in Seattle. Jackie and Sue are currently staying in the same support community of lovely people I have been living with since I arrived here in early May. When Jackie feels strong enough to travel, she and Sue will leave for Seattle. Continue reading

Your Monday Morning DNP News Update

This Plowshares News Update just in from our ace reporter in the field, Joe Power-Drutis, always with his nose to the ground (excuse the canine reference Joe), sniffing out the newest news on the Disarm Now Plowshares- Monday morning, May 2, 2011.

Susan & Bix

As of this morning Bix remains in Atlanta and the federal register
continues to show Susan as ‘in transit’. The last we heard of Susan,
when she got her 60 second call, she was in Pahrump Nevada; but it
doesn’t necessarily mean that is where she is now.

Stevo

Steve Kelly reports he is hearing some rumblings that he is to be
transferred soon. This can mean that he will be moved to another
facility or he may be transferred to a permanent location within
SeaTac. At present, where he is at in SeaTac, his residence is
considered temporary. Steve went on to say “every inconvenience we may
go through brings us one step closer to nuclear abolition”.

Misc.

Last night, at St. Leo Church, we celebrated once more a Festival of
Hope. It was a wonderful gathering with guest speakers Blake Kremer
and Jackie Hudson. The Festival of Hope will continue in June, soon I
will send out a ‘save the date ‘for that celebration. I had to cut
short my time there at the end because of an appointment. That will
never happen again; there were incredible amounts of sweets, pastries
and time for personal sharing.

I will leave tomorrow for Tennessee; and if these old bones and wheels
of mine stay true, I hope to arrive on May 8th in Knoxville. Once
there I will meet up with Jackie Hudson and Sue Ablao of Ground Zero
Center for Nonviolent Action. Jackie and Bix were two of the 13
arrested at Y-12 on July 5, 2010. All 13 face 3 different charges of
trespassing and huge fines if convicted. Their trial begins on June
9th. (Correction: Trial begins May 9, 2011).

Plowshares News will travel with me. I hope to continue providing you
ongoing updates of all 5 Disarm Now Resistors and as best I can along
with information about the trial in Knoxville.

ONCE AGAIN

If you know someone who might want to have ongoing updates of the 5
Disarm Now Plowshares Resistors go to:
http://groups.google.com/group/plowshares-news       then follow the
steps to sign on.

For a comprehensive look at thermonuclear weapons in our community and
in our world I encourage you to turn to the Disarm Now Plowshares Web
Site at:
https://disarmnowplowshares.wordpress.com

Or:      Ground Zero Center for Non Violent Action
http://www.gzcenter.org

Founded in 1977, Ground Zero offers the opportunity to explore the
meaning and practice of nonviolence from a perspective of deep
spiritual reflection, providing a means for witnessing to and
resisting all nuclear weapons, especially Trident.

They seek to go to the root of violence and injustice in our world and
experience the transforming power of love through nonviolent direct
action.

They are located on 3.8 acres in Kitsap County that shares 330 feet of
fence with the Naval Submarine Base Kitsap-Bangor.

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