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.
I posted a report about yesterday's protest at Ground Zero, http://peacepotential.blogspot.com/2011/05/military-submarines-are-offensive.html —As an aside, I am currently being prosecuted by the Navy and DOJ on federal trespassing charges. I am accused of trespassing on federal property this past January, during the GZ MLK Jr. vigil and traditional civil disobedience activities...
p.s. next court date is June 1st
Members of the Plowshares 5 were sentenced to prison today. In November 2009, the Plowshares 5, ranging in age from their 50s to 80s, were apprehended on the Naval nuclear weapons base, Bangor-Kitsap. They were on the base to express their opposition to nuclear weapons. For the most recent information please see Disarm Now! Plowshares, or Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action.
Yesterday I was arrested during a protest against weapons of mass destruction in Kitsap county. I decided to risk arrest because I am opposed to the nuclear weapons establishment, and because I want to draw attention to connections between the problems of racism, militarism/war (and aggressive foreign policy,) and poverty—in commemoration of the life and work and vision of Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr..
GZ Center for Nonviolence press release follows:
If you oppose militarism and imperialism, then you might be interested in learning more and/or participating in some or all of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action Hiroshima/Nagasaki remembrance events at Ground Zero, which is near the Bangor Naval Submarine Base on the Kitsap Peninsula (in between the Puget Sound and Hood Canal.)
August 6-9 at GZ "ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS: OUR JOB NOW! "
Join the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action for four days of activities in remembrance of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. All events are at our beautiful new house at 16159 Clear Creek Rd. NW, Poulsbo, WA 98730, unless otherwise noted.
Military Personnel (I want to be your friend. I want the USA to stop abusing you.)
Saturday 16 January 2010
Naval Base Kitsap Bangor
Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action
Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Action
Do the mainstream accounts reflect the whole story? In the mainstream, is there adequate analysis of the environment surrounding the death of JFK? The answer is no.
Here's a compelling analysis by Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action co-founder James W. Douglass. It's titled JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters. The book contains an account that has been all but ignored by the mainstream press. So I think it is important to promote this important book through alternative channels.
"...an extraordinary new book offers the best account I have read of this tragedy and its significance. That book is James Douglass's JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters. It is a book that deserves the attention of all Americans; it is one of those rare books that, by helping us understand our history, has the power to change it.
[additional quoted material]: "Why does it matter? The death of JFK remains a critical turning point in our history. Those who caused his death were targeting not just a man but a vision -- a vision of peace. There is no calculating the consequences of his death for this country and for the world. Those consequences endure. To a large extent, the fate of our country and the future of the planet continue to be controlled by the shadowy forces of what Douglass calls "the Unspeakable." Only by unmasking these forces and confronting the truth about our history can we restore the promise of democracy and lay claim to Kennedy's vision of peace."
[Oliver Stone: JFK and the Unspeakable]
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.
Here's a video from a recent talk given by Brian Wilson at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action. The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action formed in resistance to the Trident nuclear weapons system, which exists in capacity to launch first strike nuclear attack.
[Make sure to also see the video of a talk by Laura Nader, which appears in the comments section.]
Rumor has it that the Bangor Naval Submarine Base, on the Kitsap Peninsula, maintains and stores over 2,000 nuclear warheads (which is roughly 25% of the total US stockpile of this particular type of weapon of mass destruction.) If any one of the more than 2,000 nuclear warheads were to detonate, the immediate impacts would likely be felt in Olympia.
The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action has been advocating abolition of nuclear weapons for over 30 years. The center features 3.8 acres of land abutting the trident capable submarine base.
Many experts on the issue have vigorously argued that the Trident nuclear weapon missile system is illegal because of offensive strike capabilities. Some say that the existence of these weapons is a crime against humanity, and a crime against peace.
In order to honor, commemorate, and celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., the Ground Zero Center holds a regular meeting, traditional vigil, and nonviolent direct resistance action (in the form of civil road-blocks.) The Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative actions are one of three yearly GZ actions.
For more information about this weekend's events, or the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in general: www.gzcenter.org