October 9th Prayer Action: CatholicWorker arrests: 59 at the Nuclear Test Site (NNSS) and 18 at Creech Air Force Base

(photos: Mary Lou)

From: the CatholicWorker:
October 9th CW arrests: 59 @ the Nuclear Test Site (NNSS) & 18 @ Creech Air Force Base

NEVADA NATIONAL SECURITY SITE PRAYER-ACTION
The NNSS (formerly the NTS & NPG) has been unlawfully occupying Shoshone land for over 60 years, conducting nuclear bomb tests and other international criminal violence. It’s a place needing much prayer and radioactive remediation. The people working there need our prayers too. This week is also Keep Space for Peace Week, so today’s actions at the NNSS and Creech are supporting a peace-zone around the planet, including in the outer space currently occupied by US weapons satellites.

Therefore, Catholic Workers have come here for decades on special dates, so that the violence may stop, and national resources may be used for the common good, especially for poverty relief for those among the 99% of the people affected by the 1% who are making bad decisions.

CREECH AFB PRAYER-ACTION

Creech Air Force Base is the headquarters of the USAF’s 432nd Air Wing of Predator and Reaper drones which operates armed remotely piloted aircraft in various foreign countries. The NNSS continues to support the country’s nuclear weapons programs, has a mandate to restart full-scale nuclear bomb tests within two years if so ordered by the President, and receives and stores radioactive waste on land that legally belongs to the Western Shoshone Nation.

Therefore, Catholic Workers have decided to help halt these offenses, so that the violence may stop, and national resources may be used for the common good, especially for poverty relief for those among the 99% of the people affected by the 1% who are making bad decisions. This week is also Keep Space for Peace Week, so today’s actions at the NNSS and Creech are supporting a peace-zone around the planet, including in the outer space currently occupied by US weapons satellites.

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List of arrestees at Creech still awaiting charges:

Matt Campbell (24) from Arizona
Huntley Hoffman (25) from Arizona
Nancy Mancias (41) from Arizona
Betsy Lamb (72) from Arizona
Fr. Jerry Zawada, (74) ofm from Arizona
John Heid (56) from Arizona
Toby Blome (56) from California
Mike Wisniewski (62) from California
Fr. Louis Vitale, ofm (79) from California
Mary Moody (47) from Iowa
Brian Terrell (56) from Iowa
Rosalie Riegle (74) from Michigan
Rebecca Lambert (28) Minnesota
Theo Kayser (21) from Missouri
Robert Majors (24) from Las Vegas, Nevada
Jim Haber (49) from Las Vegas, Nevada
Rachel Winch (27) from Wisconsin
Christine Nelson (64) from (North America)

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War is the Obscenity!

On October 2nd 2010, Veterans For Peace hung banners inside and on the outside of the Newseum in Washington, DC. See the photo and film here. No one got arrested, the banners were returned, and as you can see it attracted a lot of attention!

Here is a link to the Newsbulletin:

WAR IS THE OBSCENITY

The ‘F’-word vs. the ‘W’-word

by Kim Carlyle

Our culture views the “f”-word as vulgar and offensive—even obscene, yet accepts the “w”-word with no such sense of revulsion.
Strange!

Read more: http://indypendent.org/pdf/WCT_Special.pdf

Minnesotans join New York Protesters at Demonstration in Saratoga Springs, New York

From:
Women Against Military Madness

July 23, 2010

Outside the racetrack… war is a bad bet.

Minnesota veterans stood in solidarity with veterans from Saratoga Springs and Albany New York as they protested the war at the Saratoga Springs race track’s 142nd opening day. Veterans for Peace members stood in pouring rain with banners and placards that asked the question “How’s the War Economy Working for You?” The Saratoga Race Course reopened Friday after nearly going bankrupt in 2008. As racing fans paused to buy tip sheets at the race course gates, veterans chanted “War is a bad bet! and were handed brochures that asked folks “How is the War Economy Working for You?” Some race goers stated they had thought the war economy would bring prosperity, but were disappointed with the war’s multi-billion dollar drain on the economy.

According to demonstration organizer John Amidon, of Tom Paine Veterans for Peace Chapter 10 in Albany New York, upstate New York is hard-hit by the war economy. “One doesn’t need to go to Detroit to see collapsed cities. Regionally Schenectady, Amsterdam, and Gloversville, NY are cities in steep decline if not already collapsed. The war economy is simply not working for the people of New York State.”

Among the protesters were Minnesotans Coleen Rowley, one of Time Magazine 2002 Persons of the Year and a former FBI staff attorney, Jack Rossbach of International campaign to Ban Land Mines and Cluster Munitions, and Kim Doss-Smith of Women Against Military Madness, plus a few members of Twin Cities Chapter 27 of Veterans for Peace. They are members of a delegation of 19 Minnesota peace activists that are in Albany New York attending a national conference and strategy planning session of the national peace movement.

NPT Meet Draws Thousands of Anti-Nukes Activists

From: Common Dreams
Published on Monday, May 3, 2010 by Inter Press Service

by Anna Shen

UNITED NATIONS – Japanese women in kimonos carrying signs urging “No More Hiroshima”, an 80-year-old grandmother, and 18 mayors from around the world were just some of the almost 15,000 people who marched in New York City Sunday to rally for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

A demonstrator holds a peace sign during an anti-nuclear weapons protest rally and march in New York May 2, 2010. (REUTERS/Chip East)The hot, humid weather did not deter the protesters, who walked from Times Square, passing the United Nations on their way to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza for a peace festival with music and heated discussion over the month-long review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which begins Monday at the U.N.

The crowd viewed the issue from different angles, but they were firmly united on one thing: the urgent need to end the nuclear arms race.

“It is now time to rid the world of all weapons of mass destruction. No more nukes, no more wars. Yes we can, yes we must,” said Judith Le Blanc, an organizer with the group Peace Action.

Aug. 9 will mark the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Nagasaki, said its current mayor, Tomihisa Taue.

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