Shut down Creech 2016: Military Veterans arrested at Creech Air Force Base Trying to Stop Drone Warfare

Indian Springs, NV – During peak rush hour traffic on Thursday, March 31 at Creech Air Force Base, military veterans and friends were arrested while waving Veterans for Peace (VFP) flags and nonviolently blocking traffic at the East Gate on Hwy. 95, the primary commuter gate into the base. As the traffic was impeded, Las Vegas police diverted cars up the highway to less used, alternative gates.

At the same time, 20 people held vigil between the frontage road and US Highway 95 as four other peace and justice activists greeted the diverted traffic with a second peaceful anti-drone blockade expressed as a sitting silent meditation in front of the second gate.

The arrests at 7:50 a.m. were part of a week-long orchestrated effort by over 100 activists from over 20 states in the country, mobilized to oppose the U.S. drone program that uses remotely controlled planes controlled at Creech to indiscriminately drop missiles on some of the most vulnerable populations in the world. Thursday’s traffic was delayed for fifteen minutes, as Creech employees and contractors were diverted to the 2nd gate, and then to the 3rd gate once demonstrators blocked the 2nd gate. The prayer-activists at the 2nd gate were not arrested.

This was the first of several civil resistance actions planned during the week-long National Mass Mobilization against Drone Warfare known as SHUT DOWN CREECH. All of the demonstrators who were arrested were taken to the Las Vegas Metropolitan County Jail.

Meanwhile the remaining activists at “Camp Justice” across from the base continue the regular schedule of nonviolence training and strategy sessions for creative and nonviolent ways to stop the illegal assassination program at Creech Air Force Base for as long as possible.

The 8 activists arrested were:

Barry Binks, VFP, California
Leslie Harris, VFP, Texas
Tarak Kauff, VFP, New York
Chris Knudsen, VFP, California
Barry Ladendorf, VFP, California
Ken Mayers, VFP, New Mexico
Joan Pleune, NY Granny Peace Brigade, New York
Col. Ann Wright, VFP and retired 29 year army veteran, and former U.S. diplomat, Hawaii

Press release Shut Down Creech 31-3-16

Military Veterans arrested at Creech Air Force Base Trying to Stop Drone Warfare, 31st of March 2016

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Nevada Desert Experience Sacred Peace Walk 2016

The Sacred Peace Walk of 2016 has already taken place, because of the early Easter of this year. Here is the press release of this year’s Line-crossing protest at the NNSS beyond which nuclear weapons have been tested:

21 peace walkers arrested at the Nevada National Security Site aka Nevada Test Site.

NDE Press Release for the 2016 Sacred Peace Walk

NDE Press Release for the 2016 Sacred Peace Walk

Sacred Peace Walk: 28 March – 3 April, 2015

Dear Friend,

Immediately below are the links to the Nevada Desert Experience Sacred Peace Walk schedule and registration. For years I have been inviting you to this transformative spiritual journey which brings together both the inner journey and outer manifestations of compassionate change, a process of love and affirmation that works so beautifully that many of us return year after year. We affirm civil resistance at Creech AFB and the Nevada National Site, (formerly the Nevada Test Site.

Everything is here to register, quickly and easily. Please do! This walk is for all who wish to experience an integrated spiritual experience and who are willing to look into the soul’s mirror under the clear desert sky. This is a walk into the wild and beautiful Mojave. We will meet demons and goddesses and flying robotic killing machines. At the end of the walk we will confront one of humanities gravest mistakes, nuclear weapons. With our gentle and tender love we continue the process of at-one-ment. Please join us and know the joy and hope, the friendship and community which grows so bountifully with each step taken.
Sacred Peace Walk Schedule

Registration Information for the 2015 Sacred Peace Walk with Nevada Desert Experience

Las Vegas to the Nevada National Security Site 28 March – 3 April, 2015

Paz,
John Amidon
PS This year we will be joined by members of the 2015 NPT Peace Walk For A Nuclear Free Future For Peace and the Planet, From San Francisco to the United Nations, NYC. How wonderful! Please share this message too!

A handmade holy staff as a gift

This afternoon the NDE received a very special gift. A man named Roland (second from the left) came by and brought handmade staff to guide us on our Sacred Peace Walk.

Not only beautiful, but also a magical moment. The man didn’t know us, but just heard a week before that the Sacred Peace Walkers had no staff to guide them. So, he made us one.
At the top of the staff he wrote down the following words:

The Gathering.
Like majestic eagle;
Freedom! 
Soaring endless thru skies of blue
above our God giving lands
Searching!
Thru piercing eyes looking down upon the gathering!
Men and  women of color, with a cause!
Those searching souls
searching for answers of questions!
searching for answers of questions!
Carry on good soldier
Carry on!