Monday 21 November 2011—Members of a group calling themselves "Occupy Washington" delivered an invitation to the Governor to join the occupation movement. They set up a tent for the Governor to stay.
UPDATE: Summary of defendants' pre-sentencing statements now available here.
Tomorrow is trial. I and five others are accused by the Navy of trespassing at Bangor Naval Nuclear Weapons base. We follow in the wake of the Plowshares Five http://disarmnowplowshares.wordpress.com/. The following article is also published in the June issue of Works In Progress.
UPDATE, more information here: disarmnowplowshares.wordpress.com/
The following is from a press release. The photo is from a different but related event:
5 people arrested on Naval Base Kitsap- Bangor
The “Disarm Now Trident Plowshares Action”
Bill “Bix” Bischel, S.J., 81, of Tacoma, Washington; Susan Crane, 65, of Baltimore MD; Lynne Greenwald, 60, of Bremerton Washington; Steve Kelly, S.J., 60, of Oakland, CA.; Anne Montgomery RSCJ, 83, of New York, New York, were arrested on Naval Base Kitsap- Bangor. They entered the Base in the early morning hours of November 2, 2009, All Souls Day, with the intention calling attention to the illegality and immorality of the existence of the Trident weapons system. They entered thru the perimeter fence, made their way to the Strategic Weapons Facility – Pacific ( SWFPAC) where they were able to cut thru the first chainlink fence surrounding SWF-PAC, walked to and cut the next double layered fence, which was both chain link and barbed wire, onto the grounds of SWFPAC. As they walked onto the grounds, they held a banner saying…… “Disarm Now Plowshares : Trident: Illegal + Immoral”, left a trail of blood and hammered on the roadway (Trigger Ave and Sturgeon) that are essential to the working of the Trident weapons system, hammered on the fences around SWFPAC and scattered sunflower seeds throughout the base. They were then thrown to the ground face down, handcuffed and hooded and held there for 4 hours on the wet cold ground. They were taken, hooded and carried out thru the very holes in the fence that they had made, for questioning by Base security, FBI and NCIS. They refused to give any information except their names, and were cited as of now, for trespass and destruction of government property, given a ban and bar letter and released.
I am interested in how to build a protest movement to effectively challenge the wrongs and tyrannies of our government. I am of the belief, similar to Ms. Wolf, that although nonviolent - the movement must also utilize the use of phsycial force. Physical force need not be violent in nature - it can be used in constructive and creative ways - by stopping traffic, for example.
But in order for such a tactic as civil resistance traffic stoppages to be effective, it must also be Massive. So the question becomes, how to build an inclusive broad-based massive (and thereby effective) civil resistance movement?
In peace, justice, solidarity, and with light, love, and truly nonviolent intentions,
p.s. I want to add that regular marches and protests that don't involve direct action in civil resistance, are not "fake." I believe that regular protests are very important to community building. - But I also believe there is need for more - because the government of the USA is murdering people in the name of conquest and imperialism. Murder is unacceptable and intolerable.
What: Student Walkout
When: Friday, Nov. 14
10:00 AM: Meet at SPSCC campus, between buildings 22 and 26.
11:00 AM: March to Sate Capital Building.
12:00 PM: Rally at the State Capital Building.
For more information: walkout2008.blogspot.com/
Please forward far and wide. And feel free to respond at firstname.lastname@example.org. -Brendan Maslauskas Dunn
Student Power and the Sit-in at Evergreen
May 30th marked the 10th day of the sit-in of Evergreen State College administrator Art Costantino's hallway. Students are demanding the immediate reinstatement of Olympia SDS and have recently added the additional demands that Kelly Beckham, an SDSer be offered her job back as well as compensation for time lost, and a change in the process by which student groups lose their RSO (Registered Student Organization) status that is determined by those most affected, the students and members of > these organizations.
The banning of SDS as a student group is an indication of the current political climate at The Evergreen State College, one that has been increasingly suppressing student dissent, which includes the aiding of law enforcement agents in the arresting of students, the handing over of student records to law enforcement agencies, punishing students for their political beliefs and activities. This includes the firing of Kelly Beckham and the firing of students who were allegedly involved in the events of February 14th, but who have not been convicted or even charged as well as the selective enforcement of a "concert moratorium. The Evergreen State College is also on a path of becoming increasingly more mainstream which is pushing the college in a direction contrary to its original mission statement. The students sitting-in want to see an end to all of this.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Share the Dream of
A World Without War
Join the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action for a traditional vigil and direct action at the gates of Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor, on Saturday, January 19. Honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as together we resist nuclear weapons, the occupation of Iraq, and the bombing of Iran.
Twelve Arrested in Des Moines as Obama Campaign Hinders Press Coverage of Protest
by Michael Gillespie for publication
Josh Earnest, Iowa communications director for U.S. Sen. Barak Obama (D-IL), is running scared in the final few days before the Iowa Caucuses. He must be, otherwise he would not have risked the consequences of ejecting half a dozen media workers from Obama's Iowa campaign headquarters on Wednesday, Jan. 2, and barring entry to several more.
Reporters and photojournalists representing news organizations in Japan, Germany, Great Britain, and the USA were hindered in their efforts to report on a bona fide news event when Earnest insisted they work outside in the sub-freezing single digit cold while inside a group of eight antiwar activists from Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV) and the Iowa Occupation Project questioned Obama's positions on the war in Iraq, military spending, and U.S. Middle East foreign policy.
Though he knew who the protesters represented and why they had come to Obama campaign headquarters (this reporter heard an Obama staffer say, "We knew they were coming and we have a plan to deal with them"), Earnest told one Iowa newspaper, "They basically just sort of came into the front office and were talking loudly and being disruptive."