This LINK and this LINK provide an excellent analysis of the crisis in the Ukraine that we are not getting from the Western mainstream news media. These articles tell a very different story that contains much more truth than the rhetoric coming out of Washington and the EU. Let us not forget the hypocrisy also present as U.S. imperial policy includes the illegal invasion and occupation of both, Iraq and Afghanistan, not to forget the ongoing illegal (and immoral) drone attacks in Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen. God forgive US.
Anti-nuclear activists Sr. Megan Rice, 84 (center), was sentenced to 35 months in federal prison plus 3 years probation; Greg Boertje-Obed, 58 (left), and Michael Walli, 64 (right), each were sentenced to 62 months plus 3 years probation on charges of interfering with national security and damaging property at the Y-12 National Security Complex in July 2012 — the facility that once provided the enriched uranium for the Hiroshima bomb. In addition, the defendants were ordered to pay $52,953 in restitution fees. See stories HERE and HERE. Learn more about their action HERE.
This LINK is to a January 29, 2014, presentation by Sharon Delgado speaking at Parkside Community Church in Sacramento on “The Role of Nonviolent Direct Action in Christian Peacemaking.” In it, she shares some of the experiences and insights that have shaped her 35-year peacemaking journey, including the recently-concluded trial in which she was found guilty of trespassing onto Beale Air Force Base during a nonviolent protest against drone warfare. She also shows how Jesus’ life, teachings, actions, death, and resurrection can inspire us to follow him directly into the heart of the struggle for a transformed world. This LINK is to Earth-Justice Ministries, which Sharon is a part of.
The Transform Now Plowshares activists sentencing scheduled for Tuesday, January 28, 2014, was rescheduled to Tuesday, February 18, due to a major snowstorm that hit Knoxville, TN where the trial was held. However, there was a morning session which brought very disappointing results. First, after a brief hearing, where the defense was overruled on every objection made to questions presented to government witnesses by the prosecutor, restitution was set at $52,953. Second, the judge ruled that the defendants would not be given “downward departures” in sentencing, which means that the sentences would not be lower than the minimum, with the probability that the maximum under guidelines will be handed out. To read more on the days proceedings and other news, see this LINK. Sr. Megan celebrated her 84th birthday on Friday, January 31
JUDGE IMPOSES QUESTIONS TO ANSWER RATHER THAN JAIL, FINE, OR COMMUNITY SERVICE TO ANTI-NUCLEAR RESISTERS
This LINK is to a very interesting piece. For all activists-resisters, how would you answer the imposed questions? The video that accompanies this piece is the action where the defendants were arrested. (Note: Two former L.A. Catholic Workers–Theo and Nicole–were among the supporters gathered in Kansas City and seen in the video, as were other Catholic Workers from the Midwest and Pacific Northwest.)
Guadalupe Catholic Worker Dennis Apel will appear with his attorney, U.S. constitutional lawyer and UC Irvine Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, before the U.S. Supreme Court on December 4 (Supreme Court case No. 12-1038: United States of America, Petitioner v. John Dennis Apel.) concerning whether a person who has a “ban and bar” letter from the base commander that prevents that person from entering a military base (Vandenberg AFB) without the base commander’s approval can continue to protest on a public roadway easement. This is a First Amendment issue that was appealed from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by the U.S. government. The forthcoming decision will not only affect Dennis, but anyone who has been arrested on a military base and was issued a ban and bar. Please keep Dennis and this situation in prayer. This LINK is to an article that gives an excellent overview of this case. This LINK also has good info on Dennis and his journey.
UPDATE: (Wednesday, December 4, 2013) These three links– LINK, LINK, LINK give updates on what the Justices focused on, which does NOT look good. In the second link there is a link to the Scotus Blog, which gives a good analysis from a legal perspective. This LINK has the actual audio of the case arguments. This LINK is the full court transcript, including where Apel is labeled as “posing a threat to the order and security of the base.” (photo by Steve Kelly, SJ–press conference outside the U.S. Supreme Court)
UPDATE DECEMBER 19: The Loss of Innocence is Dennis Apel’s reflection on his case.
UPDATE FEBRUARY 26, 2014: Supreme Court Sides With Military in Vandenberg Protest Case. The court unanimously issued its written decision as expected.
HERE is another excellent, yet disturbing, Chris Hedges article on 28-year-old whistleblower Jeremy Hammond (in photo), who, today, received 10 years in federal prison for hacking into Texas-based private security firm Strategic Forecasting Inc., or Stratfor, and releasing 3 million e-mail exchanges that exposed the firm’s infiltration, monitoring, and surveillance of protesters and dissidents, particularly in the Occupy movement, on behalf of corporations and the national surveillance and security state. See the story of Jeremy’s sentencing HERE, and his full court statement HERE.
Five of six Catholic Workers arrested on Nagasaki Day, August 9, appeared for arraignment in Santa Barbara Federal Court today and received a pleasant surprise…the federal prosecutor told the judge that we are not worth the time and cost to the government and recommended that the charges be dropped. The visiting judge complied. This is very strange since the federal prosecutor has a history of pushing for heavy fines and jail time for all Catholic Workers. This time, no time, no fine. YES!! We will accept any victory, especially believing that we would get jail time for this action since the temporary judge in that court has recently been issuing jail time to all resisters who have appeared before him. UPDATE: The sixth resister from this action, Karan Founds-Benton (third from right), received a letter stating her charges also were dropped.
A protest is planned for five minutes to midnight on Wednesday, September 25, at the Vandenberg Air Force Base Main Gate. Launch is scheduled for the early morning hours of Thursday, September 26.
Click HERE for the event’s Facbook page.
If you cannot make it to Vandenberg, we encourage you to hold a protest at the nearest federal building or U.S. consulate. If you plan your own protest, please share it on the Facebook page.
If you are unable to physically protest the upcoming launch, please send an e-mail to President Obama asking him to cancel this test. Click HERE for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s Action Alert. See also David Krieger, President of Nuclear age peace Foundation, commentary on the launch HERE.
For anyone coming from the San Francisco Bay Area or South of the Bay Area, MacGregor Eddy has chartered the Green Tortoise for Wednesday 9/25. Call 831 206 5043 to reserve seat on bus. Depart Oakland 5 pm, pick ups on the way to Vandenberg. Return likely by 9 am Thursday. Bus has bunk beds. Donations for bus requested but no one turned away. Nonviolence pledge required, no alcohol, non prescription drugs, animals or children.
This protest is in honor of the late Colonel Petrov, the man who saved the world 30 years ago 9/26. Click HERE to read the remarkable story of Col. Petrov (at Vandenberg Protests Blog).
You may contact MacGregor Eddy, if you have questions, at 831-206-5043 or email@example.com
The L.A. Catholic Worker community traveled to Vandenberg AFB on Friday, August 9, for the culmination of their 2013 summer intern program, as well as to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and call for the abolition of nuclear weapons, an end to missile testing, and an end to war. Six were arrested. From left to right: Mac Loftin (2013 summer intern), Rebecca Casas, Barbara Robinson, Karan Benton (2013 summer intern), Jeff Dietrich, Mike Wisniewski. All six were cited for trespassing and released an hour and one-half later at Ryon Park in Lompoc. See photos HERE.
UPDATE: Arraignment is set for 1pm, Thursday, October 17, in Santa Barbara Federal Bankruptcy Court, 1415 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. If you can attend for support, it would be greatly appreciated. Be sure to bring your ID.