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"Twenty nuclear abolitionists arrested blocking road into Bangor sub base"
Twenty peace activists from around the United States were arrested on March 4 as a result of their nonviolent protest against nuclear weapons at a U.S. Naval base.
Members of the Pacific Life Community gathered at the Main Gate to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor early Monday morning in resistance to the continued deployment of the Trident nuclear weapons system and the associated threat of use of nuclear weapons by the U.S. government.
Read more here [http://www.nukeresister.org/2013/03/05/3598/].
"U.S. Military refuser Justin Colby jailed 9 months for desertion"
Supporters asked to write letters requesting early release -
Army Specialist Justin Colby pled guilty to desertion at his court martial March 22, at Fort Carson, Colorado. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison, a bad conduct discharge, reduction to the lowest rank (E-1) and loss of all pay allowances. Thanks to a sealed pre-trial plea agreement, SPC Colby will only be serving a 9 month prison sentence.
Read more here [http://www.nukeresister.org/2013/03/27/military-refuser-justin-colby-jailed-9-months-for-desertion/].
"Arrests at Holy Week nuclear weapon and drone protests"
AT LOCKHEED MARTIN - CALIFORNIA
On Good Friday, people held signs and banners outside the Lockheed Martin factory in Sunnyvale, California where the Trident II D-5 missiles are built. Some of those present went into the roadway carrying a cross and peace sign flag, blocking the entrance to Lockheed Martin in an act of nonviolent resistance to nuclear weapons and war-making. Six people were arrested by Sunnyvale police. Two - Larry Purcell and Fr. Steve Kelly, SJ - are in jail awaiting a court hearing.
Read more here [http://www.nukeresister.org/2013/03/30/3653/].
AT CREECH AIR FORCE BASE
On March 27, peace activists participating in the Nevada Desert Experience’s annual Sacred Peace Walk blocked traffic at Nevada’s Creech Air Force Base, home to Predator and Reaper remote-controlled drone aircraft. The grim reaper (on hand for the event) held a model drone aloft, symbolically executing 7 protesters with a drone attack. The Air Force and Las Vegas metro police responded by arresting the grim reaper and his fellow life affirming peace activists who lay dying in the road.
Read more here [http://www.nukeresister.org/2013/03/27/eight-drone-protesters-arrested-during-die-in-at-creech-air-force-base/].
AT THE PENTAGON
On Good Friday, people who were gathered for an annual Holy Week Faith and Resistance retreat processed silently into the protest zone at the Pentagon. Sr. Margaret McKenna and Art Laffin went out onto the Pentagon sidewalk and held an adoration of the Cross. They were arrested by Pentagon police as the group sang “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” Charged with “failure to comply with a lawful order,” the pair was processed and released with a May 17 court date.
Read more here [http://www.nukeresister.org/2013/03/31/two-arrested-at-pentagon-good-friday-witness/].
AT LOCKHEED MARTIN - PENNSYLVANIA
About forty people gathered at Lockheed Martin for the Brandywine Peace Community’s annual Good Friday peace demonstration and stations of the cross. At the 12th station – Jesus dies on the Cross – the tolling of a large peace bell accompanied a period of silence and the reading of names (all civilians, mostly children) of drone strike victims in Pakistan. A group of people with crosses, signs and a long banner reading "Lockheed Martin - War & Weapons - Christ Crucified" then walked into the crosswalk of the company’s wide main driveway entrance and stood as the names continued to be read. Eleven people were arrested.
Read more here [http://www.nukeresister.org/2013/03/31/eleven-activists-arrested-on-good-friday-in-pennsylvania-at-lockheed-martin-worlds-largest-war-profiteer/].
AT LIVERMORE LAB
Activists blocked the west gate of Livermore Lab in California early on Good Friday morning. Thirty-seven people were arrested, charged with obstructing a public roadway before being released. An annual Good Friday service is held there, protesting the lab's involvement in nuclear weapons development.
Read more here [http://www.nukeresister.org/2013/03/30/37-arrested-at-livermore-lab-good-friday-protest/].
AT NEVADA NATIONAL SECURITY SITE/NEVADA TEST SITE
On Good Friday, March 29, at the conclusion of Nevada Desert Experience’s annual Sacred Peace Walk, 20 participants were arrested at the entrance of the historic nuclear weapons proving ground 65 miles from Las Vegas. Many of the participants performed a yoga-dance in flash-mob style just prior to crossing the line onto Nevada National Security Site/Nevada Test Site property.
Read more here [http://www.nukeresister.org/2013/03/30/activists-arrested-after-performing-pre-easter-yoga-peace-dance-at-nevada-national-security-site/].
[Editors' note: We are waiting for reports on Holy Week actions at the Minneapolis Federal Court House and the Ministry of Defence in London. Please let us know of other arrests during Holy Week we may have missed.]
"Manning's statement in court takes responsibility for releasing documents to WikiLeaks"
...I wanted the American public to know that not everyone in Iraq and Afghanistan were targets that needed to be neutralized, but rather people who were struggling to live in the pressure cooker environment of what we call asymmetric warfare. After the release I was encouraged by the response in the media and general public who observed the aerial weapons team video. As I hoped, others were just as troubled—if not more troubled—than me by what they saw...
Read complete statement here [http://www.nukeresister.org/2013/03/07/bradley-mannings-statement-taking-responsibility-for-releasing-documents-to-wikileaks/].
"Five arrests at nuclear plant after dismissal of Pilgrim 14 case"
After 11 defendants had their charges dismissed on March 13 stemming from a May 2012 anti-nuclear protest, fifty activists left the courthouse and went directly to the main gate of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant. They got very close to the reactor building before being noticed. Five who refused to leave were arrested for trespass.
Read more here [http://www.nukeresister.org/2013/03/16/after-dismissal-of-pilgrim-14-case-5-were-arrested-at-nuclear-power-plant/].